#TBT In honor of the new #Maleficent movie coming out this weekend; here’s a fun Halloween look from a few years ago. 😈 Makeup: @_jadamonroe -✨Mari
1 211 hour ago
[🇬🇧👇] RECORDAR me gusta ponerme a mirar fotos de viajes pasados y con ellas recordar lo que no se ve en la foto... el sol de invierno en la cara, el olor a stroopwafles al caminar por algunas calles o el de la marihuana al abrir y cerrarse las puertas de los coffee shop. Los colores de los tulipanes y ese color tan particular que tiene la ciudad con sus ciclistas furiosos tocando sus bocinas porque te olvidaste que estás parado en la ciclovía. Serían geniales las fotos con aromas, sonidos y sabores
🇬🇧 REMEMBERING I like to look at pictures of past trips and with them remember what is not seen in the photo ... the winter sun on the face, the smell of stroopwafles when walking through some streets or that of marijuana when opening and Close the doors of the coffee shop. The colors of the tulips and that particular color that the city has with its furious cyclists honking their horns because you forgot that you are standing on the bike path. The photos with scents, sounds and flavors would be great .
Do you remember the first time you got on a plane? How old were you and where were you going?
I was 17 and I was on my way to New York City for my 18th birthday. ❤️
12 533 hours ago
“Everything you ever want is on the other side of fear.” ( G. Adair) 🧐⠀
- “Todo lo que quieres esta del otro lado del miedo.” Así que pa’ lante y fuego! 🔥
3 713 hours ago
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TIME! 🥳🎉
My FIRST digital product is now for sale and LIVE on my site! I’m so excited to announce this. This guide was truly a labor of love and is SUPER helpful. As an avid traveler, I wanted to create a resource for one of my favorite destinations thus far to ease some of that travel anxiety for new and experienced travelers alike. So here it is! The #linkinbio will take you directly to my online shop, where the guide is waiting for you!
I created a 10-page, comprehensive travel guide to London. It includes Pros/Cons of visiting, Getting Around, What To See, Where To Eat, and Travel Tips & Tricks I discovered while visiting! So enjoy, I’m excited to share this with you all and thank you for following along/supporting me in this journey!
Y’ALL. I MADE IT TO TWO YEARS AT MY 9-5! The longest I’ve ever been at a company! To be fair this is also only the second company I’ve been with since graduating in 2015.
When I first started my career I thought I could only do-good/mission-driven work at a nonprofit. This thinking landed me at an internship making $15/day for six months after graduating. When I needed to start paying bills I took the only job that gave me an offer. I was desperately looking for something new when I found my current company and they too were looking to fill a position ASAP.
Working at a smallish startup has allowed me to dip my hands in all aspects of a company. While we’ve grown a lot since 2017 and I’m not as all over the place. I am still learning and expanding my experience beyond my job title. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Of course, there have been moments where I’ve consider alternative opportunities - especially if everyone around me was going to bigger and best places. In an effort to understand whether my dissatisfaction was my own or influenced by external factors like coworkers leaving, I’ve started asking myself the following questions:
1. Does your job challenge you? Are you creating work that can be added to a resume for your next position?
2. Do you feel supported and encouraged?
3. What direct impact are you having towards your core mission? Is this enough?
4. Can you bring your full self to work?
If I can answer “yes” to all these and provide clear examples, I remind myself that I’m probably just having one of those days/weeks. Of course, this is not to say that you shouldn’t keep that option open because you should. At the end of the day, your company is a business and isn't tied to you emotionally.
How do you decide to look for other opportunities?
12 935 hours ago
Today I feel grateful because I’ve been able to visit incredible places in the world like Peru. Honestly, there’s not enough time to truly enjoy all of the beauty #Peru offers.
You know how sometimes you have those little bits of time—right before a conference call, right after you put the kids to bed—that seem too small to accomplish anything so you pick up your phone and scroll or check email? Well yesterday I heard something new for me: those moments are ideal to take a ✨“joy field trip.”✨
5 minutes is just enough time to read a few pages of your 📖 book, write a note to a friend, or sit outside and let the ☀️ sun warm your face. And doing little things that fill you up, aka joy field trips, will make you so much happier than putting your face in your phone! I thought this was brilliant and I’m definitely trying it today!
What’s your idea of a great joy field trip? Comment below bc I’d love to hear!
(This picture is unrelated, but that’s hija #2 and me at my brother’s wedding, which was definitely a joyful occasion 😊)
7 448 hours ago
No internet no problem. Playing marbles outside in the rain. 📸 kids being kids.
Muy lindo Granada 💒 y el volcán Masaya es impresionante! Dejé en mis stories la visita al volcán activo donde pudimos subir hasta el cráter y ver la lava desde muy cerca 🤯
3 9810 hours ago
Magic Wrapped in the Trip of a Lifetime 💫
Part Two- The Girls Trip: An Intention-Orchestrated Synchronicity
The intention had been set: to see and experience Morocco. And then, all attachment to how it’d come to happen, was released. As I went on about my life, pieces of Morocco began to appear in my consciousness. What felt like serendipity, I knew to be synchronicities. Bridges between mind and matter.
One of these synchronicities was The Girls Trip. Intentionally orchestrated. Along with the intention to see and experience Morocco, my heart desired to do so in a diverse environment, surrounded by women that looked like me. Aside from the trip to my homeland in the Summer of 2018, the trips to Mexico and Canada happened in a predominantly white group. And while I felt the effort was made towards welcome and embrace, the lack of diversity made the space feel unsafe to unfold into my full expression. Upon returning from my trip to Canada, I set another intention. To create, pursue and experience connections, opportunities, and collaborations that were intentionally diverse and inclusive. A few weeks later, I came across The Girls Trip (TGT). The company was brand new. Launched in 2018, TGT had just completed their first trip to Tulum, MX when I reached out to them in October. From the moment I came across The Girls Trip, I felt aligned with the ethos of the brand. And in honor of that resonance, seeking to confirm my alignment, I reached out to interview one of the owners.
The conversation with Huda Alvi lasted about an hour. Upon greeting one another, I proceeded to ask my main question: How committed are you to diversity and inclusion in your company? The question didn’t seem to face her. A woman of Indian-Pakistani descent, Huda Alvi is no stranger to the issues that BBIWOC face in a predominantly white culture. Our conversation felt honest, vulnerable and rich and I felt in the depth of her voice a fierce commitment to intentionally making her company one that was congruent with her values and an accurate reflection of the women she desired to serve.
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Who else loves to collect stamps? I certainly do and, I kid you not, I got my second wind when I saw this sign just before the final ascent. I had to pay for it but if you’re a collector like I am, a couple of Peruvian soles (less than 50 cents) is a total bargain. The man who handled my passport asked me if I had already visited Machu Picchu and I said I hadn’t yet. He smiled and said, “this page will be for both of your stamps from Vinicunca and Machu Picchu.”💕🏔
Servin those boujee auntie vibes.. The one that burns sage and meditates. Loves a luxury hotel and a cozy Airbnb just the same. No kids, passport heavy AF, otherworldly energy. You stay borrowing her lipsticks and listening to her stories •
Have you guys ever visited or thought about visiting London before? What kinds of things did you do/would you want to do while you’re there? Drop the gems in the comments 👇🏽
7 8716 October, 2019
This past week was packed with so many incredible speakers, that I needed the last few days to take a break and gather all my notes. ⠀
Day three of #LTXFEST take away is about Imposter Syndrome. You know that little voice that becomes louder in your head, telling you you can’t do it, or you should be where you are. Basically it’s your doubt taking over. I experience this when applying for jobs, when wanting to start a new project or sometimes at events. It’s important to know when that voice is about to take over and to take a deep breath. And remember who you are, your story, and if they can do it, so can you. Lately when I feel these feeling of doubt, I think of my grandparents, how far they have come and how far I need to go. It’s one of reminders that makes me proud to be me!⠀
12 8516 October, 2019
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." - Khalil Gibran, "The Broken Wings" *Summer 2019*
Magic Wrapped in the Trip of a Lifetime
Part One- A Desire to See and Experience the World
I grew up with the desire to see and experience the world. To travel around the globe, witnessing its beauty and splendor, communing with others that, not only looked different than me but also practiced life differently.
This desire of mine has always been in resonance with my love for people and life.
Life. It happens.
And for a period of time, it happened to me. Blinded by the illusion I’d created as reality, traveling and experiencing the world became an unattainable dream. I struggled to come to terms that this desire wasn’t happening to me.
Until the day I made it happen. Life, happening. Not to me but for ME.
This shift in the way I view life awakened this, and many other desires from their slumber. Aflame in my heart, these desires, fueled the creation of a new reality, one that was in direct alignment with my soul.
To see and experience the world.
In 2018, I created magical opportunities to travel to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
In 2019, magic wrapped itself in the trip of a lifetime. Morocco.
Morocco always called to me. A place of mysterious enchantment, adventure and soul expansion, its call was soft but steady. Like a heartbeat. Always beating. Late in 2018, I set the intention to see and experience Morocco.
Through a series of intention-orchestrated synchronicities, the heartbeat became so strong, that its frequency had no other choice but to become a vibrational match for my reality. And in the Fall of 2019, I boarded a plane to Marrakech.
(Stay tuned for Part Two releasing tomorrow)
This hike ended at 5,036 meters (16,522 feet) which is the highest altitude I’ve been so far. That’s over 3 miles! My lungs and legs got a taste of the type of week that was ahead of me and I had to remind myself that I actually paid to be in pain. 🤣 But it was worth it for views like this.🥾
An update on my mental health: I still have depression, anxiety and PTSD. It's chronic, and it's something that would never go away. At some times, it hit hard. It's especially harder when living in triggered environment. At some other times, I feel better.
Wondering why I'm talking about this? It is because it's my truth. It matters. Mental health should be taken care of, just like physical health. I've been seeking therapy, taking medication, facing the traumas that slowly makes me feel that I'm in better control of my own life. It's not perfect, but what important is that I still keep on trying.
I don't want to live a bitter life and die with so many regrets. As I'm currently traveling, I now know for sure that I am not using travel to run away. A year and a half ago, it was probably slightly so. But this time, I am not.
So, the reality now is that I am unable to have therapeutic sessions while traveling abroad due to laws & ethics, obviously. But I do have medication with me, and I do facetime with my loved ones to makes me feel...complete because traveling isn't the only thing that makes me feel complete.
In short, Cuba was great! The longer version: Cuba is like no other place I've ever visited and I cannot imagine experiencing it for the first time without the highly educational group portion of my trip put together by @hownottotravellikeabasicbitch and @likeacuban. To understand this country from present day, young Cubans themselves was a privilege and I could go on and on as to what we may think we may know about Cuba - it's stuck in time, oh my! - is far from accurate, and most importantly, yes, you are able to travel there easily and legally and via a US connecting city. I have lots of thoughts on group travel, iced coffee, and how to visit Cuba. For now, I have all of the fun visuals saved to highlights. More to come!
19 41854 minutes ago
All. The. Fall. Things 🍁🍂
¡Otoño, otoño, otoño! 🎃
too much on my mind to be able to put into an instagram caption 🏞
one of my favorite people came to visit me from california over my fall break weekend. we went on a 7 mile hike, visited oktoberfest, and randomly decided to take a roadtrip to wyoming & see the high uintas along the way.
goodbye summer, hello autumn.
it’s time for change 🍂
📷 by @pet3rp4n