Playing in Puerto Rico, Praying in Thailand pt. 1

The past few months have been a whirlwind. I completed the New York bar exam, visited family in Florida, partied in New York and Puerto Rico all before embarking on the trip of a lifetime to Thailand. 

After months of procrastination, I finally ended up booking a bar trip. With two of my best friends from law school, we decided on Puerto Rico since it was affordable and easy! Our cell phones and debit cards worked as they would in the states there. We stayed at the Caribe Hilton Resort (bourgeois) in San Juan and lived life to the fullest. It was not all inclusive as those are difficult to come by in San Juan, however our hotel was centrally located between Old San Juan and Condado so it made for easy travel between the areas. Despite a few hours of rain due to a tropical storm, we visited the best restaurants, clubs and beaches. It was the ultimate turn up! My favorite part of the trip had to be the 3 of us singing A Whole New World in the middle (exaggeration) of the ocean. It was absolutely perfect!

The rainforest was closed due to the weather so we are planning a trip back to explore it. Highlights of the trip were Brava Night Club, El Jibarito Reataurant and of course the myriad fantastic beaches. 

Towards the end of Puerto Rico, I was feeling really sad about vacation ending. I knew that I would be starting work soon and my schedule would not be as flexible to travel as I would like. Because of this, I booked a solo trip to Thailand. Stay tuned for pt 2 of my amazing bar trip. 


Tests of Life

Have you ever not realized that you were in the middle of a test until you were halfway through? I’ve long been praying to God for more patience and better conflict handling techniques. I usually take “flight” and this tends to leave the problems unresolved.

Recently, I went on a trip with a person that I couldn’t possibly be more different from. We have different personalities, value systems…just everything. It’s not that we hated each other or that it was impossible for us to get along- it just took some work.

The trip was about a week or so long and I found myself getting annoyed by day 2. I was tired and hungry. Perhaps I even had a slight case of the hangries. Anyway, the person that I was traveling with did not use the manners that I, a southern belle :), was raised to have. I found the person being rude to service people and even snapping at me. It just was not turning out to be a very pleasant experience. This culminated in us having a brief discussion about how things could improve. My travel companion quickly brought things to my attention I was doing that I had been asking God to help deliver me from. I should have been exercising more patience instead of flighting the situation. I was so disappointed in myself. All of the hard work that I had been putting in and here I was repeating the same patterns.

For the next half an hour or so, I prayed and asked God for help. This was a test. A hard one. I began to analyze myself and my own actions as much as I was analyzing my companions. I made a sincere effort for the rest of the trip to be more patient, kind and to let my companion know when they did something that I found completely objectionable. I find it wise to pick your battles when faced with situations like this. Not everything is worth an argument. Through this experience I realized that I don’t have to be comfortable with a person’s actions. Truth be told, they might just decide to continue with their course just to make me uncomfortable; I can’t control that. I can only control myself. Whether I chose to refrain from association with that person or not, I just have to be able to handle myself in a way that honors God and loves unconditionally.



I’m no Betty Crocker (at least not yet šŸ˜‰), so my food posts will be far and few between. But I just had to share this neat shortcut for smoothies I learned from one of my friends! 

I’m a snacker so I’ve been trying to find healthier snacking alternatives while I’m couped up in the house studying. After some research I decided to try my hand at making my own smoothies. 

I bought kale, strawberries, mangoes and Greek strawberry yogurt from the grocery store. I evenly divided the strawberries, mangoes and kale into 7 ziplock bags like so. 

I put the bags into the freezer so they would freeze (obviously). This negates the necessity of using ice for the smoothies because the frozen produce suffices. 

I used 1 bag and added a half cup of Greek yogurt and a splash of orange juice. I blended everything in my ninja blender until smoothe. This was the outcome.  

Healthy, delicious and filling. I can’t wait to try new ingredients! 

Choose Happy

Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know for all of these things God will bring you to judgment. Ecclesiastes 11:9

As are many other things in life, studying for the bar is tough stuff. It’s a most humbling experience. I’m leaTning things I’ve never learned before and I’m relearning things I feel as if I should remember. I’m not going to lie, I’ve cried several times. I’m my own worst critique and failure or giving up has never been an option for me. I still have a few weeks remaining before I take on Goliath, but in order to keep my spirits up I have found the following Bible verses and extremely helpful. I hope they can touch you in a time of need as well. 

She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25

Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Jesus said, “If? There are no ifs among believers!” Mark 9:23

“And surely I am with you, always to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power s made perfect in weakness… 2 Corrinthians 12:9

Have anymore? 


Late Night Thoughts

Lord, thank You for helping me to bend to Your will and die to myself daily. 

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.  Matthew 16:25

Needing God in Times of Comfort

So I’ve been back in the States for a little over a month. Life has been a whirlwind since, to say the very least! I witnessed graduations of loved ones, spent some quality time with close family and friends and I even graduated from law school! Praise Him! I’ve been so busy celebrating and catching up with everyone, that I’m ashamed to say I stopped spending (as much) time with God as I should have. I was so thirsty for Him while I was in Argentina. I laid all of my problems and worries at His feet. I was reading my bible and watching sermons religiously (no pun intended) I even started a biweekly bible study with some of my sorority sisters.

When I came back to the states, it was almost as if many of my problems disappeared, or didn’t seem as important as they once did. I no doubt attribute that to 1) prayer and 2) being back home surrounded with familiar faces. It was a joyous time, but lately I have seen slight changes in my behavior. I’m a little less patient, a little less enthused about bar study, a little less willing to listen to others and give advice etc. I’ve noticed with myself that these things tend to come about when I am “too busy” to get my daily dose of Jesus. It’s like my light begins to dim as I don’t appreciate and take advantage of my place in the kingdom. Who do I think that I am?

Within the last week, I’ve really had to check myself on several occasions. I was so uncomfortable at times when I was in Argentina and that really led me to lean on God in all aspects of my life. Now that I’m back home and “comfortable” I should continue to lean on God and trust him in all aspects of my life. I never want to take God and His gifts for granted. Not only should we seek Him in the rough times, but in the good times as well because without him there wouldn’t be any good times. I’m making a promise to myself to remain diligent and intentional about my relationship with God. I’ve had no trouble committing to favorite colors, best friends, television shows and other worldly things. I should not and WILL not have a problem committing myself unto the Lord either. #humbled





A few weeks ago, I traveled to Peru for Spring Break. Peru is absolutely beautiful!!! I landed in Cusco and immediately took bimodal service to Aguas Calientes (the little small town that sits below Machu Picchu). The first day we were tired from traveling so we just walked around and grabbed food. The next day we we climbed Huayana Picchu and toured Machu Picchu! If you want to climb Huayana, you need to be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible since the government limits the number of people allowed to climb it per day. Yes, it was a very difficult climb but so worth it!! We didn’t use altitude pills but I might have found them worth it had I tried. 

The next day we traveled back to Cusco via a bus and private van service. After some napping and  yelping, we found a great restaurant to have dinner. Cafe Morena had the highest ratings on yelp and that’s definitely no surprise. The food was delicious, the servers were attentive and the owner was great!! I highly recommend this place to anyone in the area. Since I was still getting used to the altitude, this was an early night for me. Earlier in the day I booked a tour called the Sacred Valley. This is one of the standard tours offered and it didn’t disappoint. My travel partner chose to go rafting and she also had a good time. 

After our day trips the following day, we grabbed dinner at Cafe Morena again and headed to have drinks with some of the people my friend met earlier that day. I can’t remember the name of the bar and clubs that we went to but they were all near the main square. 
This was a very challenging (the hiking part) but fun (everything else) trip. Check out some pictures below.