Believe it or not, the best things I’ve written are the ones I have sent to my friends. Just this morning, I spent time speaking with a friend and I was blown away by what I wrote when she asked me how I was doing and how married life was, “It’s good. I feel safe and though it is not perfect, it feels right.” 

And being the wonderful friend that she is, she allowed me to take a moment to truly feel what I just said and that’s what I did. I took a few moments to relish in the reality of what I said.

I have come a long way since leaving the Philippines and while the culture I was raised in reminds me to not relish in my growth or say anything to acknowledge my journey so far. It took a lot of tears, a lot of prayers, and a lot of learning to get to today and there are more things to unlearn and learn but today, I take a moment to acknowledge this journey so far.

Life is beautiful. Allow yourself to feel its beauty and its glory. Stop beating yourself up and allow love to come in, you are most deserving of it.