Freestyling in Education, Life, and the Journey

Neil Gaiman talks about education, jobs, and how he came to where he is in this fantastic speech. It resonated with me so much in regard with learning. The universe works in mysterious ways, and I joke about it with my friends all the time.

“It’s a sign!” 

The Universe is saying something!”

But if it wasn’t for those little subtle nudges I wouldn’t have taken the plunges that I would have today – joining the UnCollege Movement, taking my TESOL exam (that was with the helpful nudge of NPR!), or going to China with the Global Education Partership

It’s scary but thrilling. Moving and still. And the learning that I have done this year just makes me realize that I have so much more learning to do. I leave for Shanghai on Sunday, and then will be in Kunming until the beginning of August.

If you get anything from this post – listen to the little nudges and take into account the little serendipities. You’ll be quite surprised where they lead you.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

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Recording Things in Education

Yesterday I measured my luggage and started making final copies of travel things I

had to bring. Checking things off my luggage, and making sure that I was prepared and had all the necessary numbers and contacts written down.

I also found a little recycled travel journal that I’ve started writing with for the trip. Two summers ago, every single morning I would write three pages in a journal. Mostly streams of consciousness, dreams, and frequently to-do lists for that day. I wanted to make sure I recorded down all the emotions, challenges, and

experiences in writing. My documentary is not solely focusing on me. It’s about one of the many paths that one can take with their education. There’s no one-size-fits all as I’ve learned these last few months.

From UnCollege to the Eduventurist to the many mentors I’ve found along the way.  Your life path is totally dependent on you, people’s contributions to you, and your contributions to people. I hope that with my documentary and the pilot program of The Global Education Partnership I continue to grow, but also create things that will help others on their own life-learning.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

Interview with Philosopher and Filmmaker Jason Silva

Busy with filmmaking and speaking, I got a chance to interview and ask Jason Silva, filmmaker, philosopher, and “epiphany addict” some advice about filmmaking and what he wanted to be when he “grew up.” I grew up in Venezuela and went … Continue reading

Frank Romano III: Entrepreneurship, Education, and Economy

This past week I got to sit down and talk with Frank Romano III, who is one of the co-founders of Vanilla Video. We talked about starting up this company, education and the changing economy. Regarding education, Frank did two … Continue reading

Still figuring it out – the documentary, teaching, zines, and all I do

After searching for videos to post for work on AERO, I stumbled across Tavi Gevinson’s Tedx talk on still figuring it out. Being a long-time  fan of her teen girl blog Rookie and how it’s totally zine, DIY, and real (rather … Continue reading

Welcoming George, Artists, and Zines

This weekend was wonderful – it involved taking out the new camera (George, a Canon 60D) out for a spin, macaroons, trains, zines, and meeting artists. For anyone that is just getting into zines I do suggest checking out Stolen … Continue reading

The search for cameras is never-ending

Craigslist… Amazon…Google Checkout…Craigslist… The search continues on since last week when I finally raised enough money for a professional camera for my documentary project in China. I wanted something light, good depth of field, and manual focusing. Manual focusing and … Continue reading