Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s New Year’s eve and I’m excited about bringing in the new year. I’m excited about what it has to bring, what I will experience–the good, the bad, the challenges, and the hardships. This year was filled with a lot of that and nevertheless, I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons. I’ve been placed in, and had to deal with, a plethora of situations against my liking, and I dealt with them properly. I’ve been angry, sad, hurt, confused, and the like; but, I’ve also smiled and laughed more than I can accurately recall. I’m learning to allow the good to outweigh the bad without messing with the scale.

I’ve traveled to three different states.


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I’ve been apart of two amazing work opportunities in school.


I received by Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and immediately following, I entered my first semester of graduate school where I finished the semester with a 3.5. I even wrote about it and was featured here.

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My nephew entered this world and I really couldn’t love him any more than I do.


And, I’ve shared some amazing, memorable moments with my family than ever before.



I think the worst part of the year was losing my mother and not being able to physically share the latter year’s moments with her. I am being as strong as I can, but sometimes the pain is unbearable. Sometimes, I like to imagine that all those times where I’m smiling and I’m laughing uncontrollably, that’s Mommy. I understand that I’ll have moments where I can’t control my tears, but it’s after that last tear falls where I’ll also have those moments where I feel strong again. And I’m grateful for that.

2012 was a good year. And I pray to God that 2013 will only be better. I pray that in 2013, I’ll be able to learn so much more and experience life as much as I can. I want to be a better mother, a better student.. friend.. sister.. a better person. Wiser. Stronger. I want to be lively. vibrant.

I want to truly embrace and deliver my mantra. I want to live, laugh, love, and be happy.


To my readers, may you all achieve everything you want to. May God bless you with everything that you have prayed for and put in hard work for. (Because faith without work is dead.) I pray that you and your families are healthy–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. May God bless you all and Keep you all. I love you!


Happy New Year!

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  1. GG

    December 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Happy New Year!!! You are such an inspiration and I’m wishing you all the best. :) Sending a big bear hug to you. xoxoxoxo!

    1. Rae

      December 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      *bear hugs you back (:

  2. Carrie

    December 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Congratulations on graduating! That’s always a huge accomplishment =)

    Cute baby! I can’t wait to have a child. Photos like this one makes me jump into my baby fever moments!

    Look forward to the New Year! 2013 will be here in less than 2 hours!

  3. Kay

    January 1, 2013 at 12:22 am

    2013 will be a special year for you. I believe it. I’m putting that out into the universe. And that baby!! Them cheeks!

  4. Sommer J

    January 1, 2013 at 7:02 am

    What an eventful year! I’m sorry to read about your mother’s passing. I hope it gave you strength and purge to fulfill all that life has to give! It seems like have. Iterations news about school! Awesome that you earned your degree and got started on grad school- you will rock!!! I hope 2013 is wonderful, eventful, and prosperous or you and your family!

  5. Dani @ okdani.com

    January 1, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Happy New Year! You had an amazing 2012, I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you!

  6. Rekita

    January 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Hi Carla! Happy New Year!!! I enjoyed your photos and Congrats on that Bachelor’s Degree! Hope you have an amazing year in 2013!!! many blessings!


  7. Mylah Sai

    January 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    God has definitely seen you through. Losing your mother had to be such a heartbreak…but GOD! I’d like to take a closer walk with you in 2013. Let’s stay connected!

    1. Rae

      January 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I can say that I have become much closer to God than I could have ever imagined. I’m leaning on and trusting FULLY in Him.

      Indeed. Let’s stay connected. (:

  8. ashi

    January 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    aww so many beautiful moments! cheers to a wonderful and fruitful 2013

  9. L.

    January 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Much success to you this year! Congrats on your Bachelor’s! 2012 was the year I also received mine.. so grateful. Looking forward to more of your blog this year!


  10. Emmanuella

    January 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    You achieved a lot last year you’re truly an inspiration! You’re very beautiful and your shape is amazing even after 2 babies. Wishing you all the best in 2013 :)

  11. LaNeshe

    January 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Happy New Year to you!

  12. Vett

    January 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    what fun fireworks! i hope 2013 is great for you! <3

  13. Karen

    January 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Happy New Year! I KNOW that God will continue to bless and keep you. He never gives us more than we can bear. MAKE it a great year!


  14. Kim

    January 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Happy New Year! I’m so sorry you lost your mom, and will send positive energy to you and pray for your heart to be healed. Sounds like there were a ton of great milestones in 2012 and hope for more good for you in 2013!

  15. Kristin

    January 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog. I am just getting around to checking you out and I love your blog. Sorry for the loss of your mother. I lost my mom 6 years ago (at 23) and had a break down on New Years Eve this year. That is just a loss that can never be replaced *virtual hugs*. But I do know that God will be a mother to the motherless!!! Congrats on your graduation!!! I hope that 2013 is a great year for you.

  16. Hanny

    January 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Congrats on graduating and going straight to graduate school! Those are great accomplishment!

    It seemed you had a great and sorry for the loss.



  17. Faith

    January 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Such a great post! I truly hope that this year is better than the last. I have a feeling that it will.

    Happy New Year!

  18. Jessica L

    January 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    What a year you’ve had, full of amazing accomplishments and triumphs! I am also so sorry for your loss. I never know what to say to stuff like that. I hope 2013 brings you even more success and that you continue to inspire all. -Jessica L


    1. Carla

      January 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

      I don’t think anyone ever really knows what to say when one loses a loved one. The pain is inevitable but thoughtful words help to ease the pain, so thank you!

  19. Jhan

    January 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Such a beautiful post with such hope for the future. I hope you achieve all that you set out to accomplish this year, Rae. Happy New Year!

  20. G K

    January 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    We love you too, hon! And not just because you’re gorgeous and smart, but because you’re strong and obviously have a great heart. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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