What I miss about the World Cup

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Despite my excitement about autumn, I am still clinging to the last shreds of summer and sunshine in the city. Apparently, so are other Villagers, seeing that yesterday at a crosswalk, I saw half of the Forever21 summer catalog march past me. Soon, the days of long skirts with tribal prints and strips of material people use to cover their upper bodies (they call them crop tops) will be gone. We will be looking like bundled-up, puffy people in no time.  

I am wearing my Spain jersey t-shirt today. After the World Cup 2014 disappointment(s) with Spain, I had buried my t-shirt in a drawer (it now smells like the wooden dresser). I miss the World Cup vibes. A lot. It was one of the highlights of my summer. Here are some of the withdraws I am having– maybe you are sharing some of these, too?

WHY ARE YOU GONE WORLD CUP? WHY…?

1] Scheduling the day’s breaks around the games
2] Rocking team pride and having people talk to me on the street like we were old friends

During 2010 festivities. Rockin' the Spain jersey.

During 2010 festivities. Rockin’ the Spain jersey.

3] Gathering outside of establishments playing the games live and screaming when goals were made

Some fun on West Broadway, summer 2014; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Some fun on West Broadway, summer 2014; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

4] Mats Hummels’ and Karim Benzema’s face


5] This song:

6] The classy French uniforms
7] Watching the Belgian hair never move during a game. I want their spray and hair gel.
8] The ADRENALINA.

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Going for the Impossible

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I loved the video above. Alex Ikonn is right. Sometimes, to achieve the impossible, we need to do or think things that may seem a little naïve, and perhaps absurd–we need to believe. Believing isn’t always easy, but that is what it’s about. As some say, you can win a case with the law and everything on your side–that is easy. But what about winning when all seems against you? Doesn’t that mean so much more? With some faith, creativity and perseverance, you can go a long way. You Only Live Once, right? Live right. Live grand. Live serving. Live dreaming. Live believing. Live by faith.

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Noticing the Details

Conservatory Garden, Central Park; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Conservatory Garden, Central Park; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

While walking home, I opened my new textbook on criminal activity and the law. I always look for book dedications. I am that kind of person. Even though I was walking, it didn’t stop me from shuffling through the pages for the dedication. Even textbooks get dedicated to someone. Inside was a touching dedication to the author’s children, with a lovely note of all of their talents. The dedication was a bit strange, but nonetheless sweet. It was the kind of dedication you would expect in a fiction novel or biography–not in a book about criminal law. It’s that time of the year. The new-textbook smell lingers; plastic wrappers and receipts remind us of how broke we are; but life is good. And one thing I do, even when school is in session, is walk. It’s my vice.

The other day, I was walking through the village, the hot sun blasting the back of my neck with UV rays, and I noted a red stain on the sidewalk. The rest of the walk, I kept wondering who died, and whether it was a blood stain. One of my classic thought moments.

I have been reading an exquisite book called A Philosophy of Walking. I think I need to have a little conversation with Frédéric Gros, the author, because with the way I am walking and exploring, I could become a walking-philosopher disciple or something. I too am interested in the everyday–le quotidien. Those of you who read this blog know it’s a mix of a lot of things. I think life is too interesting to write about just one thing. I don’t think about just one thing, so why write about just one topic or area of life? If I could define this blog, it would be that it’s about the everyday; literally, spiritually, randomly.

Conservatory Garden, Central Park; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Conservatory Garden, Central Park; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

In an interview with The Guardian, Frédéric Gros seemed flustered:

“So, Frédéric, you’ve written a whole book about the simple life and joy of walking because your life is too complicated to actually go walking? Is this what happened?

‘Yes… But it is more complicated than that.'”
-Excerpt from The Guardian

Unlike mon ami, M. Gros, I feel the need to walk– despite life’s complications. I adore putting on my backpack and having my Converse hit the pavement. I know that as the semester accelerates, I will continue walking. Walking has been a part of my life, always. We would take family walks. My favorite walks as a child were our walks to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset. I still remember little details from those walks. In law school, walking has been God’s gift to me; part of me keeping my sanity. One of the things I love most when walking is noticing people, details and perspectives that many do not pause to notice. I walk to walk. That’s it. I walk until there is nowhere else to go. I walk until I am too tired to continue.

SoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

SoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

When you walk, you walk with interesting people. They may not be with you, but they keep you company and entertain you for a good stretch. For example, the two guys in the photo above are best friends. I could tell by the way they walked, talked and laughed together. They practically finished each other’s sentences. Their friendship and joy made me smile. They were very different, yet they seemed close and enmeshed in each other’s daily experience, le quotidien.

SoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

SoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

“Happiness can be found in the smallest of things. It is our passion to transform your everyday routines into meaningful rituals.”- Street Art

This quote reminds me that, even as we are wrapped up in our routines (which inevitably happens), we must have passion and consciously make each day meaningful and different by taking the time to notice details and the magic of everyday life.

Chinatown; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Chinatown; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

We should notice contrasts, colors, people, smiles, the weather, nature, doors and shadows. Because of technology, people (we the people) don’t know how to connect with one another in person; we don’t know how to live.

Greenwich Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Greenwich Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Greenwich Village; Gabriela Yareliz

Greenwich Village; Gabriela Yareliz

Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

West Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

West Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Let us not forget to look up; don’t hesitate to look down. Look around. Look at others. And if you catch your reflection, make eye contact with yourself.

NoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

NoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

As bad as a lot of things are in the world, through the details in the everyday, we can still see God’s love, His mercies, friendship, perseverance, love, success, courage and hope. Beauty reminds us of what we were created for, and it points us to joy and hope. People remind us that we are not alone. Each soul that passes me by has a story. In simplicity, we may find answers to the most complex questions.

East Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

East Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

According to Gros, some walk to escape; others walk to arrive; some walk to achieve; others to think. For some, walking is their element.

All I know is that when I walk, I feel free; kind of like when I write. I feel engrossed in tiny details I often overlook. I think; I question; I pray; I satisfy my curiosity; I learn.

NoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

NoHo; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

I think I identify with Rousseau’s idea of walking.

Frédéric Gros interpreted Rousseau’s sentiments on page 79 of A Philosophy of Walking: “When you no longer expect anything. All is then bestowed as a supplement, a gratuitous favour of presence, of being there.” I think that is how I feel. I simply feel alive. I am there. I am grateful.

If you haven’t tried walking yet, I would encourage you to do it. It might be on a scenic country road or through a city street. There is nothing quite as breathtaking as letting life surprise you with its little details.

Below is a photo I will call ‘The Playground Pigeon’. I found him at one of my favorite spots in the city. I have a thing for pigeons. This pigeon, while he can fly, took the time to walk; he is just my type.

Greenwich Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

‘The Playground Pigeon’ Greenwich Village; Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Important to Know: For those seeking legal advice

Hello Friends!

As mentioned before, I was published in Latina Magazine’s September issue. I appreciate all who have reached out and contacted me after they saw my article. I really appreciate the time you spend finding me and writing to me. That means a lot.
Some have contacted me asking for legal advice.
Important to know:
Because I am still a student, I am not authorized to give legal advice, unless I am under the supervision and direction of an attorney (ex: doing clinic work). So, I cannot advise you.

I would encourage you to reach out to local legal aid offices and law school clinics in your area; attorneys in your area that have the authority and capacity to help you in your legal question. For great and free immigration law resources, check out the ABA Commission on Immigration website. It has fantastic organizations and materials linked to its page. Click here.

If you have a question about law school in general, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Don’t be discouraged, and keep persevering.

Your friend,
GY.

Españolas Favoritas

1] Penelope Cruz: la actriz “crossover”; la “icon” mas famosa de España.


2] Clara Lago: la actriz y cantante que nos robo el corazon cuando interpreto el personaje Gin en Tengo Ganas de Ti.

3] Blanca Suarez: la actriz y “icon” de moda y belleza. La mejor actriz de su generacion en su pais.

4] Paz Vega: la actriz que se dio a conocer en EEUU como Florrrrrr….

5] Irene Montala: la actriz que casi siempre sale de maestra o scientifica (la vi por la primera vez en una peli francesa)


6] Carmen Maura: la actriz, una de las primeras Almodovar girls–leyenda.

7] Gala Gonzalez: Una de mis blogueras favoritas.


8] Macarena Garcia: la actriz joven que se gano el Goya. Talento y belleza.

You Belong to Me

Gabriela Yareliz:

This deserved a reblog.

Originally posted on Gabriela Yareliz:

So I went on writing. The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it. [...]I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all of Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast pg.17-18 (Restored Edition by Scribner)

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By: Gabriela Yareliz

In life, there are certain moments where things are intensely–yours. You can be walking down the street, and a child gives you a smile–it’s yours; you may walk into a beautiful place, and you are the only one there–it’s yours; you may be sitting, not expecting a single thing and someone beside you shares your silence and ordinariness–that moment is yours, and that person is your partner in…

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