New Discoveries

“People of the Dominican Republic”

“There is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some people come into your life to test you, some to teach you, some to use you, and some to bring out the very best in you.”

As you may already know, I am living in an environment that constantly demands me to step out of my cozy comfort zone and because of that, I’ve grown stronger (physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally) so fast in such a short amount of time. I am uncomfortable probably about 90% of the time but its something that after 3 months I’ve become accustomed to. I have become comfortable being uncomfortable. So, when there comes a time that I being to feel comfortable, I then become uncomfortable. This is because I know that comfort is the enemy of achievement. Once I’ve accomplished one thing, I seek out for my next challenge.

With that being said, this month I begin a new project. A new season in my life. A season of further growth and transition into a better me with the help of others.


I woke up one morning filled with the expectation that something great was going to happen.

With a passion burning within me to discover more about myself through the eyes of others. I was so excited to see what the day would bring and just as expected, God pulled through and gave me my next challenge.

I was enjoying a beautiful afternoon along the pier of San Pedro, appreciating the soft breeze, and the warmth rising from the salty waves crashing along the shore. That’s when I came across a group of people gathering around one coconut stand right by the water. FullSizeRender-3These total strangers were appreciating each others’ company, and they seemingly had nothing in common, except for one thing – a coconut in hand. After cherishing that
moment, indulging in the sweet coconut water, I started thinking of all the people that one man had blessed just by selling coconuts. With something so small he was able to become a vessel in bringing so many different people together. Had that one man not been there selling coconuts, not only would I not have stopped to enjoy the view and some delicious coconut water, but those people surrounding the coconut stand probably would have never come together. That man may have been completely unaware that I was learning from him yet, I bowed deeply in gratitude.

It then made me wonder, “If I, who am so young and still have a lot of learning to do, am filled with so many life lessons, I wonder how many beautiful, touching pieces of wisdom the people I come across can share with me.”

Everyone you meet has something valuable to teach you. Everyone has learned something in life and everyone has the ability to teach others those lessons as well. Honestly, I have yet to meet someone that couldn’t teach me something.

Now I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love learning. I would love to hear what the people around me have learned throughout their lifetime so far. I want to be filled with so
many nuggets of wisdom so that not only may it make me a bettIMG_6025.JPGer, wiser person but also, so that it may ultimately save many others from heartache and struggle.

So without further a do, I am so excited to announce that I will be taking a few more steps out of my comfort zone. I will be launching a column on Pure As Gold called “People of the Dominican Republic.” This new column will consist of real people, real stories and priceless life lessons that we can all learn from. I hope you all are as excited for this as I am! I am so ready to learn with you all from the beautiful people of the island and see what God has in store!

Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one who finds the GOLD. ~Proverbs 11:27

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