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What a wonderful year 2013 was! I had such an amazing time and grew so much – culturally, mentally and spiritually. Thinking of all the things that happened, I just had to make a re-cap of everything that made my heart all warm n’ fuzzy. So, without further adieu, I present to you…
“The Lovely 2013 In Review”
(through the eyes of my Instagram snapshots)
In January, I finished up a wonderful vacation to Argentina.
At a total of 17 days, I spent Christmas and New Years in this gorgeous South American country. After the holidays, I enjoyed most of my 2013 time either exploring Buenos Aires or lounging under a tree reading a book. Since it’s summer during that time, I was basking in the sunlight and swimming in the pool while most of my home country was still experiencing winter freezes. So it’s easy to say, I felt very blessed to start off the year in such a pleasant environment!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tango dancers & Evita art, Argentina
Upon my return to the States, I had lots of work to do;
and that meant putting all my energy into 40+ hours a week at the office, plus freelance in the evenings. As much as I love the go-go-go, I was starting to feel run down. I tried to disconnect from coffee, so I quickly built a wonderful love for chai tea. Our love is still flourishing…
Chai Tea = Love
But life wasn’t made for all work and no play!
I took part in some events during the first months of the year – like meeting Ms. “Spirit Junkie” herself, Gabby Bernstein, at The Standard Hotel for her book signing. My cousin, Joany, and I attended the event together; it was a sweet evening, overlooking the water and being surrounded by so many “Spirit Junkies.” Plus, meeting Gabby was definitely the cherry on top!
Meeting Gabby Bernstein
One of my true loves is biking! I found out about this love in early 2012,
but it’s kept growing since. I connect most to myself (with meditation and prayer) when I’m on my bike than any other activity. This year I found myself biking many of Miami’s beautiful areas – South Beach, the Grove, Virginia Key, and much more. From meditating, to taking a swim, or even grabbing a quick beer – on my bike, I get to do so many things that make me feel fulfilled.
Biking Miami’s Bridges
Biking, South Beach
Biking, Matheson Hammock
This year, two of my great friends bought their first home.
Being dog breeders, Betty and Pablo purchased their home in the spacious Redlands of Miami. I helped them paint and decorate in the beginning, and now I go over on weekends to lay out by the pool and hang out with the pups! It’s a slice of tranquil paradise in our busy city. They specialize in breeding the adorable and smart breed of Weimaraners – you can check out their animal-lovin’ Instagram at Leeto Green World.
Painting at B&P’s New Home
Relaxation in the Redlands
And then I got to leave Miami for two work-trips, back to back.
Beyond the blessing of living in one of the most beautiful cities, I appreciate any form of travel – even work related. Although I spent most of my time at the office, I was able to enjoy a bit of Guatemala and Costa Rica this year! In Guatemala, I stayed in the gorgeous Antigua – a zone that is filled with old structures, delicious restaurants, friendly people, and cobblestone streets. While in Costa Rica, I dined upon a mountain top and overlooked the entire city in the valley below. Both were phenomenal experiences…
Hotel in Antigua, Guatemala
Mountain-top Dining, Costa Rica
My princess – aka my little sister – turned 5 this year!
I slightly remember being 5 years old; it’s such a perfectly wonderful age. She’s got all the beautiful innocence of a young child, but the smarts to have full-on-conversations and interpret emotions clearly. Every time I see her, I am in awe of her smarts – she speaks English, Spanish, and some Portuguese! She’s quick, witty, and loves doing magic tricks; the rabbit in a hat sort’a thing! And make note, she doesn’t like anyone to know how her tricks are done – after all, a real magician doesn’t reveal their secrets.
On weekends, I spent lots of time during the summer/fall visiting the beach.
Every chance I got, I’d take a drive over the bridge for some “salt life.” Some people take our city for granted and don’t visit the beach on the most lovely of days. But I definitely knows what Miami’s backyard has for it’s residents – and I never give up a chance to visit, even if for only an hour.
Serenity, Miami Beach
South Point Park, Miami Beach
Halloween this year was simply one word – hilarious!
I dressed up with my best friend, Natasha, as the infamous 90s duo from Wayne’s World known as Wayne and Garth. We DIY’ed the costumes, buying pieces from thrift shops and memorabilia (like the iconic hat) from Amazon. And since we’re 90s kids, when the idea came up it just felt right to re-create the throwback costume. We even spotted a guy wearing the signature tagline “Party On!” on his shirt – of course we took a photo…
“Party On Wayne, Party On Garth!”
Shortly before the Holidays, I took a much needed Baselcation.
(*A Baselcation is what I like to call a vacation during Art Basel; it should catch on soon enough!) My friends, Arlene and Sindy, and I visited a bunch of galleries in a four-day span. There was lots to do, but eventually lots was accomplished. We started baselin’ on Wednesday night, and by Sunday we were ready to drop. But from the pop-up tents like Pulse and Scope to Miami’s new Perez Art Museum (PAMM), we went all around town and relished many events. Art Basel was an unforgettable time – where art, culture, and vacation all got mixed in together.
Photographing & Art Baselin’
Friends With You Exhibit, Art Basel
Pulse & Scope Art Fairs, Art Basel
Visiting the new PAMM, Art Basel
The year ended with the usual holiday spirit and it felt just right.
The day after Thanksgiving, I bought a surprise Christmas tree for my family and decorated it before they woke up in the morning. A few days before Christmas, my bestie’s and I had our annual Secret Santa gift exchange, which never ceases to make for an amazing evening of good laughs and great gifts. And the new year brought on something I’m quite fond of – new clients! You’ll be seeing lots of new projects as the months of 2014 unfold.
Christmas Tree shopping
Bestie’s Secret Santa Party
2013 was packed with travel, discovery, and growth.
But this year I feel even more inspired than I did before to grow my freelance work (via Dawl Creative), continue my spiritual growth, and take the next step into adulthood – buy my very first home property. Lots of plans are finally being put into action and the excitement is building up. I’ve got a lot to do before the year ends, but I’m happiest right now while on the journey. Maybe that’s the point of every year and every step we take – to enjoy the journey. Wishing you all a blessed 2014!
New Clients for the New Year