Bella Vida by Letty

activism

Confession: I am a Rebel

create rebelliously

You know me as a creative through this blog.  You see my perspective through my photography and words.  I am eternally searching and collecting the beauty I discover around me.  As readers you get a taste of my activism when I write a feminist post but what you may not know is that every single day I do something to fight oppression and inequality.  It might be contributing or curating content for Latino Rebels, writing essays, shedding light on issues which need to be debated or addressed, journalistic writing, etc.  This blog which brings me so much joy is what balances that work because it can be emotionally draining dealing with heavy topics for prolonged periods of time.

It is also hard because there are no safe spaces online so I’m subject to trolls and unsubstantiated criticisms.  I have to find ways to deal with that.  Sometimes it’s easy while some days not so much.  This is why I have to be picky about what I will engage in.  And on the other end of the spectrum, my blog brings me endless joy.

My blog posts are purposefully empowering in a positive way.  I take my time creating and editing photographs until I am satisfied.  I edit my writing style to share important information in and uplifting and positive way.  I want my readers to feel inspired and empowered with information.  There are also posts where I simply want to share something absolutely beautiful I’ve come across.  Something so precious I have to document and share with you here.  This is a safe space for all to enjoy.

I’m participating in a blogging challenge from the talented tech guru Vicky Ayala  because I love everything she does and she is a fountain of tech information.  I write everyday but don’t blog everyday and this challenge would certainly motivate me to do more.  I say that’s a win win.  Since I’m rebellious I’ve combined the first two assignments which are to come up with a descriptive acronym which was pretty easy.  And second to make a confession which never is easy.

REBEL

R – Rebellious

I am naturally rebellious and question everything.  I find myself instinctively doing the opposite of what is required of me.  This is what makes me good at journalism since I enjoy research and making sure I have accurate sources.  I also enjoy debating.

E – Eternally Creative

If I go too much time without writing I start to feel bad.  Sometimes it can make me physically ill.  I must have a creative outlet to express my thoughts and feelings.

B – Beauty

I use Bella Vida by Letty to remind me to focus on the beauty life has to offer.  It recharges me when I’m down or tired.  It nourishes me and gives me fortitude to do the work that needs to be done.  It is the lightning of an aha moment.  This is what I wish to share with the world.

E – Extraordinary

I’m always in search of the extraordinary in the perceived ordinary by seeing things from a different point of view.

L – Letty

Each day I strive to be authentically me.

Have you ever tried with coming up with your own acronym?  If you had to what would it be?

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What Will You Do With Your Outrage?

“Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.” Judy Blume
Miami Wynwood Walls Graffiti murals
Miami Wynwood July 2012

Sadly tragedies happen everyday and people are offended and outraged.  I see their anger and hear their rants but how about creating something positive with that energy.  Instead of uselessly cursing and hurling anger out into the world why not focus on a solution.  Why not harness that energy in a positive way?  Focus on creating change for the better.
Ask yourself:
How can such and such tragedy be prevented?  Who is hurting?  How can I help?

The next time you feel outraged ask yourself who can benefit from your energy?  Who can you help directly right now?

This world is yours what will you do to make it better?

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“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Benjamin Franklin
 
“Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold.” Brad Pitt
 
 
“They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces.” Richard Wright (Native Son)
 
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?”
William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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