“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I was watching my two nieces play at the beach playground yesterday. Levia, who is 18 months old would hop up the slide stairs on her knees and slide all the way down by herself while Eliya, 4 years old, would wait at the very top of it and refuse to slide down.
Eliya was scared while Levia would freely slide down again and again. My sister encouraged Eliya to be brave and slide, but she looked at it and wouldn’t do it.
She asked her mom to slide with her, but my sister and I were not in the mood to play in the slide. Eliya realized that if she wanted to overcome her fear, she would have to do it on her own, so she finally sat on the border of it and slid down.
I’m not shopping for new clothes in retail stores this year, but I almost cheated when I went to the H&M store in Monterey.
I had $20 left from my birthday money and I started thinking about the new season coming up, which is my favorite season, and how much I love being cozy in a warm sweater. I had 3 sweaters in my closet, which I have worn a lot and I started making all those shopaholic excuses to buy a new one.
My husband and I got married in Monterey almost 3 years ago and since then this little town has a special place in our hearts. We take constant trips to Monterey and never get tired of it. We have seen it in every season and I personally love each one of them.
We just spent 3 magical days there and I have to share with you my favorite places in town.
We’ve been having some hot and beautiful summer days here in the Central Coast. The skies have been consistently blue and the bright sun has been shinning from early morning until sunset. We’ve had steady temperatures of 110°F around us, but our little town was blessed with no more than 90°F.
The day I took this picture was one of those hot summer days. The beach was full of colorful umbrellas, kids were playing in the water while teenagers played volleyball in the courts. The boardwalk received tourists from all over the world and the restaurants were booked at full capacity with customers enjoying their clam chowders, crabs and tri-tip sandwiches.
“Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.” Job 12:12
I had the opportunity to meet a sweet couple at work the other day, they were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were one of those people that have a kind heart that touches us just by being who they are.
The skinny lady was standing in front of me, staring at the ceiling and saying how grateful she was for our welcoming gifts upon her arrival. Her smile was contagious and her shaky voice touched my heart as she was telling me once more how special she felt and added; “You know, we have been married for 60 years. That’s a long time. My husband has put up with me all these years and specially now that I’m going blind”, she said, as she kindly searched for her husband arm with her hand.
She went on again thanking us a thousand more times. This couple almost brought tears to my eyes and they taught me an important lesson for married life; stick together no matter how hard it gets. They have also shown me how beautiful gratitude is and how smiling through life can change the course of our days, in special those hard days.
I was starting my morning routine as I always do and choose ginger tea randomly. While the tea bag was simmering, I noticed a note on it – be yourself.
I loved the fact that my morning stated that way because I was talking to my husband the night before about being confident in who we are, knowing that we have received all the gifts necessary to accomplish our purpose on earth.
Last week I took an important step, I decided that I would start going for walks at the beach on my own.
I’m not the type of person that likes going for outdoor activities alone, but not doing it enough due to lack of company, was giving me a sense of missing out on life and I could no longer do that to myself.
I love starting my day with a smoothie and this morning I tried something new. I added 2 tablespoons of cocoa to my strawberry smoothie and I was very impressed with it. The flavor, texture and color of it were just perfect. I’ll be trying this smoothie again and again.
I remember my very first date with my husband as if it was yesterday. We were facing each other at the Cheesecake Factory of Marina Del Rey in a beautiful spring evening. I had just landed from a long overseas flight and wasn’t necessarily hungry, but I remember enjoying a few slices of a vegetarian pizza while we chatted and discovered more about each other.
After dinner, we sat in that little ocean front table for quite a while and watched the stars with the background sound of waves hitting the shore. I don’t remember anyone else being there other than the waiter (or waitress) that served us that night.