My Earliest Childhood Memory

Blog, Life

I have several moments in the early stages of my life that I can remember quite vividly. Memories that I can see clear as day in my head and even remember small details. At the age of two or three, my family and I were living in an apartment in the Kendall, Fl area. I don’t remember all the full details of the day, as in, what time of the month or what we were doing that day but I do remember that it was around the year 1994. I’m sure this story may be a little different from the perspectives of the people that were in the room with me on that day but this is what I actually can remember from those moments as they occurred.

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Photo Of The Actual Apartment We Lived In

Someone had just gifted me a toddler size beauty and the beast recliner chair. Within the first few moments of trying it out, I couldn’t quite understand how the mechanism worked. Despite my parent’s attempts to show me what to do, my impatience got the better of me. I managed to get the recliner to open up and had it in a full resting position. I thought I had finally figured it out until it came time to actually close. I tried multiple times to get it closed with everything that I had but it just wouldn’t budge. Out of frustration, three year old me thought it was a good time to just jump off the chair.

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I stood straight up and decided it would be a good idea to jump off the side of an open reclining arm chair. That’s when it happened. My foot got stuck in between the wedge of the seat and the arm as I jumped so I took a swan dive head first into the white tile floor. I am sure you can imagine the chaos that ensued after that fall. I busted my chin wide open. I can remember who I believe was my mom panicking and continuously saying “Se le ve la carne, se le ve la carne!” which means “You can see the meat, you can see the meat!”

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As scary and unsettling as that sounds, I only remember a few short moments after this chaos. I remember being laid down on a sofa and looking up to see all of the adults hovering above me assessing the damage to my tiny baby chin. My grandmother’s boyfriend at the time, who I referred to as Tata, was standing right above me with his hands on my chin. I remember him saying that I was fine and all I need was a butterfly stitch. I don’t remember the rest but to this day I have a one-inch scar that you can still see and feel on my chin.

I can laugh about it now because it has been over twenty years, but I am sure it wasn’t a laughing matter then. I guess you could say that the lesson here is to always be patient and to not jump off a chair if you’re as clumsy as I am!

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Measure Of A Man

Blog, Marriage

I have had the amazing opportunity to know and love this man every single day for the last ten years. Within the first few years together we instantly became best friends. We were young, inseparable, and in love. All this time, I have had the chance to witness his love in the ways he has chosen to relentlessly portray it. Like all relationships, we too have had our fair share of bumps in the road. And it hasn’t always been easy to get past them but we always managed to push through because of the foundation of friendship we built together. Our willingness to forgive and love each other, even in the darkest of moments, is one of the reasons I believe we are so close.

One of the main ways my husband shows his love is by acts of service. Specifically, it is one of his love languages. If he does something for me or anyone, even if it is something small, then that is him intentionally showing his love. His natural love language literally means that actions speak louder than words. The thing is, my husband is constantly doing big things for me and my daughter that exude with the expression of that love. His sacrifices to provide for us and his willingness to help even when it isn’t even asked are just some of those ways.

The 5 Love Languages, By: Gary Chapman – For those of you interested in what love languages are. 

When you look at the bible, and specifically John 13:1-5 and John 13:12-17, you notice that one of the main actions of service done by Jesus had to do with the washing of feet. It was not only an expression of humility and service but ultimately it was an expression of His love. Jesus’ symbolism of the washing of the feet was to be an example set for those who know Him or those who are of Him so that they would, in turn, show that same humility, servanthood, and love towards another.

” 12. When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13. You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” –

John 13:12-17, ESV

In a lot of ways, I believe that my husband’s expression of love is based on the example as it is shown in John 13. Whether he consciously knows it or not, I believe that it is because of his faith and love for Christ that he naturally portrays his love in a similar Christ-like manner. He is of Him so he radiates Him through his actions of love. One of the first things stated in Ephesians 5:25-27 is that husbands are instructed to love their wives as Christ loved the church.

“25. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26. that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27. so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”

Ephesians 5:25-27, ESV

To me, this verse is just another affirmation of my husband’s expressions of love that also speaks to his faith and love of Christ. Because Christ showed his love to the Church with the example of the washing of the feet; through his actions of service. When you go to the beginning of Ephesians 5:1 it shines a light on the reference of the example of love once again. That we should be imitators of God and walk in love just as Christ did, taking from Christ’s example of love and emulating that love onto others. As his wife, I think it’s a beautiful blessing to be on the receiving end of that love and be able to witness his imitation of Christ through that.

“1. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Ephesians 5:1-2, ESV

I am in love with the example my husband is to me and my daughter daily. His heart radiates so much more than I think he realizes and I am grateful for what that means for our marriage, our family, and his friends. Despite our circumstance, whether good or bad, I know, as clear as the moon itself, that I can rely on the ever-present love my husband enjoys to give. The measure of a man is love and the love shown by him because of Him displays the exuberant measure of his heart.

“The measure of a man is love.” -Fred Feliciano

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Arianna Rose | Two Years Old

Blog, Photography

Every time I have the opportunity, I try and take cute lifestyle-like photos to keep a record of how much she has grown throughout the months or years. I have done this regularly since she was about 9 months old and have taken photos of her many milestones throughout that time. I won’t call myself a photographer but I am a big believer in learning new types of art mediums and mastering the technique just for fun. It also helps me learn more about my camera and how to use it so I take advantage of those moments to do just that.

It’s 2017 and Arianna Rose is now two years old. She’s gotten taller, she’s gone up in clothing sizes, she’s saying more words and even starting to use full sentences in the best way she can. She knows every word to almost every song she’s heard and every movie she’s watched; and that’s not an exargeration. She actually does know all the words. After she mastered learning the words she has now actually begun acting out the cartoons. We suspect there will be an interest in drama for her future. She makes us laugh all the time and her sense of humor is always on point. Her personality has shown through more than ever and she is way more expressive with her emotions.

She has several favorite movies right now that consist of Moana, Finding Dory, Lilo & Stitch, Frozen and Little Mermaid. She can watch those over and over again and still have the same enthusiasm of watching it like it’s the first time she’s seen it. Mickey Mouse might just be her most favorite of all as it has been since she was a little baby. We try to take her to Disney World every chance we get and even the sight of the smallest Mickey head has her jumping with excitement.

The day I took these photos, we were sitting at home enjoying a nice calm day. Not too many exciting things happening but it was just me and her making the most of our everyday routine. I was admiring her while she was playing with her toys so I instantly whipped out my camera to capture the moment. I wanted to freeze that moment in time. As she was playing with her toys, all I could keep thinking about was how she is never going to stay this little forever. I brought out my camera and start snapping away because I wanted to savor the moment as much as I possibly could. To keep these photos as a memory of how tiny and how beautiful our Arianna Rose is.

These are the moments that I will always try to capture. To freeze the time I know she won’t always be in. Our Arianna Rose. Fun, carefree, wild, hilarious, little, beautiful Rose.

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10 Helpful Tips To Remember When Visiting Disney World | Magic Kingdom

Blog, Travel

Being a Disney connoisseur and taking so many trips there over the years, I have gathered so many helpful insights along the way that I have used repeatedly. These tips always ensure a fun experience where you are able to make the most out of even the smallest of trips. Every park has different perks and ways to maneuver around the parks so today we’re focusing on the Magic Kingdom. I am sure that these tips can apply to all the Disney parks in general but MK is the park I have visited the most over the years.

Tip 1: Get There Early

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If you’re visiting Disney for a short trip, you’ll probably notice almost immediately that there is a million and one things to do while you’re there. From the rides, restaurants, countless shows, parades, and fireworks, you quickly realize that not all of these fun attractions can really be done in one day. And that’s a rational thought, for sure. The goal is to be able to do as much as you can in a fun free-spirited way. One of those ways is making sure you get there early! Thousands of people enter the Magic Kingdom every single day. Walking to and from your car is bound to take at least 2 hours out of your day so you want to account for this loss of time. Get there early, keep in mind the arriving and leaving times, and you’ll have so much time in between to do what you need to do.

Tip 2: Take The Other Monorail

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When you finally arrive at the Transportation & Ticket Center, Disney offers several modes of transportation that get you to the Magic Kingdom park. The most used mode of transportation is the main monorail track that takes you directly to the park. Unfortunately, the line is always so long you’ll find yourself waiting at least 20 minutes or more to just get onto the Monorail. You could always take the Boat Ferry and catch the sights of the Seven Seas Lagoon while you make your way into the park. Or, you could just take the Resort Monorail that also takes you directly to the park. It will make two small stops at the Deluxe Disney Resorts on the way, but it’s never jam-packed like the main monorail and it will get you there in no time!

Tip 3: Plan Your Fast Passes Ahead Of Time

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This is a crucial one. There’s a rough estimate of over 50,000 people or more who enter the Magic Kingdom park every day. Even with all of the different attractions to visit, that’s still a whole lot of people trying to get on the same rides your trying to get on. One thing people always forget to do is to plan out their fast passes ahead of time so wait times become something around an hour long and that’s just more valuable time being wasted standing in a line. Luckily, Disney has made it so that you can plan out your passes from your smartphone at any time for any day. Download the My Disney Experience app. There you’ll be able to set fast passes, reserve your spots at restaurants or hotels, see the wait times for rides, and find the map of the park you are visiting that day. It’s one of the most helpful tools Disney has placed at your fingertips and it’s key to making sure your day is planned perfectly.

Tip 4: Child Swap Is Your Best Friend

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This tip is specifically for visitors that have children that are too small to ride the attractions at the park. If you are using a fast pass or are just waiting in normal line, you can talk to the Disney Cast Member working the ride and ask for a Child Swap. They will most likely ask you if they can see your little one so that you can be approved to receive the ticket. Once you’ve proved you have a little one, you are handed a ticket for you and four other members of your party to ride the ride again.

Now the trick to this is that one person of your party does have to stay out with the little one (obviously) but when you get back from riding the ride, those using the child swap ticket can re-ride the ride and enter through the fast pass lane. If you’re using a fast pass for a ride that you are also using a child swap, you can use the fast pass lane two times in a row. The child swap tickets last a whole month so if you keep the tickets with you and are coming back to visit, you can use them later on.

Tip 5: Take Advantage During Parades

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Disney is always having some sort of show or parade going on. It happens quite often and large groups of people always gather to watch them so I always recommend using this time to take advantage and get to the rides you don’t have fast passes for or go eat food around these times. Think about it, thousands of Disney visitors will be watching these shows or parades and will not be waiting in lines or eating at restaurants. Lines will be significantly shorter and restaurants will be significantly empty. Take advantage, get to those rides, and get what can be done during these times. The Disney app give you parade times so you will have those handy when you need it.

Tip 6: Travel Light

Technically, this is rule number one in my book. I travel with my daughter so most of the time I find myself having to take items that are unavoidable because she’s still so little. But the goal is always to bring little to nothing with you. This is especially helpful when you are entering the park. They do bag checks and waiting in line for them to check everyone’s bag can take a pretty large chunk of your time. The more you bring, the more they have to look through. If it’s just me and my husband then we just bring our phones and our money. That’s it. You can breeze through the no bag line and get to the entrance quicker than everyone else. If you do take bags, you’ll find yourself constantly worried about what to do with them on rides. If you take strollers, you’ll find yourself constantly looking for parking spots. They have limited stroller parking stations and usually, they are filled up. So looking for a safe spot to park your stroller can take some time as well. Again, some things are unavoidable but if you don’t have to bring it, the best bet is that you shouldn’t.

Tip 7: Looking For A Break?


Stop by the hall of presidents or Country Bear Jamboree if you’re wanting to take a break after a large meal or just need to rest your feet. These are often the most overlooked attractions in the parks but you will be able to have a seat for a decent amount of time in an air conditioned room. That’s a win-win for taking breaks!

Tip 8: Watch The Fireworks Without The Crowd


During the Wishes firework show, the large crowds generally like to gather on Main Street to face the castle as the show is going on. Now while that may the most ideal spot to get a view of the fireworks, it’s also the most crowded. And by crowded I mean, shoulder to shoulder, invasion of personal space, too many people in one space kind of crowded. I stumbled across this tip accidentally while resting my feet. Fantasyland has a Pinocchio restaurant the has some outdoor seating. I didn’t realize the time and just so happened to catch Wishes as it was starting. You actually get a pretty up-close view of the fireworks. You’ll be starting at the back of the Cinderella castle but you’ll still get a chance to see what all the fuss is about while having a nice seat and very little crowding.

Tip 9: Extended Park Hours

Disney offers several perks for visitors staying in any of their Disney Resort locations. One of those very awesome perks is Extra Magic Hours. On select days, Disney decides to either open a few hours earlier or stay open a few hours after they “close”. If you aren’t staying in any of the Disney properties, there are a few tricks to this tip. Disney stays open at least an hour after their “closing time.” As the large crowds are making their way out of the park, you can still take some of the extra time to take advantage of visiting a few other attractions or even get your shopping in. You won’t be pressured to leave and you can spend a few extra minutes.

Tip 10: Plan Ahead & Don’t Over Plan

There are hundreds of attractions and sites to see at the Magic Kingdom alone and you are definitely not going to be able to see everything in one day or even on a small weekend. If you plan ahead, you’ll be able to map out all of the most important attractions you definitely want to visit. A lot of visitors think they have to fit a whole lot into their small vacation because it may be one of the only times you may be able to visit the Magic Kingdom or Disney World in general. Because of this, my advice is to remember not to over plan. The Magic Kingdom is at least a 107-acre property with a few miles of walking around. Factor in the time you’re waiting in lines and you will have yourself one very exhausting day. Over planning might just put a bigger strain on your magical fun filled day. Be realistic, keep it light, try some of these tips and tricks, and enjoy yourself. No matter how much you get to see, you will always get your days worth of fun!

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We hope you enjoyed these 6 Tips for visiting the Magic Kingdom. Comment below if you have any questions about your future trips to Disney and I’d be glad to help you out. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get regular updates on new blog posts! -URB

 

Birth Story | Arianna Rose

Blog, Motherhood

January 5th will forever be marked as one of the best days of our life. It was the day my daughter was born into this world. We chose to visually document the powerful moment of our birth story as a celebration to remember that day forever and share it with those around us.

On January 4th, I entered the hospital at around 10:30 pm because of contraction pains. Generally, when you first get to the hospital, they evaluate you to make sure you’re ready to stay there. Plenty of expectant mothers walk through those doors experiencing Braxton Hicks Contractions which is just another term for false alarms. So because of this, they check how dilated you are, how far apart your contractions are, and if your water broke. The did a series of those tests including an ultrasound just to make sure that baby was okay. I was 1 centimeter dilated when they finally decided to admit me so they moved me into room 2205. My contraction pain was pretty strong even at the very beginning and at this point, I was already a whole week overdue. The original plan that was created with my doctors was to be medically induced on January 5 at 8 pm. My daughter had other plans and decided she was ready to start her way several hours prior to that. My water officially broke around 3:00 am and from that moment on, the pain became unbearable so I made the decision to get an epidural to ease the pain.

The early morning started and close family members started to trickle in to visit. At our hospital, they didn’t really have a restriction as to how many people can be in the room with you while you’re going through labor. At one point, I was pretty sure there were at least 15 people in the room just watching me go through this. Even with the epidural, the pain was powerful. I actually thought that it wore out after a while because every time a contraction started again, I found myself writhing in pain. The nurses offered another dose but I declined and chose to keep pressing through it. I think my mindset at that point was just trying to put mind over matter and get it over with.

Eventually, I reached 10 centimeters of dilation and it was finally time to push. Everyone was sent out of the room and the doctor arrived to assist in making sure everything went smoothly after that point. As a newbie mom who never chose to go to a single Lamaze class, pushing took me a minute to get right. After I got it down, every push just seemed to last forever when in reality they were just simple ten-second pushes. My mom was counting the seconds down and I got so impatient I literally stopped everything and frustratingly told her to count faster. As if counting faster would somehow shorten my ten seconds. It’s one of those moments that I can laugh at now.

My daughter was born at 1:05 pm on January 5th. For me, that might just be the luckiest time to be born into the world. Once everything was said and done, there was a moment of relief but also a moment of overwhelming joy that produced many tears around the room. The doctor offered that my husband cut the umbilical cord, but I think with all the emotions he was feeling he couldn’t. So my mother got to cut my daughter’s umbilical cord.

The rest of the family that didn’t stay in the room with us during the delivery were all let back in. Everyone was eager to see her. I think most importantly, they were all eager to hold her. She was our Arianna Rose; our brand new fresh-faced baby girl. Everyone’s family title had suddenly changed because of our Rose. Brothers were now uncles, mothers were now grandmothers, grandmothers were now great-grandmothers and so on.

Once everyone got their doses of love in, we were finally able to change her. I wouldn’t say her first outfit wasn’t the most memorable. It was far too big even though it was in a newborn size. Our little peanut was so tiny and weighed only six pounds. Nevertheless, she looked adorable in anything that was put on her. Her baby blue onesie said “Daddy’s Little Princess” in yellow and had a white beanie hat to match. Fitted with warm socks and a blanket and she was ready to venture into the rest of the world right there along with us.

We spent most of our night with very little sleep. It was to be expected. She was such a quiet newborn; barely any crying or screaming. I had a little mishap after giving birth that I needed stitches for so I spent most of my time trying to recover, master breastfeeding (Which ended up as an epic fail. But that’s a story for another time.), and learning about my daughter and everything I needed to know to care for her. My husband helped me tremendously and was there every time I needed him and was so hands on. Any task needed, he was there to help. After all, he was learning too.

She mastered her first few days like a champ and before we knew it, we were ready to go home! We had officially done it. We went through three months of trying to get pregnant, nine months of pregnancy, several hours of labor and delivery, and three days in a hospital to finally reach the moment of taking her home and having her with us.

Her first day home was pure bliss. We were all incredibly exhausted both physically and visually due to the lack of sleep we were getting over the previous days but there was this calming sense about the whole day. I can’t really explain it. I think most of that calmness was because we were finally out of the hospital and back in the comforts of our own home but I also think it had a lot to do with just finally being with our girl. We couldn’t be more grateful to have the task and responsibility of cherishing and caring for the most precious gift in the world.

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Comment down below if there are any parenting stories you all would like to hear or what your own birth stories were like. Remember, we’re all different and every birth story is a real birth story.

10 Facts About Me

Blog, Life

Here are 10 random facts that you may not know about me. As we go on this journey together, you will get to learn a lot more about me and who I am. This is a list of some of the things I love, some of the things that scare me, and more!

1. I Am Obsessed With All Things Disney World

Ever since I was a little girl, I visited Walt Disney World quite frequently. I loved everything about it and to this day I visit as if it is my second home. I know my way around every park, I never need a map, and I never get bored with it no matter how many times I go.

2. I Have A Tattoo On My Left Ring Finger

When my husband and I got married, we immediately agreed that our wedding rings were more of a symbol than anything else. We didn’t think there was an importance in having expensive jewelry to prove a point that we were married. The only thing we knew was that it meant something more than what it cost. We decided to make it a little more permanent and got matching infinity symbol tattoos on our ring fingers. I believe it was one of the best decisions we have ever made.

3. I Am A Dog Person

I have always had dogs since I was a little girl. My very first experience with a dog was when I was 2 years old. My grandmother bought a baby Pomeranian and it was my best friend for several of my toddler years. We had a beagle for a short time after that. When I was 12, my parents took in a Labrador Mix puppy dog which we named Hazel. Three years later, we welcomed a wild purebred Beagle which we named Cookie. And today, I have a beautiful White German Shepherd named Nova. Dogs have been a big constant in my life and I have so much love for these animals.

4. I Have A Phobia Of Lizards 

Where do I begin with this topic? I don’t remember the exact day I realized that I was actually terrified of lizards. I think over the course of time and with what I would consider as traumatic experiences with these vile creatures, I just grew to despise them. One memory I remember very vividly was when I was helping a friend of mine move a bike in her backyard. As I was making my way home, I felt as if something was crawling up my leg. Horrified, I held onto this would-be-creature as I quickly made my way home to take off my pants and reveal the culprit. As soon as those pants came off, the blood-curdling scream that escaped from my mouth could have probably set off house alarms. From that day, there were just loads of stories that filled my life about the interactions with these vile things.

5. I Am Bilingual And Fluent In Spanish

As most of you know, I am Cuban-American and was born and raised in Miami, Fl. While it may not be a surprise to you that I can speak Spanish, sometimes new generations don’t care to speak it or aren’t able to communicate all that well. My grandmother taught me from a very young age to never lose my Spanish and to make sure that I knew it well enough to teach my children some day. Being an American, you tend to become consumed by its culture and I think it’s important to cling to your own cultures and values as to not lose who you are or who your ancestors were. Because of that, I am fluent in Spanish and can both read and write it.

6. I Am The Oldest Of 6 Siblings

Three boys and three girls, to be exact. Although it’s a long story to tell, the gist of it is that from three separate marriages there is now 7 of us total. We all live in different cities and I met most of them later on my teenage to adults years. Many of us still stay in contact with each other as much as we can but when we are together, it’s almost as if we were never apart.

7. I Didn’t Learn How To Ride A Bike Until I Was 13

I know, it’s such a shame. I don’t think I never learned out of fear, but more out of laziness. I can rollerblade like a pro but couldn’t ride a bike to save my life. It took me a full day to completely learn and I am still rusty even to this day.

8. I Don’t Know How To Swim

This is another one. I went to the beach all the time as a kid and spent most of my summers in a pool. And yet ironically, I have no clue how to swim. People have tried to teach me repeatedly, but to no avail, I never absorbed any of their information. I can probably doggy-paddle a bit if I try really hard but I am definitely not the strongest swimmer out there.

9. You Won’t Catch Me On An Airplane Anytime Soon

Ah, more phobias. I’ve been on planes before. And you’re probably thinking, “well if you’ve already been on them what’s the big deal?” Anxiety. That’s the big deal. They cause full on panic attacks and because of that I avoid flying altogether. If I want to get anywhere, I’d rather drive!

10. I Love Broadway Musicals

Yes! I have always been fascinated by musicals ever since the very first time I got to see Cats! at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at just 15 years old. Since then, I have seen Wicked, Grease, Mary Poppins, and Cirque Du Soleil. My hope for the future is to see much more and add them to my growing list of favorites!

These are 10 small facts you didn’t know about me! For more articles like this, leave a comment down below and let me know what kind of personal facts would you like to know more about. Don’t forget to visit our February Favorites article and check out the products I have tried this month.

Fundamentals

Blog, Life

To talk about my life and give you a better understanding of who I am, you have to know the fundamentals of my families. Their stories that soon became my stories.

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Pictured Above: My Mother (Center); My Grandmother (Left); Grandmothers Sister (Right)

Growing up in Miami, there is a lot of cultures that exudes from there. My family is primarily of Cuban decent. My mother and grandmother arrived here on the historic Mariel Boat Charters that arrived in Miami, FL in the year 1980. They fled their homeland because of the oppressive ruling of their dictator leader Fidel Castro. They had to leave in secret and in the middle of the night out of fear of being imprisoned or killed for even the thought of leaving. Back then, when the Mariel Charters opened up, Fidel told his people that those who wished to leave the island could do so freely. He made it seem like it was something that was permitted. But, if it was found that you were one of the people choosing to leave, they would jail you, beat you, or far worse; kill you. So boats arrived in the middle of the night to pick up those who’s family paid for tickets for them to leave the island. They left behind everything. Their family, their homes, the belongings.

Pictured Above: My Grandmother, My Mother, And I.

Fast forwarding a few years later, my family established a life here in the United States. The beginning stages of my life were not as easy as it would be for the average child. My mother married my biological father very young. Around the age of 19, she gave birth to me. My biological father was deeply troubled. He and my mother were separated until I was about two years old when they would finally make the divorce official. His role in my life was becoming more and more obsolete by his own choosing. By the age of two, he was no longer a part of my life.

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Pictured Above: My Dad (Left); Me (Bottom Right)

During that time, my mother met someone and they instantly became connected.  He willingly took on the role of a father in my life. He chose to make sacrifices, he chose to put in the time, and he chose to pour love into my life. He’s the one who proudly worked for the title of ‘DAD’ and he earned so much love and respect from me because of it.

Pictured Above: With My Family, The Day My Brother Was Born.

My brother was born in 1993. From that moment on, we were a family of four. Happily going about our business and enjoying the life we built. There were many obstacles during that time. But all of those stories will be shared in my blog posts later on.

School was never really something that peeked my interest while growing up. I never enjoyed it even though I went through honors-level classes for most of Middle School and all of High School. When I think about it, the only classes that ever caught my attention was Art. It made me realize that drawing was one of my greater passions. It was a trait that I wanted to be better at and I worked really hard to develop my skills.

Pictured Above: Some Of My Personal Artwork Over The Years.

Ironically, when the time came to go to college, I choose a school that was geared more towards intellectual work than artistic nature. I ended up choosing Elementary Education as a major and quickly regretted it shortly after starting. I lasted there for about 2 years before I decided to drop out and pursue a career in something that I love doing.

This led me to explore the world on entrepreneurship. 

I’m still learning what that means; to be an entrepreneur. I have so many dreams and aspirations for what something like that would look like. Slowly but surely I am working towards those goals and I will be sharing with you a lot of my process. I don’t claim to be a pro at running my own business, but with time and several learning curves, I am gaining the experience I need to reach my endgame.