Lesson of 2017

“If you have the money, the time and the health, go!”

This past year has been full of success and determination. I made an Airbnb account in January of this year and booked four different trips around Texas. (Click here to save $40 when you book your first Airbnb trip!)

I traveled around every two to three months and had the best company every time. Each trip was different but just as special.
I often get asked:

  • Why do you leave town so much?
  • How can you afford it?
  • Are you scared to go on your own?
  • How does your boyfriend feel about you leaving?

I simply say, “If I have the money, the time and the health, I’m going to go.”
You don’t even have to go far or stay for that long. Just go.

I save for months at a time, even working two jobs from time to time when I know I have a trip in mind. I budget and would rather my money go on a trip than material things.
If I have the dates off from work or find a three day weekend coming up, I take advantage of it.
I am a 25 year old woman who has yet to get married, does not have children or any major debt to hold her down. I am still young and healthy and before I settle down into marriage with a husband and maybe children or become the primary guardian for my aging parents, I need to do this now while I still can.


If your circumstances allow you to travel, go and don’t think twice.
There will be a time that you have the money and the time but your health has declined.
There may be a time you have the health and the time but you are too low on funds.
What if you have the funds and the health but you have no time?

When you have all three things lined up, just go!

– R. Vargas

Three Year Blogiversary

Today marks my three year anniversary running a blog and documenting my highs and lows in life.
Over the past three years I have documented my relationships with family and friends, my crafts and DIY projects, my baking and cooking skills and most importantly my spiritual growth.
I really don’t know if I will ever stop blogging or stop sharing bits and pieces of my life but I know I have no intention on stopping any time soon.

If you are a loyal follower of mine, you may have noticed that I took my site down for a few weeks. It was under construction and I am really happy with the outcome of the layout, theme and new additions. I hope you all like it too!

In honor of my, “blogiversary,” I had a mini photo shoot to celebrate!

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Thank you for all the love and support throughout the years everyone.

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

| All photography credit is due to the services of Javier Garcia.

The Sixth Month Mark

Today marks Javier’s and I’s six month anniversary.

While I know it’s not a huge milestone, it’s still something special to us because of the history we have.

We thought we’d share a little of what we have learned from dating in the last six months.

She says….

  • “Dating has been a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. I knew it would be difficult but I had no idea at how hard it would be.”
  • “There will be days where you want to quit, you want to give up, you want to go back to being single but those days will be outweighed by all the great days that have happened and that have yet to happen.”
  • “People won’t respect your relationship, not everyone will be happy. People will try to interfere, you will lose friends. BUT none of that will matter to you. You don’t let anyone ruin your relationship. Not family, not friends, not strangers, not exes, no one.”

He says….

  • “Personally I’ve learned to be more organized. More patient.”
  • “I feel humbled. I think before we started dating officially, I thought it would be a breeze but I know there’s a lot of work involved.”
  • “I’ve learned to be more grateful and I’ve tried to be more thoughtful.”

Here’s to six months and hopefully many more to come!

-R. Vargas

 

All photos were shot and edited by Jannet Medellin.

Shulammitegirl Snaps: June

During the month of June, I:

• Surprised my boyfriend with a date where we went to a batting cage & rode go karts.

• Had our family worship over purple triangle history and went to the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center.

• Climbed about 20 flights of stairs just for the view.

• Hosted an Italian themed movie night.

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: May

During the month of May, I:

  • Found a modern Kingdom Hall in Madisonville and made a new friend/pen pal.
  • Tried Rose shaped gelato from Amorino.
  • Hit it off with Jasmin who is someone I spend time with weekly.
  • Went on a road trip with my mother where we had the sweetest Airbnb host and loved our stay.

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

Employment:

  • God’s view on slaving for two masters. (Matthew 6:24)
  • Jesus wanted people to place their hope elsewhere.
    He wanted them to rely on the Source of lasting riches, Jehovah.
  • On the Sermon on the Mount, he explained that real happiness and security do not depend on material things, nor our own efforts but on our friendship with our heavenly father.
  • Based on the Model Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, not for financial security  but for our daily needs. (Our bread for this day…)
  • The only way to attain true happiness and security is to trust in our caring Father, rather than in money.
  • Matthew 6: 24-34
  • In today’s world, “The goal is to look well off even if they are deep in debt.”
  • 1st Timothy 6:8
  • Luke 12:15
  • Proverbs 10:22
  • Jesus invites us to work for an eternal reward. Not material riches.