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It Takes A Village

It took a village but mission accomplished 💛 here for work but managed to sneak a surprise visit to my mom to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend in the DR 🥰

 

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It’s never been about me. It’s always been about the work we do.

After sharing this email with him, my husband wrote me back, “What you do matters.” I cannot begin to express what this means to me. The reality is sometimes I wonder, I doubt, I’m afraid … but ultimately -with every cell in my body- I work really hard and make a lot of sacrifices, to lead a team + stay the course: to remain obedient.

It’s never been about me. It’s always been about what we do because it makes an impact in an industry that continues to set unattainable standards of reality + humanity.

Thanking God for not letting me falter + continue to use our platforms to do what is right.

Thank you AG for this + sharing your little angel with me. Thank you @vsantora73 for connecting me to this group + believing that my work has value.

Thank you @bellamag.co + @BELLALatinaMag team for all the work you do even when it sounds bonkers 🫶🏽

Check this out @sofia_morales_l , @showtimewerner + @grace_strobel 💛💙

 

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This Old Pup

After 1.5 years of meds, 5 different ones to be exact… my Pepe got a much better bill of health than expected today. His heart condition is better, he’ll be taking 1 less pill + was given a follow up in 1 year.

My old man is resilient + brings me so much joy 💛🐶 here’s to 18 more years boo!

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Remember That You Are Powerful

2020, 2021 + 🔚 2022.
🗣 Remember that you are powerful.

Most of the time we have no idea what we are supposed to be doing. We are not our professions, our feelings, our bodies, or our circumstances.

What we are is far greater, far superior, far more important, and far more mysterious than our mind can define. This is why we are far more powerful than we think we are.

I never lacked confidence, even at 207 lbs. I’ve always believed to be divinely created and especially after having kids, I learned to love all of me.

As I’ve shared in parts, with 2020 came a huge health scare.

-50 lbs later … still a work in progress … Different 🧠, even bigger 💛

In 2021 I chose health. I chose life. I chose to truly love myself.

I became even more aware that I was here and everything I needed was too.

Open your eyes and see that you already have everything you need to be happy, loved, and fulfilled. It’s not out there. It never was.

Accept everything that you are. You are beautiful. Believe it. Don’t make the mistake of putting off being healthy and happy because you are waiting for the right moment to shine.

Every minute you are living is a blessing that has to be experienced in the moment. It’s not always easy, but it’s always a choice. And guess what? It’s YOUR choice. To better daily choices✌🏽

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How To Avoid let Downs

The easiest way to avoid letdowns and disappointments, is…
No, it’s not lowering your standards. That’s quitting.
No, it’s not releasing expectations. That’s an old wives’ tale.
And no, it’s not relinquishing all mortal desires. That’s an ancient religion.

It’s never tricking yourself into thinking that your happiness is dependent upon the things and events of time and space, or what other people think, say, and do.

So go ahead, aim high, expect a miracle, and want it all… ✌🏽

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Makeup LOVE

If you know me, you know I LOVE makeup + because I have acne prone skin + want coverage that still looks like skin, I wanted to put these 4 products that I picked up at @themakeupshow + I’m absolutely OBSESSED with on your radar:

1️⃣ HD skin foundation from @makeupforever 🙌🏽
2️⃣ Yummy Skin serum by @danessamyricksbeauty@danessa_myricks
3️⃣ Super Lite long lasting setting spray by @melaniemillsmua(the BEST)
4️⃣ 3-in-1 Brow Pencil by @theerichgirls 😏

Give ‘em a try. You’ll be glad you did 💋

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Note to self: It’s not that serious.

Psst… Homeslice…whatever you’re freaking out about, uncertain of, has you down…Hand it over to the real OG … G. Dude’s got you boo ✌🏽 I promise 😁 Happy Monday 💋

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True Story: There Are No Shortcuts

You have to work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight.

You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to.

Other people will put you down, they will criticize you, they will also try to block opportunities from you.

You just keep on believing in yourself because what is meant for you will never elude you ✌🏽

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#ItsMintToBe

…and he said, “YES!” 🙌🏽 There’s truly nothing more beautiful than witnessing love in action 💛🌈 Congratulations to our @bellalatinamag Editor-At-Large @thisisjcali + his fiancé @breyes_est93 on their engagement 🥂 thank you for having us be a part of your very special day 💚

Teamwork makes the dream work 💪🏽💛🌈
 

 

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Started the Week by Taking My Own Advice

Faith is the result of grace. It is His grace that conquers a multitude of flaws and in that grace, there is only favor. Favor is not achieved; favor is received.