Monthly Archives: March 2012

NYC lights..

New York City– one of the brightest cities in the world, surely makes you see things in a better light…

My revelation in NYC was internally expected but, externally surprising. I most definitely have learned a few things of myself that I believe I always knew however never owned up to. As an extremely influential and successful women once told me:

“It’s easier to choose the popular decision than be the only one making the unpopular decision.”

And more often than not, the unpopular decision is the one that is ought to be made.

With that mindset making your own decisions become easier and it suddenly becomes more about your decision than their decision and if they don’t agree, it doesn’t matter because it’s your decision. Pretty cliche but, as everything.. until you’ve experienced it do you understand it.

After NYC I can proudly state that I march to the beat of my own drum. I really do and most times it’s unpopular what I choose to do but, oh so worth it. Whether right or wrong, for the greater good or my own selfishness. The point is taking liberty in your actions and self to acknowledge that you deserve to do what you should do.

I assure you if you have a smile while you make your decision and just one person around you, I believe you have made the right decision.

How suiting this revelation, I soon enough will be making one of the biggest decisions in my life- moving out! I hope this sense of independence doesn’t wear off because I know this really encompasses who I am.

Thank you New York City, there’s nothing like rushing to hail a cab (in the rain) to return to what makes you smile


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Culture Abroad

Salzburg, Austria about six hours time difference from my hometown, nearly 5,000 miles away from my city, I am so far away, but I feel so close. Traveling with a large group has made me realize how one can either stay stuck in the culture they are coming from or how one can use this to their advantage and offer your own culture in order to embrace another’s. On this trip I have brought my “travel self” (the best way to get lost in a new city) I am carefree, observant, loving and most of all: happy. By being this way I have strongly picked up on the behavior of the Austrian and Germans I have met along the way and I also have not lost sight of my own group and taken notice of this Miami culture we bring with so much sabor. Through these past five days I have lived vivaciously off of other’s cultures, I have enjoyed their ways, listened to their language and devoured their food. I have begun to notice the driving force of what makes one’s culture- their actions. The act in which things are done, the act in which they are said and presented, the action is what defines a culture. And after spending time with 50 some Miamians, I am positive that we can not hide the Miami in us but what we can surely do is bring the Miami to them, and with an open embrace and exchange in each other’s actions, I finally feel as if I have reached peace here in Salzburg.

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