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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Happiness Is A Choice

For so long, I have placed my happiness in the hands of others. Not feeling secure with myself at times, I have depended on those around me to give me the answers I needed. To somehow make me feel better. To somehow relieve me of things I’ve been feeling. I have overcome many obstacles on […]

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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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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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O’ Captain, My Captain

I am sitting here in bed, with the lamp by my bedside turned on providing minimal lighting, with my puppy asleep beside me, and I immediately felt the need to write. It is always this time of night when my thoughts do not shut off. When the rest of the world is peacefully sleeping, I […]

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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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