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You can be in your early twenties though usually the questions start coming around your late twenties, early thirties. No matter the age, the question will come. Your friends will begin reproducing, then they might have another and eventually look at you while you hold your martini and ask, “So, are you next?” In Europe children are expected much later in life. Most people don’t even get married until they are almost thirty or beyond. Most of my Spanish friends have just begun having kids and most have just turned thirty-one.  My husband’s aunt has children when she was thirty-six,…

passion

I never thought I would be fluent in any language other than my own. While my Spanish and Catalan aren’t perfect, I have certainly surpassed novice in both.  It was a real struggle at the beginning and it was a long journey before I figured out what really worked for me-what really could work for anyone if they try hard enough. It was already an obstacle when I was in a country where the locals spoke both languages so one sentence could begin in Catalan and the other could end in Spanish. I never knew which one I should start…

relax

People seem to like to say they are “so busy”.  In fact, I have found people say they are busier than they actually are in order to seem more important. Why? Why does anyone want to be pretend-busy? I am so stressed people say and while it may be partly true, is anything being done to manage it? Can anything be done? I find myself in stressful situations on the daily; student loan payments, work drama, deadlines, being pulled in a hundred directions, making time to be healthy and workout – if I dig deeper I could consistently find stress;…

tulipspink

My girlfriends are unbelievably important to me.  In the fourth grade, I met my first friend and we were pretty much inseparable until life took us both across the country though we firmly believe our hearts are permanently strung together by the thread that’s tied us together since we were eight. Around sixth grade I met another amazing lifetime friend who fought my friendship at the beginning because her mother and my grandmother were friends and she refused to be set up on another friend date. The first time she spent the night, she called with a long list of…

zumabeachmalibu

We woke early and the sun was shining bright. It was warmer than it had been the past couple of mornings and we were grateful that the day had been saved for Malibu. The drive was beautiful and didn’t take long for us to make our way towards the residential coastline. We began to see the scene we had grown to love so much-surfers lining the beach, waiting to catch the next wave. The sand stretched out on one side and the rocky canyon landscape on the other. We rolled our windows down and breathed in the salty crisp air…

losangeles

I always change my mind about which day I prefer; Saturdays or Sundays. This weekend in particular, I didn’t mind because both ended up on my Top Ten List of Best Weekends in my life. Saturday started out overcast and a little chilly but that didn’t put a stop to our plan to visit Venice Beach and Santa Monica. We managed to find parking on the street and left our car there for the day. We walked along the fabulous beach homes that lined the shore, each one just a lovely as the last. We walked past Muscle Beach and…

SprinklesLA

If I close my eyes long enough, I can still feel the warmth. The sun on my face and the briny breeze of the Pacific blowing through my hair.  Los Angeles was wonderful and I get the hype. It wasn’t what I expected and that was a good thing. If you haven’t been you might have had the same expectations as I did; traffic everywhere, litter lining most streets just as much as Ferrari’s do. I suppose, I wasn’t wrong. I experienced all of those things but there was so much more. Palm Trees towering above the landscape like guardians…

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There are millions of blogs out there but there’s one that is still missing; yours! Yes, there are a lot out there and it can be overwhelming. But think of it like this, there are also a ton of books, clothes shops, shoe stores, social media sites and the lists goes on-you can’t let that stop you! There is an abundance of resources out there for the abundance of people that are out in the world so of course there is a place for you! My dear friend Ali, from GimmeSomeOven convinced me to start this blog. She said I…

This film was the official submission of Palestine to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. It also was the second film from Palestine to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Paradise Now (2005). The director,  Hany Abu-Assad, who was born in Nazareth, Israel directed both films. What he achieves in this film is outstanding. The story revolves around the protagonist, Omar, a Palestinian baker who we learn has everything to lose. Our lead is everything you need in a hero protagonist; tall, handsome, young and accessible. The story revolves around him and his group of…

Cynthiahappiness

Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone and we were fortunate enough to ring it in alongside a few of our very dearest friends. There are few things I love more than sitting around a table with good food, good wine and great company and that is exactly how we ended 2015. Our friends, like us, aren’t much for resolutions. At least, not in the traditional sense. We talked about just striving to be the best version of ourselves we can be; ourselves amplified. There are a few good things to let go of, if you are wanting…