It’s 2012. What Are You Going To Do About It?

In keeping with the theme of talking about holidays a week after they’ve happened, I am now getting around to hitting the topic of the New Year, Resolutions, etc.  Every year most people have a long list of things they would like to do to improve themselves.  I just read that over 60% of people know that they will not really follow through with those intentions.  I’m going to warn you right now, this could turn into a bit of rambling because I have a tendency to write exactly what is going through my head, as it is going through my head.  Ok back to the topic.  So it’s a new year.  What does that mean to you?  Do you use this time to reflect on your life, or is it just another day? (Not judging, just curious).  Personally, I have a fire inside of me to be better.  I don’t always know how to achieve it, and def have times that I struggle, I’m not perfect, but I do want to grow in every aspect of my life.  Last year was the best year of my life.  I intend to say the same thing about 2012.  Like pretty much everyone else in the Universe, I resolve to get healthy and fit.  I would like to grow in my career and make more money.  I want to be a great wife.  My husband is better than me, he is so patient and he is great at picking his battles.  Me… well I’m a little more emotionally driven, so there are a lot of times where I end up thinking, Man I’m a Dick.  So I would like to learn to be more patient, thoughtful, considerate, and less irritable.  He deserves that in a wife.  I would like to be a better friend, sister and daughter.  Those are all things that I strive for every year and that are very important to me.  Along with these things, there is one other thing that I have challenged myself to do, and that is to be more selfless.  I really want to think of others more than myself and give of my time as much as possible.  My goal is to volunteer at least once a month, and donate 10% of my income to charity.  I have always donated periodically, when a disaster happens or when a friend is doing a charity walk, but that is not enough and I want to do more.  I’ve always planned on contributing to good causes when I could afford it, but then I read something that changed my perspective.

“The ancient Babylonians practiced a vital law that was the cause of their immense prosperity. They used the tithing law, which involves giving one-tenth of all money or riches that you receive. The tithing law says that you must give to receive, and the Babylonians knew that the practice of this law opens up the flow of abundance. If you are thinking, “I will give when I have enough money,” then the tithing law says you will never have enough money, because you have to give first. Many of the wealthiest people on the planet tithed their way to wealth, and they have never stopped tithing!” – Rhonda Byrne

Wow, I read that and thought she must be talking directly to me.  And how true is that!? I have wondered many times how I could donate money when I am struggling myself.  The answer – You just do.  And you survive on what is left over.  I’m realizing that there the world is bigger than me.  My life is so blessed.  The least I can do is give a little to help someone else.  I care about other people, I’m sure you do too.  But unfortunately, that’s not enough.  Gandhi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” and he was right.  I am going to be the change.  I am also asking you to be the change.  Give your time AND your money.  You can.  You have something to give.  If you’re not sure where to direct your energy, I would love if you would help me build a house in New Orleans through the Make It Right Foundation.  As I’m sure you know, Hurricane Katrina did damage all over the city of New Orleans.  Today, 6 years later, not even have of the repairs have been done.   This is a cause that is dear to my heart because one of my best friends is a NO native and her family lost their home in the hurricane. The Make It Right Foundation builds sustainable homes in the Lower 9th Ward and is helping people that were displaced by the hurricane come home to New Orleans and become home owners.     If you would like more details check out the website MakeItRightNOLA.org and look for my team under my name Margaux Bangs.

With that said, I hope you all have an amazing year.  It’s up to you to make it amazing.  Remember that.  xoxo

 

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Troy Davis

This is the kind of thing that just makes your heart sink.  It was preventable.  I know nothing in this world is perfect, and our justice system is no exception, but still, I feel like this is more than simply a flawed justice system.  I signed the petition along with over a million other people.  But I could have done more, we all should have done more, but in the end, would it have made a difference?  Troy’s fate was in the hands of a few people that will forever have his death on their conscious.  I hope at the very least, this changes some people’s outlook on the death penalty.   We will all go on living our lives, and it up to us to keep the memory of this tragedy fresh, so that it never happens again.  I pray to God that he gives Troy’s family peace and that he looks over Troy’s soul, and the souls of those who supported him, as well as those who made the decision to execute an innocent man. 

A Letter from Troy-

To All:

I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.

As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.

I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.

So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.

I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,

” I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”

Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!

Oh Land

One of my fave parts of going to concerts is that once in a while some awesome act will open up for the main act and waa la, you have discovered your next obsession. Well this is exactly what happened at the Katy Perry show. This awesome chick named Oh Land came out and just won my heart. Oh and she had some really awesome head pieces. Here is a little clip. Now go fall in love with her.

Katy Perry at Santa Barbara Bowl


I got to go see Katy Perry work it on stage over the weekend. She performed at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and she is from Santa Barbara so it was extra special. I took my big sis and we had such a great time, we were right in the pit and like right next to the stage. It was awesome! Here are some pics and video I took of the show.

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Gaga Shuts it Down on Kimmel

Last night, my girl Krayzie Kat and I were fortunate enough to get an invite to this special mini-concert that Lady Gaga put on for Jimmy Kimmel and his audience.  It was so much fun! However, on our invite, it said absolutely no cameras, cell phones, or purses.  And then once we got in, wouldn’t you know it, everyone was taking pics and video on their phones, and like a couple nerds we followed the rules and so now I have to steal video and pictures from someone else. hehe.  Moral of the story, BREAK THE RULES!

Hanging with The Lovely Jennifer Gimenez

Jennifer Gimenez was in studio to chat about Celebrity Rehab and to talk a little about her life story.  She was gracious enough to talk about her path to sobriety and how she now helps others do the same.  She has been all over the place, on magazine covers, on runways, on TV, and in movies (she was in two of my favorites, “Blow” and “The Sweetest Thing”), but she has managed to stay very down to earth.  We had tons of fun with her and if you missed the interview go to www.ricoandmambo.com and you can listen to it there. 

RIP Bob Marley

His message was about love, for yourself and for others. He had such an impact on the world and the way people think. People of all races, ages, backgrounds and political beliefs can relate to his music and find value in his words. I have thought many times about what the world would be like if he were still alive. He was definitely one of the greatest gifts and at the same time one of the greatest losses the world has ever seen. On this day 30 years ago, we lost a great human being, but his soul lives on and I’m positive that he will never be forgotten. This is an interview that I saw a while back, that I just fell in love with.