No Longer being sared_You-Tube Channel

Today, I would like to talk about something that’s been on my mind and that’s being scared. I have always had a youtube account but never really posted videos because honestly, I was scared. Through it all I was stopping myself from being creative, helping others and reaching out because my mind was only seeing the negative. I am very tired of thinking this way and I am learning that being scared no matter what type of journey you are walking down it will always be there. Never goes away but it’s how we work through those feelings. I will be making videos in areas of my life journey that mean the most to me and that’s dyslexia, art and brain tumors.I hope to connect with others on another level and help them through any challenging times in their life. Through my youtube channel, I want to express myself through a creative way in videos. Through everything I’ve personally been through in my life, I truly do believe that things happen for a reason and I was put on this earth to help others.

My brain tumor journey, gifts of creativity and other challenges that I’ve faced have brought me great joy. That’s because I want to change the world by showing others that those hard times are put there to make us stronger in our life journey and it “Minds over Matter”.

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Many people walk through a life journey rather it’s a health, mental or physical problem. We all experience some type of pain or setback throughout our life but we can choose how to continue that journey. Rather through negative darkness where we blame everyone/everything around us or we can change our minds and see the light. I guess, what I am trying to say is that we have the power/key to personally change our mindset in terrible situations in our life. That’s because four years ago my life was stopped to a complete halt because I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor known as lumerity duclos disease (non-cancerous dysplastic gangliocytoma of the cerebellum). I was defiantly angry with God and could believe that I had to once again to deal with another health problem. Through this angry, sadness and even feeling lost I just went on with my life and was terrified of graduating college and that’s because my mind was holding onto the unknown.

There is defiantly a reason for this post, that’s because I’ve had something in my mind since I had my 1 year anniversary for my brain tumor surgery. Before February 23, 2015, I wasn’t living and I was scared to just take one step outside. That’s because I didn’t know what the future would hold for me and my mind was scared to take any risks. Now, it’s been a year a three months and I am slowly but surely learning and taking risks and keep pushing to achieve my dreams. I really want to help children and the younger generation by guiding them through life but in a creative/artistic way.

Thinking_Differntly

I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what to write about next. A few days ago I came across this image that I found on LinkedIn that someone else decides to share. I liked, shared and now decide to share on my blog because it deafly resonated with my own personal experiences with being dyslexic and struggling in the normal school curriculum. From a very young age, I knew that I learned/think differently than the other students.

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At the moment I would like to talk about the experience I had over the weekend. I got to meet this bright, funny and creative little third-grader. We have many things in common and one of those include being dyslexic and struggling in school. I started to spark up a conversation with her in a variety of different topics so she would get cnfortable(open-up). I asked her questions about school, dance in any other types of activity she might be involved in. Knowing about her dyslexia I wasn’t thrown off when she told me “I hate math and reading and I don’t want anything to do with it, it’s useless”. I could definitely relate to where she was coming from but as a young adult and seeing the gifts of being dyslexic in a difficult educational system. We just have to find ways that Personly work for us. For example, when I was struggling in math class with a word problem. I laid it just dry out because I knew that I’m a visual learner rather than trying to figure out and read the problem.  

I want to be truthfully honest with you guys this made me angry but in the end, it also made me want to help her even more. I know this is deafly not going to be the last time that I meet this little girl but I truly do want to be some sort of mentor for her because I can personally relate to the good/bad when it comes to being dyslexic at school. Yes, reading/math and spelling will be hard but it is useful because with out them we wouldn’t have so many amazing dyslexics.

These Are just only a few of famous dyslexic (they thought differently than others) had many people give up on them/made fun of them for being different but they say their gifts. This is what I want to do for the world share my creative gift and brain with the world. Change one mind at a time……… That’s because I want to show the younger generation that being different is okay, you just learn/think in a different way.

Actors in entertainers:

1. Orlando Bloom

2. Jim Carrey

3. Whoopi Goldberg

Physicians and surgeons

1. Harvey Cushing

2. Fred Epstein

Business Leaders

1. Richard Branson

2. David Neeleman

Musicians and vocalists

1. Cher

2. Brad Little

3. John Lennon

4. Nigel Kennedy

Before I go this is for all the parents out there that me being his struggling or feeling sad that their child has gotten a diagnosis dyslexia. Yes, it’s 100% scary but it’s definitely not the end because your child is able to do so many other things that normal other children may not have the capability (mind strengths). Please embrace those gifts that you see in your child rather it’s in music, are or even athletics. Also as a parent you need to be an advocate for your child when it comes to getting thanks, octuple accommodations and school but as they grow you should also teach them that they need to be their own advocate when they get older. My mom taught me to be my own advocate when I was in seventh or eighth grade and I do really appreciate that because it made me more open to telling people about my learning differences, strengths and what teachers could you to help me in the classroom. One more thing, please if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to leave them and please share my blog with your family and friends.

Lumosity.com_Why I Also Workout My Brain Power

Happy Saturday everyone and today I will be talking about Lumosity.com. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, it’s a brain training website. You can play three games (each day) for FREE or you can also pay a membership. I was introduced to this website through someone that my mom knows. He does a lot of brain training and he throughout it would be something good for me. I did play these games quite a lot but I ended up taking a very long break because of school/college.

Now, that I had brain surgery last year to remove the tumor and also been dealing with seizures. I thought it might be a great idea to get back into working out my brain on Lumosity.com because I’ve definitely seen a difference in how my mind works. One of my problems with my mind and brain (post surgeries/seizures) it’s been a lot slower and my memory and processing hasn’t been great. Along with my daily workout, I also make sure I do the games on Lumosity because I know it has definitely helped. I do want to stress that my mind/brain is total not back to where it was before surgeries,seizures and brain tumor diagnoses. I know it will never happen but that’s okay with me because it’s my new normal and I just have to work with what God gave me. I still do hate that I forget things (words) while I’m talking or most recently I forgot how old I was. Yes, that’s right I forgot my age and I was second guessing myself in a conversation I was having on Twitter.

Another thing that has happened to me a lot is when I want to go into one room in the house but end up walking into another one. Through having these challenges with my memory(brain), doing these games on Lumosity has made me face many obstacles like remembering paths and direction or even looking at the entire picture of a puzzle.
Before, I end this post I want to say that doing these games has also helped me with sticking with goals and working towards something. I know that I’m not alone in this but after graduating from college in 2014, I felt very lost. Honestly, I still do but with working on these games (Lumosity.com) I find that it helps me face my challenges.
One more thing, going these games are in my regular day routine.
If this seems like something you’re interested in please check out their website.
https://www.lumosity.com/app/v4/dashboard

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