Stillness and Light

By: Gabriela Yareliz I just saw a little video on Mimi Ikonn’s Instagram stories of how she was walking in London and a hail/rain storm came out of nowhere. She and a friend took shelter under the ledge of a building. They were laughing and confused, getting soaked. It reminded me of that summer night…

Ravi Zacharias

By: Gabriela Yareliz This week, we mourned a fierce man of faith, and a personal hero of mine, Ravi Zacharias. He is someone I have quoted extensively and studied with extensively. A man who was determined to reveal faith to the rational mind. A man determined to make us all seekers of truth, in a…

Studio Update 29

By: Gabriela Yareliz Guys, somehow, I survived the day without caffeine. Between the fighting upstairs, washing and blow drying my hair and finishing up Aisha (an entire Bollywood movie)— I went to bed at 2am. Yup. That movie started when I got in the shower and ended when my hair was fully dry. That just…

That Nicholas Sparks Love

By: Gabriela Yareliz He once said they had that Nicholas Sparks kind of love. What makes a Nicholas Sparks kind of love story? It’s not the meet cute. It’s not the passion. It’s not the affinity. All the stories are different. You know you have a Nicholas Sparks love story when the love lasts forever….

Writing on the Wall

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am cleaning out my office because a new adventure awaits. My eyes fell on quotes I have on post-its on the wall. The first is by Will Durant, and it says, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.” Other quotes on my walls…

Calm

“The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.18.5b When I read this, it struck a chord. I am not always calm. I have my frenzied moments. Moments where I don’t trust timing, hormonal moments (there should be greeting cards apologizing for PMS– I could…

Courage

In The Courage to Be Disliked, a statement/rhetorical question continues to emerge: Do we have the courage to be happy? The philosopher in the book emphasizes that life is less about the hand we have been dealt but more about our courage, regardless of the hand. I pray we can all find the courage to…

Bored Enough to Think

By: Gabriela Yareliz This morning, I was reminded, as I read Greg Mckeown, that we need to have designated times and spaces to think. Technology has made it so that we are never bored and never truly focused on the art of thinking. We will stream something (TV or a podcast), open a social media…

Two Reminders

By: Gabriela Yareliz In recent days, I have been reminded of two important principles we should always keep before us: 1. Discomfort Before Change I was doing my morning Pilates practice, and the instructor was talking me through how to get into a position that requires a lot of balance. It was hard. It felt…

Choice

“It is the ability to choose which makes us human.” Madeleine L’Engle By: Gabriela Yareliz I was reading Essentialism this morning, and in the book, there was a powerful reminder to remember our power to choose. “The ability to choose cannot be taken away or ever given away– it can only be forgotten.” pg. 36…