A Day that Will Never Be Forgotten (:

National Charity League  

On May 14th, I was honored to receive a scholarship in which I hope to make a difference in women’s lives. This scholarship was awarded to me by the National Charity League; whose mission is to a mother-daughter relationship in a philanthropic foundation through community service, cultural experiences, and leadership.

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When I first applied for the scholarship I was skeptical because I questioned if I had done as much community service as other girls. However, when I talked to my math teacher, Mrs. Reed she told me she had been a part of the League and would in no doubt see me as one of their candidates. The more she told me about the League, the more I built confidence to apply and be part of this amazing program. Once finished with the document’s I was excited to turn it in and find out my eligibility.

 

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A few weeks later, I was in my English class and received a call slip for an interview with regards to the National Charity League Scholarship. Without even reading the call slip completely my heart raced, my hands began to sweat, and all that roamed in my head was what type of questions they would ask me and how I would answer them. As I sat down in the media center waiting for my interview I prayed to God that he would relax me so that I could speak clearly and not have a shaky voice. I decided to free my mind by reading my book, but realized a unique method to relax oneself that Mr. Yarton taught our AP Spanish class before the AP Exam. He said to place our feet firmly on the ground, stand up straight, and take in deep breaths. As I continued to do this, my attention went to my toes, which actually calmed my nerves.

 

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Once the interviewers came I wasn’t as nervous as I was when I first came in; I thanked God for his help. The ladies that interviewed me were super sweet, friendly, understanding, and inspirational. Having such wonderful ladies in front of me was a privilege because they have done and continue to do so much for our community by helping different foundations with their missions to improve our lives. Some examples are the Alzheimer’s Organization, Down Syndrome Foundation, and much more. I hope that in the future I can help these organizations blossom through volunteer work and dedication. Additionally, as soon as I finished my interview, I thanked both of the representatives and left with both confidence and worrisome about how I had talked throughout the whole interview.

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A couple of weeks later, as I was getting ready for bed I heard a jingle from my phone and discovered that I was elected as one of the wonderful ladies for the National Charity League Scholarship. I leaped with joy and quickly told me mother about the news. We both screamed and were super excited to receive my award on May 14th as well as discover ways to help our community.

When the day finally came, I started to get butterflies in my tummy to receive my scholarship. The location where the ceremony was held at was at Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach. The reception was absolutely beautiful and the weather made it that much more perfect to wear a dress. As soon as we entered we were greeted by wonderful women who were so amiable. They guided us to the food station, which was delicious and showed us where I would be sitting for the ceremony. After a few minutes we were ready for the ceremony and as they called my name I recognized three other lovely ladies from Fountain Valley. One which I know and consider to be super friendly, her name is Catt Phan!

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Proceeding our awards, the National Charity League awarded many organizations with a grant to help fund their foundation. I truly delighted to see all those amazing foundations that I wish I can be a part of with my mother in the future. In fact, I really wanted to join the Oak’s Homework club so that I can help kids get better in their subject area. Finally, we all headed out to the patio under the shimmering lights and the golden moonlight to enjoy yummy desserts and take pictures. The day couldn’t have been more perfect; the weather was nice and I had my mother and father by my side.

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Overall this experience taught me two things. One is that I can go into an interview feeling more confident with myself and knowing that people will be understanding and two how much I can continue to help my community in Fountain Valley. I am sincerely thankful to the National Charity League association for providing me with this scholarship and I hope to continue to make a difference in the lives of our society.

Quote: “A mother’s treasure is her daughter.” -Catherine Pulsifer

A Person That Can Never be Replaced (:

 Endless Friendship

There’s one person in your life life that can never be replaced, not even for millions, billions of money. This precious being is our caregiver, best friend, adviser, but most importantly the reason we stand in this world. We adore this person more than anything and would sacrifice our own life no matter what the cost may be. And despite times that we fight with this person, have days without speaking, and wish they would understand our teen years, in the long run we appreciate every second we have with this being. This of course is none other than our mother’s.

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On May 11, we all showered our mother’s with gifts, delightful cards, kisses, and hugs for Mother’s Day. It was my mission to make this day unforgettable for our lovely mommy. I wanted to give her something valuable yet homemade because I know she enjoys sentimental gifts that are made from scratch instead of buying a fancy piece of jewelry. Thus, on the Friday before Mother’s Day, my sister and I went to Color Me Mine in South Coast Plaza. At first it was difficult to leave because I didn’t know how I would lie to my grandma so that she wouldn’t tell my mom where I was going. However, I just told her I was going to school to work on an english project, but I would be back soon. Luckily she bought it and my sister and I left immediately so we wouldn’t catch traffic. I had never been there before, but every time we passed by there my mom always said, “One day we will go there and make a family tree out of our five hands as a sign of unity.”

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When we first entered I was amazed with all the cute displays. In fact, due to my undecisiveness it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to decorate for my mommy. I was between a plate because I know she loves to munch and crunch hehe and a jewlry box with a symbol of her favorite star. After much deliberation I found a heart plate that caught my attention and I knew that she would love.

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Finally, I was ready to start glazing the plate. This again took some thought because I wanted it to encompass all the love I had for my mother, as well as thanking her for all the sacrifices, care, and love she has provided me throughout the year without making it look like a blob. My sister was constantly laughing at me because I would grab the brush, dip it into a cherry red( which was my mom’s favorite color) and then place it aside again. After about twenty minutes I decided to start coloring the edges and making swirls on the side of the plate. Once finished I realized that it takes both patience and concentration to make a perfect image, but through it all I enjoyed the experience because no one was rushing you to finish your artwork and every employee was super friendly. Although I was excited to have my plate fired, when I payed I realized that it wouldn’t be ready until 3-5 days, which meant that my plan to prepare my mother’s traditional breakfast on Sunday morning was not an option.

However, when it came time for Sunday morning my family and I planned to take her out to eat at her favorite restaurant. But before this, we all awakened her with millions of hugs, kisses, and homemade cards.

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Then we left to our country’s traditional food, which is a homemade corn flour tortilla stuffed with cheesy cheese or cheese and mashed beans. They are cooked until lightly golden brown on both side of the tortilla and are called “pupusas.” You can enjoy them with a fresh vinegar salad and delicious handmade tomato sauce or spicy tomato sauce. Although it wasn’t what I had expected to do in the morning for breakfast, it made my mommy happy which is all one can ask for.

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Then we went to our favorite church at 1:00p.m. My mom especially loves this church because on Mother’s Day the chorus sings a sweet song to all the mother’s in the room. Next, we went to walk around Fashion Island to visit my brother at his work before we all went out to eat dinner as a family. After sitting by the shady benches near the pond full of colorful fishes, I stared at my mom and thanked God to have her by my side; I know that without her I wouldn’t be here. I acknowledge how much she sacrifices so much for our family and tries her best to please everyone despite coming home from work all tired. She always has a smile on her face and cuddles us more than a fluffy blanket thats why my brother, sister, and I call her super mom heheh. I became overwhelmed with emotion and squeezed my mommy; she jerked and hugged me back telling me that she loved me.

Finally, before we went out to eat with my whole family, including my grandma and my brother, we made a quick stop at Corona del Mar beach to walk around the sand. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed the beautiful horizon. This was my favorite part because we all sat down on the sand and simply gazed at the sunset. We didn’t even speak for a while, but just took everything in. I felt as though the clock stopped when we were in such a peaceful place and wanted it to never come to an end.

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Ultimately, we took my mommy to go eat authentic latino food at South Coast Plaza. It is across from Chipotle and is called, “Baja Fish.” They sell delicious food and is a mix of a fast food place, in which you order the food at the front desk but the waiters bring your food to you. However, the food is not at all fast food, it is homemade and makes her belly happy to enjoy such juicey food. From fish tacos, to chicken or steak plates with rice, beans, and salad to shrimp bowls. My favorite side dish is the rice because it has a different taste that melts in your mouth as soon as you take your first bite. Although we would have loved to take my mommy to a fancy restaurant, we realized that many restaurants would be extremely full and would take all day just to get a seat. Once we were all done we played a game in the car on the ride home. We call it yes, no, no, which stands for we can’t say either yes or no. We absolutely love this game because we all laugh at how silly we are when we stutter to not say no or yes. Overall this day was perfect! My family and I couldn’t have asked for a more delightful day because we have never laughed so much and enjoyed each others company like this in a long time! (:

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Despite mother’s day being fully over with, on Tuesday I got a call back from Color ME Mine saying that my plate was ready. I was overjoyed and went after school to go pick it up with my sister. I was afraid of how it would turn out because the hardest part was not shaking when writing down a message on the plate. However, when I opened it I was happy with the result and I hoped my mommy would be too. When I got home I couldn’t wait for her to see it so I made her a surprise brunch for dinner; the breakfast I would have made for her on Mother’s Day.

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I made her sauted onions by mixing them with beans and rice, with an egg white omelet stuffed with mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, tomato, green peppers, and onions, cinnamon “platanos”, which is like a banana, and a crunchy whole wheat toast with raspberry jam. When she came she was surprised and delighted to have her favorite morning breakfast on her very own plate! (:

Remember that Mother’s day shouldn’t only be the day where you shower your mom with hugs and kisses. Instead it should be everyday that you thank your mother, even for the smallest things such as making you breakfast, waking you up in the morning, picking up your clothes, and much more. One thing that you should always do before leaving the house is give your mom a kiss and a hug because it lets her that you love her and appreciate her presence. Thus, I would encourage you guys to do something special for your mom today, whether it be a small dinner, a massage, cleaning your room, or just taking a moment to sit down with your mom and asking her how her day went.  

Quote: “A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.” -Cardinal Mermillod

P.S. How was your Mother’s Day ? I would love to hear how it was and what you guys did! (:

Awaken into a World of Hope

Swim Far Far Away

“A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given her to control the working of her body and her soul. She grew daring and reckless, overestimating her strength. She wanted to swim far out, where no women had swum before” (X, 47).

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Throughout life we have all come across a moment when we seek to discover our identity and what our purpose is in life. We strive to uncover what we want to do with our lives and what the future holds for us. Our minds are filled with questions and decisions that make us realize how hard life is.

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This was quite the case for the protagonist Edna Pontellier in the famous novel, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. The novel portraits Edna as a young wife who searches to figure out her true identity in the mist of falling in love with another man other than her husband. She is wrapped around her desire to be with Robert at times as well as being alone and free from everyone surrounding her. In fact, in the schema of spending a summer at Grand Isle, Edna realized that, “…she was seeing with different eyes and making the assimilation of new conditions in herself that colored and changed her environment…” (XIV 67). She begins to discover the meaning of who she is and what she really wants in life. We can all relate to this, especially during our teen years because we are growing and learning more about what we want and who we want in our lives.

 

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However, as the story continues, Edna loses hope in ever finding her soul purpose in life, when she recognizes that Robert is moving to Mexico without having consented with her before hand. As soon as he leaves, she falls in a deeper hole of confusion with her life and digs deeper into living farther and farther away from her precious kids and her dull husband. In fact, “there were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why — when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead, when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation” (97). She lost hope and found no light at the end of the tunnel.

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This similar feeling that Edna felt as she struggles to discover her identity can be seen in each and everyone one us at some point in our lives. Whether it be figuring out our true love, where we would like to attend college, and much more. With all these decisions we are constantly thinking of what will benefit us in the long run and as we take a step forward, we end up falling back into a deeper hole of confusion. Above all what we learn about these moments in our lives is not the frustration, but the fact that we realize how hard life can be.We begin to acknowledge that life is not a piece of cake, but instead a jungle full of triumphs and struggles in which we learn to uncover reality.

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Furthermore as the story proceeds we learn of Edna’s somber death. Although much controversy has been talked about the ending of the novel with the fact that it is too ambiguous, I believe that the ending served a much greater purpose for each and everyone of us. For me it meant that Edna had finally awakened from her dream; she was flustered with finding her true identity and being confused, but at the end she was at peace with herself.

Additionally, just how Edna struggled with finding out her true self, I felt the same way when trying to make my final college decision. I was between Chapman, UCR, and UCI. Each day before May 1st I was tormented with the decision I had to make because I was afraid of making a mistake. I knew that if I went to Chapman I would encounter smaller classes, a one to one contact with my teachers, and an amazing campus, which I loved from the first time I stepped onto the campus. If I went to UCR however I would make my dream become reality because I would dorm with my best friend whom I left sophomore year when I transferred schools. Since middle school we had promised that we would attend the same college and now that I had the chance to do so, it wasn’t such an easy decision. Each night I asked myself if I was ready to leave my family and move out to start my own life. This was one aspect that tormented me each night because my family mean the world to me; I am so close to them that it would hurt me if I wouldn’t see them each day for at least an hour. Finally, if I went to UCI, I was afraid of the larger classes, the fact that I wouldn’t be with my best friend, and how big the campus would be. However, this was the only school where I wouldn’t be on debt because I wouldn’t dorm there at least for the first year….

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Although this was a tremendously hard decision for me, I simply asked God to help me with this situation and let it be his will to let me make the right decision. After much deliberation and headaches, I made my final choice this week…. I chose UCI because it was closer, more convenient, and most importantly it was better for my major, which is psychology. Despite, my decision my mind continues to linger with sadness of not being able to attend such an amazing school such as Chapman or the fact that I won’t be with my best friend for college. We have promised one another that we will talk to each other once a week on the phone, go visit one another, and continue to grow our friendship as the years go by.

 

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This decision was one of the hardest ones I have made in life, but it showed me that life is full of surprises; that sometimes we just have to accept what God places in front of us because he will never give us a task we can’t complete. I also realized that now as I am growing up and starting to begin new chapters in my life, I will have to encounter more of these decisions on my own. And even if I do make a mistake, I only hope to learn from them so that in the future I don’t commit them again.

 

I would love to hear your guys opinions (:

 

Quote: “Be Brave! God gives his hardest battles to his bravest soldiers.” -Unknown

“One of the hardest parts of life is deciding whether to walk away or try harder.” -Unknown

 

Make Someone’s Day a little Brighter

Forward A Friendly Message

“You’ve got mail!” As a second grade little girl, I froliced in the playground with my best friends and awaited the day when I would get mail. In fact, every time I heard these words from my teacher, Mrs. Nelson, I leaped for joy knowing that I had received mail from someone special. Even now, getting the smallest note by mail makes me happy because I realize how I am progressively growing up and managing my life on my own.

 

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Yummy Bake Sale ! (:

Innovation Perfection

Have you ever wondered how you could change the world or the life of one person? This video is a great example of what our future can strive to become as long as we, as a society, combine our innovation skills and think creatively about our future

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Steps Towards Success(:

Moments that Take Our Breath Away

Breath, relax, and smile! As March makes it’s way to the end, and we approach the daffodils and golden sun of April, our minds leap into the warmth of spring. We smile about the humming birds and the cute animals that have awakened from their slumber sleep. Above all, as seniors in high school, we have approached the end of college acceptance and soon will make our final decision on where our journey will continue in the future….

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Foot Prints on a Special Place (:

Hakuna Matata (:

 What memories would you like to live forever? Close your eyes and imagine a moment where you felt warm butterflies in your stomach, a smile that blossomed from every corner of you face, and a place that brought you a sense of serenity and peace. A time when you thanked a precious person for that day because it made it that much more memorable and ever lasting….

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A Walk to Remember (:

Precious Paradise

Have you ever wondered what triggers your tummy to feel happy ? Your heart to feel warm and fuzzy? Most would say a delicious ice-cream donut nut or cheesy steak fires, but I think it’s much more than that. To me it’s the pleasure of spending time with those you love and appreciate the most… your family!

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~Bon Appetit~

~Dinner Date with a Special Someone~

All week I waited for Friday to come around because it was the day I would spend quality time with a very special person. I had made reservations at our favorite restaurant and had my wardrobe ready to go after school. When Friday finally came, I was overjoyed to devour the tasty food and spend time with that special someone. She is none other than my loving mother.

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Drip Drop…Drip Drop (:

Rainy Days Brighten Our days so Smile !

As soon as I woke up today I was anxious to step out the door and finally lay eyes on the droplets of rain. It has been a while since California has experienced any rain; thus when the weather man announced that we would be drizzled with a three day storm, I was overjoyed and excited to frolic in the rain! I not only love the sound of rain, but enjoy the fresh smell that allures our noses as we step outside.

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