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5 Ways to Prepare For Your Next Big Move



Happy Monday everyone!

This faith post usually comes out on Friday but this week we are starting with an insightful post, about that time between now and your next big move, to go with your well deserved Monday morning cup of coffee. Having just come out of yet another huge transition, I am starting my second hectic week at my new job after 18 months of being unemployed. My body is still adjusting to the shock of it all but I am happy.  

Today's post is very dear to my heart because it has to do with something I have experienced and had very little guidance during it. How do you prepare for your next big move when you don't exactly know what that may be or even more agonizing to know "when"? You know that time in which life hands you a clean slate, a possibility of a fresh start and while that is an exciting prospect, it is also really scary. It is usually a time of searching and unending questioning combined with dreaming of possibilities. I can think of a couple of times when I stood in that "in between" time of my life in which I felt like I had no purpose and no clear path to follow in terms of what I wanted my next step to be. 

Make peace with the previous chapter in preparation for the next
We have all gone through experiences in which we voluntarily or involuntarily find ourselves at the end of a season. Regardless of how much time of preparation we have for the change to come, it is never as easy as we make it to be. When we wrap up a career, end a relationship or just move on to a different time in our lives there's always some sort of a grieving period. I am a firm believer that we must allow ourselves to grieve for a time, but after, we have it is important to make peace with the past. I have found that the best way to do that is by appreciating the good that happened and forgiving what did not go our way and letting it go. Easier said than done, but we never gain from dwelling on negative feelings. Forgiveness heals. 

Surround yourself  with the right people
Success is way sweeter when we have the right people to share it with. However, most people that I love and value are the ones that believed, encouraged and prayed for and with me before I reached my goal or before my next step was defined. It has been important for me to surround myself with a few people that speak truth and push me to thrive in that "in between" time when I've been haunted by so many unanswered questions, paralyzing fear and countless doubts. I love the Jess Lively Show (which is a podcast) and every time I hear all those inspiring success stories, they are always closely related to those few people that give you a gentle nudge and encourage you to pursue your new dream, that hold your hand when you are insecure or overwhelmed with having too many options to choose from or that offer a shoulder to cry on when the door we were hoping would open doesn't. 

I would like to share a piece of advice that I have learned the hard way. In the period of time when you walking towards an exciting new chapter, be cautious on who you let in on the secret. At the beginning stage of your plans there are many little details that are not clearly defined yet and not everyone can handle that. I've learned to choose a few wise, prayerful people that genuinely love me and have proven to love see me succeed. 

Explore and prepare
The first five months of my time here was what I have described above. I felt aimless, even useless at times. I went through a lot of transitions at once, (I talk more about it here) and as a result, those first months were really about exploring my new environment because I had "nowhere" specific to be and that was such a big change that I had a lot of quiet time that allowed me to tinker with more creative things that I always wanted to do but never felt like I had the time. So to anyone going through something similar, I would suggest that you explore, take a class, volunteer, work out, learn something new or get better at something you have always wanted to have time for. As you engage your environment you will meet new people and your transition will just go a bit smoother. 

Once you choose at least an element of what your next step will be, go for it! If are in a (what I call an agonizing) waiting period (like waiting for a job, visa, acceptance letter, etc) prepare for it to the best of your ability. This can make a big difference and can really allow you to see whether this is the direction you want to go. 

Pray and meditate
For me praying for guidance has always taken some of the anxiety that comes as a result of my  "control freak" personality. In my quiet time with God during that "searching" time, I found peace and you will too. Meditating on scripture and just feeding myself with its positive  and challenging truth has really kept me strong during the most uncertain times of my life. I also joined a couple of online communities that have helped stay encouraged, check them out! (She Reads Truth and Firework people). 

I would suggest journaling prayers, feelings, and thoughts so that one day you can go back and be in awe on how you made it through that difficult time and how you have grown. I love to go read what I shared one year from today on my social media and on my special notebooks. 

At peace with not having it all figured out
As I prepare for the next decade of my life (in a few short months) I have been thinking about society's expectations for me versus living purposely to create an impact on people; focusing less on                                                                  financial gain and putting thought into the eternal legacy I want to leave behind at the end of my life. I know this is very philosophical but "end-of-the-year" months automatically make me revert to that, I can't help it. All this to say, it is important that if you don't like where you are, take the steps to change it (one day at a time) but it is important to have peace about not having it all figured out at once. 

I know the feeling of looking through your social media feed and seeing how your high school friends are breezing through the steps of adulthood and for some reason your life has never matched the rest of the crowd. It may seem so discouraging at times but as the popular quote says "comparison is the thief of joy" and I could never overstate how true this is and how important it is to resist that urge to compare ourselves to others. I have discovered that the way I make peace with my own path is by keeping my eyes on my own paper because God made me unique for a reason and I must use my uniqueness to bless the world around me. 

So I suggest trying to cut down on social media pollution during the time when you are trying to make a decision about your future or that may lead you astray from your mental peace, and life purpose. I like to do social media fasts, writing (only) days, real face to face meaningful interactions with interesting people. Finally, just bite into your own life that has been gifted to you.  


"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
(Psalm 37:23)

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Faith Post | 5 Scriptures To Keep in Mind When Facing Temptation


It's Friday darlings and I can hardly believe it!

This has been a rough week, but it has not been without some great highlights like these beautifully delicious, Fall pancakes that I made along with a couple of of my mom's recipes. What can I say, in this household we love good food! Today, for Friday's faith post, I would like to talk about temptation and how we respond to God's invitation to fight it. Here are 5 verses that have helped me in my journey and that constantly give me hope and strength. 

To be tempted is not a sin, it is rather an invitation to sin that we choose to accept or not. I think this was monumental for me to understand in my journey with God because sometimes I would feel guilty about the thoughts that would suddenly come to my mind or of the opportunities that were presented to me that I knew would not bring me any good. 

We've all been there, at that crucial point of decision; choosing between following our impulses, our thoughts, our present desires or resisting for our own good. I really like this video about this subject, you may enjoy it as well. 

1. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

When getting to know God, one of the first and most difficult things to do is to learn to trust him. But once we understand that He has our own good in mind, this verse can only add hope and bring us the peace that no matter how I am tempted, it will never be above what I can handle. I have certainly sometimes felt like God was overestimating my strength because the temptations seemed too appealing, too hard to resist. But after resisting, I realized that in Him I am stronger than I think. 

2. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. (James 1:13,14)

Not everyone is tempted by the same things, but each one of us has a weakness and it is through that that particular area that we will be tempted. As we grow and get deeper in our journey of knowing our Creator, our hearts start to be changed and our desires as well. That is why, with time, the things that at some point may have been a stumbling block may now seem insignificant. 

3. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (...) For when I am weak, then I am strong.

This is crazy-powerful secret that may be often overlooked. Sometimes in the face of temptation, we may feel like we must be "Superwoman" or "Superman", confronting certain things as opposed to walking away from them or simply admitting that we can't do it on our own. God is not asking us to be super people, instead, He reminds us that when we are out of strength and resources, we can turn to Him because His strength can shine through in our moment of weakness. 

4. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Most of my temptations and battles start in my mind and this passage constantly reminds me that my thinking patterns must consistently be renewed. In order to empty my mind I must put something new in it and what I choose to renew my mind with could be anything. However, I choose to fill my mind the Word of God, positivity, and truth. 

5. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrew 4:14-16)

God is my source of strength in my darkest moments and when I have a need or when I do fail, I have a place to go with confidence. 

Have a great weekend beautiful people! 

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Quotable Mondays | Inspirational Tweets Week No.6


Happy Tuesday darlings!

I am working on this extremely needed concept of "getting a routine" and as I work on it, I am reminded that bad habits die hard. Working from home has been amazing but I have sometimes felt like I lose control over my time and that it goes by so fast without actually feeling like I accomplished much. I discovered that it was because I tackled my day with a to-do list but without a routine or strategy in terms of time blocks.  So it's been 2 week since I started forging new habits, little by little. I am not perfect and I still don't follow this rigid schedule to the fullest but I see my behavior changing daily and I call those moments my "little victories". 

Today I am back with my Twittable quotes which is really making my Monday that much more fun. I am sharing some quotes from my Friday post about my desert obsession and how it has shaped me. If you missed it I hope you will go back and read it; it may give you hope. 


"a geography of apparent lack is actually a place of secret nurture" Darling Magazine (Click on this quote to Tweet)

Here's also a quote of my ever favorite character (since childhood) Anne of Green Gables "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world" (Click on this quote to tweet)

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
1 Corinthians 10:13 (Click on his quote to tweet)

I am also excited to share that on Sunday I was featured on allynlewis.com in which I was invited to share about how I started my blog, how a new blogger can grow their readership, and a bit about my blogging routine. It was really fun to do and I am thankful for the opportunity to meet new readers. Hope you will check it out! 

Do you have any encouraging quotes or tweets that you would like me to share on Mondays? Send me an email, I would love to read them! 



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Faith Post | Every Desert Hides A Well


It's Friday! It's Friday! It's Friday!

To finish this beautiful and busy week I would like to share my most recent obsession, the desert. It started with the plan of visiting a famous spot in Puerto  Rico called el Bosque Seco (Dry Forest) of Guánica while on a recent road trip. Basically it's a unique national park that contains a small piece of desert within this Caribbean, tropical island. For some reason that part of the trip got cancelled. I then received the Darling Magzine No. that highlighted the desert as its main inspiration; it literally blew my mind. As if all that wasn't enough, I felt many pieces of scripture aligning and meshing with the thoughts this magazine had stirred in me. This is the process that has led me here today.

June 3rd, 2013 was the day I arrived to this Caribbean Island to start a whole new chapter of our lives after a wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii . I was embarking on a journey that would require me to take on several new roles. I had packed my whole life in 6 suitcases, said bye to my friends and for a second time moved even further from family. The bliss of being a newlywed was definitely the best time to take such huge leap because the joy of finally being together (learn more about our love story herehere and here) was greater than any difficulty or trials that came our way. I write this so that you may understand that no matter how much you prepare for a transition mentally, financially, and even logistically, there are always unforeseen variables that could be disconcerting.   Think of all the small things that come with a change of country, a change of marital status, a change of career and that other simple stuff like finding a new favorite fresh market, a place where I can have a fresh bagel again, or just patiently hoping for a new kindred spirit to become a new best friend. 

When my husband went back to work and I found myself in an empty apartment with my suitcases, with more time on my hands than I had ever dreamed of, reality started to sink in. The adaptation process had begun and there was no way back. That was, in a way, the beginning of my latest walk through a desert. 

Today I am opening my heart to tell you a piece of my story that I don't normally share here, but  I have come to understand that stories are powerful. And like in any story, the whole thing is not pure cake, some parts of it reveal a struggle and that is the desert. That is the part I want to share with you and pray that it will give you hope if you find yourself in a transition or in a dry place emotionally or even spiritually. 




The desert is not dead
"a geography of apparent lack is actually a place of secret nurture" Darling Magazine

We may look at the desert and make the mistake of thinking that there is no life in it because of how dry, how silent, and how much of a barren wasteland it appears to be. It is in these instances in which we have to purposely choose to look closely in order to discover the well hidden inside and all the life it actually has.

Those first days on this Caribbean Island felt more like a vacation than anything else. I woke up without any alarms, I poured myself a nice cup of coffee and went back to bed to read. What can I say, it was perfect. However, like I said earlier, when I started finding myself with more time than I had wished for I started to feel a void. All these questions started flooding me, mostly concerning my purpose during this time of my life. So much uncertainty, so many unanswered questions would rob me from my peace and make me cry. I had plenty of creative ideas, many projects to tackle but little to no resources to get them done. I desperately missed my family and my girlfriends to go out and have a chat but I had no one that I felt close enough to open my heart to in those early days. 

I was in a desert, but I also had a choice. That period of my life looked like a dead period but I had the choice to stop hitting my head against the wall and turn to God and ask Him to help me silence my troubled heart (all the doubts, the uncertainty, the needs, the desires, and unmet expectations), to let my tears clean my eyes and let pain shift my perspective of things and instead of thinking about all the things I was lacking, I would start celebrating every small blessing and allow this process to develop patience and endurance inside me. And if you have been following this blog or my social media, you know that all I showcase is an extension of that. The unexpected beauty and the blessings in the small and sometimes mundane daily tasks. 

This is how this blog started. I had lots of inspiration during those long days by myself and so I started where I was. I took out my unused SLR Canon camera and started experimenting with it. I started writing my inspirations and filing them away. Than the day came in which I took the courage to start sharing them with all of you. 

We have the power to choose if our desert will be a barren and dead period of our lives that will make us bitter or a time in which we will allow that very thing that causes us discomfort to be the vehicle to cut out of our lives the excess. What do I mean? I was so busy before with my job and my social life that I rarely (never actually) had a full year of retreat with myself to re-evaluate my values, my goals, and my desires allowing me to trim out everything that I no longer wanted to have in it. It also became a time in which I explored and acquired new skills, took classes, wrote more, and also got closer to my Maker. 


"But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there" Hosea 2:14




Alone but not lonely 
The desert is often a place in which you go at it alone. Even though as a couple you are experiencing similar things,                                                                                                                                              at the end of the day you each deal with it in your own way. We live in a society that values the hustling and bustling, the "doer" and "get it done" attitude which are good in a way, because it pulls us forward. It should not, however, replace the disciplines of silence, meditation, prayer, fasting, and studying.

I am always amazed at how our brains work, and just how our bodies need vacation. Our brains also need a time of silence, time to think peacefully without any social media, tv, conversations, or any other type of distraction. During this time, I have reconnected with God in fresh ways because I was in a desert and had time to be silent and alone at His feet. I also had time to reconnect with a side of myself that had been buried for years and that could only flourish in an environment of calm and rest. 

I have learned to more fully enjoy the times I can spend alone and to squeeze the most out of them because I understand that this is a season. There will be other seasons in which the only alone time will probably be in the bathroom (but maybe not even). I also learned to be open to learn from pain. Working out is the best example of what enough pain can do to transform our bodies. I knew this patch was going to be difficult regardless of all the amazing people I was meeting and learning to love. It is only human to crave what is familiar, so I prayed that none of my tears would go to waste. I resolved to maintain a teachable spirit, to learn all that I could in this great adventure that I had chosen myself but that nevertheless still caused a level of pain.  

The desert land does not last for ever
The burning-hot sun of the desert, the hurting feet, and the thirst that come from a long walk in a desert does not last forever. Saint Antoine d'éxupéry said that "What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well" and I love that quote because of how real I have found this to be. My strenuous walk in the desert will not last forever but when I look back at that time of my life I will see how much I gained from it in terms of wisdom, faith, endurance, perspective, a thankful heart, empathy and in my case, even a blog. 

There was a well in my desert, full of richness, abundance, and life. But it was so different that at first I missed it. However, as my walk went on, I silenced myself in order to be able to listen to the voice in the wind whispering confidence, new insight, and reassurance. I too discovered that the desert is not a wasteland, on the contrary, it has an abundance of life.

Have a wonderful weekend! XO

Special Thanks to Jessica from  Team Wiking for letting me use her beautiful Fall desert style pictures for this post.  

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Quotable Monday | Inspirational Tweets Week No. 4



Happy Monday darlings!

I love the feeling of a fresh start that comes with Mondays, even though I am often tempted to try and stretch my weekend as much as possible by having an extra slow start in the morning. However, I am hoping and planning for this week to be as productive as this past week. Today, I am back with more Twittables that you can simply share directly from this blog!

I almost finished reading my issue no. 8 of Darling Magazine, in preparation for the new one that is in the mail. That magazine is so full of inspiration, thought out articles and just such a creative and deep thread of thought from beginning to end. 







I am planning a week with a few DIY's that I've been holding off on  and a faith post that I am excited about. 

Have a great week! XOXO




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5 Reasons to keep blogging

Dear darling readers!

Today I am writing a letter to each one of you, to thank you and to let you know how you have encouraged me and given me reasons to keep writing throughout this whole year. I certainly love hearing about how my words impact your life. I've enjoyed meeting some of you in different parts of the country and hearing you share with joy which part of what I've written has stood out to you. While I love that cyberconnectivity that we share, you have done so much more than that. 

Ongoing, steep, creative, learning curve

What am I saying? This is not only a steep learning curve for creativity but for everything really! By you coming to my blog and my social media, I feel indebted to share and produce material that not only reflects my style in the best way possible but also the message that I carry. A year ago I could only imagine of the opportunities that have come from having this platform, but I also did not know how much I would enjoy putting so many hours into packaging what I want to say to you via carefully thought out pictures and words. Your presence makes me want to constantly keep exploring and pushing my creative boundaries. It's a win-win really!

Giving me a voice 

Blogging has given me plenty of opportunities to write, which has definitely made me happy and has helped me develop a (constantly evolving) style or tone with which I like to share my stories and posts. The fact that you pass by here and take the time to read actually turns internet noise into an actual voice that is heard and that is empowering. Thank you. 

Live the little things and finding ways to celebrate them

Other bloggers will understand when I say that we are constantly looking for ways to document things that happen in our lives because we are thinking ahead for possible blog content. There has to obviously be a healthy balance in that but by doing that something wonderful has occurred. I see how my eye is now trained to look for beauty, significance and joy in the smallest of pleasures and blessings. I now see "living with purpose" and "being happy" more like an accumulation of many happy moments along the way. I see how our online life can sometimes lead people to imagine that it is just that, what we decide to share, but it is not. Social media and blogs are such a small part of who we are as individuals and we definitely have our own struggles and we are not always at our most photogenic moment. That being said, I love that sharing daily with you has helped me focus on the beauty of simply being alive and try to capture snippets of it to encourage and inspire others. 

From readers to friends

I can't even begin to explain how full I feel by the connections and strong bonds I have developed with some of you. I appreciate every letter, card, message and cute, care packages that you have sent. Every time I receive something I do my little "happy dance". I appreciate the fact that you have trusted me with your stories, that you take time to send me videos, articles, other blogger's links so that I can get inspired and share. I love that you do that and please, keep it coming!

Since this is such a special thing to me, and since we've talked about it on social media I would like to invite any of you that would like to be pen pals with me for the month of September 2014, please send me an email to: Nuanceandbubbles@gmail.com

More courageous than I thought

Blogging has been on of the most brave things I have done. Just like any other creative person, I create my content (read spend lots of hours planning, creating, snapping pictures, editing) just because I love it and by the time I have to publish, terror creeps in. What if people don't like it? What if this is absolutely irrelevant to anyone's life? Then, I remember the reason for which I started this blog. First because uplifting others (especially young women) is a passion that I have. I love to help others live with a little more intention, by celebrating the smallest details in life, addressing matters of the heart from the point of view of the One who created it and share my faith journey. Second, because I needed a creative outlet, especially during this past year of my life which has been one of the hardest but most rewarding.

Here's a quote from a book I love and that is really the motto behind every piece that I write

"

We love each other, because He {God} loved us first

" (1John 4:19)

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Quotable Mondays Week No.3

hello darlings!

A quick peek from this much-needed break to say that I hope you had a relaxing, long weekend (here in America) or are having a great start where ever you are.Before I go back to my Netflix marathon, I would like to leave you with my

Tweetables

from this past weekend. Hope you enjoy them! 

"Slow down and truly enjoy the things that matter most" -

Val (Tweet it)

"Don't want to reach the end of my life and realize that I was always there but never

present" -Val (Tweet it)

"If He who in Himself can lack nothing chooses to need us, it is because we need to be needed" C.S. Lewis (Tweet it ) 

For more snippets of inspiration, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

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Faith Post | Let it go!


Hello Darlings,

Today I am writing from my bed and even though I am feeling under the weather I had planned an uplifting post and here it is. Today we are talking about letting go. I know, how is that uplifting? It is almost as hard to write about this topic as it is to practice it. But in all honesty, I have learned through the years that letting go is always a step in the right direction. 

We have all found our selves at the end of a relationship, whether it be a friendship or a love relationship, either by choice or not it is never an easy thing to accept. Every individual deals with it differently and while some may grieve and quickly move on, others will try to hold on for a long time  and can be so detrimental to future relationships or to our future period. 

♥ A blank slate can make a perfect canvas.
A broken relationship is usually accompanied with lots of shattered dreams and future projects. It's almost like building a home in the clouds and having it wiped away by an emotional tsunami. It leaves an emptiness and absence. All that white space may perhaps offer you a blank canvas to start painting your own dream, your own adventure on your own terms. I encourage you today to start thinking of all that crazy stuff, and huge dreams and start making a step today to get you closer. 





♥ All your eggs were in one basket? Take them out
So many times we bank all of our happiness based on an individual's ability to stay in our lives or on something we can loose. I know I have. I have given people the power to give and to take away not only MY joy but my happiness altogetherThe problem with that is, that even the person with best intensions in the world can not keep this promise because no one can guarantee tomorrow. I've learned that I should never give that power to another human person because happiness happens not to be a person but rather a journey. In my case the journey with my maker made me discover who I am, that I am much stronger then I thought, that I am enough and that I carry within me a purpose for living that does not depend on another person's failing promises. This journey has been extraordinary and has thought me to stand on my two feet and given me confidence to explore and actually make my dreams come true. Where is your deep and constant happiness coming from?

♥ Life as you know is over, but you are not dead.
I know when you are grieving after a relationship, it is very hard to imagine that there is any possibility (or desire) of life after this excruciating experience. However, the end of this chapter is not the end of the book. One of the most incredible things to me is the ability of the heart to heal and to love again if we give it proper time  and in my case to be nursed and cared for by the hands of the One who made it.

You are still breathing, in the midst of the sobs and heartwrenching pain, there's a heartbeat and there's breath and that is important because it signifies that your purpose and YOUR ability to dream again are not over. This is the time to start thinking about that trip you always wanted to take, that book deal you've been imagining or even that work out program that you've meaning to sign up for. This time is for you. 

Accept the choice
We've all had people that have willingly walked out of our lives and others that we've pushed away for different reasons. As sad as it is, they made the choice to walk out and there comes a time when we have to accept that and not make it about ourselves. We have to face that their decision does not make us less of a person or less deserving of love. You have been created with a great purpose and you deserve to be loved accordingly. Please do not settle for less. 


It may be tempting to try to reason, blame or simply justify a person breaking your heart especially when the person comes back wanting to be in your life again. First, this is usually great news because we all want the story to end well but sometimes we are not ready yet. Please remember how important you are and how happy you deserve to be but if you are incapable of doing so away from that person, take time to reconsider. 


Note: I want to thank everyone that has shared their stories with me through social media, and this post is meant to give you hope but I don't want in any way to minimize your pain or struggle. You are worth so much and you are loved. 


It's friday! enjoy your weekend, and exceptionally this week I will break my free weekend rule and post tomorrow my second photography post that I've been planning to share. Today my collaboration with Ardent magazine was published and next week I will be announcing this blog's birthday giveaway! Stay tuned. 



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Quotable | Weekend Thoughts N.1


Happy Monday Darlings!

I often have the greatest intentions of publishing amazing posts on Monday morning, but I often just have a thought or a very short blurb that I want to share, so I usually get on Twitter and participate in a chat or just tweet about it. This gave me an idea to start every Monday from now on with Twittable quotes; these are thoughts I've shared during the weekend and that may inspire you throughout the week and share concisely how they came about.  

Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose- C.S Lewis 
(Tweet it)

You were created with a purpose and you deserve to be loved accordingly. 
Don't settle for less - Me (Tweet it)

To be loved correctly, one must know Love personally in order to discern true from false - Me (Tweet it)

Yes, Love is a risk, but it's never harmful. Some people and memories we must leave behind to move forward- Me (Tweet it)

Lately, there have been a rampant amount of heartbreaks because of broken relationships in my surroundings. And as you know, matters of the heart are things that I feel very inspired to write about. So as I meditated on the different stories and gathered #realgirltalk stories for an upcoming post, I came up with these short quotes. What do you think? Have you had your heart broken before? How did you move on from there? 

Feel free to tweet these quotes and to write your own. I would love to read them. Also, stay tuned as I will be announcing a GREAT giveaway for this blog's upcoming birthday. Have a great week! XOX


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Faith Post | A Week to Remember


hello darlings!

Today I am starting the week with a little recap of all the greatness that is happening in my life this past week. 

First of all, last week I was over at Ardent Magazine with a post called "Picnic in el Yunque" that I had a lot of fun working on as I have gladly accepted their invitation to be part of their monthly contributors. I am so excited to share  more about this project in the upcoming months. While you are there, be sure to check out their recipes and their city guides. I am smitten with them. 

Also, yesterday concluded my wait for my traveling permit that I needed to have in order to attend my sister's wedding NEXT WEEK! Get this, all this time I was planning to go without actually being 100% sure that I would be there. There have been days when my faith withered and I thought the permit would not come on time since every blog and forum said so based on other people's experiences. However, one more time I was reminded that the last decision about anything concerning my life is of divine concern because I have faith, including visa stuff. I share this bit of the story so that you can be encouraged in case you are in a waiting season and everything seems to just go against what you are hoping for; trust until the end. I got my ticket, my dress, and my shoes; ready to do my "maid of honor" duties and visit my hometown that I haven't seen in a year and a half. Follow my adventures on Instagram


"The last decision about anything concerning my life is of divine concern because I have faith" Tweet it


In addition, we celebrated our first baptisms as pastors and church planters yesterday. It is quite a feeling to see people recognize that they want to make Jesus the center of their lives, to disciple them, and to now to see them take the next step of getting baptized. 

Sometimes, we just sit in awe and tears of gratitude mixed with disbelief of how amazing it is that we get to take part, with our seemingly insignificant contribution, in such a perfect storm created by God himself. 

The church that we are planting consists of children (15-25 children) that meet weekly in a home, eagerly asking to hear the stories from the Bible. I have never felt so close to the heart of Jesus as when I stand in that living room singing, teaching, and loving them. 



Let me know if you read the article and what you think! Thanks to all of you for sticking around, reading, and encouraging me. You are part of my life now :) 

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