Monday, December 5, 2011


sculpture project: begin with a shell body, and morph into a creative (fill in the blank)-shell

my favorite part: the shadows it created :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

first run

signed up today for my first run!

ive never run with a group nor have i ever signed up for anything like this before. for my first one, i signed up for the running tour of the brooklyn brewery. i havent spent much time in brooklyn so i figured this would be the beginning of many opportunities to explore nyc's boroughs. hopefully these short running tours will turn into short races and eventually lead me to the ultimate finish line of the NYC marathon!

in the meantime, some pics from today's lunch-walk in the bronx:

i really like these pics (using instagram for the iphone) because even though the shots are the same, each has its own unique quality and so a different mood to the scene.... hope you enjoy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

cognitive restructuring

Cognitive Restructuring

Simply put, this means changing the way you think. Angry people tend to curse, swear, or speak in highly colorful terms that reflect their inner thoughts. When you're angry, your thinking can get very exaggerated and overly dramatic. Try replacing these thoughts with more rational ones. For instance, instead of telling yourself, "oh, it's awful, it's terrible, everything's ruined," tell yourself, "it's frustrating, and it's understandable that I'm upset about it, but it's not the end of the world and getting angry is not going to fix it anyhow."

Be careful of words like "never" or "always" when talking about yourself or someone else. "This !&*%@ machine never works," or "you're always forgetting things" are not just inaccurate, they also serve to make you feel that your anger is justified and that there's no way to solve the problem. They also alienate and humiliate people who might otherwise be willing to work with you on a solution.

Remind yourself that getting angry is not going to fix anything, that it won't make you feel better (and may actually make you feel worse).

Logic defeats anger, because anger, even when it's justified, can quickly become irrational. So use cold hard logic on yourself. Remind yourself that the world is "not out to get you," you're just experiencing some of the rough spots of daily life. Do this each time you feel anger getting the best of you, and it'll help you get a more balanced perspective. Angry people tend to demand things: fairness, appreciation, agreement, willingness to do things their way. Everyone wants these things, and we are all hurt and disappointed when we don't get them, but angry people demand them, and when their demands aren't met, their disappointment becomes anger. As part of their cognitive restructuring, angry people need to become aware of their demanding nature and translate their expectations into desires. In other words, saying, "I would like" something is healthier than saying, "I demand" or "I must have" something. When you're unable to get what you want, you will experience the normal reactions—frustration, disappointment, hurt—but not anger. Some angry people use this anger as a way to avoid feeling hurt, but that doesn't mean the hurt goes away.

via clearviewwellness

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

its been awhile....

...but im still here!

last night in my abnormal psychology class we watched a late 90's 20/20 clip about a young girl, Brandi Binder, who was born quite healthy, but at around age 4-5 developed something called rasmussen's encephalitis.  in short, her right brain was causing her to have uncontrollable seizures, and so, by age 6, she had the entire right half of her brain removed.  the recovery that followed is a medical and life miracle.  brandi not only lived through the procedure, but she excelled at things that doctors swore she would never do again: walk, talk, read, excel at math, or do anything creative, since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and is responsible for the more creative aspects that we develop.  what doctors found was that at such a young age, the brain is still rapidly developing, constantly creating new networks and pathways.  turns out her left brain was starting to pick up some of the pieces that the right brain was supposed to be doing.  the story was so moving that i was eager to find out where brandi is now, and what i found is incredible.  brandi, now 29, has since spoken at numerous events and has created wonderful works of art.  here are a few of those pieces: