Gratitude

How often do we wake up to a beautiful new day and instead of thanking God for waking up, we go straight to our phones? I know I have and continue to battle with this. Sometimes it feels like we are prisoners to our phones that we miss out on what really is important to us like our health, our families, our faith, our jobs, our homes, etc.  Let’s remember that there is someone out there praying to have what we take for granted.  

I think it is essential to be grateful every day but specially in trying times like now.  Find what works for you and get your grateful time on.  Some of us use a journal or simply verbalize it. Some of my deepest grateful sessions include tears and I really enjoy those moments. Grateful crying liberates my soul and I look forward to many more similar sessions.

Just for today, let’s stop complaining about what we don’t have, what we think we should have or what we think we deserve. Let’s stop complaining about the sudden changes at work, the lines at the grocery stores, not being able to go outside, etc.  There are people out there without jobs that do not know how they are going to feed their families tomorrow or how they are going to pay next month’s rent or mortgage. I know it’s hard not to have our normal lives and it’s more difficult for some of us than others but let’s take time to really focus on all the positive things in our lives.  God is always good and won’t give us more than we can handle, trust the process.

Gratitude Jar and Journal

Why Life is Loading?

Let’s face it, nowadays we are living our lives through a lense, a picture, a video, a snap, a blog, vlog, podcast, website or livestream, so much that it feels like our entire lives are being uploaded and they load as others check in on it.

Why Life is Loading? simply because I needed a space to get my thoughts out, a place where I could share stories, tips, advice, venting sessions and everything in between about this fast changing world.  And let’s face it, nowadays we are living our lives through a lense, a picture, a video, a snap, a blog, vlog, podcast, website or livestream, so much that it feels like our entire lives are being uploaded and they load as others check in on it. Cheesy huh? It made sense in my head.

Hola, I am Susan, some call me Susu, a nickname given to me as a joke by a sorority sister some years back. You heard it right, I am a in a sorority, a sisterhood, an hermanidad (Er-Ma-Knee-Dad) or however you want to refer to it. But, let’s get it right, it is not the type of sorority you see in the movies nowadays (no Stomp the Yard or Neighbors over here), that’s the beauty of being a member of a Latina based/founded sorority; there’s beauty in culture.

Talking about culture, I’ve lived in the United States since I arrived when I was 13 years old, I have now been here for 18 years (go ahead, do the math lol) residing in the lovely New Jersey. During my transition here, I have seen so much change through my little eyes that it is time to share.   

Being an immigrant, a 1.5 generation (we’ll talk about this later), someone who followed all the rules from immigrant parents (went to college & got two degrees, got a stable career, bought a house), travels but still is frugal as hell, and lives in this social media world, all while trying to still figure out life in her 30s without kids, has put a lot into perspective.  A lot of “I wish someone told me that,” “Is this really the American Dream?” “What else am I missing?” “What is next?” All these questions led me to create an outlet (fancy word for blog) where others could come and hopefully relate, opine, share and learn something. But learn what, you may be wondering, well this outlet will have topics on:

  • Personal Finance: You’d be surprised how many people with or without degrees can’t manage their personal finances and struggle with debt and poor credit scores. This stops us from achieving greatness! Not that a house is greatness but the less options or ways you have to bargain, the less resources available to you. Let’s even the battlefield y’all.
  • Lifestyle|Hobbies|Tips: Travel, Beauty, Reading, Photography, Health and más (more) because life can’t just be about your 9-5 or business ventures. We must balance life without breaking bank.
  • Empowerment and Reflections: Relationships discussion, figuring out ourselves/loving and being our best selves, strengths & struggles of young people of color in America today…because in today’s world, we are fucked by the “image you have in your mind of what you are supposed to be and often fail to be your best self by comparing to the person next to you.”

   ~YOUR JOURNEY IS YOUR JOURNEY~