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 Desires of Your Heart

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.

 

C’est la musique Française!

…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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?