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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Photo by Amway US This year, Mother’s Day will be unique, to say the least. With everything closed due to the Pandemic, it can be challenging to even begin thinking about gifts that may help mom feel loved and appreciated during these times. Scroll to the bottom of this article for special discount codes. Being… Read More

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Unapologetically Celebrating Life: Lessons Learned Three Years Post-Stroke

I am thankful every day that this experience did not kill me, that instead, it catapulted me into going after my dreams, my purpose, my aspirations. It was what needed to happen for me to unapologetically take steps in my life to live better and fulfilled. Read More

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Every Year the Dog Gets a Birthday Party

We ended the night by huddling around the campfire, mulled cider, and doughnuts. Telling stories and hugging each other for warmth as the most beautiful sunrise broke the cloudy waves and we watched it close the night. Read More

Chapter 2: Nenita

Capitulo 2: Nenita (Spanish Version) America Emilia Varela arrived at her mother’s home in Alturas de Belen with three young children and a shattered heart. The young woman that served as a second mother to her siblings and an ally to her mother now needed her family’s support more than ever before. A few weeks… Read More

Chapter 1: Abuela María

Ninety-seven years ago, on the largest island of the Antilles, Maria Rodriguez Pombo married Jacob Varela. At 16 years old, Maria had returned from Spain to her native Cuba to finalize the marriage her parents had arranged for her with a man they know from Coruña. Read More

Capítulo 1: La Abuela María

Hace 97 años, en la isla mas grande de las Antillas, María Rodríguez Pombo fue casada con Jacobo Varela. María, con tan solo 16 años, había regresado de España a su nativa Cuba para concretar el matrimonio que sus padres arreglaron para ella con un conocido de ellos de la Coruña. Read More

A Year of Letting Go: Bye, Bye 2017

Today, the day before the last day of 2017, I feel grateful for all the things it brought me, but also for all the ones it forced me to let go of. As 2018 approaches, I am ready to open my hands and let go of that which no longer serves me. I am ready to let it go and send it love and light on its way. At the same time, with the same open arms, I wish to embrace an unknown future that is waiting to be created. 

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Nobody Said It Was Easy

I’ve realized that sometimes in life, when it is time to make important decisions, it can be helpful to be a pyromaniac and take the risk at being happy. I’ve realized that doing nothing only leaves you with nothing–and that’s just not the life I want to live–I don’t want a life full of nothing.

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