Year: 2011

2011-2012 transition

Some amazing things occurred in my life in 2011, the kind of things that make you want to hate the person they are occuring to if it is not you. I have been incredibly happy in my career, family life, and relationship. I recently graduated from Pepperdine!! Finally, after 6 long years between my undergrad and graduate school. Six long years of late nights, papers, and tests and it feels amazing to be done. I am sure at one point I will miss it, but right now is not it! And as I was finishing school I got an incredible job offer as a counselor, which I of course took (for those who dont know, these are tough times in the job market for MFT’s). My first week of work was my last week of finals…..and I feel so lucky! I also just recently moved in with my fiance, and although we had sufficient warnings about how difficult it would be to live with someone for the first time……(which I am sure it will be at some point) but not now, …

Let us say what we are thankful for

Thanksgiving is approaching us and I am so excited! They tell us it all began with some pilgrim and indian friendly bullshit story, which is not why I continue to celebrate it. Honestly, it’s about family and friends, and showing appreciation for eachother, with an abundance of good carb infested food, YUMM! So let us be thankful, whether you celebrate thanksgiving or not. I am eternally thankful for the following things: My mom and her neverdying effort to accomodate her children and the people she loves, even to the extent of ignoring her own comfort and preference. I love her! (SHE IS THE DEFINITION OF A SELF-LESS MEXICAN MOTHER) My father, I am appreciative of his sincerity and love. He has a heart of gold! which has given me a template for how men should be everywhere, and has showed me how I deserve to be loved. Thank you DAD because of you I know my worth! To my 6 siblings, I feel so blessed to have each of you in my life, to counsel me, entertain me, love and care for me, …

We are not exempt from death

A friend lost her life last weekend. She was only 27 years young. It is not the first time a young person has lost her life, yet with the shock and sadness I felt  it was as though it was the first time I had ever heard bad news. I was not very close to her, I only remember several encounters and engaging conversations in the past few years,  but for those who were I cannot and do not want to imagine the pain.  My sympathies go out to her family and friends and all those in between. As my parents delivered to me the bad news, I had the thought, No! it could not have happened, I new her and she was young. That’s the thing with death we all theoretically know it has to happen to everyone, yet we are always surprised by it because in reality we did not think it would happen to someone we  know and love. Losing a loved one in general can feel like you were robbed, as though something really unfair …

Dont Forget To Breathe!

 I woke up yesterday, went along my day, then went home in the evening as I do everyday, and as I laid down to sleep I realized I forgot to breathe. That may sound absurd to you, and I am sure you are screaming at your computer screen:“Elizabeth, that is stupid if you really had forgotten to breathe you would be dead!”  And thats my point exactly… 😉 Lately, I have been so busy going along my day without giving a thought to my breath, if I did not know I needed oxygen to live, I would wonder at the end of the day, if I took a breath today, because I dont remember doing it? do you? I just realized I have not been paying much attention to my breath, to the fact that I breathe every second of every day. I have been so wrapped up in the busyness, and to-do-lists of my life, that I forget to be mindful and pay attention to the very thing that brings oxygen to my blood and heart, brain, and all of my body; to the very thing that keeps me alive.  In forgetting …

Never Always, ALways Never

Never and Always. How often do you hear these words? How often do you, yourself say them? and in what circumstances? This thought occured to me while I was driving. I thought I would NEVER be able to drive in LA traffic, nontheless drive. I was terrified when I was first learning to drive, the thought of driving myself to places was unnatural to me, being the youngest of 7 I had been driven places all of my life by my siblings. Also, I am not good under pressure, when I panic my reasoning gets blurred, and the last place I wanted that to happen was while I was driving where blurred reasoning can get you killed. I delayed driving, and I did not get my license until the age of 19. But recently, I thought to myself while driving my daily route on the 405. Look at you Elizabeth , you are driving, and driving well in scary, frustrating places. I thought I would NEVER……and then I started to think of all my other nevers…Elizabeth you …

Hi it’s me again…

So for those that have not noticed, I have not written in my blog since May, 3 months ago. And it was not for lack of inspiration but rather I have just been so damn busy. And for those wondering why I have that guy from the beer commercials on here, and how that relates, let me just assure you that it does not relate. I just like that guy, and I thought I needed an interesting picture! So here is a quick summary of my summer: -Paul proposed to me on mother’s day 😀 -Summer school: finished three classes this summer toward my Masters. pheww  -driving all over the place for my jobs and internship, and getting a horrible tan -Vegas in July :), and a few concerts 😀 -THREE WEDDINGS!! Alyssa, Hannah, and one of Paul’s friend. <3<3<3 congrats newlyweds!! -Wedding venue shopping with Paul ❤  It has certainly been a wonderful kind of busy…. I am excited to say that I am back, and although I will be busy still, I will try to post once in …

Expectations, expectations….

I learned an important lesson last weekend about expectations, and it seems like it’s one I learn every few weeks or so, but it somehow doesnt sink in. See, I pride myself in being an idealist. My style, haircut, home, job, interests may change from time to time, but one thing I cans say Ive always been is a DREAMER. I’m sure many can relate. I have a great imagination, and I spend alot of time in my head looking at things as they should be, but always being tremendoulsly dissapointed at the reality, because things aren’t as good as I imagine them. I imagine a future, all furnished and polished, yet when I face reality, it doesnt look like it, and it makes me question whether my reality is NOT as it should be. How silly is it that, I think my reality is the wrong one, AND NOt the way I imagine things? I read this somewhere, when life doesn’t fit your expectations don’t change your life, change your expectations, and I have a hard time practicing it. …