Remembering 9/11

As most of you know, today is the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the world trade center in New York City and Pentagon in Washington. Almost 3000 innocent lives were lost that day. Most of who were just living their day-to-lives, going in for a routine day of work at the office, and boarding flights. Never imagining that the worse was yet to come, never picturing the tragic events that unfolded before them that now remain engraved in our hearts and minds, changing the way we think, act, and feel about our world forever.
I have no doubt that there are some of you out there who are thinking to yourself. "Oh great it's 9/11, cue the tribute posts on all social media and you are just sick and tired of it all right? Or perhaps you are one of the children of the victims who were left behind and you are afraid this event on this day is now all that defines you.
To the people that are sick of all those posts: I understand your frustration and it is perfectly fine t…

Father's Day

I would like to wish all the fathers out there today a happy Father's Day including my own father who was and still is, there to love, support, protect, guide, and teach me right from wrong. Thank you, dad, for all you do for us. Thank you for working so hard every day to provide and ensure we have a place to rest our heads. I love you dad and I dedicate this song to you and every dad out there as well as they enjoy this special day. You may have a hard time expressing your emotions sometimes, but I see just how much you care and love me with the simple things you do. whether it's asking if I'm alright after you come home from a long day of work, making sure my siblings always remember to get me "something nice," and always make sure I have enough spending money for the road.  There are not enough words to describe how much you mean to me. I'll always be your baby girl <3.

My Song For The Depressed And Those With A Heavy Heart...

Hey Everyone!
I know it's been a LONG TIME since I have posted music on here, but recently this one caught my attention and I just had to share it with all of you. I have always believed that when words fail, music speaks and let me tell you. did it ever because when I first heard it in it's entirety. I didn't just cry, I SOBBED so hard and loud, I was thankful to be alone at the moment. If you are a loyal reader of mine, you know that it is no secret that I LOVE music. My most favorite thing about music whether it be lyrical or instrumental is that it is open to one's interpretation. A single song can mean and resonate with so many different individuals for many different reasons. Sometimes, it may not even be about the full song, but a part of the song, a single lyric that tells just enough of your story, to bring you comfort in your most difficult, heartbreaking, vulnerable, rock-bottom, darkest moments/durations. You can take what you need.
However, this song, in …

International Woman's Day...

Hello Everyone!
On this special day meant to celebrate a woman's achievements and fight for women's rights and equality. I wanted to thank some of the woman in my life for all that they have done and continue to do for me, even more so because of my Cerebral Palsy, as I need more hands-on assistance than most people. I have been fortunate enough to have been assisted by so many kind, compassionate, strong woman throughout my life and I am forever grateful. They are my mother, sisters, friends, and former paras. These are just some of their faces and I thank them for making me who I am today.

Until we meet again,
With love and gratitude,

I Became An Auntie Again-Meet The Newest Addition To My Family...

Hello Everyone!
I am so excited to share the news that on February 15. 2019 (yes, the day before Valentine's day) I officially became an auntie for the 10th time, this time to a baby girl...

Claire's mommy took this photo and I am such a proud auntie that I couldn't resist giving her a full feature on my Facebook page. Isn't she adorable? This shot was just too precious not to share <3.
 Until we meet again, With love and gratitude, Mao

My thoughts on this Christmas 2018

Hello beautiful people,
I am writing this to you having just got home from yet another family gathering and I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very merry Christmas. Life is difficult, life is bittersweet so if you celebrate Christmas or any other Holiday during this month, take a look around. Breathe it in, the smell of food, the noise, and the chatter. Put a little more love and laughter in the air today and allow yourself to feel it for no matter what struggles you are facing at the moment, it is always good and important to know how much love you have given others and how much you are loved back.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
 Until we meet again, With love and gratitude, Mao

To Those Who Struggle This Christmas...

Today is Christmas Eve, and for most, it is supposed to be a time of joy but as I was scrolling through my Facebook a couple weeks ago, I came across this post from that of a friend shared and I felt compelled to share it with all of you as well. For every holiday season is different for everyone and it is for those who do not feel so merry and bright during this time of year that I dedicate this to, for as John says, "You are loved."