Thursday, September 19, 2013

For when I'm not blogging...

I know sometimes I disappear and completely don't blog, so for those instances when I fall off the face of the earth here are some AMAZING blogs (and might I mention their blogging schedule is also very variable).  The only reason I make this post is because I am entering my Senior year and I'm petrified, and have no idea how often I'll be blogging due to the crazy amount of video creating and editing I'll be doing, but I know in the end I'll be able to show you all some awesome videos.

Shelby a Fashion Guru:

Kyann an accessibility advocate:

Allegra a writer on the rise:

Shane an SMA comedian and advocate:

Hillabush couple working in the Philippines (their daughter is my caregiver!):

Jenica a seeing impairment advocate:

Happy reading!!!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

P.S. I'm STILL going to blog, I just don't really have a set schedule when, but honestly did I even have one before?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winter Quarter 2012

It's crazy to think that Winter Quarter was almost a year ago, but either way I am reflecting on it now. My biggest mistake of that quarter was Burlesque, no really that was the one class in all my years of education that I most regret.  It was just not for me, I'm a shy and not-okay-with-nudity person and although the class was titled feminism, it definitely did not feel like it.  My friend, also in a wheelchair took the class with me and the looks we both received were priceless.  We were required to make pasties (nope not pastries, you read correctly...pasties) as well as watch our fellow classmates perform.  It was the most awkward experience ever.  My so-called social experiment on the world regarding their reaction to two girls in wheelchairs was pretty much an epic fail because the class itself was so awkward.  Nonetheless, my friend definitely made the class bearable and we just laughed at the pity and awkward looks.  Even though I did not particularly enjoy the class, my friend has started a pasties-making business and has extended her creativity, so yay for her. :)

On the bright side my other two classes were very enjoyable, stressful and intense, but very rewarding in the educational department.  I took Media Across Cultures and a Social Movement class, both of these classes made me see that as individuals who participate in social media we can have a huge impact in this world.  These classes just made me much more aware of how much I use social media, like this blog, and what it can be used for, not just the conventional, as well as the pros and cons.  Knowledge is definitely power! Stay tuned for my Spring Quarter post!!!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Where have I been this whole summer?!

I know, I know where has Yomara been the whole summer? Honestly I've been getting a lot of tasks done, some fun, some just plain tedious, but nonetheless I have accomplished several things this summer.  Number one on the list was, and is because I haven't finished, going to my new hospital and meeting all my new doctors, I was officially let go from Children's because I am twenty-one, although let's be honest I have a young face and could easily pass for a twelve year old.  I took a five credit class that was condensed into a month instead of the usual ten week quarter system, that was intense because I had to put my brain on the topic of Social Research for a month!  Luckily the class was really interesting and taught me how much social research is a part of everyday life, not to mention our professor was really funny and that made the class go by a lot quicker. Last, but certainly not least, I was busy trying to raise awareness about Camp Promise and the fact that we were quickly approaching our deadline, but had not reached our fundraising goal. It was a very close call, but thanks to so many great donors camp was able to happen. Just like last year it was most definitely the best week of my year!!!!!!  I got to hang out with all my old friends, meet some new ones, and make more EPIC memories to suffice until the next time we get to see each other. I have many exciting news so stay tuned!!!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


We all experience defeat sooner or later in life, sadly it is often sooner rather than later.  To start off my defeat rant I acknowledge that I have not posted anything for more than three months, I was defeated by school.  Yes school won a round this year, but stay tuned to the end of  this post to hear how I punched school in the face! I had two of my core classes this year, one in winter quarter and one in spring quarter, which is why I was determined to get respectful grades in both classes.  Even when I had time to write all I could think about was the upcoming assignments I had to do.  Spring break was almost non-existent because I had a huge paper due the last day of finals week, and then the week of vacation I had I spent sleeping, watching television, and hanging out with friends.  So in terms of being loyal to my writing and this blog I was defeated, but if it's any consolation to myself I had to read and write so much these last six months that at least I know I was technically still writing.

Now although my writing is very important to me there is another way that I was defeated, play the violins now, I didn't get on the Ellen show.  Let's be honest that deserves a sad face :(  It's weird to admit this defeat because I felt so much support from my camp family and people that I have had the pleasure of meeting that I was honestly a bit surprised she never contacted me.  I put so much effort into all the possible ways I could reach Ellen that it was disappointing when my birthday came around and I didn't make it on the show.  The thing is things happen for a reason and I'm still a huge Ellen fan and I LOVE her show especially watching the great things she does for some very deserving people.  Most importantly she spreads joy and laughter through her show, so I only hope she keeps doing so! :)

I have many blog posts ideas so stay tuned my readers on my last year as an undergraduate!!!!!! :O  Oh did I mention I made it on the DEAN'S LIST for Spring quarter?!?!?!?!  Remember I had said that that was almost impossible for me because it's so hard to focus on school in the Spring, well I proved myself wrong and defeated the limitations I had imposed on myself!  I was also published in my university's online health magazine and made my first video project EVER!!!  I also stayed healthy and have managed to recruit and fundraise for camp! So if you ever feel defeated just keep swimming and you'll eventually reach a beautiful coral reef :)

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Monday, April 15, 2013


So in case you have not gotten my recurring theme recently I will type it out for you: live today as if its your last. I'm not trying to sound depressing, but instead urging everyone of you to seize the day. Many situations have been happening this year in my life where people have died (from camp and distant family) or stuff I hear about on the news that is more evil and unjust from what I'm used to hearing about. Recently watching the Shane Burcaw video and The Buried Life I just keep realizing that life is so short and who knows if we're here tomorrow.  I guess what I'm trying to say is appreciate the good things in your life and tell the people you love that you love them.  Last week's episode on Glee made me think what I would do or say if I was going to die within a couple of hours or minutes.  So in light of so many recent events, like the bombs in Boston and the Sandy Hook shooting, don't take any day for granted.

Stay safe readers and adios,
Yomara :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I spent most of this video trying not to cry...

This video is pure gold!!! Shane has the same disability as me, but a bit more severe. The guy is soooo funny, this is how I try to see life with comedy relief. :) His blog is also legit!!!

I'll post things of value this weekend, promise!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Monday, April 8, 2013


Aaaaaahhhhh I'm a couple hours from turning 21!!! Can you believe it!? I can't! Today it has literally hit me in the face like a billion times! I know what you're going to say Yomara just walks out (see what I did there) on her blog for almost two months and then she comes back out of nowhere with a post about her birthday...really Yomara...really?!

Well yes really!!! Ellen hasn't gotten in contact with me yet, but I'm not giving up because I know she is still filming episodes until the end of May!  I'm almost 21!!!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


So you're probably thinking why is Camp Promise SO important to Yomara, she's only gone one year, she's just super exaggerated about why she loves camp.  No?  Well, that is what I think you are thinking, which just proves I overanalyze myself and other people all the time...oops!

So this blog post that I have worked on for awhile gives the reasons why I LOVE camp, you see aside from the awesome activities camp involves, the main component of camp is the people.  In everyday experiences people don't understand me, they don't treat me like a human being, and I get it I really do, a wheelchair IS intimidating there is no denying that, but at camp I feel accepted, I don't feel stares or uncomfortable situations.  I don't have to worry about being me, crippled and all, and the thing is I don't mean being accepted just because I'm around other people in wheelchairs.  The thing that makes me smile the most is seeing able bodied people (the staff and counselors) develop a bond or friendship with the campers.  Even if I were to never walk and the cure is never found in my lifetime, nothing makes me happier than seeing that I have made friends and changed able bodied people's perspective of the disabled.  Ali means so much to me because she takes care of me like a sister and that is what I see at camp--friendships and smiles, as cheesy as that sounds.

So (ugh that's the third paragraph I have started with that word...gross writing skills) Ellen DeGeneres these are the people that make camp possible, they fundraise, they work for a week WITHOUT pay, and I hope all these people COME BACK THIS YEAR!!!!!

Terin: You are the woman in charge!  You make camp happen!  You fundraise like crazy and you do everything in your power to make us campers have an unforgettable experience!  You are super funny and incredibly friendly, so much so that knowing you are in charge makes everyone feel like camp is in good hands.

Libby: You are always on the go, eager to help, or simply say hello.  Whether it be accepting a pie in the face or making sure everything and everyone are where they’re supposed to be you do it with a smile.

Beth: You are the mom of camp, you are constantly walking up and down the camp site tending to everyone's needs.  When supplies arrive at camp you make sure everything goes where it is supposed to.  You are so kind to all the campers and make sure everything is sanitary, which I really appreciate.

Matt: People may say you are strict about curfew, but I appreciate you for it.  You own that golf cart as you ride across the camp site and get stuff done.  You saved us from a cougar, that just proves you're hard core.

Nick: You charge forty plus power wheelchairs every night and you are Matt's right hand man in all things awesome. 

Mark: Your photography skills are the BOMBDIGGITTY and you're my favorite cheerleader.

Stephanie (lifegaurd): You made sure we didn't drown which basically means you saved our lives, and you had the best music playing by the pool.

Steph (not lifeguard): You made camp so fun with your humor, and you help spread camp love by being camp's publicist.

The Chefs and Nesil: Thank you for the THREE meals a day, prepared hot and very tasty.  Also for cleaning up after every meal.

April: Thank you for the endless fun in Arts & Crafts and for being our shopper every night and day for things we needed last minute.

Allison: You are AWESOME and cheesy like me.  Thanks for all the gossip and for keeping Niki alive for a week.

Angie: You are fierce and ridiculously funny.  Thank you for being my bet buddy.

Deanie: You are the friendliest and quick to the rescue.  Thanks for wiping my eyes when they would randomly start leaking from the light bulb's strength.

Hayley: You were so sweet and welcoming.

Stephanie (purple cabin): You have super muscles and can push a wheelchair like a boss.

Gabby: You are so glamorous, but you put your campers first and that says so much about your kind heart.

Loan: You were my morning buddy, thanks for the conversations.  You are so sweet.

Emilia: You came to the purple cabin's rescue, and you are so much fun.  Your fashion is amazing.

Travis: It was your first year and you dressed up the BEST.  You were such a great sport in all the pranks and bets.

Nick: You were super nice and helpful towards everyone.

Andrew: Your poetry is wickedly good, and you're like really funny.

Nora: You're so sweet and welcoming to my camp first time at camp.

Shannon: You are one inspiring woman, working and volunteering at camp.  You do so much for society, I appreciate all you do, EMT, Beauty Pageant participant, med school, superwoman.

Paige: Your custom made outfits are awesome and you own at the ukelele.

Sarah: Your camper wasn't there at the beginning of the week, but you were lending a helping hand at all times.

Kelly: I'm still unsure why we call you "Cousin Kelly" but you are incredibly kind and patient.  You also have really nice hair.

Omar: Just being around you makes me feel like a cooler person and you're incredibly smart.

Tim: You're humor is the best and you're a doctor so you're automatically really cool.  <---This guy gets three weeks of vacation a year, he spends one at camp.

Queenie: You are hard core awesome because you go into burning buildings and save lives.  I've also watched your expertise shine through while crushing a pill, I was impressed.

Daniel: You stayed up many a night fixing a boat you had hopes of working, just to give us campers the experience of a lifetime.  You are also hilariously funny.

Thank you to Joshua who rents out the camp site and the volunteer nurses that give us our medications.  From across the world many people help make camp a reality :)

I hope I didn't forget anyone, and if I did it was unintentional.

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Honestly Tomorrow?

I have an exam tomorrow...AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I'm a horrible person!!!  I really REALLY hope to post what I wanted tomorrow, it's just so long I haven't finished writing it...March 18 get here faster...I'm complaining and that is annoying, I should stop!  Tomorrow, parting is such sweet sorrow!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013


So, I'm writing my second essay today...I honestly don't think I have ever been this busy...I wish it was Spring Break already!!!!!!!!!!!  I WILL post tomorrow, I REALLY hope so.

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

I promise I'm still alive

Good news: I'm still alive, not that I was dying, but I've just had so many papers to write this quarter that I've been really overwhelmed. I pinky promise to post Sunday, because I have something very important to say ( No, Ellen hasn't called, e-mailed, Skyped me...YET!!!). I miss writing for my own pleasure...but stay tuned!!!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Busy bee

I'm soooooo busy this quarter, it's crazy! I haven't heard from Ellen, so I'm still working on that. This video, watch it, it made my day!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ellen DeGeneres Please Watch This!!!

My birthday is in less than 3 months, Spring Break is in 9 weeks!!! Lets get me on the Ellen show raising awareness about Camp Promise!!!!!!!!! :)

Monday, January 7, 2013


I miss camp...A LOT!!!!! :) Here's a Camp Promise experience, in case you ever wondered what it was like...AWESOME!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Plan

My last post for today because I got distracted (AGAIN!)!!! I'm starting to get annoyed with myself, that's just depressing. I start winter quarter tomorrow, aaaaahhh kind of freaking out! I always freak out about the unknown though, we have established that. I wonder what types of people will be in my class, if it'll be overwhelming, what the professor is like, where I'll sit and more importantly fit with my wheelchair, oh and how cold it's going to be!!! The colder it is, the worse my driving is...ugh can it be Spring already?!

I am however really excited about my classes, they're supposed to be really good (or so the description alluded to that). I know for a fact one of my fellow wheelchair friends will be in one of my classes, so I look forward to that social experience/experiment. I say experiment because I'm eager to see how people react to two disabled girls in one class. I'm going to take this opportunity to really observe (even more than I already do) how people react and learn how to educate and show people that I'm one cool cripple (okay let's not get ahead of ourselves 'cool' might not be the right word, how about: awesome). Stay tuned for that blog post!

Okay now lets focus on the title of this post, the plan. This plan is basically my desperate attempt to get on the Ellen show. I will be tweeting her and her staff like crazy (@yoyoyomara) and I will continue to write her letters and try to get this to go viral! *fingers crossed* There is three months to my birthday, my only wish is to raise awareness about Camp Promise to get people to donate and make the 5th year of camp legendary!!! Stay tuned for my progress!

Click the link below to help me!!!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

The Vampire Diaries

I just spent half an hour going through Facebook newsfeed, twitter tweets, and Instagram pictures...there are too many distractions in this world! My new revised goal for today, four or five posts, then the rest tomorrow and then I'll probably be posting one a week on either Friday/Saturday/Sunday, maybe twice if anything super exciting or worth writing about comes up. Have you noticed I change my mind a lot about my blogging schedule, yeah I should work on that! Maybe...

So my reason for this post, The Vampire Diaries!!! The winter finale was so good, the one thing I love about this show is that there are always cliffhangers, it's one thing to have a good show and leave the viewers guessing and it's just exceptional when the writers literally leave the viewer hanging; completely in doubt if what will happen next! I've got to give credit where credit is due, the guy that portrays Klaus is phenomenal at being evil, but somehow he still manages to make me feel sorry for him because he's lonely. I am however kind of confused because I don't know which people have made pacts with Klaus, and was it really worth it with 12 hybrids dead? I know, I'm overanalyzing the show, but it's not my fault my brain just never stops thinking. Aaaaahhh vampires!!! Sorry freak out moment! I have to say Jeremy (I don't know the actor's name) has been going to the gym, like a lot! He used to be Elena's emo kid brother now he's a fit hunter, just another reason to keep watching the show :) I am however conflicted, for three years I wanted Damon and Elena together, but now that she's sired to him their love is just not the same, I guess the journey of Damon trying make her fall in love with him was just way better than the destination of her being sired. So many thoughts...can't wait until it comes back January 17th!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)


So my goal for just today, is to write 8 posts, the 8 posts I didn't write over my winter break. I already published one and its only 3:15 pm, I'd say I'm on a role in terms of feeling accomplished. So this second post will be more updates because I didn't want to write just one really long post all by its lonely self. I've been OBSESSED with The Lumineers song, 'Ho Hey' it's SO GOOD!!! My wiggle-in-chair-jams are 'Scream and Shout' by William and Britney and 'Don't you worry child' by Swedish House Mafia. I have been eating tamales and tacos like a true Mexican, and maybe too many carbs (I LOVE BREAD). You wouldn't think it by looking at me, but I'm a secretly good obsessed! I had my plate of posole on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it was great! My presents included a new bed frame, a tree decal for my room, Pitch Perfect, a really cool Scrapbook like thing (it's like a Scrapbook, but you don't have to put in the effort to decorate it comes pre-decorated!), and some chocolate!

I watched Hallmark movies non-stop for a day or two or three (I know...addicted) and I managed (see what I did there? Used the word managed to make it seem more like an accomplishment) to watch all of Season 2 of Teen Wolf on Netflix in 2 days...oh yeah, I'm determined. I think the reason I watch so much television is because I love to analyze the characters and see the end result of a talented group of writers' work come to life. I watched all of The Mindy Project, totally recommend it, super funny. I'm really enjoying Glee this season, I was a bit worried that less if Rachel and Finn would make the show less interesting but I'm glad they are still there and these new characters are really talented!!! I watch the Glee Project, so I knew one of the new actors. The Vampire Diaries deserves its own post...SO GOOD!!!!

Adios readers,
Yomara :)

Guess who's back?!

I know, I know, I just disappeared for like a month. So here's the story, my intentions were good, I WAS going to write twice a week for the month that I was on vacation, but then laziness took over and I just watched too much television (I think I have an addiction) and ate A LOT! Honestly, the first two weeks I didn't feel like writing because Camp lost one of its campers right before Christmas. I honestly didn't get to know her that well, even though she was in my cabin, but Leah was always smiling and people called her the dog whisperer. I know it comes with the territory of knowing people that are disabled like myself, to expect that we won't live as long as able bodied people, but it kinda hit me like a big yellow school bus: as much as I try and be positive about life, the odds that I'll live as long as my able bodied friends aren't so great. I know people die every day, of all ages, for all different reasons, but it just hits me every time: life is short.

Then the shooting in Connecticut totally freaked me out, so I didn't feel like writing or reflecting on it so suddenly. You see, as a kid (let's be honest, I'm still this way) I thought strangers were going to kill me or that they were crazy or something, because I have trust issues due to feeling so limited. So in school I was always super shy (still am) and I wouldn't really talk to someone until I categorized them as 'normal' <---not a killer. That's why it freaks me out that these kids saw someone with a gun, were shot, and didn't even have the opportunity to save themselves. I am however INCREDIBLY proud of the teacher that hid her students in cabinets to save them. In high school there was a lockdown for 3 hours because some guy was running around possibly with weapons at a mall (my high school was across the street from said mall) and my art teacher, Mrs. Summerfield put me in the supply closet, nothing bad happened and they caught the guy, but I'm really glad I was in that class during the lockdown (originally I had tried to get credit for French as an art credit, I'm glad that didn't go through--there weren't any closets in any of the other classrooms).

So in conclusion, hearing about deaths and my compassion levels being higher than usual over the Holidays, drained me of actually wanting to write. The only thing I really had energy for was eating my feelings and changing channels/movies on the OnDemand feature on the remote. I did hang out with my wheelchair/camp friends one day, and my school friend another day. I was going to finish reading Ben Mattlin's book, but that never happened...oops! I did however get going on my Ellen DeGeneres show plan! I listened to a bunch of music and did I already mention I ate a lot?! Oh and drumroll please...I MADE IT ON THE DEAN'S LIST!!!!!!!!!! Fall goal accomplished!!!!!!!!!! :)

Adios readers,
Yomara :)