Usually, we take stock of our year or life at the end of each year, but with Thanksgiving Day around the corner, many of us begin to count our blessings around this time. It got me thinking these past few days about gratitude, how much it really matters in our lives.
We, humans, always want more, which is not necessarily a bad thing, as we're designed this way. But in this rush of wanting and getting more, we, many times forget to be thankful for what we already have.
I haven't experienced real fall in years since this season is almost nonexistent in Southern California and, truth be told, I was excited for some fall foliage.
After returning from our four-months trip through Europe, we found ourselves in upstate New York for a while, before heading to a new destination. While here, we wanted to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather we've been having. Since there are so many lakes in the Adirondacks area where we're currently staying, we decided to go boating, or, to be more exact, my husband decided for me.
I can count on my fingers the times
We’re all aware and reminded of it a lot these days: there is a lot of evil and bad in this world of ours. Reading the news and looking around me sometimes sets a wave of full desperation for my future, the future of humanity and the future of our planet. I don't know why but it’s so much easier for us humans to be negative and focus on the negative than embrace the good in our lives. We’re forgetting that we are lucky: each and everyone of us is lucky in some way. Think about it,
It’s no secret that to many creators and anyone alike, Instagram has lost its charm and, instead became a chore and a place of struggle and constant frustration #thestruggleisreal. Endlessly trying to have their content discovered and efforts noticed, and still losing followers, it became the place many people complain about.
I, too was getting super frustrated with it. I was posting daily, trying to post in Instagram stories every single day, engaging with others (liking and commenting), and I still could not get ahead. I really don’t know what one needs to do these days to have his/her work noticed. To me though, posting just for Instagram’s sake and “likes” is not the answer. Buying followers or likes is not an option as I want to grow my following organically and in an honest way. I follow accounts that inspire me, but even those I can’t see since Instagram chooses not to show me the content of those I follow, and instead, shoves ads down my throat.
But back to my decision to temporarily disable my account...
This blog was born in San Diego and I have talked about this city a lot on here as well as on my Instagram. I love the beauty of San Diego but the truth is that I have an ongoing love-hate relationship with it still. We have lived there for many years. I will not get into the details here again (you can read them in this post), but a part of me still loves this city while the other is trying hard to keep fresh in my mind the reasons why we left it in the first place.
As I hit publish for this post, San Diego is nothing but a memory...
There is no doubt that San Diego is a beautiful city and there is plenty to do around here. My very favorite things about San Diego are, surprise! - its beaches and compared to other places, the nicer weather.
But in spite of all this, we have decided to donate our things, pack what we want to keep, move on and move out of San Diego. Here's why...
Valentine’s day is around the corner. Whether you love or hate this day is irrelevant. While I like having a special day to celebrate love, to have better relationships and connections, love should be celebrated every day. You don’t need big gestures; many times, it’s the small things that make a difference and reminds us why we love a person. So think of the things that your better half, or your loved ones appreciate, incorporate those in yur day and relationship and let love flow in. If you’re still out of ideas, read on.
Blogging these days is set to look like a very “glam” industry. While I like to see and share all pretty things, I don’t want to pretend that life is perfect. Everything you see is real, but yes, much of my life is not presented here, reason why I wanted to share what’s been going on lately.
This past month has been very tough. While I have felt overwhelmed and even exhausted, i can’t say it was a bad one. I have been away from my blog and even Instagram for what feels like forever. Truth is,
I have previously expressed my love for books and reading here. But I haven't touched on the books that, once read, have left me with a different perspective on life and have changed me. These are not the one-time read and done kind of books. They have become pillars for me and I turn to them over and over, when I feel that life comes crashing down, for whatever reason.
These are books that on many occasions have lifted me up and reminded me of what's important. They've also taught me how to handle life' less happy moments or how to become a better or more efficient person. I'm still a work in progress, reason why I say that these books are not a “one-time read and done”.
As 2018 is coming to an end, everyone is looking back, reminiscing over the things they have accomplished, places they have traveled to and whatever else occured in their lives.
I, in my true nature, don't want to look back; I don't want to reminisce nor analyze my year. I know exactly how it went, how and where I was and the reasons why.
2018 has been challenging. It wasn't a bad year, it was a busy year, with big accomplishments, but also a lot of eye-opening information and situations that have stripped us of our inner peace or the comfort zone we have been living in over the last few years. 2018 has paved the way to our future, of that I am sure.
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