“If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain.

If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees.

If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.”

[Chinese proverb]

I love this proverb, although I love it more in Portuguese than in English (obviously because I don’t know any Chinese). In Portuguese, the last verse says something like “If you want one hundred years of prosperity, educate people.”

I haven’t come too long in life yet, but in my short 24-year life experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that education is the only earthly way to true, long-term prosperity. And I say earthly because I also believe that love is the spiritual way of achieving that same objective.

Yes, I am a Christian — even though I don’t see much resemblance between me and many Christians I know and hear about. I believe — with all my heart — in God, in Christ and in the Bible and every word written in it. Thing is I just don’t believe most of the stuff a lot of preachers have been preaching out there nowadays. Not any more, anyway.

Anyhow. I’m now a graduated law student, a lawyer — and a wife-to-be, too! Where I live, in order to be a lawyer, beside graduating in Law School, a student must go through a nation-wide exam, sort of like an SAT, only for grown-ups. Or grown-up wannabes, anyway. And since I have graduated and passed the Bar Association’s Exam, my boyfriend (I mean, fiancé) and I finally decided it was time for us to get married 🙂

So that’s what this blog is about — the life and thoughts of an ordinary Brazilian/American girl (I was born in NY) living in São Paulo, Brazil. I’ve always enjoyed writing, so I hope my English won’t be so rusty as to prevent anyone from understanding what I write here.


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