Reflections Before Bedtime #97

“Vive sin pretender, ama sin depender, escucha sin defender y habla sin ofender.” “Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending and speak without offending.”

Reflections Before Bedtime #96

By: Gabriela Yareliz “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” Sophia Bush The past two weeks have been bumpy. I felt angry, at times hurt or sad, and at other times, completely overwhelmed. NYC and everything that comes with daily life here just feels like it keeps escalating…

Reflections Before Bedtime #95

Recently, I found some of T.B. LaBerge’s writings that really touched me. I have featured his quotes on the blog, before. I think his wisdom illustrates the beautiful connection he has with God. His words are always ones that encourage me in my own spirituality. I really appreciated the following thought: “Be authentic in the…

Reflections Before Bedtime #94

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s a good thing my heart is stubborn. It’s also a bit like snow. It can be tough; it can be soft; and it melts in inevitable warmth. It sparkles. It glows. Magic. It’s a good thing I befriend people by force. Before they know it, I have come into their lives and…

Reflections Before Bedtime #93

On her 17th wedding anniversary, Kusha Alagband shares these words of wisdom: “The truth is […] your partner may not always spoil you, may not always treat you like a princess. He may forget to complement you every day. Some things fade. Those giddy little stomach flutters fade and you’re then left with reality. There…

Reflections Before Bedtime #92

“Her mind is an unquiet one, words and thoughts and impulses constantly crashing into each other.” – David Levithan By: Gabriela Yareliz Is it bad that I am exhausted from the weekend? I had decided to rest this weekend until I decided to venture to grounds that don’t let me so much as sit down…

Reflections Before Bedtime #91

By: Gabriela Yareliz (written as a note to a loved one) This world is filled with so much that is bizarre, but also so much that is so beautiful. God isn’t a genie or magic formula that solves all of our material problems– but in essence, He is a sort of solution, Himself, to all…

Reflections Before Bedtime #90

By: Gabriela Yareliz We walked from the West Side to the East. We walked through that Central Park tunnel; you held the umbrella and all the bags. You shielded me from the chilled showers. A bus came, and we were almost bathed by the NYC puddle filth. When we saw the bus; the water; the…

Reflections Before Bedtime #89

By: Gabriela Yareliz My favorite part of the day was when the little one said her stuffed bear wanted to hold my hand. And we walked to lunch. Him, her, the little bear and me– all of us holding hands in a line, walking. Life felt, at that moment, very extremely perfect.

Reflections Before Bedtime #88

By: Gabriela Yareliz summer We will be the ones to run around in warm summer rain, until we are soaked and our chests are heaving from so much laughter. Our hair, stuck like wet yarn, on our faces and skin. Raindrops will run in paths paved by tears long ago. Sweet heat; and sweet healing….