Monday Inspiration: April 20, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

This weekend: I went to a beach in Long Island by impulsively stepping into a van that looks like an Access-a-Ride (totally unplanned trip); made it to the beach, but it was too cold to stand outside; got stuck in crazy traffic on a bridge as we were making our way back into Manhattan; a girl in our van vomited (poor girl–and we were still stuck in traffic); waited for a train that never came; walked about 40 blocks home in platforms; and then got home at the darkest hour of early morning. I learned that at night/early morning, that is when deliveries are made and artists decorate the windows of NYC boutiques and shops. Then, I talked to my best friend until we were practically asleep (Gilmore Girls style; I love my Ma).

I then woke up later than my set alarm and realized I had no food in the house; worked; bought sustenance; discovered that the Jordin Sparks station on Pandora plays the best hits from my high school days; read long briefs (for today’s court case); Did a template for an M&A agreement…

It was a wild weekend with little that was actually planned since Friday. It was one surprise after another–except for the empty fridge… I knew that was coming. It wasn’t procrastination; it was priorities. You know it’s going down when buying food is not your priority. It’s week 13 out of 14. My degree and student career is coming to an end. In about a month, I will have a Doctoral hood slung on me (praise the Lord!).

I am trying to keep it real as everything is coming to an end. I mean, right now, life is saying, “Pay attention, because I am only going to say this once.”

So, this week looked really bad. If I could have a forecast for the week, it would say thunderstorms 200%; allergies; fires; hurricane–you get the idea. It is going to be more insanity (got to end with a bang, right?). But yesterday, I somehow ended up giving a pep talk that inspired me to attack the week with enthusiasm.

Are you ready? We are putting the cold beach, traffic, vomit, missing trains, blisters on the feet, long briefs and hours in front of a computer during long awaited spring weather behind us. We are going to live this week out, and live it avec passion (with passion). Go big or go home. Do it with passion or not at all.

live. Live. LIVE!

Bam. *mic drop*

“Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different.” Frances Mayes

“Who can tell, dear friends, how much peace you may give by only telling the story of our Savior.” Charles Spurgeon

“Five tender apricots in a blue bowl, a brief and exact promise of things to come.” Frances Mayes

“Some hearts understand each other, even in silence.” Yasmin Mogahed
“The world cracks open for those willing to take a risk.” Frances Mayes

“If there is one thing I could plant in your heart, it’s that you matter, you’ll always matter.” T.B. LaBerge // Unwritten Letters to You

“By your side I’m most quiet and most unquiet, most inhibited and most free.” Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
Be wise. Be free. Be prepared. Be noble. Be well-fed. Be humble. Be excited. Be loved.
And always, expect miracles.
[Images from Tumblr]
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