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Time for Lent: 40 Days to Give Up Complaining…in My Head

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Time for Lent: 40 Days to Give Up Complaining…in My Head

What will you give up for lent? Sujeiry decides to give up complaining for 40 days and nights to become a more positive person 365 days of the year.

Ash WednesdayFor 40 days and 40 nights I will not bitch, moan or even sigh.

I am not a good Catholic. As a matter a fact, I don’t consider myself religious. Spiritual, yes, but not belonging to one church or any congregation. (Don’t tell Mami.) Still, I believe in some of the Catholic teachings and practices because I grew up Catholic. I went to Sunday school. I was baptized and completed my First Communion and Confirmation. I repeated Hail Mary’s and Our Father’s and still kneel when I see a cross.

That’s why I’ve decided to give something up for lent this year.

I haven’t always followed this tradition. I can’t remember the last thing I gave up for 40 days and nights, or if I didn’t cheat and sacrificed that one thing (maybe it was cursing) for only half the time. But I am serious this year. Perhaps it’s because of what I am giving up.


I believe that a negative mindset is crushing to our body, mind and spirit. I am pretty good at being optimistic. I often always see the silver lining. But I don’t always see the good in my head. I will hold my tongue and not express negativity but still possess those negative thoughts.

Just because I am not verbally expressing negativity doesn’t mean that I don’t complain.

So I have given up complaining and whining and even pouting for 40 days and 40 nights. I am hoping this not so great Catholic becomes a better person because of it.

What are you giving up for lent?

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.


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