Have you ever felt like life, inspiration, and so much more has literally being sucked out of you? Well that’s how I felt at one point in my life, I felt as if all that I had always love had being sucked out of me little by little. I decided to take some action into my own hands which as not as easy as is songs aloud. But I braced myself with some good old courage and signed myself up for an Art Class. It was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made. Even though I felt tired at times having to get from work and right after heading to my 3 hour art class but usually I completely forgot about my exhausted day once I was there, I LOVE this class.
I also felt completely intimidated to meet all my classmates and just to get out of my very comfortable and lazy zone but after it I learn how extremely important it is to go out of our comfort zones. My classmates turned out to be super nice, helpful, and truly taught me a thing or two about life and myself. I have this theory that meeting someone new always helps me learn a little more about myself, this was the case with my classmates – the more I learned about them the more I learned about myself. This class gave me back my inspiration, I felt myself getting back the life and light that had being sucked out of me and it was a glorious feeling. If you ever find yourself in such situation try to do something that you love even if you don’t feel like it will workout and assure you that at the very least you will learn a thing or two. My advise is to just try, try to find what it is that you can do to get back what’s yours, don’t let go of your inspiration and dreams even if you or others think these are silly dreams!
Some of the pieces I created in class or during the time I was taking the class:
We were even having lovely snacks and wine in some of the classes as it was a class for adults and usually we had some lovely music in the background, and one time Ron, our Professor brought his friend to play Spanish guitar for us!
Sam Garret – Don’t Let Go
Just look at this beautiful gift my dear friend Valentina sent me today! I have severe bronchitis and have to stay home this week but Valentina made sure my roommate brought me back this thoughtful gift. The gift itself is beautiful of course but for me is all about the thought behind the gift and knowing how thoughtful Valentina is I know all the amazing thoughts she put into it! Thank you so much for making my day EXTRA EXTRA BRIGHT! I am still smiling from ear to ear as I write this. My heart melts completely to know that I have such caring and amazing friends in my life.
The day I took this picture I started to think of a post I needed to write about Valentina because of all we have shared in such a short period of time of knowing each other, I just knew I have to dedicate a whole post to her. Because she inspires me in so many ways that she may never even know. Valentina is my partner of coffee-shops and dream crimes!
The Universe is funny, clever and knows exactly what to do with your life because interestingly enough Valentina and I happen to have the same shift at work which is the reason why our friendship has grown to a friendship I know will last a lifetime! This is how we started to go enjoy some fun and dreamy chats after work over an awesome cup of tea, coffee, and of course our favorite Chia Latte from Urban House!
We do not solve world problems over our cups of tea and coffee but having a loyal friend when you live far away from home who is there to listened to you unconditionally is very special and creates a bond very hard to break.
Meeting Valentina and all the incredible friends I have made since moving to Slovakia is one of the main reasons I would NEVER regret my decision of coming here. Today I also received other lovely texts from my friends from work to check up on my health status, so sweet! 🙂
But anyway I am just beyond Thankful with the Universe for putting such amazing people in my path. Thank you Valentina for your constant inspiration on everything from life to travel, to being courageous, daring me to dream bigger, our love for Art and Creativity, and all you do for those around you! You are a truly Amazing and Inspirational friend! 🙂
*Valentina has started a blog and you can click here to check it out!
Lastly a song of course!
Lean on Me by Bill Whiters (*Fun Fact – this was 1 of the first songs I learned in English and is a perfect friendship song!
Feel free to share lovely friendship stories or thoughtful gifts with me in the comments below! Have a Lovely Thursday, Friday is almost here! 🙂 <3
But of course not all was rainbows, unicorns, and butterflies in 2014 but for the most part it turnout to be a GREAT year.
I started to plan more how I could quit my job and go on a “Self-Searching Adventure”. This adventure didn’t happened quite as I planned or expected it but still I am happy how it turned out!
May 9th was my last day at my job, it was a great feeling leaving this job, the job wasn’t even bad but I was just not thriving in it and was feeling like my life had little purpose with this job. I urge you to plan ways on how to change your current job if you feel like I felt, it is not a good feeling and I don’t wish it on anyone.
May 16th – One of my best friends Katinka came to visit me in Boston for 2 weeks! We had a very nice and relaxing time hanging out in Boston, Connecticut, and NYC! And it felt amazing to really feel Free and Alive in a very long time also to spend some quality time with my bestie!
May 30th – I headed to Dominican Republic! Right after Katinka left I started to feel a extreme urge to visit my roots and to see my grandparents so I went very crazy and booked a flight right on the spot! My God I can not express how thankful and grateful I feel to have gone back to DR. I didn’t know how much I needed to go back to my country but I was overwhelm with happiness just been back and seeing my people, seriously there were times I felt like crying of pure happiness, it was that magical.
June 8th – I return to Boston, it was a very short trip and wish I planned to stay longer in DR but I was waiting on news of another opportunity and didn’t know if I could stay too long.
After coming back I realized how fast money was running out and even though I still had some left I still was not working and when you are not working managing your money for traveling and fun is not the easiest so I had to take a reality check and decided to babysit for a few weeks while I waited for my next opportunity. This 3 weeks taught me a lot and I think in a way they even prepared for what came later on.
July 18th – I went to NYC once again but this time it was not about a vacation, it was to take the time to spend sometime with my Aunt Ramo who is like a second Mother to me. I realize how crazy it is that we don’t take time to spend with our love ones on a regular bases that it takes feeling free of everything to finally take the time to look around and say “Wow, why had I not contacted that someone I love so dearly sooner?”, I think it has to do with being stressed, overworked, and not filling fulfill in life. I had days were all I wanted to do was return home eat something fast and just sleep or watch a tv show until I did the same thing allover the next day, definitely not the best way to live your life as life is meant to be lived!
July 23rd I returned back home and this time I booked my ticket for my opportunity to move and work in Europe, Slovakia to be exact! You can read about that here
July 31st – I got on a plane to my new life. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I’m living right now to work and live in a different country. To finally feel more alive and with more purpose at work but most of all to finally feel like I am really learning to “work to live and not live to work“
But I do have to say the even though I am working more to live I still quite like my job, now I work as a teacher in a Kindergarten and I really have come to love my children, to thrive in making new activities for my classes, and just overall been surrounded by nice and like minded people. Of course though that work will always be work and I too have my days were I wake up and simply wish I could spend my time another way but working is part of life. Not sure if there is a job where I will feel 110 percent happy all the time but if there is such job I’m looking forward to it! For now, I’m right where I need to be.
In 2014 I also got to see other magical places such as:
- Liptov and Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia
- Budapest, Hungary
- Vienna, Austria
- Brussels, Belgium
- The Hague & Amsterdam, Holland
- Bled, Slovenia
And lastly celebrated the end of 2014 – New Years Eve watching the Fireworks by the Danube in Bratislava.
This year I also met someone, someone who maybe one day I will write about here on the blog but for now is just someone who in Frida Kahlo’s words looks at me like I may be magic! 😉
This is also the year the I have traveled the most, I was in 8 countries this year! And I am more than grateful for all the travel opportunities and can’t not wait to see where I will go in 2015!
Somehow it felt like most the things that happened to me in 2014 were already planned out for me… as Paulo Coelho would say “It’s written.”
Now of course some of my favorite pictures of 2014!
I shared this song before but if I had to put 2014 into a song it would be this one! I Lived by OneRepublic
***Better Late than Never! If you would like to share something awesome from 2014 please go ahead and comment down below, I always love to hear about other people’s life and adventures! 🙂
*Enjoy Your Wednesday Everyone 🙂