Coffee with a Mission

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Last last Sunday was the soft opening of the Long Island City-based COFFEED in Chelsea, Manhattan. Coffee nowadays has been the trend with shops popping up everywhere (even in random clothing stores!). But what made Coffeed so different for me was the inviting experience during the first 45 minutes of its opening, and their mission purpose.

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10 Things To Do During Lunar (Chinese) New Year

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To those who celebrate, Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you lots of happiness, good health, and good fortune in this year of the ram / sheep / goat (yes, all 3 animals represent the zodiac for this year). Chinese New Year, more referred to as Lunar New Year since multiple cultures celebrate it, is the first day of a secular year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon. This important holiday is celebrated all over the world in many ways and thanks to this new law, even NYC schools will be closed on this day every year!

Yesterday was the first day of the 15-day celebration and my husband and I just couldn’t wait to get outside despite the single digit weather! He has been celebrating this holiday in the streets since he was a kid and I had been learning the traditions from inside my home since my baby days in Miami. It is definitely a huge part of our lives! (Can you tell from the excitement of my husband’s face in this flashback photo?)

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Video Worth Watching!

Ahhh, I know, I know. The movie FROZEN is EVERYWHEREEE.

But I promise you in this case, it’s a video worth watching as real life couple, Barbara and Wes Nathanson, share a quirky version of “Love is an Open Door.”  It’s fun, with an optimism and hope for love that the original song presents. I sure hope my husband and I will be like that after 56 years of marriage!

In case you’re interested, here is the behind-the-scenes!
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Source: Disney. (2015, February 6). Real Grandparents Sing Frozen’s Love Is An Open Door. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h7ViinGkM0

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“look up”

I came across this video this week and I thought the lyrics were well written and easily relatable to many of us. He makes a great point about how technology has controlled many people and how we’re losing humanity. It reminded me very much of this video that I saw and posted about 9 months ago, where the point is to “look up” so you don’t miss an important moment. While both videos make very good points about how we let our phones, Ipads, computers, social media consume us, it’s also really important to know that although it is society and our generation that pressures us this way, it is also a CHOICE. We should be conscious to choose to meet face-to-face and have deep conversations instead of misunderstanding text messages and possible pretend LOLs. We can choose to record those important moments on our videos instead of just the 6 seconds that will get us the most “likes” on social media… and we can choose to put our phones away for that one hour of lunch or dinner instead of texting someone else while you’re with your friend. Technology is a beautiful thing, but we should use it with a conscious mind.

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From a Fashion Designer’s Studio to the Elementary Classroom

There are so many things to appreciate and love in life when you look at them through a different lens, especially when things don’t go the way you expect them to. Normally, I find the littlest things inspiring (hence this blog was born so that I can share them with you!)  But in this post, it wasn’t something little that inspired me. It was big, and I had to immediately share it with my students.

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About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a Master Class with my principal that was offered by the Academy of Teachers. These classes involve a small group of educators who spend the morning learning a craft from an expert and in the afternoon make connections to teaching. This particular class was led by fashion designers, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, two of the most inspiring people I ever met.

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Isabel Toledo is a fashion designer who is well-known for designing Michelle Obama’s first inauguration suit and has been sewing and designing for 35 years. Her husband, Ruben Toledo is a well known illustrator and artist.

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