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When's The Last Time You Dreamed?

Lifestyle, FaithVeronica ArrietaComment

I’m happy to report that I’m still here and alive. I  took the past month as a little blogging break to figure out my personal and business balance (with a little traveling here and there).

You grow up dreaming as big as you can without putting any limits on yourself, then somewhere along the way you got to college and catch yourself withering away from your "dream job.” For many years I caught myself working at a company where I wasn’t fulfilled and didn’t know how to get out of the situation. But, it’s funny how God works.

One of the most real-life examples on how I saw God work in my life was when he shut the door of the company I was working at and literally forced me to ‘create.’ I took a moonshot and followed my passion to becoming a full-time blogger and online shop owner.

It’s funny how leaving your comfort zone can help you realize your own potential. I never thought that I would one day have my own business, but when you stop underestimating yourself, take risks and follow your passion you would be surprised at the outcome. Heck, if I can do it anyone can!

Is it easy? Heck no! It’s an around the clock job. It takes a lot of self discipline. I have to care more than anyone else because no one is telling me what to do. But, I have full faith that God shuts every door for a reason, and He has opened the doors where He wants open. Sometimes you have to be patient and have faith that it will all work out. Don’t ever loose hope, especially on your dreams.

PS - Feel free to email me (veronica@thefourthreads.com) if there is anyway I can help or share more of my story.

Favorite Daily Devotionals

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Favorite Daily Devotional

Starting the day reading my devotional really kickstarts my day and encourages me to apply God's word to my everyday life. There are so many different devotionals out there, some that are based around more scripture and others that apply scripture to daily life, which I tend to gravitate more towards. Below are my favorite devotionals...

Savor by Shauna Neiquest

When I found out Shauna was releasing a daily devotional I knew I had to have it. I had just finished reading her book Bread and Wine (if you haven't read it..you need to, especially if you like recipes). Her text was so relatable so I knew her devotional would be even better...sure enough it is! She breaks down scripture and applies it to certain situations or everyday life that really open up my eyes and see Jesus' Word different. 

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

This was my first devotional that I started reading. It's written from the point of view of Jesus, which gives the book a sense of intimacy with the Lord. 

My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers

This is a classic. My husband and friends love this devotional. It's a bite more wordy and scripture heavy, which I find difficult at times but nonetheless it's a great devotional. 

I always love to learn about new devotionals. What's are some of your favorites? 

A Little R&R

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My husband and I headed to Carmel this past weekend for some much needed R&R. It was a super last minute trip - in fact we planned, packed, and got on the road all within an hour and a half. Pretty impressive, huh! 

Sometimes the city and work life gets the best of you and you just need to break away from everything...which is exactly what happened to us. We needed to get away and press the reset button. We turned off the music, put our phones away, opened the bible and just talked the whole time. I really can't stress how important it is to break away from everything and rest. 

Have you been completely overwhelmed at work or in life? What's the last time you broke away? Find a nearby city (a couple hours away) where you can get away for the weekend! 

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With Love, From Haiti

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Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was down in Haiti last week with New Story, a nonprofit that my husband and his best friend, Brett launched 4 months ago. New Story is a crowdfunding charity that builds houses for homeless families living in dangerous situations around the world. Their first location: Haiti, as it holds a special place in their heart from a mission trip they took a few years back...and now I understand why.  

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

As I sit here writing this post back at my desk in San Francisco, I am dumbfounded at how much I learned and grew from the experience; sitting here smiling at how much Haiti surprised me. In Haiti, I don't have to think about what I'm wearing, or who I'm going to run into, heck, I don't even have to shower (but I did because I've never smelled so foul - sorry TMI).

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Majority of people live in inadequate and unsanitary housing conditions, and are at high risk for infectious diseases like food or water-borne diseases, typhoid fever, and malaria.

We've been back almost a week now and if I'm being honest, I've struggled to write about my experience from this trip. It's not that I've become numb to the shock of how poverty exists, but I have come to unexpectedly fall in love with the people who live within it. Here is a journal entry I wrote about my first trip to the village of Leveque: 

The day started both calm and crazy, if that's even possible. The local pastor prayed over the village and for the families recieving the homes; followed by the New Story team (plus the rest of the village) walking house-to-house giving each family the keys to their new colorful home. The children playing and sounds of Creole echoing in the village - still unsure if they're yelling at each other or just passionate talkers. The general vibe of the village is filled with so much hope and excitement. The kids are jumping all over us, just wanting to play, be held and to feel loved. I spotted this little girl who was standing barefoot wearing a pair of dirty pink Tinkerbell overalls. Her eyes meet with mine and she flashes a bright smile which shields me of our surroundings. I am no longer standing in Leveque, but I am standing in her world. She reaches up signaling me to pick her up. Between the language barrier and her young age, we couldn't speak to each other, but that was more than fine with me. I spun her around to hear the most pure and sweet laugh come out of her mouth. We played and I repeated the gibberish words coming out of her mouth, as I carried her around the village until I had to put her down as we were leaving, she started crying and yelling - it was so painful to walk away to that sound. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The New Story team has opened their hearts and lives to helping others. I pray so many sweet blessings on them and what they are doing to help these homeless families. So when I found myself 3,500 miles away from home, sitting in a hot van, cruising down a dusty road from Port-au-Prince to rural Leveque with the New Story team, I find myself very, very blessed. 

If you would like to help support New Story, please click here to make a donation. Or better yet, give up your birthday, Christmas or start a campaign just because. Every penny helps give these families get a new story. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

This is one family's tent they've been living in since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed their home. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The family below just found out that a house has been funded for them on New Story. Soon, they will no longer be living in a tent and into a safe home. And the kids will be able to go to school. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

I was obsessed with all the vibrant colors of the houses. This color is my favorite! 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

The whole village supported each other and watch each family get their new home. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com

We got to experience real creole food and a beautiful Haitian sunset during our last night in Haiti. 

Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
Sharing my experience from our trip to Haiti | http://thefourthreads.com
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