The Fighters: Nikki and Brie Bella

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am a HUGE Nikki and Brie Bella fan. Their beautiful book, Incomparable, details growing up with a young mom and dad who were in an abusive relationship, how they were a surprise to a teen mom, their difficult and almost nonexistent childhood, their parent’s divorce, rape, the death of a lovedContinue reading “The Fighters: Nikki and Brie Bella”

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

By: Gabriela Yareliz Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! There is so much happening in the world– it’s hard to know where to look. Still, you know I believe in celebrating the good stuff. Life needs more of that. I often focus on one of the attributes I love about my culture, in this first post. LastContinue reading “Hispanic Heritage Month 2021”

My Goggles

By: Gabriela Yareliz Tonight, I was transported back to the early 2000s. (I watched How to Deal). I know I take you back there a lot, and I think it’s because there was a purity to how unique we were then. We had to be, in a world with no social media or influencers. WeContinue reading “My Goggles”

Filling the Gap

By: Gabriela Yareliz I read something that I loved (and struck a chord with me) in Prayer in the Night, by Tish Harrison Warren. It was this idea that sometimes, we carry such deep burdens. There are times in life when we are drained to the core and can barely look up. Warren makes theContinue reading “Filling the Gap”

The Presence of Greatness

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s not uncommon to desire and strive for greatness. *Cue Kanye West’s song “Stronger” /Bow in the presence of greatness/* One of the Battle Ready podcast conversations discussed how we often fail to recognize greatness and scoff at people who have accomplished things we can’t even dream of. We can be soContinue reading “The Presence of Greatness”

The Strength for Some Madness

By: Gabriela Yareliz My boyfriend is very gifted and artistic— it really shines when it comes to food. He makes things that are so delicious but also knows how to present them on a plate. He can make sparkling water next-level, you know what I mean? He found this show on Netflix called Chef’s TableContinue reading “The Strength for Some Madness”

Studio Update 8

By: Gabriela Yareliz Do I choose eggs or life? I started off the morning debating whether it was worth risking my livelihood to get eggs at a NYC grocery store. It’s not. You see, I am a vegetarian, and I avoid dairy, but I do eat eggs on occasion. Not often. But sometimes. There areContinue reading “Studio Update 8”

Studio Update 7

By: Gabriela Yareliz Greetings from the studio. I did venture out today, to the basement, to take down my recycling. Yes, crisis is no reason to stop recycling. I was met by an old woman huddled in the corner of the elevator. (There are no stairs to the basement). She was clutching a scarf toContinue reading “Studio Update 7”

Calm

“The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.18.5b When I read this, it struck a chord. I am not always calm. I have my frenzied moments. Moments where I don’t trust timing, hormonal moments (there should be greeting cards apologizing for PMS– I couldContinue reading “Calm”

Fighter

“Be me, or fight me“ Conor McGregor By: Gabriela Yareliz I grew up watching boxing and fighting, from a young age. At the age of four, I was sitting on Muhammad Ali’s lap for a photo (went to pre-school with his son). My grandfather would order the fights on Pay-Per-View– usually on a Saturday night.Continue reading “Fighter”