Understanding Life And Death

In two weeks, I’ll be turning 23 years old. I took a moment to look back at the past year and ask myself:

What have I accomplished at this point in my life?

I’ve seen a lot of people my age going through different journeys in their lives. Some are preparing for new career role, others are growing a family. We are all reinventing and changing in front of each other’s eyes.

Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t get the same opportunities.

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The One Thing I’m Giving Up For Lent

In the beginning of every month, I have a habit of jotting down my weight. I’ve become obsessed with seeing the progress I’ve made. However, this month I’m disappointed.

I gained four pounds.

Now, usually I try my hardest to not let weight define who I am. I’m a huge advocate in not letting the scale stop me from continuing to work towards my goal.

But I’m human and I always have negative whispers in the back of my mind. One insecurity always leads to another.

As human beings, we tend to keep our insecurities to ourselves, pushing them as far as we can in the back our minds. However, I’m trying to change that this month.

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My Curly Hair Journey

It’s been over a year since I ditched my hair straightener, said goodbye to relaxers and took better care of my hair.

Ever since I was little, my hair has always been straight. I never embraced nor liked my curls. If you look at every picture of my life, you’ll never see a curly brown girl in any of them.

I hated my curly hair. When I looked back at the reason why, I don’t know where that hatred came from. A year later, I realized it’s been normalize my whole life that straight hair was better.

If you didn’t grow up with your hair done at the Dominican salon, straight and perfect than your mother didn’t take care of you correctly. It was standard to have long straight hair. Anything other than that was seen out of the ordinary.

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My August Goals

The thought of creating goals makes me excited. I enjoy coming up with daily to monthly goals for myself. The end result of accomplishing a goal brings me gratification.

I love the idea of making them, but I’m not good at following through. I’m an excellent goal creator, but accomplishing them…not so much.

Daily goals are easier for me to do, but I’m overwhelmed when it comes to monthly goals. Goals begin to pile up and I either become lazy or forgetful.

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Defeating Summer Body Expectations

I suffered from body image issues for a very long time. The mirror was my worst enemy and I found a part of me to criticize every day. I actually made a video for a course about overcoming those body issues and realized that I actually lied.

I didn’t overcome these issues until the very end of my study abroad experience back in May 2015. Now, I’m at a point in my life that I love my body. I love my curves. I love my flaws.

Last Friday, it was the first time I put on a bathing suit in a long time. I felt confident and free in my own skin. I spent so much time in my life disgusted by how I look and now I can spend the rest of my life enjoying it.

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