Wattpad story update

Due to timing and other factors, I have deleted the Second Chance Rachel story from my Wattpad profile.
I’ll still be using the characters and main story for future projects, but decided not to continue the story at this time. There were just too many factors involved that I cannot discuss right now, so I hope you all understand and will enjoy other projects I have lined up for release soon.

Thank you for your continued support of my blog and my writing.


Get to know the blogger part two

Part one can be found in a link below after this survey taken from YouTube.

Here are 50 “TMI” questions

1.What are you wearing?
Right now, a gray sweater (no hood) and pajama pants. I had jeans on but as soon as I came home tonight I got into these comfy pj pants
2. Ever been in love?
You know… I used to think I had been in love, but looking back, I really was just very infatuated. So, no. That’s exciting
3. Ever had a terrible break up?
4. How tall are you?
Five feet, three inches! The average girl height I guess
5. How much do you weigh?
Well, it depends on the day really! I’m usually between 100-108
6. Any tattoos?
7. Any piercings?
Yes! I have my left cartilage pierced with a purple earring in and both lobes
8. OTP
Ohhh!! There are two many! I’ll name two off the top of my head- Princess Aurora and Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty and Emma and Dexter from the movie One Day
9. Favorite show?
Definitely The Dick Van Dyke Show, hands down. But I also really got into Call the Midwife. Ohh! And Sherlock!
10. Favorite bands
Music questions are pretty hard for me to answer because I like so much of it.
Hmm… Well, I do like me song good old folk: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, but the first band I ever liked and still love are the Backstreet Boys! I saw them live twice!!
11. Something you miss?
Attending The Master’s College
12. Favorite song?
Impossible for me to ever have a favorite song. But I’ll tell you what I’m liking at the moment: Trust by Panama Wedding
13. How old you are
14. Zodiac Sign
Don’t believe in astrology, but I am a Capricorn
15. Quality you look for in a partner
Passionately pursuing God, loves the Bible, loves people
16. Favorite quote
Matthew 5:16 (look it up if you don’t know it! It was my life theme when I first became a Christian. Still is!)
17. Favorite actor
I don’t have one, really, but if I have to name someone who I believe has great acting skills I would go with Leonardo Di Caprio. No, he isn’t just attractive, I do think he is incredibly gifted. Have you ever seen What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? I saw it a few months ago and I was blown away.
18. Favorite color
Green! Same shade as the Green M&M
19. Loud music or soft
Both, but I usually go with loud
20. Where do you go when you’re sad
Into the arms of my savior :)
21. How long does it take you to shower
10- 20 minutes
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Depends on where I’m going
23. Ever been in a physical fight?
No. Always the peace maker. Never got near a fight
24. Turn on
The word “turn on” kind of bothers me but if I have to answer it I would say, a sense of humor. A goofy, childlike and innocent one
25. Turn off
26. The reason I joined YouTube started this blog
To share my Christian journey with the world. To express myself and encourage people
27. Fears
28. Last thing that made you cry
A computer error.. Yes, I know, how silly
29. Last time you said you love someone
When I was praying to God :)
30. Meaning behind your YouTube name blog name
It’s my fully name and pen name
31. Last book you read
I’ll be honest…I haven’t finished a book since college!
32. Book you are currently reading
The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
33. Last show you watched
Call the Midwife!
34. Last person you talked to
My mom
35. The relationship between you an the last person you texted
A great friend of 17 years
36. Favorite food
37. Place you want to visit
Scotland, England, and the Philippines
38. Last place you were
The house of the person described in question 35
39. Do you have a crush
40. Last time you kissed someone
41. Last time you were insulted
My dad and I insult each other daily. It’s how we joke around
42. Favorite flavor of sweet
Mint chocolate chip
43. What instruments do you play
I have a harmonica but I stopped practicing it. And I used to sing in choirs
44. Favorite piece of jewelry
My watch, necklace, and bracelet that I always wear and also a charm bracelet I no longer wear daily that my mom gave me on my 15th birthday. It has my name on the heart charm with t birthstone
45. Last song you sang
Trust by Panama Wedding
46. Favorite chat up line
47. Have you ever used it?
48. Last time you hung out with anyone
About an hour ago
49. Who should answer these next?
Whoever is reading this!
50. Oops! What happened to number 50?

Part one
The Master’s College

Thanks for reading!

Los Angeles Heartbeat

Los Angeles has become synonymous with some very key images.
Palm trees, beaches, and Valley girls for example. Those of us who live here know there is so much more than that. And some of it is very sad.
Los Angeles has been my home for 18 years. For most of those years I had a love-hate relationship with the famous city. I dreamed of getting out. Going to college in another city or state was my dream. Of course, that didn’t happen. I stayed pretty local.
The Lord knows if or when I’ll move away, but I know I’m here for a reason after all these years and have not been able to leave.
Growing up I saw countless homeless people. Some of them I even talked to- they knew me, I knew them and they watched me grow up. I watched some of them find homes and jobs. I watched others disappear over time, never to be heard from again. There were many more of the latter cases.
My heart is saddened by the very thought of a homeless person dying in the forgotten corners of the greater Los Angeles area, but that’s a reality.

Recently I’ve had it in my heart to really pray for and help the homeless people in my city and partner with others who have the same heart for the homeless.

As Christians we must love people and be compassionate. It took me long enough, but God’s timing is perfect. I vow from this day forth to pray for, feed, and minister to the homeless in any way I can while I’m still in the area.

Will you join me in praying not only for the homeless in LA and all over the world?

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (‭I John‬ ‭3‬:‭16-18‬ NKJV)

Rachel’s List

With Halloween now three weeks away, I am beginning to feel more pressed to make sure the second part of Second Chance Rachel gets published on time on October 31st. With the short amount of time , however, I am finding this project to be a lot of fun to work on. The publication date for part two coincides with Rachel Denton’s journal entry being written on the same date.

I thought I’d share a little secret that may not quite be much of a secret.

If you read part one you will recall that Rachel wrote out a list of things she hopes to accomplish in college. A list of things she hopes to get a second chance to do that she was unable to do because of past experiences getting in the way.

Her list is the following:

-Get good grades

-Make friends and build on friendships she  currently has

-Sing, learn drums, and improve on harmonica

-Be in a meaningful relationship with a great guy

-Act in a play

-Get a part-time job

-Improve on the languages she knows a little of- Tagalog, Spanish, Arabic

-Write more

-Run a marathon

-Play basketball again

If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now it won’t be a surprise to you to know that this list and Rachel’s story are semi-autobiographical. I believe in second changes and getting a chance at doing things over again. With that belief, I created this story.

Although a work of fiction, I used elements of my own testimony and personal experiences to help me create what I hope will be a funny, heartwarming, and encouraging story that people can enjoy for free via Wattpad.

As always, thank you all for your support!

Tell your friends abut my work, but more importantly, if you are a Christian, tell everyone you know how much God loves them!

If you haven’t read part one yet, here it is [link]. Click the link here or the one above.

Happy Friday!

Spokesperson, one year later

A year ago this very day I found myself in the car with a trusted friend in the early afternoon after experiencing a panic attack that morning. I missed chapel and all my classes.

Panic attacks weren’t new to me. But for a lot of my friends the fact that I had one so bad that I was headed to a medical walk-in to get myself a prescription for anti-depression and anti-anxiety medication was very new…and very scary. The outpouring of support I got from friends was a great comfort to me…but I was still a mess. And some people still did not understand what I was going through and made quick judgments.
That week at school was perhaps one of the hardest weeks of my entire senior year of college, if not my whole college experience. My body was adjusting to the new medication: lexapro. And it wasn’t easy. Not at all.

With so much on my mind and a difficult time dealing with certain social situations that were laid out before me, I felt I had no choice but to turn to medication after keeping myself away for six years.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder struck again.

My parents were not too keen on my drug use so they told me to stop after my first month’s supply. I didn’t listen of course. Instead I hid my pills from them and took the lexapro every morning until January.

Things did get better and eventually I was able to wean off the medication. I started exercising again and it helped. Journaling did too. Most of all, reading my bible and praying constantly helped me to deal with my depression and anxiety for the rest of the school year.
While I’m not free from G.A.D. I am doing much better than I have before.
I believe that many people, including Christians misunderstand depression and anxiety. I feel very strongly that God wants me to be a spokesperson for these conditions.
Can a Christian be depressed and anxious when the bible says that we are to be joyful? Yes. I do believe that a Christian can have anxiety and depression. I do not think that every instance of these illnesses is a result of a spiritual issue of the person or a lack of faith and prayer. I think it is just another part of this life, this fallen world that people could find themselves dealing with.

I am going to start a movement to end the insensitivity and bring light to the issue by encouraging people to love on those who are anxious and depressed and not judge them right away or put them in a box.

What these people need is love and understanding.

I hope to be an effective voice for this cause that is so dear to my heart.

Will you pray for me as I prepare to put this together?

Thank you all so much.
God Bless each and every one of you.

Faking Fiction

Being required to take so many writing classes in college for my major, one would think I’ve got fiction writing down. In reality, out of all the writing I did, I produced more quality work in my non-fiction writing classes such as Autobiography Writing and Writing Essays. I struggled with fiction.
Nevertheless I have allowed my imagination to lead me to the online writing community Wattpad and put down part one of a series I created called Second Chance Rachel.

Like my own non-fiction stories, this one stars a young college female who tries to better her life. It’s targeted at teens and young adults, but hopefully people of all ages will enjoy it.
Part two will be posted on Halloween.

Thanks, as always for your support and love, friends!
God Bless you all!