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Why family is important

Family will always be there for everything. Yes, you will fight sometimes but everything always works out. You celebrate every holiday with your family, the people you love. You play with your sisters and brothers.

You come home from school and you find your parents welcoming you, asking how your day was. There are even holidays for your parents. Mother’s day and Father’s day, is dedicated to your parents and everything they have done for you.  Some people don’t realize how much their parents have done for them.

I feel bad for children without parents. Parents who leave their children aren’t real parents. Parents should provide for their children no matter what. I get that some parents can’t provide for their children, but I feel like they just weren’t trying hard enough. An alternative to having parents that have left you, is staying in a foster home. Some adults, look into foster homes for adopting children. Adopted children should be treated equally. Parents who have adopted children, are truly wonderful people. They have given the gift of family.

Another benefit of having a loving family, is that they show up to all of your activities like sports games, concerts, etc. Your parents provide food, clothes, and a home for you throughout your early, middle, and late childhood. My brothers and sister play video games with me, and I have the opportunity of helping them homework. Sharing time and knowledge, is a value that has been instilled in us, since I can remember.

Thanksgiving dinner is spent expressing how grateful you are for everything your family has done for you. Every family is different however, and therefore celebrate holidays in different ways and with different traditions. Different families, also speak different language and have cultural backgrounds that differs from one to another.

One way my family spends time together is by playing. It doesn’t usually matter which game, as it can range from board games, puzzles, sports, or video games. Other family’s watch movies together, or they might even play outside.

Families all over the world come from different cultures. When families relocate to a different country, it’s natural for them to bring their culture to wherever they are moving to. In the United States, there is a lot of diversity. Sometimes, foreign families are treated differently and unfairly. While this doesn’t make sense to me, discrimination is predominant problem in this country as well as many others.

Personally, my family has had problems with racial comments and prejudice. We choose to ignore them however, in an effort to move on, as that is an inevitable part of life. Getting through these problems together as a family, makes ignoring them easier. At the end of the day, all that matters to me is their love, and support.

My siblings are like my best friends. We always hang out together, and while at times we get into arguments, we understand, that this is a normal part of having brothers, or sisters. We value our time together, because we know that it’s not always going to be like it is now.

As I continue to live, I trust that my relationship with my family gets stronger. Family to me is precious, and no matter what, they will always come first. Perhaps one day, I will have my own family. I will take my children to sports games and concerts, and always be there for them, just as my parents have always there for me.

I particularly love Christmas, because we all get to exchange something special with each other. We go to church together, and that’s always a good way to share time with your loved ones while also having a personal relationship with our creator.

I am excited for what is to come in the future for myself and my family. I am blessed for everything that I have right now. I have excellent memories of my family as I grew up, and I hope that many more are yet to come. I will try my hardest to make my family happy in the future, as I love them with all my heart. Remember to cherish your family always!

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How To Never Get Old

There was a time in my life when I though that every day, I’m just getting older and that’s pretty much it.

I actually thought that every new day of my life was just me, another day closer to the day I die.

Crazy right?

Maybe… But I actually thought that!

Then, something interesting happened… I realized that every day I wake up, is the same as every day from my past. Nothing would ever change for me because I was constantly thinking about things not happening in my life.

It’s funny talking about it now and thinking back to those days, but back then, nothing was ever funny to me, it was always gray and sad.

The day I changed, is the day I’ve met Laura.

Back then, I lived in Virginia Beach, with 2 roommates and a dog. We had a nice little place by the beach. Our condo would always be messy, because well… We didn’t care about cleaning it. Most of us worked 2 jobs, and would only come home to sleep.

On one beautiful morning I get a call from my mom… It was completely out of the blue, and she told me that she’s on her way to visit me. She just crossed the city line and will be at our place in about 20 minutes. Needless to say that when my mom entered our beautiful place, she almost had a heart attack.

I have immediately called one of my roommates whom I was paying rent to, and asked to get a cleaning service over ASAP!

About 2 hours later I get a knock on the door, and outside there was Laura. She was the owner and only employee. Her Virginia Beach house cleaning company was just being born. She was the face of her business, and let me tell ya… I’ve never seen her face, without a smile on it. I believe that smile is the best representation there is.

I got to know her during the 3 hours she was de-cluttering and cleaning our place. She comes from a poor, hard working family. She has always dreamed about owning her own company and finally, she own it. For the next 3 months we’ve gotten very close and Laura helped me discover who I really am and what I truly wanted in life.

Every since then, there hasn’t been a day where I didn’t appreciate what I have and didn’t look forward to tomorrow.

So… You might be asking now… How do i never get old?

I would say… Find your purpose, your dream and work towards it every day of your life!


What bay watching is to me

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get and have decided to write a whole post about it. I want everyone to know that it isn’t a hobby, definitely isn’t a sport or anything else in between.

The way I look at it is, it’s a lifestyle. It’s something I do not just because I enjoy it, not because it helps me (even though at times it’s much needed), but simply because it has become my way of life.

I’ve been laughed at for it, believe it or not. I remember back in Richmond, prior to moving, I would walk along the James River with my friend Hermione. We would talk and enjoy the views, and some guys from the park nearby would start laughing at us and calling us a couple. Now, we were a couple of girls, but definitely not together, if you know what I mean…

One of my biggest friends and mentors was actually Hermione’s dad, Melvin. He actually gave me a free photo shoot at his studio, prior to retiring from photography and starting his photo booth business, Photo Booth Rental Richmond. Feel free to check out his website by clicking the name of the company.

Melvin, was one of the most important people in my life as I was growing up, following my immediate family of course. He taught me how to be mentally strong when challenges hit, how to resist urges to buy (I used to have a pretty big problem with shopping back in the day) and essentially, how to be kind to others.

My life hasn’t been very tough when it comes to money, but I have definitely been through a ton of emotional suffering…

My whole life, I was a chubby, and have been made fun of by most of my peers. I suppose that all of my emotional issue, have turned me into a pretty hateful person at times.

For example: I remember screaming at my sister for doing things that are nothing to everyone else, but I would get extremely mad at her. Now that I think about it, I was mad at myself and jealous of her. It’s hard to admit it, but that’s exactly what was happening. Strange things happen, when you finally grow up. It’s almost like you transform and not just physically, but also mentally and sometimes even spiritually. Things that used to matter, don’t matter as much any longer, your priorities shift. That’s exactly what happened to me…

Since then, I have given up alcohol and partying, got into yoga, meditation and gym. I have also tried out crossfit, but found out it isn’t for me.

All I’m trying to say here is that everyone has their own way of relaxing, and mine is bay and whale watching when possible of course. I have also recently taken on fishing. If any of you get to try deep sea, it’s totally worth it! Next thing on my list is diving, but that’s some time in the future. Gonna take it one step at a time.

Thank you for ready my first post. I appreciate any feedback and feel free to reach out to me via my email if you have any question or just wanna chat. Thanks!