Christmas for us Puerto Ricans is not just about presents. It’s about celebrating the birth of Jesus! We gather with friends and family to dance and eat delicious food! We put on some merengue, salsa y bachata. We eat some arroz con gandules, pernil, pasteles, flan, arroz con dulce, tembleque, coquito & more deliciousness! I love my Puerto Rican Christmas!
Here’s a list of my college involvement which has given me plenty of opportunities & helped me develop myself to the scholar I am Today ❤
Sigma Phi Gamma, Seminole State College of Florida (SSC)
Seminole State Volunteers Leadership Team, SSC
Leadership Challenge Team, SSC
Hispanic Student Association, SSC
Phi Theta Kappa, SSC
Art & Phyllis Grindle Honors, SSC
Student Government Association, SSC
Transfer & Transition Services, University of Central Florida (UCF)
Transfer knights, UCF
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, UCF
Latino Fellowship, UCF
I Am Second, UCF
Wide Open Church EPIC College Group, Sanford FL
Burnett Honors College, UCF
Honors Congress, UCF
Organizations I’ve supported/worked/volunteered with:
Ronald McDonald House of Charities
Harvest Times International Inc.
24 Plus 1
From Outside In
I Am Second Movement
Give Kids The World
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Toys for Tots
Costa Rica Orphanages Clothing & Shoe Drive
From San Germán, Puerto Rico
San Agustin, Florida
Stone Cove Mountain, Georgia
Costa Maya, Mexico
Grand Cayman Islands
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Palo Alto, California
San Francisco, California
….to be Continued 🙂
Sometimes all we need to do is to stop and in slow motion feel, hear, touch, smell & see how beautiful life is. Appreciate every little moment & cherish the wonderful memories of small things such as a mini flower bouquet from a caring friend, while strolling the streets of Berkeley, CA <3.
Photo taken by Natymarie August 2012 ❤
“For Peace Alone Do I Ring”-Inscribed in the Hoover Tower’s largest bell.
A beautiful glance from Stanford’s historic Hoover Tower. This its a very inexpensive and or free tour, where you can learn a lot about the history of war, revolution and peace of America. It holds 48 bells, a gift from the Belgium-American Foundation. Provides a great view of the serene campus.
Photo taken in Palo Alto, CA. August 2012.
Murals are one of my favorite types of creative expression! In this case this one spoke to me & I found it powerful. It is made in honor of all the indigenous people who have been made prisoners of their own land. Mural Project 98′,located in San Francisco,CA. Photo taken August 2012.
The “Licitar” is Croatia’s symbol of love and affection. It is a beautiful hand-crafted work of art made of an edible ginger bread sweet cookie containing honey, but is used as decoration rather than for eating. It is given as a gift during holiday celebrations to loved ones and it is a favorite Christmas tree ornament.
For more information about Licitars, orders, and or recipes: http://www.licitarheart.com/
Licitar Making: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgtgK83uQWI
Visit Croatia http://youtu.be/2uxl7m2HljE