Luck Needs Your Faithful Reminder Tonight

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve really become serious about making progress on what has evolved from one huge book with every life-improving/motivational topic under the sun to a much more digestible series of eBooks that will each cover one topic. One night a week I come to a Starbucks in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago because its open later than any other coffee shop I’ve seen. And, I write.

It’s a really great spot for writing. This location has an awesome set-up with a sort of counter-stool area that allows you to work while you look out onto the street. Watching people walk by and life happen while I write just helps me stay focused in a weird way. I am productive here. My creative juices just go buck wild.

Now this is also the neighborhood where I volunteer every other Saturday with what is mostly street-based youth. In the last couple of weeks, as I’ve been writing and watching life happen from this Starbucks window, I’ve seen several of the youth I volunteer with walking by. A few of them pace back and forth for the several hours I sit here, suitcases in hand, often looking lost and as if they are just passing the time, because well, they have nowhere to go. And it’s incredibly heartbreaking.

Here I sit drinking my $5 coffee, thinking of myself as unprivileged because of the circumstances I come from, constantly stressing out because of the mountainous debt that keeps me up at night,   and forever worrying about how and when I am going to get to where I want to be in my life with respect to career, love, family stability and everything else I worry about. When will I finish these books, when will I have financial stability, when will I truly get past the issues of my troubled childhood?

But then I see these kids, walking back and forth, with everything they own in one suitcase, trying to figure out where to sleep tonight, and I remember just how incredibly lucky I am. Suddenly, I focus less on everything I do not have, and focus more on all of the great things I sometimes take for granted in my life. I start to pay more attention to all the luck I do have, despite whatever misfortunes I might struggle with.

So I just thought I’d write a little note to encourage you to focus on everything that you have, and try and give less heart and brain space to all of the things you wish you had or you feel you’ve been cheated out of in life. Because if you have a roof over your head, health in your blood, and food in your stomach, you are already so much more fortunate than a lot of people out there in this troubled world. 

If you really try and focus on the fact that you are indeed very lucky just a little more often, I think you will find more HAPPY in your heart and more peace in your mind. So tonight, before I go to bed, and every night after that, I will say to myself, “You are very lucky,” and I hope you will give it a shot too.

With eternal love and hope,

Sonia, Word Share Junkie

Color Me Stoked: Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Award

This week has been great overall. Tomorrow is my 29th birthday (GASP, I’m almost 30!), and I’m headed to Puerto Ricoooo. This past weekend I had birthday brunches and dinners with great friends, received beautiful flowers and thoughtful presents, and I even got to enjoy some great feel-it-in-my-heart Spanish music at a Cuban festival in a big, beautiful park here in Chicago. Then today, my sweet coworkers took me out for a great lunch. Could it get any better? Yes it can! This week I was also given my first blogging award by my wonderful follower and fellow blogger, Michele Anderson.

I am so honored to be recognized with this award because this blog, although I don’t spend as much time as I’d like to on it because of work, work, work and other responsibilities, means SO, SO much to me. To feel that my work is enjoyed and appreciated, and that my message of positivity and motivated living is making some small impact is like a dream come true for me. So, thank you Michele!! You’ve made my week a ton more special with this honor!

Now as the award asks (check out the rules here), here are seven things about me that you might not already know:

  1. I like olives in my apple martinis and usually get a lot of grief for it. Apparently apples and olives are not supposed to be friends!
  2. I didn’t get my drivers’ license until I was 20 years old.
  3. My beautiful little sister is 17 years younger than me and from the same parents!
  4. I have no middle name. Strange, right?
  5. I was born and raised in the U.S., but I’ve traveled to Cuba to visit family twice.
  6. I’ve been writing poetry, short stories, songs and everything you can imagine since I was about 10 years old. Sometimes I go back and read these things, especially the love poems, and I think wow, that’s a lot of emotion for a 10-year-old!
  7. I think and dream in Spanglish.

Now, also in keeping with the award rules, here are 15 bloggers (although there are many more) I think are awesome and am awarding the Versatile Blogger Award to:

  1. The Positivity Blog 
  2. Tough Motivation 
  3. Kindness girl 
  4. Everyday Power 
  5. Project Light to Life 
  6. A Hot Cup of Love 
  7. The Better Man Project 
  8. Girl on the Contrary 
  9. In Her Words Avenue 
  10. A Thousand Shades of Gray 
  11. Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane 
  12. In Search of it All 
  13. One Web Strategy 
  14. The PhotoBook 
  15. My Name is Not Bob 

OK, now I’m off to pack for Puerto Rico, so I can get my sun, beach and relaxation on!! Have a wonderful night and a positively positive week ahead.  I am feeling incredibly grateful and hopeful today, and I hope you are too!

Sonia, Word Share Junkie