Say Goodbye to New Year Resolutions!

We’ve all been guilty of it. We have written down resolutions for the new year with hope that they will motivate us to jump on the “New Year, New Me” bandwagon.  We have either created a list of all the things and pounds we will be giving up in the new year or screenshots of random images, that will serve as reminders of resolutions that will remain in the lost untouched files that are just taking up space in our phone. We all have failed at them and then you hit a “deer in the headlights” moment when mid May comes around and you are far from that summer body you intended to work on. There goes the New Year Resolution list, it becomes a long lost memory, and “Oh what the heck! Bring on the Margaritas!”  becomes the new resolution because after all, who is really counting? You can’t keep up with a New Year resolutions list, let alone how many Margaritas you consume throughout the year.

Oh what the heck! Bring on the Margaritas!

I gave up creating New Year resolutions a couple of years ago when I realized they weren’t  ever effective. I think I stressed myself more creating the list than actually attempting to execute it into action.  Then at some point in the year, I would come across the file on my computer, and go through a whirlwind of emotions as I read all the things I totally failed to do. So I let go of it and promised myself I would no longer wait for the beginning of a new year to set short or long term goals for myself.  Ultimately, time is what I make of it and I don’t have to let social pressures push me to an anxious state of mind. Instead, I shifted to setting focused intentions.

“I gave up creating New Year resolutions a couple of years ago when I no longer found them effective.”

 

What are “focused intentions”? And how are they different from New Year resolutions?

The first thing that differentiates focused intentions to new year resolutions is that you can set them at any time in the year. Focused intentions are actions that you want to come into fruition in your “journey” not the “year”.   For example, instead of wanting a new “summer body” by the month of May, as a focused intention that new year resolution becomes an intention to be healthier so that you can live a healthier life. A healthier life will ultimately allow you to have a better physical experience in your late years on this earth. Focused intentions shifts from a “year to year” mentality to a “journey of life” mentality.   So if you don’t make it to mid May with your new summer body, instead of having a deer in the headlight moment you use that opportunity to set a new focused intention for a healthier lifestyle.

“Focused intentions shifts your mentality from a “year to year” mentality to a “journey of life” mentality.”

Focused intentions are not items on a bulleted list. They come from prayer, meditation or simply reflection. The key is awareness as you encounter experiences that don’t sit well with you. Experiences that your intuition calls for you to do something about. Listen to your intuition. It’s the little evolutionary gift our ancestors left behind for us to take advantage. As you begin to explore your focused intentions for your life’s journey, begin writing them down or recording yourself speaking them into existence. It will be more of thinking aloud rather than writing down a list of resolutions that are not truly intentional. Intentionality has a bad rep. However, being intentional means that you are acting with purpose rather than out of impulse or pressures imposed by society. Always explore your truth, what is best for your journey in this walk we call life, be intentional and be focused!

-Angie

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Photo credit: Pexel 

 

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 Una vista al arte de Eddaviel

Una vista al arte de Eddaviel

Anyiné Galván Rodríguez – 10.20.16

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 Afro-Inks #8  Eddaviel

Desde la primera vez que vi una de sus ilustraciones “Afro-inks”, las imágenes de Eddaviel me cautivaron instantáneamente. A primera vista, el arte de Eddaviel expresa primordialmente temas Afro-Dominicanos como enfoque.  Pero su arte va más allá.  Aunque imperante, las expresiones Afro-Dominicanas   en su arte van en conjugo con expresiones de los tres continentes que dieron forma a la cultura y étnica Dominicana: África, Europa y las Américas.  Partiendo de la fusión de estos elementos de las raíces del pueblo Dominicano, Eddaviel explora lo mágico y religioso en sus “Afro-Inks” para dar la oportunidad a su audiencia que vayan en búsqueda de quienes son individualmente y como pueblo Dominicano, sea en el país  o en el extranjero.

Eddaviel ha colaborado con otros artistas para promover el arte en República Dominicana. En los últimos años ha sido parte del movimiento muralista Transitando con el propósito de llevar diferentes ramas del arte a espacios públicos en el país.  Además, a formado parte de otros proyectos como Muralizando RD, y Cabarete Music & Art Festival en donde imágenes de una mujer con afro toma un rol protagonista en su arte cuyo ha sido una sensación en el movimiento Afro-Latino.  Actualmente, Eddaviel es parte de un movimiento emocionante de literatura especulativa llamada “Mentes Extremófilas”, en donde explora el género desde otros medios como el cómic y la ilustración.

Comparado con otros muralistas y ilustradores modernos Dominicanos, Eddaviel le da vida  a lo mágico religioso a través de su arte.

Como recurso de inspiración, su amor hacia la literatura especulativa, fantástica,  ciencia ficción y oscura ha servido como influencia para darnos un recreación de una fantasía Caribeña.  Muchas veces resultan en un tema retro-futurista con tono Caribeño específicamente desde un lente Dominicano.

“Desde pequeño siempre he tenido mis raíces bien arraigadas”,

comentó Eddaviel  durante nuestra entrevista explicándome como expresando la identidad del pueblo dominicano le ha impactado en su propia identidad como artista.

Entre los mitos y leyendas que de niño le contaban su abuelo y su padre, cuyas raíces vienen de la región sur del país, dieron paso a el principio de su desarrollo como artista y eventualmente sirven como base para sus tesis.

En el proceso de investigación de mitos y leyendas dominicanas,  Eddaviel se encontró con un mundo  mágico del cual no se ha podido escapar. Esta fascinación es evidente en su arte. Eddaviel lleva a su audiencia a ese mundo y los hipnotiza con fluidez.  Su arte aporta una dimensión única al género de la  fantasía y ciencia ficción representando al Caribe. Es como respirar aire nuevo para aquellos que buscan identificarse con arte Afro-Taina o Caribeña en la rama de fantasía y ciencia ficción.

Al final de nuestra entrevista, le pregunté  a Eddaviel que quisiera que sea su legado como artista.

“…quiero que cuando la gente hable del arte de mi país, que quede que soy de aquí. Que mi arte si identifique con personalidad y transmita mi esencia como Dominicano”.

Su legado va en camino y sigue cautivando a las masas en República Dominicana igual que en otros países en donde el movimiento Afro-Latino de entre la nueva generación de afrodescendientes sigue floreciendo.

 

Pueden seguir a Edison Montero  “Eddaviel” en los siguientes medios:

Web: http://www.eddaviel.com

Instagram: @Edaviel

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eddaviel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddaviel

 

 

 

A mural to remember

I am no art critic but the new mural in Chicago’s Paseo Boricua in the Humboldt Park neighborhood is beyond captivating to the eye.  While driving on Division street with my friend Raquel from boriquachicks.com, we could not help to notice the colossal image of a black woman Bomba dancing to the beat of an African drum taking center stage of the wall.

Loving all things Afro-Latino, we parked and began to take pictures of such impressive mural. And although there are many amazing murals in Paseo Boricua, there was something very special about having an image representing the African descendants of Puerto Rico take the leading space of the piece because it is often times shadowed by the other ethnicities that make up the Puerto Rican community.  It was beyond impressive.

While admiring the mural, a young man comes over to ask us if we would be interested in volunteering painting to finalize the mural. After chats and laughs we realize that he is in fact Puerto Rican muralist Cristián Roldán and Program Director of the Conuco Urban Agriculture Program at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Very humbly, Cristián gave us a detailed description of the mural. If we were amazed before he walked over, now we were in complete awe. He shared how the mural expressed a timeline of key historical moments in the history of Puerto Ricans. It is a mural to remember.

This mural is a striking way of using an array of colorful images that express oppression and resistance faced by the Puerto Rican community from the moment the Spanish conquistadors stepped foot on the island to the Division street Riots in 1966.The mural on the corner of Division street and Washtenaw is a must see and maybe one of THE reasons to attend this year’s Fiesta Boricua.

Check out the video of Cristián J. Roldán sharing about the mural on my facebook page AfroLatina Natural

For information on tickets go to http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=279

 

 

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A mural to remember