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?
I hope everyone is doing well! Today I wanted to explain why I gave my blog a makeover. So you’re probably asking why “Cisne.Rose.”? My last name is Cisneros and pronounced in English as “Sis-nair-rose”. Since I knew the meaning of my first name Patricia meant noble. I often wondered what my last name meant and where it originated from. I did some researching and came across multiple sources saying my last name originated from Spain and meant a place of swans. The word for swans in Spanish is cisne. I immediately felt a beautiful connection to these beautiful creatures. They swim about the water gracefully and when they fall in love they become soulmates for life. I started playing around with the word cisne for my new blog title but wasn’t fully satisfied and felt like something was missing. I wanted to incorporate the ending part “ros” of my last name in some form. Eventually I did a play on words and decided with “rose” like the flower. I thought to myself roses symbolize love and what would make me happier than receiving a bouquet of roses from time to time. I loved the thought of Cisne and Rose so much I went for it. With a little help from a dear blogger friend, I made my own blog logo and tweaked it around several times until I came up with the finished product you now see on my home page. What I want out of this new blog title is to help you move more gracefully throughout life, and for you to love the life you live and rediscover the beauty of it. I hope with this new makeover to encourage you in your daily life. I came across the bible verse “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”” from Hebrews 3:13. With that said, I hope to encourage you Today regardless of what you may be going through to move gracefully/respond gracefully despite the troubles you are experiencing, and to love the life you live because God entrusted it to you because he knew you can handle what is thrown at you and rediscover the beauty of your life. Your life is precious and I hope you remember that daily.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
Never stop learning: it’s important to keep learning, whether that’s getting a new job certification or learning a new language.
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!
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!)
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Love hard: Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know what life can unexpectedly bring.
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.
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.
Counting my blessings: It’s easy to get caught up in what we don’t have and forget to appreciate what we DO have.
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. 😉
Loving myself: My favorite me time is giving myself a pedi and applying a facial mask.
Being there for my friends: In times of need or simply because 🙂
Wearing lipstick: Every time I put some on, I instantly feel 100 times better!
Working out: Can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I joined the gym and see how much improvement I’ve made.
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
Learn to give better directions: I can’t give directions to save my life. HAHA
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!
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.
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.
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.
Moisturize: I don’t know how I went so long without a good moisturizer!
Taking more pictures: I love photography but there’s certain events I wish I’d taken more photos of.
Blog more/write more: I love coming across other bloggers or other writers and hope to meet some of you in the real world!
Thankful is an understatement of how I feel this year. I feel incredibly blessed. 2018 has transformed me inside and out. This year I placed my needs and desires first. I needed and desired more of God. Of his unconditional love. Of his strength. Of his faith in me. By placing him first, I trusted that his plans for my life where better than any I had for myself. That included letting go of people, things, and feelings that weren’t good for me. Throughout this year I felt his hand working for me and not against me. He placed amazing people, better things, and greater feelings into my life. People who genuinely care for me. Things that help me in better ways than I imagined. Feelings of faith, hope and love. I’m so thankful. No, I’m incredibly blessed. Blessed because He loves me. In order for better things to come into our lives we have to entrust to him all of our problems and sorrows. He truly does bless us with more than we can begin to imagine.
I hope everyone spends today with their loved ones and take a moment to remember all the things they’re thankful for!
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.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, ”plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.””
Are you currently waiting on something in your life? Perhaps you’re waiting on an acceptance letter for college. Maybe you’re waiting for the right one to come into your life. Maybe you’re simply just waiting for things to get better.
The point is we’re all waiting. Even when you think you’re not, there is always something we’re waiting to happen in our lives. No one knows how long the wait will be and that’s okay. It’s okay because things fall into place not according to our timing. Life falls into place according to God’s timing. It comes when you least expect it, when he sees that you’re living in the now, and not in the past nor future. You have to enjoy the present, the future can wait. The past is in the past.
God has your future planned, you just have to trust his timing. Despite that being the hardest thing to do. Trust me, I would know. His blessings will come quietly into your life and gently tap you on the shoulder. All you simply have to do is say “Hey, there you are! I’ve been waiting for you.”
That one job you applied? It’s coming. That one relationship you’ve been praying for? It’s coming. That breakthrough in your life? YES. IT’S COMING. God’s timing is perfect, just wait and you’ll see.