I am Beautiful.

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This artwork is simply one page from my new coloring book that makes its debut in August. The coloring book is entitled, “Beautiful Children’s Positive Character Coloring Book” and will be available on amazon.com.

This coloring book is revolutionary; it reinvents the way we utilize our children’s playtime.

The children will have the opportunity to color, read, learn, remember and do a few writing activities at the completion of the book, if they choose.

Why Positive Character Books?

Positive Character Books help build beautiful people from the inside – out, instead of from the outside – in (which is what we see a lot of in society today).

These books contribute to positively molding our children by helping to build their self-worth, self-esteem and confidence. Therefore, assisting in their achievement of higher academic success.

The truth is, we are all beautiful in our own, unique and individual way when we are exhibiting Positive Character Behaviors.

*Recently, I heard a story online about a young Playboy model that was condemned for taking a picture of an elderly woman at a gym locker room while she was naked, and then sending the picture over her social media feed stating, ‘If I can’t unsee this, neither can you.’ The model subsequently lost all of her modeling contracts, got banned from Playboy and faced a heavy lawsuit in court after her actions were revealed to the public.

This woman went from being praised for her outer beauty and then cast aside for her show of grotesque judgement.

However, my contention is not just with her, it is also with society’s harsh judgement of this woman unveiling her true character; her essence.

Society did not expect her to present her true beauty, initially. She was just adorned with the title of ‘Beautiful woman’ without having to present more than her face and body.

I, today and every day, challenge society to allow a person to walk in and Present their true selves, before bestowing the title of ‘Beautiful Human’ upon them. Observe their inner character first, then ask yourself:

Have they shown kindness? Are they a hard worker? Do they help others? Are they compassionate? Are they exhibiting Positive Character Behaviors in their every day actions?

The only true, lasting beauty, is the beauty of the heart, Rumi once said.

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel, Maya Angelou once stated.

Let’s remember this when we are presented with the presence of another. Let’s feel their essence with our hearts, not cast our judgement about their physical appearance with our eyes, thoughtless words and shallow assumptions.

Thank you for reading.

Durian for beginners

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About to try durian for the first time!

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Not enjoying durian in a not so subtle way.

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Taking a closer look at the fruit.

Today I tried durian for the very first time! It’s impressive that I have lived in this country for over 2 years and have gotten away with not yet trying durian; I have definitely been too scared to try. However, tonight, I was forced to try it and…

First… the smell hit me! The odd thing is, I had smelled it before in the grocery store but this time it was sitting right in front of my face and the smell seemed to have changed; I did not like this change.  It smelled like something kind of rotten…

Oh man, then I had to put it in my mouth and swallow it!!!  Aduh dong!!! It was so weird and squishy.  To be fair, the fruit is beautiful: soft and delicate. The flavor signature is an odd one; you either like it or you don’t. I definitely DON’T as you can clearly see in the middle picture!

However, I am so grateful to have been able to try yet another amazing thing in this lifetime. I’m definitely looking forward to the next challenge!

@america

@america

On January 7, 2014, I conducted a confidence workshop. It went really well! I am grateful to all who attended.

This is the advertisement that was put up on their website (atamerica.or.id).

Also, I am waiting for the video of the session and some photos to be uploaded to their facebook page.

If you find ’em before me, let me know and I will post them on my blog: atamerica (fb).

🙂