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. If 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.
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 of my life 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's 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.
When I met my now husband, I quickly learned that he was very interested in his ancestry and was very proud of his thought-heritage. He was sharing the knowledge he accumulated over the years and dreamed of visiting the places where his ancestors lived, in hopes of connecting with some relatives, distant or not.
While we're planning to travel to those places, we learned that there are a lot more to add to the list than we initially thought.
There is something so beautiful and yet mystical about the fog. Being in SoCal I've come to love it and I've found that taking pictures in it makes for some eerie but beautiful photos, especially if there's a bit of sun coming through it.
Last weekend I found myself taking an unintentional break from the grid, reason why there was no new post on here. Even if it wasn't planned, it felt good to disconnect a bit and just enjoy some family time. We had family visiting from out-of-state, so we headed to Oceanside to spend a few days together by the beach. While the weekend was predicted to be sunny and warm, we ended up with a completely different situation.
From what I see online, there is a lot of excitement for the fall season. While I understand the reasons, In SoCal, fall doesn't usually arrive until mid-November. There is however, a noticeable coolness in the air these days, mostly at night and in the mornings. During the day though, we're still enjoying the same summer warmth.
So, naturally, on the first official day of fall, we headed to the beach, partly because it was another hot day here, and partly because we wanted to enjoy the ocean water prior to it cooling too much.