Vanessa Martir – Creative Nonfiction

“Redemption is easy…restoration takes a lifetime.”

Vanessa Martir shares an excerpt from her memoir that, in my opinion, really exemplifies pain, passion, and purpose. Many people are carrying the pain of a past experience that keeps them in bondage – silence is one way this happens. Holding on and not confronting or dealing with it can really erode a person’s inner spirit to the core.

I share this excerpt because I know there is someone who will read it and connect with Vanessa’s passion and find a greater purpose in their life.

As Us

When the Heart Breaks

“I’m a sin, sis. The Bible says I’m a sin.”

My brother, Juan Carlos, and I were sitting just outside my aunt’s first floor apartment in the hallway of a five story walk up on the grittier side of upper Manhattan. It was early March of 2013. We were chain smoking and talking about our family, our childhood and his heroin addiction. It was the day I told him about the secrets I was revealing in my memoir; about mom’s rape and how he found out when he was just thirteen that he was result of that rape. We traced his spiral to that day, more than 25 years ago, when he was in eighth grade.

“Sometimes I blame myself.” He stared off across the foyer, avoiding my eyes. His face drooped like a bloodhound’s and his bald head shone with sweat. It dripped down his…

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The Sparkle Project

One of the reasons I LOVE blogging is being connected to a greater community of people who are growing and thriving positively. Yes, as humans we have weaknesses and flaws, but there is nothing more beautiful than the butterfly emerging from it’s cocoon – confident it will fly! I am re-blogging this wonderful recipe for growth and intentional living because everyone could use it! Thanks Juni!

Juni Desireé

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This year I’m being really intentional about how I live.

After having a a really hard year last year filled with a lot of pain, I’m excited to start this project inspired by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

My project is about finding myself and following my sparks. It’s about accepting myself and doing the things that make me come alive. It’s a self-discovery project where I’ll learn what I really value and how to live according to those values.

I’m calling it The Sparkle Project for many reasons:

  • Last year was a dark year and I could do with some sparks.
  • ‘Spark’ seems to be my word for the year. It represents life and doing things that make me come alive.
  • I’ve always loved glitter and anything sparkly – sparkles make me happy. Sparkles are something I can be ashamed of because I think they’re too childish or girly…

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How to Detox From Sugar…For GOOD!

I can testify to the truth of this blog post! It is lifesaving to kick the sugar habit!

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This post was shared in our support group by Joff Paradise. It is so “on the money” that I had to share. Personally, I’ve always been addicted to sugar and I’ve had the symptoms. I was a ‘flour pap’ baby. Flour pap is a double-processed flour porridge, at least how they make it in Trinidad for babies.

I’ve had a lot of the symptoms listed below.

And if you need additional information, you can just google. Here’s one article to start with; but read on below.

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Sugar is incredibly addictive. Recent research has determined that sugar is actually as addictive as heroin to the human brain, not to mention the fact that added sugars are very harmful to our health. When you look at diabetes and obesity rates for, you see very quickly our sugar problem has gone out of control. Thankfully, this knowledge is…

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Meet and Greet Weekend @ DBDO: 1/29/16

It is awesome to be a part of the blogging community! There are so many amazing people worldwide and blogging connects us all! Please read and share!

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!  I hope everyone’s January has been productive!  Hard to believe it is almost February!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  The more people that see and participate in the MnG, the more potential new followers!  So, share, share share!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times each day!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Now that all the rules…

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The Least of These

But for the grace of God, there go I… The homeless population is astounding in America. As only one person, I feel so limited in my ability to make a difference, but collectively, I believe much could be done. My heart is saddened when I think of the people who have lost hope and just exist – whether due to life trauma, mental illness, or drug addiction; nonetheless a value to mankind and a part of the greater whole. Thank you Tribe Ministries for what you are doing! I hope to join your effort in the near future.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus emphasized the importance of  caring for the sick, hungry, thirsty, naked and those in prison — those on the margins. Homeless men sitting We had the privilege of serving those in our city over the holidays with what we called, “Brown bag blessings.”  They were simple bags with sandwiches, fruit and bottled water.  As our small team canvassed the area, this day we were joined by other churches and ministries that were also caring for “the least of these.”

Groups served hot foods, handed out blankets, sleeping bags, clothing and personal hygiene items.  Members of our team interviewed some of the people we served and asked them how we could best assist them.  Most mentioned that they were grateful for the help, but the groups primarily only showed up on the weekends. There also was a need, they said, for help during the week nights as well.  Armed with…

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Revisiting Purpose

When I started this blog, I was on a different level.  The original blog title was “Creating an Amazing Life!”

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I have evolved over the years…1982, 2005, 2013.

I was quite involved in a network marketing business.  My goals and aspirations were money focused and recognition was super important to me.

In my initial blog posts, I outlined what I thought was my destiny or purpose.  “Helping Others” was about driving my life to the next level (success in the financial and material realm) and helping others do the same.  I laugh about it now, because I am on the success track but in a total different vehicle with a different end goal in mind.  image

If you asked me in April of 2013 about the notion of teaching middle school full-time, I would have said NO WAY!  I have always entertained occasional substituting, but full-time teacher seemed unrealistic and overwhelming.  Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

So, obviously I have grown – mentally, physically, and spiritually!

My purpose is to be a light on this seemingly dark path of life, illuminating the goodness in humanity. 

I will always be in a state of perpetual growth, because to me that is truly living.  For me, it ‘s not about money or material possessions.  I’m about human capital (people) – the value is in humankind.  I’m about encouraging as many people as possible to purposely enjoy this thing called LIFE.

Peace and blessings,


p.s. I am not selling anything, just happy to share.


Clean and Sober…

My life is changing and I have to admit it is better than ever.  Why didn’t I do this sooner?  What were my barriers?  I keep asking myself these questions! I am beyond happy in this very moment with the way I feel.  I’m even pleased with how I am looking these days.

Drinking alcohol, drugging, or smoking cigarettes has never been an issue for me.  My being clean and sober has to do with nutrition.  I am no longer intoxicated by nitrates, sodium, sugar, or any other chemical designed to keep food on the shelf longer.

I posted the picture of my son and I on Facebook and someone said they thought I was a teenager like him.  What a cool compliment!  I really do feel younger.  My skin is starting to glow.  I am truly healing from the inside outward.

I know it is because I am eating clean and finally sober!

I’m no chef, but…

Lately, I have become quite a healthy cook!  No cookbooks or recipes –  I’m just creating delicious nutritional masterpieces that feed me all week long!

I am not following any specific “die-it” plan.  I am listening to and feeling my body (intentionally) when I grocery shop and while cooking.  The more colorful it is the better!  So much flavor.

I am learning so much day by day about foods and harmful ingredients.  I am even encouraging my students to eat more veggies an less candy.  I bring in carrots or celery and they eat it!  It’s new motivation for them instead of Jolly Ranchers, hot Cheetos, and Blow Pops!

I am so grateful for my palate – I would be doomed if I did not appreciate vegetables.  Aside from terrific taste, you could not imagine the medicinal effects it has on the body.  Both the spices and the veggies help my body to heal and transform.

I am not hungry or dissatisfied…FINALLY, I am achieving and fully embracing a healthy lifestyle.

Introducing P3 Education!

It’s no secret that I enjoy being a part of the blogging community.  I have had the pleasure of meeting and communicating with some amazing people all over the world without leaving home.  While this blog is about my journey to better health, I would like to introduce you to my education blog where I share my experiences, both as a student and as a teacher.  I will also blog about current news and events relating to youth and education in this country.

Not only am I teaching, but I am learning at the same time as a Rio Salado Teaching Intern.  The Spring 2016 semester is beginning and I will have plenty to share!

To visit my education site, click this link and check it out!  While you are there – leave me your email address for updates as I post.

Thanks for your time and attention!