Family Life

Good afternoon peeps,

I think more than ever I’m realizing how quick Tuesday’s are coming. I can’t believe it’s October tomorrow! My life win this week actually comes from a life win of my family member. Around the end of last August, right around when I was starting this Creative Writing class, we admitted my cousin to a drug rehabilitation due to his addiction to crystal meth and heroine. He has been in and out of our lives for the past 10 years, in and out of prison, in and out of jobs due to his addiction. It has been an extremely overwhelming experience for all of us, financially and emotionally. He attends both Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous  because they go hand and hand in his case. He is also receiving counseling for the first time in his life, which has been too far overdue. This past Sunday night, he asked me and my sister along to watch him receive his 30 days sober chip at Alcoholics Anonymous. Although, technically he has been clean and sober for 46 days now! We are extremely proud of his recovery and where his mindset is today. Even though we are proud, I can see he has a  very long journey ahead of him and it’s going to take a lot of work to get him to a steady place. He made a speech that night that made me and my sister well up in the eyes. He mentioned how the first time in his life he is thinking clearly. It was also his daughter’s 6th birthday this weekend and he mentioned how this is the first time he’s seen her smile and actually felt joy from that. He admitted to some pretty scary things he’s done in his past but I know for a fact that that’s no longer the way he wants to live. Going to that meeting opened my eyes entirely. There was this community who treated each other as family, who understood entirely what they were going through. I choose to speak on this because it is no longer a sad story, he has turned that around entirely. All we can do is be supportive and pray for his strength. He needs us more than ever right now. Please keep him in your prayers.

What was your life win this week?

Until next time,

Daniella 🙂

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Making Strides

A life win this week comes from a much darker period of my life. My mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer when I was 4 years old, she was only 38. From what I’ve seen, she never showed weakness. She was at every field trip, packed my lunch everyday, and was there 24/7 for me and my older sister. Four years into the disease, things only progressed for the worst. She had undergo a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and a experimental transplant to buy her some extra time with her family. It’s crazy to me that at 8 years old, I knew the magnitude of the situation. I knew my mom would not be there my entire life when I got my first period, when boys dumped me or even on my wedding day. I made myself try to remember every single detail of her to carry on throughout my life. She passed away in November 2000, almost 14 years ago. I’m not going to sugar coat anything, I still miss her and need her today. It’s odd because sometimes I feel like she is just a memory that I try to keep alive and sometimes I feel like she never left me.

I have always wanted to participate for the greater good of the prevention of Breast Cancer. I’ve always been so preoccupied with my life that I never took the time out to volunteer into a walk against Breast Cancer. That all changed within this past week. I created a team named “Margot’s Angels” (named after my mom) and after 14 years I am gathering my closest family relatives to join me in this fight. In this fight to prevent another child of losing their mother, along with their childhood. It’s bringing me such joy that I think this will be a yearly event for me. This isn’t just a life win this week for me but a life win for my life! I am asking those who are reading this to take a look at the site down below and please consider donating. It will make a difference in this world. Thanks you guys, talk to you next week!

http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MargotsAngels

– Daniella

Eternal Sunshine

Good afternoon Tuesday, so as I have already informed you, I am a big fan of music. My life win this week is that two of my favorite music artists Jhene Aiko and Chris Brown dropped albums. Now, I listen to almost every genre of music, but R&B is no doubt my favorite. My favorite time period of music was the 90s and I think it resonates with me because it was the decade I grew up in and so it really made an impact on me.  Artists like Aaliyah, 2pac, and Mariah Carey are still on my daily playlist. As for Jhene Aiko, I discovered her EP “Sail Out” about 7 months ago and I immediately never heard anything quite like her. Her harmonies along with the peaceful melodies puts a new twist to the R&B community. She writes  all her own material with comes with a lot of personal stories of hers. So I was excited to say the least that she was releasing her first album “Souled Out”. My immediate favorites off the album were Promises (a ballad featuring her daughter and her brother who passed away), Lyin King, The Pressure, and Eternal Sunshine.

As for Chris Brown, an artist who has probably one of the most worst reputations in the music industry.  I accept the fact that most people don’t like him and for good reason. My only reason why I listen to him is because I have been a fan since 2006 when his self-titled album released. I have seen him in concert and by far he is one of the most talented artists in the music industry as well. I am not writing this to change your perspective on him but at the end of the day he produces great music and that is the reason why I am a big fan. I haven’t had a chance to listen to his album yet as it was released today but I know I will not be disappointed. On the album is a song called “Don’t Think They Know” featuring the one and only Aaliyah. For anyone who doesn’t know the r&b princess, she passed away in a plane crash back in 2001. Chris Brown created this song where she very much feels alive. Their voices were made to do a duet together.

Down below you could listen to one of Jhene Aiko’s newest songs. If you have any music suggestions for me, make sure to leave me a comment. Enjoy, see ya next Tuesday!

– Daniella

Why Hello!

Collage of my favorites

My name is Daniella. I will be sharing this blog with people I’ve only met once in my life which is kind of an interesting experience. It seems like we’ll all get to know each other through our life wins which is in some way, is inspiring. I’m taking this creative writing class as my last general ed course, woohoo!!!  I am 22, a music enthusiast, a food lover, a SF Giants fan and I am obsessed with Disneyland (no really I have an annual pass). I have to say this year has been the best year of my life thus far. I haven’t had an easy life to say the least but I’m not going to dwell on it but I know by far it has molded me into a strong person. I made a resolution in the beginning of the year to choose to be happy, it’s all about perception. It’s in my nature to plan things out, so I’ve tried (emphasis on TRIED) to be more spontaneous. I’ve done more trips than ever, and although I’ve probably spent more money than saving, my excuse is I’m young and why not! Anyway I have another personal blog but I mostly reblog photography I enjoy. It’s consists of fashion, music, beautiful landscapes and etc (picture above). However, I have not found time to post my thoughts. My goal out of this blog is to send positivity. Hopefully my life wins will influence you to have some life wins of your own.

My life win this week actually started off a bit shaky. Last Tuesday, I was in Costco strolling around, eating a few samples, then I dropped my phone. I honestly thought nothing of it because I drop my phone so many times a day, it’s actually quite sad. Anyway, I picked it up and my screen was shattered. So shattered I can see through the holes of what my phone looks like inside. Weird enough, it was still able to function so I used it and got a tiny piece of glass in my pinky. Poor pinky. I decided it was best not to use it until I got around to buying a new phone. I think it’s honestly been a good thing to not have my phone constantly at my side. It’s been quite refreshing. But guess what? The new iPhone has been announced today and it looks awesome so life has a funny way of working out and hopefully in a few weeks, I will be able to make phone calls and be active with the world again.