New Level

I’m so excited and full of anticipation for what’s to come.  Today I had the chance of participating in a mini interview done by Lissette Campos from ABC Action News on HBIF and the services they render which gave me the chance to talk about my baby “Big and Elegant”.  I’m thankful for all the support of my customer’s, family and friends that have encouraged me to continue pressing through these tough times.  Determination, Faith, Relentlessness and Persistance are definitely key when you are pursuing your dream.  No matter what, DON’T GIVE UP!  Press on and press through and you’ll see the pay off.



It’s funny how we go through different seasons in our lives. I’m very grateful for this season in my life.  It’s been the worst of times and the best of times.  For a minute there we thought we were stuck in a place we knew was not the place of utmost living, but we are coming out and I must say we are doing better than ever.  Our family is stronger than ever and as we as individuals are also stronger & wiser than ever.

Earlier this year we were told that everything that could be shaken would be shaken in our lives and that only that which belonged to us would remain and boy have we felt that shaking.  The great thing is that as I look at what we’re left with, I can happily say, it was worth it.  The things we lost are only things, the people who left weren’t meant to be with us at this time and most importantly our faith has grown by leaps and bounds as well as the appreciation for what is truly important.  We learned valuable lessons that will help us be better people as we move into our destiny and take those experiences to help others.  We survived and we are moving forward! 

Take courage, whatever you are going through, it will pass and you will survive, just don’t give up!

We are blessed to be a blessing!

We may not have all we want but when we take a look of what others are enduring we realize we have more than enough.  I was hearing a radio talk host today talk about the donations that some affluent people are making to the relief efforts in Haiti.  He said that though he was empathetic towards the situation in Haiti he felt the money should go towards fixing the problems we have here in the US.  It truly saddened me to think that someone could say they are empathetic and yet not want to help.  I realize we have a big mess on our hands when it comes to our economy, however, I believe our Haitian brothers and sisters are suffering much more now and we can make a difference in their lives.  If we were the ones enduring such distress, would we like to hear that other countries won’t help us because they have to fix their mess first, I don’t think so.

We cannot let opportunities like this pass us by.  It’s an opportunity to sow a seed in someone else’s life.  We are blessed to be a blessing.  We may not all be in a position to give money, but I’m sure there’s something we all can do; whether it be donating canned goods, clothing or even your time to the charities that will need help to box and ship the goods. 

I urge you to take some time to count your blessings and then find a way to help those less fortunate.  I assure you when you give out of a heart of love and compassion, it will come back to you in blessings.

Amy “Your Shoe Lady”

Let’s celebrate Christmas!!!

We’re only 4 days away from celebrating Christmas, time sure flies. Let me start by once again wishing you all a Merry Christmas. May you be granted your hearts desires during this Christmas season.

A typical Christmas celebration for my family actually starts on Christmas Eve. My grandmother started the tradition of having our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and I’ve wanted to perpetuate it and since my husbands birthday is on Christmas Eve I kill two birds with one stone and I have some friends and family over to celebrate him as well with lots of good Spanish food. I make rice with pigeon peas (arroz con gandules), roasted pork shoulder (pernil) and Green bananas in escabeche (guineitos en escabeche) along with a delicious birthday cake and lots of good music.

Christmas morning for us is waking up to thanking God for allowing his son Jesus to come into this world, after all had there been no Jesus, there’d be no Christmas. We then go to opening gifts and last but not least a hardy breakfast. The rest of the day is spent resting and seeing my son enjoy his gifts. My husband and I take this time to just relax and enjoy each others company (that’s if he doesn’t have any runs given that this is a high season for his airport transportation company).

What about you, how do you spend your Christmas?

Enjoy your Christmas and don’t forget to be a blessing to someone else during this season.


Amy “Your Shoe Lady”

What to give for Christmas?

Someone recently commented on one of my discussions I posted on a social networking site and I thought I’d share it in the event that you’re stumped and have no clue as to what to give a person that has it all.  She will be giving her mom a decorative jar and in it are 375 thank you notes.  Imagine that, 375 messages of gratitude, one for every day of the year. I think that is a unique and an awesome gift.  In times when we are all watching our budgets, I can’t think of a better gift.  First it makes you have to think of that person and secondly you have to think of the influence they’ve had in your life.  I think that is the true meaning of Christmas.  It’s so sad to see the amount of debt that people go in to in order to get others gifts they truly can’t afford.  I say, lets go back to basics and give from the heart; after all, those are the gifts that will last a life time.  I wonder what other creative ideas we can come up with for this Christmas.

What has been the most unique gift you’ve received or given?

What is your new years resolution?

What a year!  This has been the worst of times and yet the best of times.  I can say that I am fortunate in so many ways.  My husband and son are healthy, I’m doing very well despite all the challenges I’ve faced this year, the store is still up and running, we are blessed to have a roof over our heads, a means of transportation, clothes to wear, food to eat and great family and friends to stand by our side in good and bad times.  This year has been a tough one but a lot of good has come out of it as well; my family and I have a greater appreciation for what we have and we have had to learn to be creative and use what we have in a very wise way.  We take so many things for granted and it’s not till you find yourself without it that you realize the importance of such things. 

As 2009 comes to an end I look back at all the events that transpired this year and I can say “I am still standing”.  We have faced great challenges but we are still here.  I’ve always said that what doesn’t break me makes me stronger and 2009 has done just that, made me stronger.  I’ll be taking the wisdom, the knowledge, experience and strength I didn’t even know I had into 2010 to make it the best year ever.  We are definitely a blessed people and though we may have had to go through some stuff I’m sure if we look around there’s someone who is worst off than we are.  I am looking forward to 2010 and hope you are too. 

 This year my priority is to increase my love walk.  Love is truly the basis of all good things.  I want to make it a point to be more loving and merciful towards others, what about you; do you have any resolutions for 2010?  I encourage you to make this year count and let it be the best ever.

 I sincerely wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a new year full of hope, health, happiness, joy and peace.  God bless you and keep you always.

 Amy “Your Shoe Lady

Keeping an attitude of gratitude

I want to start by wishing all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving!  On that note I just want to exhort youto sit for a minute to think of 5 things you can be grateful for.  With all the hustle and bustle of our very busy lives, we forget to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have.  We take the little things in life and the people who are by our side for granted.  I believe more than a day to be thankful we should live a life of gratitude and learn to be thankful in all things good or bad, happy or sad, for open doors and even closed doors, for those that came in to our life and those that left, remember at the end it will all work out for you and not against you.

As for me, life has been tough during the past year, but one thing I know for sure, I am grateful for each and every day that I have lived.  Would I want things to be different, maybe, but at the end what didn’t break me, made me stronger. 

The five things I am grateful for are:

1.  My faith

2.  My husband and son

3.  My health & sound mind (despite having Chrones disease and breaking my foot I can still be thankful; I may be limited but not to the point where I’m unable to function and fulfill my purpose and goals).

4. Great friends that encourage and lift me up when I’ve been down.

5. The ability to look forward to a better tomorrow ( the last thing you want to lose is hope; as long as you have faith and hope you can bounce back from any setback you have had and know that your tomorrow looks better than your yesterday).

What about you, can you name 5 things you are thankful for?

  • "I decided to open a shoe store for women with big and/or wide feet where they could shop with pleasure, would not have to sacrifice fashion for comfort and walk out with their head held high."