The Story of my Faith, and F8

Pardon my ESOL

On Friday , I followed the Via Crucis, all 14 the stations, with Pope Francis , the prayers and the messages of a convict, a mother, a daughter, a wrongly convicted, a judge, testimonials of people living their own calvary.

I was Impressed and deeply emotional following the message, especially the moment of Jesus death, my heart skip a beat, and I was breathless for a moment, I dropped on my knees, crying, perhaps for all the suffering on the cross, but also for our nation and the world.

My faith grows as I get older, even knowing is an imperfect church, I profess my Faith to the Catholic Church.

My religion is an inheritance from the Spanish conquistadores, Peru my country is mostly catholic by tradition, I heard that my mother who I barely met, because she die when I was 4, was very strict to the old traditions, praying rosaries, fasting, Holy Week was days and days of mourn in the house.

I am catholic because it feels right, As a kid, the kids on my neighborhood all joined the local church chorus , it was called “dust angels” nothing I wanted most than Sundays, when we could get into this beautiful hooded, like blue tunics, entering the church , side by side with the priest, to sing for our local church mass. I could not sing, actually I am a terrible singer, but that never stopped me from singing.

Miss Elsa and Professor Juan, they are the mentors I never got to thank, for including me in their project, in their passion for music and to encourage kids to believe in God, stay out of trouble, I learned to play a little accordion while participating in the chorus and Also in the “Tuna” , not the fish but a musical group, this name comes from Spain, a Tuna Studiantina, is a group from a university who plays instruments and sings as they walk, the tradition comes from the 13th century and they usually wear the traditional university emblems and capes, and is very animated. I like this video, although I encourage you to check the “Tuna de Valladolid”

If it wasn’t from them, I probably wouldn’t feel the way I feel about religion, because after my mom die, my dad didn’t practice any religion at home, never went to mass, so the conviction of having a father in heaven who watches, protects me and is waiting for me at the end of my days was mostly influenced by my friends in the neighborhood.

Later in life, when my dad was older, he joined us, in our sacraments, our kids sacraments and attended mass with us. The next video made me think of him;

My dad baptized us all

my baptism in Mexico
Godmother on the left Bertha Ore de Lira , my mother on the right Teresa de Jesus Coronado
back then the memo was to not smile. I guess…

I stayed in my church because I get inspired , because my relationship with God, his Son and the Holy Spirit have always being pure, and personal, I know I am loved and I am an instrument of his love. I believe in the power of the risen son of God.

F8 Journeys is a life philosophy, all these elements that I am tirelessly sharing since 2015 when I had this vision, seating in a pew in church, when I was in despair, husband was lay off, I lost 90% of my business, I was betrayed, I sat and draw a circle in the Sunday’s church paper, meaning a whole, I did not wanted to be broke, and I wrote the things that fulfill my heart and life, all these 8 hashtags in F8 living, are a simple reminder that Life, is what we make, what we believe, what we give, what we eat, with whom we spent time, what we do, who we praised, what we enjoy.

How is your F8?

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Cessy Meacham

A Vanguard Travel Entrepreneur

Senior Contributor TripAdvisor

“Life is about growing, making a difference and collecting moments of happiness”

*F8 is my Journey and my Lifestyle, the key to happiness is being mindful of these 8 life elements: Family-Faith-Friends-Fitness/Health-Fund/GiveBack-Food-Fun-Fulfillment

Cessy Meacham is a Travel Professional offering travel packages. Each year special tours hosted by Travel with Cessy share her love of each destination. Cessy is a charismatic person with a flare for fun. To find out more of her coming tours check

https://linktr.ee/cessymeacham

www.AnytimeBookings.com

On left Christ the redeemer

Rio de Janeiro Brazil with Diego

Some Good News, First Responders Tribute

I am a firm believer, that switching focus, to the things you want, makes a big difference in the results of what you are pursuing.

Have you noticed it? when you get a new car, or any other article, all of a sudden you spot many of the same cars you have or many of the articles you just got? When we shift our focus we find more of it!!

there are lots of tests to prove this point,

We are now in week 7 of the Pandemic COVID19, making the entire world spin round and round, but feels like spinning in the opposite direction.

Nothing is or will be the same, the unthinkable is now a reality, from health, economy, politics, work, studies, every angle you look, has been affected and for some people affected forever.

As of today the, We, the United States tops the list of number of cases infected.

About 6.6 million people are jobless , most in the Tourism sector, as Hotels, Restaurants, flights, cruises, trains are restricted or canceled until further notice.

So what are the Good News to share?

The World’s population. approximately 7.6 BILLION

The USA Population approximately 320 MILLION

The Day by day, the heroic job of first responders, to save lives, their efforts and long hours of sacrifices made possible

279 Thousand Lives Saved !!!!

People that can return to their loved ones, thanks to them.

Focusing in the many people voluntering in street curves to feed kids missing their only meal provided in school.

Focusing in the many companies now focusing in manufacturing hand sanitizers, masks, and everything that can help protect us from getting and contaminate others.

Focusing on the many people sharing what they have, food , supplies and helping others with the infamous toilet paper shortage.

Focusing on First responders and how to bring a smile

What can I do for First responders?

When I saw these pictures, I could not stop the tears, I let it all out, I cried and prayed for the things I see and the ones I can’t even imagine.

This post encouraged me to make an offer, the biggest treasure I have, is the sunrise, sunsets, and sandy toes, and I thought I could open my humble home to nurses and first responders that might need and cannot afford a Florida Escape, this is for you the nurses and doctors who are working around the clock.

If you served as a first responder in this Pandemic, Connect with me, and I can help you to have something to look forward, my visit my little patch of heaven, when this is all over!

See, there are many Good News!!! It is easy to get sucked in the news, the Media jobs are to inform, but most importantly to keep your attention, sadly they know the more scary and controversial, the more attention they get.

Don’t allow yourself to fall in their whirlwind, they know how to captivate the “influenceable”. Don’t allow fear, block your ability to act, and put yourself at service.

The good news is that you get to choose where to stand, what to think, how to protect yourself, your family and your loved ones.

Always remember Yin Yang, nothing is absolute, even if you think everything is bad and dark, there is ALWAYS something good, something bright. and in the same balance of life, that something that looks so Good and bright ( grass is not always greener on the other side) it could always be that little something that is bad and dark. Choose to focus and stand on the bright and good side of things,

YIN YANG/ PERFECT BALANCE
BLACK/WHITE*RIGHT/LEFT*DARK/BRIGHT*MALE/FEMALE*WRONG/RIGHT

A Vanguard Travel Entrepreneur

Senior Contributor TripAdvisor

Life is about growing, making a difference and collecting moments of happiness” Cessy Meacham

*F8 is my Journey and my Lifestyle, the key to happiness is

being mindful of these 8 life elements: Family-Faith-Friends-Fitness/Health-Fund/GiveBack-Food-Fun-Fulfillment

Cessy Meacham is a Travel Professional offering travel packages. Each year special tours hosted by Travel with Cessy share her love of each destination. Cessy is a charismatic person with a flare for fun. To find out more of her coming tours check

https://linktr.ee/cessymeacham

www.AnytimeBookings.com