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Primero I’d like to thank everyone who has followed me through the past 365 days and then some. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support. I start my next big adventure in a few days and I would love for you all to join me. My new blog is called Esto es vivir. It has the same url, but it is a different account. The first six weeks I will be posting in Spanish to maximize my practice throughout my trip to Peru. (It is possible this will turn into 365 parte 2) There will also at least one picture a day - which will no doubt get more exciting when I’m in a different hemisphere. If you’d like to read about mi viaje I suggest using google chrome or google translate. It may not be perfect, but you should be able understand for the most part. 

!Chau queridos¡ 
Wishing you all a wonderful verano full of aventuras y alegria,   

Meghan

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The past 365 days have been more than I could have ever ask for. I’ve made some of the strongest and purest friendships. The people in these pictures mean so much to me. There is inspiration everywhere, you just have to look for it. Our most powerful tool in this life is our connection with each other. Its what gives us meaning. Each day is meant to inspire us. Live each moment.

On to new adventures. 

Just another regular day at the apartment. We’re only a month late, but this is our Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. I haven’t been able to see these girls very often, but every time we get together something hilarious happens. I am quite happy to be their pet. We’ve all started on new paths, but we still find ways to come together and do this as often as possible. Next year is going to be so bizarre not having all of them in one place. Hopefully my place will be the new common ground (and I can have four beautiful house pets of my own). 

To Megan, Emi, Rosa, Nicole, and the best apartment ever. You are all young and inspiring women. I am blessed to have you in my life and I can’t wait to see all the incredible things you will do. 

I don’t think I will ever be able to express just how much I adore Crickhollow residents and visits from Emilie Chen. 

I don’t think I will ever be able to express just how much I adore Crickhollow residents and visits from Emilie Chen. 

Note the common theme of these pictures. I decided to group Feb 6 to Feb 9 together for this very reason and because it happens to be midterm time. 

The beautiful Allison Zema and I playing twinsies in MEHO. It is so refreshing to see her working in the office every day. Allison has a way of making everyone feel welcome. Her “Hey girl hey”s make me smile. She has been such a huge part of my life in staff this year and I can’t wait to keep working with her. 

The beautiful Allison Zema and I playing twinsies in MEHO. It is so refreshing to see her working in the office every day. Allison has a way of making everyone feel welcome. Her “Hey girl hey”s make me smile. She has been such a huge part of my life in staff this year and I can’t wait to keep working with her. 

Borboleta back for a few days from Arkansas. She brings this shining bright light anywhere she goes. Her dedication to Capoeria and to her academic work is truly inspiring. Her dreams took her out of sunny southern california, but she couldn’t leave Capoeira behind. She became Instructora Borboleta and began teaching her own capoeria classes at Capoeria Arkansas. Bringing a little taste of Brazil and a large dose of southern california where ever she goes. 

Borboleta back for a few days from Arkansas. She brings this shining bright light anywhere she goes. Her dedication to Capoeria and to her academic work is truly inspiring. Her dreams took her out of sunny southern california, but she couldn’t leave Capoeira behind. She became Instructora Borboleta and began teaching her own capoeria classes at Capoeria Arkansas. Bringing a little taste of Brazil and a large dose of southern california where ever she goes. 

The first of many Lady Rabbits Nights. Complete with poetic banter and text wars. 

The first of many Lady Rabbits Nights. Complete with poetic banter and text wars. 

I haven’t been training consistently which is incredibly unfortunate, but it is so amazing to have these people in my life. I brought one of my residents to an open roda and really took the opportunity to get back to much need sweat, samba, and axé. I can’t tell them how much they mean to me, or how much I miss them. Capoeira has a special place in my heart.  

I haven’t been training consistently which is incredibly unfortunate, but it is so amazing to have these people in my life. I brought one of my residents to an open roda and really took the opportunity to get back to much need sweat, samba, and axé. I can’t tell them how much they mean to me, or how much I miss them. Capoeira has a special place in my heart.  

Photo Credit: Laila Mantout Zandi 

Uncultivated Rabbits hosted Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye at UCI’s Project V.O.I.C.E (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression). The rabbits opened the show and, even though I already know how incredible they are, they continue to blow me away. I felt silly opening next to them. Especially for my favorite poet. So much inspiration in one room. I can’t say it was easy, but it was necessary. I’m lucky to have such talented and inspiring friends.
I am so glad to have had such an incredible week of poetry. I learned never to rush your own story. Never write with a deadline. I wrote a piece for my grandpa, but I cheated myself out of actually writing a piece for my grandpa. I represented him as much as I could, but the end of it was thrown together so that I could perform it. It didn’t even feel right rolling off my tongue. It felt forced. I’m glad I started writing it, but it is another story unfinished thus far. 

Photo Credit: Laila Mantout Zandi 

Uncultivated Rabbits hosted Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye at UCI’s Project V.O.I.C.E (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression). The rabbits opened the show and, even though I already know how incredible they are, they continue to blow me away. I felt silly opening next to them. Especially for my favorite poet. So much inspiration in one room. I can’t say it was easy, but it was necessary. I’m lucky to have such talented and inspiring friends.

I am so glad to have had such an incredible week of poetry. I learned never to rush your own story. Never write with a deadline. I wrote a piece for my grandpa, but I cheated myself out of actually writing a piece for my grandpa. I represented him as much as I could, but the end of it was thrown together so that I could perform it. It didn’t even feel right rolling off my tongue. It felt forced. I’m glad I started writing it, but it is another story unfinished thus far.