Adventures in Publishing and Education

Well it’s been 3 months into the school year so this means new ventures for the BellaVie Project. The free version of the documentary available online here, has brought to attention many questions and thoughtful discussions with students from around the … Continue reading

What the heck am I supposed to do with my life?!?

It’s that time of year, students have returned to classes, the mid-drifting begins from

I’m going to rock this year! I’ve got all my supplies, I’ve got my organizer, bring it!

to

I hate this class. Maybe I want to switch my major? But I’m paying for this… What do I really like to do.. ahhhh!

*Enters rabbit hole of no answers*

My favorite vlogger made an amazing video that sums up what I have learned. After having many breakdowns along the way – and still figuring things out – I’ve come to a level of relative contentment after watching it.

Why are we asked what to do for the rest of our lives when life is not something that can be so easily planned out? What if you like one thing but not the other? What if you thought you liked something, but after having some experience doing the actual work… was it what you imagined? Maybe, maybe not.

But don’t settle. Keep your options open and surround yourself with people that will support you, and create stuff. I’m currently working at 3 different places – I am learning a lot about myself, and about what kind of work environment I like.

I feel like I can’t be working for somebody else on their projects. I have to have my projects – speaking of which big things are in store! Pun intended. I’ve moved my bigcartel store to Etsy where I have my zines but I’m in the process of book writing. Yes, I know – one at a time. But I’ll update you more on that soon. I’ll be having a pre-order soon for independent copies and what exactly it will entail.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

Letter Writing, Craft Fairs, and Nerds

  Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Renegade Craft Fair and I connected with some great organizations and independent businesses. It’s so exciting to see that despite big business and corporations looking like they have a monopoly … Continue reading

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

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

Autodidactic Opportunities – The UnCollege Fellowship

Yesterday morning I received notice of my TESOL exam.

I Passed!

It took about 5 months of hardcore studying, note-taking, and review. But it was absolutely worth it. It was completely self-taught, no tutor support or anything. So I’m a certified TESOL teacher now! Can’t wait to create lessons for students.

I definitely recommend it to those driven people that are ready take on the world…

Speaking of which! There’s a great opportunity that if voted on will become a reality – The UnCollege Fellowship. Currently it’s on GOODmaker and in the running for a project that can (and should) happen.

You can find out more information about it here.

Melody talks on PBS about the Global Education Partnership

Melody talks a bit more in an exclusive interview about what we will be doing in China with the Global Education Partnership. Inspiring students, cultural exchanges, and connecting with fellow human beings. That’s what education is about, the connections.

After reading the books from AERO, I realized how much the connections with students matter. Look out for a few book reviews I will have posted up soon.

I will also be contributing to a few alternative education magazines in the upcoming month which is quite exciting! The voices are getting louder, and the education model that has been here for ages is not what it used to be. With all of the globalization and and intercultural relations it is of paramount importance to change with the times.

Hope you are all living a BellaVie!

Starting things and doing what you say you will do

Having a network of like-minded individuals is great. Not only is there an abundance of resources and support, but a lot of the time there will be kernels of media that just remind me that this is what I want … Continue reading

Penpals, Snail Mail, and Zines

Recently Nerdfighteria has shown itself to being really made of awesome, it has also shown the power that the internet and individuals collaborating really have. In less than a week a Nerdfighter Penpal group was formed and people were matched … Continue reading

Things that they don’t teach in schools

This conversation has been brought up many times since I began researching educational methods and studying for my TESOL certification. There’s a distinction between general education (the classics in literature, basic mathematical skills, history, etc.) and life learning. Is it … Continue reading