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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Good News Blog Readers!

I've been working long and hard, and my new website is finally ready!  I will be posting all of my new Monday blogs on BretonyBoheme.com, so please go check out the new site and tell me what you think! ;)

This site will still be here for my entire blog archive (if any body really wants to dig that deep), and I may post updates here from time to time, but my main site will now be BretonyBoheme.com.

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- B



Monday, April 13, 2015

     Bike Life




     Bonjour!  (I have no idea why, but I've been doing a faux French accent for the past few days, and I am really loving it.  So just read this as a French person would...if you will!)  This week has been pretty active for me.  It's good!  I really needed to start getting things together.  I know the cold weather can be very depressing sometimes, and this winter seemed to last longer than (ya know, honestly, I've been sitting here for far too long trying to think of a decent metaphor to compare the long winter to.  At the end of the day it was just longer than...) a muther f*cker!  But warm weather can really motive us to actually get out of the house and get active!

     I for example, got a bike this past week!  (I know right, who the heck have I become!?)  I use to be so very leary of riding bikes in NYC.  It can be very dangerous actually.  The first time I rode in the city,  was on a Citibike thing.  I did feel like a huge nerd.  It's sort of like riding a rental car with a bunch of advertisements.  It was fine for a first time city rider like me I suppose, but yes, very nerdy.  Also, I only rode citibikes at night because there was less traffic.  Now that I have a bike of my own, I guess I really do have to start learning to ride it during the day with the rest of civilization.  This week I did get a lot of practice in during normal waking hours.  I rode around Brooklyn though, not Manhattan (not ready for those daytime bridges just yet! Lest we forget the Bike/Bridge Debacle of 14'??)   Me and my wonderful, extremely helpful counterpart rode up and down Bedford Ave, through beautiful neighborhoods that I never even knew existed in Brooklyn (seriously, such beautiful homes and brownstones)!  We rode to Prospect Park, which was over run with active Brooklynites, their pets, and children.  Seriously though, riding through the park is almost as chaotic as city streets.  We almost took out a little puppy! It was still pretty tiresome riding up all of those darn hills, but I was assured that it gets easier the more you ride.  I sure hope so, because guess what people...biking is literally the most efficient form of travel that I've personally experienced in the city.  Let me tell you why!
     First of all, after you buy the darn bike, that's it!  There is nothing else to buy!  (Well actually, I do need to get a bike light and a lock) But honestly, it's a one time investment that far surpasses the expenses of a weekly/monthly metro card or obviously a gas guzzling car.  Once you buy a bike, your basic transportation needs are taken care of!  Second of all, yes, It seems stressful to think of riding everywhere you go and being all sweaty and out of breath, trust me, no one is more of a princess than me.  But I actually think I'm the same amount of tired (maybe a tad more), as riding, transferring trains, and walking down a billion stairs.   Third,  bikes cut through all traffic!  You wait for nothing when you bike.  Technically, yea, you are supposed to obey all traffic rules (which EYE do), but once you get the hang of the flow of things,  you can start to ride through everybody.  It's better than being stuck in traffic or stuck on in the middle of a train delay...helpless!  Lastly, it's freakin fun!  Minus all the inclinations you have to ride up, but hey, maybe some people think those are fun.  I feel like a kid again riding a bike for the most part.  Basically, If you want to save money, and be in complete control of your riding experience in a fun way, biking is for you!  Dangerous?  Eh, perhaps, but then again, what in this day and age ISN'T?  Even eating a hamburger is "dangerous" now for Pete's sake! (Vegans, we will talk soon...)

Anywho,  biking is awesome, so try it if you can!  Also this week I've been trying to take more photographs and videos to correspond with my weekly adventures.  It's hard because I'm always looking kinda cray.  How do celebrities always look so painstakingly decent in all of their candid paparazzi shots, and I'm out here lookin' like Felicia from Friday?  The world may never know.



I just wanna know who I thought I was right here...


p.s. I'm also looking for people who live in NYC to be in videos with me, nothing too intense (at first), perhaps just to interview New Yorkers!  Email me bretonymcgee@gmail.com

p.p.s. I always thought Felicia from Friday would've been super cute if she let those braids out!

Monday, April 06, 2015



A Yearning for Learning





     Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Spring is finally here... I think? I hope. Isn't it crazy how when people have nothing to talk about with each other, they always start talking about the weather? "So... This weather is crazy right?"  I suppose it's something that everyone can relate to without getting to in depth into an argument.  But I love arguments!
   Anywho, enough about nonsensical atmosphere talk, I've recently started working on my new website, and it is drop dead awesome! I don't know what took me so long to finally just break down and get serious about it.  Well actually I do know, web design is expensive! I decided to take matters into my own hands and learn how to design it myself.  Yes, I know I'm not a highly trained professional, but do u really have to be? I'm just taking it very slowly, one step at a time, and finding out how to create the look I want each step of the way.  It's not rocket science ( and come to think of it, rocket science is probably not all that hard either). I remember a long time ago, I tried to pretend I was a genius and started learning how to code HTML.  It was actually kinda fun! HTML is kinda like learning a language. I also think learning languages is kinda fun! Perhaps I just think learning in general is fun.
     This world has so much information so why limit how much there is to learn?  Usually in life we are forced to learn things against our will (elementary school, middle school, high school), and then told me MUST learn certain things in order to succeed in life (college). When we grow up and realize we can learn whatever interests us, that's when it can actually become something to enjoy. 

     With all the technology available these days, it's hard NOT to learn things.  One time I learned how to open a can without a can opener from youtube! Actually youtube has taught me many great things; how to cook, do my makeup, jailbreak an iPhone.  (Not that I'm gonna try, but) I feel like I could learn how to perform open heart surgery from there! Wikipedia, even though it may have it's informational faults from time to time, can really teach you a lot about everything too.  A link based, online encyclopedia?? Come one! Best website ever! Basically, almost anything you want to learn is online, right at your finger tips.
     Maybe that's what's wrong with me though, the more I learn, the more things I want to start doing.  This in turn creates a huge list of things for me to start trying to do each day, to the point where I get semi overwhelmed with it all.  Is there a word for people who see something being done (dancing, sports, acrobatics, speaking Arabic) and automatically think, "Ooooh I wanna do that!" And proceed to learn how to do it? Welp, that's me. So far in my life, I've wanted to be an architect, artist, cosmetologist, DJ, taste tester, pastry chef, lawyer, psychologist, marriage counselor, tennis player, classical pianist, TV show host, clothing designer, housewife, interior designer, and I'm SURE I'm missing a few. I'm also one of those people who want to just do everything myself because I don't trust people, eh! 

     Which finally brings me to my website! I have heard before from people that I lack focus.  Well frankly, I do! I wanna do, learn, and experience everything I can in life! I don't really wanna limit myself or narrow it down. Not one bit! But I think I did finally find a way to do it in a pseudo-sane way...

     I have decided that I am a life reviewer (maybe I'll think of a classier way to put that).  Let me explain... Since I love doing a bunch of different things and I don't want to focus on one in particular, I WILL do everything, and report on my experiences.  Which is what I do anyway for the most part right? I'm going to live my life the best way I know how, singing, dancing, creating, eating, traveling, and trying to be happy.  The new website will hopefully be a place where I can do all of that.  

     It really is cute! I can't wait to share it with everyone.  Remember though, you really can learn just about anything you want, trust me, it's a lot easier than you think.  The hardest part is always starting.  The second hardest part is finishing.  The middle is fun!

Stay tuned peeps! 

p.s.  Ugh, now I really AM curious about open heart surgery.

p.p.s. Check out the SUPER testing phase of my website here
(It really is super minimal right now, but just focus on the layout and design...all by me!)

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Penny for your Food Thoughts




Hello every!  Happy and beautiful Monday.  Still a cold spring...still freezing my nads off!  This past week was pretty chill for me.  Lots of kitty cuddling, which I won't complain about. What I'm really trying to avoid saying is that I did a bunch of nothing!  And yea, sure, sometimes I felt a little bad about waking up at 3pm, or binge watching random series on Netflix, but for the most part, why should I feel bad? I know in this game of life, we are conditioned to think that we should be "working hard", which is fine, but what about those of us that just want to live life each day in new and different ways?  I have no problem working toward a particular goal that I'm trying to accomplish, but working hard every day?  Maybe it's not for me!  Some people thrive off of mundane daily tasks.  I suppose I could see the joy in that.  However, I thrive off of daily relaxation, discovery, unplanned spontaneity, and learning new things.  I've always asked myself this question because of these things... Am I just lazy??

I don't really think I am.  Just because I don't want to "work" in the traditional sense doesn't mean I don't have things that I want to do.  The things that I actually LOVE doing don't really make much money though .  But does lack of a typical "income" denote a lack of work ethic? (Don't you just love written air quotes?)  According to society, as long as you are getting paid, you are technically working, right?  There are people who get paid to sleep for crying out loud!  What am I doing wrong?

In honor of exploring my options of doing what I love and getting paid for it (the true American dream), I decided to begin writing about my traveling and food experiences!  I dabbled a bit when I wrote my blog about my trip to Columbia recently, and today I will review a lovely dinner party I was invited to last night!

So if you know me, you know I LOVE food.  Where does it all go?  Beats the heck outta me, because I've remained the same size since middle school.  Gift and a curse people, trust me.  Anywho, last night I was very randomly invited to eat at a supper club dinner party by a wonderful lady named Naomi! Naomi is the founder of CENA, which is a monthly dining experience like I have never had before. I didn't really know what to expect, but I received the email containing the location and a sample 5 COURSE Indian cuisine inspired menu (there was no set menu, but she told me that people could send in allergies before hand).  

The invite also said BYOB, (which is basically what I do secretly at every restaurant anyway) but I'm glad it was encouraged.  The venue was a small pottery shop in a Greenpoint neighborhood that use to be a restaurant and record shop.  Very cute!  A lovely, mood setting jazz trio was in the front doing a set of a few cover songs when I got there.  Also there was a cat named Dragon sleeping in a box!

Dragon!


Chef Shuchi!
 One thing I WAS a little leery of was the guests of the dinner party.  I'm not the most social of butterflies, so I was very nervous when I saw the set up of the room.  There were 16 settings at 3 different long tables.  Who the heck was I gonna be sitting next to??  I was gonna have to interact with people I don't know! Ahhh! It turns out, as the guests started to arrive, some people did infact know each other already.  A few did come all alone, like me, but there were all very welcoming and personable.  I suppose if you are coming to a place like this you are probably an open individual anyway.  It was a very communal setting though overall.  The kitchen was completely open for us to see chef Shuchi Mittal (of 29calories.com) preparing the food.  


She came out to introduce each dish, since the menu was practically a secret until the day of.  As the wine flowed, I began to come out of my shell a bit and talk to some of the people, who all loved food just as much as I did.  I guess food really can bring people together.  Usually we think of food as a necessity of life and just scarf down the required daily portions, but it's so much more!  It's an experience! The idea of this kind of dinner party supper club is actually very cool when you think about it.  BUT it is definitely for the adventurous and open minded.  Each month is a different location, chef, and group of people.  The reservations do sell out fast, so you should probably make some in advance.  And yes, I know, it's hard for us random New Yorkers to actually PLAN things so far ahead like that, but it will be worth it when the day finally arrives.  


Beets + Cilantro Raita + Spicy Orange Compote

Fishcake + Green Beans + Pickled Cabbage

Chicken Keema + Pastry + Achaar Aioli

Mix Veg Korma + Chickpeas + Pilaf

Butter Cake + Cardamon Creme + Chikki



New York is full of so many things that I haven't even THOUGHT about trying yet, but I will be here to tell you about each experience I have (so you can know which ones SUCK and which ones are awesome).  This one was absolutely awesome.  I'm not gonna jump off the social deep end just yet, but it really opened me up to the idea of getting to know more people in this town.  

If you live in NYC, go check the website for April's dinner party reservations www.cenanyc.com 

And if you need some food (or a tropical location) reviewed, feel free to invite me for dinner! 

p.s. I use to want to be a professional taste tester when I was a kid (like those people on Iron Chef), but then I thought about all the terrible stuff I'd have to eat too -___-

p.p.s I do remember my first food review job ever though, I was like 12 and this lady in the mall made me watch a video, eat a piece of candy, then answer some questions about what I ate.  I got 20 dollars too!  Man those WERE the days...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kardashians, Kollege, and Kan't the rent be cheaper??




Hello everyone! Happy Monday! And happy Spring!  Speaking of Spring, where the hell is this warm weather supposed to be?  I'm still freezing my balls off.  I think I need another excursion.  Since I can write from anywhere, my office can technically BE anywhere right?  Home base is always NYC, but gosh darn-it, I need some warmth!  (and I know when the sweltering warmth finally comes, I'll be begging for a cool breeze... oh such is life!)

Anywho, speaking of current events.... I'm not really one for much celebrity gossip, especially the Kardashian kind, but I recently read about the youngest daughter, who isn't even 18, buying a nearly 3 million dollar home.  Now, ofcourse there is some natural innate jealousy, but more prominently, curiosity!  What the heck does this girl even do??  I barely know what the rest of the family does, but how in the world can a 17 year old afford a 3 million dollar house?  I decided to look into it, and basically, they all do a bunch of random everything (and at the same time, random nothing), that I guess somehow adds up to millions of dollars for each of them?  I suppose they get paid for being on the reality show... and then there are endorsements I guess.  Then there are a bunch of other random things you can do like have a clothing line, a make up line, a hair product line, a game on itunes, appearances and hosting, a book deal, and miscellaneous modeling jobs.  But these people aren't basketball players or singers, or anything really!  They just all look extremely decent with lots of makeup, styling and (supposed) non surgical enhancement procedures.  I will give it to them though, they sure knew how to bust wide through that door that Kim's foot wedged open.  I know a few Kardashian lovers who have the never old argument of  "They're making money, and looking fabulous so why are you hating on that?"  Because I really wanna know how it all got to this point America!  The uneven distribution of wealth!

I know I have mentioned a few of my projects that I would like to work on this summer, including my documentaries about American college being ridiculously over priced, as well as NYC rent being ridiculously over priced for current residents, and today, I will discuss a little bit about why I feel the way I do.

Sometimes things in this world just don't make any sense at all, and it seems like everyone just goes with the flow so much that we forget to question and analyze why things are the way they are.  We are raised to go to elementary, middle school, high school, and college.  Everyone tells us college is expensive so we need to save up or get a bull crap scholarship, but nobody tells us why the f*** it's so expensive!  Who does all this money go to?  Also, most "real world" jobs make it so that college degrees are REQUIRED, so if you don't fork over all the doe, you're screwed!  Who invented this system??  But it doesn't end there if you live in NYC... every single year since I've been here, rent has went up tremendously for me personally.  And I hear many horror stories of people who have lived here much longer, and are always in fear of having to move because rent will suddenly increase to an inexplicable amount.   People should not live in fear!  I have been homeless quite a few times, and it is not pretty.  I know the city would just love it if all the people who couldn't afford the ridiculous rent prices would move as far out as possible so that they can charge the NYC hopefuls whatever the highest bidders offer, but come one now, you can't just drive people out of their HOMES.  Especially the ones who have been here for years working for these rich bastards in Manhattan.  At this rate, the lower class will have to be shipped in from 3 or 4 hours away just so you precious Manhattanites can have someone to serve you coffee in the morning!

All of this is truly something that I feel needs to be exposed to the nation.  And I also believe there are things we can tangibly do.  The rich won't like it, but if enough of us poor people get together, we really do out number them.  Hopefully my documentaries will bring so many things to light in order to spread this "wealth" around a bit so everyone can have a better chance at a quality life.  The thing is, I really have to do a lot of research....because if you know me, I HATE being wrong (which I never really am).  I think about everything that I say and write, and make sure I know it to be the absolute TRUTH.  So that is why even in my disgust, I must research to the fullest to know all of the facts.  From both sides.  And that is one of the hardest things, trust me.  If anyone wants to help me research or work on my documentaries with me, please email me!  We should not have to live in a world where a 17 year old who sells nail polish and hair extensions lives in a 3 million dollar house, and families of 8 live in a 1 room basement apartment -______-

Truth!

bretonymcgee@gmail.com

p.s.  I can think of one solution right now that would solve this, (but nobody would ever go for it lol):  Take everyone's money away and give every human a cool million to start off with as a starting point.  Just like in the game of LIFE where they give every player $200 to start.  After that, spend it how you want! But atleast we were all even in the beginning.

p.p.s Don't forget it's tax season!  Have you given a third of your income to the Feds yet? (I'm doing it online right now -____-)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Past, Present, and Presents! 



I just love finding old pictures of myself online!  But it also scares me a little bit because I gotta think about all the stuff I've EVER put online, and the fact that it still might be there! Eh well, you only live once... unless you're a cat.  
Also stumbled upon these lowly picture of me as a college student...

tacky version

girls gone wild version

It's always interesting to see how far I've come in life, but I'm still pretty much the same darn person! I found a note on my facebook page from 2009.  It's a list of "facts about myself", and surprisingly, every single thing I said is still true! 

(this is copied and pasted straight from Facebook)

1. I love csi, cold case and law and order!!
2. When I hiccup, I actually say "hiccup"
3. I can't spell, and I don't have good punctuation
4. I like making people laugh, however, I feel most people won't get my sense of humor, so sometimes I just say nothing.
5.I'm not a hater, I'm a tough critic.
6. I'm not anti social, I'd just rather analyze you than talk to you.
7. My book is in the works (and unlike some other people that say "oh I'm writing a book girl!", I really like already have about 20 chapters) 
8. I don't really have a particular laugh
9. I have every genre of music in my ipod
10. I live like I have money but I actually don't Lol
11. I love Conan O Brien's fine self
12. I have grown to be open minded to almost anything
13. I'd rather someone else be happy than me... I feel like I can handle it better
14. I can solve a rubix cube pretty fast
15. I kinda like drama 
16. When I write for a long time, I wear as band-aid on my middle finger 
17. I almost always correct people when they refer to Native Americans as Indian.
18. My goal is to help as many people in the world as possible. I don't care about being super rich.
19. I use to wanna name my son Ankst Fitzgerald
20. I get irritated a lot
21. Life is beautiful
22. I have a nail fetish
23. There is a plan for me
24. I like saying stuff about me! (I'm sure we all do tho, everyone is so into themselves)

     Also, if you couldn't tell by now, another thing about me is that I LOVE making lists! 

 I have been doing this blog since 2006.  Before I started this blog, I ALWAYS had some sort of journal (no, not a diary!... ok fine, maybe it was a diary).  I've been writing literally ever since I can remember.  One time I had a journal for my prime high school years.  You know the years where you start exploring any and everything?  My sisters had stumbled upon this masterpiece, which I thought was locked btw,  and took it upon themselves to highlight all of the interesting parts...and then proceeded to show my mom!  She questioned me about certain questionable things.  Blah.  I stuck to my guns and stood behind everything I said under my first amendment rights.  I feel like a diary should only be read when shared by the author, ya know?  Anywho, now I just write this blog for all to see.  Not even sure when I started sharing it so publicly.  It use to just be for me to get out secret frustrations and ramblings in my life.  If you ever have the time to go back through the archives of this thing, it gets deep!  I've since tried to make it more user friendly! 
     I love looking back at the past and remembering all of the things that have made me what I am today.  All of the choices that have lead of up to this exact moment.  Wether they were good or bad choices, they were my own, I can't change them, and here I am today because of them.  I use to look back and regret SOOOO many things.  I use to regret where I grew up, my living situation, sometimes my family.  In the moment, it can be tough, I know.  But everything passes people!  Then you look back on it and realize how far you've come.  It's great!  It's also good to see that actually, no matter how much we change and grow...we are still that same person at the core.  Unless ofcourse you just did a complete personality 360.  Which some people do!  A few of our interests may tweek a bit though... like apparently I wanted to be a firefighter when I grew up (according to my big sister).  Maybe I just wanted to help people (or maybe I was a pyromaniac...which makes sense because fire still kinda intrigues me).  It just interesting to look back!
     I recently saw a post on someone's instagram that was....well... it was this...

I just had to laugh at this.  I felt like this too!  Little did I know, these were my golden years, and I was missing them all!  All because I was worried about the future and wether or not I was accomplishing all of my goals.  Even now I feel like that sometimes, I admit!  But I'm sure there is some 60 year old woman somewhere laughing her hiney off at me too!  The present is just that, a present!  A wonderful gift that we have been given today.  We shouldn't be worried so much about what might be, because we are missing what IS.  I sound like such a Buddhist! Anywho, today's blog post is short because it's getting warmer outside and I have to go live in the present for a while!  Keep me updated on your projects everybody!  I need some new adventures to get into....

p.s. I lost my old diary when I had to move from place to place back when I lived in Michigan....man what I wouldn't give to read THAT thing!

p.p.s.   Another present for everyone...free ice cream at Dairy Queen today! You're welcome! (sorry vegans, no ice cream for you.  But Rita's will be giving away Italian ice on the first day of spring....you're welcome!) 






Monday, March 09, 2015

That's Art Boo




      Hello everyone! Daylight savings time was this Saturday, and I swear it always throws people off!  Why can't we just let time be what it is and stop manipulating it?  Time manipulation also makes me think of that one time when I may or may not have had some time altering substance that made it feel like time was moving very very slow.  I set an ice cream bar down on a table, about 30 minutes (it felt like) later, the ice cream still hadn't melted!  Come to find out, less than 5 minutes had passed.  But it seemed like so much had happened!  Also, you know the saying "time flies when you're having fun"?  It really does!  Whenever I'm doing something I love, it's over so soon (the funner it is, the quicker it's over).  Or when I'm running late for something, time seems to be stretched so impeccably thin.  Whenever I'm waiting for something to happen, or waiting for something to be over... forever! It literally takes for-freakin-ever (the more boring something is, the longer it lasts). Time is an illusion people!  When we realize that, things will be a lot less stressful.  
     Also over the weekend, a friend was in NYC from my hometown Michigan.  I never really know where to take people when they are tourists here, but they suggested museums.  Since it was Friday,  I remembered that the MOMA is free on Friday! It's crazy how I haven't been to the MOMA since I moved to NYC.  It takes an out of towner to get me to finally go back.  It's really free every Friday people, if you live in NYC, I suggest you take advantage of the wonderful culture (even though it's SUPER crowded during this time).  




So I'm looking around this place, and it's supposed to be the museum of MODERN art, but they still have a lot of vintage famous Picasso, Monet, Matisse stuff going on up in there.  






I also felt really old when I saw THIS on display...

I still HAVE some of this stuff, and it's on display in a museum -__-

Anywho, amongst all the famous art, there was also an exhibit of super modern art.  Now, ofcourse art is subject-able to all eyes, so I really want to know what everyone thinks about this art in particular:


Yes.  This is art.  That was on display.  In a New York City museum.  For everyone to see. 

 Now....who am I to judge this if someone obviously likes it and is willing to put it on display, right?  
But my question is this, how does a person like this artist convince everyone that this art is one of a kind amazing?  Because, ya know, I kinda feel like I could draw this myself! But there must be something that sets this artist apart.  What was the background story for this?  What was the selling point?  That's what it's REALLY all about people.  Selling our art to the world, whatever kind of art that may be.  There are so many people on this planet trying to do the exact same things we are doing, wether it be art, singing, dancing, acting, modeling...everybody is trying to do these things.  What can we do to convince everyone that OUR art is best?  That is truly the secret of life that I have not quite figured out.  How to make myself a needed household commodity.  Is it all just right place right time?  Is it not what you know, but WHO you know?  I really don't know! I'm sure sometimes you can just straight up work hard and be excellent with real talent.  But there is also a lot of great talent out there doing just that and getting absolutely no where.  I believe the key is to look at consumerism objectively.  What do we as a human race desire? It's kind of a business economy sort of thing when you get down to it.  And yes, just like myself, I know most creatives are anti-business.  I hated my economics class in high school!  However, I think I need to start incorporating some sort of business knowledge into my wayward fairytale land approach.  It can't hurt right?  All the truly successful people in the world also have some sort of business venture associated with their talents.  The best thing to do is learn about it for ourselves.  Hopefully soon I will be able to convince people that my stick figure drawing of the number 23 is worth MILLIONS!



p.s. Seriously though, I took a (depressing looking) selfie in front of a Rothko painting, which is very simplistic in execution, but his stuff sells for literally MILLIONS!





p.p.s.  My brother-in-law, Tony Peters, is actually a VERY good established artist!  He sells art as well, and I get a commission if I refer someone, so go check out his stuff!







Monday, March 02, 2015

A Problem Free Philosophy



Buen dia todo el mundo!  Happy Monday to all!  This week's blog will not be about any problems in the world or anything heavy that we should be reflecting on within ourselves.  This week is all about clearing your mind from everything stressful and just focusing on positivity.  Which is very hard, I know!  People who know me, may sometimes look at me as naive even because I choose not to let all of the sadness of the world get into my soul.  That does not mean that I don't know it exists, but do I really have to think about it ALL the darn time?  The news is the news.  It's what's going on in the world.  But all they ever seem to talk about is negativity.  We can't live like this! If all we see is violence, destruction, and the evilness of the world, then that is all we will ever know.  I feel as though it's good to incorporate a bit of naivety in our lives from time to time.  It is very therapeutic.

I've only done yoga a few times in my life (and I always seem to either crack up laughing because of the silence and awkwardness, or my mind is racing looking around the room at everyone).  But I think yoga helps people forget about all of their problems for one measly little hour of the day.  It's great!  You're trapped in a room of silence with a bunch of sweaty strangers listening to some low, trancey music (although one time, the instructor's ipod played "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, I think by accident).  Everyone is in their own space, in their own mind.  You flow through some random poses, which you can do at your own speed and discretion, and you breathe a lot.  It's pretty good for some people.  Also riding bikes or running helps people to give up the thoughts in their mind.  It's truly good for you to purge your brain every once in a while.  Just be positive!

One thing that always keeps me in a very good place?  Going out of town!  It has recently become one of my absolute favorite things to do.  This weekend, I had the pleasure of joining Ashleigh for her birthday trip to beautiful Cartagena Columbia (Yea, I've never heard of that place before either).  Now I know that some people associate Columbia with drug cartels, cocaine, and violence, but it was actually a very beautiful place!  Actually, me and Ashleigh have visited a lot of "3rd world" countries,  but I found every single one of them extremely beautiful.  I want to start documenting more of my travels, so now I will give my review of the one and only Cartagena Columbia:





 














20 american dollars = about 50,000 pesos
 So, the weather in Cartagena was absolutely freaking, kick me in the crotch and call me Susan, PERFECT! I mean, it really couldn't get any better.  The temperature was literally 90 the whole time, which I know sounds sweltering, but the city is on the coastline of the Caribbean Sea, so there was always a tolerable breeze.  PERFECTO!  The water on the beaches was the temperature of a luke warm bath tub.  Amazing.  However, when you do go the beach, there are many people trying to sell you everything under the sun.  Which is fine, I live in New York, I'm use to that, but these people will actually give it to you first, let you have it, make it seem like you need or want it...let you eat it, start massaging you WITH lotion, and THEN charge you for it later.  Even if you do say no!  The best thing to do is be very firm and do NOT accept anything from these people, or you will end up with no money.


Going to a Spanish speaking country and not speaking Spanish is also sort of difficult, but when you actually get there, you realize you know more Spanish than you thought!  Once you surround yourself in the language, you start to see similarities to English.  Also, a lot of hand gesturing and charades will help give examples of what you are trying to say.  There are ways to communicate with people without speaking the same language.  I mean hey, there is often miscommunication when people DO speak the same language!

The Walled City (A part of the city behind this huge wall)





The nightlife in Cartagena is so fun (if you love to dance that is).  Our first night there, we cleared the dance floor.  If Spanish music doesn't make you wanna shake that booty just a little bit, there just might be something wrong with your booty.  The beer of choice there is Aguila, so I suppose try that, but we mostly stuck to tequila.  During the day, besides the beaches, there are MORE beaches on the island of Tierra Bomba.  It's about 20 minutes from Boca Grande by boat, and you also get free lunch and a cabana included with your round trip boat ride ticket.  It was probably the best deal day trip

ever.

Very festive taxi

Boat ride to Tierra Bomba



The rest of the trip is going to stay in my journal, but just know it was overall awesome!  When traveling outside of the country, you have to be careful in any regard, but you have to do the same where you live as well.  Don't be TOO naive.  But this world also has so much positivity that is greatly overshadowed by the negative.  There are times when we really do just have to forget the negative completely in order to have any sort of sanity.  In order to sleep at night!  Just because I had such a great time in all the supposed touristy spots, does NOT mean that I don't know there is poverty, corruption, and violence there also, but we should absolutely appreciate the beauty sometimes ya know?  In fighting for a better world, a better tomorrow,  let's not miss out on everything that we are trying to preserve.  Even being back in this snowy ice world known as NYC today, I can see the positivity...may even build me a little snow man!  Remember how when we were kids and snow-days were a GOOD thing?  We didn't even think about the coldness! I don't even recall BEING cold as a kid, I was just having too much fun.

Anywho people, even if you can't make it to Cartagena today, go out and be positive.  Forget all of your problems for a while and go get yourself a cheesecake.  Eat it all yourself!  Smile at a stranger! Do a cartwheel! Twerk in the mirror!  Don't let the sadness of the world keep you in a constant state of sadness too.  Think happy thoughts and you will fly - Peter Pan



I've had this swim suit since 7th grade!



P.s.  Even though I got a little sunburned, I got a little tan too, so yay!


OUCH!


p.p.s.  If you would LOVE to travel, but don't love spending a lot of money, I highly suggest being a flight attendant.  Even part time will get you ALL of the benefits.  The only reason I'm not one is because I still get kinda nervous being up in the air sometimes...  Happy travels!


P.p.p.s  My jam there the whole time was "Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias, which I shouted randomly throughout the day.  (and listening too right now while typing this blog...)


Adios!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh Pretty Please, Like Me and Everything I Do!


Hello everyone.  Monday again already?  Time is really really flying for some reason.  My week actually began with time standing completely STILL, but that is another story for another day...ha!  I think it's really great that I STILL have done this blog every single Monday without fail for so long!  I'm really proud of myself for this small accomplishment, and I know that it will be great to look back on and reflect.  One of my favorite things to do is read my old writings and see how I've grown so much!  Thank all of you again for reading my ramblings and giving me support and feedback.

SO yesterday was the Oscars, and since I have to draw writing inspiration from somewhere, might as well be something that is fresh in people's minds.  I watched it, yes.  My overall thoughts?  My uninfluenced thoughts? Everybody looked really nice, and they made me feel like I need to go and get my hair done.  Strangely enough, last night I infact DID have a dream that I got my hair done! (It was short and blonde)....(also in my dream, they added a few more episodes of "Friends" and they made Joey's character gay!  Maybe I should stop watching friends before I fall asleep...darn you Netflix!)
Anywho, I watched the Oscars like I watch everything else, passively.  It's a show people!  Some however, get very upset about the particular people that win....just like the Grammy's last week!  This leads me into my topic of discussion for today:  People pleasing!

After I posted my blog last Monday, I do a bit of online promoting for it.  Very normal.  Now, I've been disagreed with in the past, who hasn't, so I'm used to debating about the content of my blog.  I found out that one of my long time friends, had quite a few things to say about my recent blog posts! That they never told me about before mind you....  In order not to misconstrue any verbiage, I will quote directly from text:  "A lot of what you write seems judgmental. Or even bitter.  Sometimes I wonder if you could ever really be happy for someone else...."
Hmm.  Well, if that's what some think, I suppose I just have to live with that.  I know what I write and exactly what I mean by everything that I say.  It all makes sense to me.  And the FIRST person I always write for is definitely my darn skippy.   But terrible feedback is good too sometimes I suppose.  If it doesn't make people feel ANYTHING, then that's a problem.  I've learned in my 20 something years that you just really CAN'T please everyone.  Ofcourse we may try.  Oh how we try.  It's exhausting really!  But at the end of the day, some people will just never be happy with certain things.

And that's what makes the world such a delightful place!  Try to think of a drama free world.  Would you wanna live in that?  Controversy is what we thrive on.  Drama is something that fuels our human soul!  I really don't think society would be able to function without it.

Everyday I live, and the older I get, I realize more and more that I just need to live my dang on life. (Well duh, I mean there's nothing else I can really do)  But like, live my life in such a way where I don't feel the need to please everyone, because it will never happen.  What do people even want?? What does anyone want!  We are darned if we do, darned if we don't.  We can admire those who show a lot of skin as being confident, but we can also say that they are too risque'.   The rich can hate the president for raising taxes, while people below the poverty line rejoice.  People may talk about certain issues in the world, but are criticized for not bringing up OTHER issues in the world.  Everything we do is judged, broken down, overanalyzed, and dissected in every possible way.  I just have to be strong in all of my convictions and stand up for the things that I do actually believe in when questioned.  

Mild people pleasing is ok sometimes, I mean, don't be a rude prick.  Use discretion! Everybody people pleases to a degree.  It is a nice thing to feel liked by your peers.  But at the end of the day, there will always be someone who doesn't like what you are doing or saying.  We can't take this to heart!  It's OUR life ya know?  The only person we should be concerned with pleasing is ourselves.  If you can look at yourself and all the things that you do proudly, who cares what others will say?  Your life is truly about YOU.  Don't let my supposed "judgmental, bitter" blog or anyone else tell you how to live.  I try to provoke thought in everyone so that we can look at both sides of situations.  I know that some will think different from me, and that's fine!  I would love to hear feedback countering everything I say and do, really I would, all that I ask is that you THINK of where I am coming from.

If we all understood each other just a little bit better,  then we could possibly start fixing all the problems of the world. So.....what do you people want??

p.s. I am COMPLETELY ashamed to admit that I have seen absolutely NONE of the movies nominated at the Oscars this year.  Not any!

p.p.s  Paris Hilton isn't really a person I quote from a lot, but there is a quote by her that I really like: "Always tell everyone what they want to hear. Then do what you want."  
 People pleasing 101!

P.p.p.s Oh who the heck am I kidding, I love Paris Hilton quotes!

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's all about ME


Happy 2 days after Valentines Day/ President's Day everyone! I KNOW a lot of you are off work today, so you should be reading this dang blog right now! (Which you obviously are if you just read that...sorry for yelling, I gotta work on that!)

New York is really freezing right now.  Like, I'm freezing my balls off man.  I feel like I'm in the freakin' Siberian tundra when I go outside!  I guess it's a good time to think about the sweltering summer that lie ahead; no air conditioning and hot sweaty subway stations with sweaty people pressed up against you, ever so slightly... Ok, now I feel a little bit better!

Speaking of subways, I'm not sure how many people actually live in New York read this, but I've been wanting to rant about the subways for the LONGEST of times.  Perhaps this is a good time? Yes? OK, great.

1.  When I see someone BLATANTLY litter, like right in front of my face, it makes me want to very delicately pick up the trash and shove it down their pathetic smug throat until they choke.  Why not just hold it until you get off??  You held it before you got on dammit! Have you no respect for the people coming on to sit?

2.  When I see a train getting a bit crowded and some a-hole is taking up 2 seats, like they have 2 butts or something.  Move your sh*t hoe! Has your BAG been at work all day?  Walked miles around the city in uncomfortable shoes? Does it have have painful cramps??  Ugh... honestly.

3.  When muther f*ckers don't move out of the way to let you off before they get on.  How the HELL do you think you're getting on this train if I can't even get off of it?  Ever heard of The Zax??  I'll stand here forever b*tch.  Neither of us will go anywhere for YEARS.

Just a very few of the inconsiderations in humanity that I really can't stand to be in the midst of.  Why are people so selfish?  Why do we only see the things WE are doing or what WE are involved in?
In a post titled "It's all about ME",  I find it only fitting to talk about the super into himself,  Kanye West.  Ugh.  So last week was the Grammy's right?  I'm watching Beck win an award over precious soul Beyonce, and then this fool get's up like he's gonna interrupt somebody's moment again.  I laughed, yes.  It caught me off guard, but I'm just glad he didn't go through with that! How...freakin...rude!  Man, if only I was Beck.  Somebody needs to call this guy out on National television.  Knock his ego down a few pegs.  He then went on to explain in an after interview how he actually really felt that Beyonce should have won over Beck, in his heart of hearts.  There is more to life than Beyonce people!  Just because I personally haven't ever heard the album that won, doesn't mean I will downplay it as nothing.  Most people only look at what is right in your face.  We forget that the world is a huge place where we all coexist.  Why should we limit ourselves to just one artist and hail them as Queen?  Peg them as the second coming of Christ?  Shun all other music that isn't what we are use to?  How selfish can we be!

I especially think this is a huge American problem.  I'm really not sure how other countries roll to tell you the truth,  but I do know from personal experience, that I am not really familiar with non-American cultures.  How many of you speak more than one language?  People from other countries that I've met speak like...a million! Americans can be very self involved, often becoming ignorant to life outside of our America shaped box.  Why don't we want to learn about all of the things this worlds has to offer?  Why don't we explore things we aren't so familiar with?  I too am guilty, don't get me wrong.  I suppose it's the way we were raised.  We have a certain heir that gives us the illusion of being better.  We are all humans.  Let's try not to be so into ourselves.  Let's try not to be so Kanye.  In my lifetime,  I want to learn as much as I possibly can and experience everything I can possibly experience.  I want to walk in someone else's shoes to see where they are coming from.  That's one reason why I love psychology so much.  I can learn the inner workings of the brain.  Basically, I just don't want to be so stuck in my ways...too concerned with only myself.  There are other things that matter.  (Like black lives... and all lives!)
If we could just take the time, just a little time, out of our day to be a bit more selfless, everyone could get along just a little bit better.

But yall don't hear me though!

p.s. Thank you all for the comments that you leave on my blog! I read them all.  I respond more to emails, but I definitely read everything.  And I also would like to know projects that everyone is involved with.  (Perhaps I can incorporate... it's all about networking!)

p.p.s I would also like to very delicately pick up trash and shove it down Kanye's pathetic smug throat until he choke's.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Sex Sells....Oh Wells...



Hey everyone! Happy Monday.  I'm back in cold New York.  Blah.  I'm usually excited about returning home from trips, but this time it was just like...ugh, this weather! Meh... I'm back nonetheless.  My next trip is a surprise, but spoiler alert, it's out of the country, so stay tuned!

I honestly don't know how I continue the facade of a person that has it all together.  I still don't have a real job!  But hey, that was my resolution, and I'm sticking to it so far.  I STILL don't know how tis will ultimately make me sustainable income though.  On top of that, ideas for new ventures keep racing around in my head!  Am I just an idea (wo)man??  There is a formula, I just have to keep working at figuring it out.  I think I'm getting close.  Atleast I hope so.  Oh life! You and your complexity.

In my new found exploration into the world of lucrative marketing and branding for the Bretony Productions Incorporation,  I began to rediscover (and re-shun) something that I subconsciously knew for quite some time now...

SEX SELLS!

I mean duh, we all know this.  But have we ever just sat down and though about why? how? Let's analyze this a little bit: When I say "sex" sells, I'm not just talking about the birds and the bees, it's much more broader that we actually think.  "Sex" can be as simple as a pouty lipped selfie.  Anything that a person can look at and say "I'd hit that"...sex! And it is sellin' baby.  Selling faster and better than any other thing I've ever seen.  Are we as a society just always thinking about sex?? Is that all that's on our minds??  It has really begun to take over almost every aspect of our lives don't you think? Even something as simple as a fast food commercial will have an overwhelming undertone of sexuality.  Does nothing seem to sell itself anymore?  Must we include that one factor of everyone's existence that has become a charade of sorts?

In saying all of this, I'm no prude. Believe you me!  I love debauchery just as much as the next guy. Perhaps one day I may even elaborate (but my family reads this blog! (or do you??)).  I just really would like to know if there is any other way to "sell" without having to sex it up so gosh darn much.  Why does everything have to be sexy!? It kinda drives me a little nuts I suppose.  I've even tested it out myself:  whenever I post bland pictures about my blog, something not too racy, or words, or links, there is hardly no action at all.  It goes unnoticed in the instaverse.   Last week, I decided to post a racier picture to go along with some promotions.  A big hit!  It's nice to be lusted over in a sense I suppose, but I'd much rather people read what I write.  I have to rope them in somehow eh?

The only 3 other things slightly compare to the selling of sex;  the selling of TRUE talent,  the selling of mockery, and the selling of the super outlandish.  I guess if I'm not any of these things, I'm chopped liver?  (sidenote: what's so darn bad about chopped liver? I've never had it.  Maybe I should try it since I'm always comparing it to stuff)

As women, we like to look pretty and be attractive to others.  It's in our innate genetics to exude certain sexual seductions towards those we want to attract and mate with.  It's science people! I just wanna know when it became a requirement for success.  This next statement may depict me as a bit of a feminist (don't really think I am), but why don't men have to do this??  Why do us women put so much effort into attracting the attention of these creatures when all they do is roll outta bed makeup-less with all the confidence in the world?  It ain't right, but we kinda did it to ourselves.  We talk about women who don't have the "fleekest" brows or the smoothest skin, or who don't wear the sheerest most low cut ensemble they can find.  We did this to ourselves people!  Now we are all in some unspoken competition of sexiness.  I just can't win that I'm sorry.  I suppose if I stick to the other 3 sellers, and maybe a touch of sex, everything will be alright.  But I can't let it take over the main points i'm trying to get across.

Point of the story:  Sure, have a little sex! But don't let it overshadow what's really inside people.

p.s. The Sia performance at the Grammy's was probably my favorite, and the artist didn't even show her face!  I've heard rumors that Sia doesn't really like her face.  Which is a darn shame because her face is awesome!  But in a society with all of this needless overt sexual hierarchy, I commend her sticking to what matters most... the actual music!

p.p.s after looking up what chopped liver is...gross.  I don't think I wanna try it anymore :/

*photo by @cjid*

Monday, February 02, 2015


From Bre to shining Bre




Hello everyone! It's me Bretony again, I hope you aren't sick of me yet! I know most of my east coast readers have been getting a lot of snow and ice, so I really can't think of any excuse as to why more people aren't reading this gosh darn thing.  What the heck else are you doing??  No really, let me know  (The only promotion for myself I know is apparently the forceful inquisition kind).  Some of you who follow my social media may know that I have been in Los Angeles since last week.  The weather here is considerably warmer, so I can't really complain too much.  There use to be a time when I didn't really like L.A., but I suppose it has been growing on me over the years.  I mean, I've been here probably 5 or 6 times in the past 3 years!  Besides all the hipsters and liposuctioners, the scenery is really really beautiful.  Like REALLY beautiful.  I find myself wanting to take pictures every 5 seconds out the car window.  Every time I travel outside of New York, I always ask myself if I could see myself living in the place I am.  As far as California, you sort of need a car.  I don't technically have a license, so I'm not sure how useful I would be to myself.  Maybe I'm just meant to be a constant world traveler.  I'm still looking for that hotel critic job if anybody has the hook up.

But seriously though, I mean, since I have no "job" per-say anymore, what's really holding me back from staying out here a bit?  I can do blogs and videos from anywhere in the world that has a wifi connection! That's why I love my new non job!  I don't even really have an apartment obligation either...I went month to month with my landlord on Christmas.  I could totally just up and move! I haven't even bought my return ticket to NYC yet because I just don't even know guys and gals.  Sometimes when your life isn't changing enough on it's own, you have to make the change yourself...

Which leads me to a crazy story of something very dramatic (of which I'm probably over dramatizing) that happened to me when I got to LA last week. The story sort of relates to one of my favorite quotes of all time (and I have a lot of gosh darn quotes, so this one MUST be the most important one).  Anywho!!

So Wednesday,  I was tempted up in to the mountains... deep, deep in the San Bernardino mountains.  Supposedly there were some natural hot springs that ran through a hidden trail, which would be about a 45 minute hike...which we would get to after about a 2 hour drive up winding roads and mountain towns.  Surreeeee I say.  I'm adventurous, right?  I don't really have a real pair of sneakers, but I wore a pair of converse.  Don't really have hiking gear either, but I wore a long dress and some leggings (I know, I know).  So we get to the beginning of the trail.  It looks normal enough, but apparently this hike is meant to keep most people away from finding the hot springs.  They are trying to keep it secluded I suppose.  I get about 5 minutes into the trail and to my horrid surprise, the trail has now become a sliver of dirt wrapped around a mountain top, leading on for about 2 miles into the distance.  Mind you, it is about 3:30 and the sun goes down about 5:15 these days.  We have no flashlights except for our phones, so the clock was ticking!  I walked at a pretty timid pace for a while.  Clutching my belongings and clinging to the side of the mountain.  One false move and BAM, I'd be sliding down.  We get to a fork in the trail.  Ahhh forks.  I remember a time when you were used early for eating my favorite foods!  One path of the fork, we read in an online map to the hot springs, would be a shorter distance, but a little more treacherous.  Ofcourse we decide to take that one due to the sunlight.  I shimmy down loose dirt and under whistled bushes for about 15 minutes until we are now at the bottom of the mountain with a shallow trail of green water running through huge rocks and boulders.  The sun has now dipped down behind the mountain tops. I begin to nervously and psychotically laugh at the situation.  What the heck are we supposed to do now??  I begin to lose hope and start mentally preparing in case we are stuck and have to sleep in the mountain valley until day light.  We decided to try and find the ACTUAL trail again.  There is no trail, or human life, in sight!  We start to climb back up the mountain in a different spot.  This spot is MUCH steeper.  Like almost a 90 degree angle! The dirt was lose and sometimes gave way to my pathetic converse.  There was a point as I was half way up the mountain where I looked around and freaked out.  I was dangling from the branch of a scrawny bush, my feet swaying to and fro.  It was getting dark.  I hadn't been on parallel land in almost an hour and a half!  Who does this??? A miracle happens.  We hear voices.  Two young boys.  We call out for help.  They hear us! They come down to rescue us poor gals.  One of the boys literally had to pull me up from a twig which was about to break and plummet me to my death!  Ugh,  I'm really not sure where I got the strength to climb up the side of that thing with my bare hands and feet, but I finally made it to the top...and then we found our way back to the trail.  The boys lead us out JUSTTTTT before it was completely pitch black outside.  I'm telling you when I got to that car, I was kissing the pavement! I couldn't believe I wasn't still at the bottom of the ravine rationing out cap fulls of water!


  I shall be telling this with a sigh
                           Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
                          I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
                              - Robert Frost


Man I'm telling YOU,  if there was ever a time when I wish I would've taken an already pioneered road, it was this!  But in retrospect,  it was a great experience.  I would've had nothing to show for myself if I would've taken that cookie cutter road that everyone else had.  It's really not about going a way that you think is the less popular way however.  You have to read a little deeper into the message.  All roads really lead to Rome.  I'm sure both paths would have given me some sort of story, ya know?  But just that initial decision to take one way over the other is what makes all the difference in our own individual lives.  Don't think too much about the actual path, but focus more on the journey.  Everything in life will always be a choice: New york or LA, Pepsi or Cola, stay on the trail or go off the beaten path (which will perhaps plummet me to my death)....all choices! But life is life, live it for you and be happy with the choices you've made.  Because you really can't undo them.  You can't unshimmy and undangle!

Anywho, back to this beautiful weather.  I will talk to you all next week!  Also, stay tuned for the VIDEO of the life or death experience, which I will put out this week.

p.s. If you want to read the full poem...

p.p.s We never found the hot springs -____-




                                                                  Hopefull hiker!

                                                             
                                                                    Happy trails!



                                                                 Getting worried...


                                                                    Wait what?


                                                                     Petrified...


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