En la union esta la fuerza

On Tuesday September 19th, Mexico was hit with a second earthquake in two weeks. According to CNN the 7.1 magnitude earthquake ripped through the capital destroying schools, buildings and homes. People flooded the streets to grasp what was occurring. Unbeknownst to many both earthquakes were a result of the rupture of fault lines within the North American tectonic plate. 
The death toll to this date is roughly 320. Rescuers are relentlessly searching for survivors in hopes of saving lives. Watching the aftermath unfold on the tv is truly sad. But rest assured, there are a lot of ways to give back. Here is what you can do to help! 

Monetary donations to UNICEF Mexico – donate what you can as every penny counts.

Unicef.org

Redcross Mexico, Oxfam Mexico and Save the Children are accepting food, water and clothing donations.
https://www.oxfammexico.org/
https://www.savethechildren.mx/

https://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/

Hurrican Maria
The massive “apocalyptic” category 5 storm hit Dominica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.
Puerto Rico arguably was slapped the hardest leaving hospitals crippled, houses roofless and flooded streets. A total of ten people have died as a result of the storm. Communication is extremely limited – 95 percent of cell towers are down. Puerto Rico has been left without power. The country is ultimately in a state of emergency. Below are a couple of organizations supporting the relief and rebuilding efforts:

Unidos: a fund supported by Bill Deblasio and other members of congress. The fund is managed by the Hispanic federation.
http://hispanicfederation.org/media/press_releases/a_hurricane_relief_fund_for_hurricane_maria_victims_in_puerto_rico/

The Miami Foundation – comprised of two funds supporting both recovery and rebuilding efforts. 

U.S Caribbean Strong Relief Fund: organization will support the relief efforts of Caribbean nations affect by Maria

http://miamifoundation.org/

As a latina I sympethize with all those affected in by these natural disasters. I can’t even imagine the feeling of not hearing back from family members. During this time its important to remain positive and have tons of faith. And remember always be kind!

With love,

Ookaykaren

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The opposite of love isn’t hate its indifference… 

I seldomly deviate from writing about all things lifestyle. However, I couldn’t help but to weight in on the recent violent events such as what occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence was the latest development in a series of tense drama unfolding across the United States over plans to remove statutes and other historical markers of the Confederacy. President Trumps response to the catastrophe was simply unacceptable. Not only did he not respond strongly enough to racism but he failed to condemn the white nationalist. Its time to pay attention to whats really going on in America.


I’m deeply saddened by the plague of violence and prejudice which has spread out nationwide and internationally. It appears as our country is reverting back to the 19th century. The KKK? White nationalist? Is the white house trying to cover the sun with one finger? Not much has changed, these are real issues. Let us strive to be an advocate of change. Be kind to others, do acts of service, simply be a better person. Unfortunately we don’t have control over the decisions being made in the white house. However, I believe that change is possible if we stick to those values.


With love,

OokayKaren

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Practicing non-attachment

I’ve been thinking about writing a post about “attachment” as it resonates with everyone. Ultimately attachments cause pain so why do we constantly attach to ideas, relationships, objects and expectations? When things don’t go as planned we are filled with anxiety, frustration and stress. Stressing about how things will turn out means you’re attached to the idea of how you want things to be. Just let it go! Yes, this is easier said than done. However, it all starts with having a positive state of mind.

Excuse my french but, personally I’ve struggled to let shit go. However, over the years it has become a lot easier to accept things as they are rather than attaching to expectations. In my early twenties I started to read  tons of self help books and one of my favorites is  “Zen and the art of happiness” by Chris Prentiss. In this book I learned the keys to praticing non attachment. 

3 Ways to practice “non- attachement”


1. Meditation – take time to disconnect and just breathe. Find a time that works best for you. Perhaps in the morning when you wake up or at the end of your day. Close your eyes and take a step back. After your session you may find yourself having more energy and a clear state of mind.

2. Accept things as they are – the universe doesn’t make mistakes. Don’t get frustrated if things aren’t going as planned. For example, if it takes longer for you to graduate or purchase a home. Detach from the idea of how things are supposed to happen. Live life with out expectations and have faith that there is something good in store. 

3. Let things go – forget about the past. Live in the present moment. You have no control of people or the future. Things will manifest on their own. Forgive others even if you never received an apology. Holding on to grudges is a form of attachment. Do yourself a favor and move on!

Avoid people who.. 


Over time I’ve learned to protect my space. Its important for me to keep genuine people in my life. I’ve had my share of false, negative and toxic relationships. Therefore, I refuse to keep those types of people in my life. GOOD Vibes only! Below is a list of people you should always avoid. 
1. Mess with your head – Don’t ever let someone play with your emotions. Pay attention to ACTIONS way more than words. Once someone shows you who they are believe them!
2. Intentionally and repeatedly do things they know upset you – Sometimes the company you keep brings you down. Friendships should consist of trust, support and laughter. Stay away from those people that try to dim your light.
3. Expect you to prioritize them but don’t prioritize you – You are NOT an option. Make time for those that care. Its a two way street!

4. Can’t and won’t apologize sincerely – If someone apologizes after hurting you – forgive them. But don’t accept someone who makes up excuses for their actions. If they love you they will take responsibility for their mistakes.