Yes, my name really is Xenia. No, I was not born in Xenia, Ohio. I was born in Panama in Central America, where my parents were born and raised. My father, with my mother’s consent, named me Xenia, and in Panama it is pronounced “sane-ya”. I know that you will be tempted to call me “zeen-ya”, but in my case that would be incorrect. My Xenia is pronounced “sane-ya”.
Love In Grace is not my first experience as a blogger. For six years I ran a blog called Collar Ciy Brownstone. I decided to close down that blog and start fresh because I have entered into a new chapter of my life, so out with the old, and in with the new. I have always been blessed, and I am so grateful for that, but now I am more conscious of love and grace in action.
For those who followed me on Collar City Brownstone, you already know a little bit of my story. As a recap, and for those who are just meeting me for the first time, over the past six years I lost my job twice. The first time I was unemployed for sixteen months. I was not able to secure another job in my field because I didn’t have a college degree, so after 30 years I returned to school. In June 2015, I finally earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York. Immediately afterwards I applied for graduate school and was accepted. That first year was so stressful that it left me feeling bitter about school. My undergrad years were rough too, but this was something else entirely. I formally applied for a year off, but truthfully, I will not be returning to that particular graduate program because it was squeezing all the joy out of my life, and sucking up every second of free time that I had. I am checking out other graduate programs around the country, but I decided that if I don’t get a Masters degree that it’s okay. I am fine with that.
I have plenty to keep me busy. After I was laid off the second time in late September 2016, I was offered a great job two weeks later in my field, working full-time from home, and I love it. I am also formally studying the Kabbalah, and that requires time and focus, but it is something that I really desire to do and I am enjoying it.
I was born in Panama, and when I was two years around the sun I immigrated to the United States with my family, New York specifically where I grew up. I am a proud Panamanian, but I am also a proud American and have been a naturalized citizen of the United States since I was eight years around the sun.
The most important thing to me is my spiritual journey and growth, but I won’t be writing too much about it on this blog because my path is very personal to me. I also know how volatile the subject of spirituality can be, so it is best that I mostly avoid it. There may be times that it will come up simply because my spirituality is very much tied to my values and every day life. I will say that Jesus is my Hero and the person that I most desire to be like.
Reading is one of my absolute passions, and I will be sharing my thoughts on some of the books that I’ve read. Feel free to connect with me on Goodreads.
I also love watching movies. Besides being entertaining, I often find movies to be inspiring as well. I love the old movies that came out of Hollywood during the 1930 – 1970’s. From there on it seems that Hollywood became less interested in quality. With the turn of the century came new high technology, and movie making seemed to become more about outdoing one another with special effects instead of telling a great story, although there are movies such as Avatar and Dr. Strange that I really enjoyed, and found to be greatly inspiring and thought provoking.
A third passion of mine is interior decorating. I love decorating my house. I am the proud owner of a Queen Anne Victorian brownstone in Upstate New York. Home Goods is my favorite home decor store to shop in, but I also love Marshalls, TJMaxx, Urban Outfitters, World Market, Wayfair and Target.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that I can inspire people just as many other blogs have inspired me.