Hey friends! Since I decided that I really want to intentionally use my blog, I figured I’ll reintroduce myself and share some fun facts about me. Enjoy!
My name is Stephanie Diane Martinez. I Iive in Southern California and I am the oldest of three girls. My parents are Ruben Martinez & Sonia Luna, who aren’t perfect by any means but I value and respect them; they love Jesus and have given great advice… Sometimes when I didn’t want to hear it. However, I haven’t forgotten a single thing.
I really enjoy music, photography, meeting people, introducing people to other people, traveling, and the beach. Oh, and a good latte preferably made from Blue Bottle Coffee Co. In San Francisco. I crave it often and I know every Angelino is mad that I just gave props to SF instead of LA. Maybe it’s just a nostalgic moment I reflect on where I was drinking my latte and wandering SF.. Who knows. Sounds yummy right about now, haha.
I was probably one of the most imaginative of children I knew growing up. Movies like Peter Pan, Rescuers Down Under, Beauty & The Beast, and Pocahontas inspired me. I believed that I could lead a great quest, climb the highest hill, or even sit in the trees and make my home. Why I though that? Not sure, haha. Whatever… There was never a dull moment.
I grew up in church and then actually had a moment on my own where I realized Jesus was not just a story on a coloring page or a cartoon, but real and his Spirit was alive; He loved me and I needed Him… I realized my need for him at the age of 7 while reading the book of Psalms in the back of my church during my parent’s worship band practice. Church is also the place where I discovered my love for singing and music alongside singing to my grandfather. So instead of singing in my mom’s bedroom with the door closed to a Bebe Winans accompaniment cassette tape, I sang Jaci Velasquez songs on stage at the age of 8. (All kids raised in church are allowed to giggle now). At the age of 10, I sang in church consistently, then leading worship in my youth ministry at the age of 12. Been doing just that ever since, and I love using my gift to point people to Jesus by way of music.
While growing up, I had a best friend that taught me more than most in the short amount of years I had with him on this earth. His name was Paul Brizuela and He loved me and everyone else well. He also never told us BS. As he said, “we don’t sugarcoat in our friendship” and “always tell the people you love, that you love them.” Paul also displayed that if you loved
Jesus and knew him, you would love people in any condition they show up in. The gospel is inclusive; not exclusive. Make more room for people to show up and love them well.
My young adult years have been filled with many highs and lows; I’ve learned a lot, but this is the biggest realization of all: God loves us and will take care of us if we let Him. He is never out of our reach and we are never out of His care.
Also, in my young adult years I realize that you put away childish things but keep your child-like faith —that’s maturity, and I wish that was preached from more pulpits instead of telling people to “grow up” where they lose all passion. Growing up means to have a better, maturing attitude that reflects Jesus, and to continue having GREAT FAITH, enjoy life, love well, laugh often and go on adventures. Live fearlessly in faith, but not recklessly. Does that make sense?
Speaking of adventures; I have a bucket list. I’ve been crossing many things off of it and it makes me happy. Thankfully, I’ve been able to take some great photos of a few. Other great moments remain photographed in my mind and sometimes I like that more.
Lastly, I stop here because I know I blab too much. Life was meant to be lived passionately and extravagantly; loving God, loving people and loving life. It’s pretty sweet.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope some of this made you laugh. Have a wonderful day today, friends.