Saipan. Oh, Saipan.
You have my heart. I love my island of Guam, but Saipan,
I will always nurture my relationship with you.
I am coming back for you.
HUGE HIGH PROTEIN Plant based meal tonight ! Garbanzo-Black Bean recipe: 1/2 can of each bean. 1/2 tsp of olive oil 1 Tbsp Breadcrumbs Blend together. Separate into little patties or fry however u want at medium heat Flip when brown. Eat with salad and whatever else u want. Or with hamburger buns. #plantbasedfoods #plantbaseddiet #plantpower #veganrecipes #vegangains #gains #veganweightlifting #recipes #healthy #fitness #guamrecipes #guamA post shared by SM ❤️🌸🌴🇬🇺 (@sirenaofguam) on
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B R E A K F A S T (Meal 1) ✨ Oats, Berries, couscous, tempeh bacon, spinach. .#veganrecipes #veganmeals #plantbasedathlete #macros #kindof #weightlifter #breakfastforchampions #xssn #chamorriweightlifter #chamorri #crossfit #molinosweightlifter #fitness #health #guam #recipes #vegetarian #plantpower #healthyA post shared by SM ❤️🌸🌴🇬🇺 (@sirenaofguam) on
This year had a big down- my grandmother passed away after a year long battle with cancer. And some may overlook that as something of little significance thinking she was old and it was her time. But just because it may have been her time doesn't mean her passing should be easily forgotten, that grieving would be easy because "it was her time". I didn't understand how much it'd hurt when I would go to funerals and look at at photos of the deceased. Until I saw the funeral book of grandma. And I thought, "I can't believe we are at this point. All I have is this book with your photo on it, and a collage of all the photos we managed to take of you." I felt like I failed her in not fulfilling my life's mission and by not being financially independent and thriving to help her and have the time to be with her.
Shortly after, I decided to attend the Yager Youth Leadership Conference, a conference I knew I was called to attend since 2014, when I met @smith_anca13 @dexter_stp @rosendostp and a few other young people at the Yager FEC. They told me about YYLC, and our team here on Guam knew we'd go at one point. It materialized this year. I didn't know what to expect, frankly. I had no expectations for some reason. I had been so numb for a while, and was mostly filled with guilt that I wasn't the granddaughter I should have been, guilt of not being the best version of myself, etc. but as soon as I arrived to the conference, I realized that no matter the faults I had carried with me there, my purpose was bigger than that, and that the people I'd meet would believe in me and love me.
I was in Council D. And we had to give our speech with words that started with "D". I gave my council president's speech in memorial of my grandma to let each and every camper at YYLC know that life is so short, and that you must make DECISIONS now and make your DREAMS a reality. You can't waste time and get DISTRACTED.
I ended my speech with a quote from Dexter Yager speech called "Why Not Diamond?" "Don't tell me how bad you got it! Tell me how good you're gonna get it! Don't tell me about your problems! Tell me about your dreams! Dreams are the solutions to your problems! HOW BIG IS YOUR DREAM TONIGHT?"
I will never forget YYLC,
and I will be back! I love you all!
|DIAMOND DAVE on stage|
|Council D representing XS! #XSNATION|
|Council D outfits on point!|
|Aaron Yager & I|
|Jay Kim & I|
|Doyle & Holly Yager|
The next morning, we went on a morning run. It was fantastic! It felt great to get back on the pavement and just run. I had put aside running daily and long distance for a while to commit time to olympic weightlifting. So it was so refreshing (and painful!) to run again. I felt I did quite well!