Goodbye 2021. Hello 2022!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I last blogged and/or updated my website. Life and staying busy have prevented me from posting updates…up until now. Truthfully, nothing much happened in 2021, but I’ll provide a short recap here.

2021 started out excruciatingly slow. In February, I received an email from the editor of a local publication…two years after I had originally emailed her indicating that I was interested in a position at the publication. I went in for an interview and she stated that if I didn’t take the job, she’d still like for me to contribute to NorthBay biz magazine—which I agreed to. I’ve been contributing to the magazine since about June 2021 and this contributing position works perfectly for me right now with my schedule. In fact, there could possibly be a new opportunity soon with another publication. 📝🙏🏽

The writing position came at the best time since I’m still helping or caregiving for my parents and my (older) brother—which consists of me providing transportation, taking them to follow-up appointments, going shopping for them or taking them shopping with me and much more. Although it can be difficult, I still try my best to incorporate some self-care time for myself (e.g. a walk, lunch with a friend, etc). What I could use though is more help, especially when I need to take an extended break.

I’m extremely grateful to the editor at NBb magazine for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the magazine AND to those who have helped me with my parents and brother, either by providing transportation when I wasn’t able to or by just providing me/us with moral support. Those are the people you need in your corner whenever you don’t know where else to turn to. 🙏🏽❤️

This winter, I’m also grateful the weather has cooperated for the better for my county. We have had several days of rain here and there between November and December, which has tremendously helped our area! The drought here is no longer as bad as it was these last five years, when at least twice we were evacuated due to fires (the last one being the Kincade Fire in late Oct. 2019) that were located within close proximity to where we live. I’m intending that the upcoming rain will provide us with more relief between now and through April. ☔️💦🙏🏽

Despite being busy with my family, I’m so glad I have never given up on my goals. I hope 2022 will allow me to: work on my other writing goals, help me to fulfill another dream of mine later on this year and celebrate a milestone birthday come this fall. 🖊☀️🏝🎂

On one final note: thank you to the ’man (or woman 😏) upstairs’ for always guiding me and for answering some of my prayers involving my family’s health and for allowing me the time to complete a few lifelong accomplishments in 2021. 🙏🏽❤️🙂

I hope you have a healthy, joyous and prosperous New Year! 📆🎊😃🎉

Happy New Year, 2017

2016 was one heck of a year! :/ It entailed lots of learning and growing into a new role in my family with regards to my parents and brother. It has also meant making some sacrifices and encountering some challenges–professionally and personally. It’s been a very stressful year, one filled with sadness and happiness. I intend to remain optimistic that things will get better in the new year.

I’m intending that 2017 will be filled with new opportunities, experiences and meeting new people. I also pray for good health (especially for my family), many blessings, happiness, love, laughter and much more for everyone else–including myself and all of you. 🎉 😀 🎊 ❤

Quote Of The Day: Chances

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, which is probably why I haven’t been getting that much sleep–amongst other things. Recently, I was talking with a good friend of mine. With her advice and encouragement, I believe I can see things much more clearer now. 🙂 #thankyou #wisebeyondheryears #thedreamisstillalive #nexttimeIwilllistentomyintuition

Feeling Grateful

 

Alas, I’m finally on summer break/vacation from college! And last week, I found out my spring semester grades: all A’s! So happy I passed all my classes, but it took a lot of hard work, determination and sacrificing everything else in order to get those grades.

I’m grateful for the professors who tolerated my few absences this last semester. I spent a majority of those days shuffling between visiting my brother in the hospital (he was hospitalized twice earlier this year) and shuffling my parents to visit him or helping drive him to his doctor’s appointments (my sister has also been a tremendous help). Needless to say, my brother is healing and it’s only a matter of time until he is completely ‘on the mend.’ For this, I am grateful to God for hearing our family’s prayers and for restoring his faith.

One month ago, I applied for a summer internship near where I live. I applied for the position because I knew I was qualified for it. Needless to say, I never heard back from the company nor do I believe I ever will. I’m grateful to them that they didn’t consider me for the position because it allows me to work on some personal projects I’ve been wanting to work on for some time now and I’m also available to take my brother to his doctor’s appointments when my parents can’t take him. I’m taking the company’s rejection to mean that there’s something better out there and waiting for me in the Spring of 2016.

To my immediate family–which includes my parents, sister, brother, two nieces and nephew: I am grateful to them for always being there for me. Although I may not always be present or I may never say it enough to them, I appreciate their love, support, guidance and patience, and I’m glad to be a part of this family. As the saying goes, “Blood is thicker than water.”

To my community: I sometimes take it for granted for not appreciating it enough. I see the beauty and essence it provides to others, especially those who I share a close bond with (i.e. my childhood friends). Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong here. I’m grateful and will remember the fond memories it has provided me and my family, and friends.

To my close friends, especially those who have known me since childhood: I’m grateful for your insight, the things you’ve taught me, the advice you’ve provided, the talks/chats we’ve shared over the years and for the times you’ve been there for me.

And to anyone who has crossed paths with me recently: thank you for your inspiration, either through your words or your quotes. I appreciate all of them and for that I’m grateful.  🙂