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Reading this gave me insight to actually sit down and think about the things that are truly valuable to me. After some thought there are only a handful of things that deserve that title.  Of course the first thing that comes to mind would be family. Growing up with 5 brothers and sisters and living with those personalities in each of them shaped me into the person I am today, for that I am forever grateful.

I also have a shoe box that consist of a million memories of my life, from pictures, love letters in high school, to boarding passes from traveling all over the world. Memories are something I hold dear and if something very important happens to me it’s stored in that box. With this box I get to retell and sometimes relive these glorious memories, and suddenly I’m no longer having a laugh amusingly in a foreign land, I’m actually having a laugh! Right here, right now, as soon as I open this box full of memories. On another note, there’s also one more thing that’s beyond price that I’m looking forward to having and that’s a family of my own, and when that day comes-THAT would BE ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!

Derek @LA2PA – is an enthusiastic sale consultant for a very lucrative, well-known company, working to achieve the ‘Great Expectation’. He is a California native currently residing on the East Coast. He loves coaching his boys soccer team, traveling around the world, and making sure he tries everything imaginable at least once. He is a human who is honestly always excited about living life daringly and silly.  He believes humor is the icing on the cake of happiness


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via @Giants

Big Blue Fans

“The key thing was to remember this: All things are possible for those who believe,” Coughlin said. “We always believed.”

*CHEERS

I’m scared

I’m not a big fan of visual art, but I am a fan of a great story.  During one of the more difficult moments of my life, when I lost my girlfriend and was about to face a criminal trial, I found myself curled up in bed thinking to myself, “I am scared.”  After two days in this state, a good friend forced me out of my apartment, and took me to an exhibit that focused on Michelangelo.  There I learned about why Michelangelo’s “David” is a great piece of art.

Traditionally, David was portrayed after his victory, standing triumphant over Goliath.  Almost all of the “great” depictions of David and Goliath show David standing over Goliath’s severed head.  But Michelangelo chose to show David before the battle. Davis is tense, but not just in a physical way but in a mental sense.  With just a slingshot over his shoulder, David approaches that defining moment in his life – and he is scared!

The sculpture tells a story about courage. It reminds us that accomplishment and overcoming difficulties, is never a forgone conclusion or a certainty but a result of overcoming our fears.  Courage is not the absence of fear.  Courage is not living without doubt.  Courage is more like religious faith, to paraphrase scriptures, “courage is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Faith that things will get better, it is knowing that with just a slingshot over your shoulder you just might slay a giant today.

With the help of Michelangelo, I now know that many of life’s decisions come down to one simple question: Do you wish to live your life based on your fears and your nightmares, or based on your hopes and dreams.  It’s a choice we make every day!

A month later I went on trial and after two weeks of testimony, a jury of my peers deliberated for less than one hour and cleared me of all charges.   I was scared but I soldiered on and in the process became a lover of visual art.

Shom is a writer who grew up in NYC and now lives in Washington DC, he dabbles writing TV programs and feature length movies.  He has a background working in domestic politics and international affairs.  Shom’s vices include being a Mets fan, playing golf, traveling over seas, chasing his dreams and meeting amazing women. But above all, yell, cry, scream, laugh, jump or run — I don’t care what you do, but don’t live life lukewarmly.

The SUPERBOWL is the highlight of the national football league season. Fact. We all know this. All those regular season games and postseason games all comes down to see who will be left standing at the end of it all.

THE GIANTS.

Against all odds, against the Packer’s magnificent record, against the Niners’ rugged defense, and against the outrageously gifted Patriots, THE GIANTS WON. Against the “experts” predictions, against everyone’s doubt, against their somewhat embarrassing regular season record of 9-7, THE GIANTS WON.

Why did the GIANTS win? Simple. The Giants outplayed the Patriots.

THE GIANTS won the championship on the strength of the total team talents. FACT.

The GIANTS won by never losing possession of the ball even when struggling foot by foot to gain yards against the robustness of the Patriots defense.

The Giants won by maintaining a sense of responsibility to help their team win.

The Giants won by making less mistakes.

The Giants won by attempting to catch the opposition by surprise.

The Giants won by completing more plays.

The Giants won by seeking the best within themselves.

The Giants and the Patriots are the difference between excellence and megalomania. It is about more than powerful egos.

The Giants won by making a reality of the biggest and oldest cliche: teamwork.

I like winners. I love the GIANTS. 

 

 

 

 

Superbowl Sunday – GO GIANTS!!!!

Dance.

When I think about something that is beyond price, the first thing that popped in my mind was dancing.

I have done numerous activities in my life from playing the piano, to acting in movies/commercials, and even hosting an on-air radio show.  Although each was a great experience, nothing compares to the feeling that I get when I dance.  It’s a feeling of euphoria that is almost unexplainable.

As a dancer, I choose to put my body through hours of rehearsals, soreness, and stress…. And for what?  Most of the time, I don’t get paid to perform, but I continue to do it because it’s what I love.  I would rather be performing on tour with only enough money to survive than to be rich without dance in my life.

Life is extremely unstable.  Friends come and go, jobs change, relationships flourish and then eventually fail; but dance is something that cannot be taken away from me. I can easily forget about any problems going on in my life by focusing on the precise movements of my body and synchronizing them to the music.

I recently attended a Snoop Dogg concert randomly in Pittsburgh.  The next day, my mother asked me about the songs he sang, and I realized that I couldn’t remember anything specific other than his dancers.  I watched them the entire show and was oblivious to anything else going on that night.  The dancers didn’t do anything extravagant; they were just having fun performing, and I felt as though I belonged up there with them.

Dance is something that completes me.  It’s like my heart… without it, I can’t survive.  It’s beyond price.

 Amanda @itstenda – Is a quadruple threat actress, dancer, broadcaster, aspiring model in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, living life on her terms. As a child, she has appeared on ‘The Jackson five’ movie, has been an extra and acted on innumerable gigs and commercials. She holds a degree in broadcasting communication, and has worked for Pittsburgh’s local hiphop radio network-WAMO, along with Pittsburgh’s ESPN. She’s a visionary with big intentions of making it to the big screen or the big stage. She is bold and unafraid to be dominating. One show gets cancelled, she moves on to the next adventure that will allow her inner light to shine brighter and stronger. She purpously does what she loves to do, and prominsingly lives by her mantra “I don’t make plans…I make it happen!”. 

I’ve recently started reading  the book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out

Without Me? (And other Concerns)’ by Mindy Kaling on my Kindle Fire.

Other bloggers have been mentioning how outrageously hilarious it is,

and they are totally right. Besides it being funny and entertaining as

hell, the book holds a special level of cool and sort of inspiring in

its own special/cool way.

Here is this real human, with real life struggles, with real acting and writing skills, who worked her butt off to LIVE her real life dream. As she describes it, she went from Dartmouth to Dirtbag- to successful actor, comedy writer, and author.  In the chapter Matt and Ben & Mindy and Brenda, she writes about the decision that led her and her best friend to write their own thing and how that thing turned out, which was really a shocking success. If you can envision something from scratch, then purposely act on that vision from scratch, and it ends up being something strangers, the public in NYC, and other major critics love, I claim that to be a success.

(Back story) She moved from Dartmouth to NYC with two of her best friends, jobless, and practically broke, living at a railroad style apartment in Brooklyn. She went on auditions, applied for internships, went on countless interviews, and has gotten rejected left and right, until she just took the best offer to pay the rent which was at the time babysitting. After a significant amount of time not writing and being creative, which was what she came to NYC to do-she tried getting back in the game and went on more auditions and applied for more jobs in show business. Eventually she starts working for a TV PSYCHIC in hopes for it to be a stepping stone to something much bigger, like working for David Letterman or the sorts. That did not happen. Of course, she started getting worried-like most of us do-that she won’t amount for much, or live out her childhood dream, and worried all she will ever be was a professional au pair-because no one was hiring her to act or write.

That’s when she decided to take life by the balls and just wrote and wrote until her hands ached from writing so much. Okay, not so much in that way. Her and her best friend did decide to set up a schedule everyday for writing. At least an hour dedicated just to writing their own thing and coming up with ideas on their own to bring to life since no one else was doing the hiring. Point is, what they thought was nonsense writing, turned out to be something worth turning into an off-off broadway show that entered New York’s International Fringe Festival.

Their off broadway showcase

“If I can give one bit of advice to any drama major, high school theater kid, or inmate who is reading this in prison library with dreams of being cast int he prison play, it’s this: write your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It is much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think abut what your strengths really are, and once you fin them you can showcase them, and no one can stop you.” Mindy Kaling

What was astounding was how her and her best friend went about creating their own showcase completely on their own. They knew they couldn’t afford to hire  actors, directors, producers, or PRs, so they did all the work themselves. They wrote the play, directed it, produced it, and advertised by papering the entire boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn with postcards about the show. The show sold out. The New Yorker wrote a great review on it. Producers got in touch with them. At one show, Nicole Kidman and Steve Martin coincidentally stopped by to check it out, and it turned out even more popular.

I loved this-> “Like in Titanic, When Kate Winslet’s character loved those weird paintings by a little-known artist named Picasso? And in the audience of the theater you were laughing to yourself because you know Picasso turned out to be kind of a big deal? I’m trying to tell you that I’m Picasso.” Mindy Kaling (I LOVE HER CONFIDENCE)

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This brings me to this conclusion. This is life. Things often don’t work out. We get shallowly rejected all the time. By companies, by schools, by families, by men, by women. Don’t let setbacks and mishaps put you down so much that you don’t go after what you want most. Don’t let the company that didn’t hire you stop you from showcasing what you are good at. Don’t let the door shut you down. Reach out, continue knocking, open the window. Get out. I know being fruitlessly disappointed can be excruciatingly tiring. BUT you should understand, no matter how badly you feel, it is YOUR duty to go after what you want. If writing is what you love, WRITE. If dancing is what you feel you are here for, DANCE. If teaching is what you are good at, TEACH. That’s one of the best parts about life. Going after your dreams. Hope. Friends. Family. And making sure you get out of your damn apartment and do something. 

Beyond Price: Daddy's unconditional love for his daughter

My father, my first love, my guardian angel (on earth), my numero uno… are some words that describe the love I have for my amazing father. His love is BEYOND PRICE! Not a single day goes by that I don’t think about everything he has done, is doing, and will do for me and our family. I often reflect on decisions that I have made in life that have made my Dad so proud and others that he probably wished I never thought about. But that’s unconditional love right?  Photos exhibit his unchanging love for me as an infant, as well as photos and videos of us now that show he is my bestie (among other great people in my life). He showed me how to love, have respect for myself, treat others the way I need to be treated, give and never expect to get, have faith, dream big, fall and get right back up. You might say I’m spoiled but So What?!  I will always be Daddy’s  Little Girl and that is BEYOND PRICE. The man I marry has some big shoes to fill ! – Ladybug
With lots of Love

Ebony – Holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations. She works for the NAACP as a Development Assistant/Jill of all Trades in New York City while pursuing happiness full time. She lives and dresses fearlessly while actively striving towards her passion in life. She wears a big, uncontrollable smile, which she doesn’t keep from bestowing on strangers. She makes lactose intolerant, dancing till your feet go numb, and being compassionate cool.