#Reverb: April2017

I’ve never spring cleaned per se, I don’t purge on demand and there are most likely 9 things I could {easily} do without…but hoarding and collecting isn’t in my genes, so it’s not something I have to do on a regular basis. So here’s a combination of it all

1) I spring/summer/fall/winter clean my clothes, well, used to. Now, its summer 365/365. But in the past, if I hadn’t worn it the past 3-4 months, I gave it away, newer items, I sold on Poshmark. 

2) I go through all our papers 1-2x per month and sort, scan, shred based on what I think we need. I’m also proud that we are 100% paperfree, where ever possible. No bank statements, no explanation of benefits, nada. 

3) I can do without buying new books since I have at least 50 unread ones on my kindle and same amount in my bookshelf…but I know there will always be that one I just must have. After analyzing how much I had spent in 2014, 2015 and 2016, I’ve set my maximum at $250/year. Yes, I can do without, but I chose to limit myself versus going without. 

4) one of my 2017 must do’s is to go through all the freeflying pictures, not spring cleaning, not purging, but finding a better system. Spring organizing?

5) I can definitely do without the panelita being sole at Juan Valdez. It’s a delicious, way too sugary, treat I allow myself once in a while, lately too often. So I’ve decided to start skipping it, while at it, I’m also going back to doing coffee without milk/cream or what not and drink the Colombian deliciousness in espresso, americano or tinto form. Why waste the fantastic taste of Colombian coffee?!

6) I can definitely do without social media, or with less. While my girlfriend was visiting, she pointed it out to me. So I made a conscious effort and it’s been easier than I had thought. A good book, a walk or face to face conversations FTW!

7) I need to purge some of the Cartagena specific information, maps, business cards, etc. I have collected. No, we are not leaving till at least 03/22/2019, but some businesses have closed, changed location, so I need to eliminate said “things”. 

8) I do have a ridiculous collection of accessories (quote husband man), might be time to go through it and gift some items. 

9) last but not least, I’m a big believer that experiences make you rich and enrich your life. I can definitely do with a lower balance in our bank account and more experiences!

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#Reverb: March 2017

March // 10 ways you escape the winter blues

And if you don’t experience winter, or have any bluesy feelings, you can be escaping anything, for any reason- share how you take care of yourself. 

I grew up in Switzerland, lived in the heart of the Alps for three years, and have never not loved what winter had hoped offer…fast forward to living in the DMV Metro area and the sentiment changed due to lack of driving skills, winter tires, snow plowing skills and strategies, and let’s face it: why should there be snow if there’s no A+ skiing within an hour? But even after experiencing Snowmagedon in 2010 and Polar Vortex in 2014, I still don’t identify with winter blues, and doubt I ever will. Here’s why I don’t think I know this sensation:

1) winter is a season like any other, it will be over with eventually. 

2) winter has always been a time of fun! Skiing with friends, skiing vacation, hot chocolates or coffee with alcohol and whipped cream, and many long nights, walking home under the stars knowing you’d be greeted by the sun a few hours later to ski and do it all over again. 

3) I have a fascination with winter coats and accessories. 

4) I love watching hockey & skiing races. 

5) Two of my three godchildren love skiing – enough said!

6) nothing beats the combination of cheese fondue and sledding down a mountain. 

7) full moon skiing is unforgettable. 

8) the smell of snow. 

9) snow covered mountain peaks against the blue(st) sky is breathtaking

10) remember being a kid catching big snow flakes with your tongue?

Maybe, I’ve successfully held on to these memories and been able to face winter with a big smile, of maybe, there’s a part of me that will always love winter? 

Winter has gotten colder for this Colombian at heart, but still, no blues but mainly love! 


    

#spreadlove❤

How do you spread love? I consider myself fortunate having learned from the best: a team of 20 donating their time and talents to improve the lives of 60+ Colombian kids yearly. These medical professionals travel to Cartagena and perform 60+ surgeries over 6 days, work really long hours an call on their personal time and some of their personal money. I’ve been fortunate to spread love alongside them four times. Their love for the kids of Colombia is inspiring and their work remarkable. 

Can’t wait for my friends to return in February 2018! Till then, I’ll keep their loving spirit alive by doing my {small} part performing acts of kindness, supporting local businesses, sharing hugs and smiles!

#reverb16

I’m joining my friends Sarah & Kim in the #reverb16 project. Monthly prompts will be emailed and you write (or don’t), share (or don’t) your thoughts…

Prompt for February 2016: Super Bowl month has us thinking about our culture’s inherent need to belong and to experience things together as a community. What events are important to you during the year? How do you show solidarity with your tribe?

I think we all aim to belong, one way or another. Yet I’ve never felt the urge to be a part of a specific tribe, a clique, one group. Since 1978, I’ve had one best friend and tons of other close friends, acquaintances, people I know. I’m lucky to have groups of close friends on three continents, people I love seeing and spending time with! Our gatherings aren’t event driven but rather caused by us being in the same place at the same place. When I was younger, I used to run around making sure I’d see EVERYBODY while in Switzerland for 10 days, but now, I pick and choose, I’ve become pickier and choosier. Within the various “tribes”, there are my heart people, people I feel closer and more connected to.  Over time and with age, my tribe has gotten bigger yet smaller. And that’s the way I love it. 

 

As we are getting ready to head to Switzerland and the US, the question arises as to who will I see and connect with. Most importantly, in Switzerland, my BFF & her family. And of course, my parents. There’s also the baptism of my god-son, so we will become a part of his life and share this special day with him and his family, which I’ve known since 1977. 

Moving to Cartagena meant meeting new people, hopefully making new friends, yet at the end of our tour, I need to be friends and get along with one person, and one person only: husband man. Everybody else, new friends, are a bonus! 

And one final thought, you can’t be everywhere, attend every event. It took me a while to figure out that an invitation isn’t an obligation, regardless of who extends it. Be choosy. Be selective. Be picky.