Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Year of Newfound Health and Happiness

I'm way overdue for a new blog post, so get excited because this one is jam packed with links, pics, vids and my typical scatterbrained-ness.

So, I'll jump right into it. Yesterday was my 23rd birthday! Things got really crazy and I took two shots as soon as I woke up...of apple cider vinegar. haha I'm so hardcore, yo! Before you call me weird, check out the benefits to taking ACV shots.

You can buy the BRAGG brand from Whole Foods for $3-4. As a precaution, your belly gets all tingly and warm like any typical alcoholic shot feels like, except with added benefits and no hangover! Make sure you're using organic ACV though!

After that I juiced and tossed back my parasite cleanse pill. Yes, I'm doing a parasite cleanse. I take 3 pills a day for three months and the pill is supposed to break down and destroy any parasties I may have in my body. They're totally gross to think about, but even grosser to think that those nasty aliens are in my body and I'm not doing anything about it. Especially since I went vegan fairly recently and I want to rid my body of as many toxins I've accumulated over the years as possible.

Here's the website and product I'm using:

And a pic of my bday juice! It was delicious!

The left drink had a cucumber, green bell pepper, kale, celery and ginger. The right drink had a beet, carrots, strawberries, lemon and an apple.

I get an immediate jolt of energy! If you're interested in juicing, here's the juicer I use...which has worked wonders for me and my acne.

Typically after I finish juicing, I oil pull with organic coconut oil. Here's an awesome article that explains the benefits, one of which is whiter teeth! I can personally vouch for that because I've been doing it everyday for the last 3 weeks or so and my teeth have gotten whiter. Whitening strips and swish always made my teeth sensitive so finding this nifty at home remedy has been a life saver.

Later that day my family, best friend and I went out to eat at this cute little vegan restaurant and than I hit the gym and maxed out at 80 pull-ups! My friend Michelle is taking me somewhere tomorrow night so I'm pumped about that surprise...which might become a post in and of itself. Overall, it was an awesome birthday and I got wonderful gifts!

I received two Groupons for 15 yoga classes which I can't wait to attend. Going to yoga in college with my friends are some of my favorite memories. I would LOVE to eventually get my certification and become a yoga instructor on a cruise line and do portraits in my free time.

I also got a sweet pair of black/blue Free 4.0 V3 Nike's, a plane ticket to AZ next month, some new clothes and I got myself an orgone pendant!

Let me know in the comments below if you know what that is!

Here's an amazing video that gives a relatively simplistic explanation on what orgonite is. Watch from 24:00-27:00. In a nutshell, orgone attracts, rebalances and than transmutes any negative energy around it to positive energy. Aka it has magical powers. I can't wait till mine comes in the mail from Greece!

If you're interested in an orgone pendant of your own, here's the Etsy shop I purchased mine at. There all custom made so none are exactly alike which makes it even more unique!

I also asked for a book called Angel Therapy by Doreen Virtue. For the last three years of my life, I've seen 11:11 and 3:33 almost everyday. After finally doing some research on this and discovering this phenomenon has been happening to many other people around the world, it led me to discovering Doreen Virtue.

I go to Barnes and Noble almost everyday and work on commissions in the cafĂ© and than I go up stairs to the New Age section, plop down and read Doreen Virtue books. I'm growing so much spiritually and her words really speak to me so I decided to do a portrait of her! She's a 50 something year old raw vegan, Hawaii based clairvoyant, who does motivational conferences and works with Angels.

Once I posted this drawing, I was able to connect with another guy who experiences the same numerology sequences.

It's interesting how the universe works and connects us to certain people when the timing is right!

Sidenote--does anyone have any knowledge about posting ads on Craigslist? I want to be able to post several ads in different cities to reach as wide a population as possible for commissions but it only lets me post 3 a day. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Anyways, have a great rest of the week! I can't believe it's already April! Happy Birthday to all my fellow Aries!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dear Ellen

Dear Ellen,

I've been watching your show for years and you have become a role model and inspiration. You helped me transition from a dark place in my life when I was struggling with my sexuality. Now, it's my time to lend a helping hand to others and use my talent to share some love with the world.

Eight months ago I stumbled onto FullyRawKristina's YouTube channel. Kristina is a raw vegan who overcame hypoglycemia by eating a raw vegan diet and she shares her passion with the world. I was intrigued by her love for eating healthy which radiates through her videos. At that time, I had just graduated college with a Fine Arts degree and decided to do a drawing series of people who inspire me, Kristina being one of them.

As soon as I posted the drawing of Kristina on Instagram, she reached out to me in complete gratitude. One of the most amazing parts about being a portrait artist is the ability to draw and connect with people that I look up to. Kristina is the founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S. yet she still took time out of her busy schedule to communicate with me. Because of Kristina, I made some major changes in my life and went vegan with her help and support!

While meditating a few days ago, I came up with the idea to draw another picture of Kristina in an attempt to sell it and donate the proceeds to a charity for hunger.

Ellen, Kristina and I would like to solicit your assistance for our collaborative effort. I was hoping you could help Kristina and I promote this drawing at a wider scale to help those in need! As you always say, be kind to one another.

Thank you again for everything you do!


Jeremy Mannino

Sent this letter to her last night! Wish me luck! :)

Friday, December 20, 2013