The Presence of Greatness

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s not uncommon to desire and strive for greatness. *Cue Kanye West’s song “Stronger” /Bow in the presence of greatness/* One of the Battle Ready podcast conversations discussed how we often fail to recognize greatness and scoff at people who have accomplished things we can’t even dream of. We can be soContinue reading “The Presence of Greatness”

The Strength for Some Madness

By: Gabriela Yareliz My boyfriend is very gifted and artistic— it really shines when it comes to food. He makes things that are so delicious but also knows how to present them on a plate. He can make sparkling water next-level, you know what I mean? He found this show on Netflix called Chef’s TableContinue reading “The Strength for Some Madness”

Studio Update 8

By: Gabriela Yareliz Do I choose eggs or life? I started off the morning debating whether it was worth risking my livelihood to get eggs at a NYC grocery store. It’s not. You see, I am a vegetarian, and I avoid dairy, but I do eat eggs on occasion. Not often. But sometimes. There areContinue reading “Studio Update 8”

Studio Update 7

By: Gabriela Yareliz Greetings from the studio. I did venture out today, to the basement, to take down my recycling. Yes, crisis is no reason to stop recycling. I was met by an old woman huddled in the corner of the elevator. (There are no stairs to the basement). She was clutching a scarf toContinue reading “Studio Update 7”

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 couldContinue reading “Calm”

Fighter

“Be me, or fight me“ Conor McGregor By: Gabriela Yareliz I grew up watching boxing and fighting, from a young age. At the age of four, I was sitting on Muhammad Ali’s lap for a photo (went to pre-school with his son). My grandfather would order the fights on Pay-Per-View– usually on a Saturday night.Continue reading “Fighter”

Puerto Rican

By: Gabriela Yareliz When I die, I want them to say they looked into my eyes and saw my fire. That I aged with my head held high by a backbone of resolve. And that with that same fire in my eyes, I confronted life without flinching. That I had the heart of Jesus, theContinue reading “Puerto Rican”

Cannes

Festival de Cannes 2019– we are ready for you. Can’t wait for May! I have posted about this festival, here, for almost a decade. The month of May is the greatest. One of the things on my bucket list is to visit Cannes in May. It’s a symbol of talent, beauty, class, international stars fromContinue reading “Cannes”

This is how 2017 began

By: Gabriela Yareliz It began with a kiss from the most amazing man, after I had stuffed my face with grapes, per Spanish tradition. I was surrounded by my loved ones, and Antena3 TV Española was blasting in the background. Squeaky, the cat, had gone missing, and the night was humid and dark. On theContinue reading “This is how 2017 began”

Stained Glass Windows

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross By: Gabriela Yareliz When darkness rolls in, it’s intimidating. It demands an adjustment in our vision, both literally andContinue reading “Stained Glass Windows”