100% Committed

January 16, 2013

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“I am 100% Committed to this.”  — I learned this exercise from a good friend and mentor. I have found that it has helped me in all facets in life. I especially think of this phrase when I’m in the middle of a difficult conversation with someone or I have had a long day of work and there is still more to go.

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With regards to work, I remind myself that I chose the work and schedule I have. I remind myself that my present moment is where I ‘want’ to be and I focus on remaining fully committed and fully aware so that I can contribute my full self. Telling myself that I am 100% committed to something reminds me that I am fully accountable for my actions. It has changed a tiring situation into a situation that is inspiring to myself and others…. It has turned my lemons into lemonade.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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All You Need Is Love

January 11, 2013

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow” — John Lennon

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It takes courage to be honest. It takes courage to ask for help. It takes courage to follow your dreams. It takes courage to build healthy relationships. It takes courage to love unconditionally. It takes courage to take risks.  It takes courage to break bad habits. It takes courage to forgive. It takes courage to accept yourself…. and accept others.

Love yourself and take courage.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Missy Elliott

January 9, 2013

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”  — Buddha

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I’m not a television watcher at home, but while visiting family recently, I came across an interview of Missy Elliott in VH-1‘s Behind The Music. Prior to the interview, I didn’t know very much about her, other than knowing she is a rap artist. I had limited knowledge of her.

Wow! I am so impressed by her drive and determination. And equally impressed by her ability to overcome obstacles. It was truly an inspiring interview and in watching I feel inspired to work harder in my career. She definitely has a new admirer.

Watch the video: Missy Elliott on VH-1’s Behind The Music

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Waky, Waky!

January 7, 2013

Waky, waky, eggy, bacy!

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(A little breakfast humor!)

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Drifting Into Dreams

January 4, 2013

“It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within in.”  — John Ruskin

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I’m unsure who the artist is who created this lovely image, however, it reminds me of when I was very young, maybe three or four years of age. I would lay in bed imagining what it would feel like to fall asleep outside; I’d image how comforting it would be to feel the wind and see the stars as I drifted off into sleep. Then, as I actually did fall asleep, I would dream of floating around my house and around the neighborhood finding joy in the sereneness late at night. Thisl was all a dream, but felt so real. As an adult I still find myself floating around the house I grew up. I still hear the crickets and see the stars. I don’t get those dreams as frequently, but I always enjoy them.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Peace Sells

January 2, 2013

Peace is possible”  — Mattie J.T. Stepanek

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I’ve had the song, ‘Peace Sells…  But who’s buying?‘  by Megadeth playing in my head over and over the past few nights. Sometimes the only way to get songs out of my head is to write about them.

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I never really listened to heavy metal and ‘Peace Sells‘ is probably one of the only songs I know from the band. There is no doubt that there is artistry in this song and I respect their artistic expression. Many comment that Dave Mustaine is genius and has contributed much to the art of heavy metal. I’m an admirer of anyone who follows their dreams and is passionate about the work they do.

As I reviewed the lyrics (found them on Lyrics Freak website) I thought about a few things:

Judgement, Anger, Criticism…  Freedom possibly?

My interpretation of the song:  Why on earth would one buy into a society’s definition of ‘Peace’ when all that is felt is condemnation.  The anger is apparent and change won’t happen if those around him refuse to change. Below are a few lines from the song:

If there’s a new way
I’ll be the first in line…

….Can you put a price on peace?

As the song replayed in my head (over and over), an inspiring story I read about a young boy and his pursuit to share the message of peace with the world came to mind.

A few years ago I read and blogged about Mattie J.T. Stepanek after reading about him in ‘Messenger‘ written by his mother, Jeni Stepanek. (See blog here.)

There are two sides to every coin. I don’t want to ignore the injustices that take place in this world, but it’s much more freeing for me to focus on what I can do to contribute to the world in a positive way. Every one is motivated differently and perhaps one story, person or song might speak more to you than another.

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I wish you a peaceful day, week, year and so on. May you find inspiration in everything around you.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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A Proud Chocoholic

December 28, 2012

Hello. My name is Lena Jácome and I am a chocoholic. It’s not so much a confession as it is a statement. It’s a sincere joy to eat chocolate and I truly believe with every fiber of my being that it was invented for me. Maybe there are a few of you out there that feel the same way.

My favorite chocolate bar…. Dagoba.

I thank the Universe for chocolate.

My Sincerest Gratitude,

Lena Jácome

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Martha Graham: Expression

December 26, 2012

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I attained my undergraduate degree at New World School of the Arts, a performing arts school based in Miami, Florida. It was there that I was exposed to Graham Technique. I fell in love with the style and felt inspired by Martha Graham’s love and dedication to dance. It was during this time in my life that I wanted to perform with The Martha Graham Dance Company. I was so passionate about the art form that for some time, there was nothing else in my eyes.

As time moved on I pursued other ventures and I ended up in the southwest instead of the northeast. I love my life and I feel very honored and blessed to have the life I have. While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I never thought that flamenco dance would become such an important part of my life.

It’s wonderful to do what you love and love what you do. I look back on my modern dance training with joy and pride. It’s a wonderful memory and it was a great time in my life. I’m so glad I have that training under my belt as it provided a strong foundation for me.

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It’s interesting how life changes and yet I’m just as passionate, if not more, about flamenco dance as I was while studying Graham Technique. To me, this is what life is about. Being passionate about life.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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The Artist

December 21, 2012

I’m a daydreamer.

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I love music….

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and I love dancing.

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I love creativity and I find myself inspired often.

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I admire passionate people and I hope that I radiate passion in all that I do.

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I love life…..

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even when I feel crappy.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Candy Lady!

December 17, 2012

This is a funny scene from the sitcom, ‘Friends.’ I sometimes feel like I have that crazy look in my eyes when I’m craving something decadent. I can totally relate to the crowd and their persistence!

My schedule for the upcoming week (wishful thinking)!

Photo: Lucinda Heckerman Peralta

Wishing you the sweetest things in life!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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