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Who Else is Looking Forward to The 2nd Half of 2014?

In Career, Family, Lifestyle, Relationships on July 7, 2014 at 08:47
Do you think I have enough planners?

Do you think I have enough planners?

I am!

I love to plan. Although sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan, I like to at least try. I am planning for a productive and fulfilling rest of 2014.

As I mentioned on “2014: Midyear Recap” this has been a good year overall, but I want to get the max out of the rest of it!

This is a preview of what is coming in the second half of the year:

*July:

-The FIFA World Cup finals. Who is your favorite?

-Writing and blogging. Blogging and writing.

-No traveling.

-Phase 2 of P90XBring It!

-Being productive while spending some time home alone, cheering from the distance for my husband who will be attending his most important career event of the year!

*August:

-My birthday monthI am turning 32!

-Our 5th wedding anniversary

May God bless our marriage so that we are as inseparable as these grains of sand. Amen.

-Still crossing my fingers to make it to my lovely friends’ weddings in the Dominican Republic!

-Phase 3 of P90X.

*September:

-Volunteering at TEDxManagua

Can't wait to attend and volunteer at my first TEDx event!

Can’t wait to attend and volunteer at my first TEDx event!

-Also crossing my fingers for that other project!

*October

-Attending Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour!

-Attending my cousin’s wedding in Santo Domingo

Please note that both of these events are on the same date in two different countries! Not sure which one might need to be postponed!

*November

-My mom’s birthday month, but I have no plans yetany ideas?

*December

-Spending Christmas with the in-lawsItaly bound!

One of the many reasons why I love spending Christmas with the in-laws!

As you can see, I am looking forward to fun, inspiring and creative months ahead!

What are your plans? I’d love to know!

I wish you health, happiness and many blessings always!

Let’s keep in touch and see how this year unfolds!

With love,

Laura

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2014: Midyear Recap

In Career, Family, Lifestyle, News on July 1, 2014 at 09:00
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Looking back…grateful!

The first half of the year is getting close to its end. As we start preparing for a summer filled with fun and activities, I would like to look back and share with you a quick mid-year recap. In some aspects it has been a slow year, valuable work projects have been cancelled or postponed, but I have learned my lessons and made important progress in different areas of my life. Keeping an eye on quality over quantity, it’s been a positive year.

What have I done so far in 2014?

-January:

As I mentioned on “Back for Good”, 2014 started with a contrasting mix of productivity and lethargy. Excited about being devoted to an amazing professional project indeed, even strength training every day. Mid-January, fun came in all different forms: family and friends joined us for a special corporate extravaganza: My husband’s company anniversary and annual beach week. Perfect dose of excitement and exhaustion!

-February:

My “creative” year started in February. After a long break, I started blogging and writing again and through them, found love in  everything around as you can read on “Love Now”.

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Looking back…grateful!

I also went away for a production gig and celebrated my dear Dominican Republic posting our National Poem on February 27th, our Independence Day.

-March:

Without planning it, March was a great month for reflection.  I started “Learning From Those Younger Than Us” sharing with you the short film  “NICA”  about a mid-20s young man who trades in his dismal 9-5 lifestyle in an urban metropolis for a “simpler life” thousands of miles away. On March 8th, I invited you to celebrate what unites all of us without exception: LIFE with “International Life Day”. And the highlight of the month was the wonderful experience I had working an awards show in my country. I am proud to realize how much we have learned and how eager we are to keep learning!

-April:

I was planning for an uneventful month. No traveling, which occasionally sounds more exciting than the opposite. House hunting got in the way, and there I was visiting, emailing, calling, texting, harassing landlords and real estate agentsjust to move to the first place we saw! But that didn’t happen until June 1st; therefore you need to keep reading! Then the unexpected happened: My husband surprised me with tickets to Little Corn Island! Beautiful piece of land off the coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. To arrive, we drove one hour, flew one hour and sailed for one hour but then we were pedestrians for four days! Neither cars nor roads on the island!

Little Corn Island Collage

Looking back…grateful!

Everything was worth it! We had a wonderful getaway, ate delicious food, enjoyed nature, relaxedcan’t wait to go back!

-May:

May was fun! It started with the wedding of one of my best male friends. I can’t recall the last time I had so much fun before that night! What a blast!

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Looking back…grateful!

The middle of the second quarter of the year was also a great opportunity to refocus on what matters most and regain the passion to pursue our goals. I shared my empirical exercise on how I do that on “Six Steps to Achieve Your Goals”. While spending much needed quality time with family and friends, they convinced me to open an Instagram account that you can follow here @Laura.Sgroi.

-June:

On Sunday, June 1st, we moved to our new house.

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Looking back…grateful!

A beautiful colonial residence that feels like home since the first day we stepped in. Here I started P90X for the 90th time, wrote that application for that dream project that I am dying to tell you about, but that I’ll keep a secret until I have the results;), celebrated my husband and my friend Malena’s birthday and started writing again while cheering for the World Cup matches.

This is my 2014 so far. What about yours?

How were the first six months of the year for you?

Hope you are having a great year!

Please share your mid-year recap and stay tuned for our next post about our Plans for the Second Half of 2014!

Thanks for stopping by!

Yours all year round,

Laura

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Dear 2013…Thank You!

In Career, Family, Finances, Health, Lifestyle, News, Relationships, Spirituality on December 31, 2013 at 13:21

Dear 2013,

First full year in my 30s!

Today I thank you for:

-Giving us the opportunity to welcome you during  a beautiful vacation with our family in Palermo:

New Year's Eve at The Sgroi House in Palermo, Sicily

New Year’s Eve at The Sgroi House in Palermo, Sicily

-Having the support of my husband on very important aspects of my life all year long.

-Spending a great time with old and new friends during a week at a beautiful house in Maderas Beach:

Maderas Beach, Nicaragua, January 2013

Maderas Beach, Nicaragua, January 2013

-Keeping in touch with my friends and family in Miami, Dominican Republic and around the world.

-Having the opportunity to keep working in successful productions including amazing new projects with wonderful old and new colleagues.

-Being available to join my parents and help them move to their new home and reviving lovely memories while packing.

-Receiving negative results after medical tests.

-Getting back to a healthy routine.

-Being at the wedding of my cousin and confirming the wonderful husband God gave her:

Franchesca & Denijer, March 2013

Franchesca & Denijer, March 2013

-Receiving guidance and advice when I needed it the most.

-For “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink ft. Nate Ruess

-Having the time and attitude to reconnect with the most special people in my life.

-Gathering most of our Miami friends on June 19th to celebrate my husband’s birthday! Watch video HERE!

-Staying in love and celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary.

-For Christmas in Granada, Nicaragua…All we need is love!

Christmas' Eve 2013, Granada, Nicaragua.

Christmas’ Eve 2013, Granada, Nicaragua.

-Finishing the year debt-free!

-Receiving so much support to this blog and the book project, for the beautiful essays that we received from our contributors,  for the editing company, cover designer, interviews translator, and author assistant that God found for this book, for having the opportunity to work on this worthy and creative project, and for the patience of my family, friends, and readers while I finish this book! As our contributor Osmara would say: “I’m not done writing this book yet because I’m living it!”

-Enjoying unforgettable trips, for the amazing hosts we had, the wonderful landscapes we enjoyed, and for keeping us in touch with our beloved family and friends, celebrating birthdays and good news, in spite of distance and different time zones! Grateful for all the inspiration I felt this year! Looking forward to applying it soon!

Cushion at Chapters Indigo Bookstore in Toronto, Canada, September 2013

Cushion at Chapters Indigo Bookstore in Toronto, Canada, September 2013

2013 is over today because I can’t ask for more!

Here is to 2014!

Wisdom, health, and love to enjoy it all!

Your biggest fan,

Laura

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