Vulnerability

Vulnerability …
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I’ll be 31 in a few months and in this photo I was about 1 or 2 years old. I was sitting here reflecting on my life realizing that when my parents brought me into this world, I don’t think they ever imagined I would have gone through all that I went through and be where I am today.
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I reminisced on my childhood days when I cried over heartaches, breakups, bullies in school and sit here today realizing how all of those moments are nothing but a memory now. Things of the past that shaped me yet no longer faze me.
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It’s funny to think that we live through moments in our lives that seem to be the end of the world only to live a few more years and realize it’s not. Realize that we are a lot more resilient than we give ourselves credit for. Realize that things do genuinely get better as we live through experiences and work on bettering ourselves as individuals.
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I struggled with being vulnerable. Of opening my heart up to the unknown and allowing myself to want something so badly. Bc wanting something that bad meant if I didn’t get it then I was setting myself up to hurt. I love hard and passionately and with that level of vulnerability comes the risk of hurting.
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But here’s the thing I realized today and now realize God has kept pushing and teaching me to understand. Life means so much more when you choose to be vulnerable because it’s better to be vulnerable and get hurt or fail then to sit on the side lines doing absolutely nothing at all. I don’t ever want to look back at life and say “if I only would have tried.”
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Life is meant to be lived to its fullness. We are meant to try and fail and get up and try again. That’s how change comes about. That’s how the greatest inventions are created. That’s how people become inspired and life changing movements begin. By those who chose to get up time and time again and fight through success and failures. By those who decided they weren’t just going to be a spectator in life sitting around criticizing everything everyone else was doing but deciding themselves to do nothing at all.
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I don’t know about you but I don’t want to live a timid life that doesn’t know defeat or victory.

Nicole Wallace’s Story

And it’s finally here. After a bit of a hiatus with school and such I’ve finally been able to return back to @healingbrokenheartsproject.
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I present my interview with Nicole Wallace ❤️ Effected by 9/11, Nicole transparently shares how she overcame an eating disorder, was diagnosed with border line personality disorder, depression and anxiety and how she managed through the challenges she faced and continues to face throughout life. Mental Health systems are discussed along with vulnerability and the key on learning how to get through even the darkest days.
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Click to listen! 

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All Stories Have Layers – James Interviews Raiza

After listening to my story, James and I had a bit of a role reversal where he asked me questions to dig deeper into my past, my present, my strengths and weaknesses, and the reason this project began in the first place. If you haven’t already, listen to our stories before diving into another layer of our lives.

*I am grateful for all of your support! Thank you for taking the time to listen*

If you’d like to take a listen, click the link. If you’d like to be a part of my project, send me a DM! Love you guys xoxo ((You can also listen on iTunes and Spotify just search Healing Broken Hearts Project!)

Take a listen here!

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Return from the HIATUS

Hey everyone!

So its been a quiet 4 almost 5 months now. I was working on finishing my last semester of school and graduation happened in May so I had to step away from HBH project buuuut I am finally returning with a ton of updates.

I’ll be updating the blog with some things I’ve shared on Instagram and will share some podcasts that are up and finally posted.

Stay tuned! There will be some introductions to new team members soon and just content on what the next goals are for my project.

xo ❤

And so it begins… My Story

First there was a lot of worry about telling my story. Fear and worry of what others might think of me and my family but after talking to my parents about it, they reassured me that they supported me and my cause behind Healing Broken Hearts Project. What a relief haha. So with their support and James Lloyd Garnes cheering me on, I finally did it. Even though I kept stalling and tried to avoid doing this, I knew in my heart that in order to tell others stories, I had to be willing to tell my own. At least some of it.
 
I know talking to my dad and mom helped me tremendously because I didn’t want to disappoint them or share something that would make them look bad in any manner. Especially because even though our relationships were complex a decade ago, I didn’t want listeners to misunderstand that. Because both my mom and my dad are truly amazing and I am eternally grateful to have such a close relationship with them. They, along with my brother Josuan Sanchez, are my best friends ❤
 
I also wanted to mention that my story focuses on the hard times and does purposefully fail to mention the good times because during that time in my life it was difficult to see the good. Now as I look back I can see that even through the difficulties my parents provided in ways I never even realized. From my dad providing for me and walking me to school every single day up through high school to my moms thoughtfulness in everything she said and did. To my brothers consistent love. They each loved me and supported me in their own way. ❤ That and all my amazing best friends and their parents who took me in as their own adopted daughter and fed me. haha My extended family through my friends were also a huge part of my life and I couldn’t have done it without them either. So thank you! Thank you for being a part of raising me and just loving me throughout all seasons of my life. I don’t mention it in this snippet of my story but you all were a huge part of my life and brought and continue to bring so much joy, sunshine, and love.
 
Thank you Neil and DiDi and Neil , Barbara and Aj, Alyssa and Judith and Irene, Blerina, Katie, Kathy and John. Thanks for always treating me like family. And thanks to my own family for always sticking by my side even when things got a bit messy. I hope to make you all proud. ❤
 
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Reflection

One of my favorite photos! More or less a candid photo of me at a Great Gatsby themed casino dinner event.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here and it’s because I’ve been working on a lot of projects behind the scenes. Once I get some of my art completed, I most certainly will update my account.

But I wanted to take the time to just give my thanks to God for all of you always supporting me and being there throughout my journey. Love each and every one of you. My journey has taken me all the way to San Diego and far away from my home, family and friends but it’s been amazing how much I’ve grown out here and how many amazing people I’ve met throughout. I just hope to be a light to many of you out there and I hope to be able to share all that I’ve been blessed with. God has been SO amazing and good and I just wanted to take a second to share that. Some of you know my story or parts of it. A lot of heart break, hurt and struggle. So just remember that even when you’re on the bottom and you feel like you’re drowning, God has SO much more for you. ❤️ My life has been living proof of how someone can go from being in turmoil, depression, anxiety, sadness, insecurity to just true joy, happiness, and love. Confidence in my self and realization of my self worth ❤️

Thank you all for being a part of my journey and supporting me!!! So excited to be sharing all that I’ve been working on within this page and my personal page @raizanoelia . .
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Gracias a todos!! #alightinthedarkness #sograteful#shiningbright #Godisgood #greatgatsby #lovedoes#healingbrokenhearts #love #gracias