Month: March 2018

Creating

Creating something beautiful… it’s what we should all strive for during our short time here. So, don’t just sit there: find what inspires you and leave your beautiful mark… Who knows? It might be what inspires someone else.

Yona María

Life after Hurricane María

On September 20th, Puerto Rico was hit by Category 4 Hurricane María. Although I did not live through the storm like many of my friends and family, I vividly recall the collective sense of despair felt by members of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Many of us experienced immense anxiety during the storm, as we watched our Facebook NewsFeed and live videos from afar. I painfully recall the tears that streamed down my face as I tried to communicate with friends and loved ones for days – at times, weeks. After feeling completely useless for several days, I decided I had to do something. So, I sent an email to basically everyone I know on ways to help. I also offered to take donations in-person to ensure the right people got the help they so desperately needed. Three weeks after the storm, I made my first trip back home. Thanks to the generosity of many, we were able to bring over 500 lbs of supplies. But, to say I saw desolation is an understatement. Here is an …

Escritos en Facebook sobre María

Cuando aún no tenía las hagallas para empezar un blog, escribí varias veces sobre mis sentimientos después del huracán María en mi Facebook. Aquí hay algunos de esos escritos, para quien los quiera leer. Y María added 13 new photos. October 15, 2017 · Estoy a unas cortas horas de montarme en un avión, después de pasar 10 días en mi islita, mi terruño, mi corazón… tratando de aportar un pequeño granito de arena y de aliviarle a unos pocos sus días y sus noches calurosas, aunque sea por solo unos días… Jamás pensé que me iba a doler tanto tener que regresar a mi vida cotidiana. Jamás pensé tener que iba a llegar con cuatro maletas llenas de cositas que tomamos por dadas para repartir entre familia, amigos y desconocidos necesitados, mientras regreso con solo una llena de ropa sucia (y con la mitad limpia porque mami me la quiso lavar a mano). Jamás pensé que me iba a sentir tan culpable por montarme en un avión. Pero tampoco pensé que esta tormenta me daría …

Acceptance

Accept others where they are, not where you want them to be. Once you let go of these expectations, you will be able to focus on your self, your happiness, and on investing your time and energy in the people ready to be a part of your journey.

Yona María

So, I started a blog…

Last week, I was reading a NY Times article by Matt Ritchel entitled, “How to Be Creative.” In it, he provides fantastic advice on  allowing yourself to let go and feed your creative self. What really hit me was his section on being imperfect when creating something new. As he so eloquently states… “Perfectionism is creativity’s biggest foe.”   Wow. Honestly, this couldn’t have come in a better moment. See, I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for years now. I love to write, but it’s a scary process to write something and put it out there for the world to see. It opens you up to criticism, opinions, and a myriad of emotions. Not only that, but something else always happens: Work. Travel. Home. Starting a PhD. Trying to finish a PhD. You know, life and the anxiety of it all. Inevitably, blogging – and writing anything not conducive to my dissertation – was set aside. This, in part, was due to fear of starting something imperfect; something I couldn’t finish. But this past year definitely …