Texas for Ecuador

Last night, the students at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, held a vigil for all the victims of the earthquake, and it was an opportunity for students from all over Latin America and the U.S. to come together for the same cause.

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If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week, then you haven’t heard that a 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador’s coastline on Saturday. The death toll is currently nearing 600 deaths, but there’s the chance this number will keep on growing as rescue teams search the province of Manabi, the most affected  by the earthquake and its aftershocks. Even a week later, the country is still experiencing aftershocks. Last night, there was a 6.0 magnitude aftershock.

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Many families have lost everything, and we can make a difference and help these people who need our help today. Please help by donating to the gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/6czsam3z that has been set up by Ecuadorian student studying in Texas. This money will be used for the purchase of medical aid kits, tents for shelter, water, canned food, non-perishables and clothes.

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In honor of Earth Day…

DSC_0770Happy Earth Day everyone!

It’s funny that we now have a special day to celebrate Earth when we should be doing this every.single.day.

I know a lot of people question global warming and climate change, I understand its a difficult subject to grasp because it is scary, but sooner or later we’re going to have to open our eyes and see what happening in the world around us. Last week, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador, a country that is right next to mine, Colombia. I’m terrified of earthquakes and other national disasters, because of the power they have to destroy absolutely everything around us. Every time there’s an earthquake somewhere else, I start thinking there’s going to be one where I’m from. I can’t help it. I live with constant anxiety over things I have no control over.

Right now I’m not in Colombia. I’m residing in Texas, where we’ve had SO MUCH rain the last couple of weeks which has caused a lot of flooding and, much like the earthquake in Ecuador, caused some people a lot of trouble. Over winter break, there were tornadoes in Dallas and all sort of other crazy things that should be making us all open our eyes to what’s going on around us. Yes, these things are called national disasters, and there’s nothing we can do about them, but they’re happening at such a fast-paced rates, and during times of the year that they shouldn’t be happening.

The Earth is such a beautiful place, and we’re destroying it. I know the normal individual, like myself, doesn’t have too much power to cause any change, but if we all do a little bit, then it’ll all start adding up for good. We only have one Earth, after this, we’re screwed.

Starting Fresh

Has it ever happened to you that you start doing something, but then you no longer feel like doing it?

I started this blog a couple of years ago, but I was always trying to imitate someone. It didn’t really have a focus; I wrote about travel, books, makeup, and all sorts of different things I liked. And then I stopped. I wasn’t feeling it anymore. I felt like I was trying to be someone I wasn’t.

So, I’m starting fresh. This is the new Stumbling Words, and I hope you join me in the journey of trying to find myself.

Love,

Maria