Lately life consists of:
♥ a short trip to San Francisco ♥ little kittens
♥ tagging my name on a friend’s wall ♥ lots of delicious coffee
I still am having a hard time believing that my European Excursion was almost a year ago. As a way to commemorate this incredible experience, I customized two pairs of sneakers to bring along on the trip (you can see how I made them here). My incredible travel buddy (aka mi madre) and I took photos in a part of the city that seemed most memorable to us. To be honest I haven’t looked at this photos in months, however I can’t help but giggle when I see these images. We made hundreds of memories during that month. I will never forget all the crazy looks we got from passersby while trying to maneuver some sort of balancing act on the dirty ground, atop various walls and benches, and even at the edge of a cliff in order to capture all the places our tired little feet had taken us. It was a mother and daughter bonding experience that I will never be able to exchange. The shoes on the other hand are completely trashed. Maybe a nice shadowbox encasing these dirty smelly things may do just the trick. Future project? I think so.
So the concept of this blog has had quite an evolution; I’ve realized rightfully so. This “artistic medium,” as it may be viewed by some, started with random stories of typical daily events that made me happy while living in Boston. It developed into a blog about crazy adventures while traveling through Europe and recommendations on where to go and what to eat. And then, it came to an abrupt halt of creativity and sharing. Can you say rut? I am certain that you have all been through it to one degree or another. So I am here to proclaim that this is mine.
As you can see from the date of the last post, I haven’t written in a couple months. Four to be exact. I had it stuck in my head that I still had to follow this idea of maintaining a travel blog and of course, without any travel adventures there were no posts to be written. But this thought process goes deeper. It never occurred to me to allow this expression of thought, this sharing of experiences, essentially this “artistic medium” to morph with the flows of my life. I thought of it as one concrete idea that couldn’t change. This project became a stagnate reservoir. I restumbled upon a particular quote this past week (on Pinterest nonetheless) that made me have one of those, “oh duh” moments. I don’t know who the original person was who said this quote; however I feel like it snapped me back into realizing who I am and how to accept the evolution that occurs in life, not reject it. So here it goes…
“Sometimes you have to remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else in doing.”
Yes….simple. Quite simple. But it was just what I needed to remind myself to embrace this life transition. With that said, I am going to assure you that there will be more blogging happening in the near future. So bare with me here. You are going to see an evolution of my blog that will hopefully encompass the evolution that is occurring right now in my life. It may be a bit of a slow start but I intend on being in full swing within the next month. Lets just hope you don’t find this change boring (fingers crossed).
As your boat cruises into the harbor and bounces along the choppy waters of Mykonos, large white windmills come into view as your eyes graze the coastline. The windmill is a renowned landmark of Mykonos, a beautiful island off the coast of Greece. Initially built in the 16th century by the Venetians, these windmills’ primary function was to mill wheat, which was used as a source of trade and income for the inhabitants of the island. Nowadays the windmills are no longer in use (they ceased production in the 20th century) however they are continually restored as a symbol of the island and some have even been converted into museums.
Last week I suggested a new life challenge: meet one new person every single day. (If you missed it, you can read about it here.) Have you taken the challenge? Did you start? If it seems intimidating or unreachable, don’t brush it aside; embrace it. Start slow and adapt. Begin with one new person a week. You don’t have to become best friends; just talk to someone.
Luke Rudkowski created a video called Just Keep Going, You Got Nothing to Lose. He took this concept to a whole new level. Take a look at his video below; it is brilliantly put together.
So what do you think? Simple, right?
Could you honestly say that you meet one new person a day? Seems simple. Hell, it’s only one person. Each individual has something to offer whether it is a new perspective, an experience, a piece of advice, or even just a simple smile. What do you offer?
There are approximately 6.9 billion people in the world today with 6,900 languages spoken. About 845 million are native Mandarin speakers, 329 million are native Spanish speakers, 328 million are native English speakers, and 240 million are native Hindi speakers (these numbers vary by source, but you get the general idea). If you knew these 4 languages you could speak to approximately 26% of the population (1.8 billion people)! This does not consider those individuals who speak more than one language. That means, the more languages you speak, the more people you can learn from. Unfortunately I find many people don’t take advantage of this opportunity especially in the US. I myself still speak horrible Spanish, attempted at Mandarin and failed miserable, and gradually am starting to learn French. However, none of this is up to the standards I would like.
But, what about you? Have you taken the time to learn new languages? Your opportunities can multiply with increased communication in various aspects of your life both socially and professionally.
Don’t worry though, no matter how old you are it is never too late to start. Begin slow. Start meeting more people within your own language. Humans are naturally social creatures. Don’t shut off your connections by avoiding eye contact with strangers or not saying hello or good morning to a person passing by? I myself have fallen victim to theses tendencies more times than I would like to admit. When you let your guard down a bit and send a smile someone elses way, you open up the opportunity to meet some really interesting people. Yes, you may get turned down or looked at strangely or even frowned upon. But so what, it is their loss not yours, right?
So do it! Go out and meet someone new today, try to learn a new language in the near future and let me know what you discover.