As I Read

I wonder what it would be like to write a sentence that just sounds flawless. I wonder what it would be like to write a story that would make people jolt. I wonder what it would be like to make people feel like they’re a part of the story, one with the story, or in the story. I wonder what it would be like to tell the story. I wonder what it would be like to make people feel human and real with just one single word, and one single thought. As  I read, I wonder.

p.s. On Friday as I read Ellen Hopkins’ latest free-verse novel, The You I’ve Never Known,  I yearned to learn the secrets of the magic in her writing. I always do, especially that day. Here’s to how you feel when you read something that strikes you!

Memoir

I used to be

alive, but now

I’m living.

I used to be of light,

now I am fire.

I used to be soft-spoken

now I am thunder.

I used to be honey,

now I am its color, gold.

p.s. I read a poem called “Memoir” at the New Museum last Thursday. That piece was my favorite part of all the exhibitions. Here’s to memoirs!

Practice with Jaden

We warmed up. We ran the plays. We practiced throwing. We defended. We passed. We weaved. We gathered flags. We made touchdowns.

p.s. On Wednesday, I practiced playing Flag Football with Jaden. He had a game this weekend, and won both! Here’s to practicing because it makes better!

All We Have

A home.

Food.

Family.

Love.

Connection.

Music.

Is enough.

p.s. On Tuesday my friends, Melisa and Elba, and I watched “All We Had” on Netflix, and it was such a powerful movie to see. There were some cringe-worthy moments as well as inspirational ones, too. Here’s to all I have and all I need!

my brain

a million ideas floating in a million ways

written down in various books and notes

trying to figure out what exactly is my takeaway

I guess that’s what happens

when there’s no exact schedule

to plan out your day

p.s. Today was my 1st day off at work for the week, and I tried to be as productive as possible while at home. My brain was going crazy because even my friends said my text messages were confusing. Time to take break. So, here’s to the human brain!

Music

the people, the harmonies, the beats, the sounds, the lyrics make my heart smile

the way I do when I hear poetry

and when I hear the audience go wild for a single person

who makes a living out of singing and performing with such passion

the hairs on my skin lift, for they are in awe, too

and when my whole mood elevates

at the sound of this language called music,

there’s simply nothing more beautiful than feeling

that grand, and that infinite

and even from the comfort of my own bed, my own room

 

what may seem like a world away

instead

is connected

by love

p.s. Thank you, Ariana Grande and team for creating such a phenomenal benefit concert last evening for those affected in Manchester, England. One Love. May those beautiful angels live infinitely in peace.

 

To the Max!

When you and your friends buy 3 desserts because you want to enjoy this place called Max Brenner to the max. When you and your friends spend over $60 on just desserts because you want to enjoy this place called Max Brenner to the max.  When you and your friends have high expectations of sweets-tooth desserts because you want to enjoy this place called Max Brenner to the max. When you and your friends eat as much as you can of the strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, churros, and cookies with fondue because you want to enjoy this place called Max Brenner to the max.

p.s. But the only real reason you enjoyed being at this restaurant to the max was because of the company you kept. The treats could have been better. Hope you enjoyed your 20th birthday celebration there anyway, Joseph! Saturday was cool. xoxo

 

when all is good…

because you’ve done everything your mom would have liked you to do in the house

without her having told you to do so

and then some.

when you think all is good

and you run errands for her

because you want to surprise her

and then some.

when you think all is good

so you buy a mop, a shower liner, and some shavers

and think about how these little things matter

because you know she’ll appreciate them.

when you think all is good

and she calls you

to tell you thanks,

even though she had bought all those things 2 days prior

and the only reason you didn’t see them was because most of those items

were in a different closet.

when all is good…

p.s. Friday was a chores day for me. Above is a funny story about how I tried to help my mom without evening knowing she was 3 steps ahead. Here’s to funny little stories while at home!

20 Reasons On Your 20th Birthday

  1. You make me laugh a lot
  2. You tell me to take breaks
  3. You love my family
  4. You listen
  5. You understand
  6. You treat me
  7. You teach me technological things
  8. You split things with me
  9. You adore me
  10. You take pride in my achievements
  11. You save money for me, for us
  12. You love my friends, our friends
  13. You ask how I am doing
  14. You cook good breakfast
  15. You get hair cuts without me telling you to do so (haha)
  16. You run errands with me
  17. You miss me
  18. You always try to solve any issues before bed
  19. You go on adventures with me
  20. You try foods you would have never eaten before without me
  21. (for good luck) You love me, and I love you

p.s. I hope your 20th birthday was just as special as you are to me, Joseph. Above are 20 reasons why we’re a pretty cool pair. Here’s to your 20th year!

You are good enough

Good enough to achieve what you seek to.

Good enough to indulge in food you want to.

Good enough to change or not change or do a bit of both if you feel the need to.

Good enough to be who you want to.

Good enough to know you are.

p.s. Below is a spoken-word piece gone viral by a young girl in 7th grade. Please watch this. Here’s to knowing you are good enough!

http://abc7.com/education/students-viral-poem-asks-why-am-i-not-good-enough/2058532/