Nature, Life, and Writing – What Do They Have In Common? La Naturaleza, La Vida y La Escritura – ¿Qué Tienen En Común?

One of my favorite things to do is to go out and just be in nature! Luckily for me, Northern California is filled with beautiful parks and vast, open spaces as far as the eye can see. I get to take walks in these verdant parks with creeks running right through the middle!

I first became enthralled with this beauty around me as a student at Long Beach State. I’d eat lunch right outside the library (in the quad area) and I loved just being out there and taking in the trees, plants, and flowers. From time to time, I’d treat myself to a trip to the Japanese Gardens- a simply peaceful experience.

Japanese Gardens  - Long Beach State

The Japanese Gardens at Long Beach State

When I lived in Los Angeles, one of my favorite things to do was to go to a park by my parent’s house and run. After my run, I’d lay down as I cooled off and looked up at the sky and the trees. Time and time again, I was reminded of the amazing patience and intention of nature. A peaceful energy is what I felt in that moment.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I begin begin my bilingual blog and to write more, I am reminded of that same patience. In my Chapter by Chapter Synopsis post , I refer to this patience in Chapter 8: Gratitude and Patience – The High School Year. I briefly discuss patience as a spiritual lesson that I feel I am meant to learn in this lifetime. Countless experiences have lent themselves to the opportunity to be patient: from being patient with my students to being patient with my own healing. In writing and in life, I have learned to be patient with myself.

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.” ~ St. Francis

If you’re not being patient with yourself and/or your writing, try it. You’ll discover that letting things take their natural course (as nature does) will bring you miracles in your daily life.

What are your experiences with patience? Are you patient when it comes to your own writing? Are you patient with yourself?

La Naturaleza, La Vida y La Escritura – ¿Qué Tienen En Común?

Unas de mis cosas favoritas de hacer es estar afuera en la naturaleza. Afortunadamente, el norte de California está lleno de hermosos parques y espacios abiertos extensos  hasta donde llega la vista. !Tengo la oportunidad de pasear por estos  parques verdes con arroyos corriendo por el centro!

La primera vez que me cautivó esta belleza que me rodeaba fue cuando era estudiante en la Universad Estatal de Long Beach. Me gustaba almorzar afuera de la bibliotica (en la area del campo) y me encantaba ver los árboles, plantas y flores. De vez en cuando, me daba el gusto e iba a los Jardines Japonenses-una experiencia simplemente tranquila.

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Los Jardines Japoneses en la Universidad Estatal de Long Beach

Cuando vivía en Los Ángeles, me gustaba ir a un parque cerca de la casa de mis padres para correr. Después de correr, me acostaba y miraba el cielo y los árboles. Una y otra vez, me recordaba de la paciencia asombrosa y la intención de la naturaleza. Una energía llena de paz es lo que sentía en ese momento.

“Adopte el ritmo de la naturaleza; su secreto es la paciencia.” ~ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Con este blog bilingüe y con mi escritura, me acuerdo de esa misma paciencia. En una entrada de este blog – (Chapter by Chapter Synopsis) 0  Los Resúmenes de los Capítulos (Capítulo 8 – Agradecimiento y Paciencia – Un Año en la Preparatoria) de mi libro (memoria) hablo acerca de la paciencia como una leccíon espiritual que siento que estoy destinada a aprender en esta vida. Un sin número de experiencias y oportunidades se me han dado para practicar la paciencia: de ser paciente con mis alumnos a ser paciente con mi propia sanación. En la escritura y en mi vida, he aprendido de ser paciente conmigo misma.

“Ten paciencia con todas las cosas, pero sobre todo contigo mismo.” ~San Francisco de Sales

Si no tienes paciencia contigo mismo y/o tu escritura, inténtalo. Te darás cuenta que al dejar que las cosas sigan su curso natural (como lo hace la naturaleza) te traerá milagros en tu vida cotidiana.

¿Qué han sido tus experiencias con la paciencia? ¿Eres paciente con tu escritura? ¿Eres paciente contigo mismo?

Welcome To My Bilingual Blog! !Bienvenidos A Mi Blog Bilingüe!

Hi Everyone!

I started my bilingual blog today! I decided to take baby steps with it and I began by “redoing” my Welcome post. Please be patient as I work on the website to make it easier to navigate between posts in both languages.

Thank You,

Liz

!Hola a todos!

!Hoy empecé mi blog bilingüe! Decidí tomar pasos pequeños con todo esto y escribí de nuevo la sección de mi blog que les da la Bienvenida. Por favor sean pacientes mientras sigo trabajando con mi página web para facilitar la navegación entre las entradas de ambos idiomas.

Gracias,

Liz

Here is the new welcome post. Aquí está la nueva entrada de bienvenida.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my writing blog! I’m Elizabeth, but you can call me Liz! I’m originally from Lynwood, CA and I am now living in Northern California. I’m a simple girl with many passions and I absolutely love life! Writing has been one of passions since I was a little girl, but I also enjoy running, reading, traveling,and learning. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing over the years, and a couple of years ago, I started writing my memoir as a way to heal from my divorce. I have honed my writing, and I have even found my own voice. The time has come to share my writing with everyone! I’ve never been more enthusiastic, nor have I ever had more energy as I do now! I am grateful for all this. Join me as I blog in English and Spanish on my journey and experiences as a writer, my own spirituality, and on creating my heaven on earth. I welcome your comments!

Regards,

Elizabeth

!Hola a todos y bienvenidos a mi blog! !Soy Elizabeth, pero me pueden decir Liz! Soy de Lynwood, California, y actualmente estoy viviendo en el norte de California. !Soy una chica sencilla, con muchas pasiones y me encanta la vida! La escritura ha sido una de mis pasiones desde que era una niña, pero también me encanta correr, leer, viajar y aprender. He disfrutado la escritura en los últimos años, y hace un par de años, empecé a escribir mis memorias como una forma de sanar de mi divorcio. He perfeccionado mi escritura, e incluso he encontrado mi propia voz. !Ha llegado el momento de compartirla con todo el mundo! !Nunca he tenido más entusiasma, ni he tenido más energía como lo tengo ahora! Estoy muy agradecida por todo esto. Acompáñenme en mi blog donde escribiré en inglés y español sobre mis experiencias como escritora, mi propia espiritualidad, y en creando mi cielo en la tierra. !Espero sus comentarios!

Saludos,

Elizabeth

Keepin’ It Real

In one week, I came upon these two different quotes:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”~ Oscar Wilde

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

And then came a post, Yourself, by John Saddington on this topic. http://tentblogger.com/yourself/

As if this wasn’t enough, I was watching my favorite comedian, Dave Chappelle, on Inside The Actor’s Studio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84NjYRTHpfU His brutal honesty inspired me as he talked about walking away from a 50 million dollar contract for another season of the Dave Chappelle Show because he wasn’t being his true self anymore.

The Universe was telling ME something and I HEARD it and LOUD and CLEAR!!

For a week I thought and thought about this. Have I been my true self lately? When I write, am I my true self? If I’d sit with you or anyone, then I’d have to say yes. But when I blog, I wasn’t being true to myself.

Come to find out, I wasn’t “keepin’ it real” in my blog and this is why-

1. FEAR.

Why did this not surprise me? The world of blogging is still fairly new to me as I began just 4 months ago. I certainly have feared what readers would say about it all – my writing, my dream- to the degree that I took no action for a very long time.

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In an ideal world, everyone would love your writing.

But this is not always the case. As writers and bloggers, we open ourselves up to the criticism and praise, and this makes us vulnerable. However, I keep in mind and return to my initial intentions of helping others through my writing and pursuing my dream of becoming a published author and speaker.

2. Show and Presentation

Again, as a new blogger, I focused a little too much on the actual presentation of the blog. By doing this, my writing suffered as I was no longer writing from my heart. In his post, Yourself, John Saddington says, “To live freely and to give freely of oneself through such a medium as one’s blog is deeply personal – I believe we do ourselves and our audience a disservice by holding back because it, ergo, becomes no longer personal – it becomes simply presentation, and on a bad day just bullshit peacocking.” From http://tentblogger.com/yourself/#more-40074 True, right? Will this blog’s content change? No. The only thing that will change is that I’ll be writing from my heart.

Why “Keepin’ It Real?”

When I initially came up with this title, I literally laughed out loud. The truth is that it has to do with my background and where I am from. I am Mexican-American and I grew up in Lynwood, California. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this city or it’s location, it’s in Southern California, and its neighbouring city is Compton – a city I lived in for the first six years of my life. You may call this the ghetto, but I called it home and I love it! We kept it real there.

For the most part, I think I am a simple girl.

My students would disagree. They joke with me and they’ll say that Ms. C (as they affectionately call me) is “gangsta” and “a thug.” I laugh of course because I’m so far from this. Being from where I am is a part of me though. I am who I am. Do I go around snapping my fingers in a Z formation? No, but I’ll do it on occasions. And yes, I’m down with rap and hip hop. I jokingly tell others that it would be a sin for me to not like this music given where I am from. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

And now, for an exciting announcement…

Never have I been more enthusiastic or have had more energy to create than at this time. Being that I am bilingual (Spanish and English) and that this is a big part of culture and who I am, I have decided to keep it even more real by doing my blog posts in Spanish and English- a bilingual blog. More work? Yes. But I can only see the advantages from where I stand.

Thank you for reading my posts.

How are you keepin’ it real? Are you writing from your heart?