Nos Vamos a Colombia! Meeting the Love of My Life and Getting Ready for Our First Big Trip

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“First of all, it’s COLOMBIA, not Columbia.”

I sat in my apartment as I read this message and could not stop laughing. For weeks, I had been texting with Julian and the whole time I was misspelling the name of his beloved home country. I felt so embarrassed and wished I didn’t have to see him again in lab the next day.

If you have read our story before, I met Julian when I least expected it. Fresh from a bad breakup, I was running late to class after another night of bawling my eyes out. When I entered the classroom, there was only one seat open. I rushed in and sat down without really paying attention to anything or anyone, for that matter. The TA instructed us to form lab groups of 4. I looked to my right and saw two men and looked left and saw one man. I rolled my eyes and asked, “Y’all wanna be a group?” They all agreed and our group was set. Studying Civil Engineering, I was always one of the only women in my classes. I was tired of men and I was upset that, yet again, I was the only women in my group. Continue reading

#HugsShouldntHurt: My Relationship With Running and Falling in Love

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This post is sponsored by Violet iodine, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

One night after going out with my girlfriends and dancing, I met up with my ex boyfriend. When he came in for a hug, the pressure of the hug pushed into my chest and caused the worst pain I had ever felt. When I told him about this, he told me it was because I had gained weight and that only “girls with something wrong” get that kind of pain.

What? haha

Soon after that, I started running. I felt ugly and unfixable. I really thought there was something wrong with me. After my period came and went, the pain went away. I was convinced that the running I was doing was the cure to my breast discomfort.

I became a runner in a matter of months and I loved it. My ex ended up breaking up with me because he fell for his class project partner and told me, “She likes to work out and is super fit. And that is something I really want in a girlfriend.” Cool. Continue reading

Dear Donald Trump: Thank You

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Dear Donald Trump,

Thank you.

You have reminded me of how blessed and lucky I am.

My grandparents on my father’s side came to the United States after they applied to be residents and were accepted. This amazing country reviewed an application and granted them resident status. This country accepted my grandparents even though, according to you, they were most likely involved in drugs, crime, and rape. That didn’t seem to impact the decision to let them reside in this country. Continue reading

“At. Long. Last. A$AP” – A$AP Rocky

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At. Long. Last. A$AP is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist A$AP Rocky. It was released on May 26, 2015, by A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records.

A$AP Rocky comes out swinging with his new album. The whole album itself is a carefully planned soundtrack to our lives. all walks of like can relate in one way or another to every song. Not only are the songs amazing, but A$AP Rocky brings on collaborations with guest verses from Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Future, M.I.A., Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and UGK, including Pimp C, who died in 2007. Rod Stewart and Miguel sing on one song.

As a music lover, I love all the different sounds that are used on this album. The album is laden with samples, from soul to Southern rock to indie rock. Nothing is too out of reach for A$AP Rocky. Continue reading

48 Years Ago: The first TRUE Music Festival – Monterey Pop 1967

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In the Spring of 2011, I was going through a lot. My ex had just broken up with me because he started liking a girl he would study with. I was failing almost all my classes and really didn’t think I was going to graduate at that point. I turned the TV on in the middle of the night and a movie was on about a band with a self-destructive lead singer. The movie was called “The Doors” and I found out that night they were an actual band. I fell in LOVE with Jim Morrison. The rest of the night I went down the rabbit hole we call google search and found out more about the music and the bands and the revolution people my age at the time were leading. I became obsessed with the 60s and the change that came in that decade.

At the time I was going to music festivals like crazy. Mostly EDM festivals, but there were always those few acts that played something other than EDM. It was amazing. All these people that love the same kind of music; all in one place. I wanted to know more about music and about festivals. I wanted to learn the history of music; how it affected the nation and the world. I researched Woodstock and stumbled upon Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Continue reading

Music Monday: Country Music, My Second Love

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I met him in the middle of my 8th grade year. All my friends would talk about him. How amazing he was and how great he made them feel. He was the boy next door; an all-Mexican-American boy. The boy all our parents wanted us to end up with. I fell in love with him 4 years later. Country Music, my second love, my first TRUE love.

At the time, I was at my rebellious stage. I was into NOFX, the Misfits, Blink 182, and Motion City Soundtrack (to name a few). I would wear skinny jeans, Spitfire logo shirts, and DC’s. All my jewelry had some sort of spike on it. I was convinced my parents knew nothing and that they didn’t really care about me. At school, I would get made fun of or talked bad about. I was weird, I was a “slut” (fun fact: actually lost my V card in college), I was too smart, I wasn’t smart enough, I was too dark, I wasn’t dark enough, I was too “white”, I was too Mexican, and many many more things people didn’t like me for or didn’t give me the time of day because of. Continue reading

Twitter Tuesday: R.I.P. Robin Williams

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I have already read several posts that say something like this, but honestly, I have never been so sad over a person I never met’s passing.

Robin Williams was a part of my childhood, like most of you. I grew up with him being in most of the movies I watched. He made me laugh when I was sad. His characters taught me life lessons that I only paid attention too because it was Robin Williams teaching them.

His life and his death go to show us that you never know what a person is actually going through.

Two years ago, I had a friend from church who I grew up with pass away in the same way as Robin Williams did. He was probably one of the happiest people I knew and he always found a way to make something funny.

1 (800) 273-8255. That’s the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

“Please know that someone loves you dearly. You positively impact so many more people than you could ever know. Remember that everyone is battling something, be it depression, or something else we can’t see – or even something we can see! Above all, be kind. Smile and say hi to people. You never know whether or not you’ll save a life.” – Lauren Milius (friend) Continue reading