Takeaways from Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights

By: Gabriela Yareliz I love a good biography. The more unconventional the life, the better. I think there is something powerful about learning from other’s experiences and also expanding your world beyond how you were raised and conditioned. I was fascinated by Greenlights, as it lays out philosophies intertwined with McConaughey’s life experiences. His voiceContinue reading “Takeaways from Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights”

My God is Alive

By: Gabriela Yareliz When we feel discouraged, let us remember that God is not dead. God is alive. God is working in every earnest heart that is humble and ready to receive Him. When confusion rages– we must remember that there is a movement of people that is on its knees. A movement of peopleContinue reading “My God is Alive”

Home

By: Gabriela Yareliz Recently, Atelier Doré announced its theme for the month is ‘coming home.’ Ahhh, the classic holiday move of returning to family and familiar grounds. For so many of us, home means two places: where our family lives and where we made memories, and also, the place where we lay our heads toContinue reading “Home”

Delilah #LoveSomeone

By: Gabriela Yareliz Delilah. She loves people’s stories, and so do I. Stories are my drug, and she is my enabler. It has always been like that. She gives sage advice, and sometimes, just a listening ear who comforts. For those of you who have been reading my writing for years, you have seen herContinue reading “Delilah #LoveSomeone”

On Hold

By: Gabriela Yareliz I just walked by a hot, steamy pile of trash this morning. If there is a perfect way to start a New York Monday, that’s it. On the bright side, I barely missed a pigeon dropping, right in front of me, and the train pulled right into the station, when I walkedContinue reading “On Hold”

This is how 2016 began and ended

By: Gabriela Yareliz I started off the year feeling like I was punched several times in the stomach and knocked to my knees to cough up blood. I didn’t say much at the time because my goal is to always uplift. So, because I write the blog mainly for myself (it’s my self reflection), IContinue reading “This is how 2016 began and ended”

Success, Virgin Births And Ordinary Miracles

By: Gabriela Yareliz This past week, I was listening to a “Pocket Pardon My French” podcast, by Garance Doré, about the meaning of success. This is a word and yardstick that tortures young adults and adults, alike. It’s the stuff children’s dreams are made of. Garance spoke about how true success, to her, is knowingContinue reading “Success, Virgin Births And Ordinary Miracles”

Joseph-In-Prison Moment

By: Gabriela Yareliz I started 2016 feeling cursed. Yes, I said cursed. I am being candid, here. I write some of this with edgy humor, by the way. Bear with me. From week one, 2016 was a mess… There will be a fun, 2016 recap post at the end of the year. It has beenContinue reading “Joseph-In-Prison Moment”

Like the Leper

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was reading the account of the ten lepers who called out to Jesus for healing in Luke 17:11-19. Instead of healing them, there, right on the spot (as we would expect), Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest (who was the person who deemed people clean or uncleanContinue reading “Like the Leper”

How the Sequel Began: Part I

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was lost. And there was no worse time to be lost. I was clutching my Ziploc bag filled with pencils and a pencil sharpener. I had no phone and no watch. I had no phone or watch because I was on my way to take an exam that banned phones orContinue reading “How the Sequel Began: Part I”