I’ve got what Tim McGraw calls “emotional traffic”.

A whole lot of life has been through this 41-year-old Guatemalan body and the only way I’ve gotten through it is with humor. Setbacks happen often in everyone’s life, but they take place on a daily basis when you’re a mother of two, the youngest daughter in a family of four, the bad-ass wife, the traveling dreamer, and the Chapstick-type of woman instead of the lipstick heel-wearing chick.

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”
Lily Tomlin

The Guat Life is a recipe for dysfunction and disaster. But’s it’s my life and I embrace it! It’s a great source of material for my writing and laughter for those around me. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing here or how I’m doing it, but here I am, and this is a small chapter in my life story and how humor helps me through it. Whether it’s the little things like the crazy driver that cuts me off on the 405 freeway or big things like my family who’s… well …family. I’m clinging to life without meds, living on prayer, and using humor as my compass. Bring it on!

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
Kurt Vonnegut


100 Responses to “About”

  1. thoughtsofthewanderingkind January 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM #

    I love that quote!!

  2. Nadine Sellers February 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM #

    hey chapstick girl…at least your lips won’ t crack when you make the readers laugh..ah, to see the world through your palabras, color me live and keep me positive..ns

    • The Guat February 18, 2012 at 9:40 PM #

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for getting a laugh. 😉

  3. Tilly Bud March 15, 2012 at 2:40 AM #

    I’m a chapstick woman, too. But we call it ‘lip ice’ 🙂

  4. Words We Women Write April 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM #

    You need humor if you’ve got a big messy family, but there’s a lot there to love. This post is on its way to my golfing’ buddy 🙂

    • The Guat April 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM #

      Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the golf rant 🙂

  5. Coming East May 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM #

    I love the positive way you describe your life!

    • The Guat May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM #

      Thanks! Sometimes I’m not so positive but humor makes everything better. Thanks for stopping by and reading 😉

  6. The Blissful Adventurer May 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM #

    Now, I am really intrigued!

  7. island traveler May 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM #

    I prefer to laugh too. Less facial muscle use equals less wrinkles ( though I don’t really care about wrinkles) and its great for the heart( I hope to live longer). An honest, fun and exciting “About” post. A great gateway for the succeeding amazing posts. Thanks.

    • The Guat May 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM #

      Thanks so much! Glad you were able to get a sense of The Guat 🙂 Glad to meet you

  8. chaiichi05 May 26, 2012 at 6:11 AM #

    “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” 🙂 I love that quote!

    • The Guat May 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM #

      Thanks! Glad you were able to stop by and check it out 🙂

  9. Currie Rose May 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM #

    This is one of the BEST about sections I have read. I love that Lily Tomlin quote and I can so relate! I look forward to following your blog. 🙂

    • The Guat May 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM #

      Awwwww … Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you got a sense of who I am and enjoyed the quotes. Glad you came along for the ride. Nice to meet you 🙂

  10. craftcrazygran June 14, 2012 at 2:01 AM #

    I have nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Looking forward to learning 7 things about you!

    • The Guat June 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM #

      Oooooh Sweet. Thanks for the nomination. Be sure to get on that seven things this week! Thanks!!

  11. truedesignliving July 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM #

    Hi I’ve nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award.

  12. pattisj July 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM #

    Love Lily Tomlin! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Whoredinary July 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM #

      I nearly peed when i read that Lily Tomlin quote. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your 200 day

      • The Guat July 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM #

        I love Lily Tomlin she’s awesome and that quote cracks me up. I think about it all the time, which was why I had to put it here somewhere

  13. allaccesspass July 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM #

    I have spent a lot of time reading your blog and laughing a lot. I wanted to nominate you for the Liebester Award because yours is literally, one of the blogs I never pass up in my reader. I always know I will enjoy what you have written. I think others should see for themselves. So, for more information on this award: http://allaccesspassblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/july-was-a-good-month/

    • The Guat August 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM #

      Thanks so much for the nomination. It’s really nice to hear that I can make people laugh sometimes and that I’m on your never-pass-her-up list in your reader.

  14. David August 7, 2012 at 7:57 AM #

    Great blog! Glad I found it! 🙂

    • The Guat August 7, 2012 at 9:41 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by, come back any time

  15. Gemma August 15, 2012 at 5:42 AM #

    The quotes are hysterical. The About even better. Thanks for your visit. 😀

    • The Guat August 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM #

      Glad I was able to make you laugh. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  16. s1ngal September 5, 2012 at 3:20 AM #

    I still want to be somebody badly with or without the “specifics” 😉 Lily Tomlin, eh.. and I always thought it was some random oh-yeah line..

    • The Guat September 16, 2012 at 9:27 PM #

      Everyone’s all about trying to be a somebody somewhere. Yeah Lily Tomlin is pretty bad ass. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  17. The Landy September 14, 2012 at 1:56 AM #

    I love that term, just ’embrace it’…

    • The Guat September 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM #

      Thanks mate 🙂 Glad you stopped by

  18. Andrea Kelly September 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM #

    Hey! I just wanted to stop by and let you know I’ve nominated you for the Addictive Blog Award 🙂 You can find out more about it here:

    • The Guat September 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM #

      Holy Crap! Thanks! I really appreciate it. I had no idea there was an Addictive Blog Award.Thanks for reading and liking my crazy adventures.

  19. on thehomefrontandbeyond September 20, 2012 at 2:06 AM #

    love your About — can relate to so much of it

    • The Guat September 20, 2012 at 9:05 PM #

      Thanks. I’m glad there are a few people out there that can relate 🙂

  20. hemadamani September 20, 2012 at 3:26 AM #

    hi! first of all thanks for visiting and the like. Find your blog really interesting from what little I went through. Will need time to read more. And loved the quote. It ensures that I’ll be back for more..:)

    • The Guat September 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM #

      Thanks! I’m glad you came over to check things out. Come back any time 🙂

  21. humanTriumphant October 24, 2012 at 3:07 AM #

    admire your embrace life attitude!

    • The Guat October 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM #

      Thanks! I gotta try otherwise I might just stay in bed under the covers all day. 🙂

  22. Kim (klling) @ Tranquil Dreams October 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM #

    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. For the details, you can see it on my blog here: http://klling.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/my-first-one-lovely-blog-award-nomination/

    Have a great day,

    • The Guat October 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM #

      Wow! Thanks so much for the honor. I greatly appreciate that you enjoy my blog and find it humorous and touching enough to be called “Lovely”. Much thanks Kim. 🙂

      • Ellyn Baker November 10, 2012 at 4:29 AM #

        I am glad I found you. Your honesty is refreshing and I love your sense of humor. I look forward to following you 🙂

        • The Guat November 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM #

          Thanks so much! It’s always great to get compliments and for people to “get” my sense of humor. I welcome your visits and appreciate you stopping by. Hope you enjoy the ride.

  23. patriciamoed November 14, 2012 at 2:46 AM #

    I love your quotes and philosophy!

    • The Guat November 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM #

      HA! Thanks so much. I tried to find quotes that truly captured my spirit. Ahhhhh that Lily Tomlin cracks me up. She’s awesome.

  24. Viva Violet November 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM #

    You sound so much like my best friend, who gets through every hard time with lots of laughs and dashes of humour. Wonderful blog 😀

    • The Guat November 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM #

      Thanks! You’re best friend must rock 🙂 I try to keep things in perspective and finding humor usually helps. Although sometimes it’s hard to find the funny, but that doesn’t necessarily stop me. :)Thanks for visiting.

  25. artisticmilestone January 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    Such positive outlook in life, I love that quote and your header too 🙂

    • The Guat January 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM #

      Staying positive is always a challenge, but humor really helps out. 🙂 I was looking for a good picture, so glad people like it 🙂

  26. LuiZ FernandoS February 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

    Yes, you really are a humorous person. Congratulations.

    • The Guat February 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM #

      Thanks … I try. It keeps me going.

  27. Stephen Kelly Creative March 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM #

    LOL … love the Lily Tomlin quote! Awesome!

    • The Guat March 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

      She’s pretty awesome … when I saw that I knew it was for me. 🙂

  28. The Dimwit Diary April 12, 2013 at 3:54 AM #

    Awesome quotes. Awesome blog. Just general awesomeness all around. Looking forward to reading more…Awesome.

    • The Guat April 13, 2013 at 1:45 PM #

      Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet. Thanks so much for hanging out and for the awesome comment. Stop by any time 🙂

  29. brickhousechick April 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    Love the name of your blog! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today. I’m from Puerto Rico and can relate to some of your stories. And, as you saw on my blog, I too LOVE chapstick when I’m not wearing my red hot lipstick.

  30. The Wine O'Clock News May 9, 2013 at 4:07 AM #

    Love your stuff, Ms Guat – v funny and totally chimes with my approach to life (awesomeness over graciousness every time … is this where we do a digital fist bump?). Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • The Guat May 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM #

      Thanks. It’s always good to hear when someone likes your stuff. Fist bump back atcha! 🙂

  31. Professor VJ Duke July 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM #

    Humor is the best compass. Hasn’t steered you wrong yet, has it?

  32. Ben September 4, 2013 at 4:44 AM #

    Haha, the first quote is fantastic! I completely agree with your approach to facing life’s battles, laughter is the best medicine! Thanks for stopping by my blog today, much appreciated.

  33. Capt Jill September 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

    Hi there,
    I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my photos of the sea. I think you’ve got a great attitude and humor is always a good way to look at life 😉

    • The Guat September 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM #

      No worries, when I like something, I like it, and your pictures really captured something. 🙂

  34. Ileana Partenie October 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM #

    You just added a new friend to your list! Count me in! 🙂

    • The Guat October 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM #

      Ha ha Thanks. Hope you are enjoying the ride and that the funny you find here helps you out on a daily or weekly basis 🙂 Thanks for joining the ride 🙂

  35. Bipasha January 26, 2014 at 4:01 AM #

    yoohoo! Thanks for dropping by my blog.
    That’s you on the bungee, right? Too cool, I say!

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM #

      Yeah that’s me trying to put some more zest in my already spicy life. 🙂 No worries I always enjoy exploring new blogging sites if something catches my eye:)

  36. seeker May 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM #

    Now you are speaking about me as well. Embrace life warts and all. Humour is what keeps us going for life is full of s**t.

    • The Guat May 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude. Yes! So glad you agree with my philosophy. If it wasn’t for humor I’d probably be in a ditch somewhere.

      • seeker May 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

        If humour does not exist, you will have plenty of company in a ditch. You will have plenty more company with humour for honey attracts bees. Tickle me, Guat.

  37. Norm 2.0 June 15, 2014 at 5:09 PM #

    Anyone who quotes Vonnegut is good folk in my book, and yes laughter is the better option. Looking forward to reading more or your stuff. Cheers!

    • The Guat July 3, 2014 at 12:13 AM #

      Ha! Thanks. 🙂 Hope you enjoy hanging out here and you get a couple of laughs along the way. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  38. Rebekah July 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM #

    I’m impressed with all your blog awards. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    • The Guat July 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM #

      Thanks! So glad you were able to find some stories that you liked enough to give me a follow. The highlights are usually under “Guatacular Stories” on the home page, so hope you enjoy some of those. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  39. Aanchal August 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM #

    You add a bit of laugh for everyone who reads your blog 🙂 Thank you very for visiting my blog and a peek inside my travel tales. I hope you will visit it back.

    Till then, keep smiling 🙂


    • The Guat September 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM #

      No worries, I’m always glad to run into good blogs. And so glad you enjoyed a few laughs around here, have a good one, and come back any time.

  40. shrinkmuch September 1, 2014 at 8:50 AM #

    I’m totally digging your blog…and love your ode to your pop section 🙂

    • The Guat September 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM #

      Ha! Thanks! So glad you enjoyed what you checking out the scene and reading up on some adventures. Hope to see you again 🙂

  41. Krystal September 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM #

    Hey Guat, I nominated you for the one lovely blog award here: http://unabashedlypoetic.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/one-lovely-blog-award/ 🙂

  42. Lisa A. Kramer September 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

    I’m so glad you dropped by my blog today. I look forward to reading more of yours.

    • The Guat September 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM #

      Thanks! It was a good read and you can always thank Brickhouse, she built you guys up 🙂 Hope you enjoy browsing.

  43. tracymartin March 26, 2015 at 11:58 AM #

    I’m a Chapstick kind of woman too, instead of lipstick and heels. I think we’re going to get on famously 🙂

    • The Guat March 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM #

      Duuuuuude I love meeting members of the club … we’re few but proud and pretty awesome. Glad you stopped by 🙂

      • tracymartin March 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM #

        Thanks-looking forward to sharing stories and whatever..

  44. amandalyle1986 April 29, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

    HOWDY! I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I bet you are quivering in excitement… or perhaps you might be hitting your head against a wall repeating the phrase “Not another award, not another award!” You don’t have to accept this award, but I would love for you to pop over to my blog and come celebrate! There will be imaginary champagne, disco balls and a drumming cat! What more could one want? Hehe. If you’re interested click on the link: https://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/my-big-fat-award-ceremonystrike-two/

    • The Guat April 30, 2015 at 11:07 AM #

      Ha! You’re so funny I always like getting gold stars and pats on the back from the community! Makes me feel like I’m on the right track … Connecting with people through my stories. Thanks so much. I’ll stop by and get a glass of champagne to celebrate.

      • amandalyle1986 April 30, 2015 at 12:04 PM #

        I can’t wait to see you over there! The drumming cat is waiting with a glass of bubbling champagne! 😀

  45. arwen1968 July 2, 2017 at 2:36 PM #

    I like that Kurt Vonnegut quote! Also this is the first time I’ve ever heard anybody define herself as lip balm (I had to look Chapstick up, thanks for the link to Wikipedia!) vs lipstick… I”m the lip balm type too. 🙂

    • The Guat July 7, 2017 at 11:46 PM #

      Total Chapstick kind of girl. 🙂 Always glad to meet another one 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and reading.

      • arwen1968 July 8, 2017 at 2:27 AM #

        Which book is the Vonnegut quote from? (If you don’t mind me asking.)

  46. Wind Kisses June 22, 2020 at 9:23 AM #

    So glad you stopped by my blog. I love your attitude. Donna

  47. Sartenada October 4, 2020 at 1:56 AM #


    ¡Me gusta tu página acerca de mí! Saludos desde Finlandia!

    • The Guat October 4, 2020 at 4:31 PM #

      Duuude hepa! Gracias! Estas lejos pero me alegra saber que te gusta esta pagina 🙂 Finlandia! Wow 🙂

  48. aFrankAngle October 27, 2020 at 6:11 PM #

    Where in Guatemala are you located?

    • The Guat October 29, 2020 at 9:07 AM #

      Im actually in Cali and grew up in a predominately Mexican area but my family hails from Guatemala. Still got a lot of family there, thus the name. 🙂 family originally from the capital and tracking back to Coban.

    • The Guat October 29, 2020 at 9:10 AM #

      Plus with your comment I just realized I need to update this page 🙂 years have gone by …

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