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2014: Midyear Recap

In Career, Family, Lifestyle, News on July 1, 2014 at 09:00

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?


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!


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”.

Salami hearts

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.


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!


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 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!


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.


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

Our house

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,



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“A Recap of My 30s”

In Contributors, Lifestyle on July 1, 2013 at 09:15

By Tuti Loor

The fact that I get to write about my 30s as a “looking back at…” more than “Now that I am…” seems funny to me. I really don’t feel this old.

I’m 38 as I write this, but I can honestly tell you, except for the few times when I wake up with a new ache, most of the time I feel as if I’m still 23. I dress in jeans and t-shirts, I wear sneakers. I don’t have kids and I still don’t do well with responsibility and commitment.

I can also tell you (from experience) that being in your 30s is equally good or better than being in your 20s. By now I know who I am and I know what I want (maybe I don’t have everything figured out, but I know that much) I have less friends, but better ones. And my favorite part… I really don’t care what people think of me anymore (and I used to).

Being a TV producer, instead of a list, I’m going to share a “recap” of the last 8 years. In order, from the time I turned 30 ’till today.

I had my first time long term relationship (9 years and counting)
I was “let go” from my job for the first time.
I sold everything I had, got a backpack and travelled through England, Egypt, Jordan, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia.
I let my hair grow back again (I shaved my head for 2 years before that)
I spent 2 lazy weeks in the Galapagos Islands.
I lived in the Keys for 2 years.
I wore my gray hair proudly.
I got my first boat.
I sold my boat.
I also sold my car and my motorcycle because…
I got and RV and drove all the way to Alaska.
I lived in Alaska for 4 months.
Then I drove the RV back to the Keys.
I went to Sundance for the first time.
I bought a house with a yard.
I got my first tattoo.

So if you are one of those people who think somehow your youth ends at 30… well, I have to stop writing now. I have to go get ready for my cruise around the Mediterranean. Peace!

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