Beauty At Its Finest

I am not a fan of the term “ugly“. Yes, I am guilty for having said the word, just like everyone else. However, as I have gotten older, I do not see the need for such a word.

I don’t think I can look at a person and think he or she is ugly.  Honestly, I think that the majority of people have a good heart. I love observing people’s personalities.  And from my observations I have found that if one is truly a rude person, their pessimism shines through 90 percent of the time.

The personality reflects the beauty behind the physical. The quality of the human heart is more important than a pretty face and an empty head.

Haha, oh, goodness! Look at me throwing these cliches around. Forgive me, I just wanted to express my feelings on this subject. And for more expression, below is a video of my freinds and family and their opinons on beauty.  Enjoy. : )

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Snowfall in Paris

Paris is the place where girls dream of finding French lovers, where couples go to heighten their romance and where travelers come from all over the world to experience the magic of the city. Traveling to Paris, France is a to-do on many people’s bucket lists. However, visiting the the City of Love  during a white snowfall is, no doubt, magical.

My friend Ashley traveled to Paris, France this past January of 2013. The day she arrived in Paris it was snowing and continued for the next few days. In this linked sound clip, Ashley expresses the excitement and magic she felt from her experience.

Ashley during white snowfall in Paris, France in front of the Eiffel Tower

Photo taken with Ashley’s camera of Ashley during white snowfall in Paris, France in front of the Eiffel Tower.

I have always wondered what it was about Paris that make the city so magical.  My professor who has been to France various times explained that one has to visit Paris in order to experience the indescribable feelings of magic and romance the city holds.

Photography pf Eiffel Tower by Ashley Kimi

Photography of Eiffel Tower by Ashley Kimi

Guidlines for Celebrateing V-day for Dummies

Two weeks ago from today was Valentine’s Day; a day of love for many couples and a day of chocolate M&M’s and hard-A for many singles.

M&M and Hearts.

I recently had a conversation with a friend about if Valentine’s Day  is overrated or not. I guess it depends on how one celebrates V-day.

So, here are my guidlines to celebrating a not-so-overrated V-day:

1)      You don’t need a lover!

If you have a significant other, then great! But if not, then don’t fret.

Now, I should hate V-day considering I had my heart broken the day after Valentine’s Day two years ago by my ex.  The story is a little tragic, but it didn’t make me hate the holiday.

2)       Don’t hate.

Being a negative noodle doesn’t do much to boost your spirits on V-day or any day. Choose something you like to do and do it.

3)      Surround yourself with love.

If there isn’t a lover in the picture, then celebrate this day with people who make you feel good.

4)      Spread the love.

Tell or show your loved one(s) how much you care. For example, I make my mom a card or craft every Valentine’s Day.

5)      Express love every day.

My ultimate guideline for a not so overrated V-day is that it’s essential to show love and appreciation towards loved ones on days that aren’t just reserved for special treatment.

C’mon, don’t be a dummy!

The Love of Langauge and Words

I enjoy playing with words. While I cook I use Magnetic Poetry, the tiny word magnets used on refrigerators, to create sentences, phrases and poetry.

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Mostly, I enjoy learning new languages. I am in the process of improving my Spanish fluency.

I could sit and study the Spanish language for hours. The words role of the tongue like a lullaby.  But mimicking the accent is too difficult.

I have realized that I can, at times, express myself better in Spanish. For example, the word love in Englsih holds different meanings. People say they love a lot of things, and sometimes the term is only meant to describe a strong liking for a certain person or thing. And who wants to actually say, “I strongly like you.” Weird…

But in Spanish there are many verbs used to clarify the how much one likes or loves a person or thing:

• Agradar (to like it ok)
• Gustar (to like)
• Interesar (to have interest)
• Importar (to have importance)
• Encantar  (to be enchanted)
• Fascinar (to be fasinated )
• Querer (to care for or to want)
• Amar  (to love)

(Note: the verb amar is only used if one truly loves or is passionate about someone or something.  It’s not a commonly used word like love. )

There are thousands words and phrases within a language that can be used to express oneself in writing and conversation. Studying two or more languages also enables one to communicate with others and experience a distinct and separate culture outside of one’s own.