An Essential


A Coming Identity

There is something astounding you feel within when you share a certain kind of suffering with someone. It was naïve of me to think that there was no one else out there who’d understand my sentiments. Yet here we are. I’m a Nuyorican. And for anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a Puerto Rican from New York. Yup — we have a name. Growing up apart of this community comes with its own way of life… like everyone else on earth.

I was able to really identify with the poem in this video because both the author, Noel Quiñones, and I had struggled with one of the same Nuyorican problems. Not speaking Spanish. All of what he mentions resonated deeply with me, some things more than others. Like for instance… it struck a nerve when he said it was like a countdown when you encountered someone who spoke Spanish to you or when he said, “it’s not lying if I feel something,” when I try to speak my “native” tongue. I hope you guys can enjoy it as thoroughly as I did. The video is below.

And I will say one last thing — people like us do belong. We create the identity of those like us and build our own space to thrive. And we don’t prevail even if it means using Google translator.

My Spiritual 7

For the bloomers who are aware of their chakras, energy, and crystal healing. And to those who aren’t familiar but still reading. The chakras are associated with different aspects of life that when one is completely mindful of them all, there is balance. Metaphysics is largely at play here, it’s not magic or witchcraft. 😂 It’s truly just a matter of mindfulness and meditation. My style of writing is to give readers the information they need to do their own research. My experience is mine only but personal experiences do inspire. So that’s what you see above… a quick overlook of the 7 major chakras & the corresponding crystal I cleanse, charge, and meditate with. If you’re interested in crystals, I hope you found this post a little charming. If you’re not and/or just passing by, I hope I planted a little seed of inspiration. Btw, that’s my handwriting!

New Routines

Hello there bloomers!

All apologies. My posts haven’t been consistent and I keep promising myself (and you guys!) that they will be. The start of summer has been nothing short of exciting, as always, with plenty of heat here in NYC. I’ve been devoting so much of my time to having fun & staying cool with my son but I’ve also been realizing changes that need to be made in my personal/business life.

After some thoughtful consideration, it makes sense to share some of that journey with my readers. I surely won’t lose sight of the values I’ve set forth for and all that it represents but I think this will be a great enhancement of what already exists and is to come. Overall, I want to continue on a journey of self-care, expression, creativity, social responsibility as well as promote healthier, happier, and more productive lifestyle habits.

For starters, I began a daily vitamin/medication regimen earlier this week. At first it seems like an obvious and matter-of-factly kind of thing to do but I have to admit I’ve struggled in the past with creating a regimen like this one specifically. So I made a list of other self-care goals I want to make habits out of and I have 2 very helpful tips to share:

  1. We’re all unique individuals and our physical body is just as special. There are a variety of ways to initiate, maintain, and empower new behaviors but it’s really important to always do what works best for you as an individual. (That may mean what works for Maria might not work for you, just the same way your ideas may not be Maria’s go-to.) This is critical to understand in creating new habits because when you know your boundaries, you’re able to create a viable plan of action around that.
  2. Creating a habit or a regimen requires consistency and, sometimes, lots of reminders. Although consistency is the main point, there’s a secondary point for forming certain habits. Something like vitamins/medication, for instance, should be taken at the same time everyday. You truly have to take into consideration how your body functions and the schedules you tend to keep. If you fix a scheduled time to a behavior/action, you’re encouraging your mind & body to expect it and to develop a habit.

However difficult starting a new habit can be, don’t give up. Sometimes we have to fail to make progress; every attempt made will provide insight on what to avoid and how to do better the next time. I hope this post was helpful and informative as it is extremely relevant in my life. Feel free to comment stories of triumph, tribulations, and what you’ve learned along the way — I’m always open to different perspectives!