Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 12 – A short story 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 12 – A short story 

Day 12: A short story 

This is a random account of an unexplained incident at DFW international airport in Dallas. 

In fall 2015, upon returning home from Costa Rica, my boyfriend and I had a few hour layover at DFW. We ate, walked around, thought we saw Jerry Rice, drank booze, sat in uncomfortable chairs, you know, common airport behavior. Our boarding time was approaching so we begin walking toward the gate and then begin walking even faster after they called our names for final boarding — oops, too much exploring. So we’re hustling down the corridor and had to stop for a second to let a truck that was carting people pass by. The only reason that is mentioned is because immediately afterward we continued to walk and talk and then… WHAT I SAID CAME OVER THE LOUD SPEAKERS! The main airport intercom system that is! J and I looked at one another in disbelief and started cracking up. How the hell did my voice get picked up?! Super sketchy folks! 

What does this mean? Does the airport have the ability to listen in on people’s conversations and do so at random? Did I get profiled? Did they find us because our flight was calling for us and then by mistake used the mics too? So many questions. Nonetheless it was a weird unexplained event. 

That’s all folks. I never said I was a good story teller. Haha 

Xo

Veronica 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 11 – Where you’d like to be in life 20 years from now

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 11 – Where you’d like to be in life 20 years from now

Day 11: Where you’d like to be in life 20 years from now

This is not a topic that excites me but only because I’m quite happy in the present! It is a little difficult to picture what might matter in life beyond a few months or years because I imagine that I’ll be a completely changed person. World politics are running amok and home ownership is unquestionably difficult but there is A LOT that I’m grateful for in my life such as my newfound activism, community, work that is challenging and worthwhile, and plenty of freedom and adventure. 

Twenty years from now, what do I want that picture to look like? I’m really not certain in a material manner, but I know how I want to feel! I want to feel  empowered and in good shape financially! I want to be traveled and continue exploring the world and all that it has to offer. I would love to have a masters degree or have continued down a path of education, even if that’s not by a formal institution. I want to be someone that others can count on or have ways to supprt my family and friends. I would love to be connected to my community and be accountable to my peers. I hope I have a comfortable place to call home or someone who makes me feel at home. I may be a mother but I will appreciate being around children. I hope that my health is still good and that I’ve not stopped dancing. I hope my parents and family are still united. Where I will be is somewhere, content and humble with what my life has become. 

Xo

Veronica 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 10 – What you’d say to your favorite celebrity

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 10 – What you’d say to your favorite celebrity

Day 10: What you’d say to your favorite celebrity

What a thought-provoking topic! Just way too early on the morning.. it’s barely striking 7 o’clock and half of one eye is still shut. I think I’ll put this blog on pause until lunch time. But first I will narrow it down to a particular list of “celebs” whom I have admired in my lifetime:

  1. Hilary Duff
  2. Gloria Steinem
  3. Maya Angelou 
  4. Hilary Clinton
  5. Barbara Boxer
  6. Steven Hawking
  7. Neil Degrasse-Tyson
  8. Selena Quintanilla (RIP)
  9. Bob Marley (RIP)
  10. Albert Einstein (RIP)

I’ve given the most some thought and how I admire these people each in a unique way. If I had to pick one celebrity to say something to, that would be Gloria Steinem.

If I had the opportunity (of a lifetime!) to speak to Gloria, I would let her know how she has lit a flame in my heart that insists that I keep my ears and eyes open to causes needed great support. Especially, still, women’s reproductive health and gender equality. I would ask her for advice on how to be more fearless and be more powerful with the things that I write and say. I would even ask her if we could go in her closet and discuss some of the outfit choices during particular moments in the public – like an angel they seem to carry her messages farther. I’d like to ask her if she knew from a young age that she would be such a great influence and advocate for women around the world. I would ask her for her best advice for women and girls today who feel disconnected in some way from their surroundings or cultural norms. 

Gloria Steinem has been such an amazing light in my life, and I imagine she has tougher thousands of women through her work – whether they may know it or not, she has fought on behalf of women for decades. Thank you Gloria. 

If you would like to read some of her work and understand her legacy better, I highly recommend her latest book: My Life on the Road, available here.

Xo,

Veronica 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 9 – Favorite childhood memory

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 9 – Favorite childhood memory

Day 9: Favorite childhood memory

Sadly, I think I have terrible memory, but there are several unforgettable childhood memories that I carry very close to my heart. My favorite memory however, would have to be traveling throughout Mexico City and visiting many of the the surrounding areas with my grandparents and sister when I was around 8-9 years old. My sister and I were able to make this trip twice over two different summer vacations and both visits were extremely special and inspiring. I am certain that those once in a lifetime experiences helped shape who I am today. Mexico City is a large bustling city, chock full of ancient and modern history. I remember the excitement of my first plane ride and newness of being away from my parents for a long period of time. Since the first trip into the interior of Mexico, my grandparents sense of adventure wes passed on. It grew my awareness and appreciation for people and cultures living all over the world. I also learned just how diverse of place Mexico is and is also home to many different native Indian peoples. 

Some of my favorite parts and funny memories of these summer trips were:

  1. Haggling for goods with the merchants and vendors in el zocalo 
  2. The talented jugglers, clowns, “bubble-butt” dancers and entertainers at the stoplights 
  3. Chapultepec park – its huge!
  4. The best mangos.. on a stick!
  5. Walking up the pyramid of the sun
  6. Watching Disney on Ice in Spanish 
  7. Going to Acapulco: gorgeous pebble beach and amazing cliff diving entertainment 
  8. Outside the city: Hiking up Nevada de Toluca, a volcano and admiring the gorgeous crater lake inside 
  9. Sour cream “crema” is put on most dishes at restaurants — grandma always had to remember to say “sin crema por favor”
  10. Weekend trips: fresh grilled fish caught in the ocean and cooked within minutes
  11. Holding our big puzzles to keep them from falling off the table during intermittent afternoon earthquakes 
  12. Enjoying the many places to walk around in the city square 
  13. Being sick and being treated so well by grandma – I also watched the entire original Star Wars series 
  14. The amazing apartments my grandparents had – indoor pool and elevator entry — and so many good times! 

Mexico City is unique and vibrant and has been increasingly rated as a top destination! I would love to return again and am so grateful for my grandparents getting us to such wonderful experiences! 

Xo

Veronica

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 8 – A letter to yourself five years from now

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 8 – A letter to yourself five years from now

Day 8: A letter to yourself five years from now

I’m a couple months shy of my 28th birthday and have been reflecting on the past when I thought 28 would be my “married by” age. Then 30 would be my “kids by” age.. I think many of us have set similar marks for ourselves, oft with society at the wheel. Now those ultimatums don’t exist for me and I’m 100% happy that things will happen more naturally. I realize as women that we have our “biological clock” ticking but I also think that we can get caught up in the stages of comparing ourselves to others and the milestones we’ve achieved (or not). For example, I know for a fact that I’ve witnessed a cute, young mom from time to time with a lovely wedding ring, adorable babes, maybe a house, and wondered if I’m behind in the “adult” life in some way or wonder what has she done in her life to achieve so much? And other days I simply smile and think “that’s really sweet, good for her.” *shine theory* Comparing happens naturally at times but when it seemed to be happening more and more I gave myself time to think and privately process it. 

For one, I don’t need to be married to be happy in my relation. Two, I don’t have the money saved up for the wedding I’d hope for. Three, I am a student and school comes before those next steps. Four, I’m young and waiting for children will help me to better prepare for their future. Five, homes are very expensive in California, I’m not alone! So as a note to myself in five years…

I hope you have made yourself proud. You know that there have been good times and bad but through every moment you have tried to persevere. You have not forgotten who you are or where you come from,  you have a family who loves and believe in you unconditionally. There is nothing that can stop you from seeking the best things in life. Stay vigilant, seek out good and helping others, keep shining light on injustice. Keep walking tall and carrying yourself with dignity. Realize that your darkest moments have been lessons as well and you are still good enough. Be strong and courageous as you continue on your journey. Do not let anyone take away your happiness, they cannot anyhow as you know. You are still bright and curious and are always learning to be more grateful. Continue to take opportunities and lead a life full of grace. Love yourself and give love to your loved ones. There is still so much more to come. Stay present. 

Xo 

Veronica 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 7 – Whatever comes to your mind — don’t stop for 10 minutes

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 7 – Whatever comes to your mind — don’t stop for 10 minutes

Day 7: Whatever comes to your mind — don’t stop for 10 minutes

I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was check my phone. While that may not be a great habit, I really enjoy checking New York Times for the latest news and mentally preparing for any work that may be waiting for me in the office. I work in real estate, specifically office property management and I find it helpful to walk in knowing what may lie ahead. i.e. there was a power outage or a tree fell overnight. Haha, I imagine that sounds pretty boring but my job keeps me on my toes – no two days are the same. Especially when you work with hundreds of people in a complex, you see and hear some things.. always a learning opportunity!

Today I read the newest blog post from Barefoot Blonde about her move from Hawaii to Arizona and felt inspired, as I often do after reading her blogs. Amber has a way of being effortlessly honest and keeps a very real profile with her readers which I really admire. I would like my writing and to come across as natural and give be able to share a real sense of my personality. I think that skill will come with time and that it’s better to keep writing than not. I have been looking forward to this daily blog and hope the experience will help me to keep active and grow my readership and ability to connect. 

It’s a Tuesday and work has been busy. So to keep organized I have been heavily relying on a list and making sure to take time for myself too. In fact, over the weekend J treated me to an amazing dinner at Seacliff which overlooks the Pacific Ocean on the western side of San Francisco. It reminded me of La Jolla in San Diego and was very romantic. I’m lucky to have him in my life and especially someone who knows how to treat a lady! We’re also looking for apartments near the beach now,  while it will be cold, it seems we could pick up an extra bedroom AND be near the water (win-win!)! Very excited to see where we end up in San Francisco and the many places we will make memories at in Northern California. If you’ve ever looked for an apartment, you know this process can be a little daunting but we’re staying positive! 

On June 4th my older sister had her first baby, I am now an aunt to Audrey Grace and couldn’t be more proud! She’s a gorgeous babe and has Mexican, Japanese, and mixture of our American/”white” heritage! It’s such a thrill to be an aunt and I can’t wait to meet her (she’s down in San Diego). I am already thinking of the ways to spoil her, and of course make sure she’s well rounded and loved always!

Hope you have a great day. Thanks for reading.

Xo

Veronica 

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