“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks
“Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.” -Diane Sawyer
“How do we nuture the soul? By revering our own life. By learning to love it all, not only the joys and the victories, but also the pain and the struggles.” -Nathaniel Branden
“To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: Leave no stone unturned.” -Edward Bulwer Lytton
If we truly wish to make the most out of our short lived time, we must follow through with the burning passion we find within ourselves. To do otherwise is to deprive ourselves of enjoyment, fulfillment, and excitement.
Yesterday, my brother, sister, and I participated in the Miami Half Marathon for the second year in a row. We wanted to run in an attempt to raise money and awareness for Misioneros Del Camino—a cause that is very important to us all. After months of training, the big day had finally arrived! And go figure, it just so happened to be the coldest day of the year here in South Florida (which we were very thankful for).
We woke up at 4:00 in the morning to get some last minute carbs and protein in for breakfast, and made our way over to the American Airlines Arena, where the race was set to begin at 6:00am. When we arrived, we walked over to our assigned corral, and were in the company of 25,000 runners from over 80 countries!
Running throughout South Beach, Downtown Miami, and Brickell was invigorating, and the sights were incredible! What I enjoyed most about the event was the amount of individuals on the sidelines and all throughout the streets who cheered us on. Complete strangers spent their entire morning motivating us to keep on running. It was absolutely beautiful, and it made the event even more memorable. And running alongside thousands of individuals from all over the world, and working together to reach a common goal by pushing one another forward was incredible. After 12 full weeks of training and 173.06 miles completed, we crossed the finish line and were finally ready to rest!
This experience was definitely one to remember, and seeing how many loved ones came together to help support our cause has left me speechless. We were able to raise over $2,700 these past few weeks, which will help provide four children special education and daily therapies for an entire year—all for free at Misioneros Del Camino! Thanks to everyone’s help, we have been able to positively affect the lives of numerous children, and we will be able to help give them hope for a brighter future; one which they deserve! I could not be any more grateful or appreciative, and for that, I thank you all.
May this be the year in which we allow ourselves to grow
May this be the year in which we allow ourselves to learn
As much as we possibly can.
May this be the year in which we allow ourselves to love
And be loved.
May this be the year in which we learn to forgive
May this be the year in which we seek new adventures
By putting ourselves out there more often.
May this be the year in which we follow our dreams
And reach for the stars.
May this be the year in which we learn to surpass rejection
And continue on our path to greatness.
May this be the year in which we share special moments with loved ones
And cherish such memories for years to come.
May this be the year in which we learn to persist
May this be the year in which we learn to share our voices and listen to those who have yet to be heard
And helping our fellow human beings.
May this be the year in which we devote ourselves to a worthwhile cause
And help those in need.
May this be the year in which we never forget to be thankful and appreciative
Each and every day.
May this be the year in which we shine, and encourage others to do the same
Brighter than ever before.
Happy New Year, and may it be blessed!