Following My Passions











{May 23, 2017}   Best friends for life :)

Good afternoon all,

Another thing that I am very passionate about are my friends, I know I have been anonymous about my subjects in my stories but this is in honor of my best friend Joyce. I created this collage of the years we met and have been through so much as you can tell from 2006-2017. I love the fact that we have been through bad times and good times. We were so young back then, however, now we are mature adults that have busy lives whether it is career or relationships, we always seem to catch up whenever we can. After all the saying they told me when I was in college, I never understood it which was “friends you make in college will be your friends for life,” until I met you my first year.

We explored college for the first time and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and now we are independent women who are striving far in life. We have set sail not knowing what we wanted to major in and then decisions have to be made when Cal Poly would send those awesome emails saying major needs to be declared etc. We both seemed so ready to get the years started in the University so eager to know what was in store for us. We had fun in all the parties and dances that we attended and shaked our booty together.  I was there for all the girls’ nights, birthdays, bachelorette’s, and epic moments in your life.

You have been a great friend, an inspiration to be a future wife for my future husband in the future, admire the tenacity in being cupid for me in order to have me jump back into the dating scene, appreciate the support in anything I do, appreciate the fact that you can be a long-lost sister from another mother, the trustworthiness, a kickass teacher that is teaching her kids to be the best they could be because it is super rewarding, even through tough times such as any family ordeals we are there for one another, no matter if we don’t agree on things we are very respectful, and exciting and positive nature makes us n’sync to be driven towards our goals. We had some good old days too like when one of our hangouts was downtown Fullerton and had no care in the world and just loved having fun. Nowadays, like these last little outings it definitely makes us feel young at heart and having interesting conversations is really good because when we were younger there are some people men in general that did not look pass looks and now intelligence is the forefront that lights up a room and if other people that we meet cannot handle an intellectual conversation than so be it move on to the next.

The intent is not to get crazy but to have fun conversations with men even as a married individual you know how to hold your own and keep our friendship growing strong and you do not forget about that. I am very fortunate to have a friend like you and I cannot wait for many more milestones and memories in our lives. Like you said, it is like the real Sex and the City but this time when guilty by association plays a part I love being part of being beauty and brains because the going with the flow can end up into something great and for that I thank you. I also thank you for being an active listener and helping me through relationship tough times etc. and getting me back in the saddle shortly but surely. I also thank you for being such a genuine person with me because only then would I have felt comfortable enough to share the real me too. It was one of my favorite moments of my life when I was honored to be your maid of honor in one of the most epic times of my life and for that I love you my dear close friend Joyce.

 

Jojo

Please go ahead and comment if you have any friend of yours that has shaped you 🙂

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Good afternoon all,

This has been one of the hardest pieces I have ever had to write, some people deal with grief in a different way and I write my thoughts down in paper and this helps me deal with it. May has been an interesting month and also a reminder that the patriarch of the family has left us and has gone to heaven. What can I say about Papi Lautarito, he had a nickname for all of us including myself “Huesitos” most translated in English as “Bones.” Looking back at all these memories makes me feel sad and all emotions of what I felt that day that we were losing Papi. He lived a fruitful life, always making jokes, dancing, and always looking like a young buck.

Everybody had their own personal memories but one of my cherished memories was when he taught me how to play 40 the most famous card game in Ecuador and since he knew all the rules he would always have the huge advantage to beating me. There were times when I would win and he would tell me how I cheated. I used to say I just got the lucky cards what can I say. I loved hearing all the childhood stories of when he was a young boxer because it must be true since whenever I would see him dreaming I would see him punch out mean old right hooks and jabs. He extended his love to everyone his grandkids, great grandkids, even his sons and daughters.

He was so independent even when I was taking care of him for a long period of time all he wanted was someone to keep tabs of the time schedule for medication but he would want to do it on his own always. He used to make fun of people on walkers because he said he would never be that person that should be cared for. He was always resilient and loved telling those stories of when him and his wife first started to make it out in the world from beginning to end. Sometimes he would be sad telling the story and I would feel his pain whenever he would talk about how bad the cops were with deportation when immigrants did not have any papers. He always told me how much sacrifices he had to do in order to provide for the entire family and always admired him for that.

We enjoyed watching sports together such as basketball even though he was going for whoever wins. I would tell him that is not the point to go for the one that is winning but go for the team one loves but to him it made no difference. Every time we saw the Lakers play on the big screen, he would think Kobe Bryant was his neighbor and we never corrected him because God forbid he was wrong about something. He loved animals so much so when we would visit his house in Ecuador I saw the whole entire zoo  and loved getting to know each and every one of them as we got to give them names. He was an extraordinary dancer so graceful and so on point that may be why I was so curious in learning everybody’s steps on the dance floor.

Papi always loved spending time with dad since dad would listen to all his stories, dad would have a great time watching soccer with Papi. All these pictures with all these beautiful memories remind me of how much we loved our grandpa. My cousin Adam was always known as baby Adam and his best nickname for Papi was chiripoopoo. My cousin Michelle was known as la chinita to Papi and she had a blast when she spent some of the most precious times with him when she was being his nurse and for that we thank her because she knew what to do at the most difficult times. My favorite little Moras have so many precious moments with him too since they loved sharing stories with him every time they came home from school.

When our favorite Papi left us for a better place, my mom and her sisters each have a different experience with him but my mommy was a huge rock for us, however, our family had to definitely return the favor and make sure she got through this hardest of all days we provided her love, understanding, caring, and absolute devotion to her. Every kiss and cuddle, surprising him when I got home from work always made him smile huge. He got me involved and addicted to soap operas in Spanish so with my parents we kept on watching religiously to carry on that tradition. I know this may sound weird but I feel like Papi never left and is always guiding me through the path of life by asking him questions and praying to him to make some decisions where it came to emotional feelings and one thing that he would always tell me that resonated with me was “always follow what your heart desires no matter what.” He always believed in me and my passions so ever since then and always I have never backed down from the goals I set out for myself because I always look back at why I started and what drives me. I will always remember my dear Papi Lautarito I love you and miss you so much and decided to honor you by telling this story and I will never forget you and your soul will remain in our hearts forever.

Jojo

Please friends and family comment below and tell me someone you have honored in the past or present that you love dearly.



 

Good evening all,

I had an epic weekend this past weekend because sometimes I don’t know if it is just me but when you are little you tend to remember what places you visited. It turns out I went somewhere new and to embrace a place of history. My uncle was very kind enough to invite me to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library with his nephew that came from out-of-town. It was such a wonderful experience to step into the life of a great president and learn all his accomplishments. It made me understand the difficult decisions that being a president entails.

President Ronald Reagan was an actor and an American politician serving as our 40th president of the United States of America. He was also the Governor of California according to Wikipedia talk about super qualified. By learning more about our President through research found out that he had Democratic views and then later became conservative and switched to the Republican Party. The relationship between Ronald Reagan and Nancy was one to admire because it was so strong from the beginning due to him starting from the bottom being raised in a poor family and through his journey in Hollywood as an actor she was always by his side. I also found out the candy of choice for the President were jelly beans that I had to take a picture of the masterpiece self-portrait made of jelly beans. I was impacted of how calm the President was to make decisions especially when we had many enemies that wanted to tear us apart.

I definitely also resonated with this President because he would have his own personal journal where he put all his thoughts down and for me writing is passion in the way I express myself. It was amazing to find out that one of his accomplishments was the                               devising the INF Treaty with Mikhail Gorbachev in order to shrink the Soviet and United States’ nuclear arsenals. People love to see the fashion that the First Lady makes a trend and I have got to say some beautiful gowns that I took a picture of as well. It was awesome to see the replica piece of the Berlin Wall with its amazing masterpiece even though it is a picture of a butterfly that has always been symbolic for me in that it came out of a cocoon and is now ready to fly solo and reach the gold and go after its dreams no matter what. The President at the time was a huge horse lover and loved anything western so there was a lot of cowboy memorabilia that he would wear at his retreat in Camp David.

I also had a chance with the fam bam of course to go inside Air Force One and Marine One so realized Press always sat in the back but very cool communication gadgets in order to talk to the world globally no matter where the President was at any given time. It was cool to take the famous pose with the family the presidential wave before boarding Air Force One. My favorite picture was me practicing for my presidential speech because believing in yourself takes only one step to make anything happen I want to inspire others to believe in themselves because some fail to have faith but as long as you have God by your side anything is possible. It was interesting to see how the President was so resilient when there was an attempt to murder him, he was still telling jokes in the hospital and came back stronger than ever. It looked like he definitely touched the lives of so many which is why there was past presidents that respected him until the time of his death when he was battling Alzheimer’s. He always embraced the opinion of women and respected his wife who was there throughout everything. I admire that partnership or marriage and have faith that God will put a great man like that in my path of life when the timing is right.

 

“Remember warriors with God anything is possible,” please share any museum visit stories on the comment box below.

Jojo



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