June 2022 Favorites

By: Gabriela Yareliz A new month begins. June was filled with really magical and fun moments. There were victories, excitement, and stress. It was sort of a harvest month. There are months when we cultivate and months when we reap the result of serious efforts and grace. I read some incredible books on entertaining, startedContinue reading “June 2022 Favorites”

Our Internal Narrative

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s a dark and rainy spring morning as I write this. It is so cool outside, which is refreshing after having woken up with allergies and swollen eyelids. (My allergies are killing me lately). I have my basil Beauty Pie candle going, and my pretty bunch of chamomile flowers on my entryContinue reading “Our Internal Narrative”

We Start at Nothing

By: Gabriela Yareliz Scripture tells us that the day is made up of evening and morning. (Genesis 1:5) This is why Sabbath begins Friday sundown and ends Saturday sundown. As I have been examining what it means to rest, I was hit by a quote by Eugene Peterson, which says, “The Hebrew evening/morning sequence conditionsContinue reading “We Start at Nothing”

Choosing Our Reality

By: Gabriela Yareliz In Cómo Hacer que te Pasen Cosas Buenas (How to Make Good Things Happen to You), the wise Marian Rojas Estapé points out that the body and mind don’t distinguish what is real from what is not real. What becomes real for us lies in our choice. In other words, if weContinue reading “Choosing Our Reality”

Finding the Roots

By: Gabriela Yareliz I have been intrigued lately by the unfolding Ghislaine Maxwell case (the trial is happening here, in the Southern District of New York). You can find neat updates at @houseinhabit on Instagram. (She is in the courthouse, these days). Something else that has captured my attention is the Apple TV + seriesContinue reading “Finding the Roots”

Switching Off

By: Gabriela Yareliz My mind is going (taka-taka-taka-taka). Switch is on. I saw something beautiful, written by @jessicaalixhesser, today. I wanted to share it with you: “Don’t let them steal your vision or your life, you hear me? Life is not what they keep telling you it is. Mostly, life will be friendly to youContinue reading “Switching Off”

Nourishment for Hard Times

By: Gabriela Yareliz Where We Are What does it look like to confront moments of uncertainty? We all do it, day after day. I was listening to a doctor on a podcast who is temporarily staying in Harlem, and she was talking about how there is a depressive cloud over NYC. The subways are silent.Continue reading “Nourishment for Hard Times”

Seeing What Others Don’t

By: Gabriela Yareliz One of the most interesting books I have ever read is Seeing What Others Don’t by Gary Klein. It’s a heavy read, but I encourage anyone to pick it up. (I have a special disdain for those who are like, I’ll fill you in on what it says, as you wouldn’t beContinue reading “Seeing What Others Don’t”

Summer Prep Edit

By: Gabriela Yareliz Summer is near. You can just feel it in the air, despite the 40F Memorial Day weekend we had. The baby hairs that frame my face are doing their (much-dreaded) humidity curl. *Side-eye to the baby hairs* What do we need for summer? (Better said, what do we want for summer?) Hmm…Continue reading “Summer Prep Edit”

Why We Can’t Sleep

By: Gabriela Yareliz I’ve enjoyed Tish Harrison Warren’s Prayer in the Night. One of the chapters I most liked was about praying for those who rest. Ironically, as I write this, I should be sleeping. She writes that sleep is “so vulnerable.” “We sometimes have a hard time embracing it. We stay up late, staringContinue reading “Why We Can’t Sleep”