Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now. -Meghan Markle
This month happens to be Women’s History Month and it got me reflecting on my life as a woman and all the important women that have helped shape me into who I am today. Whether these women be internationally known or my close family members, they have all impacted my life tremendously and I couldn’t help but to express my gratitude towards them.
I love and admire my mom so much. From being the oldest of her 9 siblings to raising 6 kids to also caring for her 15+ grandkids. I honestly don’t know how she does it! She really is a SuperMujer in my books. 😉 Pun intended! I hope to be like her with the patience to raise my own kids one day. LOL. On top of that she is an amazing cook! She really does it all and without ever complaining. Overall, all I can say is I hope to make her proud and be half the woman she is.
I am incredibly thankful for my paternal grandmother because she is one of the reasons I got closer to God. It has been a tough journey each and every day but my faith is something I wouldn’t change for anything. I’ve learned from her when life throws curveballs at you, just act with grace and keep moving forward. Growing up is tough but if you leave it to God, everything will turn out just fine.
When I started my freshman year in high school my English teacher asked me if I was related to the Latina author Sandra Cisneros. I told him there was no relation. LOL. Shortly after reading The House on Mango Street I immediately related to her also being a Mexican-American growing up in the United States. I didn’t know it then but my love of writing grew throughout my high school years and well into college. She truly has inspired me to continue writing. I mean, here I am! Just now with a blog! 🙂
Another author that has inspired me to dream big is the amazing J.K. Rowling. I fell in love with the whole magical world she created and the muggle world as well. LOL. I dreamed of traveling to England and exploring the castles in the countryside as well as the city life in London. I’m thankful I got to experience it all two years ago. I even toured the Harry Potter Studio and it was all amazing to see the sets and costumes involved in all the movies. There’s so much more of the world to see, and I look forward to it! P.S. I wouldn’t trade the books for the movies. :p
The list could go on and on and there’s so many extraordinary women out there that I could probably write a book! 😉 So I dedicate this post to all my latinas and all of my girls out there and especially to you who are currently reading this! Thank you for being amazing women. Now get out there and celebrate Women’s History Month.
This is my third year going to Charlotte Restaurant Week. The first year I made reservations to the chain restaurant Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and last year I went to Charlotte’s #1 rooftop restaurant Fahrenheit. This year I opted yet again for another steakhouse. After researching the entire Restaurant week list, I opted for Del Frisco’s largely because their dessert menu had chocolate mousse. Why you say? My brother is a huge chocolate lover.
Del Frisco’s has a relaxing atmosphere with amazing low lighting. Entering the lobby, there’s a bar and a staircase leading up to the second floor seating area. We ended up seating on the ground floor. The bread topped with their smooth butter made for a great starter. For the appetizers, my boyfriend got the Caesar salad, I got the spring mix salad and my brother got the Lobster Bisque, which is just a fancy word for a creamy soup made with shellfish. 🙂 As we moved on to our Entrees, my boyfriend had the Filet Duo, which by far the most eye-catching plate out of plates. It was composed of two small 4 oz. filets topped with Béarnaise and mushroom sauce and a side of Chateau potatoes. Which by the way I forgot to snap a photo of! Ugh! My plate and my brother’s on the other hand were a more basic looking version compared to my boyfriend’s. We both got the 8 oz Filet Mignon with a side of Chateau potatoes. Our server Sacha was great and asked us if we both wanted our filet’s topped with mushroom sauce which added just the right flavor.
Last but not least, I chose to get a complimentary cappuccino because after eating so much good food I was really in need of a quick pick me up. My boyfriend and I individually ordered the cheesecake with strawberry sauce while my brother opted for the Belgian Chocolate Mousse. Their cheesecake was by far my most to date, and I’ve had quite a few in the past. I fell in love with the smooth and melt in your mouth sensation. CAN I SAY WOW! Overall, our experience was just as great as ever and believe it or not it was just a total of $35 each not including tip of course! It’s not often I go dine in the finest restaurants in Charlotte, but I couldn’t miss the bi-annual Charlotte Restaurant Week! So if you missed January, the next one is in July! 🙂
I wanted to dedicate this post to each and every one of you who has taken the time to read, comment, like, or even view my blog site. I just want to say a big thank you! It’s been a year since I decided to blog. A whole year! Where did the time go, honestly!
I first opened my wordpress in 2016. That’s right, 2 years ago. It took me a whole year later to decide to publish my first post. I was afraid of saying the wrong things or wondering if I was saying the right things. All I knew was my passion for writing.
As a kid I’ve always had a great imagination, and a big love of books. In high school I took a creative writing class which made me realized how much I enjoyed writing. I even joined my school’s Literary Club and submitted several of my poems and a couple of short stories for their annual literary magazine. In college I took several literature courses and I found out I enjoyed the English Romanticism era. My favorite poet is Wordsworth by the way. 🙂
Ever since I started my blog, I believe it’s shaped me into a better person. I have meet some incredible bloggers along the way, and I can’t imagine where I would be without this amazing support system. Thankful to God, my loved ones and my friends as well for their support.
This second year I want to focus more on engaging with my followers and those amazing bloggers I’ve met and will come to meet! I’m excited for what’s to come!
1302 views! Every single view means so much to me.
“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” -William Wordsworth
Do you ever feel like you just need a quick mountain trip and take in all of Nature? We all do sometimes. My boyfriend, my brother and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed to the mountains. I’m thankful to live in a state where we’re 2 to 3 hours away from them!
My plan was initially to head to Rough Ridge for a quick photoshoot but we ended up in Pisgah National Forest. All due to miscommunication. LOL. Sometimes, we just gotta laugh at these things. Driving through Pisgah, we saw a sign for Looking Glass Falls and decided to pull over for a quick stop. The falls were incredibly beautiful and several people were amongst us taking photos as well. Afterwards we were on our way to “said Rough Ridge” before we realized we were still an hour and a half away from it and it was lunch time already. Quickly ditching that plan, we made our way to our other planned destination: Asheville.
Before we headed to downtown Asheville, we stopped by Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack for lunch. We had read previous reviews on this local restaurant and we were in for the best fried chicken of our lives! You can order your chicken to be seasoned anywhere from mild to XX hot! My boyfriend ordered the hot seasoned fried chicken, on the other hand I ordered mine plain to be on the safe side. Haha. 🙂 Meanwhile, my brother had ordered a chicken wrap. With our bellies full and satisfied, we headed back down the street to a cute pumpkin stand we had seen on our way to Rocky’s.
The pumpkin stand had all different colored pumpkins, but this year my favorite happened to be the white ones! I grabbed the cutest, tiniest pumpkin I could find, meanwhile my brother grabbed a small orange one. The most interesting thing happened to me after we finished paying and were on our way to the car. One of the elder ladies chased after me because she overheard me talking to my brother about something French-related. She told me she was from Paris and we even had a small conversation in French! I never would have imagined that I would meet a French person in the small mountain town of Asheville! Beaming from ear to ear, I got in the car and we headed to downtown.
Once there, I had two places in mind to check out for dessert bites and coffee. The first one was the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, but there was a tremendous wait line just to get in. So we went ahead to our next spot: the Double D’s Coffee Bus. A coffee bus you say? Yes! It was the coolest spot I found while researching on Pinterest. It’s a double decker AND they happen to sell coffee inside! 🙂 Once again, I was beaming from ear to ear because I also love London so much! There happened to be little to no lines and is located in a little square with outside seating and upstairs seating inside the bus too. 🙂 Please go check it out because it’s the coolest place ever!!
To end our trip we quickly perused the Mast General store and and outside market because I love a small remind of every trip I get to take. And just like that our trip came to an end and we made our way back home. I hope this has persuaded you to make a visit to the beautiful mountain town of Asheville and make a drive through mountains for amazing scenic views and for water falls!