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3 Years NEW

Hi my name is Carlos and I am 3 years NEW

Today is Thursday! Im writing you from stage 23 at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, CA. I am in awe of what is currently in front of me. Five old school (full size) cars, a complete drive in movie theatre and we can’t forget about the full working snack bar. I truly consider myself blessed to be doing what I love every single day. For that I thank all of you incredibly generous people who make it possible for entertainers worldwide to continue living our dream of entertaining. 

This past weekend I attended Saddleback church for the first time. Besides my fingers almost freezing off because the room was so cold…It was AMAZING. Rick Warren preached a sermon that got me thinking a lot about certain things in my life. I quickly realized that I needed to start blogging about what I learn each week so I can get these precious and life changing words of wisdom out to you all! 

“Life’s tough”, is a common phrase that I find myself saying weekly. Well, it IS tough. I like to think of life as a war. A war with constant battles day in and day out. We get knocked down and have to get right back up! Scars (battle wounds) from events that sometimes changes us for the rest of our lives. We are soldiers that wake up every morning to take on all the craziness this world has to offer. I get excited thinking about it! But what do soldiers do before they go into battle? They train! They build up stamina to go long distances. They learn how to use every weapon at their disposal. If they don’t prepare for the war, chances are they will lose the battle. I don't want any of us to lose the battle! 

 

BATTLE #1 - The OLD you VS The NEW you

There is the OLD you and then you have the NEW you. Lets just lay it all out on the line. Be real with yourself! The old you is clearly stronger then the new you. Its been around longer and is so ingrained in you that sometimes you do things that you shouldn't without even thinking about it. Don't beat yourself up! As long as your aware that this is the case you have already taken the first step! Im 26 years old.  When I decided to give me life over to Jesus I was 23. So if we are being technical here, I am 3 years NEW and 23 years OLD. Clearly the old me is WAY stronger than the new me. Think of it like a child. When a baby is born it needs to breast feed, be carried, and watched over 24/7. As the baby gets older it still needs to be fed, taught how to walk and even trained to use the toilet! Eventually children go to preschool/lower and middle school to learn all the basics. Then high school, college and what ever other higher education is needed to teach them their craft. Now thats A LOT of things to learn! So for me bring 3 years NEW in my faith, I still need to be fed consistently, watched over and even taught how to do the basics. Now think about THIS! The NEW me won’t be the same age as the OLD me until I'm 46! That blows my mind! I have to take such good care of the NEW me because it is still a baby and needs all the love it can get! I’m not saying its easy. Im not saying I don't slip back into my OLD ways. But I can honestly tell you the only way to continue growing our faith is to be CONSISTENT in “feeding the NEW you.” 

Lets take going to church for instance. I go to church to be fed the word of God. I go every Sunday and then I have my individual studies throughout the week. I am constantly feeding my soul so that I am challenging myself to be more and more like Jesus everyday. Im always hungry for more and I feel renewed and connected after each service. If I only went to church once a month, I never prayed, and never studied, how much would I grow? Is that feeding the OLD me or the NEW me? Now let me put it to you this way. You’re hungry and you only eat once a month. What do you think your body will look like after only eating one time in a whole month? You wouldn't survive! You would look famished and sick. It’s the same with your faith. I like to use the term “being in it.” There are moments in my life when I'm “in it” with God and times when I'm not. During Dancing with the Stars I drifted away from attending church services on a weekly basis. My weekly studies and reading my bible became less and less as I got busier with rehearsals. Then things started to become more difficult for me. I struggled to maintain the peace that God brings to my life when I’m fully immersed in his word. Ever get the feeling that everything just aggravates you? The smallest things tend to make that switch flick on in your brain? You know in your head that what your doing is not right but there is nothing in you that can stop it? I got there quite a bit. The stress of the show just made everything multiply. It drifted over into my marriage (which was the only thing keeping me sane during all the chaos) as we got closer to the finals. Believe me when I say that 99 percent of the time it’s because I neglected reading my bible and going to church. It’s taken me years to figure that out! So going back to being fed, CHURCH feeds us! READING feeds us! Being around LIKE MINDED people feeds us! We need to be fed on a weekly basis so that the NEW you can strive, grow, and conquer! 

 

BATTLE #2 - SELFISHNESS VS UNSELFISHNESS

*True humility is not thinking less of yourself.. It's thinking of yourself less

This one stings. I think this is something that we all will be battling for the rest of ours lives. We all like nice things. We all like when great things happen to us. The trick is figuring out how we can get that good fulfilled feeling when its for other people. In the entertainment industry we’re automatically placed in pool of people who “like” what they do. They love who they are. They want to continue doing what they do. Its fun. It feels good. I’m one of them. It was tough for me at first to be happy for others when they booked the job and I didn’t. It was tough to be happy when one of the boys in my band got to sing more on a song because they sounded better than me. Why do we get so jealous? Why do we get selfish and want everything for ourselves? These past few years I've managed to transfer most of those feelings into wanting to help others first. 

I’ve actually noticed that when I am selfless with others, I am a lot happier inside. Wanting to make my friends happy has actually become a priority for me. Now I don't get angry when someone gets something over me. It all started with me having to verbally say “Amen, thats amazing! I’m happy for them.” Now to be honest, at first I would just say it and move on. I didn't really mean it, but I said it. But then strangely… I started feeling happy for these people. I (now) meant what I said when I said it. Our words are so powerful. We need to be speaking life into our lives. When you wake up in the morning and its been a rough one, don’t say, “Its going to be an awful day.” Chances are, if you do that, your day will probably end up being pretty crappy. I know from experience. Look at the scriptures! They tell us right there that our words are beyond powerful! 

Proverbs 18:21 - Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

When you walk into a room full of people what is your initial thought? Im guessing if your anything like me its, “I wonder what all these people think about me?” Now lets flip it. What if the next time you walk into a room you say “I wonder if there is anything I can do to help anyone in this room?” You have to start somewhere. Speak these new feelings into existence. 

 

BATTLE #3 - FORGIVENESS VS BITTERNESS

“Let go of your pride!” 

Thats a sentence that my wife and I share a lot. It’s as if each one of us has a tiny green monster inside that likes to take over. I cant tell you how tough forgiveness is of me. I have spent the last two years learning the benefits of ACTUALLY forgiving someone versus staying bitter about it and letting it eat me up for months and months. 

At the end of the day you can't choose how your going to be hurt. Thats’ impossible. But what you can do, is choose how long your going to hold onto the pain. Want to know the secret of a great marriage? The Union of two great forgivers. 

People get so confused. I hear it all the time. “Well if your Christian than you cant get mad right?”,  “Its a sin to get mad!”, “You should be happy all the time!” I hate to break it to you but all that is wrong. Not get mad? Who are we kidding? Were human. We gave feelings! Anger is sometimes an evidence of love. You can be angry and not sin. It's not the anger that's the sin.. It's the holding onto it. Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it kills the person you’re mad at.  

I like to think of things like this. When you give your bad to God, He is able to make it good. Sometimes what was intended to break or hurt you ends up helping you and making you. Your distractions now become developments. You with me here? 

But lets not stop there. Lets break it down even further. Why is it so easy to be bitter and not forgive? Our society is built on this is idea that we all have to think short term. What can I get RIGHT NOW? How is this going to make me feel TODAY? The battle for your soul is not short term but long term. You could also call this the battle between what is right and what is easy. The easy road is always well, EASY. But because of this short term mentality we forget that its about what is RIGHT. Sometimes what is right seems like it will take a lot longer. We become inpatient and anxious. Don’t lose the opportunity to do whats right just because it seems “hard.” 

Galatians 6:9 - Lets us not get tired of doing what is right, for AFTER A WHILE we will reap a harvest of blessing IF we don't get discouraged and give up. 

 

Lets start taking this approach with our thinking:

 “What do I need to do today to get me where I need to be tomorrow?”

Lex & Los









2016 is HERE!

 

Happy New Year! I cant believe we are already in 2016. What an epic year 2015 turned out to be. So many goals accomplished and so many new friends made. Firstly I want to thank all of you for your continued love and support. Alexa and I could not be happier with everything we have achieved this year and it could not have been possible without each and every one of you. 

WOW! Its been a long time since I have posted a blog. A little over 5 months to be exact. Sorry! I am going to try and take time out of each week this year to write on here! I thought a perfect way to start would be telling you about some of my highlights from 2015!

A highlight for me this year was competing on Dancing with the Stars. To be completely honest I never thought I would ever do something like that. Especially after James (from BTR) did it. Lex and I were both approached at the same time to join the show. My immediate reaction was “NOWAY JOSE”! We prayed on it and realized that God was giving us this opportunity not for Lex and I but for all of you. “What an incredible platform to share our testimony with millions” we thought. We said “Yes”! Signed contracts and the journey began 6 weeks later. With no Idea what to expect we met our partners on August 22nd. Mark and Witney were incredible right off the bat! We had 3 weeks of pre competition rehearsals and then we were LIVE! The show was one of the hardest things I have ever been a part of. It was challenging but even MORE fulfilling. Sharing my love for God with the world every Monday night was the icing on the cake. The amount of comments I read each week from people telling me how my love for Jesus “changed their views”, “moved them” and “affected their families” just fueled me everyday in rehearsals. I may not have won Dancing with the Stars. But I know I won in Gods eyes and THATS all that matters to me.

I truly believe we each have a purpose on this earth. We are all here to effect people in different ways with our different gifts. If were not doing that then whats the point of living? I strive to change lives. Weather its through my music, blog posts, Instagram pictures, tweets, youtube videos or even just in conversation at the super market, I want to be a prime example of how Jesus was. No one is perfect. Trust me.. I'm FAR from it…I believe God made each and everyone one of us to be unique. I embrace my “weirdness”!

2016 is here. Its crazy how you get this sense of starting new on January 1st of every year. It really only is another day.. BUT we get this feeling thats its a “FRESH START” and I love every bit of it. I feel ready! I want to make this the most interesting year yet. I don't want to live with one once of fear this year. Faith is powerful! Boldness is imperative! I know we all have things that we want in life that may seem “impossible”… Well this year that word is not going to be part of my vocabulary! I want all of us to challenge ourselves to live in complete faith and boldly confess everything we desire. I declare that this year, 2016, will be everyones break out year! 

 

"I boldly confess that this year (2016) I will"

-Spend more time with God.

-Give my wife more words of affirmation than she can handle. 

-Take LEXLOS to the next level as a clothing brand.

-Develop, Produce, and Star in aTV show with my wife Alexa.

-Spend more time in Maui, Hawaii for a potential move one day! 

-Complete my “Adventurers” screenplay.

-Put out my first spanglish record as a solo artist. 

-Write a Minimum of 1 Blog Post per week on LEXLOS.com 

-Post a Minimum of 1 Video per month on CPVTV 

-Go on one more Adventures Sailing Trip

 

 We tend to keep these things to ourselves and just “HOPE” they happen. I want to be transparent with you all. I think that is how we should all be. Lets be accountable for one another. Help each other complete these goals. We are all in this together! I want to get better atcommunicating with all of you! 

I feel so blessed to have a Job going into 2016. GreaseLIVE is going to be so much fun! We have already had one month of rehearsals and we have more more left before were live on January 31st. Who is ready for this? What FOX is doing will blow your mind. There are so many talented people working on this and I cant wait to be able to share all the surprises we have in store for you! I will be keeping you guys posted as rehearsals continue so stay tuned for updates on my blog and though my social media accounts. 

OK! I have been putting off going to the gym long enough (what else is new). lol I pray that each and every one of you has the most incredible year. I encourage you to comment below with your 2016 goals! Just take a second and “Boldly Confess” the things you would like to accomplish this year! Ill be checking back to see what you are all working towards for this next year! 

 

Sending you internet hugs and tons and tons of love, 

Los- 

"Hi My name is Carlos PenaVega"

Happy Wednesday! 

You know, I have always found it incredibly interesting that Wednesday is spelt the way it is. WED - NES - DAY. RANDOM! I hope that everyone has had an amazing few weeks since I last wrote on here. I am trying to be more consistent. I really want to make this a weekly blog and I know, in time, I will. 

What A crazy few weeks this has been. Firstly and most importantly I give all the glory, thanks and praise to God. I feel so blessed to be doing what I love year after year.
 I recently announced that I was joining the cast of Grease LIVE! Being a Broadway obsessed Kid, you could only imagine how excited I was to get the call that I booked the role of Kenickie. What a CRAZY audition process! After a bunch of call backs and eventually being flown to NYC to sing/act and meet the incredible Tommy Kail (Director) and the oh so talented Marc Platt (Producer) I was very disheartened to later find out I was not getting the role. 
I returned back from our #adventures sailing trip with a new perspective and was no longer bummed out about not landing the job. Our first Monday back we had our weekly small group (Bible study) at the house. We were back on track! It felt good. No! It felt great! We all decided to take our faith a step further. Now lets be real, why is it SO hard to get in our bibles to read and pray EVERY DAY? Sure when we “need” something from God it is SUPER convenient to be in it. But when things are just perfect its like we decide that we can handle it on our own! 
As a group we agreed to wake up every morning and spend our first 30 minutes with God. Read our bible, Pray, Worship and just sit still and listen. Every night we were to write how our day went. This was the goal for one week. Then we would all come back and discuss the difference between a week fully “in it” and a week of just “coasting by”. 

"WOW!" 

It has been such an incredible and uplifting few weeks for me. I truly do consider my self someone who loves God with all my heart. I thought I was taking the time I needed with Him. But when I really looked at my life, and measured the time I gave to him VS the time I gave to others AND even the time spent on social media (instagram/twitter/facebook), I realized my priorities were all mixed up. 

My days now consist of getting up and giving Him the first 30 minutes. I am constantly reading throughout the day and always giving thanks and praise. 
Just over a week ago I received the call that I was being offered the role of Kenickie. This was exactly a week after I had started my new daily routine. I was in SHOCK. Truly a testament to putting Him first place. Even when things are great and groovy we need to always be “In it”. It is so amazing to me how loving and caring our God is. I had such an incredible and productive last week with auditions and many more opportunities surfacing in the weeks to come. I know that its because I have completely surrendered all. I keep telling myself that all I need is Him. These auditions, these meetings, they are all amazing and so important... But there is a bigger picture.
Lex and I were talking the other day about Christianity. About how Christians give other Christians a bad reputation because of the way they live their lives. They can talk the talk but they choose to avoid walking the walk. We were breaking it down and I said this..When someone asks me what its like to be a Christian I tell them:

 “Its the best decision I've made my entire life.” 

They ask how my life has changed? I tell them: 
“I don't swear anymore. Other than an occasional glass of wine with dinner I don't drink anymore. I don't do drugs. I only surround myself with clear minded people. I love on EVERYONE. I forgive continuously.. With boundaries. I pray with people and for people. I have become more selfless than I have ever been my entire life. I serve.”

They tell me:
 “Well I don't believe in God so none of that is for me. I don't HAVE to change who I am or my ways.”

Lets take being a Christian and believing in God out of the picture.. NOW can you give up all the idols that control your life? Don't you want to be a good person. Love on others and live a clean and impacting life? Why does the decision on whether God exists or not dictate you living your life in a positive light or not? 

To me God is the cherry on top! Of course I want to love and help others. Of course I want to be a great role model. For me knowing that I have a father (God) that loves me unconditionally and forgives me even when I do things I shouldn't, makes it even that more worth while. In fact it makes me want to better myself even more. Make Him proud. There is nothing like the love that God has for us.

Philippians 1 (9-11) MESSAGE VERSION  
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
All in all I know that I am where I am today because of God. He has me exactly where he wants me. I'm not writing this to push my faith on anyone. Testimony is so powerful and I just love sharing my journey. The decisions I make, and the decisions my wife and I make as a team all begin in prayer asking God what HIS will for our lives is. Trust me when I tell you that living this God centered life is not easy. But I can’t imagine a time in my life when I was more complete and reassured. I was that kid who complained about going to church every weekend. I was that guy who had a sailors mouth and could care less about how I sounded. I'm currently about to begin my 4th year since I was baptized again. This time its different. This time I made the decision and like I said before, 

“Its the best decision I've made in my entire life.” 

Alexa and I have taken a break from social media and internet this week. We agreed that we could post ONE blog and tweet it out. That's it. NO instagram. No twitter. No internet surfing. NOTHING. Crazy how much we rely on those things to fill our time. I literally had to delete the apps from my phone so that I would not accidentally scroll through. I actually did it a few times on Monday without even realizing it. We have too many distractions around us. I have gotten so much work done the past few days due to the fact that I cant just surf on the internet for hours procrastinating. Sadly I think this is the most I've ever typed out in a long time. So that’s it. A crazy amount in just one blog. I look forward to sharing more of my life and walk with Christ in the weeks to come. We all need to be here for one another. Stop holding grudges. Stop allowing society to mold how YOU live your life. I wake up every day and I tell myself that I am a world changer. Regardless of your religious beliefs. Regardless of your past. Regardless of what you did 20 minutes ago. TODAY, RIGHT NOW, is a new day, a new moment in your life that you can do something. Lets stop living for ourselves and start living  for one another. YOU are a world changer. 

And It begins...

JUNE 25th 2015

VERSE OF THE DAY: (Also the Verse for the wing on my arm) :) 

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

 

GOOOOOOOOOD MORNING/AFTERNOON !!!! 

Happy Thursday! Im super excited to be starting this blog. Its been a while since I’ve really spent sometime typing on a  computer. I am getting better but I still type with my two index fingers. Somethings never change from high school. 

So when Lex and I were in Grand Cayman for the CayFilm festival last weekend, I kept having the urge to write. I literally had a craving to type something long. I wanted to see a white document on my computer with tons of letters on it. (I have interesting thoughts.. just wait) We got back to the hotel and I remembered that I had bought a domain. LexLos.com about a year ago. I had been meaning to set it up but just never got around to teaching my self how to build a website. I decided to spend the day yesterday building a rough version the website.. and BOOM! Here we are! 

My goal is to write as much as possible but who knows what will happen! As you will learn I sometimes get caught up doing too many things at once. I have trouble focusing on ONE thing at a time. My wife will tell you the same thing : ) 

Another thing that happened today was giving ZERO to Lex’s sister Krizia! We love both of the cats but I don’t think these two are able to be in the same house. Zero is so dominant and Zira just wants to chill. He would pick on her and they would have a constant battle on who can pee in the most spots around the house. Yes you read that right. They would compete with pee. If any of you have smelt cat pee you understand that is absolutely unbarring and nearly impossible to remove the smell from ANYTHING. Spoke to Krizia this morning and he is loving his new pad. She said that he is in heaven and just lounging around. She left to work this morning and did not want to lock him up so she’s trusting him on the first day with full range of the apartment. (Ill let you all know how that goes)...

This morning Zira has been amazing! She has been going in and out with Sydney and Lex. She literally just lays by Lex outside next to the pool. Should we see if she likes the pool? Zero likes the water.. not sure about Zira. 

 

Beautiful ZIRA 

Beautiful ZIRA 

Well well well what do I have planned for this amazing Thursday? We are going to try and get a soul cycle in at some point today. I really love it! Ill be real and say its not the cheapest thing. I wish they had a monthly membership like a gym. So I think we will stick to the 3 or 4 times a month for now. If you have the opportunity to try it i STRONGLY recommend it! 

Alright well for my first blog post I think I’ve done well. Im trying to figure out how to end this post! I want to just keep going and going. Oh yes! I remember what I wanted to say! Were getting a new puppy next week! Lex really wanted another dog. And Sydney needed a fried! We get her on WED or THURS and we could not be more excited. Ill be posting some pics ASAP.

 

 Love you all! God bless!

Until the next post! 

LOS -