“Tres idiomas, trois langues, three languages” Series, Day One

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Today is day one of my language miniseries and this is something I have been really excited to share. I truly had lots of fun writing my experiences growing up learning multiple languages as a Mexican-American girl in the United States.  Hope you enjoy!

Looking back at my childhood, there’s one particular memory that stuck out to me. Around the time I started elementary school I remember I had struggled learning English. Thinking back to that time I just smile now. I can still hear my dad patiently telling me to ask him what I needed at that moment in English and myself getting frustrated. I wanted to desperately say it in Spanish and he said no you need to keep practicing your English.

Growing up around that time, my dad was the only bilingual person at home and all the kids in my neighborhood were also first-generation students learning English for the first time. If I step outside the very same neighborhood, the majority of kids entering elementary school now have at least 1 or more older siblings that has taught them English. It’s crazy to think how much has changed since my childhood days.

You may ask yourself why this particular childhood memory? This is a sweet memory of my younger self who despite struggling at that time, I now am fluent in both languages and then some. Yes, there are times today when I forget a word in Spanish. I find myself describing the word or saying it in English until the native Spanish-speaking person who I’m speaking to understands what I’m saying.  LOL. I know some of my bilingual friends have been there!

What are some of your fond memories learning a second language?

 

27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years

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Today’s my 27th birthday! It’s hard to believe I’m officially in my late 20s. How time flies! Yet, people often tell me I don’t look a day older than my early 20s. LOL. I’ll take all the compliments I can get.

This blog post is simply to reflect on what stuck out to me the most in my life this past year. I have so much to be grateful for and I truly look forward to all the wonderful things 27 have in store for me. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!

  1. The best years of my life are just starting: It’s ok to make mistakes and to start over again. If you don’t like something in your life it’s never to late to change it.
  2. Let go and let God: There are situations in your life which you simply can’t control and you just have to step back and let God step in ( and let him take care it.)
  3. Coffee is my friend: To be honest, I used to not know how to make coffee until I started my first job out of college. LOL.
  4. Never stop learning: it’s important to keep learning, whether that’s getting a new job certification or learning a new language.
  5. Travel bucket list: I’ve been back to my birthstate California twice, our nation’s capital D.C. twice, Savannah, Charleston, Paris and some parts of England. There’s many more cities, states and countries I’ve yet to see and experience!
  6. Absence makes the heart grow fonder: I say this one because last summer I was visiting family and friends in California and that was the first time me and my boyfriend were away from each for a long time (10 days!)
  7. Apologize: This is hard to do, but I guaranteed once you’ve apologized no matter how big or small the issue is you definitely feel better.
  8. Just buy the shoes: I’m the type of person that will contemplate over and over again on purchasing shoes or anything in general. Sometimes, you just gotta be kind to yourself and get the shoes. 🙂
  9. The things you regret most in life are the ones you don’t do: Lately, I’ve been telling myself to live more in the present and just do it.
  10. Love hard: Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know what life can unexpectedly bring.
  11. Being proud of my achievements big or small: I passed my CPC certification exam 2 months ago and although that has absolutely nothing to do with my college major I’m proud of myself because it’ll open up new doors in the future.
  12. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me: Sometimes it’s best to be the bigger person and recognize a messy person for who they are and completely remove them from your life.
  13. Counting my blessings: It’s easy to get caught up in what we don’t have and forget to appreciate what we DO have.
  14. Taking a chance: Don’t like your job? Update your resume and apply to new ones. Met someone new? Get to know them, it just might be the best thing to happen to you. 😉
  15. Loving myself: My favorite me time is giving myself a pedi and applying a facial mask.
  16. Being there for my friends: In times of need or simply because 🙂
  17. Wearing lipstick: Every time I put some on, I instantly feel 100 times better!
  18. Working out: Can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I joined the gym and see how much improvement I’ve made.
  19. Being proud of my culture: Both my parents are Mexican and yes I was born in America. So that makes me Mexican-American. Some days I was tacos del asada and other days I want a fat juicy cheeseburger! LOL
  20. Learn to give better directions: I can’t give directions to save my life. HAHA
  21. Loving my hair: I have such thick, curly hair that’s a pain but the days where I get compliments make me feel lucky to have my hair!
  22. Being patient: Lately I’ve seen a lot of my friends get engaged, buy homes, move out with their significant others or get married. Don’t worry, your time will come in God’s timing.
  23. Be myself: There’s no one else who’s better at being you other than YOU! Some people will like you and some will not. Guess what?! IT’S OKAY.
  24. Making God happy: Sometimes it becomes easier to make things about yourself and forget to make one on one time with Him. All it takes is a simple prayer, reading the bible, listening to a good sermon, or even just reflecting on his goodness.
  25. Moisturize: I don’t know how I went so long without a good moisturizer!
  26. Taking more pictures: I love photography but there’s certain events I wish I’d taken more photos of.
  27. Blog more/write more: I love coming across other bloggers or other writers and hope to meet some of you in the real world!

Love,

Patty xoxo

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.

 

thumbnailLocation: 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?