Spending ten days in Europe feels like a dream. It was a truly magical experience and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to go. As a self-proclaimed country mouse, being inundated with different languages, currencies, and public transportation (the last of which was the most challenging,) everything was overwhelming but in the best way. I was pleased with my decision to go alone because I could conquer as much or as little as I wanted each day, and in eliminating distractions, found the opportunity to observe even the smallest details. In an effort to document all the art, food, culture and people during my travels, I kept a record of each day’s itinerary, and there is so much to share so I’m breaking it down in a few posts. Here’s what I did during the first part of my stay in Amsterdam….
They say you can’t go home again, and they’re right. But, this past weekend I returned to Orlando for a few days and as much as it’s changed, it felt the same. It’s been months since I actually spent more than a few hours in town; I usually just pass through on my way to the airport. Hanging around for a few days allowed me to sink into the nostalgia and embrace all the feels that came with it…
santa monica pier | january, 2016
Just wanted to drop a line and say farewell! I’m off to Europe for the next 10 days! I feel so excited and a little nervous because unlike past trips of this caliber, I’m going to Amsterdam and Stockholm alone. I know! It’s kind of crazy but at the same time, I’m up for the adventure. I’ve got a few things planned, like a nighttime photo tour of Amsterdam, and a ferry ride to Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm. I’ve tried to leave some down time too, for coffee and schoolwork in local cafes, but it’s hard to not try to see as much as possible during my stay. Either way, I’ll be sharing on IG and a little later, here on the blog. yay! andokaybye! Xx
You know that movie, The Wedding Planner? It’s one of my all-time guilty pleasure rom-coms that I can recite from memory. Besides JLo’s impressive, Jackie-O inspired wardrobe and Matthew McConaughy’s stunning sweater-wearing abilities, there has always been one inspirational aspect of that movie that’s stuck with me: Mary’s singledom.
I have been told that I’m a private person, and I think my unwillingness to share has grown exponentially over the past few years. I won’t open the proverbial can of worms as to why, at least not right here right now, but I will say that I’m consistently surprised and inspired by people that are so open and willing to share. Misgivings about a job or trouble in a relationship, epic failures, and great triumphs. These moments, good and bad, are what make me realize how important it is to push through the discomfort and connect with other people. This, for me, is easier said than done. But, I’m going to make an effort and begin here, on the blog. I’ll utilize this space as my journal, and maybe this opportunity to uncomfortably share how I feel will help me grow, and/or resonate with someone else.
I know it won’t be easy but I’ve found that when I write out the heavy stuff, I can often stand back and figure out the root of the problem. I also have a hard time not worrying about what other people think, so this will be an exercise in not giving an eff.
So… let’s do this.
Well, we did it. We turned out in droves and marched across the country, across the globe and man, we were heard. My mom and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the historic Women’s March on Washington and here’s what we saw…
Oh, hi again. As usual, it’s been too long. As I write this, I should be finishing a project. It’s a Facebook page mock up for Leon County Humane Society and in the name of research I got on Facebook which led to scrolling through old photos (see above: Paris, 2013) and editing old photos and “What happened to those photos of x/y/z…?” and how about a blog post! So, here I am. This is my first post of 2017 and I feel like a lot has been going on, lots of plans in the works and so much to look forward to. So, here’s what I’ve got cookin’ for the year ahead…
When Puerto Rico comes to mind, most people imagine the colors of Old San Juan. From the bright buildings to the blue cobblestone streets, to the vibrant ocean water peeking through the cityscape, every inch of Old San Juan is bright and happy and bursting with life.
Okay, we’ve all had time to process the shock of the election. If anything, I think it woke us up as a nation and made us pay attention to a divide we had previously been trying to ignore. Many people, including myself, are more inspired than ever to act out in hope, kindness and love. As disappointing and scary as it initially felt, I found solace in the blogs, articles and public figures that promoted the importance of positivity. Here are some of the people, places and things that shared my grief and lifted my post-election spirits…
The season finale of Showtime’s The Circus
The Daily Show election special
Desus & Mero on Viceland (The election special is good, but just watch ’em on the reg anyway.)
Hillary Clinton’s concession speech
Women on the heartbreak of watching Trump win
Chelsea interviews Senator Barbara Boxer
Leslie Knope’s letter to America
Coming Together by Joanna Goddard
Emily Henderson asks her readers why they voted for Trump
Alan Sorkin’s dramatic letter to his ex-wife and daughter
A podcast about Oprah…unrelated, but hey, it made me feel a lot better.
I registered on Issue Voter to weigh in on issues before Congress votes and reach state reps directly.
Before the Flood (free on Hulu)
Anything and everything Gloria Steinem
Listen, I’ve never been one to post political rants on a Facebook page or stir up a political conversation in mixed company, but this is my tiny sliver of the internet and for once, I have a passionate feeling about an election. This is the first election where I really paid attention. I read the articles, visited the candidates’ websites, and watched the debates, and all the while, I really didn’t believe this would happen.