It’s New Year’s Eve and the hours are counting down before we ring in 2013 and take a step towards a brand new year. I have one more thing to share before the year is out.
2012 was a challenge in so many ways. My leap of faith to create this site has opened my mind and my heart to all sorts of issues ranging from nutrition to fitness and mental wellness. I met an extraordinary group of bloggers who shared their passion for their own projects with me and continually inspire me to keep writing and to keep digging deeper. I do this without any expectations of how it will be received, but I do hope that my words resonate with at least one person who decides to read them.
The universe has a way of reaching out to us when we least expect it but when we most need it. That’s exactly what happened last week when in the middle of questioning my purpose in creating Food4ThoughtNYC, I received a message that put me back on track.
I was chosen as one of sixwomen for Top Latina health bloggers in 2012, from the online Latino magazine, Voxxi. The recognition is humbling, rewarding, but most importantly, galvanizing. I feel energized to come back from my hiatus with a renewed focus to keep shining a light on health issues with the honesty and curiosity that I applied throughout this year.
There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to the writers and editors of Voxxi for including me on their list. Thank you times a million! Congratulations to the other bloggers who received this recognition and deserve your time and attention as well. Here are their names and blogs so that you can check them out for yourself:
Michelle Rivas from The Healthy Latina
Helen Troncoso from Helen Troncoso’s Blog
Lisa Quinonez-Fontanez from Autism Wonderland
Laura Tellado from Holdin’ Out for a Hero
Cynthia Santiago from Latina Wellness
Each of their pages offer loads of information and unique perspectives on health and wellness. I am so glad to be a part of this group of wonderful women. 🙂
It’s amazing to me the timing of this award and I am so grateful that my gamble with this blog and all the choices I’ve made this past year has paid off in a positive way. I’m even more grateful that this happened right when I was beginning to doubt myself. The universe spoke to me, and I’m listening.
My goal with each post has never been for the praise or the pat on the back. It’s always been, and will continue to be, to help start a conversation about the food we eat, the society we live in, and the choices we make to lead healthy lives. Thanks to all of you who continue to tune in and take part in that dialogue. I’ve got lots more to say and I hope to see you all here in 2013!
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.