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International Life Day

In Career, Finances, Lifestyle, News, Quotes on March 8, 2015 at 00:01

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Since I was a little girl, I have always been a fan of calendars and all the special days marked on them. I love birthdays and anniversaries and I observe most holidays with respect.

I say “most” because for some reason that I attribute to how aging is benefiting my judgment, now I don’t feel the automatic urge to stand up and celebrate all holidays without at least reviewing their history and asking myself what I think about that topic in the present day.

March 8th is International Women’s Day. I will be forever grateful for the courage and sacrifices that women leaders have made to guarantee that I could have the choice to study, vote, and work among other fair rights. I know these are privileges that most women did not have until not long ago and that millions of not only women, but also men don’t have yet today due to social, political and economical reasons.

I thank those that demanded better conditions for my gender and it is inspiring to celebrate their achievements. However, I can’t forget that some women have been discriminated and oppressed, at some point those same women, even myself included, might have been oppressors and might have also discriminated against someone else for being less educated, poorer, darker, younger, foreign or another irrelevant fact such as being shorter or slower.

In this current world of quotas, consumerism and TV specials we celebrate at least three New Year’s days, human rights, historic moments of victories and losses, the birth and death of heroes, martyrs, saints or simply loved ones. Ironically enough, this year we even have Tax Day in the middle of Holy Week. The Earth has its own day, what about all its inhabitants?

It looks to me like we have plenty of days marked to celebrate our differences but none to celebrate what unites all of us without exception: LIFE. Being alive here and now along with all the other existing creatures.

I am not a Star Wars fan either; but, Life Day as a holiday was not a bad idea at all. Let’s celebrate life today and every single day remembering Socrates when he said: “It is not living that matters, but living rightly”.

What do you think?

Do you celebrate International Women’s Day?

What holidays do you celebrate?

Do you have mixed feelings about any holidays in particular?

I would love to read your comments!

Cheers from your Life Enthusiast*,

Laura

 *Borrowed from the most authentic Life Enthusiast, my friend Matt Hehn.

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Hi August, Please Come In!

In Family, Lifestyle, News, Relationships, Spirituality on August 1, 2014 at 09:00

As I have mentioned before, since I was a little girl, I have always been a fan of calendars and all the special days marked on them. I love birthdays and anniversaries and that is just one of the reasons why August has always been THE month of the year. It is the one marked with my own holidays. The one that I was born in, and so did my dad, my younger sister, my cousins, my aunt and beloved friends. It was also the bittersweet last stretch of summer vacations when I was in school. Also, my first month in college. Years later, it was the month that I moved to the United States. The month that we got engaged. And the month that we chose for our wedding the following year.

No matter how rainy and sweaty it is in my hemisphere, August always comes with enough reasons to celebrate. No wonder it is “Happiness Happens Month”!

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“…The dark, but hopeful side of uncertainty…”

Although this year I feel kind of blue at this time since some of my plans for August  fell through, other good news already arrived.

I am now looking forward to enjoying the unexpected, and embracing the dark, but hopeful side of uncertainty.

Dear August 2014, what else are you bringing with you?

No pressure, you have 31 days to unfold…

In the meantime, I’ll give you my bestBring it!

Your fan,

 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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Happy Holidays to All Our Readers!

In Family, Lifestyle, Relationships on December 24, 2013 at 20:45
From our family to yours!
From our family to yours!
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