Thursday, December 29, 2011

Walking peeps

Hello peeps. (Peeps- as in fellow readers...not the marshmallow. word. hehe.) I just had a couple of words to say on this beautiful night: 

Does anyone else really really really enjoy long walks?
 Mesmerized by nature. 
Is this persuading? If not...just know that this experience cost zero dollars! What a great deal! so...
My dear peeps:   
Your shoes are waiting.

Somewhere in Southwest Kansas

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Definition of a word that starts with the letter: E


"The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence."
The thing about friends, is that they can be inspiring in so many levels. There is no age restriction. Their faith  can spread like fire. 
This Christmas Eve, I will spend the day getting ready for the most wonderful day of the year with friends and family. If I could, I would borrow Santa's sleigh bell and fly all over the world to give hugs to long distance friends. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Definition of a word that starts with: D


"Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement."

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

"Those brownies are delicious, but I will only eat one. That's right. ONE!!!! Do your homework ________ (insert your name). Let's do this, self control. wooo" 

Keep moving forward. When struggles come your way buckle up and hold on. Perseverance. woot woot. 
Like my friends say: Huzzah!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Definition of a word that starts with: C

C for Cherish. Why?
Because as you read this post, at least 10 seconds of your life have already past. ( Unless you are a super fast reader. If so... luckyyyyyy)
 Let me rephrase it, because that sounded pessimistic. 
Its a new day.
What will you do with the rest of the time you have left for today?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Definition of a word that starts with: B


Any of various insects of the order Lepidoptera, characteristically having slender bodies, knobbed antennae, and four broad, usually colorful wings. 
A person who puts all faith in God's hand and flows freely through the good and bad times showing the true color of beauty and love. 

Are we all caterpillars hoping to break free?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Definition of a word that starts with: A


: Also called (esp US) fall the season of the year between summer and winter, astronomically from the September equinox to the December solstice in the N hemisphere and from the March equinox to the June solstice in the S hemisphere.

: Amy's favorite season of the year. 
What is your favorite season?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Returning to school

Maybe this post is a month and a half late... Better late than never?

I miss this. What I mean is, I miss blogging. 
I wouldn't call it a diary, I wouldn't call it an open book either.
I think more of it as a source for sharing meaningful messages:

  Here is what I have been through and what I have learned; read it and hopefully you can learn something from it.

For example:

Time managing. and no matter how exciting and wishful a person like myself can be in the summer for school, the intentions are sometimes misguided. There is still HOPE.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cherry Limeade Morning

Yesterday was not a bittersweet moment, if anything, it would be a cherry limeade morning (I know..bit contradicting). Bit the lime, drank the sweet lemonade, got goosebumps from the ice, and saved the best for last.
Cows are so cute!
There is something about airports and traveling, that makes interesting stories.

 So yesterday, I was at the airport and...

On my first flight, I met this guy who was sitting next to me. You could tell he was a morning person. I will call him Mr. Encouraging because that was all he did. The whole flight he just kept encouraging me to work hard and finish school. So to Mr.Encouraging, if you are ever going to read this, thank you!

On my connection flight, I discovered what it was like to be on an airplane back in the days. You see, I was on an Boeing S80 model airplane. What made it so special? Seating in the last seat next to the engine that went ROARRRRRRR. The whole ride I closed my eyes and tried to imagine as if I was riding in one of the first airplanes ever made.

Once arriving to my final destination, I prepared myself for the hardest part: Transferring four different size luggage to the train station. That was some strategical moment for me. With a couple of sweat drops, failed attempts, and a couple of elevator rides,  I made it to the train station. This leads to my second to last story...

At the train station, I met Mrs. Tanzania. Whatti whatta? I didn't know either let me explain. She was born in Tanzania and recently moved to the US of A for her masters program. She was one of the two people that helped me with my bags during the train ride. What a lovely lady and a hard worker too. Her working shifts were at night and in the day time she had school. I have come to realize that I cannot complain about my weekly schedule ahead after knowing someone else circumstances.

Last but not least was the ride to home away from home. Thanks to my friend Mark, I was able to save money by switching to Geico...I meant... by not having to take a taxi. I made it! Wooo. Although I did not have much to thank my friend/driver Mark and my friend Megan, I have promised to make them home-made cookies.

Sad to say farewell to friends and family. Really. Excited and nervous for school. So thankful to God that He brought me back to school safe with new lessons along the way!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Early Rising

Some people are just naturals. Others can wake up early if they give it a try. And then there are those myself, who really have to put an effort to wake up early (no naps allowed).

"A day feels well spent when I wake up early."
  • The feeling that your bed is the most comfortable place the moment the alarm goes off. Need some discipline.
  • The smell of breakfast and a cup of coffee can be arrange once you are out of bed. Fuel for your body.
  • Waking up at an awkward time between breakfast and lunch with an empty stomach. To wait or not to wait...
  • Staring at the clock at noon and realizing how productive your morning has been. Happy dance.
  • Waking up at noon and feeling like the day is almost over. Leaving tasks for tomorrow...
  • The ability to take a walk on a fresh summer morning to watch the sun rise. First thing first; God. Fuel for your soul.
  • Waking up late and staying indoors to avoid summer heat simultaneously the beauty of nature (unfortunately). Time is precious.
That came from personal experience. 
No matter whether we are morning or night people, there is always a way to accommodate when we plan our day wisely. 
As much as I am trying to persuade you to set your alarm at the crack of dawn, I am also trying to persuade you to let your body and mind rest if that means sleeping in until __(insert time). 
Scattered storms in the morning. What a sight!

I think it is more appreciative to sleep in after a long week of work, than to sleep in every day. 
Something to be thankful for.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Underline Life

Food for Thought 
Message in a stall
Words of Wisdom: yes. Vandalism: probably. Random spot: very.
Happy cows come from Kansas.
What lays behind might be a blur, but you can still look back at the beautiful sunset.
If you stick your thumb into the screen. Is the saying true? haha.
The stars are most visible when the road ahead is pitch black.
Trust in God for He will lead you. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

"Summer should get a speeding ticket!"

Quoting my friend Jayson. I totally agree.
It seems like June was just here, when I was coming home and flowers were blooming beautifully.
Kansas. Shouts "welcome home!"
Natural beauty
and then it was July.
The month dedicated to summer school and baking.
Attempting to create art from ingredients
Quinoa bars
August came in a heart beat. 
The month of greetings, packing, and farewells.
The Little Apple, Kansas
but this month is not over yet. Yes!!!!!!!!!

Precious moments: every single second
Celebrating the little things
To this spontaneous, adventurous, sometimes slow, and often times fast summer; it has been a blast.
The sunrise in Kansas. (Behind the dirty windshield. oopsie)
Grasias a Dios!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hey you

(Please) Don't say you can't do something, until you give it a try.
Actions speak louder than words.
My story: A month and a half ago, I thought I wasn't going to pass my summer class after receiving my first exam back. Two weeks after summer school was over, I am here to tell you that I did pass. In good standards.

Whether it is a mental, physical, or spiritual challenge you are going through; don't give up.

Here is an inspirational video  (spotted from Aggie).

Change the world!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cookies, cupcakes, and everything sweet!

Sometime in the future, I want to save enough money to travel to undeveloped areas in the world for service work and bring home-made delightful treats for the people.

Rationalizing to what people in other countries need the most, cookies and such do not even classified in the list, but I think that everyone should have the chance to try a cookie at least once in their life. It just makes life sweeter.

Food brings people together.

I know that when I have gotten a homemade treat from a friend, just the thought of someone putting time into baking from scratch made my day.

People sometimes send cards to help people heal emotionally, so maybe sending cookies to those in need can help them too?

This probably doesn't make that much sense, but I think that a way to show love to others is to share. I don't mean to go back to first grade lessons or Barney episodes, but it is fascinating how one act of kindness can change anther's persons attitude about life. The simple things like when a person holds the door. Specially in this century, where sometimes, acts of kindness are rarely seen (sadly) in certain locations.
Una nina bonita
Maybe one day we can bring people who enjoy baking or want to learn and have a good time and create a large batch of sweetness from the heart. 
Learning to cook from the amazing chef, Yuris

 There should be a motto, like:

One batch for life?


I am out of ideas.

We could expand ideas about what kind of treats we could bake.          *Insert Happy Dance*

If people have special dietary need like lactose or gluten intolerance, we can altered the ingredients!

Have a little note inserted in the pastry with a scripture or a little note saying "Faith, Love, Hope" in different languages.

This are just thoughts for the moment, hope and pray this can work out in the future!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Special Edition

With less than 24 hours to go
I was in deep trouble
to find just the right gift.
You see... I have a friend
who is extremely gifted with creativity
and well...I ran out of ideas.

FALSE. I came up with one
at MIDNIGHT. Is there a friendship rule...
against late presents?
I hope not!
So here it is: 
To Andrea:
Happy Birthday!  
A blogger special edition

Warning: Possible grammar/spelling errors. You have been warned....

Here is the story:
Back in the summer of 2008 I had just moved to the state of Kansas. Not knowing anyone, I spent most of my summer reading books in the only place I knew well at the time being, my house. It wasn't a horrible summer at all, I just felt lonely at times, because the only friends I knew were hundreds of miles away (beside my family). 
Kansas has such friendly people!
After enrolling into my new high school, I started making friends.  The first year, God granted me a lot of plans. My path crossed paths with Andrea's, in a school of 600+ students, when we ended up in a class together. Wellness & Nutrition. Ha. Story of how our friendship arose! During the school year, we were friendly classmates but we never had much time to talk. It wasn't until the spring semester when we both signed up for soccer, that we started to become pals. Both of us being kind-of newbies ended up in the JV team. We did not mind it at all, strict but fun practices payed off to winning most of our matches. The team family environment was my favorite part. When a teammate was down, we united and supported each other.

After my (junior) first school year in Kansas was over, summer begun. One day, Andrea and I set up plans to hang out and the rest was history. Bike rides, movie trips, walks, picnics, etc. Who needs to watch the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants when you have your own friendship stories in the makings while its summer?!?
 Right in the midst of summer. An unexpected event flipped my world upside down. One of the biggest trials I have had in my life.  The hardest part was sharing the news. The friends I did tell, were truly sympathetic and wanted to help. Andrea, nevertheless, was one of them. Through the rough days of moving from a house to an apartment, no judgment was ever shown. A summer filled with adjusting to moving and life in general wasn't part of the plan, but it had happened. I thought I could no longer hang out with my friends because I needed to give up my time to try and help my family.  Thankfully that wasn't the case completely. Faith was my hope. I knew God had a reason for everything, good or bad, happening.

Many of my friends had a lot of summer plans, Andrea, as well,worked part-time. It was beyond thoughtful of her, to give up her free time to hang out with me almost every week of that summer.
I pray to God for such a gift. Friends. The support, the love, the sympathy, each brother and sister shares with each other. God is so wonderful!

I never felt such joy about life during a trial until that summer (2009).
Andrea impacted the way I saw life, bringing me closer to my faith, supporting me in my lows, celebrating with me in the highs, and keeping the friendship bond through time.

The next school year (my senior year), we only had one class together, but nevertheless, the friendship support was there. The artsy, creative, and intellectual friend of mine (Andrea) always knew how to make someone's day/week/month/year. Whether it was an spontaneous knock on the door with a card and a basket of cookies wishing 'good luck' on my first cross country meet of the year, or the day we baked cookies and biked 10 miles to deliver it as a gift to a friend; the memories I have when I think of Andrea bring a smile to my face.

This last school year has proven that distance has no affect on a friendship, in fact, it makes it stronger.
Motivating each other to work out.
The day we watched Julie & Julia.
A walk downtown.
Boutique window shopping.
Andrea's friends became my friends.

Breakfast challenge week.
She threw me a goodbye party. :')
The most creative B-day party!
Experimenting with tofu.
A birthday surprise.
New friends, new memories.

I am so proud of you Andrea!
This is mi amiga Andrea. Her birthday is today (July 23rd).
Baking Buddy!

A chocolate chip to the cookie of my life. To the person who inspires others. Thank you for being a part of our lives.
To those who have not met Andrea in person, well, now you know a little of what a wonderful person she is. I know there are people all over the world just like her, who have changed so many peoples lives for the better. Thank God for those people. Thank God for all friends. Really. Every single person has a unique gift and has cross our paths for a reason. To make us better, for us to make them better, in the highs and in the lows. 
Happy Birthday Andrea!
P.S. You present will be mailed this coming week....sorry, I tend to be late in these kinds of things.