Tuesday Badinage: August 4, 2015


By: Gabriela Yareliz

I hope your week is off to an amazing start. I also hope that this will serve as some inspiration and food for thought. Quotes curated for an interesting week.


“She’s a keeper, too bad you didn’t keep her.”

“Will you love me in December as you do in May?”
Jack Kerouac


“We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are … Or we can decide for ourselves.” Chuck Palahniuk


“Be more concerned about your character than your reputation … because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think of you.” John Wooden


“My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.”
Warsan Shire

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.”


“Joy will spoil those who have not suffered but will humble those who have known pain.”
Donald Miller


“Some people aren’t loyal to you. They’re loyal to their need of you then, once their need changes, so does their loyalty.”

“Genuine people don’t come around too often. If you find someone real enough to stay true, keep them close.”


“Just because the past didn’t turn out like you’d wanted, doesn’t mean the future can’t be better than you think.” Unknown


“When you are a threat you are always a target.” Unknown
“Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.”
Swedish proverb


“You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.”
Saint Augustine


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


“You have no business trying to find out where God is leading—the only thing God will explain to you is Himself.”
Oswald Chambers // My Utmost For His Highest

“The fight is for your faith. Hold on tight.”
Christine Caine


“Let go of your complaints. Forgive those who loved you poorly. Step over your feelings of being rejected and have the courage to trust that you won’t fall into an abyss of nothingness, but into the safe embrace of a God whose love will heal all your wounds.”
Henri Nouwen


“What is normal? Normal is only ordinary; mediocre. Life belongs to the rare, exceptional individual who dares to be different.” V.C. Andrews

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What’s in an age?

I saw this on Tumblr, and I had to share:

“No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages:

1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.

3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”

4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.

5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.

6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.

7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.

8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.

9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.

10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.

11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.

12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23.

13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24.

14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record.

15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity.

16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France.

17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28.

18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world.

19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter.

20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind.

22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest.

23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream.“

24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics.

25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight.

26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.

27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.

28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas.

30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.

31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States.

32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.

33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games.”

34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.

35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.

36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.

37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.

38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat.”

39) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived.

40) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise.

41) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out.

42) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the U.S.

43) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats.

44) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President.

There are no limits; just possibilities.”


       “To the glory of His name let me witness that in far away lands, in loneliness (deepest sometimes when it seems least so), in times of downheartedness and tiredness and sadness, always always He is near. He does comfort, if we let Him. Perhaps someone as weak and good-for-nothing as even I am may read this. Don’t be afraid! Through all circumstances, outside, inside, He can keep me close.”

This Month’s Picks: July 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Goodbye July, and enter August. I typically think of August as a month of new beginnings (it’s the student in me). July was crazy intense. I was blessed to be able to go to the General Conference Session for the Global Seventh-day Adventist Church in San Antonio, Texas; I finished my bar review course and completed the month with the bar exam and intense, suffocating heat. I wanted to share some inspiration that I always find at @ChristineCaine and @PropelWomen. I love this ministry’s focus on women in leadership and Godly leadership (service). I hope you enjoy some of the inspiration that inspired me throughout this difficult month.


“The glory of the Christian life is that we have a hope that overwhelms grief. It doesn’t eradicate it. It sweetens it. It overwhelms it.”
Tim Keller


“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be with the people who never want to stop getting to know you. I don’t care who it is. It doesn’t even need to be romantically. Just be with people who make you know you are worth it.”
Katherine Henson


“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

“Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.”
Jean de La Fontaine


“We tear ourselves apart, blaming God for the wounds left by our own hands. Yet, Christ comes to us in our anguish and shows us His scars, the scars that have sealed our future and the wounds that bind ours. In the depths of our despair and shame, Jesus comes bursting through, showing us that He takes us as we are and makes us into who we are meant to be. When we have laid down our pride, we take up a far greater hope, one that darkness can never touch, and one that death can never follow.”
T.B. LaBerge // Go Now


“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”
C. S. Lewis


“You were scared, but you still got here; don’t ever forget that.” T.B. LaBerge

“Women are a creative force. We are creative beings: our bodies are designed to give birth to creations, ideas, and beliefs — to bring things into fruition.”
Shine Blackhawk

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“Waiting is just a gift of time in disguise — a time to pray wrapped up in a ribbon of patience — because is the Lord ever late?”
Ann Voskamp

“Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions.”
Jamie Tworkowksi


“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”
Kavita Ramdas, in her commencement speech to Mount Holyoke graduates

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Let’s make August fantastic!

[Images from Tumblr and Webstagram]

Thoughts from a Temporary Cat Lady

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Where I am staying, there is a little cat that is afraid of many things. Any sudden movement, and she disappears. I suppose many past, bad experiences brought her to her nervous state. So now, even though she is safe, she is still afraid. I was talking to the cat while I was cooking. “We are all afraid of something, aren’t we?” I reflected with the frightened one who was watching my every move, as I continued to stir the contents of a pot. “You are ok, though. And I certainly won’t hurt you,” I reasoned with her.

This charming conversation that ended in the cat ditching me in the kitchen, and her running off to sniff my purse, brought my mind back to the main verses and thoughts that have been on my mind this week.

Here is a remix of Psalm 56:

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (God). (v.3)

In God I trust, I shall not be afraid. (v.4)

This I know that God is for me. (v.9)

What can man do to me? (v.11)

And Psalm 84:3, 11:

“Even the sparrow finds a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may lay her young,

at your altars, O Lord of hosts,

my King and my God.”

“For the Lord God is sun and shield;

the Lord bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does He withhold

from those who walk uprightly.”

This one goes out to anyone in a moment of transition; anyone who is afraid; or anyone who has failed to realize that he or she is now safe. That is the amazing thing about God. He wants to not only hold us and heal us, but He wants to bestow abundant blessings on us. He wants to make us bold and empower us to live life without fear. Perfect love casts out all fear, scripture says (1 John 4:18). God is that perfect love. No fear.

The Sequel Begins


By: Gabriela Yareliz

Changes are interesting, and they are particularly interesting when they are a more “permanent” kind of change. This summer was great (I have so many photos and insights to share post-bar exam; I promise, it’s coming soon). Summer is about to conclude with the bar exam. I still think of the year on a school-year calendar, which means a new one is starting. I think of life as a pilgrimage of sorts, which makes it exciting.

I was reminded this summer of an event that changed my life forever; a place where my life took a dramatic turn. Sometimes, we forget how much we have been through in life, and realizing this reveals, in a powerful way, how far God has taken us. I was reminded of where a huge phase of my life began; the amazing people God put in my (and my family’s) path; heartbreak; accomplishments; growth– it’s crazy when you look back; when you REALLY look back (especially, when you look back at the ugly moments that ended up being a blessing).

Today, I was at the airport. The woman who took my suitcase threw it onto the conveyor belt, and I felt I heard something shatter inside of my suitcase. I will find out soon enough. The line for security was so slow I thought I would miss my flight, but thank God I made it just in time for boarding. The captain of the plane saw my French soccer team jersey with the rooster (le coq) on the chest and the “FFF” inscription. He asked me if the “FFF” stood for “Future Farmers and something else” because he said there was a “chicken” on my shirt. That gave me a good laugh.

Today is a big day. It’s the beginning of yet another turning point and phase of my life. I am excited, giddy and homesick (I won’t lie). I always miss my family terribly. Maybe, today, the shattering noise I heard was my heart and not my stuff in my suitcase. It’s always hard to leave home. Growing up is strange. It feels draining; there is a bit of anxiety; a lot of excitement; and yet still, a sense of peace, because I know I am exactly where I need to be.

Looking back at this journey so far, I have seen God so clearly, walking every step of the way with me. I have seen this before, but I can’t stress how important it is to have it super present when your world is changing dramatically. While things are changing (again) and a new chapter begins, I know that God’s presence in my life is something that doesn’t change.

When you are young, you envision your life. You spend your youth building that life, and while the building of a life never ends, there is a point where you begin to enjoy the fruits of your labor and the blessings. It’s that moment when you realize you have become the person you once envisioned, and it’s go time. It’s time to fill in the blanks and keep making it an amazing story.

I am so grateful, and I am excited to see how things continue to unfold. I have to go because my plane is descending. I have taken off, and now, I am landing in a world that is ripe for new stories, friends, experiences, growth and miracles.

A family member I admire very much once declared when confronted with a life-or-death situation, “I am not afraid.” Considering the context of the statement, it was bold. At a crucial time in my life, my mother stepped out in faith and her actions manifested her valor, faith and courage. Now, it’s my turn to pick up my bags and walk forward. I am not afraid because He walks with me. He has always been walking with me. Every step.

It’s time to continue walking.


The sequel begins.

[Photos by Luis Gabriel]