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!

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The $100 Start-Up: A manual for micro-business

I just finished The $100 Start-Up by Chris Guillebeau yesterday. After extensive note-taking, brain-storming (and pooting) I’ve gotten a better handle on the direction my own little micro-business ventures will continue on. It was a great read, with lots of … 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

Fundraisers and Film School

The fundraiser is this Friday (aaah!). I’m bringing my shirts, buttons, zines, and my friends have made bows and and organic bath bombs for the cause. There will be music by nerdfighters, poetry readings by students, and an explanation as to what The BellaVie Documentary will consist of. Also, Vanilla Video will be there to film the event as well!

My to-do list has expanded this week because I got some editing jobs and a new position to help with the Alternative Education Resource Organization! I’m helping in the video and social media department. Since jointing UnCollege I’ve learned so much on my own and sharing resources felt like the most natural thing to do. So expect a new shared video on the A.E.R.O. website from me. Whether it may be a PBS special on Emotional Intelligence to my favorite Ken Robinson speech about education; I will put it up for people to discover. I’ve also got a special piece to write for K.H.L.O.E. magazine. Also, for magazines and zines in general have you checked out RookieMag? It’s fab – talking about young awesome people.

Second semester classes have begun and a few days ago in my film history class we watched the first ever documentary: Nanook of the North directed by Robert Flaherty in 1922. How cool is that? Documentary films capture a bit of the lifestyles and spirit of a time. What kind of documentarian would I be if I would not have seen the first documentary ever made?

Also, I’ve gained a much deeper appreciation for silent B&W films. Especially  Charlie Chaplin – in both “The Kid” and “The Circus.” I still have yet to see The Dictator,” but the speech that he made in that was so moving. Even though I’m not into the whole making movies and Hollywood dealio, I do believe that storytelling and imagery together can change lives. This is why I focus on writing and filmmaking. I’m still learning a lot (and have much to learn, I’m not anywhere near having my own style with film) and want to figure out all of the software out there. Also having more control over the lenses and such would be lovely. My friend Miten Soni knows how much I geek out about DSLRs.

Another major thing on my to-do list is creating a new Chinese e-mail and having my gmail forward the messages to that one. Also, create my airplane playlist with Jacky Saucedo (who illustrated the awesome flyer for the fundraiser) for dancing on the plane to China. Suggestions are welcome.

Hope you are all living a Bella Vie!

Why I Do What I Do: An Intro to The BellaVie

I think there has to be more clarity with my blog, especially for my new followers! Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. I made it to

  • share my adventures in UnColleging myself.
  • share resources for other young people just getting into the “real world” (aka work, finances, self-sufficiency)
  • share inspiring things that I find helpful professionally, creatively and in different areas of life (travel hacking, alternative press, minimalism, mental health, and overall wellness)
  • share interviews with inspiring creative people whether it may be authors and travel hackers like Chris Guillebeau, or freelance  animators like Rich Ramazinski.
  • document my own current projects: A documentary on my trip to China volunteering (with the Global Education Partnership) revolving around self-empowerment and resources that are out in the world for people to take hold of – The BellaVie Project

And why did I decide on the name The BellaVie? Bella was (and still is) my nickname, and what I did not know when I was little was that it means beautiful in Italian. Vie means life in French, and being the adoring francophile that I am I had to include this. So The BellaVie is the beautiful life, a life that I hope everyone can live. And I believe a beautiful life is one where you can do what you a love for a living. Check out some of the resources on here, some other blogs that I follow, and you’ll see that it is possible. My story is just one of many, and I still am learning new things every day.

Hope you are all living a BellaVie!