Monday Inspiration: October 20, 2014


By: Gabriela Yareliz

Happy Monday to all. Enjoy this week as October is in all of its fullness because next week is the last week of this fantastic, action-packed little month. It’s chilly out, skin starts feeling different (extra-moisture lotion!) and lip balm is needed. Autumn is in the middle of its parade, the sky is dimming and all kinds of things are falling out of the sky.

This time of the year reminds me of homecoming in high school, childhood memories of hot apple cider in a classroom decorated with fake leaves, and just around this time, I would start my Christmas list as a kid (ridiculous but true).

This week, I wish you productivity. Remember you are not alone, and celebrate what you are doing right. We all need little celebrations. Think of someone who is struggling with something, and see if you can help them in some way (materially or with your time). Find someone who irks you or is making your life 10x harder, and pray for them (it’s hard to dislike someone you pray for). And of course, make sure to take time for yourself; to reflect, pray and think about how you can grow. Flourish and spread your fragrance.

1] The labyrinth: Through our choices, every moment, we decide which path we will take and which way we will turn. We always have a choice. And remember, the best thing to do when you feel lost (and so you won’t get mugged) is to walk with purpose, and do your best every step of the way. Accept the surprises you find along the way. If you feel you’ve been somewhere before, life is like that. We sometimes have to pass through a place more than once; what matters is that we move on.

The smartest thing to do is to find the person who designed the labyrinth, and let Him guide you through with hints, notes and signs. Then, you know you will surely make it out safely.

What’s your labyrinth?


“A labyrinth is a symbolic journey . . . but it is a map we can really walk on, blurring the difference between map and world.”
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking    

2] An endless road of amazing possibilities is in front of each of us, but let’s enjoy the wind in our hair and the ups and downs in the now. Find a friend for the journey.




4] Michigan Magic: I envy all of you out there camping, driving through orange tunnels of tree leaves, and those who watch the sunsets on Lake Michigan.


5] You are more than what others say you are; you are more than a label or a past mistake. You are dearly loved.


6] Teacher appreciation: too real. Cory Matthews is the new Mr. Feeny. I miss sitting in a small classroom like this, the conversations and hilarity.

7] We are constantly choosing between fear and adventure.


8] This was a beautiful thought…oh to be a Godly woman. For those of us trying, don’t lose heart; keep praying and allowing God to mold you into the lady He wants you to be.


9] Your path is unlike one walked by any other.






12] Dare to ask the right questions, and dare to accept the answers when they come.


[Images from Tumblr]

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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