Tenacious Twenties

I'm living my life and figuring things out along the way. I'm here to share my thoughts, ideas, and adventures.


Stronger After Stroke; By Peter G. Levine

I purchased this book right after finishing “My Stroke of Insight” because I wanted someone more technical and specific in how to help my father out in his recovery. To my delight, this book is written by an author whom I really respect and am knowledgeable about. This isn’t a leisurely read but rather a detailed set of instructions and explanations about how to recover after a stroke, with specific plans. I will say that it instills a lot of hope and has easy to understand material. I’m putting this book under my reading tab, not because I want to recommend it to all my followers as a great read but because if there is any other survivors or caregivers who can benefit from this, I just have to put it out there.

Read this book if:

  • you are a stroke survivor or are a caregiver for someone who had a stroke

Message me if you have any questions about it.

My Stroke of Insight; By Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D

I purchased this book a day after my father had his stroke. It’s a story of a woman in her late thirties with a Ph.D. in neuroscience who has a stroke. She details the progression of her stroke experience from the moment it starts through the entirety of her recovery. It helped me tremendously understand my father’s experience and some of what he might be experiencing. It helped me know what questions to ask him and things to watch out for. I am so grateful for this book and a lot of the questions that it answered for me. Additionally, it taught me some amazing capabilities that our brain has and how the right and left brain are independently and dependently astounding creations.

Read this book if:

  • you or anyone else you care for has suffered from a stroke
  • you want to understand what going through a stroke entails
  • you are interested in the brain
  • you are interested in how you can find peace and tranquility through the ‘right brain’

Tienes que hacer bien sin preguntar ‘Para quien’.

—Advice from C’s Dad

Yesterday I needed a little something to figuratively “get away” from everything. I just needed a little mental break so I asked a friend for a movie recommendation and I decided to watch “Under the Tuscan Sun”. I was so completely delighted by it. The movie just made my evening. It’s about finding love in the most unexpected for places in the most unexpected of people. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. I recommend it for anyone who needs a little pick-me-up. 

Does anyone else have any feel good movie recommendations ?

It’s a new day:

Surrender to the Universe. Stop trying to fight every step of the way. There is no point. Surrender.

Nobody’s life is entirely free of pain and sorrow. Isn’t it a question of learning to live with them rather than trying to avoid them?”

-Eckhart Tolle

Don’t worry about it. Just do you.

—Advice from C’s Dad

I’m not really sure what life has in store for me for the next coming months. I’ll be spending a lot of time with my father who is coming along nicely. He is improving day by day, which is quite miraculous. I have a lot of love and support, which has come to me in the most amazing of ways and people.

I’m off to San Francisco tonight to drop of my little sister for college.

Unexpected road trip with my two siblings.

I keep imagining this big party. I keep having these really vivid visualizations. Of a Big celebration. A fiesta. Where my whole family is present and all my closest friends. A big celebration of all of the recent life blessings. Me graduating. Little sister starting college. And my dad making a full recovery.

I want this party to happen.