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This is your life … so live it

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This is your life … so live it

Posted on 31 October 2011 by Liza Mae V.

These words by Holstee Manifesto are what I live by and stand up for, though some days are challenging, never stop trying to live the life you want to live.

The Holstee Manifesto - This is your life ...

Lately life has been a big blur of heart felt moments both good and bad and I never felt so alive but lost at the same time.  It seems I go through this cycle that goes from knowing who I am and what I am doing with my life to not knowing who I am and not knowing what I am doing.  I guess when life is good, things are seen in a positive light but when I am put through difficult situations, I begin to question my life.  The life challenges really test my faith and really knock me down and make me feel insecure about my being but when all obstacles are put behind me and I have jumped that hurdle I begin to believe again.  I know life is a test and God doesn’t give us more than we can handle for He wants us to succeed.  I try to keep my head up in these difficult times for what am I left to do?  I can not sit in my sorrows for life is too short.  I gotta stand up for myself, my life, and make the best of it.  Though my ego wants me to believe that this is the hardest thing I have to face in the moment, I know life has many more challenges on the way.  I know this is just a building block to make me stronger for things to come in my life.  After all I am only dealing with Liza Mae and I don’t have to deal with a husband, kids, and in-laws.  I can only fathom how many challenges life will have when my decisions directly effect those people.  But for now I gotta stand up and appreciate the life that I have in front of me and the challenges life throws my way.

 Motivational & Inspirational Playlist

I have compiled some of my current favorite motivational and inspirational songs that lift my spirits when life’s got me down.

“Success is my idol and being broke is my rival” – Big Sean

“So in all the bad and the good will soon come
Don’t think second best
Be number one
Spread some love
Don’t give to receive
Strive to be happy
And live to believe”
– Jessie J

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How I Fell in Love with New York City

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How I Fell in Love with New York City

Posted on 15 June 2011 by Liza Mae V.

It was the summer of 1994 when I first travelled to New York City.  I was 11 years old and it was a summer road trip with my family where we went from Toronto-Ottawa-Vermont-New York City-Toronto.  It was quite a scenic trip and I loved the mountains in Vermont and remember going through a bridge that had a house structure covering it.  Then as we got closer to the city you can start to notice the congestion of vehicles and buildings starting to emerge.  I have visited New York City before this but I was even younger and didn’t really appreciate or care to notice my surroundings.  This time was quite different for I was pre-teens and can comprehend the greatness that was New York City.  This is not my first time writing about New York for I did a comparison 5 years ago, New York vs. Toronto, and looking back I shouldn’t of let anyone hold me from my dreams, another story, another day.

I Love New York - Liza Mae

I loved the busyness that filled the streets of New York City.  You can feel the energy in the air and the bright lights everywhere.  I remember hanging out with my cousin and her friend on the front building steps in Astoria, Queens, listening to music-filled cars blaring salsa or hip hop music or passerby’s talking amongst each other.  This is when I started people watching for amusement.  I watch the way people move, interact, dress, and try to analyze what kind of person they are.  I can do this for hours and New York City is an awesome city to do so.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

New York City isn’t for everyone but I love it. What makes me love it even more is the friends that I have met throughout the years. It is one of the main reasons I keep coming back for I love them and I have a couple of my favorite people here.  Every time I visit it seems I gain a new friendship through friends of friends or just randomly.  You are guaranteed to see a new face every time you step outside, so the amount of interactions is endless.

For some reason I still remember 2 songs that remind me of my first trip to New York City which I had to check release years to validate that my memory served me correct.  It was 1994 when TLC released CrazySexyCool and Aaliyah (RIP) released Aged Ain’t Nothing but a Number.  These are the two songs that bring back the memories of New York City at the age of 11.

TLC – Creep

Aaliyah – Back and Forth

My closest friends from Toronto keep telling me that New York City is where my heart belongs.  In 2006 I wrote about New York vs. Toronto and I still feel the same way 5 years later minus the ex.  I’m not too sure if I am convinced to move but I definitely do not eliminate it from my future. Anything is possible but for now I will continue to love New York City for all that it has to offer and I’ll try to figure out where and what my next steps are going to be.

Until then … just gonna roll with the punches.

– Liza Mae

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Learn to Leave Drama at the Door

Learn to Leave Drama at the Door

Posted on 01 June 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I’ve been going through quite the emotional roller coaster in the last week that I feel bipolar. I’m happy then sad then everything makes sense then the next moment it doesn’t. My life is complicated for I choose to complicate it and wonder why I have done this to myself, now I just want to start back to the packaged rubix cube of life where all the colours of my life aligned. Why do we complicate things by misaligning the colours of our lives, then we try to put all the colours back together?

Rubix Cube

I think we are slightly crazy beings who live off drama. Ever wonder why reality shows are so popular? We live to love drama. I just want to be no drama Liza Mae. How do I go back to that?

Maybe all this drama is in my head? I just need to resolve the issues at hand for these issues are consuming my every thought, ultimately resulting to stress.  I’m just mentally exhausted and the absence of my boyfriend is making me climb walls.  It is like I make his absence my excuse for not doing. If he were here I think the weight that I carry would be shared and the burden wouldn’t feel as bad.   As my dear friend Duwayne advised me, I should take out my emotion when dealing with difficult situations for I will have a more logical and positive outlook on life causing my stress to subside.  Well said sir!!

Like I always exclaim, “God doesn’t throw anything at you that you can not handle”.  So when faced with issues at hand, we gotta live and learn from it.  Life is a test and I’m being put through one as we speak.  WE need to step up instead of step down for life always tries to knock us down and we can not knock ourselves down.  We have to stay positive for negativity holds us back from living.

On that note, an inspiring song by Jessie J – Who we Are

“Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It’s okay not to be okay…
Sometimes it’s hard, to follow your heart.
Tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising,
Just be true to who you are”

– Liza Mae

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missing you

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Liza Mae V.

Sunday February 20, 2011

We arrived at the airport and he opened the trunk to grab his luggage.  We exchange words and actions of love.  As tears fell down my face, I felt my heart shake at its core like an earthquake.

I dreaded this morning for the past month and tried to control my feelings because I’ve been here before … so it should be easy right?  WRONG!  The feelings I have are still the same and I can never really get used to separating with the one I love.  I know that the first few days would be rough and that is something I’ve got to accept.  Everything reminds me of him.  A web page, a TV show, his writing on random pieces of paper, and the list goes on.  I have already written a list of things I miss about him when he went to China last year and I just had to read it again for those things haven’t changed.  Maybe I should write a post about what reminds me of him, lol, maybe another day.

Case – Missing You

today’s … long distance outlook

Things are not as bad as when I wrote that in terms of being so reminiscent of everything, as time moves on I’ve become detached to those things for I would go insane.  Long distance relationships are challenging for the mere fact that we are living in opposite time zones, living in different continents, and things are just different.  My distance is at an extreme but it doesn’t shake the feeling like many couple’s distance can be in different states/provinces, cities, or even just boroughs – long distance is defined as not being able to see each other for the distance separates you from having a ‘normal’ relationship.  It is difficult regardless of how far for it is all the same feeling.

Black Eyed Peas – Missing You

So how am I coping?

It feels like I am on an emotional roller coaster where I have days of pure greatness, then I have a great deal of sadness, and there are points in between.  I look on the times of greatness and I realized I couldn’t have done it with my friends and family.  I appreciate each and everyone who has had to hear my rants whether it was in person or via text.  I wouldn’t of made it without you.  I thank you and I love you!!!

on a happier track … Calvin Harris – Bounce feat. Kelis

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Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance

Posted on 02 February 2009 by Liza Mae V.

This video reminds me of the day and nights laying in bed,
sharing sheets, fighting sleep … ahhh I can’t even begin to describe this feeling … =)

-Liza Mae

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Res – Tsunami

Posted on 08 July 2008 by Liza Mae V.

I feel so nice just when you’re here
The reason why is not so clear
I knew the first time when you told me
I’d fall in love just as you’d hold me

And now I want to stay at your side tonight
I want to watch you as the sun lights up your eyes
I want to know when you wake first thing you see is me
You’re all the things I prayed that I’d meet

Ride, ride this wave of mine
There’re brighter things out on the other side
Ride, ride this wave of mine
I know that things are going to be alright

Moments they come and then they go
You’ll feel so high and then before you know
I could of sworn our future was set in stone
But I guess some things it’s just as well forGod to know

So now I concentrate on turning wrong to right
I’m going to let go things I held inside so tight
I’m going to live and let forgive things said in spite
Clear out the smoke and usher in the light


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BSB – I want it that way [Imitation]

Posted on 13 November 2005 by Liza Mae V.

If you are having a bad day.  Watch this video…its going to crack you up.

-Liza Mae

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Kelly Clarkson – Beautiful Disaster

Posted on 15 April 2005 by Liza Mae V.

Beautiful Disaster

He drowns in his dreams
An exquisite extreme I know
He’s as damned as he seems
And more heaven than a heart could hold
And if I try to save him
My whole world could cave in
It just ain’t right
It just ain’t right

Oh when I don’t know
I don’t know what he’s after
But he’s so beautiful
Such a beautiful disaster
And if I could hold on
Through the tears and the laughter
Would it be beautiful?
Or just a beautiful disaster

He’s magic and myth
As strong as what I believe
A tragedy with
More damage than a soul should see
But do I try to change him
So hard not to blame him
Hold on tight
Hold on tight

Oh cuz I don’t know
I don’t know what he’s after
But he’s so beautiful
He’s such a beautiful disaster
And if I could hold on
Through the tears and the laughter
Would it be beautiful?
Or just a beautiful disaster

I’m longing for love and the logical
But he’s only happy hysterical
I’m waiting for some kind of miracle
Waited so long
I’ve waited so long

He’s soft to the touch
But frayed at the end he breaks
He’s never enough
And still he’s more than I can take
But when I don’t know
I don’t know what he’s after
But he’s so beautiful
Such a beautiful disaster
And if I could hold on
Through the tears and the laughter
Would it be beautiful?
Or just a beautiful disaster

He’s beautiful
Such a beautiful disaster

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Posted on 25 February 2005 by Liza Mae V.

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