Another Trip Around the Sun

Today I celebrate my birthday. It’s another day where I can say (again) just how grateful I am for the things in my life: my health, a roof over my head, food on the table and the support of my family.

By no means would I say that 2018 has been a great year. In fact, the last three years have been somewhat challenging for me, which I will discuss in a later post.

I pray God will watch over me, guide me and will answer my prayers as I celebrate this new year.ย ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ โค๏ธ โ™๐Ÿ™‚

“Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” Sammy Hagar


My College Graduation

Well, I finally did it. I completed my college career a week ago today! This journey of mine was a long time coming and I’m so happy and glad this part of my life is finally over!ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m also grateful to my family and friends, who were there for me from the very beginning and until the very end. They knew how important it was for me to finish my education and respected my diligence to my studies.ย  ๐Ÿ™

My most proudest moment on graduation day came when my brother and my mother (as well as my father and sister too) were there to see me receive my degree. The last year has been difficult for both of them since they’ve both been ill. Actually, it’s been difficult for our entire family. Another proud moment that day came when I received two honors: one for Distinction by my school’sย Communications Department and the second for Cum Laude.ย  ๐ŸŽ“

I certainly intend to utilize my Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media, and intend to find a job in my field or one related to it (i.e. journalism, social media, etc.). In fact, I still dream of finding work in the area I am most in my element in. On that last note, if you’re familiar with this blog, or are one of my family members or a close friend, then I guarantee you already know where that is.ย  ๐Ÿ˜Ž

My intentions are that God or a higher power continues to listen to my prayers in: 1) helping me find a job where I can best utilize my skills and experience in; 2) watching over my parents, siblings and other family members, and making certain they’re well (health-wise); and finally 3) allowing me to accomplish my other dreams and goals–personally and professionally. ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Thankful Thanksgiving

There’s so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.

I’m thankful for my family (close and extended), my friends, for having a roof over my head, my health, for having food and for many other things!

One extra thank you goes out to two very special women, who helped me with a very important task last week. All I thought I was going to receive was an answer to my question. The woman who I met and spoke with first gave me something that was supposed to help my situation. Well, it turned out that what she gave me didn’t help, so I emailed her and gave her my thanks, and told her that what she had given me didn’t work. She responded, but this time she emailed someone else in the process. She stated to let the other woman–who I’d never met before–know what exactly she wanted me to do. Well, after a day had passed and having emailed the woman twice, she responded that my situation had been resolved. All I’ll say about this is that I’m grateful for the two women who took the time to help me, because they could have just ignored me and told me that they wouldn’t be able to resolve my situation. Instead, they chose to help me. I honestly wasn’t expecting anyone to go above and beyond like they did. ๐Ÿ™‚

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, hope you have a blessed day!