I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year's Eve. Welcoming the new year in church is one of my favorite traditions. As a child, my family and I traditionally attended church in the Caribbean and because of the memories we have created throughout time, it's a tradition I hold close to my heart. Life has changed so much since then, God has called me to serve at a different church, and even though I was not able to celebrate with my family, there is something so special about being in the House of God and welcoming the year worshipping my Creator and thanking Him for the experiences He allowed me to live on the ending year. After the church service, I went home and spent time with my family. My mother, sister, and I stayed up until 3AM eating grilled cheese sandwiches and talking. (Hi, mom! You're such a trooper :). The smallest and simplest things truly matter the most. On another note, it's so ironic how God always answers our prayers in surprising ways. I say "surprising ways" because sometimes He does not answerin the way we expect Him to, but the outcome is always what we expected or better than anything we could have imagined. 2015 was by far one of the most exciting and challenging years of my life. It forced me to stand firm outside of my comfort zone, to learn the value of meaningful relationships, and to rest in God. I am so grateful for the experiences lived, and for the personal growth that resulted from every challenge. I am beyond excited for what God has in store for me this year! I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but here is a list of things I hope to improve, accomplish or simply experience. Spiritual goals:
To read the Bible every day
To fast more
To honor God in all I do
To serve more
To go on two family weekend getaways with my entire family
To plan more family dinners
To picnic more together during the summer time
To read a different novel every six weeks
To go back to school and finish my masters (4 more classes, YAY!)
To save more
To pay for my graduate school classes cash (goodbye school loans)
To give more
To work out Monday-Thursday
To be kinder to myself and to delegate more
To be in bed by 10PM
To balance, balance, and balance!
There you have it! Nothing like sharing for the sake of accountability, right? Now it's your turn. What were you up to on New Year's Eve? Did you set any goals? Resolutions? I would love to hear. XO.
Watching the Office. Steve Carrell is the funniest man on earth, and John Krasinsky is to die for. Yes, John. Kind men are irresistible!
Reading By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept by Pablo Coelho and 1 Kings in the Bible. I am obsessed with the story of Elijah but that deserves it's own post.
Eating bacon, bacon, and more bacon. This recovering vegetarian is meeting some meat goals! I have also been addicted tothisAlphonso mango ice-cream from the Talenti brand. They sell it in wholefoods. Buy me a pint and I will love you for ever.
Wearingthis Zara scarf. You can check it out on this post. It's super soft and it goes with everything, and it's on sale. You're welcome!
Looking for furniture for my new place. I have never purchased furniture and have found the process quite fun and stressful.
Thinking about balance. so. much! I do not believe in new year resolutions. The idea of waiting for the calendar to change to make lifestyle changes seems a little primitive to me. Everyday offers new opportunities to establish new goals and make changes, but with the year coming to an end, I have been finding myself thinking about what worked and what did not work on 2015. One of my new year goals is to slow down a bit and live a more balanced life.
Planningmy February vacation (insert excited). My friend and I are waiting until December 31st to book the trip. We have no idea where we are going even though there are some places we have both mentioned. The fact that we do not know where we are going yet adds to the excitement. No better way to start the new year than by booking a vacation.
Usingthis mineral fusion berry glow product. It gives you the softest red for your checks, lips, and eyelids. Did I mention it's gluten free and paraben free? You may order it from Amazon or from wholefoods' beauty section.
New York City is always a good idea. I had the opportunity to visit the Big Apple to celebrate my little sister's 21st birthday over the weekend.
Our first stop was Queen's Comfort, I loved the energy and happiness in this little breakfast joint. The staff members danced around instead of walking, there was a live DJ, and the people were welcomed to do karaoke.
Second on the list was the Brooklyn bridge, followed by a nap at Hotel Vertiver, a quick stroll around Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, and dinner at El Basudero (a colombian restaurant). ----------------------
The Christmas spirit in the city was evident, and
while I enjoyed every bit of it, my highlight of the trip was visiting St.
Patrick's cathedral. The Neo-Gothic architecture in this building is breathtaking (hello,
dream wedding location!... A girl can dream, right?). While I was there appreciating the architecture, I couldn't help but notice the many people praying and lighting up candles. The World tries to search God in many different
ways, but there is only one way, Jesus. I am so grateful that once per year, we can all come together and recognize the birth and priesthood of the One true King and Savior, Jesus. May we never forget the reason for this season.