Category Archives: Motivational

Shine like the Sun

Hello Everyone:)

Summer’s I believe are for having fun and just letting loose, they were meant to relax and celebrate life and yourself. Even if you have to work, take some free time or a day to relax and do whatever you want, stressing and worrying is never the answer, no matter the season, so let’s cheer up, let’s be like the warm yellow sun and shine everyday; not just during the summer season, but also all through Fall, Winter, and Spring.

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Life Changes

Hello Everyone:)!

There are people that say that change is good

That change let’s us grow, let’s us discover who we are.

I want to believe that change is good

That change is something that I need to become a better person,

but change right now seems to me so big of a thing to carry right now,

I feel change is coming to me so fast, so unexpectedly

I don’t want to take change,but I have to.

Change is coming

I can feel it in my bones

Everywhere around me is changing

so fast, so soon will I feel different

So soon will change come to me

I cannot run away from it

I have to accept change into my life.

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‘Peace be with You’: Believing in Jesus

Hello Everyone:)!

Sorry if I have not posted anything but these past few days have been full of reflection, and being busy that I did not have time to post anything, or there are days when something worth posting has hit me to post about it.
Last Sunday was Easter Sunday and it was such a great and joyful experience seeing many people come to Sunday Mass at St. Angela Merici, mostly because of course it was Easter and many people go to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I enjoyed listening during Mass the beautiful music and the bible story of how Jesus resurrected on the third day. 

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This Sunday, was the second Sunday of Easter which means that its again another day of celebrating our Savior Jesus Christ and how great it is to believe in Him when we have been doubting, or not believing in Him. The Bible story of today’s Mass, is about Thomas one of the disciples who did not believe that Jesus Christ was back and that the rest of the other disciples had seen Him, and believed He was back. It was not until later that Thomas saw Jesus, and invited Thomas to prove his wounds; that in so Thomas upon touching Jesus and seeing his wounds that he believed it was really Jesus Christ himself who came back.

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When I read this bible story today, it was a story I could relate to because of the many times I had shut down Jesus Christ from my life, there were times when I would not believe that Jesus was with me, watching over me; I would especially feel like that whenever I had a really tough dark moment or day. Believing that Jesus Christ loves me and is always with me during those dark times was, and still is at times a challenge for me.

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I am learning to believe everyday that Jesus Christ does love so much, and that he is always with me no matter how many times I doubt him; just like Thomas was doubting at first.

“The victory is for those who believe that Sunday is always on the way!”

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International Day of Happiness: What Happiness is to Me :)

Hello Everyone:)!

Today is International Day of Happiness and I wanted to share with you what happiness is to me. To me happiness is waking up each day knowing that it is a new day with a fresh start, to forget about the troubles that would worry me to death the day before or the weeks before. Happiness is remembering all of the good and great times I have had with my family, friends, and school. Although I am twenty-three, I can still remember the happy memories I had when I was in elementary, middle school, and high school.

Happiness is doing something that you really love to do not just as a hobby, but also as a job everyday. To me what brings me happiness is writing poems and stories, and posting blog posts here on my blog whenever I can. I am majoring in Creative Writing because I want to share with other people my love for writing and reading. I want to teach and motivate others to see writing as a valuable way to express themselves; just like music, art, and dance let’s us express ourselves in a unique way, so is writing also. To me writing has helped me through my lonely times express myself in a way that it would be difficult for me to express to others around me.

My family always give me a reason to be happy in spite of the challenges and struggles that I have experienced, and still do. My Mom, twin sister, and my ten year-old sister always motivate me and make me smile during the tough times, they help me see that life is beautiful and not dark, lonely, and cold. I really do not have any friends, so I guess I can consider my family as friends right now.

The promise of joining Job Corps makes me happy right now because I have been struggling for a long time to get a job because I really want to support my parents, simply taking online college courses is not going to help my parents enough, so I decided to apply at Job Corps where young adults from 18 to 24 get career technical and education training in several technical careers, while at the same time getting benefits like allowance while getting career technical training, a dormitory to sleep in, three meals a day, and a chance to meet other young adults who are in Job Corps also. I believe that this program will help me develop the skills that I need to get a better career and job to be able to help my parents like they deserve. Hopefully they accept me:) all I can do right now is wait and hopefully I can get in because I really want to be at Job Corps.

Believing in God makes me happy because it helps me realize that He is always with me no matter what happens to me or where I go. It took me a long time to accept him, to learn more Him, and to open my eyes to him; to see that God is my friend and Savior. I know that there have been times were I ignore him, or think that he is not with me, but deep down inside I know that He loves me for who I am.

So what makes you happy? You are welcome to share in the comments section below, I would like to know more about what makes you happy everyday:) Hopefully you all have a happy weekend.

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My Happy Video

Suddenly

Hello Everyone:)!

It is interesting and crazy to know that our life can change so quickly from being good to bad, or from being bad to good. Our life is made up of choices that we make and can drastically alter or change our life for the good or bad.
For me making choices is not an easy thing for me to do, sometimes I do not like change because it makes me feel weird, lost, and out of place from the familiar things I used to know, or the people I used to see everyday. Accepting change is something that I am still working on and not fretting it.
These past few days have made me realize that changes have made me see what I need to improve on more. Changes happen for a reason, the hardest part is accepting those changes.

Suddenly change comes to me
Knocking at my door is the
Ever changing friend waiting for me to come to him.
He always comes pleading me
Taking me away,
But I always say no
I always escape.

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The God of Fashion

Hello Everyone,

When we feel lonely, worried, or are facing our own problems in life, we tend to turn to materialistic things such as: money, clothes, sex, or other negative things that temporarily satisfy us, they make us feel better and help us forget about our problems for a while. It is time for us to seek Jesus when we feel lost and short on His faith; instead of looking at material things as our Gods to happiness. Learning to recognize Jesus as my savior was something that I learned the hard way because back then I did not know much about Jesus; I was not close to Him as my savior. I would worry a lot about trying to look good by wearing the latest fashion clothes, or only wanting to go to the mall to buy the greatest quality clothes that was kind of expensive. I often wanted to look at materialistic things as my saviors to happiness and false confidence.

The Fashion Idolatry Prayer:
“O fashion, O great redeemer
Save us from our misery
Heal our brokenness
Take away our loneliness
Extinguish our ugliness
Give us value and worth
That we may feel beautiful
And all our problems will disappear
You are our savior and god
And we will purchase you all of our days.”

-(Taken from Fervr.net)

What is Idolatry?
Idolatry means putting more importance in something instead of focusing your whole heart in Jesus Christ as your savior everyday.

How God describes idolatry as:

My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
-Jeremiah 2:13

We all need God just like we all need the air to be able to breathe. God can give us what we need, only Him, no other thing can replace Him.

Is Fashion your God?

As you think about this, ask yourself these questions:

1. Are you trying to get something from fashion that only Jesus can give?

2. Are you using fashion to try and make yourself feel valuable? Or looking to the infinite value Jesus has given you?

3. Are you using fashion to take away your loneliness? Or looking for the love of Jesus?

“Fashion is a poor God. Jesus is infinitely better.”

Prayer to turn to Jesus:

“Jesus, O great Redeemer
Save us from our eternal misery.
Heal our brokenness
Take away our loneliness
Extinguish our ugliness
You give us value and worth
Now we are beautiful in your eyes
And all our sins will disappear
You are our savior and God
And we will worship you all of our days.”

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Real Love

Hello Everyone,

Real love is like real life.
There are no Prince Charming
In the real world.
As humans it is easy to fantasize, to believe that there are such things as fairytale love.
As we grow older, life`s experiences make us realize that there truly is no such things as fairytale love, it does not exist.
True real love happens when you least expect it.
As people in the 21st century, we have to wait for real true love to come to us, not chase after the perfect man or women  of our dreams.
It is time to embrace our single status and be happy within ourselves, to do whatever makes us happy.

To me Valentine’s Day is about not just about showing love to the people close to your heart, it is also a time to learn to love yourself more, no matter how many scars you have from the past. This February 14, is a time to erase all of the hate that we have inside of us for ourselves or someone else and just show love to yourself and to others.

Love is one of the greatest gifts in the planet, let’s not waste it.

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How to Stay Positive :)

Hello Everyone:)!

How is January going so far? For me it has been going great, I have been busy with my Creative Writing course that I am taking online from Southern New Hampshire University, writing articles on Hubpages, and keeping up with my blog here on WordPress:) I like to stay busy so I try to come up with ways to stay occupied in a positive way. There are days when I have felt negative and when I feel negative, I also feel like I do not want to do anything. I just want to stay in my bed and sleep with the blankets on my face and not worry about anything, but I know that I cannot be like that my whole life because I will not go anywhere, or achieve anything positive in my life, anything worthwhile.

Here are six helpful and smart ways to keep yourself positive:

1. Find positiveness when surrounded with negativeness. I always like to see the sun at the beginning of the day because then it reminds me to smile and it lets me know that I will have a great day no matter what happens or will happen during the day. If it is cloudy or raining, then I simply play some really happy, fun, and upbeat music that I can dance to.

Some songs that I am listening to right now:

1. Bean: “Let’s Go”

2. Taylor Swift: “Shake It Off”

3. GroupLove: “Ways to Go”

2. Surround Yourself with Positive People

This is something that I know I was lacking in my High School years and now that I am twenty-three years old, I put so much importance in this. I am always trying to meet new people who think like me, people who have their own dreams and goals that they want to achieve in their life. Before I had friends who would criticize me a’lot about myself and about what I wanted to do with my life that sometimes it got to the point where they would get negative with me. It took me a long time to change the way I thought and to not worry about what other people would say about me, or think about me. It is my life and I have the freedom to make my own positive decisions and choices. I believe that it is essential to be with positive people who will support your dreams and goals.

For me the most positive place to go to is my local Catholic church located in Brea, CA. I attend this Youth and Young Adult group that meets in St. Angela Merici every Thursday at seven in the evening to grow closer to God and to learn more about the Catholic religion, it is also a really fun motivational place where we are all friends and we all support each other in any way we can. I started going to the meetings in April 2013, the meetings truly have changed my life in a way that I never thought would happen to me. Attending church has helped me grow closer to God and Jesus Christ more than ever. I also made friends that had the same dreams and goals that I have. My second positive place has always been the library because of course, books have always been my true first friends:)

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3. Take Things in your Life slowly, do not force yourself to do things quickly. Honestly it is not healthy to try to do things quickly just because you are afraid that you might not get to where you want to go. We are all conditioned to eat fast because at work we were trained that way, and so when we are eating at home we are not able to break that habit because it is something that we do everyday.

I try to enjoy things that i do or eat slowly and savor the moments slowly because then they will pass you by without you even noticing them they were there. Like Ferris Bueller said: “Life moves pretty quickly, if you don’t stop once in a while you might miss it.”

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4. Do not Create a Mountain of Problems. Impulsive and anger can often cause us to create a small problem into a bigger problem, this can lead to more anger, and negativity coming to us. I have a history of doing this and let me tell you! it is not pleasant. The next time that you feel like this instead of making your next problem bigger, why not try to stop, take a few deep breaths, and refocus yourself. Ask yourself over what could be possible solutions for your problem, or better yet, you can talk it over with a friend. Friends can help you find a possible solution to your problem.

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5. Do not let Fear hold you back. This is something that I have let happen to me before and do not want it to happen to me again. Everyday I hold on to positive thoughts because I know positive thoughts will help me get through the bad times I experience. If I want to learn something new, I will learn it because I want to. I am not going to lie to you, but there are still days when negativity tries to get to me, but once I remember a positive quote or a song with motivational lyrics then my thoughts and feelings change back from negative to positive. Usually if I get nervous trying something that means that I am conquering my fear, and that is something great!:)

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6. Spread the Positivity. I may not have enough money to donate to a charity because I am not a millionaire, but when I can I try to help out in whatever way possible. I mostly like to help my parents right now because I know how tired they always come home from work, so them knowing that there is someone helping them, is a big difference for them because they do not have to worry about cooking something to eat, or cleaning the house. I like the satisfaction of helping others with just a simple smile and “Hello.”

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My Ten favorite Quotes for January 2015

Hello Everyone :-)!

Here are my ten favorite quotes for this month that I want to share with you. Hope they serve as motivation like they do for me.

1. Laughing in Adversity:
“Laughing does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”    -George Bernard Shaw

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We all want solutions to our problems quickly, but in truth our problems no matter how big or small they are, laughing will help us cope during our toughest times, it will make our problems less scary to bear.

2. Talking instead of Doing:
“A meowing cat catches no mice.”
-Yiddish Proverb

I will make sure that I am actually doing things, not just talking about doing them. This is something I need to work on since sometimes I have the tendency to talk to others about my plans, but it takes me a long time to make them happen, or they do not.

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3. Embrace Quietness:
“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” -Lorraine Hansbury

Quiet is a luxury that costs me nothing. I can take a few moments each day to simply sit and think, without the need of any foreground or background noise. I like to feel the beauty of quietness around me. I like to go on a quiet and lonely place, just lay down, close my eyes and relax.

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4. Spiritual Happiness:
“I never thought that a’lot of money or fine clothes-the finer things of life-would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.”
        -Coretta Scott King
I like my clothes and money is nice. But I want to recognize and encourage my spiritual side. This may mean attending a place of worship, or it may mean setting aside a few moments to reflect on your life.

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5. Dancing Everyday:
“Everyday brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” 
         -Oprah Winfrey
Dancing is what brings a smile on my feet, and on my face. Dance by yourself or better yet, dance with someone else. I might not be a professional dancer, but life is too short to worry about how silly you look, embrace silliness for a while.

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6. Hope is Priceless:
“Hope costs nothing.”
             -Colette
I have come to realize through my own challenges and tribulations, that it is important to have enormous amount of hope. Right now more than ever, as we grow older each day and life gets tough, we all have to keep holding on to hope tightly. All the goals we want to achieve have to be done with hope.

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7. Self-Reliance is doing things on our own:
“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”
          -Henry Ford
Doing things on our own, instead of letting others do them. It is more satisfying when we do certain things that we know we can do, on our own.

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8. Discover New Landscapes:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
           -Marcel Proust
Try to see the city that you live in with brand new eyes. Everyday we take many things for granted, that we often do not see our surroundings or discover new places that our city has to offer. For fun, pretend you are a tourist, what would be interesting to see that you often take for granted.

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9. Interests vs. Beliefs:
“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”
          -John Stuart Mill
When you have a strong belief and interest in something, you will do anything to make your goal happen no matter what other people tell you, or how much of a minority you are. Your willingness to go for it may serve as inspiration to others around you. Anything is possible if we truly believe.

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10. Finding Inspiration:
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
             -Jack London
As a writer, I am learning to not wait until inspiration strikes to me to actually write a story, poem, or article. It is important to seek inspiration while writing. Lacking inspiration is never the answer.

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Self -Confidence is Important

Hello Everyone :-)!

I did not always have self-confidence. When I was younger I would often be told by my Aunt Carmen, and my Mom whenever they saw me walking outside with my head on the floor. They always ended up telling me if I had low self-confidence in myself, or if I was hiding something from them, scared I would always reply that I honestly was not hiding something away from them, and secondly, that I did not have a low self-esteem.

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I later realized at 13 years old that I did not always have self-confidence in myself. I was always worrying about what my parents and other might think of me, constantly worrying if everyone around me will like me. I would sometimes exaggerate if someone did not like me. Not having self-confidence kept me away from taking risks and trying new things.

Today I am slowly learning to embrace myself in a positive way and learning to accept myself both on the inside and outside.

Having self-confidence will help us get to where we want to go and will help us achieve our goals and dreams in life.

“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”      -Helen Keller

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.”    -Thomas Merton

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