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Compassion Is The Fashion

Jan. 2nd, 2008 | 08:57 am

Compassion Is the Fashion for These Celebs

by Charissa Nicole Arsaoui

What do American Idol judge, Simon Cowell, Surreal Life star, Ron Jeremy and
former talk show host, Ricki Lake, have in common? Besides demonstrating a flair for dramatics, the unlikely threesome share a concern for animal welfare. According toPETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website, each celebrity is committedto ending animal abuse and neglect completely. Through the use of their Public ServiceAnnouncements, people learn just how uncool it is to be cruel.

American Idol finalist, Carrie Underwood and the Tonight Show's Kevin Eubanks
were voted 2007's World's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities. The win didn't come as a surprise to Underwood who was awarded the title for the first time in 2005. The small-town Oklahoma singer gave up meat when she was thirteen years old and continues the crusade to help her furry friends to this day. Other famous herbivores include: Kristin Bell, Natalie Portman, Pamela Anderson, Russell Simmons, Woody Harrelson and Joaquin Phoenix.

Growing up as the younger brother of the former teen heartthrob, River Phoenix, Joaquin has demonstrated compassion since an early age. After witnessing a violent act involving a living creature on a family fishing trip, the Phoenix children vowed never to eat meat again. Until his untimely death in 1993, River was known for his work involving animal rights and environmental issues. Joaquin, two time Academy Award Nominated Actor, won the Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of country wester singer-
songerwriter, Johnny Cash. His continuous involvement in such heartfelt issues has earned him the respect of fans worldwide.

Alicia Silverstone, best known for playing ditzy, blonde Cher Horowitz in the 1995movie, Clueless, shares her vegan lifestyle with others, including her husband, Christopher Jarecki. The duo reportedly served veggie burgers at their reception and also insisted on having a vegetarian wedding cake. Her wedding dress was designed by friend and fellow PETA favorite, designer Stella McCartney. Daughter of former Beatle, Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney, Stella makes it a point to create cruelty-free fashions for everyone to enjoy. Her designs include no leather or fur and
have been worn by celebrities like Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Liv Tyler.
Launching a new skin care line appropriately named "CARE" has added to the designer's success. Her career is a testimony of the causes that she supports.

More and more celebrities are jumping on the "green bandwagon". Actresses Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Chalke, Evangeline Lily, Mariska Hargitay and Maria Menounos were involved in designing five of the colors of lipstick offered by Cargo's PLANTLOVETM line. With 100% biodegradable packaging and a commitment to help terminally ill children in St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Cargo's ethics shine as brightly as the smile on the starlets' faces when they help a good cause. The lipsticks can be purchased at select Sephora stores or online at www.sephora.com.

Actors, Kevin Bacon, Orlando Bloom and Josh Jackson along with actress, Mischa Barton make up a star-studded cast of Public Service Anouncees at Climatestar.org. Speaking out against global warming, the celebrities aim to educate the public about the turmoil of pollution and the clear cutting of forests. Addressing such sensitive topics bring the stars closer to their fans. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.climatestar.org.

Humanitarian relief efforts have been aided by many well-meaning celebutantes. Angelina Jolie serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. In the six years working with the organization, Jolie has built housing, traveled to twenty countries to meet with refugees and urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to offer assistance to those in need. Not only does she use her own money to fund missions, she also donates a monumental amount to the cause. Besides being an asset to the people she works with, Jolie is considerably important to her four children, three of which she adopted from underdeveloped countries.

"Scream Queen", Jamie Lee Curtis armed with daughter, Annie, has set out to
make AIDS a distant memory. Losing a friend to the disease made Curtis a firm
believer in the power of volunteerism. She devotes her free time to comforting children
suffering from uncurable diseases. When she isn't at the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, she's raising funds for the Children Affected by AIDs Foundation (CAAF).

The stresses of day-to-day living take their toll on celebrities. Between press conferences, photo shoots, tight deadlines, being in the limelight and dodging the paparazzi, few can say they have the time and energy to commit to anything else.Those who make a difference do so because they chose to do something worthwhile with their lives. If you follow their life story as closely as you study their fashions, you, too, will be on the way to changing the world.

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I'm Getting Married!!!!

Mar. 17th, 2006 | 01:07 pm

For those of you who haven't heard yet, I hate to tell you via livejournal. I'm getting married April 22, 2006 and as much as I'd love for everyone I've ever known and loved in my lifetime to be there, I know that it isn't humanly possible because of distance and time constraints. So rather than make you feel bad for not buying a $500 plane ticket, I want to invite you to my reception in Kansas in January and ask those of you willing to help out to get your creative juices flowing. I'm 1)Broke 2)Broke and 3)Broke. My family will not be here. His family will not be here. Most of my lifelong friends will not be here. A handful of my co-workers and friends will. Please send me any ideas, cards, letters and well wishes. I need a lot of help right now.

LOVE YOU ALL!

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Morning Whispers of Love

Feb. 17th, 2006 | 06:29 am

In a moment of solitary confinement, I replaced the drone of the television set for that of complete silence. Or so I thought? Privy to the unfortunate lovemaking in the apartment next to mine, I delved deep into the world of cyberspace until things became quiet again. Sounding like two passionate seals in the mid-day sun, I could only imagine the druken advances prior to the horrifying grunting and groaning presented to me through thin walls. Is that all we're searching for when on a program like this? Overpriced shots and touches by strangers? I'd like to think that there is more to life than this. I'd like to believe that romance exists.

Don't get me wrong, I'm far from prudish. I have yet to connect with one soulful, devoted individual on this planet. Whether it be Kansas or here, I find myself running into the same caliber of people over and over again. Isn't there someone of substance out there? Someone who leaves my insides twisted and inspires me to be more than I really am? I have yet to meet him/her/them and I'm really looking forward to that connection.

DISNEY=WORK. I work and receive little compensation yet I'm happier than I've been in years. I am a social being. I long to be in the spotlight. The more I am out and about, the better I feel. I feel alive again.

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Me Pre-Disney

Jan. 16th, 2006 | 06:59 pm

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Repost: How To Take Advantage of Your Employer In Subtle But Worthwhile Ways

Jan. 8th, 2006 | 01:28 pm

I'm a working stiff/wage slave who has had the "pleasure" of working in a variety of career fields in the last ten years. In the ten years since I landed my first job washing dishes at an old folk's home, I have learned just how bad work sucks. So rather than get mad at my employers for my lousy wages, crummy hours and intolerable co-workers, I have perfected ways to maximize your work hour and have eased the pain of workplace angst.

1. Always smile. It makes people wonder what you're
up to. Walk around work with a grin ear-to-ear and
people will flock to you. They'll want to know what
you're so happy about. If you're an especially
melancholy person, this will work twice as well for
you. People will instantly think a) you were given a
raise, b)you're sleeping with the boss, c)
better yet, you're sleeping with the boss's
daughter/son. You'll become an instant celebrity.

2. Never underestimate your worth. When it comes time
for a raise, ask for it. Don't allow your employer to
half-ass an evaluation. If you're doing a good job,
demand credit for it. Shoot for the stars. Find out
what the highest paid person in your department makes
and ask for more. You may not get it but you'll have
bigger balls for asking.

3. Take advantage of whatever your employer has to offer.
Whether it be an employee discount, free coffee,
access to really cool equipment, etc. Free stuff
rules! It also keeps you from having to spend your
hard earned money on stuff you need.

4. Find a way to make your JOB work for you. Maximize
your work hour by getting your personal tasks done.
I work in a call center where things are very
monotonous. There isn't information I don't have
memorized. I can talk to a customer, fix their
issue and clip coupons, write a letter, read a book,
check my email, make crafts, etc. The beauty in
this is that I'm doing my job, getting paid and also
getting my own daily tasks done. The only jobs I
don't recommend doing this are emergency room
nurses/doctors, pilots, tightrope walkers.

5. Sick days, vacation pay, tuition reimbursement, 401k.
If you're lucky enough to have any of the above, by
all means use them! There is no reason a person has
to pay for their education if their employer is will-
ing to pay for it instead. Take a few classes, get
your degree and hightail it out there. Don't forget
to write a thank you letter with your letter of
resignation! My employer offers all of the above and
you better bet your britches, I'm taking advantage of
all of them.

6. Find yourself a business venture on the side and use
your workplace as a way of marketing yourself.
Although most employers frown on outside sales, there
are ways around it. Carry a business card with you
at all times and give it out to potential customers.
Post on your workplace bulletin board, the goods or
services you offer. Never forget to work your own
business into your company's. Their time is YOUR
money.

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Another Day, Another Dollar...

Jan. 3rd, 2006 | 02:36 pm

Drat! I'm so tired I can barely move. What is wrong with me? I can't seem to motivate myself to do anything! Will it be a shock to me when my house is a wreck and nothing is done before I leave? I can't imagine why it wouldn't!

I have tried to reduce the number of things I'm bringing with me to Florida to no avail. I really need someone to send me a couple of packages while I'm gone. It's a shame that my family is always busy.

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My Reality Is Painful...

Jan. 2nd, 2006 | 01:16 pm

Every muscle in my body aches. My palms are bruised from tripping over my own damn feet and falling into a pile of gravel. I have to go back to work an hour early because my client's daughter is too lazy to get her own mother ready for a birthday party she's taking her to. My house is gradually becoming decluttered but all I feel like doing is sleeping. Isn't there more to life than this?

Last night I had myself completely convinced not to go to Disney. I came up with a hundred and one reasons why I shouldn't go. I guess I would rather bask in this miserable existence I created for myself than tell that uppity bitch daughter that I work for to go _ _ _ _ herself. I'm a coward, plain and simple. The only fear and anxiety I feel about leaving this town is the tongue lashing I'll probably receive once I hand that wench my notice. Rather than feel relieved that I'm leaving, I'm terrified. I wish I would have quit sooner. Things would have been so much easier.

I can't believe that something I've been looking forward to has become so hard for me.

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Happy New Year!!!!

Jan. 1st, 2006 | 03:30 pm

I have one resolution for 2006. It is quite simply the best one I have ever come up with.

"Do more of the things that bring me joy and less of the
things that don't."

I spent a majority of yesterday lounging around and reading. I devoured an excellent YA book titled Stargirl (Jerry Spinnelli) and have worked my way through the first few chapters of Foxfire (Joyce Carol Oates). I have also managed to nap frequently which my body definitely appreciates.

In celebration of the New Year, I fixed a bag of microwave popcorn (free in the Campus Ladies Screening Kit) and watched Crash all by myself. At midnight, I heard a blast of fireworks and loud shouting. I soon retired to bed after my movie ended.

Today, I took Mrs. Hill to church and read more of Foxfire. I'm thinking about starting a different book. Joyce Carol Oates is hard to follow. Her thoughts aren't complete sentences and she jumps around a lot. I enjoyed the movie Foxfire and thought I would give the book a try. I suppose it isn't worth a person's time to suffer through a book they're not fond of. I think this one will go to PaperBackSwap.

In an effort to curb my spending, I have not gone to the grocery store today. I want to clip the massive mountain of coupons I've been collecting and look at the sales ads before I do so. I can't stand chucking away my money on things I can buy cheaper somewhere else. My last paycheck for the year came Sunday. I made almost $7100 this year which officially makes me "poor" in the eyes of the government. I'll have a nice income tax return which will allow me to save my money earned in Florida.

I'm going to spend the evening catching up on letter writing. Richelle, will you please email me your new address once you get settled? I want to send you a house/room warming gift. If I send your package out tomorrow, you'll have something nice to look forward to from the States. I owe so many people letters and thank you cards for their holiday generosity. If you haven't received one yet, look forward to one soon. By all means, have a wonderful day and the happiest of all years!

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Merry Christmas to One and All!

Dec. 25th, 2005 | 08:33 am

Ho! Ho! Oh! My head is killing me! Was it the tiniest sip of Chandi's wine that did this to me? The jackhammer pounding against my head is all too real. Couldn't I have slept in once in my life?

I got a day off. It's as easy as that. The family I work for would have rather had me there to do everything for them. M. thinks Holidays should be spent with family. Her family. She made me work every one of them with the exception of today. It seems to me, we know who does all the work around there despite what she may think. Hallelujah for a full day off. Too bad we did all our celebrating last week!

It's less than a month until I leave for FL. I can't wait! Every ounce of my body from cell to muscle tingles with delight knowing I finally get away from this deadbeat town. Nothing like witnessing a guy doing cocaine in the car next to you while sitting at the convenience store or hearing about two college aged kids downing bottles of narcotics in fear of getting arrested. I DON'T DO DRUGS and HATE A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE THAT DO. I don't want to wind up a statistic so I'm hitting the road at hella fast speeds and not looking back. This town has nothing to offer me except headache and heartache and I certainly don't need either.

I'll miss my family but feel relief in thinking only about myself. I've spent years worrying their problems to death and it's about time I've had something for myself. I deserve an ounce of happiness. If moving is the only way I'm going to get, consider it done. I'm keeping my house here only until I know what I want to do next. If I find some wonderful job after Disney, I'll send my parents to collect my things. My grandparents (also my landlords) have had the luxury of a good tenant for almost three years now. The house is close to being paid for and I don't feel like it is my obligation to continue to pay for a house that I'll never own. Wasting money is not my fortay. If I had it my way, I'd never stop traveling. My head would hit the pillow long enough to sleep and that's it. Do you know how many loved ones I never see or how many states I've never been to? Not to mention countries? Why live a life of solitude and desperation when the key to your happiness is right under your nose? I desire freedom. The freedom to choose where I go and how I spend my days. It's not too much to ask is it? If the majority of my expenses revolve around a house I never spend time in, is it wrong for me to leave? I doubt it!
Consider me gone then.

On a lighter note, we did our extended family Christmas get-together last night and I had a blast. Being together reminds me how lucky I am to be loved. Hope you all feel the same way and that you have the Merriest of all Christmases and the Happiest of all New Years! You deserve it!

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It's All About Me....

Dec. 20th, 2005 | 09:27 pm

I finished this semester with a 3.6 GPA. Not to shabby for a girl who had no time to herself these past few months.

I had my first day off in 107 days. Unfortunately, I spent it with my client's daughter. Can I ever get away from their madness?

My brothers are here. Or were here. Or some of them are here. We had a great time catching up. I only wish that they lived closer so it wouldn't be so hard to say goodbye.

I received a few cards and presents from friends. Not the incredibly large bundle I got last year but still adequate.

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