Word of the day #3–Organize

Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”

― Christina Scalise

“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”
― African Proveb

organize 1.  To put together into an orderly, functional, functional, structured whole.

“organize.” The American Heritage Dictionary. 4th ed. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston-New York: 2006.

It is when I am most organized that I feel the most freedom and most in control.


Word of the day # 2–Read

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. MartinA Dance With Dragons

Read 1.  To examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed characters, words, or sentences).  5. To discern and interpret the nature or significance of through close examination or sensitive observation .  11. To learn or get knowledge of from something written or printed.

“Read.” The American Heritage Dictionary. 4th ed. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston-New York: 2006.


Despite my busy schedule, it is important for me to take time to read.  Reading is one of my passions.  Reading transports me to different places and times.  It forces me to think critically.  It expands me intellectually.  It develops and improves me.  Reading is a gift that cannot be taken for granted.  Read something of your interest every day or every week.


Word of the day #1–Discipline

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, whether you like it or not.”
― Thomas Henry Huxley

Here is my word of the day, freshly extracted from The American Heritage dictionary:

Discipline: n. 1. Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.  2. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self control.  3a  Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order.

“Discipline.” The American Heritage Dictionary. 4th ed. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston-New York: 2006.

This year I will select a series of words that go in line with my goals and with the person I am.  Discipline is a big one this year and going forward.  No matter how excited one may be about a project or a goal, there will be times that excitement and motivation will be low; during those times, it is discipline that will help you continue on.

I hope to look back at the end of 2013 and feel that all my actions were in line with the person I am.  I respect and embrace discipline.  If I’m not being disciplined, then there is a disconnect between what I believe and my actions.  This year I am embracing discipline to the fullest. Discipline welcome to my life!



Here is my mom preparing some yummy food.  My mother is such an inspiration to me (When she is not in a bad mood :) ).  All her life, she has been a very hard working woman.  She has her moments, but she has an amazing heart and likes helping people. I love my mother.

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Thank You 2012, Welcome 2013

I came back from my trip in The Dominican Republic three days ago.  I had an amazing time.  This was my first Christmas/holiday season in my homeland in about 10 years.  Words cannot describe how I felt being in my beautiful country during this time.  This was a very special trip in so many ways.  It was quality time with the people I love the most on earth.  I spent time with all my four nieces, Querin, Mia, Maiya and Miranda, with one of my nephews, Ronny, with my brother and sister-in- law, and with the one woman I love the most on this planet–my mother.  Two of my nephews weren’t present, Christian and Jonathan —we did not forget about you two and knew in our hearts that you being there would have made this holiday season even more special. I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to spend time with my habuelito (grandfather) who is over 90 years old and is sick.  I also spent time with my childhood friends in the town I lived in as a child, Mata De Palma (Palm Tree).  This town means a lot to me as most of my precious childhood memories are from events that occurred in this town.   My favorite aunt, also spent New Year’s eve and New Year with us.  She is so much fun and made us all laugh really loud.  What else could I ask for?  I would have loved for my brother Kelvin and my two best friends Luz and Marcela to be there as well.  Surrounded by the people I love the most, I could not ask for anymore joy then the one I felt.  To my surprise and to top it off, my mother and my aunt planned a surprise dinner for me the night before I came back to the states, hence I enjoyed my stay there up until the last minute.

This new year is very special to me. I am humbly grateful to God for everything.   From the bottom of my heart I wish you all a very happy and successful New Year.  I feel so much gratitude for all of God’s blessings, for caring for me, for loving me the way He does.

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