God’s Miracle of Second Chances

2015, 8 days after our 2 weeks Summer Road Trip in California, we left Texas that was home for 9 years and move to California to follow a dream. We left everything behind, bad memories included except 9 luggages and our son’s favorite Lego Star War’s Ship that I carefully hand carried with me in the plane.

We get brainwashed that having more and bigger will make us happy or feel good about ourselves when having less and simplicity are the secret needed ingredients.

We have no idea what the city looks like nor knew anyone but there’s this profound calmness that everything will be alright, that this will be our new home where we can start fresh with everything new, kind and beautiful.

Room is where I sleep, Home is where my adventures comes to life.” Pacifica, CA 2017.

5 years after, wife showed me the picture of our son in our first one bedroom apartment kitchen eating cereals looking so happy and excited. It made us remember how it felt the first year of discovering our very own family adventures in California. It was exhilarating and fun. It’s like being reborn and life is presenting itself more colorful, positive, inspiring.

Watching him see the world is like looking at my own heart when it was young and pure. Dream your dream and never be afraid to pursue it. Montara, CA, 2016.

Not everyone gets a second chance much more, several chances to have miracles happen in their lives. Not everyone who has fallen is able to rise up and have things turned around to something even better. Not everyone gets so lucky to be given their dream job among hundreds in a National Government Job listing at the right time at the right place beyond what the heart has prayed for.

We gave up the big house with everything in it so we can build a real home where we can find our heart and soul again. When we dream for ourselves, happiness and freedom comes easier but if our dreams are about wanting to have what others have, we we will never be happy nor find contentment. We will miss out on what we really love that matters wasting 30 years of time and youth enslaving ourselves for Bank & Mortgage Lenders. Until we have the home & property fully paid, it’s never ours. It’s one of the biggest lie created by capitalism. We chose apartment living to have more quality time and be close to everything we enjoy doing together. We chose our dream life over the dream house. We chose us. Carmel, CA 2018

Just when everything felt hopeless, just when I’ve lost everything I worked hard for, I found God and the dreams we will venture together. It was powerful. I felt dead, but he brought me back to life. I was lost, super lost but his love and mercy found me no matter how undeserving I was. God saved me and helped me fight my battles. We won over pain, loss and impossibility together.

He is my miracle. When I needed a reminder of what joy and hope feels like, I just look at his face. Carmel Mission Church 2015

Remember and appreciate the many miracles in our lives. Second chance for restart is just a dream and prayer away.

“Innocence is like an addicting euphoric drug for the trapped and the miserable.” Never too late to go back to what you really want, not what your influencers are telling you what you should want. It’s your life, not theirs. Don’t let them corrupt or destroy the authenticity and pureness of your dreams. Monterey, CA 2015

We are worthy of saving. We deserve blessings of happiness, love and everything better.

2015 Summer San Diego. The vacation turned into a permanent staycation. Why experience only a few days of happiness and when everyday is an option? Find the right person, place, job where we can have more chances for being happier. Never let anyone place you in their box, it’s called imprisonment. Get out while you can.

“The journey will never be easy nor it will be boring. Enjoy the good times, dream stronger during the bad times. Never stop fighting for what you believe will bring you happiness. Don’t be afraid or be ashamed to ask help if you need it. Rejections will be plenty, but few acts of kindness are all we’ll ever need to create a life that we are awesomely alive.”

I started writing this story the day we flew out of Texas. So many things happened since then both great and not so. Overall, no regrets, just very thankful that I took a leap of faith for myself because now I am free.

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Just a Man too curious where his dreams will take him.
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15 Responses to God’s Miracle of Second Chances

  1. Your posts are so beautifully written! Wow! You have a true talent to see the space that connects us to Gaia. You speak Grace and truth and I love it! Thank you from my heart to yours. God Bless.
    Lauren T


    • Thank you. I made this post 2015, and didn’t let it go till this year because many of it are still on going. They also remind me of what the was, the now, the blessings, the curse, the pain , the joy, the dreams, the nightmares. Life always full of surprises and shockers.


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  3. ourcrossings says:

    Your move to California must have been an exciting one! I am glad to hear everything worked out well. Moving to a new city is one of the hardest things to do. Uprooting your life and starting another one comes with a mixture of feelings: part of you might feel optimism for opening a new chapter in your life while another part of you may feel like you’ve quit or failed. Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. Aiva 🙂

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    • Thanks Aiva. California is my third big move so I can of got braver doing it. Somehow the transition wasn’t that hard as compared to my first two moves, and I strongly feel it was meant to be and God found a way to make it happen. So, I’m always grateful. Our life and the dreams we make are too important to ignore. Have a beautiful day.

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  4. Ab says:

    The blessing of a new beginning is always a miracle in itself. I didn’t realize that you lived in Texas before moving to California. Just the scenery change alone is wonderful. And it sounds like you’ve build a wonderful new life for yourselves in California. Life is always a mysterious journey and it’s always reassuring and comforting to know someone higher is guiding and supporting you all the way.

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    • Thanks Ab for the Inspiring feedback. Yes, Texas was home once until the dream took a different route. I guess some people are meant to keep moving wherever fate takes them. I am certain California is not my last. My wife and I hopes to venture in Europe once our son is in college and the world better than it is now. Everyday, life gets shorter and we don’t have much time to experience everything we really want to experience. For now, we are enjoying California. It fits the lifestyle we wanted and the most welcoming of all places we’d been.

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  5. restlessjo says:

    You have wings to fly 🙂 🙂 And a lovely lady to support you in your dreams. Happy Easter!

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  6. The Guat says:

    Glad that Cali provided a great opportunity for second chances … a permanent staycation. I like that phrase. Having no regrets is a good thing even if things have their ups and downs that feeling is important. So glad it worked out for you.


    • Thank you. I used to imagine & plan what life would be like 10-20 years ahead but life events taught me to rethink and try to appreciate the present. Everyone told me not to go back to California because house is expensive, hard to find jobs, blah, blah, blah but who can argue with God’s plans. Who can argue what fate and the heart wants.

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  7. Halbarbera says:

    Inspirational with quotes I could use galore…

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