My Birthday Post

In case you didn’t know, on March 24th it was my birthday!

Birthdays are a tricky thing. Depending on the year (and the day!) I’m happy or a mess about that 24th coming up. Sometimes it does hit me hard, as I always thought that at this point in my life I would have already accomplished certain things.

In any case, in the last couple of years my life goals have changed dramatically, and what I wanted to do until then I didn’t want to do anymore. I am now working towards new goals and I’m so happy about it!

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

It was coming for my parents and my sister, and I couldn’t be happier with it! I was thinking on getting a camera when our budget allowed it, but now I won’t have to! I’m super thankful and now I only have to learn how to use it to take the best pictures. I am definitely a happy woman!

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

Later that night, but already the 24th, my husband gave the cutest birthday card.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

Also, he gave me a voucher for a 60 minute couples massage and we’ll go do some shopping too. I was always telling him that we should go get a massage together, and we’re finally doing it! 😀

After working three hours in the morning, we went to get my driver’s license (I can finally drive! LOL), eat lunch and run a couple of errands.

We had tickets to go see the Cirque du Soleil show that night, so we met with my sister & mother in law and a friend. We went also last year, but I think this year’s show was even better. I’m still amazed by how those guys can bend that much! It’s wonderful the things that one can do with the body when you’re disciplined.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

There was also a guy doing a mini show with a couple of yo-yo’s. I remember that I tried to learn a couple of tricks with the yo-yo’s when I was a kid, but never really managed to.

We were going to go have dinner afterwards, but my father in law wasn’t feeling ok so we will just go celebrate sometime soon.

It was a great day. I got things done and I celebrated with close people. What else can I ask for?

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have the longer you live.

 

I wish… Let’s talk about regrets

How many times a day do we think “I wish I had/hadn’t done this or that”? And I’m not talking only about things in the present, but things in the past too.

For example, when I was in high school I was offered to go to France and spend a month during summer living with a hosting family. It was a program for high school students and it was a great opportunity to improve my French and have my very first experience living outside the country, but I was too shy and stayed home.

A few times I thought to myself that I should have gone. However, several years later I had a chance to go study to Toulouse, France, for a semester, and this time I didn’t let the opportunity go.

There’s a phrase out there that says that it is better to regret the things we did instead of the ones that we didn’t do. But how about understanding that regretting something doesn’t get you closer to your goals/life that you want/anything at all? They say (and I do believe it) that when a door closes, a window opens. Why don’t we invest our time on seeing how we can find that window instead of thinking about things in the past that we can’t change?

There’s a phrase out there that says that it is better to regret the things we did instead of the ones that we didn’t do.

But how about understanding that regretting something doesn’t get you closer to your goals/life that you want/anything at all? They say (and I do believe it) that when a door closes, a window opens. Why don’t we invest our time on seeing how we can find that window instead of thinking about things in the past that we can’t change?

That has been my philosophy for the longest time. I regret very little things in my life (if any). If I had gone to France when I was in high school I wouldn’t have met the people that were my friends for several years, and I wouldn’t have learned the lessons that I learned. Ultimately, it’s all those experiences what make me who I am today.

Life is a road with many side roads. Choices. I don’t think there are wrong choices (at least most of the time), as we learn from anything and everything to form the people that we are.

So make the choices thinking what’s best for you at that moment, and if later you realize that you made a mistake, learn from it and continue with your life. Who knows, maybe from that “mistake” you get to a better place!

Do you regret something in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

Now Reading: The Friday Night Knitting Club

One of my 2016 goals was to read. A lot. I’m not sure if I’m going to reach that goal, anyways. As per right now I’m pretty busy with different projects going on and life, so the only moment I get to read something is in the train and bus on the way to work. And even that doesn’t happen every day.

After mostly binge reading all the Harry Potter series I started the first book of The Friday Night Knitting Club trilogy by Kate Jacobs. It’s the story of Georgia Walker, a single mom in NYC that opened a yarn store when her daughter was a baby. Her life changes when a few women start spending Friday evenings at the store. In a little time, the group of women begins to share their experiences and form a bond.

After mostly binge reading all the Harry Potter series I started the first book of The Friday Night Knitting Club trilogy by Kate Jacobs. It’s the story of Georgia Walker, a single mom in NYC that opened a yarn store when her daughter was a baby. Her life changes when a few women start spending Friday evenings at the store. In a little time, the group of women begins to share their experiences and form a bond.

Without giving too much away, I’ll say that I am loving the series so far. I just started reading the third book and I liked watching the characters grow. There are a couple of sad events happening on the first book and I liked to see how each and everyone of the characters dealt with it.

Also, they talk a lot about knitting, as it is the main reason why the group get together on the first place. And even if I don’t know how to knit yet, I do like to crochet (when I have the time! Lol).

After mostly binge reading all the Harry Potter series I started the first book of The Friday Night Knitting Club trilogy by Kate Jacobs. It’s the story of Georgia Walker, a single mom in NYC that opened a yarn store when her daughter was a baby. Her life changes when a few women start spending Friday evenings at the store. In a little time, the group of women begins to share their experiences and form a bond.

Can I just divide myself into two or three so I can do everything that I want and need to do? Pretty please?

Oh, well, I will have to put into practice this 7 steps to have a productive day and try to do as many things as I can in the time that I have.

Anyways, I do recommend the series. I hope you like the books and you let me know what you think!

7 Steps to have a productive day

The other day it was a pretty good day. I slept in late, I had breakfast while doing laundry (hello, multitasking!), played an online game for a little bit, cleaned the whole house, organized the bedroom and the closet, and cooked chicken wings for dinner and cheesecake for tomorrow (that’s still in the making while I’m writing this).

I hadn’t cleaned my house in a *pretty embarrassing* long time. Who has time for that? Definitely not me.

At the end of the day I sat down (finally) and I thought that it had been a good day. Even if I’m harsh on myself a lot of times, I have to admit that I did accomplish part of what I needed to do. Sure, my to-do list is a few miles long and doesn’t seem to get shorter, but I needed to get organized and do some housekeeping. Tomorrow will be another day, probably full of blog stuff and other different things.

I am definitely not the most productive person in the room (well… I’m alone right now LOL), but I know that if I want/need to have a productive day I have to organize myself and follow the steps that I’m going to show you below. Tomorrow I have a few important things that I want to get done, so I will have to focus and be on my best behavior haha.

 

I am definitely not the most productive person in the room (well… I’m alone right now LOL), but I know that if I want/need to have a productive day I have to organize myself and follow the steps that I’m going to show you below. Tomorrow I have a few important things that I want to get done, so I will have to focus and be on my best behavior haha.

  1. Write down what you want to accomplish and the amount of time that you think it will take you. Be realistic about the time, or your plan for the day will be destined to fail. If taking care of your email takes you 30 minutes but you had scheduled 15 minutes, you will most likely end up feeling pressured and maybe overwhelmed because you don’t have time.
  2. From that list, make a schedule for the day. Schedule the most important/urgent tasks first so you actually get them done. You can spread them throughout the day if you want. The important thing is that you will actually do them.
  3. Do not multitask. By scheduling the tasks you will create slots of time when you are just going to be thinking about that task that you’re doing, because you know you will take care of the others later on. I like multitasking, but I’ll admit that many times is the greatest way to waste time. You think you’re doing a lot of things in half the time when they are actually taking 3 times more.
  4. Do.It. No excuses. Follow the schedule without getting distracted by social media, the phone, the internet, the TV, your friends… The secret to get things done is to be on them and not letting anyone/anything distract you from your goal. If you need to, put the phone on silence/plane mode and use some apps for the laptop (they restrict the access to social media and other websites).
  5. Set a timer so you don’t overpass the scheduled time. If you gave yourself 1h to research on a subject, stick to that hour. We all know that we could spend hours and hours doing research, but if you’re on a tight timeline you have to make yourself stop.
  6. Schedule some breaks too. Your brain also needs to rest for a little bit every once in a while. You will be more productive too if you allow some time off, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there.
  7. Celebrate your success! Don’t forget to add your accomplishments to your success jar (if you have one) at the end of the day.

Do you follow any plans to be productive? Do you schedule your day or you prefer to go with the flow?

Full House vs. Fuller House

I was so excited for February 26th! The first season of Fuller House was finally released on Netflix and I could see again the troop! I loved every and each of the characters: Michelle was so cute, and who didn’t dream about having an Uncle Jesse? I know I did!

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

I remember they used to air the show at 2pm on weekdays when I was little, so I could watch it with my mom while I was finishing getting ready to go back to school after lunch break. One specific day my mom was braiding my hair with a blue clip while we were watching it.

And a few years ago, I watched it all over again. I just love it. I plan on watching it with my kids too in the future!

So when the revival came out at the end of February, I knew I had to watch it.

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

Full House was about 2 young and single guys that moved in to live with Danny Tanner, to help him take care of his 3 daughters after his wife passed away. You could see that Uncle Jesse liked women and he dated many (and do you remember the small outfits?). Nobody seemed to have a problem with that.

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

In Fuller House, Stephanie and Kimmy Gibbler would move in with DJ, to help her take care of her 3 sons after her husband passed away. Stephanie is young and single, and Kimmy is recently divorced. Many people (mainly women, as per what I saw) criticized Stephanie for wearing too revealing clothes, but I don’t think her outfits were much revealing than in Full House. Why attack her?

Also, nobody said anything about the guys making jokes about sex or getting drunk. However, Fuller House is being disapproved by many women because of that too. Are we serious?

Four days ago it was the International Women’s Day. It wasn’t a day to congratulate woman for the fact of being women. It was a day to remember how far women have come to get gender equality (although there’s still a long way to go).

Equality is not only getting paid the same at work, not being fired just because you’re pregnant or you’re planning to be or fighting for house chores to be shared. It is also respect. Just because a woman is wearing some clothes doesn’t give men (or other women) the right to insult and call names. Just because a woman is dating doesn’t mean that she’s a prostitute.

I love Full House because it is the story of three guys raising three kids and taking over all those “women tasks”. And, in the mean time, they still found time to have fun.

And I love that they have changed the roles and now it’s three women who take care of their kids.

But, for some reason, people that liked the jokes made by men don’t like them when it’s a woman who makes them. And that’s a huge double standard. It is sad that it’s 2016 and we’re still trash-talking about women like that!

After binge watching the 13 episodes I looked on the internet information about the next season, and I found out so many negative comments about this revival. People don’t realize that they are applying double standards to criticize the new TV show, just because the characters are women.

Is it jealousy? Is it just human nature to try and make other people feel less? Why do people feel that they need to do that? Women should empower other women, not diminishing each other.

I hope one day we all realize about that and start acting consequently.