It is tough.  I am not going to lie.  Is not at all how I remember it to be, growing up in Puerto Rico, loving Christmas time!  We didn’t have much but somehow my mom managed.  She got hold of some fabric and made my sisters and I beautiful matching dresses to go with a new pair of shoes from La Gloria.  And off we were.  Thrilled!  Just as if we were going to the Oscars.  On our way to church in Noche Buena to celebrate Christ birth.  Then to visit family!  The whole Christmas day.

No, usually… there was not a Christmas gift under the tree.  In spite of my experiences from previous years, I hoped once again, delaying my desires of a Christmas gift surprise to January 6, on the Tres Reyes Mago’s day.  My beautiful display of hay I left to the camels and sometimes even some water, was not impressive enough to make the wise men stop.  But there were those glorious times where I found a dollar in my hay!  The camels might not have liked the menu but the wise men were merciful enough to leave me a tip for my efforts!

My life took a different turn than expected and today I am 1,083 miles from home.  And as I write this I long for those kind of Christmas.  Full of simplicity, family and love.

This season that inspires love and togetherness started off feeling sad and lonely.  I mean, am I alone?  Truly alone?  Even though somedays I go solo and it gets really hard to shake away that lonely feeling.  On those days that I pour out to others, when I remember that is all about giving and not receiving, those lonely feeling go away, far away.  Because, it’s the body heat that warms my heart.

It didn’t take me much to find someone that was also alone and needed a helping hand.  Since I shook my loneliness away I have taken a special friend to buy Christmas tree and decorations.  Helped and exceptional friend backstage with her two dance school recitals.  Assisted another extraordinary friend to prepare her acting studio for a two weeks live theater showcase of her performance class and gave a little extra by volunteering to help hosting the six performances.  Every experience not only exchange love and brought me great satisfaction but also gave me a purpose and a new group of friends.

There is no other holiday like Christmas!  Just reach out to another person and maybe you’ll help them get through their lonely days as well.  All they may want for Christmas is you!

At my friends home.  Her Christmas tree looks fabulous!  

Yes, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year and It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  I know Miami Beach is No Winter Wonderland and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer will not be stopping by.  There is no way I will be seeing Frosty The Snowman and I don’t believe Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.  But one thing I am sure of, it will be a Holly Jolly Christmas!  

There is no secret I am wishing we had a White Christmas or that at least I could say I’ll Be Home For Christmas.  But I don’t have room in my heart for a Blue Christmas, see I plan to be Rocking’ Around The Christmas Tree while humming and dancing to The Christmas Song beat. 

Oh Holy Night, I can hear Silver Bells ringing.  And The Little Drummer Boy on a Sleigh Ride singing Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!  Obviously, he doesn’t know that Jingle Bell Rock

All of these songs are full of great spirit wishing Joy To The World, Feliz Navidad and a Wonderful Christmastime!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!
My FAVORITE Christmas song…  Ever!

Once In A Blue Moon

November 22, 2010

Last night I was meeting some friends on Lincoln Road for a birthday dinner.  Totally oblivious of any celestial objects, I got ready.  Since my apartment faces the water, when I opened the door to leave my home, there it was!  Beautiful and magical!  Immediately I knew something was different. 
No!  I am no moon expert but I had to research the reason why the heavens had this gorgeous display.  What I found is a “must” share information!  
Yesterday’s moon was officially BLUE at 12:28!  There are two types or categories of BLUE MOON.  The one we experienced last night is the third full moon in a season of four full moons.  We should expect the next one to happen in August 21, 2013.  The second type is when there are two full moons in one month, which last happened on December 2nd & 31st, 2009 and will repeat on August 2 & 31, 2012 and July 2 & 31, 2015.
There you have it… the moon dressed in blue!  (For all of you “moon guru” out there, I hope you enjoy the review!)

And that’s why last night while walking out of my apartment I wished I was in love.  But I am not giving up hope… maybe it will happen before the next blue moon.

Wedding Planning Seminar

October 20, 2010

Wow!!! Seminar No. 1 is under our belts!!!  I can’t tell you how excited I am after finishing our very first Wedding Planning Seminar.  It was a total success!!!  Morton’s The Steakhouse partnered with us and provided the couples with Bellinis, vegetables, fruits, crackers and cheese platters, while Lulu & Corrado entertained them with a broad variety of musical styles.  The room was filled with love, excitement, experts and much information.

How to plan your own signature wedding session…
Founa Augustin was the fabulous emcee…
Carolyn Jones explained the importance of a good and experienced hair and makeup artist and what is in right now.
Patricia Dash explain the importance of photography in your wedding celebration.  Below with Carolyn in a stunning shot!
Lourdes Dos Ramos from Alborotos, explained her expertise in paper and cakes!
Thank you Ivette for being a fantastic hostess and assisting with great wedding planning information booklets!
Claudia Rios, thank you for being such a great assistant… you are my best right hand!  But do you have to be so gorgeous?
I can’t thank you all enough for your collaboration.  You ALL made it a success!  Really… thank you, Thank you, thank YOU! 

Happy 10/10/10

October 10, 2010

When I was about 12 I looked to this date and thought it that was millions of years away.  As a young girl I knew that life will be different today.  And it is.  Very different from growing up in the Barrio Cotto Mabu in Humacao, Puerto Rico.  I lived very humbly with my parents, my 3 sisters and 2 brothers.  We were a large family but that was common in Puerto Rico back then.  I had dreams and high expectations from life, especially from God.  I knew that He was watching over me and that He had a great future for my life.
The time came, at the age of 16, when I was able to leave my home behind and move to The Big Apple full of dreams and a desire to live life to the fullest.  Even though it seems like no to long ago, so much has happened.  I learned English, learned how to drive, had a boyfriend and broke his heart, went to college, worked as a taxi driver, got married and got divorce, move to Tampa, study computer accounting, dated, had my heart broken, move to South Beach, became a dancer, had my heart broken again, got a beeper, Studied acting, backpacked in Europe, learned how to dance Samba, Met Chayanne, gave my life to Jesus, congregated in Calvary Chapel Miami Beach, worked with some amazing entertainers, got a cellular, got engaged, got my heart broken again, Grew in the knowledge of Christ, worked as a GM presenter traveling through the United States, Travel some more through Europe, went to visit Julie in Japan, fellowship with the people in Calvary Miami and help translating the services into Spanish, visited Israel with my mom, work in sales, served tables and studied Wedding and Event Planning.
Through it all I laughed, cried, loved, not loved, liked, disliked, won, lost, succeeded, felt, hit it right on the nail, made mistakes, was humbled, had pride, dreamed, detoured, was thankful, have been ungrateful, have been loved, have been rejected, was right, was wrong, right, have sinned and am forgiven.
The best part of my journey is the amazing people that have brought so much beauty to my life.  I am still a work in process but I am so thankful for my life and just wanted you to know.  I am not where I thought I would be on 10/10/10 but I am excited to be alive and have and opportunity to celebrate this day and go at it again.  What are you grateful for?
Happy 10/10/10!

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know everything,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

Jerusalem July 2007

Overwhelmed by Him!!!

October 6, 2010

Out of the blue she came to my mind and I called her.  Hello.  She answered.  Hi Candice, is Eileen!  You would not believe it, she replied.  I was just praying for you, for your business, your time, she continued.  See, I remembered how I was so consumed by it all and I don’t want the same to happen to you.  I was just praying you can find balance.  I was touched.  Deeply.  I knew the Almighty God was using her to encourage me.  Earlier that day I was questioning myself.  Am I over my head?  Can I really do this?
I am so excited to have her as a mentor during my journey through the wedding world.  Candice, until a year ago did exactly what I am doing, beautiful weddings for special people.  She has been there and done that. And she is willing to take me under her wings and guide me through it all.
That I would just pop on her beautiful head just when I am not so sure of how I am going to accomplish it all it’s just amazing!  It’s so good to know that He has my back.  He brings the right people in my life at the right time.  In my weakness, He is strong.  So cool that I can trust Him with my eyes closed.  His faithfulness overwhelms me!!!
A rainbow is a proof that God keeps His promises.  I got a double rainbow!  This picture was captured by my friend Claudia from my balcony and put together to the best of my abilities 🙂
Everyone needs someone to trust, someone that loves you no matter what and always covers you with their prayers.  I found that kind of friendship in the Sieler family!  Their love for each other and their love for the Lord is what makes them unique.  Spending time with them in their home is a HUGE blessing.  

It was during one of those visits that I had a camera on hand and couldn’t pass the opportunity to capture the latest addition to their family.  Now… I am no photographer but I hope you can see why I couldn’t help but to document God’s amazing creation!  The Sieler’s will be off to Canada shortly and I am going to miss them a lot, hopefully I can visit them soon!