Posts tagged ‘life’

November 16, 2016

Who I am

I’m a Christian in a beer industry. A woman in a man’s business. I’m a female Christian facing the 2016 election. I’m a naturalized citizen in a divided America.

Talk about a whirlwind.

To clear the air, nobody forced me to work in the alcohol industry. It was a choice I made, and one I am thoroughly enjoying loving. And there are plenty of females in the hospitality industry. That’s not what I mean. But between owners, distributors and wholesalers – the meeting room is always packed with males. Males who know a lot about beer and whose job it is to sell beer. And I’m a female Christian managing a brewery brand.

As for the election, that was a double whammy as it was a hard enough choice for a female Christian, but even more so for a former lobbyist. Anyone who couldn’t see flaws in both candidates needs to get their head examined. Really. The presidential election was a decision based on the lesser of two evils. Personally, I’m a fiscal conservative who believes in small government, but as a Christian I couldn’t vote for Trump. I’m a strong woman who trusts a female will be president one day, but I couldn’t vote for Clinton. I’m a former lobbyist who is in awe of how we got to these two choices in the first place.

Yet through all the conflicts & challenges & differences, these things remain;
who I am, how I treat others, my faith and my convictions, and appreciation for this country.

Do I think Christians can’t sell beer? No.

If I am truly aiming to live like Christ, I will not stay in a comfortable bubble with only like-minded people. I can love others, listen, and pray. I don’t hide my faith but I also won’t bible thump. I am not the one to judge. I work for a company that is honest, authentic, community oriented and philanthropic, and makes quality beer. Choices I have to make every day for my job are made a lot easier because I know who I am through Christ.

Do I think males run the world? No.

I don’t care if you’re male, female, black, white, purple or homosexual – you can set yourself up for success in whatever you want to do. Believe in yourself. Don’t stop when someone challenges you, questions you, turns you down or stalls you. Continue to treat them as you would want to be treated. Give yourself the necessary tools, education, experience, and patience to get there. You run your own world, every day. Women have strengths and men have strengths; we all have strengths. They are all needed, warranted and valuable. I’ve had a lot of support, wisdom, and help from others to get where I am, but I first had to believe in myself.

Do I think America is doomed? No. be-sure-you-put-your-feet-in-the-right-place

Wake up, America. The fact that you’re allowed a peaceful protest because you don’t like the legitimate vote of a majority of your fellow Americans should be enough to make you grateful. I didn’t vote for the guy either, but I understand that he is now president-elect and made so by people whose voices matter just as much as mine does. Besides, the presidential office is one of MANY positions I was able to vote for. My daily life is much more impacted by local and state elected officials. My daily life is even more impacted by how I decide to treat and love others. My America is not doomed because I won’t contribute to its fall; I won’t subject myself to what divides us but rather what embraces us.

‘Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.’ – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Many of you will disagree with a lot of this post, which is certainly allowed. I hope you remember this is simply just one opinion of many fellow humans.

That, and remember to just, love life.


*Views are of mine alone

October 3, 2016

practicing peace

How do you know when something is the right thing to do? I’m not talking morally right; I mean that gut feeling, faith stepping, this is the right move for you even if it’s hard kind of right. When you have to make a decision but no one around you; not even your closest & truest friends or most loving family could tell you what to do. The kind of decision that has to come from you and it has to sit well in your heart. I believe we can teach ourselves to how to make these right decisions. It’s something I realized how to do a few years ago and have been practicing to improve ever since.

It starts with inner acknowledgement. It’s typically the hardest step of the process but without a doubt the most important. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, but that doesn’t apply when you are unhappy or blindly content. Are you self-aware? Are you happy? Are you being the best version of yourself possible? If you are; take note and give thanks. If you’re not; dig a step further and identify exactly what is keeping you from happiness.

Second comes 3D understanding. Take the time to really think, pray and evaluate your situation from different angles and a 360 degree view. Remember that your choices impact others. Remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Remember that giving up and needing a change are two different things. Remember that you aren’t fully able to love others until you love yourself. Remember that sometimes a decision could mean temporary pain for permanent peace.

That brings me to my favorite step and one that took me the longest to identify; recognizing peace. If starting something new, letting something go, or holding on to something tight is the right thing for you; you’ll know because you will feel inner peace. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Deliberate peace starts in your heart, then travels to your head, and takes over your soul. Peace feels calm. Recognize the feeling of stability, steadfastness, gratitude, and grace. While you may still have some pain, the right thing for you should bring you a heart full of hope. If it doesn’t bring you peace, it’s probably not for you.

img_1893 As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer and in the significance of asking God to guide us. I can’t stress this enough. It might not be your jam, but still hear this: you’ll know when something is right for you if it does no harm to others, if it is Good, and if it brings you peace.

In the last few years, I’ve made some big decisions on this basis. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and certainly have a lot more to learn – but I truly believe my BIG life changing moments in the last three years have come to be because of yearning for inner peace & to become the best me that I can be.

All it takes is some patience, some practice, and some prayer.

Oh … and to always remember to just, love life.


May 31, 2016

Dear Chianne-Francisco,

Remember when I promised myself that I would still write every day, publish every other week, explore all the time and travel every month?  I never wanted the dreamer in me to die and I always saw myself wanting new adventures every chance I got. It turns out I was wrong. But please don’t be so hard on me.

It’s strange to believe that already two years and eight months have gone by since my move back to Arizona. In that time, some big things have changed in my life: I’ve continued my career to new heights, bought a house and a puppy and I have fallen in love. These are all pretty big things. Pretty really great things.

This past weekend I went back to San Francisco to visit my old stomping grounds and to remember the feeling of being alive, inspired and open minded. Within minutIMG_3253[1]es of being in the city, the excitement and love for places sparked. As I walked, memories would abrupt from every street. Certain coffee shops that used to start or end my day were still there. I passed parks, restaurants, rooftops and stadiums that once took up hours upon hours of my time and accounted for so much of my happiness with friends. The bench at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, AT&T Park, Marina Green, the Presidio, Ferry Building, Black Heart Tattoo, Epic Church, Yerba Buena, and City Hall are places forever etched on my heart.

The truth is, my current day to day in Arizona is not near as theatrical, jaw dropping, or even exciting. Places and people are more spread out. Weekends are made for fun, not necessarily for during the week. Bedtimes come faster and relaxing is key. I thought I would write every day, but I now know not writing every day doesn’t mean I’m not inspired daily. It certainly doesn’t mean I’m any less happy. I thought I would travel every month but that was before I realized how much I loved my life at home. I thought moving back might mean mundane, but I now know that anything in life can be mundane unless you value it.

San Francisco taught me how to be inspired, appreciate, explore, dream, and love people. My time there brought me closer to God and taught me how to better face challenges. Living in that city was a season in my life that I will always cherish but the main thing I hope to never forget; is the person I can be now no matter where I live, how much I write, how many places I travel, or how many new adventures I take.

I love my new journey filled with new places, hikes, restaurants, spring training, garden and house upgrades, puppy training, boyfriend and family time, pools and sunshine.

Life is nothing but a series of seasons. This letter to me is to remind myself to always appreciate the new seasons. The part of you from previous chapters is always here, and future you can’t wait for you to catch up. The old you turned the now you into a person today who appreciates and longs for different types of happiness. How special is that.

You’re right where you’re supposed to be. Just remember to just, love life.