February 14, 2018: A Day of Celebration & Mindfulness

February 14 is now a special day in my life, in different ways. It’s Andy’s sister’s birthday, as well as the ‘day of love’ for many couples. Since Andy and I officially began our relationship the following day a few years ago, we celebrate our moment later on. Since a birthday is also honored today, it makes planning our outing easier.

Today also marks Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent for Roman Catholics. I haven’t thought much about what to abstain from for a few weeks, but I’ll think of something. As daunting as it may feel to give up a favored thing for 40 days, it does pass quickly.

February 13, 2018: Breathe

As the days pass, it feels like the tasks build more and more, with little end in sight. My days begin very early, and they don’t end until after 6pm. Honestly, some days it’s tough to be in a positive attitude. In those crazy moments, I try to take a breath, and stay focused, so doubt doesn’t interfere. I just can’t afford to have any room for doubt.

February 12, 2018: Priorities

The cemetery near my friend’s town in Puerto Rico closed over the weekend. There was immense damage from Hurricane Maria, so the only option officials have is to close the area. People who have loved ones still buried there can move them to another location, as soon as one is chosen. So the process of searching for loved ones among the destruction begins.

One hardship after another is endured. My close friend has withstood so much in the past few months. There are also medical and familial struggles she is handling. For now, she needs to communucate with her brother as to how to move their mother out of the closed location. The priority now is to make sure they can see their mother again.

February 10, 2018: Hurricane Maria’s Lasting Impact

Last night I received a call from my best friend from Puerto Rico. We only spoke for a few minutes, but she shared with me another heartbreaking piece of information, due to Hurricane Maria’s impact on the island. A local cemetery was heavily damaged, with graves flipped open and dislocated. The area may need to be closed permanently. My friend needs to wait until Monday to see if her mother’s grave site is one of the hundreds that is damaged.

Understandably, she is devastated. I listen to this news with heavy sadness …sad for her, since it appears that she may never get visit her mother’s resting place again. Sadness for my family still living in Puerto Rico, and praying for their safety. Sadness at the thought of my relatives in the island who have passed, and praying that their resting places escaped with minimal damage. And I also feel frustration at the incredibly slow response from government officials, how millions are still living in hardship.

February 9, 2018: Morning Thoughts

So far the month has been pretty busy…at work I keep busy to maintain the monthly theme. I have a project underway that I hope comes out somewhat presentable. The work comes completely from the children, so I’m happy about that.

I really need to figure out how to style my wavy hair. I usually straighten my hair, but some days I get tired of putting in the work, and when it dries naturally such lovely curls emerge. Then the next day it turns into a wavy mess. So I need to find a solution for that. Until then, it’s keeping up with the flat iron.

February 8, 2018: Staying Focused, and Olympics

People can hold grudges against one another pretty easily. It’s tough for me to figure out. I see it happening in both my personal and work life. Since we are all adults, we should be able to talk about our grievances, find some kind of common ground. For now, I just stay focused on my goals, and continue to stay productive.

Today I hope to catch some of the Winter Olympics tonight. The opening ceremony is always exciting to watch. It will be quite a show, especially to see how both sides of Korea interact with each other.