Friday, February 27, 2009
i have a new website!
thanks to the one and only aaron garcia,
my blog is now available at monicahopkins.com
i think you might need to resubscribe.
[all 10 of my readers]
sorry for the inconvenience,
but please do take a moment to do so.
i love you all.
enjoy my new site.
it's just a start.
expect changes in the future!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
i’ve recently started a new venture in my life, that just a few of my loved ones know about. [just a few]. it’s an adventure, without a doubt, and it’s frightening and emotional, and life-changing, and all of those difficult things that i know will pay off in the end.
the scariest part about it though, is being so open with these people. i fear that someone will spill the beans, or innocently share with someone else, or write something embarrassing on my facebook wall [yes, i fear this]. i have no control over that and it’s a challenge that i face often because i am committed to living my life as an open book.
but that’s the thing about being vulnerable to people. it means you hand over control to them. you are no longer running the show alone–these people become very much a part of it. and it can be difficult because you can only trust people to an extent, but it’s such a good thing because they are then allowed to take part in the adventure with you. that includes the sorrow and the joy.
i’m convinced this is how God intended it.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
i like to stay out very late on the weekends
[makes me feel like i'm an adult i think,
and somehow reassures the fact that
i own my time...or something like that].
and on my way home i stop at whataburger.
this fine establishment starts serving breakfast
at 11 pm.
[i like the breakfast taquito with a coke.]
and i find myself craving this meal around midnight.
that's how bad this habit is.
this is not a good thing.
but somehow, i'm ok with it.
i claim it as just another one of my weird things.
new topic: how many "weird things" is one person allowed to have?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
i don't like it when people complain
about valentines being all about consumerism,
fake romance, waste of money, single-awareness day,
blah blah blah.
i don't ever want to be that person.
so this year,
i spent valentines day with people i love.
and it was so wonderful.
the best valentines i've ever had.
and now i look back to those times
when i've actually had a valentine.
they were so empty compared to this one.
i realized that
changing the meaning of valentines day
starts with me [one person].
consciously choosing to be with people that i truly love
and make sure they know that i love them.
so instead of complaining about the day,
i celebrated valentines.
and it was lovely.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
blunt, if you will.
i have always seen life as very black and white.
this is right, and this is wrong.
i situation comes up,
i instantly know what category it goes in.
i make a decision, and there is no turning back.
but things changed for me.
in the last year and a half,
there has been very much a grey area in my life.
this isn't wrong, but it isn't necessarily right.
or i knew at one time this was wrong,
but it's not really wrong to me anymore...
i've recently had a situation that was neither black or white.
it knew it was the right thing to do,
but it was so wrong at the same time.
maybe i'm just growing up.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
it's been a while.
i've been busy being the butterfly.
and then i got sick.
i'm working on kicking it to the curb.
something i've been thinking on:
there are very few people in life
that you know will be your friend forever.
they understand you.
they love you.
the things they say resonate with your heart
and you just know that they are an extension of you.
it's a rare thing,
and when you find it, it is comforting.
in my life,
my brothers have been that.
they might not always understand me,
but they love me.
and they say things that resonate within my heart.
especially my brother daniel.
who has recently made a smashing entrance into the blog world.
[for a second time!]
daniel and i are very similar.
we love deeply.
we think constantly.
and we both love to write.
and daniel is so talented at it.
he writes his life. and it is wonderful.
so, please, all of my  readers... here's daniel.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
quite often, actually.
this is unusual for me.
[if you've known me for more than
you know that i am drawn to people]
while that is very much true,
there is still a side of me that aches
if i don't get my alone time.
my current situation in life
does not allow for much time to myself.
and i have experienced the consequences.
yet i have this internal struggle
because i truly love people.
i love their stories and their voices
and the light that they bring.
i will have to settle for the time being
with the thought that i am split in two.
the loner vs. the butterfly
Thursday, January 1, 2009
and i am glad.
2008 started off with a case of mono,
followed by a series of events
that were difficult,
and wearing on my soul.
regardless of these things,
last year ended in many blessings.
for which i am thankful.
and 2009 will continue on the same route.
it will be the best year of my life!
2009 is already starting off better.
i don't have mono today!
instead i am healthy,
and my family is here,
and my brother weds in 2 days,
and i just creamed my uncles in texas hold em.
here's to living and loving in 2009!