Stop Domestic Violence

Day 91: Sunday, September, 30, 2018 It’s just past 9 a.m. but I’m still in bed. I’m not going to church this morning because it’s a special day, exactly one year of my husband and I wedded in church. It’s a big day for me! So I want to reflect on it ❤️ I was asked to change my profile to black earlier because today is also the world against domestic violence day. May there be peace and love in every home 🙏. I am going to read more real estate materials. Although I don’t have the time to take my clients to see houses now due to a full-time career with the county, I’ll spend more time understanding how it works. Perhaps, one day I’ll be able to buy my own home or help someone on the w

Celebrating our one year wedding anniversary

Day 88: Thursday, September 27, 2018 Today my husband and I are celebrating our one year wedding anniversary💑. We will spend a few quality days together in the local cities. I'm happy and thankful for us! It has not been easy, but we made our first-year mark officially together. My husband is a strong believer in God, and I am becoming like him. We were married in a church, witnessed by God, the pastor, families, and friends. Our marriage has a strong foundation. Therefore, it cannot easily be shaken. On bad days, instead of getting frustrated, I have learned to pray for us. Praying constantly makes life easier for I leave the worries the God. I believe in him. I'm grateful for our on

Delivery My Longest Speech Tonight

Day 87: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 This is it - the day I have been anticipating for in the last three weeks. I am ready! 😊 My husband woke up to work before dawn, so did I. Lying on my bed for an hour or so, I couldn’t help but think and worry about the speech tonight, so I asked the private women prayer group online which I’m a member of for their words of encouragement and prayers. I’m grateful for their responses. Here is what I wrote: “Please pray for me tonight as I’ll be speaking in front of a group of mostly strangers for twenty minutes. It’s the longest speech I’ll have ever delivered. My goal is to reach their hearts and get accepted as a certified speaker. Thank you. �

Never Give Up

Day 86: Thursday, September 25, 2018 One thing you would get to participate in answering a question off the cuff at the Toastmaster meetings if you were a member. It would prepare you to practice your quick thinking and responding for 1-2 minutes. I was as calm as a river when the Table Topic Master called my name on the stage. He asked me to elaborate on this Chinese proverb: “Dig a well before you are thirsty.” I had never heard it before, but I understood it right away. I told him it means to be prepared for everything you do. Then I gave an example of me practicing for my long speech this Wednesday. I spoke with ease for one minute and fifty-five seconds. I was very nervous just two

Senate Bill 895 Passed Into Law

Day 84: Sunday, September 23, 2018 What a blessed Sunday morning! I'm sitting here listening to a live music at the High School Ministry and writing to you. I went to the morning service earlier and I'm here for a few hours. Very soon I'll be talking to the high school children who sit alone instead of writing. I give myself a little time to getting to know the people here. I was on my feet no less than six hours yesterday for my grandson’s birthday. I was smart this time by putting my Skecher tennis shoes on which came with extra cushions. In the past, my feet always failed me after several hours of preparation and serving food at the parties. The older I get, the more health consciou

I am Happy

Day 81: Thursday, September 20, 2018 I dropped my car off to the mechanical shop after work yesterday. The owner will call me today to let me know what’s wrong with it. I hope it won’t cost me an arm and a leg to fix it! 🤣 Today is Thursday already! It seems so fast this week. Perhaps, I feel this way because I’m nervous about the big speech? A few random thoughts crept into my head earlier: What if I freak out and freeze? What if I forget to speak English? (When I was too nervous in the past, I forgot how to speak English correctly. I sounded like I just got off the boat.) What if ...? However, a positive voice interfered: Don't worry too much. Go over the seven tips I shared with my

What I am Thankful for Today - September 15, 2018

Day 76: Saturday, September 15, 2018 I’m happy and thankful for waking up this morning to see my Vietnamese article got published on the Vietnamese website. It’s about my path to becoming a public speaker. It started when I was only sixteen years old while living in the Galang Indonesia Refugee Camp in 1986. After my big speech, I will translate it into English. I’m going to practice the speech for thirty minutes or so before I meet up with my mentor this morning. I never had a mentor before. It feels good to have guidance. Three things that I will focus on: writing, public speaking and learning the Bible. I read half of the book of Roman this week. It took me a long time because I had

A Happy Heart

After lunch today, my coworker and I walked toward a discount store next door for a few minutes to check on lottery tickets I bought a while ago. I won a whole dollar 😀 and exchanged for a new ticket. After we left the store, we talked about winning jackpots. As always I told her I would not want to win a big jackpot because I know not-a-hard-earned money would do any good for my family. My children, my husband and even I would change not for the better but for the worse. I would have many relatives and friends who were not there before, etc. You may call me silly, but I prefer to make a decent income and live a humble life. I never care for anything extravagant. I am a simple person and en

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