I’ve been meaning to finish this post for the longest time—2 months to be exact—but I've found myself struggling to verbalize my thoughts and emotions. The original idea behind it was for Kevin and I to write a piece which would demystify certain misconceptions and negative generalizations made towards Puerto Ricans. I remember telling him how tired I was of hearing people talk about how lazy, loud, and unreliable our people were, "I've had it and I want to write a different narrative about Puerto Ricans and who we really are." But after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, I had to take a few steps back from blogging and from a lot of other things. My life and the lives of my friends and family would never be the same.Read More
As beautiful and marvelously curated as someone’s Instagram and social media feeds may seem, their lives are far from perfect. Trust me. One of the many downsides to social media is how at times we find ourselves comparing our lives to others based on what they’ve published on their social media profiles. It’s easy to fall into this trap but when you think about it, it’s even easier to snap out of it once you realize what others are posting and publicizing on their social channels is only half of the story.
Let’s be real, a lot of it is a front; a small portion of their lives which they want others to see, but never the full picture. How do I know this? Because I’ve been on both sides of the coin. I’ve had very rough days and all I’ve posted have been positive thoughts and gorgeous images on my feed, and I’ve also found myself looking at someone else's feed and playing the comparing game, to later find out their lives weren’t as perfect as they portrayed them to be.Read More
Hello, friends! As I mentioned on my IG account, I'm starting a monthly series called Badass Reads where I’ll be reviewing and sharing some of my favorite quotes from books I’ve been reading and falling in love with. Reading has always been a huge part of my life and many times I’ve found myself wanting to share some of the best lessons I’ve derived from my favorite books with others, without knowing how.
Thankfully, (and remind me, why hadn't I thought about this before? LOL.) I have this little corner of the web where I can share all of this with you, hoping you take something great out of it and maybe even become inspired to get the book and read it in your own time! To kick things off, I chose a book which discusses creative living beyond fear, as I’ve been touching on the subject of fear fairly recently. Also, the book’s overall message spoke to me in ways I would’ve never imagined; the author’s message can be applied to one’s creative life journey and to one’s personal life as well. This badass read is titled Big Magic.Read More
I seldom sugarcoat my posts and I don’t plan on starting with this one; it is a fearful time in the world and we have every reason to be afraid. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, I’m simply acknowledging reality. Every day we’re bombarded with news and stories which make us question our safety and security. To a greater or lesser degree, this constant exposure to negative, sensationalist, and alarming information will impact our day to day lives, from the way in which we carry ourselves to how we interact with to others. So let’s talk about fear, let’s openly face it.Read More