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I Don’t Need New Year’s Resolutions. This Is Why.

In Lifestyle, News, Spirituality on January 4, 2016 at 11:44

This post is an adapted excerpt from our upcoming book, ‘Now That I Am in My Thirties’. I would appreciate your constructive feedback. Stay tuned for the launch!

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Years ago, I found myself writing my New Year’s Resolutions. I was twenty-seven, newlywed, trying to position a boutique communications agency. I felt it was the perfect time to put in order all the areas in my life. I wrote a long and explicit list. After reading it over and over for a full year, I realized I was not only planning for a year, I was planning for a decade therefore I didn’t write any resolutions for the following year, and decided to stick to my decade-long plan.

2012 was different, because I was turning thirty. Revising my previous resolutions with the intention of updating them, not to balance them out, I understood I had not only planned for one or two years or a decade, I had planned for a lifetime.

I did have a lot of goals, but surprisingly, they were not exceptionally ambitious, and they didn’t have a deadline. It was not a checklist or a bucket list. Fortunately, most of them were life changing, but within reach: Maintenance for my soul as they were all toward a simpler, better and happier life as a grown up woman.

Therefore, for my thirtieth birthday, the only amendment done was consolidating all my goals, into one: Endeavor myself fully and devote my life to what matters most to me now.

I knew I was not the only one looking at life differently during this time. Friends from all around the world were invited to share their own experiences getting closer to thirty and being 30+/up to thirty-nine. This blog was set up. Research had to be done. Expert Contributors were approached. I never imagined such positive and massive response. Yet a book was not on anybody’s list; it emerged as part of this inspiring collective breakthrough.

This is not a travel blog, but it is a real life road trip “story”. We write nonfiction, even though some of the topics and changes we experience in our thirties sounded like fiction for us not long ago. It’s not biographical even though many true-life stories are told here, including mine and yours. Now that I am a thirtysomething year old, my goal is for us to use this blog and upcoming book as a reference to understand and embrace better what we are going through. I hope you find it somehow informational but I am not trying to persuade you in any wayit’s not a procedure manualit’s just a pure narrative: Personal experiences running our life all the way to our thirties and beyond!

2016 is in our hands now.

Let’s make it the year that we BECOME our BEST selves.

I am in.

Hope you are too.

Who loves you tons?

Laura

P. S.: What about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? We’d love to know and support you all the way!

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Oración de Año Nuevo

In En Español, Spirituality on December 31, 2015 at 09:00

Señor, Dios, dueño del tiempo y de la eternidad,

tuyo es el hoy y el mañana, el pasado y el futuro.

Al terminar este año quiero darte gracias

por todo aquello que recibí de TI.

Gracias por la vida y el amor, por las flores,

el aire y el sol, por la alegría y el dolor,

por cuanto fue posible y por lo que no pudo ser.

Te ofrezco cuanto hice en este año,

el trabajo que pude realizar y las cosas que pasaron por mis manos

y lo que con ellas pude construir.

Te presento a las personas que a lo largo de estos meses tanto amé:

a mi familia, a las amistades nuevas y las amistades de antaño,

los más cercanos a mí y los que estén más lejos,

los que me dieron su mano y aquellos a los que pude ayudar,

con los que compartí la vida, el trabajo, el dolor y la alegría.

Pero también, Señor hoy quiero pedirte perdón,

perdón por el tiempo perdido, por el dinero mal gastado,

por la palabra inútil y el amor desperdiciado.

Perdón por las obras vacías y por el trabajo mal hecho,

y perdón por los momentos que viví sin entusiasmo.

También por la oración que poco a poco fui aplazando

y que hasta ahora vengo a presentarte.

Por todos mis olvidos, descuidos y silencios,

nuevamente te pido perdón.

Quiero vivir cada día con optimismo y bondad,

llevando a todas partes un corazón lleno

de comprensión, caridad y paz.

Cierra Tú mis oídos a toda falsedad y mis labios a palabras mentirosas,

egoístas, mordaces o hirientes.

Abre en cambio mi ser a todo lo que es bueno.

Que mi espíritu se llene sólo de bendiciones y las derrame a mi paso.

Cólmame de bondad y de alegría para que,

cuantos conviven conmigo o se acerquen a mí

encuentren en mi vida un poquito de TI.

Danos un año feliz en el que Tú seas el principio y el fin,

en el cual sepamos ver las gracias que Tú nos regalas

a través de las manos de María, Tu Madre,

y enséñanos a repartir la felicidad que sólo proviene de ti.

      Amén

Fuente: Email de Rosy-Grupo Mariposas de Emaus

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2015 in Review

In Contributors, News on December 30, 2015 at 09:04

Here it is!

One of my favorite reports of the year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for “Now That I Am in My Thirties”!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for your readership and ongoing support!

Happy 2016!

Always yours,

Laura

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