Why March?

The Women’s March was a little over a week ago, while I marched for my own reasons, I wanted to know why others did. I decided to have a few friends send me their thoughts along with some pictures.

Hayden

“I originally decided to attend the Women’s march in Washington because I was not sure how to cope with the results of the most recent election. For a long time, I tried crying, ignoring the issue, and even sitting on the steps of Columbia University with a sign preaching the importance of love. hayden 1.png

For me, the women’s march served as an opportunity to change all of my emotions into actions. I learned the hard way that the decisions we make strongly impact those around us and the rights of others are more important than our personal comfort. I have never experienced anything in my life as exhilarating and empowering as the women’s march and no matter what happens for anyone in this country during this presidency, we can know that we’re not alone.”hayden 2.png

Beau

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“I marched because I think it’s about standing up for what you believe in, and I believe in equal rights, equal pay, and equal respect for women, those of color, the impoverished, those in the LGBTQ community, and others.”

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Ellie

“I marched because I I was raised to believe that love, kindness, compassion, and integrity were of the upmost importance and he (trump) goes against all of that… so I marched to show people they are loved, not alone, and that I, like millions of others are there for them. I marched because I love my friends of color and those of different sexual orientation. I marched because I believe every woman should have the say over her body. I marched for the underprivileged children I tutor every week. I marched because I believed in my future and the future of those that I love. ellie 3.png

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At the march I felt safe, excited, and proud, but most importantly I was happy because I knew that by marching that day, I was a part of something greater than myself.”

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Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Our fight never ends everyone. Love will come out on top. Thank you for reading.

Stay safe, stay proud, no fear.

endless love,

matenia

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love letters 2: Abby

I have turned writing love letters into a therapeutic way of coming to some sort of terms with different situations, or inviting new things or people into my life. That is what this series is about.

The following letter was written by my friend, Abby Strangward, from Australia (photos also hers)

Love Letter to 2017

Twenty Seventeen,

You’re something new. Something I’m not quite sure of yet – something unfamiliar. Like dipping toes in the ocean, I’m stumbling through your beginning, messing up and dabbling with equally new things. You’ve barely begun, and I’m already fighting hard not to slip into my 2016 mindset.

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I have goals for you. You’re inspiring me to set new bars for myself, for what I want to accomplish, for where I want to go. I have hope for you. You’re teaching me to let go of old failings, to pick myself up and look ahead, to heal.

I’m only just figuring out that you’re not really anything yet. You’re an opening book cover, the first credits of a movie, the breath before you dive underwater. You are yet to be defined, yet to be discovered, yet to be made into something. Mostly, I’m struggling with this. You’re not something lying in wait. You’re not a path already set, waiting to be wandered down – you barely exist. I have to make you into something.

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So here it is. A love letter to you, twenty seventeen, a stranger I hardly know. We have another 300 or so days together. We have foggy mornings and dizzy nights ahead. A whole bunch of firsts, new people to meet, indescribable moments to experience. There’s an entire world I haven’t seen, and you’re an entire year I’m yet to know. Combined, this is going to be something amazing.

I’m sending all my love to you. With every fibre of my being, I’m sending positive energy. I’m promising to laugh, be gracious, give back, breathe, and take care of myself. And I know, you’ll take care of me.

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Here’s to us, 365 days, and an uncountable number of possibilities.

Love,

Abby

Show Abby some love! Blog: https://seafoaming.com, Instagram: @abbystrangward

my heart and soul,

matenia

 

my sunday candy

This week I decided to take a day for myself. I took myself on a brunch date, equipped with my notebook. Along the way I ended up seeing some friends and we went to a flea market.

The following are excerpts from journal during breakfast,

” Sunday mornings are my favorite. Something about Sunday makes me want to take care of myself, I’m not sure what it is, but I feel tremendously peaceful.

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This place is packed and so loud. As I write, I alternate sips of coffee and juice. The conversations and laughter surrounding me are a surprisingly comfortable background noise.

At first, asking for a table for just me is a bit uncomfortable, I think some part of me thinks its unusual to take yourself on a breakfast date, but I think it’s important. Because it’s self care. ”

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*As I ate breakfast I noticed people looking at the empty seat across from me, so I continued to write*

“I think it’s funny, people have looked at me confused. As if they’d never seen someone by themselves before. Taking yourself on dates needs to be normalized. ”

After breakfast ended I ran into friends, went to a flea market, and bought a t-shirt. Quality Sunday.

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endless love,

matenia

love letters pt.1

This series was inspired by one of my favorite songs called, “Love Letters to God” by Nahko and Medicine for the People. I decided whenever I was stuck emotionally, physically, or spiritually, I would write a love letter to what was holding me back from happiness. While this first entry is mine, the series will continue with love letters from friends, family, or anyone who wants to share.

*from my journal entry*

a letter to one I’ve lost.

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“Before,

all I wanted was you in my life again. To pass time with your hands intertwined in mine.

But,

I’m trying to fall in love with myself. I’m trying to be independent.

And most importantly,

I’m trying to be okay with all of this, with doing things on my own.

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I’ve months thinking about how I could have fixed things, what I could have said, how I could have changed.

But I realized, this is just the way things have to be right now

Or maybe for a while, or forever,

But, I’m not thinking that far ahead. I’m trying to be okay with the situation today. I used to write love letters full of agonizing thoughts and apologies.

But now I’ve realized,

I’ve done enough. It’s time to heal.”

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my whole heart and soul,

matenia

Resolutions.

Amidst all the parties, dancing, “happy new year-ing”, people seem to believe New Years is the prime time to make a change in your life. In order to make a change for yourself, you need to be ready for it. It doesn’t just come with a new year. If you truly want to make a resolution, you need to be ready. Before I continue, I need to make it a point that there is nothing wrong with not being prepared for change right now, don’t push yourself to do something you’re not really ready for. Theres nothing wrong with needing more time, it just means you still have growing to do.

Now, I thought I’d share some of my personal resolutions,

1. Focus on myself more.

While big changes happened for me in 2016, too much of my year was focused solely on taking care of other people. This is the time to focus and re-center. 2017 is so full of possibility and growth, don’t allow people around you to hinder that, no matter the reason. screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-4-21-40-pm

2. Let go of insecurity.

Too many times have I stopped myself from doing, saying, or wearing something because of any number of insecurities. Like, “If I say that I’ll sound dumb or strange” or “I cant wear that outfit because people will stare and judge”. It is time to stop holding yourself back. It is time to allow yourself the freedom to speak your mind, wear what you want, and openly express emotion without fear of judgement or rejection.

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3. Volunteer or help the community/ environment more.

The world around you constantly needs a hand in any situation. Wether it be helping at a shelter or volunteering with kids or going to some sort of cleanup, its important to think about the earth around us. It’s what keeps us alive. 

4. Meet new people.

This is a resolution for me every year. I am so inspired by people’s stories and art. I think it is one of the most beautiful things about people. Meeting new people and making new friends is one of the best ways (in my opinion) to stay inspired.
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Happy 2017, everyone. Let’s get it.

endless love,

matenia