About Me

Greetings! Thank you for visiting my blog! Here you’ll find my personal letters to God mostly about my life, faith and travels. Through writing such raw letters, I endeavor to tell a story of an imperfect and eccentric girl simply trying her best to make sense of this chaotic world.

Peace be with you! 🙂


Who is Chives Richards? Many years ago I had a dream. Like most dreams, it was hazy and the sounds were muffled, as if everything was transpiring under water. In a white, sterile lab far, far away, I was observing and studying the physical properties of a newly discovered star millions of light-years away. I remember thinking about naming this star after me if I could ultimately confirm its properties…you know, science-y stuff. My eye was buried deep in the telescope when I heard someone yowled, “Mrs. Richards!” Startled, I jumped to see what was the matter. Suddenly, the scene changed – characteristic of haphazard dreams. Now I was on stage with so many eyes glaring at me and my bandmates.  We were opening for a semi-popular rockstar in a city called Los something. Note: we were not on planet Earth. “Chives count us in!” exclaimed one of the guitarists. So I formed my drumsticks into an X and counted “1, 2, 3” as I tapped them together. In no time, the sound of jazzy rock with my “stellar” drum beats inundated the atmosphere, inspiring the crowd to exhale wails of pure elation. The End.

Taken in Marugame, Japan

And then I awoke. I always said that if I could be absolutely anything without considering abilities, I would be an Astrophysicist (but clearly I cannot since I suck at Math and Chemistry!); and that if I could play any instrument, I would play the drums (apparently I showed signs of desiring to be a drummer at an early age, but it was just not convenient and affordable back then). Hence, why the dream amused me – it was a reflection of these hypothetical delineations (though I still have the chance to learn the drums if I really wanted to!). But what charmed me even more was my name; when I pieced it together I got: Chives Richards. How  odd I thought. Chives Richards. Chiiiiiiives Richards. I said it again and again in my head, and then it stuck. How representative of me…eccentric, but with enough familiarity; haphazard; free-spirited; light-hearted; named after food; during this time, the digital age was booming, and social media applications began to pop up like flowers in the bourgeoning garden of technology. So, I decided that my digital alias would be me in a parallel universe: Chives Richards. My alternate ego.

Taken in Usseau, France

Ok, back to the real world. In reality, I’m Monica…or Mon, Moniqua, Nica (this is my family’s nickname for me), Bon Qui Qui, Monsters, Mo, and in recent times, Mini, Tomo and MonMon. Occasionally, I am Chives. I embrace all – I think it reflects the many aspects and dimensions of my nature and personality. First and foremost, I am a woman of faith. I am a Christian. I don’t know many things, but I know God is the source of my strength and hope. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 reads: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Preach St. Paul, preach. I love to read! Some of my favorite things given to me are books. It’s more than physical treasures, but treasures for the mind and spirit. Specifically, reading about European history and historical fictions are what fascinates me. I also LOVE to travel. I truly believe that travel is one of the few things you buy that makes you richer…to me, in spirit. I love learning about and absorbing new cultures because being somewhere foreign changes you…it’s certainly changed me. It’s made me more self-aware, introspective. You’d be surprised by how much you actually learn about yourself when you travel. I love music! I really believe that my whole life is a musical! I’d sing every word if I could! Which means I LOVE musicals!! And I love to write. Writing is free therapy…it’s my best form of expression, one of my purposes in life. I’m no Jane Austin or Fitzgerald but I’m sure I share their passion for the written word. With that said, one of my personal promises is to consistently maintain a blog. Here’s to invariably adhering to that promise. Cheers!

Taken in Ávila, Spain