Slam Poetry

Recently I’ve been sucked into the world of YouTube, but instead of watching¬†makeup video after makeup video I’ve been watching tons of slam poems. I’ve always loved listening to/watching slam poems because they are so powerful. The poetic language captivates me and the topics are so interesting. From gender stereotypes to feminism to LGBTQ rights to mental health to education, there are so many topics to watch!

I’ve compiled a few slam poems for you all that I really liked watching, so enjoy!

The first one is by Dylan Garity and he addresses problems with the education system using an immigrant standpoint. These problems are still relevant now, and it’s something I’ve seen firsthand, which is why I thought this was a really powerful one.

This next one is by Blythe Baird and she talks about her personal experience with eating disorders. There is definitely a rise in awareness for mental health now, and this poem is a great way to continue to understand our misconceptions about eating disorders.

This next poem is by Megan Falley, and this one is just straight up sad. It’s called “In Fear of My Mother Being Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease,” and I’m sure you can tell from the title why I say that. (Side note: Megan Falley performs very powerful and extremely feminist poems with Olivia Gatwood, so if you want to check those out, and I highly recommend you do, go visit www.speaklikeagirl.com)

The last poem has a much lighter tone than the previous ones. It’s by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye and it’s called “When Love Arrives.” It’s cute, but still very poetic and I like it. ūüôā

I hope you got something out of these poems. I hope they made you stop and just think for a second, because that’s how you know it’s a good one.

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New Orleans!

New Orleans!

A few months ago, I booked a ticket to New Orleans for the weekend. It was a pretty spontaneous decision (check that off my bucket list). One of my best friends moved there for college, so I thought I would give her a visit.

I discovered that New Orleans is so different than anything that I’m used to! The people are so welcoming and chatty, the buildings in the French Quarter have so much history behind them, and the food there is definitely worth trying!

Here are a few snapshots from my weekend in New Orleans. Enjoy!

NOLA-Alarm
My flight was super early in the morning, but at least I was excited!
NOLA-Colorado Snow
I had a layover in Denver, and being from California, I haven’t seen snow in so long! I needed to get a picture to show everyone at home that it still exists.
NOLA-Bus Ride
Like a true college student on a budget, I took the bus from the airport to meet Tiffany.
NOLA-Wings
I came to a new state, so obviously I had to eat like the locals. Here is my dinner from a wing place.
NOLA-Breakfast
Our hostel (yes, we stayed in a hostel) provided pancake mix and a grill for breakfast, so naturally we couldn’t turn that down!
NOLA-Streetcars
The streetcar stop was right outside our hostel, so we ended up taking that all the way down to Bourbon Street.
NOLA-Bourbon St
Here’s proof that we did end up on Bourbon Street. (That’s what it says underneath all the Mardi Gras beads)
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I loved seeing the typical New Orleans architecture.

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NOLA-Beignets
This was one of the foods I had to try! It’s a beignet, which is basically a doughnut without a hole covered in powdered sugar. So good!
NOLA-Cafe Du Monde
By chance, we ended up at the original Cafe Du Monde, which was pretty cool! We did have to wait in a pretty long line though, but it was worth it.
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Lots of cool artists displaying their works in a little square we found off Bourbon Street.
NOLA-Typewriter Poems
This guy had a full on typewriter to write the poems with! I wish I had gotten a poem…
NOLA-Gumbo Festival
Apparently there’s always something happening in New Orleans. This weekend that something was a Gumbo Festival! They had live bands and lots of food!
NOLA-Gumbo
Here’s my first tasting of Gumbo! I’m not a fan of sea food, so this one had chicken and sausage in it, which was delicious!
NOLA-Coronation or Wedding?
At Tiffany’s college, they had homecoming events, so we went to the crowning of the homecoming king and queen.¬†It was ridiculously formal, and we both felt like we were at a wedding!

NOLA-Rav and Tiff at Coronation

I will say that traveling across the country for the weekend is hard. There was so much time spent traveling, especially because I had a layover on the flight there and back. It was totally worth it though! I had a great time catching up with Tiffany, and I loved exploring New Orleans with her!

I hoped you enjoyed looking at the pictures from New Orleans!

-Raveen

DIY Marbled Stationary

Hey guys!

You should know up front that I’m addicted to Pinterest. No joke, I’m on that site too much! The up side¬†about being addicted to Pinterest is that I see tons of cool DIYs that I HAVE to try, like this super cool stationary project!

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This is one of the coolest DIY’s that I’ve tried by far! I LOVE the different marble patterns that each card gets. So here’s how to do this project yourself!

First you need to gather all of your supplies. This includes:

  • shaving cream
  • food coloring (preferably¬†liquid, but gel can work)
  • blank stationary
  • a ruler
  • pencil or toothpick
  • spatula (not pictured)
  • pan big enough for stationary (not pictured)

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Next, you need to fill the pan with a good amount of shaving cream. It should be enough to fit the dimensions of the paper you will be marbling.

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I took this amount and mixed it up to get one fluid pan of shaving cream. Now you need to add some food coloring to get the marbling pattern going!

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I only added a couple of drops of the blue food coloring, then I took the spatula and gave it a few swirls. You don’t want to mix too much or the marbling will go away and you’ll just be left with blue colored shaving cream.

Now it’s time to dip the card in the shaving cream mixture!

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I didn’t do this, but I recommend putting masking tape around the perimeter of the backside of the card, otherwise the shaving cream will go over and stain the back edges of the white paper.

Push the card down and make sure all the card is touching the shaving cream, or you will be left with white spaces.

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Peel the card out of the pan and lay it down on top of newspaper (shaving cream and food coloring WILL stain). Don’t worry if the marble pattern doesn’t look very good because after you take your ruler and use it to scrape the shaving cream off of the card the real pattern will reveal itself!

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To dye the envelopes, put masking tape over the areas you want to stay white. (TIP: Press the tape on your arm/leg/fabric to make it less sticky so that it doesn’t rip the paper when you take it off the stationary.) Repeat the steps from dying the card and it should look something like this:

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Here are my finished results:

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I continued to mix in new colors and make new patterns for each card that I did. I also made sets, so the cards had matching envelopes.

It’s a pretty easy DIY to follow, but it is time consuming. Let me know in the comments if you try these and share a picture of your completed masterpiece if you do!

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard!

Hello!

My name is Raveen and I’m a California native, born and raised. Instead of talking¬†about myself (I did that enough when I was writing essays for college applications!), I thought I would share my bucket list with you guys. In my opinion, this is a great way to get to know someone beyond the surface level. So here is everything that I have come up with so far that I want to do in my existence, in no particular order:

  • travel the world
  • experience culture around the world
  • ride an elephant
  • visit an elephant sanctuary (I’m not obsessed with elephants, I swear!)
  • go on a volunteer trip across seas
  • read 1984 by George Orwell
  • learn how to speak, read & write Punjabi (language spoken in the state of Punjab, India)
  • go on a cruise
  • learn how to play the trumpet (I’ve already checked off the clarinet and saxophone)
  • go on a spontaneous (road) trip
  • go to Coachella
  • graduate from college
  • attend a live TED talk
  • go skydiving
  • read a book by Oliver Sacks
  • start a blog

Now you know a little bit about my ambitions in life! Let me know in the comments if you have anything similar on your bucket list or if you have something completely different you want to share!