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.
The countdown is on - Christmas is next week. If you're still thinking of last minute gift ideas, check below some of the things that I thought of for the woman in your life. Whether she's a planner, a dreamer, a fashionista, a traveler or the homebody, there's something here that will surprise her.
Also check the gift ideas I shared here and here.
Happy shopping friends!
We're about three weeks away from Christmas and I know what you're all thinking about. The pressure to find the perfect gift is on. I don't know when the Christmas frenzy took over this badly, but the truth is that everyone is expecting a gift..., not just any gift, but one you put a lot of thought into. While I grew up in a family where Christmas was about other things rather than the gifts, I have come to enjoy the little "surprises" I get on Christmas day - we all love surprises (I mean the nice ones, of course).
I have been many times in the position of finding the perfect gift for someone, and I know it's not an easy task. This is the reason why I wanted to share some gift ideas with you here, that are sure to nicely-surprise someone you're thinking about. These items have carefully been selected as gifts I would get myself, if I had to, so you know they're things I like. So, without further ado...
Thanksgiving is days away and, while many of us have sales over sales on our minds, we're also thinking about what brings us feelings of gratitude and happiness. For me, family and friends are what bring the feelings of gratitude.
Over the years, I have come to understand that it is not things that bring me lasting happiness, but what remains once the "thrill" of whatever purchase I made passes.
Is it content or emptiness that remains? I have found countless times that it's the emptiness (I'll explain below) that pushed me to buy one thing or another. Don't get me wrong - you know I have my weakness for pretty dresses and about other hundred items, and they bring me joy, but many times those purchases made me feel guilty. Guilt is not a pretty feeling.
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