A gratitude letter for my sister Cinthya…

Dear Cinthya,

Thank you for being in my life and for being one of my best friends. It is amazing how much we have been through and where we are now. We had a rocky relationship since we were kids. I was the oldest and you were second oldest. Maybe there was some competition between us. I do not know. All I know is that we had a rough few decades. Now, however, I cannot picture my life without you. Thank you for being so sweet, kind, smart, wise, patient, resilient, and such an amazing mother.

We did not speak for over two years, but that was the time we needed to soul search and become as close as we are today. Thank you for the opportunity to be an aunt to Giovana. She is so beautiful and so sweet. I am so grateful you were able to come visit me here in the U.S. this year. Spending time with you, Gigi and Uyra was simply priceless. Thank you for making the time to fly all the way from Brazil to be with kids and I. We loved having you here and we cannot wait for you guys to come back.

Thank you for being my voice of reason and for always listening to me. I am deeply grateful for all the words of wisdom and for all your help through the many ups and downs in my life. I honestly do not know if I would be where I am today had it not been for your help. Thank you for being so sweet and for always checking in on me. Thank you for being you and for allowing me to be myself. I could say so many thank yous. I learn from you every day. We learn from each other always. I am beyond grateful our relationship is where it is now. I love you more than anything and I am so proud to call you my sister and my friend.

With all my love and gratitude,



Simone Santos

I am Brazilian by birth, American by heart! I created Cool N Chic with the intent of spreading the message that we are all "cool" in our own and authentic ways. Cool N Chic was created to bring people of all backgrounds together through mindfulness, self-development, healthy living and the desire to be fearlessly authentic. Even though I created this blog, it is not mine. It is ours and I welcome you, your wisdom and your energy.

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