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My 2012 Faves

31 Dec

This year was quite a year to remember. Here are my 2012 favorites:

Family

It’s so easy for us to take our loved ones for granted. I really felt like my family and I grew closer this year, and I’m so grateful for that. Seeing Izabella grow has been quite an adventure for all of us and has certainly made life a little more worthwhile.

My family and I at Bella's 1st Birthday Party!

My family and I at Bella’s 1st Birthday Party!

Love

I can go on forever about this very special person, but I’m simply glad that he’s been by my side through the good and the bad. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend.

Mohammar and I at The Getty Center.

Mohammar and I at The Getty Center.

Friends

I stuck by the few friends that I have and was lucky enough to make new ones. I’m so thankful to have them in my life. They’re very dear to my heart, and I would do anything for them.

Since 2007? Er, something like that. The point is she's my best friend and she always will be.

Since 2007? Er, something like that. The point is she’s my best friend and she always will be.

My soul sister. She's definitely more than a best friend. Words can't describe how much she means to me.

My soul sister. She’s definitely more than a friend. Words can’t describe how much she means to me.

Nicholita! I met her at just the right time, and we've helped each other through a lot. It was meant to be!

Nicholita! I met her at just the right time. It was meant to be!

My little brothers that I love and adore. Stay away, girls!

My little brothers that I love and adore. Stay away, girls!

Maria is one of my favorite fashion bloggers! We started talking through the inter webs and I can definitely call her a new friend. She's such a sweet girl. Click on her photo to check out her blog!

Maria is one of my favorite fashion bloggers! We started talking through the interwebs and I can definitely call her a new friend. She’s such a sweet girl. Click on her photo to check out her blog!

Italy

What’s life without a little adventure? Italy was definitely the highlight of my year. I’m so lucky to have been given this birthday gift. This trip opened my eyes and helped me realize how much more of the world I’ve yet to see.

Outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.

Outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.

Rome with my lovely parents.

Rome with my lovely parents.

Venice!

Venice!

You can find a more extensive look of my trip here!

2012 was great to me, but I know 2013 will be so much better. I pray God helps you reach all of your goals. Have a Happy New Year, friends!

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My Thanksgiving

23 Nov

Hello, everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving 🙂

My Thanksgiving was filled with yummy food and beautiful people…

My niece, her cheeks, and I.

This little girl is really special. She has brought so much love and joy into my family. It was her first Thanksgiving!

Mohammar and I at DCA!

Mohammar and I went to Disneyland/Disney California Adventure a day before Thanksgiving. It was so much fun, and it really set the Holiday spirit!

Bella and the “big” girls.

We spent this Thanksgiving with three other families: The Escobar (my sister’s family), The Castillo (my best friend’s family), and The Guzman. It’s nice to know that even though my extended family is far away,  the love I have for them is just as deep and true. (P.S. We really missed the other Guzman family. It wasn’t the same without them!)

iBon Appétit!

What’s Thanksgiving without a little (a lot of) dessert? It’s the small and sweet things in life that matter 😉

I can’t wait for Christmas!

Over Being Overwhelmed

9 Nov

Senior year is a mix of many emotions.

Fear.

Excitement.

Nostalgia.

However, one thing is for certain, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed.

Feeling overwhelmed comes naturally when you’re a student. It’s normal.

BUT you should definitely rid yourself of that feeling. You’re in control of how you feel, so do what you can to feel at peace.

There are a few things I like to do when I feel overwhelmed that never fail to help me. Follow these stress relievers the next time you’re overwhelmed! Maybe they can help you too 🙂

1. Listen to music. Try to pick a song that automatically puts you in a good mood. Hey Ya! by OutKast always does it for me. I don’t know why, but something about that song just makes me happy.

2. Workout. I really like lifting weights! It’s great exercise, and it won’t wear you out completely.

3. Take a nap. Sometimes you just need to let your mind and body rest. You work really hard, so you deserve it!

Oh, and don’t forget to breathe. It’s going to be okay! Promise.

Twenty-One

19 Oct

Birthday Glee

It’s happening. I’m entering adulthood, and I couldn’t be more excited for what God has planned for me.

My birthday (October 20, 2012) falls on the Sabbath this year. What a blessing! I don’t believe in coincidence, and I strongly feel this happened for a reason.

Like most people, I’m usually pretty selfish on my birthday and expect the world to pour out congratulations and gifts at my feet. This year, however, I just want to give thanks.

First and foremost, I thank God for giving me another year of life. For allowing me to wake up every morning with a healthy body and a loving family. I feel guilty sometimes because I know I don’t deserve half of His blessings, but after all, He is love. That’s His thing. I thank Him for loving me and making me new.

My family. What a beautiful sentence. What a privilege to call them my own. They make up who I am. They are a gift from God and nothing on Earth matters more to me than they do.

My best friends. Friends are family we choose for ourselves. I’ve chosen wisely. They complete the little empty spaces in my heart and have each taught me valuable lessons in life.

I plan on making this year better than the last. Becoming a woman of God and living my life as an example for others is what I hope to accomplish. I ask you all to keep me in your prayers, and thank you for being a part of my life 🙂

From birth I have relied on You; You brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise You. –Psalm 71:6

Our Biggest Fear

20 Sep

Do not let fear of failure consume you.

What’s your biggest fear? We’ve all been asked this question at some point in our lives. To some it might be spiders, mice, public speaking or death itself. The list can be quite long.

I’m not a fan of spiders either (unless it’s this one), but what I fear the most in life is failure. Even typing the word gives me chills.

I think many of us share this in common. I mean who wants to fail? None of us do (I hope). We all want to be successful, happy and reach our fullest potential.

I’ve realized that fear of failure can be so damaging. If we constantly fear that we’re not going to reach our goals, we won’t. If we constantly dwell on our past mistakes and shortcomings, we’ll never grow the courage to keep on going.

I’m not sure what you’re afraid of.

Do you fear that you’ll never finish your education or reach your career goals? Are you afraid you will never find the right husband/wife? Do you feel like you’re never going to be the mother/father your child needs?

It can be anything. Fear of failure is a normal thing, but it’s not something we should let consume us. It’s definitely not something that should stand in our way.

On this Thursday morning, say this prayer with me…

Dear God, I’m afraid of failing. I’m afraid of failing myself, my family, my friends but most of all God, I’m afraid of failing you. I ask that you take this fear away. Help me believe in myself and most importantly believe in you. The Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Strengthen me, God. Allow me to be brave and bold. May my fear of failure be no more, and may I live out my dreams in faith and in courage. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Now go out and conquer the world!