BE THE LIGHT

BE THE LIGHT

Hello! Happy Thursday!

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these thoughtful posts… I try not to force myself to write them on schedule, but instead, I only write them when I have a special message in my heart that I want to put out there.

For weeks I’ve been struggling with some personal things. To be honest I find it extremely ironic to be writing this post about being the light when right now I feel nothing but dark. I keep thinking, how many times does a person need to start over? It’s so frustrating!

Anyways… I decided to write this post to show you and myself that it is possible to ‘be the light’ even when you feel like you are nothing but darkness. It’s very important to stay motivated during the darker periods of life.

So, what does this “being the light” thing even mean?

“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that, through you, others can see”

For the longest time I dedicated myself to finding ‘the light’. That happy place where everything is perfect and as a result you feel great and happy all the time. Boy was I wrong… What I’ve discovered over these past three years is that the only way to ‘see the light’ is to become one. This is not easy, not at all, that’s why I’d like to share a little bit of my current situation for you guys to see, that even though I’m far from being perfect and far for being in the perfect place, at least in the eyes of society’s standards, I am indeed perfect with all my imperfections and I am exactly where I need to be right now.

How to be the light?

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Buddha

Count your blessings

As some of you know, I decided to start my life again from less than zero at age 27. I moved to a different country to learn a new language, ended a very long relationship that meant everything to me, started exploring a new career path and went out on a search without even knowing what I was looking for. I didn’t know who I was and I needed to desperately find out.

I had many bad days along the way, in fact some of my lowest moments happened over these past three years.. and when I mean low, I mean low… real low… to the point that I even got myself thinking I didn’t belong here… But you know one thing I’ve learned? It’s ok to have a bad day, but don’t let it become a bad week, month or year.

Open your eyes to everything that’s good around you and to everything you have going on for you. Yes, I know sometimes it feels like the entire world is against you, but the things that are for you are the ones that should hold all the weight. Trust me, I know first hand how hard it is to focus all of your energy on the good and I still struggle with putting it into practice, but it’s something that you can’t stop pursuing.

Being able to look back at your day and count your blessings for that specific day is the best thing you can learn how to do for yourself and it will bring you closer to being a light for the people around you.

Believe in something

In my case and without a doubt, it’s God. My faith has grown exponentially over these last three years and to be honest I can’t imagine my life without God guiding every one of my steps. In fact, I didn’t realize until a couple days that this message about ‘being the light’ was a passage from the Bible:

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”

Matthew 5:14

I feel like it’s so important to believe in something higher, whatever that might be for you. Once you find it, learn all you can about it. There’s something comforting in having someone -or something- to give thanks to when things are going right and someone -or something- to run to for hope and guidance when things are not going as planned.

Stay focused

When you work with social media like I do, it’s so hard to stay focused you know? It’s hard not to count your likes or comments or clicks, hard not to feel disappointed when you don’t get a campaign you really wanted. I feel like I’ve had to build myself stronger over these past two years from all the no’s I’ve gotten. And I’m sure this is true for a lot of the bloggers out there… It’s so hard to find a campaign that’s the right fit for you and you send your pitch and are super excited about it, only to get a big ‘No thanks’ back.. If they ever get back to you. It’s a struggle. Don’t get confused by all the cute photos and events we go to. It’s a fun job indeed and I love it, but it’s not always pretty.

Despite all of this, try to think bigger and ask yourself: Is this the life I pictured for myself? Is all of this worth it?

If your answer is yes for both these questions like it is for me, then keep moving. You just have to keep walking, even if sometimes you feel like you’re crawling and moving 0.00001 miles per hour. Forward is forward.

If there’s something in your heart, it’s there for a reason and it’s connected to your calling. Do not ignore it. Do not let the world dim your light.

So? Are you ready to become someone’s light? Share your blessings on the comments below and take a few seconds to read them and think about them. Let those words be a reminder of what you should focus on.

Here’s my light to you! Have an awesome rest of your week!

Thanks for stopping by! It honestly means the world to me!

XO,
 
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Hola!! Feliz Jueves!

Hace tiempo que no escribo uno de estos posts. La verdad es que trato de no incluirlos en mi calendario, si no que me dejo llevar y los escribo cuando siento que hay algo que quiero compartir con ustedes.

Tengo ya un par de semanas con varios problemas personales y me parece super irónico escribir un post acerca de ‘ser una luz’ cuando ahorita no me siento para nada como una. La vida a veces puede ser frustrante y a veces me pregunto, cuantas veces tiene una persona que empezar de cero?

Bueno… a pesar de todo lo malo, decidí escribir este post para enseñarles que si es posible ser una luz incluso cuando te sientes como una nube negra. Es demasiado importante mantenerse motivado durante los periodos oscuros de la vida.

Pero.. que significa todo esto de ‘ser una luz’?

“No brilles para que otros te vean brillar. Brilla para que a través de ti, sean otros los que puedan ver”

Por mucho tiempo me dedique a buscar esa ‘luz’. Ese lugar perfecto donde todo esta bien siempre y te sientes feliz 100% del tiempo… Y que equivocada estaba.. Lo que he descubierto en estos últimos tres años es que la única manera de ver la luz es convertirte en una. Esto no es nada fácil, es por eso que quise compartir este post con ustedes; para que vean que a pesar de no ser perfecta, ni tener la vida perfecta (ante los ojos de la sociedad), yo tengo la certeza de que si soy perfecta con todas mis imperfecciones y estoy justo donde tengo que estar ahorita.

 Como ser una luz?

“Miles de velas se pueden encender de una sola y la vida de la vela sera la misma. La felicidad nunca disminuye por ser compartida” 
Buddha

Cuenta tus bendiciones

Como muchos de ustedes saben, decidí empezar mi vida de nuevo desde cero a los 27 años. Me mudé a un país diferente, terminé una relación que significaba todo para mi, empecé a explorar una nueva carrera y me embarqué en una búsqueda sin saber exactamente lo que estaba buscando. No sabia quien era y necesitaba desesperadamente averiguarlo.

Tuve muchos días malos, de hecho los peores momentos que he vivido sucedieron en estos últimos años, pero saben que aprendi? Que esta bien tener un mal día, pero no debemos dejar que ese mal día se convierta en una mala semana, mes o año.

Abre tus ojos a todo lo bueno que tienes a tu alrededor. Yo se que es difícil y que a veces sentimos que el mundo esta en contra nuestra, pero las cosas que tienes a tu favor son las que deberían tener todo el peso. Yo todavía tengo que trabajar muy duro para enfocarme en lo bueno y no dejar que lo malo me afecte, pero tener la habilidad de abrir tus ojos para las cosas buenas que ofrece la vida es algo que vale la pena perseguir y desarrollar.

Al final de cada dia, no importa que tan bueno o malo fue, deberías de ser capaz de ver hacia atrás y contar las bendiciones que te regaló la vida ese día… creanme, siempre hay algo. Cuando logres hacer eso, estarás mas cerca de ser una luz para todos los que te rodean.

Crean en algo

En mi caso y sin duda alguna, se trata de Dios. Mi fe ha crecido muchísimo en estos últimos tres años y para ser sincera, no me imagino mi vida sin Dios guiando cada uno de mis pasos. De hecho, no me había dado cuenta hasta hace un par de días que este mensaje que tenia en mi corazon de ‘ser una luz’ es de hecho un verso de la Biblia:

“Ustedes son la luz del mundo. Una ciudad en lo alto de una colina no puede esconderse”

Mateo 5:14

Siento que creer en algo mas grande que nosotros mismos es demasiado importante. Lo que sea que decidas creer lo sabras una vez que lo encuentres, y cuando lo hagas averigua lo mas que puedas al respecto y entrégate. Hay algo mágico en tener algo o alguien a quien agradecer cuando las cosas están bien y a quien acudir cuando las cosas no salen como lo tenias planeado.

Mantente enfocado

Cuando trabajas con redes sociales como yo es bien didicil mantenerse enfocado. Es difícil no contar cada like o comentario o clicks. Es difícil no sentirte decepcionado cuando no obtienes una campaña que de verdad querías. Desde que empece el blog, he tenido que hacerme mas fuerte cada día porque en este medio recibes muchos ‘NO’ como respuesta y estoy segura que esto es cierto para todas las bloggers que están leyendo esto. No se confundan con todas las fotos lindas y la vida perfecta que parecemos llevar en Instagram. Es difícil. Si es un trabajo bien divertido y lo amo, pero no todo es color de rosa.

Siempre preguntare, es esta la vida que imagine tener? Vale la pena todo esto que estoy haciendo?

Si tu respuesta es si, solo sigue moviéndote. Solo tienes que seguir caminando, incluso si a veces sientes que estas gateando y moviendo a 0.000001 Km/hora. Hacia adelante, siempre es hacia adelante. No importa que tan cortos o lentos se sientan tus pasos.

Si hay algo en tu corazón, esta allí por algo y esta conectado con tu propósito. No lo ignores. No dejes que el mundo apague la luz que llevas por dentro.

Entonces? Estas listo para ser la luz de alguien? Comparte tus bendiciones en los comentarios abajo y tomate unos segundos para leerlas y analizarlas. Deja que esas palabras te sirvan como recordatorio de las cosas en las que debes enfocarte.

Aqui esta mi luz para ustedes!

Mil gracias por visitar el blog, de verdad significa el mundo para mi!

Un abrazo!

XO,
 
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  • CJ
    Reply

    You are so inspiring. I can relate to what you share here. I hope more people read this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kirsten Wendlandt
    Reply

    What a beautiful post Aimara and that you so much for sharing! I think there are so many people out there who feel the same way.. Sometimes we just feel lost and it really is difficult to find the light. There are so many practices we can do a regular basis to help us in these situations, and I really appreciate you sharing yours with us! Wishing you all the best

  • Gina Diaz
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    This is such a beautiful post and very touching! I identify with you in some many things. I love God and I pray every day even upon opening my eyes in the morning, I say my first blessing! :)))

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to each of us!!!

    Much love, xx. Gina

  • Elif
    Reply

    Hi Beauty! I can imagine how hard it could be moving to a new place is hard. Amazing post and you’re such an inspiration. xoxo Elif

  • Lily Rose
    Reply

    This is such a beautiful post. I am going through a hardship right now in my life. And even just waking up every day and getting ready has been difficult. But this post has enlightened me. I always have to remember to count my blessings, find comfort in my loved ones, believe in myself and stay focused on the positive things. Thanks for this babe!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Kierra
    Reply

    Ohh girl, I hope all gets better soon! Sometimes it helps to lift other up with what you have to say. There is usually a great amount of satisfaction. Sometimes you are typing what you need to hear as well so make sure you look back on what you’ve said in this wonderful post. I know it can be hard to get out of a slump once you are in it, but always make sure you count your blessing, like you said above. It is so very important to remember that.

  • Rachel Holliday
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing this heart felt and inspiring post! You are so brave to change countries, career paths and relationships all at once, but it will certainly be worth it if it was your hearts calling. I agree that it can be hard to find light when you’re really down, but I agree that been grateful for everything is key.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  • maryam
    Reply

    You are such an inspiration. Moving to a new place is hard, I’ve been there. I know exactly what you are talking about. But it only makes you stronger. Such an amazing post.

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

  • EVA
    Reply

    Hello sweetie! You have a big heart and the light of God will always with you. Just positive vibes, thank you remember me, how can I go forward in some difficult moments. Sometimes all of us having bad days.. Your post is very touching, confident and inspiratonal. You’re strong and I’m proud of you how you overcame your difficult period..
    Whish your light will be Always with you
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  • Andreea Birsan
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    Such a thoughtful post! You are such a strong woman and it’s really hard starting over and over getting! Happy to know you had the strength of doing it at the age of 27. Moving to a new country is hard, learning a new language is even harder and ending relationships is the worst! Wishing you all the best! x

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  • Brown Eyed Toast
    Reply

    Aww thank you for sharing this post with us! I know sharing personal anecdotes can be really difficult, especially if you are an introvert such as myself, and probably even harder when sharing about hardship. But girl, I’m seriously so impressed with your journey. Moving to a new country and embarking on a completely fresh start- that’s no easy feat! I know bad days will be inevitable, and I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had to encounter so many bad lows. But take pride in what you’ve accomplished, keep pushing on (or even just walking on as you advised), and take comfort in God’s goodness as He will always provide. And what a blessing to hear that you’ve come to rely on Him in your times of need! Reading about your experience has inspired me to be the light, even just one day at a time. Sending you good vibes and love babe!

    xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com

  • Sarah
    Reply

    This post is so inspiring Aimara, I know you may be in a dark situation right now. But your beautiful smile and positivity will always help you see the bright side of things. I am going through a lot of personal issues as well, we are moving to a new country and I am finding it so hard to accept this move. But I try to be as positive as I can, especially in front of my children. It’s so amazing that you made such a big move and decided to change your journey, it’s not the easiest thing to do. Just continue to keep your faith in god strong and stay motivated. We are all here for you, whenever you need us.

    xxx
    Sarah
    http://sarahatiq.com/

  • Wanderlustts
    Reply

    Babe that is truly incredible. I had no idea about your back story and i guess it’s easy to often forget that everyone has so many layers to their story when we scroll by and see the fashion bloggers we follow. It’s amazing how you started with nothing – you moved, you picked yourself up from a painful breakup and you were able to make it this far. It’s actually so inspiring when you look back and see how much you were able to do for yourself – all while following the same advice you’re giving to us. You had faith to help you in dark times and you stayed focused and motivation.
    Thank you for this inspiring read

    Wanderlustts
    http://www.wanderlustts.com

  • Eliza
    Reply

    This is such a great and very touching post. At some point, I thought I was reading my own thoughts. I had almost the same life experience. I moved to another country, left everything behind and started from the very beginning. Yes, it’s fine to have bad days, but you know, I feel like the way I live now it’s the best option and I’m very thankful for that.

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  • Tandya
    Reply

    Wow such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing. When I feel sad, I always tell myself that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I think you are SOOOO brave for, at 27, doing what you did. I will definitely favorite this post and look at it whenever I’m feeling down.

  • Jacqueline
    Reply

    This was so cute! I’ve been feeling down a lot lately because there’s been so much going on in my personal life. It’s been hard to focus on the good but every morning I’m telling myself now to be happy for all the things I have and focus on that. It’s a struggle and the older you get the more you become in tune with yourself and who you are. I hope that you are always a light for yourself and others around. Love this post!

  • Claudia
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing this, sometimes staying positive is tough. Being grateful for what we have and not ungrateful for what we don’t have I found to be the most important thing to stay in the light. Having said that, sending lots of light and love xx C.

  • Michelle
    Reply

    Sounds like you have a lot going on right now. Sometimes a fresh start can be a blessing – even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Just take it day at a time to get thru the hard stuff. You never know what life has in store for you right around the corner! Sending you lots of love!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com

  • AMC
    Reply

    Making a change is so big and that’s extremely inspiring of you to do so. Appreciating what we have and counting your blessings definitely helps out everything into perspective 👌🏾

  • Helen Chik
    Reply

    I actually feel you girl because I went through a dark spot for a little while and I keep reminding myself of all the things I should be thankful for and it usually does the trick and keeps me going!

    Helen xx
    https://helenchik.com/ten-minutes-lust-list

  • Vanessa
    Reply

    Me encanto, este post! Muy lindo y totalmente lleno de inspiración con un maravilloso mensaje para sacar el lado positivo siempre y hacer frente a cualquier situación difícil. Gracias por compartir y espero que esta etapa de problemas personales por la que has pasado la soluciones rápido para sentirte mejor porque sin duda estas llena de luz. Un fuerte abrazo!

    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

  • Christine Kong
    Reply

    I love this personal post. There are many times when things aren’t perfect where we can get down and these tips are wonderful to remind ourselves that it’s just a moment that we have to go through and we will come out of it stronger and better in the end. Just keep your head up and look back to see how far you’ve come already. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  • Thomas Falkenstedt
    Reply

    Thank you for giving me the light in a moment when I need it the most! Reading about your journey the past years gave me strength to keep pushing forward and I WILL not let anything bring me down no matter how many hardships I’ll meet on my journey. My faith in God is what keeps me floating as well and He and I are doing pretty well in our relationship right now. 🙂
    Lots of light back to you!
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  • Manda
    Reply

    This post truly makes my heart so happy! I love that you shared this! You are so brave to have started over in a new country and I imagine that it must have taken a lot of courage and strength to do so. I’d imagine most everyone that reads this will feel some sort of relation to what you’ve felt in some way as we all go through days or seasons like this in life. Sometimes in one day I can feel extremely encouraged and then just as discouraged five minutes later. It’s an easy thing to do when you run a business and have goals you want to accomplish! It seems as though you are grounded with God and that is so important in giving ourselves Grace to not be perfect.. For me it’s in those discouraging moments that I’m forced to remember that I am a daughter of a King and that’s all the approval I need! Hope you are having an amazing weekend!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  • Jennifer Lee Quattrucci
    Reply

    Thank you so much for writing this ! I too have been going through some real tough stuff and this is a beautiful reminder for me ! Thank you so much!!

  • Dom
    Reply

    Hello my friend. I’m trying to compose myself while reading this post. It’s as if you wrote it for me. This is honestly so raw and real. It’s beautiful. You and I are very similar, I relate to you and this post so much. My heart is so touched right now. It seems you and I have both been through some type of hell these past 3 years. Somehow even on our darkest days we must find a way to be the light. Thank you for writing so a beautiful post that I really needed at this time. Thank you for sharing your faith as well. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who fully turned to god in my darkest hour. Thank you for giving me some much needed light at time when I needed it most.
    God bless you, and may he continue to bless you on your journey.
    Love, Dom

  • Diana
    Reply

    Omg, this post is so delightful. I’m glad that you are over it, we all have bad days, and sometimes even I want to give up, but my husband always tells me that i should continue do what I love. Don’t get disappointed, u will always get something better later

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

  • marcy
    Reply

    Babe ame leer este post!! Realmente eres una inspiración y gracias por compartimos tu historia. Haber hecho los cambios que hiciste a los 27 tuvo que haber sido duro pero los cambios siempre son buenos por mas que aveces nos cueste creerlo. Sobre todo siempre mirar arriba y tener fe en Dios de que todo saldrá bien y dar gracias es lo mas importante. Aveces nos quejamos por todo pero hay personas pasado cosas peores que nosotros. Mi reciente viaje a Africa me hizo darme cuenta de todo esto. Muchas gracias por este lindo post!!

    xoxo
    Marcy

  • Sheree
    Reply

    This is such an inspiring post even though you are a bit in the dark. I think all the things you’ve been through just made you a stronger woman and one that isn’t easily taken down. I just recently watched a clip of J.K. Rowling speaking at Harvard commencement on failing and it was so moving and inspiring and I think you would love it too (I’ll link it below).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EKCgXUFobs

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

  • Lara
    Reply

    That’s such a wonderful and inspiring post! All the best of luck

    xx Lara THE DAINTY THINGS

  • Candace
    Reply

    I’m a huge fan of counting your blessings. So much can change in so little time and it’s important to appreciate what we have and pray for the things we want. I have been doing this a lot lately and it’s just been working amazingly. Being the light is definitely the way to go and it helps others reach their goals as well!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  • Dora
    Reply

    Love you sis ❤️😍❤️🍵

  • Jennifer SavvyGreyStyles
    Reply

    This post is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing this with us. You are so brave for making such a big change in your life. Good luck with your journey.

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