How often have you smiled today?

More often than not, we become engulfed by the stress and struggles of everyday life that we forget to stop and smile; we forget, in reality, we are truly gifted.

Smile for being alive. Smile for being able to walk, touch, see, hear, smell. Smile for our brothers and sisters. Smile for a better tomorrow. Smile for all of our blessings. Smile because happiness is not defined by the material possessions we have, but by the gentle, generous heart in our chest.

Here’s a great article on the science smiling: http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture

Have a great day and remember to crack a smile :]

P.S. Big up to British MCs for putting Hip-Hop back on the map.



In light of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. and his revolutionary humanitarian efforts, I would like to take a time to pause and see how much we have advanced as a race since the Civil Rights movement. I would like to invite and ask yourself, “Who am I?”

I love to consider myself Mexican-American. I love my Mexican heritage, color, culture, norms, people. And I love the comforts of living in the United States.

At the same time though, I can’t truly relate with Mexican natives because we lived and live two completely different lifestyles. To them, I’m a gringo…a privileged folk who has it easy, who got lucky.

Well, maybe I can relate better with the White “American” people. Oh, wait…what? I’m just a beaner, wetback, border-hopper? I’m only supposed to amount to cutting grass and working in the fields? That’s all I’m good for? I see.

I’m not from here, I’m not from there. “Mexican” is not even considered a race/ethnicity in America, but when it’s valuable to the rich man…”yes, he’s one of us.” How can we turn a blind eye to this and other issues of the world? How can we pretend this atrocity is not happening and be happy? Why are we NOT given the choice to nurture our roots, but instead have an agenda constantly pushed on us…but instead made fun of in the media? How can we allow our heritage to slowly erode…especially while we are still being discriminated against? I don’t understand. Maybe I never will.

Freedom for all or freedom for no one.