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

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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! (:

Love is in the Air

A Little Slice of Warmth

It’s that time of the year, when we share a slice of our love with our precious beings. The day we wear our pink and red wardrobe and transform into a princess. We take the time to enjoy quality time at dinner, or a movie with our loved ones and give thanks to have them be part of our life. This day is of course Valentine’s day!

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Wise Words

Our Precious Figure

Have you ever wondered how important that one person in your life could be? That person who inspires you to be a changing figure in the lives of other people, and who brightens your day with joy. These precious figures are the fuel to our engines and the ones’ who change our negative views into calmer attitudes. Close your eyes and think of that one person…

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Real Eyes, Realize Life

Remember the Joy, and Forget the Past

        Everyday we capture memories that make us think, appreciate, and be thankful for our life. Each memory carries a secret lesson that makes us learn from our mistakes and value the importance of growing up. As we continue opening new doors, we relive moments of joy and experience moments of grief that remind us of our past.

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Love is Blind

Love is Blind

     The love between a parent and a child is the kind that never vanishes, even during the most unpleasant times. A parent will sacrifice their entire life for the safety of their beloved child. For a parent their ultimate goal is for their bundle of joy to be happy and successful in life. To me this was especially hard to accept as a sophomore when I was forced to transfer schools. 

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Begin by saying Thank You ! (:

Give Thanks on this Precious Day

How many times have you pleaded your teachers to raise your grade from a 92.3% to a 94.1 % just to see that solid A printed on your report card? How many times have you bugged your parents to upgrade your phone to the iphone 5s even though your phone is in pretty good condition? Or how many times have you thanked the little miracles and challenges that you encounter every day?  I’m sure many of us could relate with the first two questions, but a chunk of us are unaware that the last question exists.  

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Things End, but Memories Last Forever

Things End, but Memories Last Forever

     Today was the big day; the day all the butterflies in my tummy would be free as I stepped into the room with my sparkly, princess gown. I took deep breaths and embraced the happiness that fulfilled that night. I was surrounded with the people I loved the most as I celebrated my sixteen birthday the summer of my sophomore year. This day created beautiful memories that I will forever wrap in my heart and share with my own family. Amongst all those moments one special person will be kept dearly in my heart and remain there for a life time. 

     Last week as I looked through my messages, I came upon a picture of my long time friend with her family and it reminded me that I had not spoken to her for more than five months. I clicked on the photo and what I saw crippled me from head to toe. I was ravished with grief and anxiety because my friend’s mother had passed away. It crushed my heart to fully accept the fact that she was no longer next to my best friend’s side. It made me even more sad, when I considered that her mother would no longer see her daughter walk down with her cap and gown on graduation day. My mind quickly shifted to the past as I remembered all those simply yet delightful moments that I shared with my friend’s mother. She was extremely sweet, gentle, helpful, but above all she was caring and always put a smile on her face. She was determined to accomplish all the goals she set out to do and pushed everyday for a better life for her kids. Everyday she woke up at five o’clock a.m. to attend work; she never gave up and continued to inspire her co-workers with her hard work and positive attitude. Her ultimate goal was for her kids to one day become professionals and establish a family with their ideal prince and princess.

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