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Catching Up With Lady Elle~

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Dear Life,

So the new year is here and 2018 is looking more bright. First of all, I have good news, I finally have a entry level job with better pay and benefits with a banking company. So, goodbye retail!

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About this new job, I’m not nervous but anxious because I’m excited to learn something new. With this job being in the city, I am nervous about the price of parking more than the usual congested traffic. Therefore, I have to save and wait.

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A week ago I flew to Florida for a little vacation to spend time with my cousins. I shopped and bought a lot of Rugrats merchandise such as a Chuckie key chain, Reptar keychain, and three Reptar bars that I have been waiting to try since I was a child.

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Oh yes, I am a huge Rugrats fan. I was close to buying the Reptar cereal but did not believe in paying $13 for it. Like how is it $13? Will the cereal turn me into a dinosaur?

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About the Reptar bars, I was going to freeze them before trying them because I like eating my chocolate bars frozen. Frozen chocolate bars are more delish than warm room temperature chocolate bars, but that time I was willing to try it straight out of the store.

The taste of the chocolate bar was rich with the delish green colored frosting. At first, I thought the frosting would make the bar too sweet but it was not overwhelmingly sweet. It was enough. Like other reviewers, I wished the bar was shaped like a Reptar just like the show.

And to answer the main question on whether the Reptar bar actually turned my tongue green..

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No, but I had a green stripe on my tongue if that counts…

By the way, the bar was $3 dollars…probably the most money I paid for any candy bar, but the F.Y.E store had the buy 1 and get 2 free deal for the repatar bars, which explains why they still had hundreds of them still on display.

In Florida, I developed a love for flea market shopping. I bought more snacks like trail mix because I am a proud foodie. I bought many sunglasses for $5 each. Now, I know where I can find cheap sunglasses.

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After returning home from Florida, I participated in the Martin Luther King parade. As I re-read and reflect on a few of his speeches, I can’t help but to wonder if today’s reality is what he dreamed of. For instance, segregation is over, we can eat, watch, and play anywhere we go, but I still see blacks and white living separately. There is still a pay wage gap between races and also gender. Police brutalities still happen but lately this controversy has died down a bit but I will not be surprised if it is still happening today. As for politics…things have changed for the worse. I no longer see the need of political parties like the Republicans and Democrats. The whole government system is not perfect just like our human-selves.

 

Racism is still a very sensitive topic that most people rather still avoid because it still exists, not only in the United States, but around the world. You have racism from the lowest class to the highest royals. Yes, I am talking about you, Princess Michael of Kent. 

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Will racism end? Not entirely. We should no longer question how to end racism, but how to recognize it, address it, and fix it.  We should raise our children to become more open-minded on what is going on in this world, not shelter them behind their textbooks. Yes, education is important but it can only prepare them for higher education and promising careers, not reality.  It all starts with being fearless and trying to place your shoes in other people’s situation.

For those who use statistics, the media, and social media  as  your support of argument, get out the house and observe the phenomenon yourself to investigate the reason why this problem still happens each year. Meet new people who are different from you to understand their situation.

 

You want make a change? You want to stop racism, prejudice, discrimination, or stop complaining about people pulling out the “race card” ? Stop arguing with trolls on social media, get out the house, and fix it! You will have to get uncomfortable before you get comfortable to understand other people. Ask the former Nazi how his views of people of color changed when an African American lady treated him with kindness.

Change is possible but it all starts with you.

Life Lesson #90:  A sheltered person is easily influenced, closed-minded, unreliable, and selfish. Stop seeking shelter to avoid today’s issues. Look in the mirror, get out, and get involved.

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America Needs to Laugh More

Dear American Life,

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The country has not been the same since the beginning of the Presidential election. Words can only express how I feel about our current nationwide situation. My heart hurts for the people who are dealing with the stress, anxiety , and despair of the current events that had, has, and will happen.

This week I had to shut off my television, take a break from social media, and refrain from any conversation about politics. I needed a complete body, mind, and spirit refresh to focus mainly on me.

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On Wednesday night, I went to one of my weekly women’s bible study. Every bible study session, we would discuss about the christian-like flaws as young women, wives, and grandmothers. This week’s topic was about laughter.

Laughter was a topic every woman in that session needed because everything around us is getting crazy.

So America (and World), when was the last time we laughed? Not snickering, giggling, or chuckle. I mean that STRONG high climax laugh, that barely-breathing-crying-joy- stomach tightening -face-reddening  laugh. Laugh so consistent that one minute you stop laughing,but later keep rolling on the ground.

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I say it has been a while since I had a good laugh. In fact, the last gut-tightening laugh I had was when my mother and I was on the highway heading to see my grandmother. Note, my mother was driving and her driving can be very scary due to all of the speeding, and sharp turns, and most of all the hard last minute braking!

In the car, the radio was playing “Emotions” by Mariah Carey. This was my favorite song because I love to sing all the high whistle notes. Therefore, I challenged my mother to see who can sing the highest.

Of course we could not reach those challenging high-notes….well…at my mother couldn’t. No we both were epic failures on that song. But that was not the funny part.

The funny part was when I challenged myself to sing the most challenging high note of the song when Mariah sings “…When you’re lookin into my eyes…You make me feel so high.”

Well by the time I tried to reach that high note my mother all of sudden pumped the brakes hard almost hitting a car in front of us. I was singing from “HIGHHHHHHH to HIG-AHHHHHHHHHHHH, screaming in fear like a woman in a horror movie.

My mother laughed so hard and the laughter did not hit until a few seconds later. I could NOT breathe. I was dying with laughter. It was perfect timing that day because I was so stressed out trying to graduate from college.

I surely believe that laughter does heal the soul. I wished everyday I can have a good laugh. Most of all, I want everyone especially, America to laugh more.

Talk to your friends and family, watch a funny movie or video, go to a local comedy show, or just get plain goofy!

Let us have more joy in our lives. Everyone needs a laugh to heal from the negativity.

Life Lesson #81: “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” by Charlie Chaplin.

Thank You,

Lady Elle~