Lessons from a Golden Morning

This was written but never shared in November of 2017, from my sunny kitchen.  By: Gabriela Yareliz The morning starts with light seeping through the kitchen window. At first, the light just hits the white chairs and my window friendly plant, but then, it seems to escape its rays, and it dances around the room….

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 to…

On the NYC Train

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s November. Apple picking is done for the season. The elections came and went, and here we are. Amazing. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, like that girl whose podcast I always listened to, but then she said the same thing every time and would cry in every episode,…

Be True

By: Gabriela Yareliz Thérèse Desqueyroux. Does that name ring a bell? Thérèse Desqueyroux is François Mauriac’s most respected novel. It was turned into a film with the brilliant Audrey Tautou starring as Thérèse.  Indulge me. Spoiler and storyline breakdown (it was published in 1927– so if you haven’t read it by now— *eye roll*): It’s…

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 her…

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 walked…

Following Coach Orders

By: Gabriela Yareliz Coaches, lifestyle and career coaches alike, do it. They make you say and write things. They make you act on things. They force you to visualize and strategize. There is this thing where you write out your purpose. It’s like your own personal mission statement, if you will. It’s about who you…

Awakening

[Image from & Other Stories] By: Gabriela Yareliz “It is not we who choose to awaken ourselves, but God Who chooses to awaken us.” New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton, 10 What a privilege that God is constantly pursuing us. He is constantly trying to open our eyes to things, as soon as we are…

Transformation

“Change is inevitable, but transformation is a conscious choice.” Heather Ash Amara By: Gabriela Yareliz The quote above has been my lock screen wallpaper now, for months. (Thank you The Chalkboard Mag!) It has been a sort of theme in my life. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) King…

Those New Year Vibes

“Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It’s leadership.”  By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s freezing, guys. Seriously. Like, it feels like -14F. The snow cyclone almost blew me away, yesterday. Literally. But I am still here. *grin* I was exhausted on my walk from the train to my apartment. I almost knelt in the…