What’s Most Important?

Always remember, no matter how bad some things are, they could always be worst and no matter how good things are, there is always room for things to get better. Better is always around the corner.

You are one of the best, because there are so many great things about you, that if you get caught up on focusing on one thing, you might miss what’s most important. ~You. ~ Anonymous

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Our Love is still Pending

Been there, done that and keep doing it again. Got the t-shirt and gave it to a friend! Lord forgive me, but I have been busy. You told me that I could have some fun, but never imagined you could bless me with this. I’m so grateful. Most honor to you Lord, I can’t do this without you.

Now mind you I am accustomed to planning at least two trips to the Dominican Republic each year because I have developed some friendships over the past three years.

When I say friendships, I am talking deeply rooted and connected friendships. People you just don’t want to live without. I know friends come and go, but this could be just for a season, who knows? I was lucky enough to go to Punta Cana twice in the month of February. Now how did I deserve all of this? I don’t know. My God is an awesome God. He Reigns!

For those who don’t really know me… Where do I began?

Trip #1 ~ February 2015 ~ Hard Rock Resort ~ Punta Cana ~ I met Eduard on a horseback riding excursion ~ Traveled with a wedding group.

Trip #2 ~ February 2015 (two weeks later) ~ Be Live Resort ~ Bayahibe

Trip #3 ~ May 2015 ~ Air BnB ~ Volato Group ~ Cap Cana

Trip #4 ~ August 2015 ~ AlSol Luxury ~ Cap Cana

Trip #5 ~ February 2016 ~ Manaya BnB ~ Bavaro

Trip #6 ~ August 2016 ~ Paradisus ~ Punta Cana ~ Mi Cumpleaños

Trip #7 ~ May 2017 ~ Los Corales / Green Village Bavaro / Cap Cana

Ok so now that you’re caught up, on my Love Experience, let me tell you what’s really on my mind.

By this time, (my 7th trip) I’m thinking… is this getting old? I could be traveling to other places. I keep returning to this secret rendezvous, risking my life with you know who. I can do better.

So what’s next? Here comes the 90-day ultimatum to take charge of my own destiny.

No more weighing the pros and cons, I just want to know if he’s the one. And if in fact in 90 days it’s not what I expect, I should just stop and walk away because this is all just a fantasy anyway.

May 24, 2017

I send a Letter to my X

In the beginning, it was a discovery process to learn that your culture has taught you to invite foreign women to your country to come visit you.

I was one of them.

I fell in love with you and accepted you for who you were. But now, I do not believe you want to let go of that opportunity for me and for that reason I’m out. I could be wrong, but I’m willing to risk my life that I am right. Holding on to the most impossible love.

I know we had some language barriers that we both have managed to overcome. He speaks and understands Spanish very well, but as for me, I can read Spanish, but I do not speak Spanish fluently. When I sent him this letter, I am pretty sure he understood when I said, I’m out. I quit. I’m done. Let’s move on without each other. Caput. Finito.

It didn’t take me 90 days to determine what I wanted. I gave it all that I could give without expecting much in return, but to have a safe and good trip. Thank God they were all that. Safe, fun, authentic, happy times.

If I can recall, he agreed to my request saying, if that’s what you want it’s your decision.

Ok great. We’re good. No problem. You know how sometimes you think you can be strong enough to leave the door open, thinking you can just be friends with your ex? Well, I did that. If I ever decide to return to his country, I can have someone to call on if I ever needed anything. I left that door open.

May ~ June 2017

I worked hard to release my new book. The Love Experience ~ I was minding my own business trying to get the job done. I wanted to release my second self published book by my birthday. This was my way of rewarding myself. I thank God for allowing me to get it done with the help of my family and friends and some private sponsors. I felt like I had won! Not only did I get the job done, I was able to go on another trip last year to Puerto Rico and had more fun. This was my way of convincing myself (and him), yeah Papi, we’re done!

By the end of July, I am feeling good and confident and free. Although there were a lot of arguing back and forth between him and I. A fiasco or two still couldn’t hold us back.

For my book release party he tried to show some support by putting up my pictures as his profile picture in WhatsApp, but didn’t touch that Facebook page though. Hmmm cute Papi, but I am still moving on. Gracias.

By August, I was booking another trip to go back to Punta Cana, but it wasn’t for him. This time it was for myself. My first Group trip to the Dominican Republic. Actually my second group trip. The first one was for a wedding. Everyone else was kinda on their own. I was looking forward to some new and exciting fun. Remember I’m moving on.

September ~ 2017

Not much had changed, we still talked everyday if he had internet or could go in the street to connect to the wi~fi.

In October, as his friend, I decided to send him a gift for his birthday. It was then, things begin to change.

November ~ December ended the year on a pleasant vibe.

January 2018 the time for me to return is very close and all of a sudden, he wants to get married in February during my Be Mine Trip. Uhhhh no, if you would’ve done this right in the beginning, we wouldn’t have to rush and get married and what’s the rush for anyway? Besides, most importantly you have not proposed! The phone rings through WhatsApp. We have a conversation about what’s going on in his brain. He had it all planned out it seems. By the end of that call, he asked me to marry him. He can’t be serious right now, but things got silent… he was waiting on my answer.

He tried everything in his power to convince me of what he wanted to do. I couldn’t see how we could pull off a wedding in less than 30 days. There’s no way.

We spent days in WhatsApp sending documents back and forth. I guess trying to prove to each other and calling each other’s bluff. He got his birth certificate, I got mine. He got his affidavit of solteria, I got mine. We faced many many obstacles on this journey and getting these papers together was one of them. I realized I had to send mine to Austin to have them authenticated and they also needed to be translated into Spanish. I discovered this entire process takes time and money if you want them expedited quickly; but with limited resources, I decided that this was not going to happen when I had planned to come for my trips in February. Not sure if he was ok with that, but he never gives up.

He says to me, “Bring the rings and I will propose in February.” Hmmmmm

What kind of ring can he buy me? Would I wear it? Would I like it? Tricky Tricky Tricky.

I went looking for something very casual, yet sentimental for us. The Trio of Rings was exactly what I chose. Something that he could afford. Who needs 5 carats anyway? This is about true love.

I have lost count on how many times I told him I wanted to give up. Traveling back and forth in the name of Love.

But for someone without much, he has a savvy way of proving his love for me.

He communicates with me daily, he meets me where and when I need him. He gives me attention, he leads me to believe I am the most important woman in his life. He is appreciative. He is funny. He is forgiving. He is supportive. He is patient. He can be very sincere at times. He can be trusted. He is my love.

“This just doesn’t seem to be ending, he keeps us alive; our love is still pending; but if he ever stops texting me we are surely to go our separate ways.

Two hearts that could never be mended. “If he ever said he loved me, trust me, he did.”

Still exploring Love in the DR🇩🇴

The Trio of Rings

Available on Amazon, this book “The Love Experience,” is my personal memoir about traveling overseas to the República Dominicana 🇩🇴

Falling in love ~ losing control and just having fun through it all. I miss that slice of paradise. This journey has not stopped me yet!

For the mysterious reasons unbeknownst to us, it was about three years ago when we were Crossing Paths, heaven placed a Teardrop of joy on our destiny giving us a Shimmering Wish for the unity of this fantasy. #theloveexperience #travel #fantasy #romance #thepoetryjournal #pandora

I found these rings and each ring has a name.

1. Crossing Paths

2. Teardrop

3. Shimmering Wish

Each one is symbolic ~ a Trio of Rings for 3 years in this relationship.

Crossing the Paths of Life ~ 6 February 2015

Cruce de vías en la vida ~ 6 de febrero 2015

Heaven’s Teardrop of joy on our destiny for year #2

Lágrima del cielo sobre nuestro destino durante dos años

Giving us a Shimmering Wish for the unity of this fantasy

Que nos da un brillante deseo por la unidad de esta fantasía

A Genuine Love like Mine Un verdadero amor como el mío

Translation: Believe it or not, I love you very much. ~

Eduard Vicente

The Trio of the rings is symbolic to me living out my fantasy!

Thank you for following me.

The Poetry Journal

Raquel Vicente

~Shalom

True Story

The Poetry Journal wants to connect with you to identify the insecurities in your relationships. Fear, self-doubt, or jealousy. These feelings can occur. We all may experience some level of vulnerability when we choose to love, but you can work through them to achieve your level of confidence.

My book, “The Love Experience” is based on a love affair overseas and I write about identifying the many insecurities I faced and how they affect us psychologically. This Love Experience is based on a true story and is now available on Amazon.com. You can click here to buy your paperback

My Henna Artist @domsol has her copy!

My sister’s friend read her copy on vacation in St. Lucia.

My hair stylist just gave birth to her beautiful new born baby girl and she also has her copy.

This is a blessing to see my work in the hands of the ones I love. I know that I have more work to do to continue to reach you! Thank you Lord for my destiny. God is Glorious all the time.

Author | Blogger | Poet

Raquél Helm

Live & Learn

I made it out to The Brunch Summer Finale Mixer & Market event. Thank you Manuela Gomez for the invite. Great sounds from three different DJs, free beer, and the opportunity to network with other local entrepreneurs. We all have a passion to be something or to do something to help someone else be better and to do better. This was mine.

Thanks Elijah and Nicole for your support as well.

This was my first time being a vendor at an event like this, but I have always dreamed of being here. Now I need to work on my presentation. I have great artifacts, but my presentation did not exceed my expectations.

When the patrons asked me what my book was about, I told them it was about my traveling experience and a love affair overseas in the Dominican Republic. Their first response was, “Is it a true story?” Reluctantly, I had to say yes. It seems that some people are intrigued by real life stories. I’m wondering if that’s true. If that is so, I have more work to do.

The Love Experience ~ Blog Edition is a short version of my perception of meeting someone overseas and dealing with a lot of insecurities to hold on to the most impossible love. In this book, I wrote about how we met and the feelings I wrestled with trying to explore more of him and their culture. I wanted to let go, but in real life I could not let go of him and those beautiful beaches. He was a part of my perceptions of lies, deceit and betrayal.

I was exposed to a culture of men working in tourism and pursuing foreign women for their own personal reasons. I did not want to be a victim of deceit, so I was trying to protect myself and to protect my heart. That is why in the book you will see how I was torn.

The adventure of meeting someone in the Caribbean, talking to them daily, traveling back and forth to visit them created a bond. Now it is a soul tie that I have not fully let go of. I say release and he keeps pulling me back in for more.

Yes, the concept of a love affair overseas is very true. But there’s more to the story. He has another side of him. After he broke down my perceptions of lies, deceit and betrayal, he continues to stay with me daily. I cannot explain it. Perhaps he likes our love story just as much as I do. Besides, why wouldn’t he love me? I do!

Hopefully one day he will be able to tell his side of the story. I know that I gave him a hard time, always threatening to leave him behind. Who can trust a man overseas these days? He always insisted I should stay. He is just a different breed. We will see.

EMAV

Thank you Susann for your support. I receive your spiritual confirmation. Here is what Susann wrote after she bought her book yesterday.

Raquel, your book is a beautiful creation, you are living out one of God’s gifts that he had for you in your life long journey. How exciting to accomplish one of the many things that the Lord has tasked us with. Your travel and your book have been a part of your healing..God is with you and he’s proud of you. 💕

I’m so grateful. Thank you.

Love Raquél

On to the Next!

I am excited to be a part of this Summer Finale Daytime Mixer & Market. Thank you Dynasty for the invite.

If you missed The Love Experience Book Release party, you can still get my signed copy at “The Brunch” this Sunday, August 20th from 4:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm.

Join us for this one of a kind Outdoor Vendor Market that combines an Amazing Brunch + Drink Specials, Music & an Exclusive Array of Vendors Showcasing & Selling their Goods!

Sounds by The Vibes HTX. There will be an Interactive Photobooth as well as Complementary Valet Parking.

RSVP through their Facebook page or you can search for this event in Eventbrite. Sounds like #FUN Hope to see you there.

#author #blogger #poet #theloveexperience #thepoetryjournal

Thank you Lord for my destiny!

Butterflies

Excited to celebrate my hard work and dedication to self publishing my 2nd book. "The Love Experience" ~ Inspired by Eduard Acero, who pursued me on the beach that day in the Dominican Republic. 🇩🇴

After 2 1/2 years of traveling back and forth, fussing and fighting, he never gives up on my love. Salut to you EMAV ❤️ Besos

Reward Yourself

Hello to you all! I am just getting back from a summer vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Celebrating good friendships, birthdays and my new book release. Take the time to rewards yourself, even if it's a small success.

This photo of myself with these books stacked in crates on the streets in San Juan shouted out to me. My beloved friend, took the picture. To her it was just a bunch of books, but I saw something different. A perfect opportunity to use this photo as a marketing piece. I love it!

I'm sharing my creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy all wrapped up in my new book called
"The Love Experience" ~ Blog Edition.

Get all the tea on a mysterious love overseas and a lesson or two about loving you!

Now available on Kindle! Specifically priced for $7.25 or paperback for $17.25.
Thank you for supporting self published authors like me.

Photo credit: Ché Allen

Raquél H. 💕

Click here for delivery

Now available on Kindle


More great news! 

I’ve expanded the distribution of my new book, “The Love Experience” because I know the hopeless romantics need instant gratification; in which we know is not always a good decision.  However, in this case, now you can sit back, relax and enjoy this good tea over the summer. 

Creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy, all wrapped up in “The Love Experience” now available on Kindle! 

Specifically priced for $7.25! 

Click here for your free sample!

So go ahead and judge a book by its cover. 💕🇩🇴😝

Thank you for supporting self publishing authors! 

#mybusiness #mydestiny #selfpublishing #theloveexperience #thepoetryjournal

New Book Release

Click here: 

The Love Experience~Paperback 

Click here for the Kindle Version

Exciting news!!! I’ve been traveling and writing is one of my many passions. I didn’t really understand my passion for writing until a couple of years ago. Now, a year into having my own blog, ThePoetryJournal.org, I am releasing my second book! “The Love Experience.” If you work hard enough, you should reward yourself. Now that it’s July, I am celebrating!  


This is an exclusive pre-release only on the self publishing site of my choice and for a limited time only, special pricing. My memoir will be available for purchase for only $17.25! Check it out, leave a comment, share this with your friends. 

We are all going through this life together experiencing some struggles or a loss, but joy comes in the morning when you rise from the ashes of grief, pain and suffering. I appreciate your support!


Many Blessings!!!!

Shalom