if there’s a place i’d be

it would be Hawaii

where there are omnipresent luaus

and kind people gifting you leis

and the call of the wind gifting you tranquility

and the sunset gifting you an afterglow

so grand

it gently converges with your heart

p.s. I covered a networking event at the Intrepid Museum on Thursday which was Hawaiian-themed, and I really appreciated the atmosphere here. So, here’s to what places can do for you!

PUEDO MANEJAR

Passed my road test

U-turn was on point, too

Excessive maneuvers on the parking (yet I)

Did my best to be

Open-minded of the outcome (but still focused on)

Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors

Always made those 90 degree head turns, and checked my blind spot

Next up, whatever the DMV wanted me to exemplify (as I)

Exhaled immensely, repeatedly to ease my nerves  (and then)

Jokingly asked (not really) “Did I pass?”

Aware that she could, would, should say “No.”

Really thinking if the answer was yes, and coming out of the car, while telling my instructor:  “Pasé. No sé como pero pasé.”

p.s. I passed my road test on Wednesday! Thanks to my Dad, my instructor, and my mom for teaching me in the best way they know to drive in NYC. Yay!

p.p.s. “Congrats! WE did it! You still need practice though.” (Dad’s voice) Haha!

Beacon Babes

I love being tourists in my own city with people who reciprocate warm, yet strong surges of positivity. There’s something about exploring known, yet unknown territory with company that is meant to be kept. There’s something about being tourists, and knowing love, and being able to articulate about love in a city as energetic and positive and warm as home in New York City.

p.s. Last Tuesday I had a beautiful time with beautiful people from my old stomping grounds, The Beacon School. Carla, Liz, and I had pizza at Julianna’s, crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in the rain, and enjoyed roaming Chinatown while stopping by for 10below ice cream and face masks at Tony Moly. Here’s to the company you keep in a place you live and love!

F R E E

Finding your soul yourself.

Really nourishing your soul yourself.

Exhaling energy that doesn’t belong in you yourself.

Emerging after finding, nourishing, and exhaling.

p.s. I just finished watching an episode of ‘Nashville,’ and by the end of it, one of my favorite singers said she felt, “Free.” Here’s to feeling absolutely free!

Driving Lesson Countdown

I’ve been on the roads lately.

Still a novice driver just trying to find the right rhythm to reversing.

Still a novice driver just trying to find the right method to watching reflections in my mirrors.

Still a novice driver just trying to park gracefully on her left.

p.s. 2 days until my road test (weep). Thanks Mom and Dad for helping me improve on my driving everyday! Yesterday was one of my best days driving (minus the sharp reverse I had pulling out of the parking before we began). (Oops).

Summertime Sadness

The sun finds itself behind clouds, and disappears to let fall begin its cycle. The grass is green, but the other side is still greener, until frosty snow covers its lusciousness. The summertime bugs seek other places to call home, and college kids do the same.

p.s. On Saturday I went to the pool for the 1st and last time this summer. We played Taboo, jumped in the pool, had a game of frisbee, and ate tons of BBQ food. Here’s to the last days of summer!

Dinner with Luvs

Melisa cleaned and skinned the brown potatoes and then cut them into french fries (Yum!).

Jeremiah mixed the yellow cake batter and added marshmallows to the pan to give the treat a sweet, fluffy taste. He also seasoned and fried the fries (Yum!).

I cleaned, seasoned, and fried the breaded chicken cutlet (Yum!).

Elba helped gather all the materials, while being observant of the oven, stove, and how all the food was being prepared (Yay!).

p.s. Here’s when your friend’s mom leaves to DR, and you and your friends get together to make a meal and help her survive. That’s what I call ‘team effort.’ And a great way to end a Friday night. Hope your weekend was just as great as how mine started! #lotsoflove

Be Humble, Sit Down

You expect  life and all of its supplements to be one way

or rather,

you want life and its supplements

to be

this way

but then you realize that it

can’t be

won’t be

doesn’t have to be

what

it’s

not.

you make it

what it is

and hopefully

you’re adding magic

each time

you’re living it.

p.s. On Thursday, towards the end of my shift, a colleague and I were talking about life. Above is a synopsis of what we talked about. I’ll miss having good convos with real humans at the Intrepid. Here’s to being humble, and sitting down!

School Dos and Don’ts

Buy a planner and use it immensely.

Write down plans in the calendar and do them vigorously.

Learn how to be studious all while being happy.

Don’t set yourself up to become overwhelmed; know when to take a step back.

Don’t forget to eat nor to breathe, and especially don’t forget to take well-deserved power naps; know when it’s time for self-care.

Don’t forget to talk to different people who care for you. Don’t let them forget that you’re there for them, as much as they’re there for you. And do your best to hang out with them, and follow through.

p.s. On Wednesday my sister bought me some things for school. Above is what I was contemplating about during that time. Here’s to singing that song again (school)!

Driving with Mom

Prepare to drive well. Get ready for hills. Don’t hesitate to reverse. Mirror techniques learned in lessons. Prepare for her to yell. Get ready for her to critique. Don’t hesitate to ask her questions while also paying attention to the road. Mirror her hand movements.

p.s. On Tuesday, I drove with my mom as my passenger for the 1st time! Here’s to driving with Mom!