2019 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hi everyone!

With the new year right around the corner, I wanted to share some of my fun resolutions for 2019. (These are not in any particular order) 🙂

  • Hit the gym regularly. (I started going to the gym back in May. Although it took some time to adjust to a new after-work schedule and to see improvement I truly can say I enjoy it now!)
  • Read more books. ( This year I read a total of 3 books: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman; Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst; and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I bought and received a few new books for Christmas and can’t wait to read them!)
  • Keep working on my blog. (In November, I reached my one year blogging anniversary. I’m proud of committing myself to doing something fun that I love and hope you all love as well.)
  • Interact with more faith bloggers. (When I first started my blog I wondered if I’d make blogger friends. Little did I know I did. Now I’m part of a small blogger engagement group communicating and encouraging each other. As well as sharing our life journeys together. THANK YOU, LADIES. You mean so much to me!)
  • Continue traveling. (This year I went to quite a few places! In January, I went off on a very spontaneous weekend trip to DC and revisited the beautiful capital. In February, I headed out on a day trip to the neat Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. Fast forward to the end of June, I headed off to a weekend beach trip with my boyfriend and close friends to Tybee Island and Savannah, GA. Not even two weeks later, I headed out with my brother on our first trip together to California. Once there, we visited our friends in SoCal and then took an Amtrak train up to NorCal and stayed with our aunts and cousins. So many wonderful memories we made there for sure! To end our year off, I was able to squeeze in a few more day trips to the beautiful mountains of my beloved home state NC. I can’t wait to see where 2019 takes me!)
  • Listen to more podcasts. (When the Summer started, I found myself working from home half of the week. At first I was content with listening to music aloud, but that died right away. I wanted to fill my time up with things that helped me live a better life. Currently, I’m listening to The Good Life of Stevie and Sazan! They are my absolute favorite Instagram Christian married couple!
  • Continue learning. (I KNOW. Why would I want to continue learning? After such a crazy year learning so much at my job, the reality of always being willingly to learn new things hit me hard. I studied so hard for a certification test and I passed it at last. I want to talk more about this but I will make a separate post in the near future!)  🙂

All of this resolutions are things I’m currently doing right now and will hope to keep doing in the New Year because they make me a happier, better version of me. I hope everyone of you can seek your own resolutions that make you a happier, better version of yourselves!

I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve! See you all in 2019!

 

Love,

Patty xoxo

What’s your love language?

“Do everything in love” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Have you ever wondered what fills up your love tank? What are those little things that your significant other does that makes you happy? Just how often do you receive those loving gestures?

Earlier this year, I read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. One thing that grabbed my attention to this book was how Gary described that we all have a primary and secondary love language. After reading through the entire book, I reflected on the two love languages that filled my love tank the most. I came to the conclusion that the chapters of Quality Time and Words of Affirmation described me the most out of the five love languages.  It doesn’t necessary mean the other three aren’t important to me, just that they aren’t the ways I wished to be expressed love.

Everyone expresses love differently, however sometimes your significant other won’t share the same love languages as you. If they don’t, IT’S OKAY. You simply have to put more time and effort on your part to show them they are loved in their respective love languages. If you both share at least one love language, then you might have just hit the love lottery.

Therefore, no matter what love languages you both are, do everything in love. There’s nothing greater in life than to be loved, whether its by our significant other,  our families, our children, or even our friends. Sometimes, we have to remember to be patient when expressing a love language that is opposite to our own and keep in mind that how our significant other feels is what matters most. It’s more rewarding in return. We have to love others as God loves us. Deeply and unconditionally.

Below I listed the five love languages and some of my favorite examples of each.

Quality Time: Growing up my parents would express their love towards me by taking me to the movies, grabbing ice cream together, or even a day trip to the lake to swim. Those are some of my most fondest childhood memories. Therefore, quality time is a must for me!

Examples:

  • Going to the park
  • Grabbing coffee together
  • Cuddling while watching movies
  • Trying new restaurants
  • Go on a day trip to the mountains

Words of Affirmation: I feel that is should be at least one of the two love languages everyone should have! Why? The more positivity spread around would make for a better world. I also tend to remember the nice things said towards me. 🙂

Examples:

  • “I love your smile.”
  • “I love spending time with you.”
  • “Your outfit looks great.”
  • “You make me so happy.”
  • “You’re doing a great job on your blog!”

Acts of Service: What can I say about this love language? Making one’s bed doesn’t speak romance to me. 🙂

Examples:

  • Make their bed.
  • Do the laundry for them.
  • Show up to their work with lunch.
  • Vacuum the house.
  • Put gas in their car.

Receiving Gifts: It’s always nice to receive gifts, but the only time I really enjoy them are during my birthday, Christmas, and special anniversaries.

Examples:

  • Make a scrapbook of your adventures together.
  • Send them flowers for no reason.
  • Pick up their favorite goodies at the grocery stop for movie night.
  • Bring them something from your vacation/trip.
  • Buy them a book/movie/ concert ticket/ etc they’ve been wanting.

Physical Touch: TBH I am an awkward hugger. Or was. LOL.

Examples:

  • Give them a hug.
  • Hold hands while walking together.
  • Kiss their cheek.
  • Rest your head on their shoulders.
  • Kiss their forehead.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully have learned a thing or two about love languages just as I have. Please comment, like or share!

Love,

Patty xo

Photo Location: OC Fair, California

El Graduado

It’s hard to believe that my younger brother, the youngest of the family, has graduated.

Location: Downtown Concord, NC

High school graduations are amongst us, and it’s a bittersweet moment for all graduates. There’s one question on everyone’s mind: what happens next? Maybe some of your friends are going off to college in the fall, others enlisting in the military,  jumping in the workforce or might probably be taking a gap year. How do you navigate into these new unchartered waters on your own? Where do you see yourself sailing to?

It’s hard to believe that my younger brother, the youngest of the family, has graduated. I can still remember the day you were brought home from the hospital. There you were at home, just a 10 lb. baby sleeping without a care in the world. Fast forward years later and you’re walking across the stage marking the start of a new journey. This journey is going to lay the foundation of your future. There will be high tides and low tides, however, that’s what life is all about. Like your graduation commencement speaker said, it’s okay to fail at things because it will only lead you to the things that will make you successful. So graduates of 2018, go out there and take on the world. Congratulations to you all!

Best wishes,

Patty

 

The Queen City

Charlotte, it’s also known as the Queen City.

Location: Uptown Charlotte, NC

Growing up outside of the Charlotte area has given me a completely different view of this great city. As a kid in elementary school, my teachers would often plan field trips to Discovery Place or see theaters plays in Uptown. I would also dream of the day I would one day get to work amongst the growing skyline that is now Uptown.  Fast forward years later, and my dream came true! Now as an adult, there’s no longer the fun field trips to go to, but there’s all the amazing coffee shops and restaurants around my office corner! I admit to having tried just about every place at least once. I’ve even listed a few of my favorite places below. 😉

Charlotte, it’s also known as the Queen City. It was named after German King George III’s wife Queen Charlotte during the 1760s. Just a quick fun history fact for everyone! Also, Uptown Charlotte is just another name for downtown Charlotte. However, there are two reasons why some locals refer to it as Uptown instead of downtown. The first reason, the downtown area is on a hill and some people refer to it as “going up to town”! The second reason is it sounds fancy and attracts out-of-towners. Don’t you agree!?

It’s home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, NBA Charlotte Hornets, NHL Charlotte Checkers, and Minor League Charlotte Knights teams. It’s also home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Nascar Hall of Fame located in Uptown. There is plenty to see and do so if you’re not a local, make yourself a favor and come check out the Queen City! However if you’re a local, make a quick day trip to our amazing city. 🙂

My  Favorite Spots in Uptown:

  • Not Just Coffee
  • 7th Street Market
  • Coco and the Director
  • Hazelnut Creperie
  • Latta Arcade

 

26 Q & A

Self-love to me means to put my happiness first.

Location: Uptown Charlotte, NC

1.Who are you? A Latina who just turned 26 and ready to take on the new exciting things to come with this new year! 😀

2.Describe the best birthday you ever had. Wine tasting at the Treehouse Vineyards last year 🙂

3.Where do you feel safe and loved? Reading the word of God

4.What is something I would love to learn? American Sign Language

5.Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years? Disneyworld, Canada, New York,  and the Grand Canyon.

 

6.What book are you reading right now? The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

7.What’s the best purchase you ever made? Why? Buying a round trip flight to Europe last summer with the Hughes family. 🙂

8. How has your relationship with yourself changed?  Taking all the negativity in my life and turning it into positives.

9.What skill are you working on developing? Learning more about the blogging world and on the other hand, becoming a certified coder for my professional career.

10.What you do feel incapable of doing? Settling for any one that doesn’t value me.

 

11. Copy a Bible verse into your journal.  Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. -Psalm 37:4

12.What advice would you give your younger self? Taking all the opportunities that come my way.

13.What do you appreciate most about your city? How fast it’s growing and the diversity of people.

14.How do I spend my free time? Reading, Blog Brainstorming, and Netflix-ing my favorite shows.

15.What are the 5 most important things to you in life? God, my family, my friends, my professional career, and my blog!

 

16.What bad habits do you want to break? Comparing my life with others.

17.What good habits do you want to cultivate? Working out to maintain a stress free live.

18. Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with? My parents, my brother, my friends, and myself 🙂

19.What is your ideal life partner like? A guy who’s educated, makes me laugh, loves to travel,  and a great listener.

20.What blogger inspires me the most? Sazan Hendrix 🙂

 

21.What does self-love mean to you? Self-love to me means to put my happiness first.

22.What positive changes have happened in the last year? Travelling more whether it’s the state next door or across the globe!

23.What would make your teenage self- proud of you now? I am a college grad working towards building my  professional career and on the fun side, building my blog!

24.Something you’re looking forward to this year? I look forward to going on my first trip with my younger brother after his high school graduation!

25.Which Harry Potter house would you be in? Or are you a Muggle? Team Ravenclaw because “Wit beyond measure is Man’s greatest treasure” 🙂

 

Now one last question directed towards my fellow readers! 🙂

26. What you would like to see more of on my blog from me?

 

Sweater Weather

” I look forward to spending time with my loved ones.”

Location: Concord, NC

It’s the final month of the year. How time flew by is beyond me. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this coming month.

The surrounding atmosphere is in festive cheer and the holidays are in full swing. Thanksgiving has just passed and there’s still Christmas and New Year’s to come.

I have officially decorated my work desk space with rhinestone snowflakes, glittery Styrofoam Christmas trees and a string of glittery penguins hanging near my desk.

However, I’m slightly stressing out over the following weeks to come. Aren’t we all?

THERE’S CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. WORK DEADLINES. MORE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. APPOINTMENTS. EVEN MORE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. COLLEGE GRADUATIONS. AND THE LAST BIT OF CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. AND OF COURSE FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTIES.

When do I catch a break? When do any of us catch a break?

Instead of focusing on the things that need to get done during this holiday season, why not put some joy to it. Why not enjoy the precious moments that make us happy.

Above all the craziness, I look forward to so much this month.
I look forward to drinking hot cocoa on really cold nights.
I look forward to going outdoor ice skating.
I look forward to catching up with old college friends.
I look forward to squeezing in a quick getaway trip to refresh myself.
I look forward to spending time with my loved ones.
Lastly, I look forward to reflecting on the true reason for this season.

December is a month to enjoy. It is after all the most wonderful time of the year.

What are you looking forward to this month?

 

10 things about me

“West Coast born, Southern Raised.”

Photo Location: Louvre. Paris, France

I wanted to start my first blog post  introducing myself and giving you all a sneak peak at what’s to come 🙂

    • West coast born, Southern Raised.
    • I am one of 6 siblings. The Second youngest at that 😉
    • Avid Coffee Drinker.
    • Enormous Harry Potter Fanatic!!!
    • I graduated college in 4 years. Easier said than done. *Phew
    • I grew up speaking Spanish and English, and studied French in High School and throughout College. So that would make me multilingual right!?
    • Lover of all French things, and I went to Paris for the first time this summer!!
    • My favorite color is blue.
    • As a kid I was terrified of dogs. Now I love them! Especially Samoyeds, German Shepherds and Goldendoodles 🙂
    • Sometimes the most important person to talk to is God.

Future blog posts will consist of Relationships, Faith, Lifestyle, and anything in between!

I hope you enjoyed!

Sincerely,

Patty