Las Canarias

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I don’t want to stress about anything today. Not only is it Friday (yey) but I feel like I’ve been surrounded by so much stress lately, that it is my responsibility to chill out, just like the little bug on this flower.

Growing up in Puerto Rico I loved this flower, “canaria”, how I’ve always known it. Its bright yellow always brought out the best of its surroundings. I loved to play with them, I would put them in my hair and got so excited every time my grandma had some in her garden.

It’s funny because if you ask me what my favorite flower is, I wouldn’t say the “canaria”. I would most likely choose sunflowers or tulips, but still, this little yellow flower makes me so happy in a way that it’s so simple, some might find silly.

I was pissed that the little bug made it into my picture and I did not notice it until later when I could not retake it. But you know what? Good for you, little bug. You stay there and chill in that awesome flower.

So there it goes, that was me, not stressing out about things and trying not to dig too deep into my thoughts for a moment.

It’s Friday, let’s all chill and be happy.

Five Quick Reminders to Make Life Better

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Summer is finally here. Wait, let me say that one more time because that just felt too good. Summer is finally here. After a long, long winter in the northeast coast, I now dare say we’re pretty much out of the woods.

Right now there’s a lot of wheels in motion and I’m excited for what’s coming up next for me. I don’t want to say I’ve been slacking with posts (since I am trying not to be too hard on myself) but I do want to get back to the swing of things. Again, there’s a lot going on, so bear with me.

Below are some things that have been on my mind recently. I can’t always follow my own advice properly, but maybe this can help someone else out.

  1. Everyone has a struggle – Whether they share it or not, everyone has something they’re fighting for or against. You may not be aware of it, but it’s so important to keep that in mind when you are meeting new people or even catching up with old friends and colleagues. Be mindful, but don’t worry too much on being a mind reader, people will share what they want to share and you need to be ok with that.
  2. Don’t be so quick to judge – I catch myself judging people way too often, I hate it. I’ll think things like “they are not doing anything with their lives” or “what are they thinking, that’s ridiculous” and honestly, I want to reduce those thoughts to the bare minimum. Come on, you know you have to indulge in at least some gossip to keep things fun. Still, at the end of the day, you will never know someone’s whole story so be kind when need be.
  3. You are your best advocate – Seriously, nobody is actually capable of fighting for you as much as YOU. Support is always great and hopefully something you have in your life, but at the end of the day, you are the only one that knows what you truly want. It’s a decision you need to make for yourself, nobody should tell you: “this is what YOU want”.
  4. Be grateful – So simple, right? Yet this little one always seems to slip by. You may think your life is a mess and that it’s all in shambles, but I am hoping you have at least one thing to be grateful for (just think about cheese if you’re running out of ideas).
  5. Don’t make excuses for fear – At times, we will walk away from things we want simply because of excuses we make ourselves. Why do we do that? Excuses are usually rooted on some sort of fear (says me, humble non-expert). It’s ok to feel fear when you’re working towards something big, it’s normal, no need to make excuses for it. Beware, don’t let fear make you want to create more excuses, those excuses will later turn into reasons to walk away from what you want.

Life is fun, it can be a mess at times (just see my room right now for quick reminder) but it’s always good at the end. Take a moment to think about what’s brewing on your life and keep the wheels turning.

Oh and please, PLEASE enjoy summer! * Insert peace sign emoji here *

– Photo and edits by Cristina Nogueras © –

Dear Summer

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Dear Summer,

I miss you. I miss the warm rays of your sun that never quite tanned my skin. I miss the warm breeze that caressed my face, as opposed to feeling like small knives are puncturing my lovely cheeks.

Where are you, Summer? Why do we have to be apart for so long? I’m sorry if I ever said I was tired of you, it was my empty bank account speaking or you maybe caught me sweating at the Subway, it wasn’t the real me. The real me loves you with a never ending passion and I anxiously await your return.

You see, Summer. When you’re away, everything is a little colder, a little gloomier. People are not as cheerful as they are around you. It’s only ok because I know they are all secretly missing you too.

Summer, remember when I used to be with you all through the year? Back in the day only a few rainy days could keep us apart. Why did I move away from you? A few months a year are not enough for all the love I have for you. I don’t think humans are meant to be apart from you for too long.

I can’t wait to be reunited with you and get sand in every corner of my apartment, even after you think you have cleaned it all. I can almost taste the fried coconut shrimp I will be enjoying by the sea or the Miami Vice I will be sipping by the live band outdoors. Yes, outdoors. I know my bank account cringes when she knows you’re approaching, but my heart leaps with joy.

My dearest Summer, we can’t be reunited soon enough. Until then, I will try my hardest not freeze in this dark, murky winter and I will look at countless summer pictures to get me through this endless wait.

Forever yours,

Cristina

Hey there 2015!

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May this new year be filled with things that make you smile, whether that’s visiting new places or eating cheese in your couch. May you discover new wonders and overcome obstacles. Don’t sweat the little things, unless they’re spiders. Let 2015 be an adventure, the kind that leaves you panting but with a huge, idiotic smile in your face.

Cheers!

My Last 2014 Morning

I write this in bed, before I truly wake up, because I know that once I leave this room, things are going to start happening and the moment will be gone.

Sometimes I wish I had a personal mind recorder for those moments in which I can’t type and wish to record my thoughts. I’m not talking about one of those voice-to-text features, they never get what I’m saying.

Anyways, it’s the last day of 2014 and I woke up with an uneasy feeling resulting from some dreams I can’t quite piece together. I tend to have very active dreams and the odd sensation stays with me throughout the morning, can’t quite explain it. Whatever these dreams may or may not mean, they can’t shake away how I’ve truly been feeling these past few days… that 2015 is bound to be great.

Last year on this very day, I was happy, yet not excited. 2013 was so amazing that I felt 2014 could not measure up, so I hoped for the best and dove right in. 2014 was great, I challenged myself in new ways and opened up my eyes to beautiful things and some tough lessons.

I may be half asleep, but after writing this, I feel excited and I don’t want this feeling to go away. Maybe 2015 will not live up to the hype, but there’s something magical about this one day of the year in which everyone takes a moment to look back and forward with a wave of emotions they seek to master and a light they wish to find in their lives.

I may not know what my dreams are trying to tell me, but I’ll embrace whatever may come.

May your 2015 be filled with moments that make you smile and put your hands in the air like you just don’t care (hands in the air are optional).

Peace, Love & Diet Coke *

Happy Friday

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Maybe it’s the good book I’m reading, maybe it’s the lovely fall weather or maybe is the interesting people that walk by, but coming to Washington Park after work today was the best decision I could have made.

There’s something about being in noncommercial public spaces that makes me happy. I can just sit here and chill without getting a cup of coffee or the pressure that I need to be quick because someone else needs my seat. You see, I have two hours to kill while I get to meet my friend for dinner and I decided to sit on a bench and read (well obviously I’m writing this now, but you know what I mean).

It’s pretty awesome to see this city come alive on a Friday evening. You can sense people are happy or maybe I’m just happy and can’t notice anything else or maybe sad people don’t come to this park.

I may hate this city at times, it’s fast pace insanity and all, but it’s pretty awesome and for now, this is where I want to be.

Happy Friday, y’all.

Mine is about to get even better with tapas and good company, cheers!

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Five Easy Ways to Make the World a Less Sucky Place

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Sometimes the smallest things can bring the biggest smiles. Also, one of the options below made my day today.

  1. Write random notes for people – Sticky notes, postcards, your pick. The weirder, the better
  2. Open doors for people – Even if it means an extra 2 seconds of standing there awkwardly waiting until they arrive at the door
  3. Say thank you to everyone – Even if they don’t hear it, even if they don’t seem to even want to hear it and even if they might not deserve it
  4. Donate – From time to time, put down $10 or $20 for that friend who is selling shirts for a fundraiser or that other coworker who is doing a run for a special cause… you spend that at the bars anyways
  5. Offer food to people – You don’t have to get fancy with this one, it’s as simple as extending your bag of chips and saying “Want one?”

So there, my 2 cents.

 

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