This Month’s Picks: May 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

May. It’s over. I can’t believe it. Law school. It’s over. I can’t believe it.

This month was so hardcore. So many emotions. It’s an end. It’s a beginning.

This month, I lost a friend and mentor to cancer. That was very tough and unexpected. Some unexpected things were bad, other unexpected things were good, very good. The month had its joy and sadness.

In other ways, the month was dreamy. Sometimes, it felt like I was walking a tightrope. Me, trying not to lose myself in a dreamy world with no time, and at the same time, trying not to fall into a pool of stressful realities. My feet touched the water on both sides, but alas, I think I am now safe on the tightrope, again. Or as safe as you can be on one, anyway.

The key, as always, is to be grateful in the state we are in.

I’ll embrace the hellos that June will bring, and I am making my goodbyes the best I could leave behind. 

And to those I will see again– I’ll see you in a bit. 

Let the summer adventures begin!

Bring it, June.

“Anxiety, heartbreak, and tenderness mark the in-between state. It’s the kind of place we usually want to avoid. The challenge is to stay in the middle rather than buy into struggle and complaint. The challenge is to let it soften us rather than make us more rigid and afraid.”
Pema Chödrön

1] I found Suits to be a fantastic legal drama. Tardy to the party. Loving Harvey Specter. The 10 Things We Can Learn From Harvey Specter was interesting. There is a lot to learn from the charismatic dream attorney.

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“Nothing that has happened to you gets the final sentence on who you are. The final word is His, and His hands say everything.”
J.S.

3] Minority Women had TV shows canceled this month by different networks. Unfortunate, but real.

*Since this article, The Mindy Project was picked up by Hulu. I am still praying someone will pick up Cristela.

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“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

5] A friend shared this moving video, and I had to share.

Ink Talks: Singing in The Lifeboat

6] Loved this surprise, and Mayra Castillo’s work is fantastic. We may not be Ellen or Danilo, but let’s always take a moment to recognize those around us who inspire us.

7] Dancing Through the Ages: Dancing with the Stars

8] Val and Rumer winning the Mirror Ball Trophy. They were my team. Rumer inspired me so much about what it means to be uniquely yourself, and how we can find strength in vulnerability. Anything can happen.

I still can’t get enough of these two dancing…

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“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.”
Madeleine L’Engle

10] Always working on letting go of fear…

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“The best way to show people that God is everything we say He is – is for us to be everything He says we are. Become love.”
Bob Goff

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“Do not settle for the first person who buys you dinner or for the person who says you look pretty, do not settle for the one who does not share your dreams but laughs at your jokes. Do not settle for attraction without depth, or good conversation with no intent to stay. Do not settle for charm when they do not value what you value, do not settle for convenience without love. Do not settle for a candle when you were taught to love the sun, do not settle because of time when you know that love is patient. Do not settle, please do not settle because there is someone out there who refuses to settle, and you are worth so much more than convenience and ease, you are worth a heart that fights for you.” T.B. LaBerge // Do Not Settle

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“Note to self: Don’t seek to be relevant, or liked, seek to be undeniable. Seek to be compassionate. Seek integrity. Seek humility. Seek Light.”

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“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
Thomas Moore

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“But occasionally, love would cut in and open a door. It grew my heart. It embraced me in.

Love sees a greatness in someone who cannot see it in themselves.

Love keeps no record of wrongs. It hopes in all things, it does not rejoice in evil. It perseveres.”
J.S. Park

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“Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti 

21] Soundtrack of the moment:

[Images from Tumblr]

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