Friday Glee: May 29, 2015

“Like a wild flower; she spent her days, allowing herself to grow, not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all; knew of her light.” Nikki Rowe

By: Gabriela Yareliz

The past few days have been filled with flowers, sunshine, computer screens, notebooks, friends– a whirlwind. Bar studying and other tensions have taken a front seat. And while life’s normal stresses linger, things are exciting and emotionally charged.

Bar prep has us like:

Studying and lectures:

Motivation for us all to enjoy the journey: 

The weather is beautiful:

“I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.” C.S. Lewis

“God is the only constant. He is the unchanging centerpiece, holding all things together.” Sandra McCracken Great Is Thy Faithfulness, She Reads Truth

Great Jane the Virgin humor:

Every day, take time to feel human. Embrace the beauty of each day, and know that every day we fulfill a part of our purpose: 

[Images from Tumblr]

Monday Inspiration: May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day)

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Happy Memorial Day weekend. Of course, on a day like today we remember those who have died while serving our great country. It’s also a day filled with BBQs, food, family and relaxing (something we can do because of those the day honors).

I hope my U.S. readers had a lovely and relaxing long weekend. And for those of you not in the U.S., I hope you had an inspiring and fun Monday back in the grind.

New York is hot, sticky and noisy. We are all out and about, children dancing in park fountains and dogs dragging their owners down the congested sidewalks. Winter has finally retreated, I think. I hope. Let’s just declare it as so.

My weekend was filled with good conversation. That is rare and always a treat.

[Pippa Middleton for Vanity Fair]

“To me, a man is someone who is brave enough to love, and let himself be loved.” Louis Sachar, Small Steps

[How bar review days are spent:]

“You will never know the fullness of Christ until you know the emptiness of everything else but Christ.” Charles Spurgeon

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“No star stops burning in the sky because it isn’t a planet, it does what it needs to do, so must you. So be, and continue to be, until you realize what that truly means because when you see what you really are, you start to see life differently. You were never meant to compete with those around you, you were meant to live life in a way that invites others to join you in this journey.” T.B. LaBerge // Go Now

[Kendall Jenner @Cannes2015]

“When I saw you, I knew my one day was today, and every day to come.” T.B. LaBerge // My One Day is Today
[Images from Tumblr]

Thursday Brain Dump: May 21, 2015

ISSUES OF CONTROL: 

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Greetings. I should be studying or sleeping. One of the two. Instead, I am here. The mind has been on a constant study roll. It’s incredible. My mind is like a giant pitcher with a bunch of Kool-Aid sloshing around. With the smiley face on it… Yeah, keep the smiley.

The days are filled with more appointments and responsibilities than I could possibly fit into a set of 24 hours. I guess that is what makes my life consistently interesting. So, life is interesting. I ended my flirtation with one type of social media. I’ve discovered that once I am over it, I am over it. One can’t really force oneself to be into something if one isn’t… so that ended. I hate that stupid social pressure that comes along with it, and the etiquette that tends to control people’s lives– it is just boring.

Control. It is something I don’t like about a lot of new technology, and also about certain people. Some people need to learn their place in life. There are people who try to impose themselves on others. People try to manipulate others with what they think are subtle tactics, but they are not subtle at all. It’s disturbing. Please take your manipulation and insecurities elsewhere.

People will say things, and mentally, it’s like:

Then, you must audibly respond with:

And then, at the end of the conversation, when he or she realizes he or she can’t control the situation:

Bar prep has begun. Oh the joys. We are all reliving our first year of law school. It’s glorious. We are reciting scandalous hypotheticals, reviewing legal concepts and praying a man who is not as promiscuous as George Clooney (but just as handsome) finds us. Bar prep will have control over a lot of us for months, whether we like it or not.

I am very observant. And through observation, I learned that a quote by Marisa de los Santos has some truth to it; she says, “I don’t think love is blind, but wanting to be in love, that’s probably blind.” I saw that in full color this week. Sometimes, that desire to be loved makes people forget their worth and what they really want in their lives. Sometimes, it leads people to want to control, or allow others to control their circumstances.

Hmm… The things we do, say, and try.

The biggest lesson of all is that we are all independent agents who choose. You can’t force someone to like you; you can’t force someone to respond to you; you can’t force someone to value you; you can’t force someone to love you; and you can’t control people. Letting go is really for the best.

People need space. Many times, people make up their minds about relationship issues before they even think they have their minds made up, and they show it in their actions and attitudes. And if they don’t have their minds made up, an act of manipulation can change things and make up their mind, quick.

People don’t own each other. They don’t; and they shouldn’t.

I think you can seldom respect something you can manipulate in every which way.

Be free, and let others be free.

[Images from Tumblr and BuzzFeed]

Monday Inspiration: May 18, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

It’s time to get that Monday positivity up. Our to-do lists are as full as they are going to be this week (I hope), and things will be crossed off (and hopefully not added) as the week progresses. In life, we continue to grow and progress, and after one hurdle is conquered, another appears on the horizon. It’s like a snowball rolling… it gets bigger; pieces may break off; it keeps rolling; it gets bigger; and eventually, maybe it even builds something… I guess, the key is to not get overwhelmed. We must sit back and gain perspective; we adjust our belts; prepare our strategy and our mind set.

Take this as a moment to relax; a moment to recalibrate focus, and a moment to gain perspective, to dream, and to rise to the occasion.

Remember why you are where you are standing, and remember where you are going.

It’s Monday; let’s rock.

“Remember, you’re called to be like Christ, not like other Christians.”

“Oddly enough, it’s the storms that whisper His name, the storms that make His presence most known. So prepare yourself when the seas of life begin to grow restless because you might be getting ready to encounter God, and what a heartbreakingly beautiful thing it is to behold.”

T.B. LaBerge // Go Now

“Goodnight and great love to you. We see the same stars.”

George Mallory, from a letter to his wife Ruth during the 1921 Everest Reconnaissance Expedition

“If we are going to heal, we must find something meaningful that came to us because of our tragedies.”

Donald Miller

“God is never as nervous about our future, or as concerned about our past, as we are.”

Bob Goff

“I learn a good deal by merely observing you,
And letting you talk as long as you please,
And taking note of what you do not say.”

T.S. Eliot – from The Cocktail Party

“Sometimes the story we’re telling the world isn’t half as endearing as the one that lives inside us.”

Donald Miller, Scary Close

[Images from Tumblr]

Tuesday Badinage: May 12, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

It’s exam season in law school. The final days countdown. Oh, law school. You can meet noble people, strange people, catty people, self-centered people (the world in one building, minus the racial diversity)– and it is often said that all attorneys have some kind of ego complex. Not sure if that is accurate. Maybe it is (not all attorneys are Harvey Specter, however). It’s an interesting work environment when you work side-by-side, consistently close with people. It can be cliqueish and very reminiscent of high school drama, at times. You become a family, though. A weird family. I guess it’s like that everywhere. No matter what the career or location. It’s a human thing. Law school is coming to an end, but everything else is beginning.

So, here I am. Before endings and beginnings commence, I am distracting myself a little. Pressing pause. I hope you find some inspiration here, too.

I am ready for summer. I stayed up last night until 3 a.m. today. Keeping it real. I want summer. I am thinking family, lemonade, Sarah Dessen books, sunshine, bar prep books, gluten-free bagels… it’s looking good.

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”

 Edgar Allan Poe

“‘I am with you always’ is enough for my soul to live upon no matter who forsakes me.” Charles Spurgeon

“The sun does not demand a plant to grow more quickly than it should, it simply shines and allows the plant to soak in the rays that it gives. So should our love be, never forcing but always radiating, allowing growth to happen in time.” T.B. LaBerge // I like you and I miss you

Loving this new Becky G song. It’s making me dream of summertime.

[Images from Tumblr]