Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we had a nice quiet one and ended it with celebrating Día del los Reyes Magos, or The Three Wise Men by eating the traditional Rosca de Reyes. A beautiful oval shaped pastry that has a few plastic babies, (representing Jesus) and whoever gets one in their piece has to throw a Tamale party on February 2, for Día de la Candelaria, or Candlemass.

As I get older I love celebrating these beautiful traditions that have been going on for decades, at least they have within my family. Just like in New Years Eve, the moment the clock strikes midnight we eat 12 grapes for each second. Each grape representing all the good things we want to manifest for the New Year.

Traditions like these will always remind me of human perseverance, that no matter what is happening in the world around us we can still get together as family and celebrate our traditions. Having faith, regardless of what your religious affiliation, you can overcome or achieve anything.

Although I am not religious, I do have faith in something greater than me that gets me through the days when I am doubting myself. Having said that, I also believe that through perseverance and hard work we can achieve whatever we set our minds to.

I know sometimes we humans lack the patience to wait for the rewards after the hard work we have been doing. Yet I’ve seen it time and time again- in my life- that when I persevered good things came to me. Obviously this is something that I have to work on all the time, not because I lack the faith, but because I lack the patience.

I also tend to fall into the trap that by this age I should have done this, or written that, or accomplished so much. But this is not the truth, the truth is that my life is different and things happen when I keep working on them and when I keep on persevering.

Even if it takes me my whole life time to achieve the goals I set for myself. I have to remind myself that I am where I am supposed to be and to stop comparing myself to others. Like all good things, it takes time. But as long as I keep working on my goals and persevering I will accomplish great things.

Last year with the help of my sister, I was able to get into the Los Angeles Public Library, and even though it took us a year we never stopped trying. I am happy to say that I was able to get in and now my book ¿Soy Bonita? is available there. If you live in the Los Angeles area and close to the libraries that have my book please head there and rent it out.

I wanna to tell you that even though times may seem hard, don’t stop persevering. Know and remember that this too shall pass.

Keep on keeping on!

Sincerely,

Liliana Lopez

 

 

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