Pain: A Passenger Onboard

You know what I have learned from loss? It is painful, almost unbearable, yes. But, the pain you feel, it reminds you you’re alive. You are still here. When the pain subsides, you are reminded that moving forward is the only way onward. Channel what you feel, all of that energy into something positive. Everyone […]

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Moving Forward

I was taught at a young age that being strong meant big muscles and hitting the gym every day. Little did I know as I got older mental, emotional, and spiritual health would be more of a focus. How can someone go to the gym if their mind just isn’t in it that day? We […]

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Ongoing Battle With Loss

You were rotting away in the hospital, and what were we doing? Celebrating Christmas Eve. What type of people were we? He stood with you as the ventilators breathed for you. He was bone tired. You could see it in his face. The lack of food and sleep had gotten to him. He refused to […]

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Savior

It was your 80th birthday and it was the first time I had ever seen you cry. The family gathered around the dinner table in your apartment, not sure how we all managed to fit in there, but we made it work. We had family come up in from Puerto Rico. We all knew the […]

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The Outcast Learns Acceptance

For as long as I can remember, I have felt like an outcast. Like people did not understand me. People resented me for reasons I do not know. Whether it was family, friends, outsiders I barely knew. People have always felt the need to label me or tell me why I was not good enough. […]

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“You Were Meant To Do This.”

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent and the choices that you make will spare your life forever.” ~ A Bronx Tale I was 4 years old when my father brought me to my first Tae Kwon Do class. I come from a family of athletes. My dad played football during his young years, […]

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The Road To The Top Is a Lonely One

For several years of my life, I have put my happiness in the hands of others. Time and time again, I was disappointed. And what a lesson this has been. What I have come to learn is happiness is a choice. You choose to wake up and be positive or you can choose to allow […]

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Stages Of Grief

I try to mutter something. Anything. I try to find the right words. I open my mouth and nothing comes out. The best I can come up with is, “I’m sorry.” First, I was in denial. I could not accept the fact that you were actually gone. I did not cry. My body would not […]

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Your Journey Is Up To You

Your journey is determined by YOU. It is easy to look in someone else’s back yard and compare your successes to theirs. Compare your failures to theirs. To judge what they have and what you do not. There are so many blessings we take for granted. Being alive, waking up in the mornings, breathing fresh […]

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Early Morning Thoughts

Passion. Something so rare. Something not many have. I have the utmost respect for those who remain true to their passion. Their light does not disappear because of the arrogance or jealousy of others. With the mundane day to day routines of life, what are you passionate about? What keeps you motivated? What sets a […]

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