• Carattini Diary

    Let’s Not Give Up

    Hi you, Yes– Y O U. I know you’re struggling. I see you trying to hide behind a not so real smile and an, “I’m doing fine”. I see you avoid the question altogether, or drop your gaze when people finally ask you what you’re doing next. I see you take a deep breath, and with a faith you don’t quite feel you say, “Letting God lead me”. You aren’t where you thought you’d be and that kills you. Everything you used to dream about is so far from reality you’re trying to figure out where you went wrong. When did you make a left instead of a right? Where…

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    24 in Twenty-Four

    I originally wanted to write 24 things that I’ve learned in the past 24 years. But one week, turned into two, which turned into three. now here we are 24 days since turning 24 and I’ve learned a lot. So instead of 24 things I’ve learned over the past 24 years, here are 24 things I’ve learned in the past 24 days. My goodness what a roller coaster! Ready? 24- I don’t feel much different. Yes I know, it’s not like I turned a quarter of a century; turning 24 isn’t really a newsworthy age, but for me, it’s always been a bit of a goal setter. “By 24…” started…

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    Chasing My God-Sized Dream

    Okay, I’ll be honest. I don’t  like to tell people what I’m dreaming about. Why? Because if it doesn’t happen, if I don’t do it, if something falls through, I then have to explain it over and over, reliving the pain and frustration and heartache again and again. I don’t like to fail anyone.   And I know that’s crazy. It is physically impossible to please everyone, but for whatever reason, I actually try to. It’s the fear of failing people, of letting them down, of not pleasing them that keeps me from chasing after the dreams in my heart. But no more. Someone wise recently told me that “People…

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    5 Lessons Learned on Appreciating Where I Live

    I had a friend visit from Chicago this past week. She had never really explored Southern California, and I was the lucky girl to get to show her around. Having lived here my entire life, I don’t really think California as- well as fabulous as Hollywood portrays it to be. And before everyone gets a little crazy on me, I know that I am 100% completely BLESSED to have grown up here. I know it, and I believe it, and I thank God every day that He put me here. I think that when you’re in a situation where everything is going well, we slowly start to take things for…

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