Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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.
Life falls into place according to God’s timing.
Location: Monterey, California
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.
Those places have been imprinted in my venturing heart.
Location: Garrapata State Park, California
I went to California this month for 10 days. Honestly, my trip hasn’t even scratched the surface of all the things I want to do and see here. I know for a fact I will be venturing out here more often in the future. However, there’s a few reasons I do love this state.
One: My parents first moved here from Mexico in search of better job opportunities. My parents always spoke to me about California growing up and it had sparkled my interest in going to explore those places they went to.
Two: I was born in Santa Ana in Southern California. Although I have no family here, I made friends in my life that live there. It’s a blessing to see this city through their eyes, especially where to eat the best tacos. 🙂
Three: Who doesn’t want to visit California? There’s Venice beach, the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, celebrity sightings if you’re truly looking, etc. This state has it all!
This is my second trip out here and this time around I didn’t plan much of an itinerary because some of the best trips are the ones unplanned. At least the minor details. I did have a couple of places I wanted to visit or revisit.
I did want to eat at In n Out again, and revisited the Hollywood Walk of Fame because anything for Selena! 😉
Yet, I also ended up in Chinatown, checked out the The Last Bookstore, made a beach day trip with friends and also with my NorCal familia, and drove through Hwy 1 along the pacific coast with my cousins.
California is vibrant and scenic beyond measure. I’m growing to love this state with each trip I take and with each place I visit there. Those places have been imprinted in my venturing heart. I’m California dreamin’ always.
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!
We have to trust that he always has our best interests at heart no matter how hard it is to believe it.
Location: Concord, NC
“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalms 37:4
Sometimes we have to align our desires with what God desires for our lives. This doesn’t always necessarily mean getting the desires we crave. Maybe that new promotion we were hoping for isn’t what God had in mind for us or maybe that new car isn’t what God says we need right now. However, we should search our hearts and talk to him about what exactly it is we do need. We have to trust that he always has our best interests at heart no matter how hard it is to believe it.
We all desire to be loved. Am I right? Maybe right now you’re contemplating why you aren’t married or let alone in a relationship. Perhaps God wants for you to love him and yourself before being able to love another person.
If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect that person to love you how you should be loved? And if you don’t love God, how do you expect him to bless you with a person beyond your expectations or wildest dreams? You’re a strong, independent, and loving person that will find your equal in due time.
The desires of our hearts will happen when we align with God’s desires. We long to be loved and often times forget we are loved, fully and unconditionally by God. His love is sweeter. His love is eternal. His love is overflowing; it should always be overflowing the cups of our hearts.
…it transports me to a time where my love for French music grew.”
Location: Paris, France
There’s several childhood memories I cherish, however there is one in particular which took place in my Elementary school music class that I wanted to share. One day, my music teacher taught us the French version of the nursery “Are You Sleeping?”. To this day I can still sing along this very nursery and it transports me to a time where my love for French music grew. Fast forward to Senior year in high school and I’m sitting in class translating French lyrics. I didn’t quite enjoy doing so at the time, because honestly it wasn’t easy or fun. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have survived the long hours translating long, boring French texts in college without the previous experience. On a fun note, I wanted to share some of my favorite songs from very different genres! I hope you all take the time to listen to them and maybe even learn some French along the way. 🙂
Pop Folk: “Le Coeur Éléphant”and “Mes Autres” by Frero Delavega
Electronic: “Alors on Danse” and “Papaoutai” by Stromae
Rap: “Sapés Comme Jamais” and “Tu vas me manquer” by Maitre Gims
Electropop: “Complètement Fou” and “Chimie Physique” by Yelle