Monthly Archives: February 2014

Happy Birthday @Nickumsss!

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22 years ago a fabulously loud butterfly graced us all with her presence and was born somewhere in Germany.  Who knew that eleven years later she would be brought into my life and would become my best friend?  Yes, today my best friend of over ten years turns 22 and, as if I didn’t remember it on my own, Ms. Nicole would never let me forget it.  You can bet that she was sending me countdowns to her birthday and reminding Twitter on a daily basis, which just goes to show how modest my BFF is, but that’s why she’s so loved… because she is so unapologetically her own person, making her absolutely one of a kind.

Sure, throughout the past ten years we’ve had our moments of stress and frustration, but we definitely never stopped loving one another.  I must say this girl has seen me during my highest of highs and my lowest of lows, but she’s never left me alone and she’s never judged me.  If anything, she has been my number one fan and has always encouraged me to grow into the person I am now.  I only hope that I have been just as good of a friend to her that she has been to me.

But, honestly, what can I say about my best friend that she doesn’t already know?  She’s hilarious, fabulous, loud, talkative, dramatic, loving, and, when she walks into a room, you know she’s arrived.  My Boo is the Katy Perry to my Rihanna.  She is like a sister to me and I feel so blessed to have her in my life.  I can’t tell you how awkward it is when people complain about how crappy their friends are, knowing that I’ve had Nicole for ten plus years and a group of other girlies who have my back no matter what.  I honestly hope everyone gets the chance to experience such a strong and healthy friendship because it really is a beautifully special thing.  At this point, I know me and my ride or die are in it for life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Birthday Boo!

Happy Birthday @Nickumsss!

Felicidades Abuela Mindy!

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Today, I want to take a moment to wish my grandma a very happy birthday.  This is her first birthday without my grandpa and, although this past year has been a difficult one, I know that there are still many beautiful moments left for her.  I’m grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend with my grandma and for the time that I continue to spend with her.  Even though I couldn’t be with her today, I’m glad to have been able to talk to her on the phone.  Hopefully, in a couple of months, I’ll be visiting her in Puerto Rico and making more memories with her.  For now, I just want to say Happy Birthday Abuela Mindy!

Felicidades Abuela Mindy

Be Happy… It’s Valentine’s Day!

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Okay, I agree that Valentine’s Day is a completely commercialized holiday that encourages people to spend money on chocolate, flowers, stuffed animals, and flowers, while managing to make single people feel lonelier than before and getting taken men into trouble for planning the wrong surprise (or not planning anything at all).  It’s horrible.  I get it.  But, on the same tip, isn’t every other holiday filled with cold commercialism, too?  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas are far from pure holidays unexploited by big companies, so why hate on Valentine’s Day?  Just because you’re single or you don’t feel like taking your girlfriend out on a date?  That doesn’t seem fair.

The fact is Valentine’s Day isn’t going anywhere.  Stores will continue to stock up on red and white heart shaped items and advertisements won’t slow down on the amount of in love couples they show using their products.  Women will still want to have a valentine and men will still be expected to be generous gentlemen every February 14th.  So, since Valentine’s Day is sticking around, you might as well enjoy it.

Remember that Valentine’s Day is all about love, not hating on those who feel love.  Instead, focus on the love you have in your life, whether it’s the love you receive from those around you or the love you radiate to others.  Your parents, siblings, friends, and lovers are all in this web of love that you can appreciate on Valentine’s Day.  If you’re in a relationship, then you clearly have a significant other you can show your love to.  Even if you’re in the early stages of “dating” someone, use today as an excuse to talk to them.  You can’t tell me you don’t enjoy hearing their voice, so use Valentine’s Day as the perfect scapegoat.  If you’re single, then use today as a moment to appreciate the love your friends and family show you.

More importantly, love yourself on Valentine’s Day.  Isn’t that the first lesson of being confident, finding love, and all of that good stuff?  You have to love yourself before anyone else can.  I’m sick of all of the woe is me statuses, tweets, and Instagram posts about how you don’t have a hunny by your side this Valentine’s Day.  If that’s your attempt at getting a valentine next year, I can guarantee that projecting your bitterness isn’t going to attract as much honey to your beehive.

Personally, I used to loathe the dreaded Valentine’s Day holiday.  The red and pink aisle in Walmart used to annoy me to no end and I couldn’t wrap my head around the purpose of it all, but that was a while ago and I’ve evolved since then.  Now, I recognize that it’s just another reason to say “I love you” to the people I love.  It’s an excuse to show the love I have for the important people in my life and I see nothing wrong with that.  I’m happy to say that I have quite a few valentines this year that range anywhere from my loving madre to my best friend since middle school.  My valentines fill my heart in their own ways to the point where I feel complete.  I’m not missing any kind of love right now, so I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to be hating this Valentine’s Day.  It’s all about love.

Like Kings and Queens

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Every little girl dreams of a man

who never lets her forget her beauty,

her ability to make him stutter,

and her effortless sex appeal.

A man who puts her at ease,

yet sends her stomach into a ticklish whirlwind.

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Every little girl wishes for a man

who will make all other boys incomparable,

every decision so simple,

and each detail so precious.

A man who let’s her climb high,

but, if need be, will always break her fall.

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Every little girl searches for her perfect man.

The man who will be her king

and who will always live for his queen.

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Happy Birthday Ma!

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Today, I celebrate the woman who gave birth to me and raised me.  Literally, if it wasn’t for her, I would not be here today and I am so thankful for her existence.  My mom can be crazy, hot tempered, and misunderstood, but, above all things, she is my mom and I will always love her, appreciate her, and respect her.  Yes, she has her moments of nagging, over protectiveness, and suffocating affection, but she’s a mother of three.  Point out a mother who doesn’t do those things.  Of course, during those moments she’ll get an irritable daughter or son trying to push her away, but, in the end, it’s all out of love.  I can honestly say that my mom is among the most caring, loving, and selfless people I know, which is exactly why she wins over virtually anyone who crosses paths with her.  Ask anyone of my friends and they will tell you how sweet she is.  I give my mom a hard time sometimes, but she knows that my sarcasm and tough love is just exactly that love.  I’ll go easy on her today, since it is her birthday and all, but I hope that, regardless of what day it is, she never forgets how loved and appreciated she is.  My mother has been good to me throughout my twenty-one years of life and I hope I’ve been just as good to her because she deserves nothing less.

Happy Birthday Ma!