At first I did not want to attend because one-I had no one to go with and two-I did not know what I was going to do with myself even if I did decide to go. But I bought the ticket anyway because I wanted to do this for me and after all, it was for a good cause.
I believe that the bravest souls are the children who face the possibility of death everyday, and still live life as if there is no tomorrow. It is honestly inspiring to see these children fight for their lives and somehow find a way to smile through it all. Seeing this makes me wonder why some of us who are lucky enough to be healthy are afraid to live out our own lives. Aging is unstoppable, youth is indeed fleeting...even more so with terminal illness, that is why every second should be cherished.
When I entered the private estate where the Make-A-Wish Wine, Women, and Shoes event was held, I was greeted with a glass of wine and a red carpet photo op that featured all of the sponsors for the event. This is one of the proudest and most pivotal moments in my life, because it represented that I finally loved myself enough to do something that I have always wanted to do. From that moment on, I wasn't afraid to be alone at this special event anymore.
I decided to wear my skirt that I designed and pair it with a white crop top, nude heels, and a nice pop of red with a chic clutch. Not even a minute passed by, and I had the opportunity to take a picture with Graciela Moreno. She is an ABC 30 news anchor and the host of Latino Life. In person, she is so humble, down to earth, and refreshingly fashionable!
As I walked around on my own, there were many vendors selling jewelry, clothes, and precious goods.
Endless amounts of wine that were considered the best in the state were poured every minute into crystal clear glasses. This was also the day that I've acquired a taste for red wine.
I have learned that pairing great wine with equally great food is an age old artistry. Wine and food is like seeing two people who are completely in love with each other. Their love is so strong that you can see the sparkling, electric chemistry that only grows stronger with time. The love that they have between them eventually solidifies two separate people into one entity. You can tell that if one of them were to leave this world, the other cannot go on living. Certain foods are meant to go with certain wines, some things are just meant to be.
There were also wines that were for sale where all of the proceeds would go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Raffles were also being held and some lucky people won some amazing prizes.
The runway was set up nicely and there were a lot of beautiful clothes being shown. I sat in the second row when the fashion show started.
The venue reminded me of a picturesque scene of an English country cottage straight out of London.
And it turns out that I wasn't alone after all, my amazing friend Ameet Kaur Nagra was there with her company as well. It was really nice to see a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting.
It is true that a simple hello can lead to a million possibilities. At first I thought that this beautiful lady was a fashion editor covering the event because she was walking around in a very trendy dress snapping photos left and right. I complimented her outfit of choice and asked who she was and what she was doing here-I assumed she was a fashion editor. Turns out her name is Diana Rambo, the Executive Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
That day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation raised thousands of dollars for charity. Everyone who donated was given a black feather boa. I felt very blessed to be a part of it all. At the end of the event, the Shoe Guys who served us all wine and food passed out goodie bags to everyone!
Taking a chance on yourself should always be an obligation that you should fulfill and the children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are an example of it all. They aren't afraid to make their biggest wishes and fully believe in them even when there is a likelihood that tomorrow may not ever come again.
Sometimes people give up on themselves and walk away because they are afraid of failure, but I have learned that the only real failure is not trying. I understand fear very well and it can cripple you from living the life you have always dreamed of.
But that is only because fear cannot bear the weight of our dreams. But confidence, courage, and hope can. We are lucky enough to have all the time in the world to better our lives and chase our dreams, so why not start now?