Why I Journal

I’ve been writing on a regular basis since I was in elementary school, when I got my first Alice in Wonderland diary from the Disney Store. It came with its own lock and key, which enabled me to keep it safe from two meddling little girls that will go unnamed.  The first journal I filled completely…

Sayonara Social Media, Part 1

It’s been about a month since I eliminated social media from my life. I decided not to delete my Facebook account (for the time being) for various reasons that I won’t bother going into. However, Carlos changed my password so I haven’t had access to it. So, how has it been? Pretty great. I haven’t…

On Turning 30

I’m turning thirty in a couple of months. I distinctly remember saying once, when I was a super naive teenager who had never even had a serious boyfriend, that I hoped to get married at 23 and be done having kids at 30. Well, I missed the marriage deadline by a few years and I…

A Texas Summer

Sophia and I have been in Texas for the past few weeks. We’ve visited splash pads, parks, and the pool and seen lots of people we love. Additionally, my family took a day trip to Waco, I went to a chocolate-making class in Austin with my dad and sister, and Hannah and I went to…

A Weekend in the Mountains

Last weekend, we left Saltillo, drove for about two hours on a windy, narrow “highway,” and arrived at the cutest little town in the mountains: Ciénega de González, Nuevo León. We rented a cabin with three other families and spent the weekend grilling, playing baseball and soccer with the kids, and jumping on the trampoline. I…

The Memoir: An Update

You can read about my last update here. There were several months lately where I started to question the whole project. I knew that I was trying to include too much but didn’t want to have to cut anything that I had already written. Last week, I finally made the cut. Even though my document is…

A Day in the Life

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:10 AM: Alarm goes off. I purposely set my alarm to give me just enough time to get ready so that I can’t hit snooze. I wash my face, drink 2 glasses of water, and turn on my computer to review what I’m teaching today. 6:30 AM: My first class starts. For…

On Motherhood, 1 Year In

The first year+ of motherhood has been less about the big milestones of Sophia crawling or standing up or laughing for the first time. Instead, it has been about the daily rituals of laying her down for naps and feeding her, at first, 8 times a day and her growing because I fed her. Of reaching…

On Marriage and Teamwork

  I used to talk more about the ups and downs of marriage and how difficult the first few months were. I figure I shouldn’t be afraid to share now, either: I’m really happy and things have only gotten better. I owe our recent success to a shift in my thinking. In the first year…

On Songs and Language Learning

At 16, I listened to Austin’s Latino pop station on the radio. When I heard a song I liked, I would listen intently for the song’s keywords and cement them into my memory. As soon as I got home and had internet access, I’d Google them with the hope of discovering the song title and…

A Motherhood Update, 10 Months In

Spoiler Alert: They’ve been the best 10 months of my life. On Striving for Balance: I’ve been a lifelong perfectionist. Now, my motto is something like: good enough will have to be good enough. Make sure Sophia eats her fruits and vegetables, but also let her eat cake at the birthday party. Give her ample time to crawl…

Social Media Musings

I’ve been (mostly) off of social media for the month, but logged in a few times to look at pictures of my new nephew, Caleb, and to post to my work’s Facebook and Instagram. It’s always good for me to get off of social media. I’ve taken numerous month-long breaks from it before. When I’m not using…