Just Breathe

“Everything will always be okay.” – Angel Cancel


These last few months have been trying. I’ve been dealing with post-grad issues like trying to find a full-time job related to my degree, trying to move out of my current apartment, being indecisive on grad-school altogether, working six days a week while still trying to maintain a personal life, and other day-to-day occurrences.  Truthfully, I am overwhelmed, but it’s not all bad.

Sometimes we become so frustrated with our current situations that we forget to be thankful for how far we’ve come. I mean just take a few minutes and think about where you were last year during this time. All those goals that were accomplish mean something. I don’t know about anybody else, but I will no longer allow the bad times to outshine the good because bad times don’t last forever.

Sure I wish all of these problems just subsided, but that’s not reality. Life is not about living problem free, it’s about living in spite of them. These past few months haven’t been the best, but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I know that there is a lesson to come and a blessing to follow. Everything will work itself out so I will continue to remind myself to just breathe.

What are you going through today that you will not let it get the best of you?





Letter To My Younger Self

“If I knew then, what I know now…”


Dear Katherine,

It’s me – you. I finally gathered the courage to do this. Well here goes…

I hope that you know that you have your whole life ahead of you. Don’t worry so much about the future, just be in the present and make it beautiful. I know that may be challenging since you’re always anxious, but you will come out on the other side of your current situations. Just enjoy being young, wild, and carefree. Enjoy school – adulting is not as fun as it looked on the movies.

The confidence you lacked all your life will eventually come. It won’t come from dating that guy, or having a ton of friends, or evening buying all that materialistic stuff, it will come from within. You will wake up one day with a purpose and you will realize you could do anything you could put your mind to. You will keep defying the odds.

I hope that you know that time heals all. That pain that you feel from feeling like an outcast will pass. Time will not only make you feel better, it will also teach you how to embrace that part of you that others criticized you for. So keep rocking on to your “Ryan Cabrera” and “Boys Like Girls”. Don’t worry too much about what others think of you. Most of those people won’t matter in the next few years. And to add to that, you will eventually find your tribe of true friends and they will never make you feel anything less than amazing. That guy that you thought you would never get over; you will forget you ever met him. Your heart will heal.

Don’t worry that you will not attend a university and will attend a community college unlike all your friends. Passaic County Community College will become the birth of a fearless woman. It will turn that introvert into an extrovert. And your love for creating your own projects, will lead you to pursuing a career in Broadcast Media.

I hope you know that all the things you seek, you will find. You will live, laugh, and love. You will discover the adventurer in you. You will go places you dreamt of, develop a sense of wonder, want to learn about everything, and do things you believed was impossible. You will cherish those summer nights, you will be grateful for the struggles, and the tears you cry will only make your stronger.

As hard as it is, just be yourself. Keep being kind and keep trying your best. You are worth it and your journey will be brilliant.

P.S. You favorite song with still be “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson in ten years.





“Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.”― Maggie Kuhn


A few months ago, I was surprised when I received an email from the Vice President of an organization called “Youth Self Development”. When I was in high school, I was a part of this organization. Youth Self Development or YSD as it is commonly referred to as is an organization that helps high school students prepare for college. Their efforts include tutoring, mentoring, and granting scholarships for college. When I opened the email, I had to read it twice to see if I was actually reading it correctly. It was an offer to be the guest speaker at a graduation dinner. As much as I was hesitant, I knew I had to do it.

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