I'm also a woman I admire and love. I didn't always love myself, so it's been quite the journey; it still is to some extent.

I'm a nurturer at heart, so if you visit my home, I will probably feed you, a lot. And since I love to bake, sweets will always be on the menu.

I value my Latina roots and yes, Yaya is my nickname.

My all-time favorite quote: "I would rather work hard every day of my life than to ever give a man the power to say 'You wouldn't have that if it wasn't for me.'"

And did you know the names SEVENTH AND CHERRY are the street intersections where I grew up?

My faith and family have the greatest influence in my life. My style rarely matches and generally reflects my mood. Travel, food and the city seem to have a big impact in how I live these days.

And yes, I love to eat; as you can see with my ever-so-growing recipe box.

I hope you enjoy my musings as I write my way through life.

Welcome to Seventh and Cherry, a place where my mind lets loose and my fingers do the talking, literally! As cliché as it all sounds, because I know it does, life is short, live it well or it will outlive you. 

And if all else fails, give it to God and go to sleep. xo