I recently traveled to New York City for 3 days. And let me be the one to tell you that we did A LOT of things! Before going to NYC, I created a bucket list of things I would love to do/see. To my surprise, by noon on Friday, my list was completed. Here I share with you my bucket list. Also, I highly recommend these places and things to do in NYC. But what I really recommend is to always travel with a plan of things to do. I have taken trips before without a plan, and those trips were the trips that I was less productive. Having a plan means being productive. And being a productive means a trip well with it!
As many of you may know, this year was the year of traveling for us. Not only did we travel abroad to 3 different countries this year, but we also traveled to about 3-4 different cities in the U.S as well. This may sound expensive to some, but to be honest, we were able to do ALL of our traveling without having to pull from our savings. We have a rule in our household that we only touch the savings and that's if we absolutely need to. With our planning and traveling tips, we were able to keep this rule, while still doing all the things we desired.
Yes, you heard that. Make. Time. For. Bae. Too many couples are losing the relationship battle because they don’t invest time in each other. I recently read a research article that stated that the average couple spends 1 intimate night a month. Yes, a MONTH. That’s about 12 days in a year. This should not be the norm! Max and I try to spend at least 1 evening a week bonding with each other. Rather it’s cooking, working out, going out, or dining. We make that time happen. It’s a priority. And even that feels like it is not enough time!
Another summer in France! I believe this is our fourth time in this beautiful country. Our time in France is never taken for granted and we spend each day as if it were our last. When you have family spread across the world, this kind of mindset quickly becomes the norm.
This is the first year that I arrived in France by myself. My husband arrived in France a week before me. To be honest, I was a little scared. I was more afraid of the reality that we may soon face, which is me traveling back and forth without my husband. When I think of the future, this is what I see. When kids are in the picture, when our current projects become more real, this is what we will probably have to do. So I guess this was like practice for me. Getting my feet wet for the real thing.
I will try to keep it short, since we have a video that will give you a pretty good idea of how our trip went.
Recently, Max and I took our first trip to Haiti (my homeland). We were filled with all kinds of emotions. Excited, happy, and scared.
I recently took a 16-day trip to Haiti. I was so excited about this trip. Excited about seeing family, about the turquoise waters, the fresh cooked fish and lobster right out of the sea, the crazy chaotic traffic, and last but not least, I was excited to take my yoga practice with me. While on the plane, I could not help but to imagine myself next to the blue waters, next to the green plants, next to the rocky roads doing yoga. Waking up every morning indulging myself in the practice and in the culture.
Many times when first world country people think of Haiti we think of third world. But is it really third world? We quickly have images of poor people, of sick people, of a dying population, of a population of people who lack basic needs, and of sad, desperate people. For the most part, that is what the media shows us. After being in Haiti for 15 days. this is not what I saw. Yes, these people are poor. Poor in material things. Yes, some do not have basic needs, and yes, a lot of things can be better. There is always room for improvement in every country. But what I saw in these people was joy, happiness, and togetherness. The Haitian people are full of wealth...they are happy, they are clean, and they eat. What else do you need?
Finally! I'm going back to my homeland to visit. Annnddddddd my husband is coming along! He is super excited. So excited that he even made us an itinerary. If anyone knows my husband then you know that he is the last person expected to have a planned schedule of activities. My husband does everything on the fly. He even moved across the country on the fly -true story. So when he presented our daily schedule, I almost choked. He definitely took me by surprise! There, he had, all activities prepared for a week long in Haiti with housing, transportation, food AND excursions all planned out with TIMES. YES, he found a way to surprise me once again.
Trip to Cancun, Mexico - November 2016. This was my first trip to Mexico, and I did more than enjoy myself. I did not get to spend much time with my husband, since this was a work trip for him. However, I did enjoy spending time with friends.
I cannot believe summer is over! I looked up and it was Fall. Today being the first day of Fall saddens me, because I love summer so much; mainly for the scorching summer sun! Immediately upon returning from our summer trip, I had to return back to work, AND had to move into a new home! These past two months (August and September) have pretty much been a whirlwind of activities. All my time has been going to my sixth graders, and to our new home. Buying a house is one thing, but furnishing a home is on another level (especially if you’re coming from living in a much smaller space).
Try canoeing in the rain! Yes, yesterday was quite the adventure. And Max showed me for the millionth time why I love him. We were so excited for this canoeing trip, something we had been looking forward to all week. The weather wasn't the best, but the sun made an appearance, so we decided to stick to our schedule. The moment we arrived to our destination, the sun popped out of nowhere. You can only imagine how happy we were to see the sun’s face. We immediately felt very content with our decision to stick with our plan.
About March this year we spent a weekend in a cabin in Heber Springs, Arkansas (Red Apple Inn & Country Club). This was our first time in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. It was a much-needed break and we definitely enjoyed ourselves. Check out the few pictures we were able to take.
Everyone that knows me knows that I am a foodie! I love food, I live for food, and I enjoy learning about food.
While in France this summer, I learned the simplicity of French cuisine. My mother in law showed me some of her favorite dishes, that are so tasty and easy to make. I will post them in the Gallery.
It took me a second visit to Paris to actually fall in love with it. My first time visiting was more filled with excitement, because I was simply in Paris. Max and I visited many famous spots that year. We were so busy morning and night. I woke up with a Paris high and went to sleep on a Paris high. My level of thrill was on 10 all week, and I think I missed out on a lot the city had to offer. Of course, I did not know this until I went back the second time!
I am always usually excited about summer. One, I am a teacher - all teachers dream of summer! Two, with my husband being from Europe, this usually means we are going to vacation abroad; he loves Europe! This summer, we decided to spend most of our time abroad with family.