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Good Company

There’s just something refreshing about being surrounded by good company.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition.” – Mark Twain

When I think of good company a few things come to mind: happiness, laughter, being myself, adventure, relaxation and motivation. I like to surround myself with people who will ultimately inspire me; people who at the end of the day remind me to always be great, even in the moments that are not so great.

A few weeks ago it was my friend Stephany’s birthday. To celebrate we had Brunch at Zylo Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ. 
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I told Steph about my new hobby, photography, and she was more than thrilled to allow me to take pictures during our outing. I was so excited to carry a camera all day. I felt like such a creative bumblebee just buzzing around collecting sweet shots of honey. I was able to capture unique moments. Moments that tell more than one story. Moments that are now forever imprinted and that can be remembered if one day forgotten.

We sipped on mimosas for 2.20 hours and ate until we couldn’t fit anymore food in our stomachs. So yes we ate, drank and laughed. Could it have gotten any better than that? Of Course!

Hoboken has a great view of New York City being located right next to the Hudson River. It has the type of view that will make you get lost in it…and we did.

We came across an Arts and Music festival! I was so excited.

We all walked together finding something to laugh about with each step we took. So much life and vibrance everywhere! We inspired each other to keep smiling. It’s the small things that count and those moments we spend with those that make us better. Surround yourself with those that make you great. Surround yourself with those that inspire you. Surround yourself with good company. 

Time for a Vacation!

Every once in awhile it’s important we take a break from daily stress, work, routine and everything else that composes our hectic lives. Believe it or not it’s super easy to forget to give yourself a break…you get caught up in everything going on in your life and trying to better yourself, that you lose focus and forget that treating yourself should be a part of bettering yourself. Yupp…that was me. I graduated college and didn’t celebrate, not a party, vacation or even a shopping spree. I was too focused on moving on to the next phase of my life, (I felt behind schedule) that I forgot to enjoy the moment and celebrate my accomplishments.

So I graduated, struggled, and finally landed my first full time job. Months later, my friend asked me if I wanted to go to Cancun for her Birthday… I somehow snapped out of it. I thought about the last time I left the country…Study Abroad Fall 2012 to Brussels, Belgium…it’s 2015! Yea, I was going!

I’m telling you, when you put your mind into something and you are determined to make it happen…it happens…because in the next few weeks I was off to Cancun, Mexico.

Four and a half days in Cancun, Mexico.

I can sit here and write stories but instead I’ll give a list of highlights:

  1. We swam with dolphins (Solomon and Sydney.) Why they chose to name a dolphin Solomon? Who knows.
  2. We went to an island, “Isla de las Mujeres” – the Island of Women, where we did most of our souvenir shopping. We also spent most of our time there looking for our friends who we lost… we shall keep that story in Cancun.
  3. On our way to the island we snorkeled! SUPER PROUD OF MYSELF! because I can’t swim.
  4. We went out to the clubs and got VIP all night! YES to us!
  5. We ate authentic Mexican Quesadillas. 
  6. We met a bunch of Canadians.
  7. We ate at almost every restaurant in the resort.
  8. We took the local bus more than once and experienced Mexican cockroaches… bugs suck in every country! Wish I took a picture of my friend literally standing on her seat the entire bus ride to the hotel!
  9. I sang with a Mariachi!! I must say that was a dream come true!
  10. Took tequila shots!

Overall, it was a good trip! Just like any vacation with your girls we had our moments but in the end it was money well spent! I can’t say I’m pressed to return but maybe one day Cancun and I will meet again.

The Year of Discovery

There was a time when becoming a year older was exciting and fun. It meant more freedom to explore and discover what the world had to offer. It meant being reckless and not caring about consequences. It meant putting pause on important decisions….but did you ever pay attention to when turning a year older became less exciting and fun? When did freedom turn into responsibilities? When did exploring become difficult and expensive? When did discovering become full of important life changing decisions and choices that had to be made? It’s funny how quickly life can pass us by; how from one year to the next becoming a year older, instead of bringing excitement and fun, brought fear and worry.

I’m turning 23 and I’m at a point where I have no idea where life is going to take me. I have this fear and worry that I’m out of track and falling behind. I have this stubborn feeling that I should have my life figured out and should know where I will be in 5 years. The problem is that I don’t. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only soon to be 23-year-old that feels this way. The problem is that we are so set on trying to figure this problem out, that we have forgotten how exciting and fun it is to become older and sometimes even wiser. We get stuck trying to find a solution to what we consider a problem…but is it really? Are we really stuck or just still discovering ourselves? We need to start realizing that in the past year we unknowingly have learned and discovered things we didn’t know about ourselves and the world; things that have helped us make decisions that most likely will shape us one way or another for a better tomorrow. We just aren’t done searching for the answers we need.

My goal for my 23rd birthday is to feel excited, to have fun and to continue discovering. It’s time I put aside my fears and stop worrying about the future. It’s time I focus on discovering what drives me because THAT is the key to figuring out where I want to take my life. Let’s call it the year of discovery. How will I do this? Simple really…A bucket list for my 23rd year. I have taken 23 things that at this point in my life I feel I should have already done or just simply wish to do. Of course the key is to make a reasonable list that fits your likes and small goals. The goal is slowly find what drives you through pursuing things you’ve always wanted to set time aside for if you weren’t too busy worrying about the 101 problems that revolve around you.

My 23rd Bucket List 

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Go on a cruise
  3. Read 10 books
  4. Go rock climbing
  5. Go to a Broadway show
  6. Go on a road trip
  7. Finish my study abroad scrapbook
  8. Go paint-balling
  9. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  10. Visit the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center
  11. Take swimming lessons
  12. Go to a shooting range
  13. Go horseback riding
  14. Go on a Bus Tour of NYC and Philadelphia
  15. Go on a hike
  16. Run a 5k
  17. Cook an entire French meal (Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert)
  18. Go wine and cheese tasting
  19. Take a Tango or Flamenco class
  20. Take Yoga and Kickboxing
  21. Be and extra on a show or movie
  22. Take a Mediabistro course
  23. Play Travel Roulette

Join me in creating a list. What have you always wanted to do? What small activity you’ve missed out on because you’re too busy stressing? Let’s get on the road to self-discovery! Let’s start having FUN again! It doesn’t matter if you’re turning 22 or 40 everyone reaches a point where they are lost and confused. The key is to just step back and focus on YOU and what makes you happy.

Time to be Grateful

Happy Birthday to me!

It was really hard being away from home on my 21st Birthday and Thanksgiving. I decided to look on the bright side and take it as an opportunity to just appreciate the many things I have. As I start the 21st first year of my life I have many blessings: my family,  friends, another year of life, and the opportunity to study in Europe. It’s important to be positive during the hard times.

Birthday Cake

It was remembering all the things I have to be grateful for that  really helped me have a good Birthday. I had to write a paper but I did it with a smile on my face. The sun shined bright on a city that’s usually gloomy, wet, and cold. My host sister baked me a delicious marble cake and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to me in French! We toasted to my 21st year and I took my first ‘legal’ drink (according to USA law.) Afterwards my roommate and I went out with some friends to have a couple of drinks at Delirium. I had a light Busch beer. I couldn’t believe the alcohol percentage in that beer. o_O It did its job though. It was the perfect way to end a “beginning of the week birthday.”

Thanksgiving Dinner

There is no Thanksgiving in Europe because it’s an American holiday. So my roommate and I decided to bring Thanksgiving to Europe. We cooked a small dinner for our host family. We cooked things that would be traditional for our Thanksgiving meals. Thank goodness I had some saźon left over. It was all a success! Thanksgiving is about being grateful and sharing that with others and that’s exactly what I did.