Often times things you worried about a year ago become only a distant memory in the present. It seems that even the biggest problems shrink and eliminate themselves over time. Right now I am in the middle of moving my apartment and my office into a new space. As I pack things up, I come across so many notes, knickknacks, souvenirs, diaries, articles, and other stuff that seemed to be important years ago, only to become nothing more than garbage today. Packing is bitter sweet. But if before I wanted to save every little note to preserve a memory, now I am more worried about making room. How easy it turned out to be to throw away notes from college and ticket stubs from teenage years when you know there are bigger, better things waiting for you ahead. Yet, some things I can't seem to part with. The denim shirt I'm wearing in this photo has been in my wardrobe for almost twenty years (I brought it with me from the 'old country') So while some things went straight into the garbage bag, others were folded neatly to be kept for years to come. I guess it's good to make room for new stuff, but some stuff still stays with you for good.
I can be the most detail-oriented person in the world. Most of the times I need to have things just so. And if something falls out of place and doesn't go according to my plan, it can upset my whole day, driving not only me, but everyone around me crazy.
Recently, I gave up smoking. And while it is probably the healthiest, most positive change in my life, at times it was difficult. The thing about smoking is that it's a constant, something you can rely on even when everything else goes hay-wire. And now... well, now I am on my own to deal with all sorts of stress my less-than-perfect life has to offer.
While at times I still feel like I need something to hold me up when things get overbearing, I learned that I am actually incredibly strong! More often than not, I can deal just fine with stress that used to get me overwhelmed just a few months ago, back when I still had a nicotine dependency. Turns out I don't need a crutch after all!
More than that, it turns out that by letting go of cigarettes, I felt less stressed to begin with. And yet, just three months ago, I couldn't imagine my life without them! This has been an incredibly valuable lesson in how strong I can be, and how unimportant some things in life really are. I now know there is nothing I can't do.
If you are constantly battling something in your life that seems to have you cornered, simply let go of it and imagine that it's not a problem anymore. You will be surprised how quickly it will stop being an issue and a solution will turn up. Believe you are strong and you can overcome anything life throws your way, because you really can!
Good things shouldn't go to waste! I just came across a pile of shopping photos from the last few month and rather than archiving them decided to put them up. Because gorgeous things don't get old over time - they go on sale! ;)
Our last stop on the cruise was Cozumel, Mexico. It was our second time in Mexico, but the first time visiting it from the Atlantic side. We had another fun-packed excursion planned at this port, one I was particularly waiting for.
This weekend I went to see a new shoe and accessory collection by Sarah Jessica Parker
. The line is exclusive to Nordstrom
and was being presented in their pop-up location in Manhattan. It's a trumendous shame that there is no actual Nordstrom in this city, but to compensate for that, they rented a space for three days where Mrs. Parker was presenting the SJP collection
After about a 45 minute wait, I was finally in front of the door about to go in! Nordstrom provided us with coffee and hot chocolate to keep us warm and make the wait more bearable. The line was full of bloggers and fashion enthusiasts. I met one young lady named Hillary who is an aspiring shoe designer. So while some people were coming out of the store with shopping bags, most were there for research and to meet Mrs. Parker.
Our first stop on the cruise was Jamaica. It was our second time visiting this island, and, to be honest, we weren't exactly looking forward to going back there. We had a horrific experience the first time, where the locals hustled us for money and we barely got back to our ship. A Jamaican entrepreneur named Cool Richard who was in charge of driving us to Dunn's River Waterfalls on our first visit decided to show us "an amazing view" on the way back from our excursion. He took us to the top of a hill in some village, and then asked for more money to take us back down to port! Once he got us back to the ship, he blocked the doors of his cab and wanted more money yet again - this time to let us out!!! That's how we learned only to book excursions and transfers with reputable companies and avoid dealing with unlicensed locals!
So on our second trip, we were a bit apprehensive. Nevertheless, we booked a wild river rafting tour which sounded like too much fun to pass up and it turned out to be wonderful!