Travel On My Mind…

Canada 🇨🇦! Iceland 🇮🇸! Slovakia 🇸🇰! South Korea 🇰🇷! Cuba 🇨🇺! Morocco 🇲🇦! Lyon, France 🇫🇷! Dominican Republic 🇩🇴! 

Travel is always on my mind but right now I’m feeling this huge travel bug probably because is the start of a New Year and we put things in perspective or perhaps because I can never have enough of cultures and the wonders the come with visiting new places, meeting new people and even just passing them by in the airport or the streets changes us… One thing is for sure once you take off you never return the same person… the change may be small but is there and it can’t be undone. 

Travel My Friends… Traveling turns us into better humans…

Song of the day: Sway with Me

M&M ~ Mindful Money


Once and for all I feel inspired to save money… this journey started in 2013 when I started to idealize the idea of saving money in order to quit my job and go travel… it sort of worked out for a very short period of time but quickly I learned that money runs fast specially when you are not used to budgeting and you still haven’t grasp the concept of understanding that sometimes you are literally buying just to fill a void, to make up for an area of your life that is lacking and you compensate by getting yourself brand new shiny things… well the process slowly but shortly continued on sort of a roller coaster ride… I think I have to thank Sarah Nourse, a YouTuber who speaks about finances and saving money, somehow one of her videos and a phrase she said just clicked and I sort of woke up me from my slumber dreams and I decided to start gaining control of my finances… to live with less and having a peace of mind when it came to putting money aside to feel financially secured. I don’t want to struggle and have to live life paycheck to paycheck, I’m sure no one wants that so why not do something about it? Learn from those that have already done it, research, make peace with that fact that money is not evil is necessary and it gets us from Plan A to Plan B and sometimes all the way to Plan Z. This post is a conscious reminder for me to keep saving but in general just to be more mindful of where my money goes. 
Here are of the methods I found helpful:

***Pay Yourself First***

*Think Your Purchases, ask yourself if is necessary? If it will serve a purpose? If is a Want vs. Need? Could you wait to buy it? and so on.

*Arrange all your bills to be due on the same day, for me it works to have them at the beginning of every month. 

*Host Dinner Parties or Drinks at your Casa! You will spend a lot less than going out to eat or going to a bar for drinks plus you can even spend less if you ask your friends to bring something each and if you ended up buying everything yourself you will still spend a lot less.

*What Memberships could you close? That are simply not truly necessary. 

*Avoid malls and shopping stores.

*Make a groceries list and even try to plan out what kind of meals you will be making for the week in order to not buy food you may not need and may end up having to throw it away because you didn’t get to use it.

*Keep your fridge clean so that you know what you have in your fridge and can use it. Keep your closet clean, what you don’t use or like give it away. 

*Focus on your interiors, make your space comfortable and a good place to spend time in. 

*Watch Minimalism videos on YouTube and the documentary on Netflix… not to have your brain washed but just to hear and listen to different perspectives and then make up your own decisions. 
***Caution: this is not to leave in misery, the point is to be mindful, to appreciate what you have and really spend on things that are of Need and the Wants can be left for sometimes. Maybe use the Wants as rewards when you have reach certain saving Mile Stones. 
**Create a Emergency Saving Fund of at least $500 to $1,000. After you have your ESF start saving for whatever it is you wish to save for.
Method 1: is the best easiest to start with…

-Pay Yourself 10% of your Paycheck

-Do as you wish with the rest.
Method 2: I find this one more effective…

Your Bi-weekly income is $1,000

-50% = for bills ($500)

-30% = for your spending ($300)

-20% = for saving ($200)

*Optional if you have money left when your next paycheck comes around save it! 
Method 3: At the end of the day this are your finances, so you may need to find your on method. 

-Create What Works For You

Rihanna – B#%* Better Have My Money 

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (new favorite)

Hello 2017, You Sexy odd number year…

 

Things I have learned this year: Living Danishly outside of Denmark is possible, practice Hygge – if you don’t know that word research it, do it until it becomes a habit. Laugh more often, check social media a bit less, remember that all the pictures we see are merely a nanosecond of life, keep smiling, stop taking things personally you are not the last Coca-Cola in the desert and people are not out to get you. Be more mindful, watch your words they have an impact on others, trust more, be more friendly, smile more often. Light more candles, research minimalism, watch your finances, ask yourself questions about your behavior and the things around you. Get cultured, travel more often it makes you a better human, practice Gratitude daily, READ, READ, self education and self help are 2 of the best things you can do for yourself, if the whole world would work on themselves a little more the world would be a much better place, embrace change and seek it from time to time, practice a hobby, do at least one thing in your week the brings you joy and break the routine from time to time, talk less do more, give back always give back, be more human is totally okay since you are actually human. Hug more – hugging reduces stress and lowers your heart rate. Above all celebrate You are Alive, Happy 2017!!!!✨🎉✨🎉✨

Song of the moment: 

BISHOP – F.F.Y. (Feeling for You)

Sayonara 2016!

Stoicism

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I am currently listening to the book Stoicism by Tom Miles, I have to say that I am quite impressed so far and haven’t even finished the the book so I wanted to share a few lines that I really enjoy from the book. Also to encourage anyone reading this to try to get into books wether is reading or listening to them, it is so beneficial to space the mind, put things in perspective, and even learn new things from time to time. I know reading is not for everyone, I personally love both reading and listening to books but I am also very flexible and don’t try to finish everything I start just because I already have it which is probably why I do enjoy reading. Sometimes I prefer to nibble around different books specially when I can’t seem to bring myself to finish one I’ve already started because I have lost interest or just not in the mood for it. So don’t feel like you always have to finish every book you start sometimes is just good to pick this and that from various book, the point in my opinion is to read for the sake of reading and gaining knowledge that may be helpful for us in everyday life, to enlighten or brighten our mood! Getting lost in a book is a magical magical thing! Give it a try! 😉

The images are from Tom Miles book Stoicism, Chapter 3 – the highlighted parts are the ones that resonated most with me and I felt the need to share them! I have the book both on Audible and Kindle. Books are something I never regret spending money on.

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Songs of the Moment:

Kygo – Raging ft. Kodaline

Kygo – I’m in Love ft. James Vincent McMorrow

Alan Walker – Sing Me To Sleep

Justin Bieber – Company

Pablo Alborán – Recuérdame

Anuhea “Simple Love Song” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

A few Pictures from my trip to Slovenia and Italy over a week ago! IMG_9571IMG_9538 IMG_3632

Steps to a Great Year!

februaryCan’t believe is already FEBRUARY! Insane how fast time is going by which is why I needed to make this Post today!

I absolutely LOVE Alex & Mimi Ikonn both separately and together, I love their outlook on Life, Money, Business, World Views, Relationships, and the list goes on… I watched a video Alex posted which is great to watch for thinking what you want out of this New Year and how to achieve it… Here is the link to the video but I have also created 2 images with the main focus of the video in English & Spanish, I am considering to make a Spanish version of his video, let’s see if I’m Brave enough to step in front of a camera.

But anyways I hope you get your Pen & Paper and get writing down the answers to this 4 questions! I am looking forward to a great year, who is with me?

Processed with MOLDIV META UNI 2016Can’t let you go without my TOP Songs of the moment!

Birdy – Wings
The Proclaimers – Like Comedy

Have a Wonderful Day! Lots of Love & Positive Energy!

Latest Inspos & Random Thoughts

I’m missing La Madre Patria (The Mother Land) very badly lately, just feeling very nostalgic about my home country and having this huge desire to be there. Is actually funny because after living in 3 different countries I almost feel like I don’t really have a place I can say ‘this is home’ but at the same time I also feel that they are all home because I can relate to all 3 of these countries, bizarre feelings.

Anyways here are some images of Dominican Republic from my last trip there in 2014

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Feelings & Thoughts… Some words from the guy behind this blog, talking about how as women confuse men more than they actually confuse us women… I believe we both confuse each other out of too much Pride, not wanting to come off vulnerable, and simply because We Don’t Ask and therefore go around assuming like clueless chickens. But let’s face it, is flipping hard to be vulnerable and to put our pride aside and simply ask what we are wondering and pondering in our crazy wild minds… What are your thoughts on the matter?

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Talking about Dudes, here are some funny things I screenshotted a while back:

Beard Funny

Fashion Inspo: Lately I really want to dress up… I’m in a Blazer-Mood but I have always love Blazers, they are just so chic but masculine at the same time! I remember even wearing blazer during High School, they are just perfect!

Fashion Inspo

Some Inspo Pictures Quotes! I love collecting these & looking them up whenever I need motivation and we all need some of that from time to time:

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Latest songs on Repeat on my iPod!

Matthew Perryman Jones – Only You  (So Much LOVE for his magical voice & lyrics)

Wason Brazoban – Que Vida  (Que Maldita cancion, THIS SONG is everything)

Grupo Negros – Contigo En La Cabeza (Fun & Meaningful, right up my alley)

Have a Wonderful Day or Evening you Beautiful Human! Lots of Love & +Vibes

Mondays

I love Mondays and Coffee!!!!

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Even though many people dislike Mondays, I find them to be the perfect day to start again, to get organized for the week, get things done, and make s#!t happen. Mondays are like a fresh start!

I recently supported Alex Ikoon and his partners on the Productivity Planner which they launched on Kickstarter, with my small contribution I got the PDF copy of the planner but I am highly considering of ordering the actual planner. I’m a pen and paper type of doer, if I don’t write it down it probably won’t get done and this planner really motivates me, is easy to manage, and makes you feel good when you get more done. For example today I went beyond my expectations of what I needed to get done for the day and is always great to see those results because it pushes you to do better the next day and the next day and so on. I have a planner for work which I love because is by hours and that’s super important for my job. Are you a planner person? Do you find them useful?

QOTD:  “The Scariest moment is always before you Start.” -Stephen King

Advise of the Day from Dani: Always remember to be kind to yourself!

Picture Mood of the Day:

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Songs of the moment:

Felipe Santos – Olvidarte (Acústico)

Cali Y El Dandee – Por Fin Te Encontré ft. Juan Magan, Sebastian Yatra

Cosculluela Feat. Nicky Jam – Te Busco

***Hope you are all having a great Monday!***

Thank You 2015!!!

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What A Year!!!

I don’t remember a year were I have cried or laughed so much, 2015 you have been an EXTRAORDINARY year. I cannot Thank God and the Universe enough!!!

 Highlight of 2015:

Trip to India 2015 – an unexpected Dream that came true!

Trip to Norway 2015 – a dream for over 3 years that finally came true!

Trip to Paris – unexpectedly amazing trip with my awesome Angie!

Coming home and seeing my family after living abroad for over 14 months!

 2015

This year has been all about going with the flow and my gut instinct, lots of tears, loads of laughter, amazing friendships, incredible memories, getting to know myself better than I have ever known myself, challenging myself to the core, practicing yoga, meditating, loving, forgiving, researching for fun and for knowledge, in general it has been a truly fantastic year. Things I dreamed of happening to me happened to me this year, which only proves that what we set our minds on we can accomplish, if I did the things I dreamed of You Can Do them too! And nothing happened exactly how I dreamed it but instead better and even more memorable.

Best Membership of 2015:  My Audible.com membership!!!! LOVE IT so much!

 Best Books of 2015:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Let Go by Pat Flynn

El Principito

Best Habits:

Meditating

Walking

Gratefulness Walk (Something I learned from Alex & Mimi Ikonn)

Listening to Audiobooks

Asking Challenging questions to myself and does around me

 Advice for the New Year!

Take it one day at a time, try to look at the negative things as blessings in disguise, remember to breathe, be grateful for what you have, eat better, walk or workout, meditate or have a few minutes of quiet time to yourself daily, go with the flow, follow your gut instinct, go outside more often, read, listen, challenge yourself, have good relationships with yourself/family/friends/significant other, learn to manage your money better and use it wisely, be more silly, be certain that the only certainty in life is death, everything else we can work on! There is only one life so make yourself Proud!

Best Music!!!! So much good music!!!! Is hard to pick so I will just pick the ones that I have been listening to lately or the ones that stood out the most this year!

Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams

Kwabs – Walk

Nat King Cole –  L-O-V-E

Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man

Ricardo Arjona – Cavernicolas

Anna Naklab – Supergirl – acoustic version

Marc Anthony – Vida Yo Te Amo

Wisin y Yandel – Gracias a Ti

Nicky Jam y Enrique Iglesia – Perdon

Gallan Goodiyaan – Dil Dhadakne Do

Die Antwoord – I Fink U Freeky

Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes of You

Braulio – Un Viaje Por Tu Cuerpo

Elvis Martinez – Laudano

Voz Veis – Aunque Sea Poco

Happy New Year Everyone!!! Hope you have an amazing year ahead, full of good health, prosperity, kindness, meaningful friendships, self-love, love, new adventures, and that you can accomplish everything you set your mind out to do!

Welcome 2016!!!!

Going Abroad…

So my questions for you are, where have you been/what program you’re doing? How has it impacted your life? Do you think you would have been the person you are now if you stayed here?

First thank you Erika for asking me these questions, I needed to make a post about this topic and never get around to doing it, so now I have a reason to do it!

So since I quit my job in May 2014, I went to Connecticut, NYC, Dominican Republic, back to NYC, and then after that I moved to Slovakia to work as an English teacher in a private kindergarten. I didn’t go through a program, a friend of my friend was already working in one of the kindergartens over there and suggested my friend to apply so she told me and we both applied, it took a couple of months for everything to work out due to waiting for paperwork and all that stuff but I quit my job even before I knew I would go to Slovakia because I really just wanted to take some time to travel and “to find myself”. So I got the job to go work in Slovakia in July and moved there July 31st.  Once there my travel adventures just seem to happen almost without even planning them so much. I went to Budapest-Hungary 2 times, Vienna in Austria 2 times, Brussels in Belgium, The Hague+Amsterdam in Holland, a few cities in Slovakia, Bled in Slovenia, Prague in Czech Republic 2 times, Paris in France, Oslo + Bergen in Norway, Mannheim in Germany, and lastly the amazing trip to India which still seems unreal.

You may be wondering how I managed to afford that, it was a lot of saving and managing my money way better than I have ever done before, using my credit card, and my tax money from working in USA in 2014. A lot of the vacations were short or I took them on long weekends and Europeans just give you way more days off for vacation, they don’t take holidays for granted. India was the longest I spend 2 weeks there. So most of the trip planning I did it on my own or with friends, didn’t use any programs, stay for free in Paris, Bergen, Germany and Budapest using CouchSurfing, friends, and also used Airbnb for cheaper accommodations, stay in Hostels, and literally once you start to get the idea in your head things really just sort of flow and happen almost like magic as crazy as that may sound.

It has impacted me so much, I am definitely a lot different then before, I care more about the world in general, I believe in myself and others way more than before, I am a hundred times better at managing my money, I am more confident in myself and in my decisions, I trust my gut a lot more, I value things a lot more, I am more willing to take risk, to take opportunities when they arrive at my door steps, I drink less which sounds funny but seriously before I left my idea of a “good time” consisted in drinking every weekend, now I much rather enjoy having meaningful conversations and I like that I don’t feel that need to get super tipsy to “enjoy” my night, I am more humble, more empathetic, and overall I have to say I love myself a whole lot more today.

Of course not everything was rainbows, unicorns, and butterflies but serious the hard times I went through were all worth it, and that’s all just part of life.

If you are thinking of taking some time off to travel, to work abroad or volunteer abroad DO IT. DO IT. DO IT! Even small trips change you if you are opened, fully embracing the places you are going and open to the people you meet along the way. BIGGEST advice is to SAVE SAVE SAVE, save as much money as you can before you take off because is nice to have some money to depend on and it will just give you a peace of mind and more freedom while you are out there. While I was living abroad I realized how much money I threw away on unnecessary things when I was living in the States, I won’t let myself do that again.

Never in a millions years would I be the person I am right now if I didn’t take the chance of moving to another country, of opening myself to people, new culture, and everything in between. If I could do it all again I would in a heartbeat!

11125540_10200566183954213_7242730351208084659_o(1)When you open yourself to the Universe, the Universe stands right beside you, granting you all your heart desires. – Dani

Had my lovely cousin Carito model the Map I bought just to write that Awesome quote on!

Be Brave.
Believe in Yourself.
Do what You think is right.
Take risks.
You have this one life.
Make yourself proud.
-Jerome Jarre

Song: Years Around the Sun – Miles Away

It’s My Birthday!!!!

Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 4.59.40 PMSooo happy to be one year younger!!!! Even Google wished me a Happy birthday hahaha

I am beyond Happy and Thankful with all that I have lived so far.

This is the first birthday in a longgg time that I’m actually at home doing absolutely nothing but somehow I feel beyond happy! I think is because I have done so many amazing things already, challenging myself on several occasions, embracing life for all it has to offer the good and the bad that is nice to be able to lay here on my bed and just reminiscence on all the incredible memories and experiences in this 25 years of life! Thank you Universe for putting all the amazing people that are constantly in my life, that come by every so often, or the strangers I get the chance to meet only once! I don’t have wealth but today I feel extremely wealthy in memories!

A Song for the Current Mood! – Pharrell Williams – Happy

I Love You Magical World! Thank you for another wonderful year!!!!

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