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    Downtown Houston on a sunny evening ☀️ I hope ya’ll had a great weekend and have a great week!! #downtown #houston #tx #sky #sunday #sunshine

    Not a single fuck should be given.
    Me
    3 Weeks… but who’s counting?

    Time is going by so fast it scares me. Someone said to me “I must be doing something wrong because I don’t know where my days go.” and that made me think… I thought my days had just gone by leaving no trace of their passing but when I really sat and thought about the past year, man, I’ve done and accomplished so many things. Not only did I finish graduate school and found a job related to my field but I moved to a new city, a bigger city. I thought Savannah was the biggest step I’d ever take but that was just the beginning to so much more. The past year has been full of new experiences, love, friendship, education, traveling, music, knowledge, growth, hardships, romance, happiness… SO MANY THINGS. My days have not passed by leaving nothing behind, they have created new opportunities for me. Chances are that by this same time next year I will have a lot more things to add to this post but for now the only thing I can do is be grateful for everything: life, health, family, friends. It has been hard getting used to big changes but at the same time it has made me see things that I hadn’t seen  before. It has made me want more, expect more, and know that there is nothing I can’t do with God and my loved ones by my side.

    "I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

    Have a great rest of the weekend!

    with love,

    Raquel.


    It started out as a feeling
    Which then grew into a hope
    Which then turned into a quiet thought
    Which then turned into a quiet word
    And then that word grew louder and louder
    'Til it was a battle cry
    I’ll come back when you call me
    No need to say goodbye

    Just because everything’s changing
    Doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before
    All you can do is try to know who your friends are
    As you head off to the war
    Pick a star on the dark horizon and follow the light
    You’ll come back when it’s over
    No need to say goodbye
    You’ll come back when it’s over
    No need to say goodbye

    Now we’re back to the beginning
    It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet
    But just because they can’t feel it too
    Doesn’t mean that you have to forget
    Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
    'Til they're before your eyes
    You’ll come back when they call you
    No need to say goodbye
    You’ll come back when they call you
    No need to say goodbye

    VOTE & SHARE the “Royal.” design I submitted to #Threadless !!

    She had a mind of her own 👑 #illustration #graphicdesign #lorde #royals #illustrator #crown #watercolor #girl #fun #WIP

    It’s only been a week and some days…

    I’ve been having a hard time adjusting to this new place. I won’t act like I’m excited to be here. I am not, I have yet to experience that feeling. I am grateful to be here, I am grateful that I have family that was willing to give me a place to live while I find my own thing, and I am definitely grateful to have my sister close to me… but I’m having a hard time. I can’t help but to think that this was a mistake, that I made a quick decision because I couldn’t see another way out. I can’t help but think what if. What if…

    I pray everyday for guidance and peace.

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

    with love,

    Raquel

    No, I haven’t seen a cowboy.

    So, I moved out of Savannah. Yeah. 

    I’ve only been in Houston 3 days but I can already feel the shift in lifestyle and I don’t know how I feel about it yet. It’s definitely a BIG city, has a variety of everything and they definitely love their beer -which I don’t mind at all-. Drivers are kinda crazy but I think that also has to do with the fact that I haven’t driven a car on a highway in a very long time plus I got used to Savannah’s slow paced day-to-day. I can’t help but to feel sad at some points of the day thinking about the people that I had close to me and now are long miles away but I can’t afford to sit around and wallow in it either. I’m hopeful and determined to get the best out of this opportunity, and find the happiness I am looking for. Not that I am an unhappy person, but you know what I mean. If God allowed me to be here today it’s for a reason. I am only human and I won’t deny I am nervous and sometimes fear what I don’t know but I am confident that I’ll get to where I need to be.

    "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

    Have a great week!

    With love,

    Raquel

    From the East to the West…

    Savannah, you have given me so many great experiences, through you I met amazing people and went on many adventures. I am going to miss you so much. You are the first town I have ever lived from away from home and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. From the creepy but charming Spanish Moss to the crazy ghost stories, and the extremely nice people that live here, you have become one of my all time favorite places.

    I will see you again some day :)

    —Raquel

     

    A Mother’s Love

    "You are wonderful, an amazing young woman, and you have the biggest heart." These words were told to me today by my mother as she cried over a phone conversation we were having. Sometimes people underestimate a mother’s love, sometimes people misunderstand a mother’s love and sometimes people take for granted a mother’s love. Today, my mother wept for me and with me, because she loves me more than anything in this world, because when I suffer so does she. Her heart aches when mine aches and she wishes nothing or no one could harm me. My mother is not perfect, she has her flaws and her scars but my mother is one of the wisest people I know. I used to make fun of the saying "Mother knows best" but as I continue to get older I can only believe it to be truer every day. 

    I have given my mother many headaches and sleepless nights but she never stops loving me. I have disappointed and disrespected her but she never stops loving me. I have taken for granted many sacrifices she has done for me but she never stops loving me. My mother will never stop loving me. If I could only give back to her half the things she has given me.

    I love you, Mom.

    Please, SCORE my design on #Threadless just a couple of days to go!

    When You Open Your Heart To Someone

    You open yourself to risks and danger, you open yourself to getting hurt and being disappointed. You put yourself in a position where anything can happen, good or bad. Opening your heart means becoming vulnerable… But, opening your heart to someone also means opening yourself to new experiences, new adventures and new emotions. It means sharing your life with someone and them doing the same, it’s creating a bond that can last a lifetime and making it so that you can put all your trust in it. Opening your heart is something that you shouldn’t do in a heartbeat (minor pun ha!) because that’s when you expose yourself to things that you might not have control of. Opening your heart brings surprises and frustrations, laughs and tears. But whatever the outcome is you always learn and grow.

    Always love deeply but wisely.

    With love,

    Raquel

    Happy Fucking Friday :)

    I was thinking… Idk why but I like cursing, a lot. It just adds so much more seriousness or emotion to whatever you say, for example: “that was amazing!” vs. “that was fucking amazing!” which one would you say sounds the ‘amazing-est’? Come on, don’t lie to yourself. 

    So yeah, Happy Fucking Friday… Have fun. Be safe. Stay alive.

    with love,

    Raquel :)

    Cute puppies only have good days.