Friday, February 21, 2014

Positive Post 1

So....I think it´s time I start posting positive news stories on this here blog! Something to make you go, ¨hmmm...¨. Something to meander. Something to give some thought to. Maybe we aren´t all living the dream life, or maybe we aren´t quite where we pictured we´d be at this stage in our life, but there´s no sense in moping around! I want to GIVE more...be PRESENT...pay MORE ATTENTION to my surroundings and LIVE IN THE MOMENT! I want to give more of myself. I do my daily duties--going to work, taking care of my apartment and my family, but beyond that I don´t really GIVE of myself. I keep thinking how many people are in need...of money, of time , of attention, of clothing, of other material items. Sometimes the smallest thing can make a difference in people´s lives! I am sharing a link from Oprah Winfrey called HELLO about something that is very simple to do, but sure can make a world of difference! I am also posting a touching youtube video of a boy who is shivering (waiting at a bus stop I believe) and the account of how people around him give a bit of themselves (and some material items) to help the kiddo out! I hope to positive story (at least) each day. I also hope to follow the examples I post and start GIVING more of myself to those around me!

Just Say Hello, a message from Skype and O, The Oprah Magazine

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Different

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 30

Today´s post wraps up my 30 days of small celebrations. My celebration today is about my independence. I sometimes cannot believe that I live in a foreign country and am raising a child here. I cannot believe that I have a job that I like (most days) and such a great support system here. I cannot believe how my closest friendships back at home have been preserved even though I´ve lived abroad for 3 years now.

I have learned (an still am learning) so much about myself these past 3 years. I NEVER imagined myself living abroad----I never even imagined myself leaving Utah. It´s been hard, but I´m keepin on keepin on. I don´t want to live here forever, but who knows if I ´ll want to go back to the U.S. either. Maybe Canada? Brazil? You just never know!

Enrique and I celebrated 4 years of marriage this week. It´s been quite a 4 years. It sometimes seems like just yesterday we were planning our entire wedding on the spur of the moment in Veracruz, and now here we are living in one of the largest cities in the world 4 years later....crazy. This unpredictable thing called life is crazy indeed.

I have so many goals I want to achieve. I want to write a book and have it published. I want to travel around the world. I want to have another child. I want to give Gabby the best opportunities in the world. I want to own my own business here in Mexico. I will keep working hard to try to achieve my dreams. In the mean time, I am going to keep celebrating the ¨small stuff¨that gets me through each day.

What are your dreams for the future?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Days 28 and 29

My small celebration for days 28 and 29 goes together for both days. Monday I was so stressed about going to get Gabby´s passport on Tuesday. I don´t like conflict and it seems that every ¨official¨thing I do here consists of running into conflict in some way. Sometimes I think it must just be me. Then I talk to other foreigners (and some Mexicans) and I find out that, in fact, it´s stressful to take care of business (so to speak!) here in Mexico.
I was so stressed on Monday I could barely eat. I don´t think I slept more than 2-3 hours last night. I couldn´t eat breakfast this morning and I was running on empty most of the day while we were in the passport office.
We spent about an hour at the office when we were told that they couldn´t read the doctor´s name on one document, so we had to leave and cross the entire city to get another copy from the doctor. We had 2 hours to return and still have a shot. Luckily, and I do mean luckily, we made it back and waited another hour or so before we left with the passport. I just kept looking at it over and over. I still can´t believe we got it with so few problems (and for 6 years this time!). I can´t imagine not having the stress of passport renewal next year.......I am looking forward to it tho! I think that even though that stress will be gone, another stress will fill it´s place. That´s the funny thing about stress. Just when you think it´s gone, something else comes along!

I guess my celebration is about the universe conspiring and working together (along with God answering prayers) to help things turn out well for somebody. We got lucky by getting allowed into our appt. 1.5 hrs early, then we got lucky that we had an awesome attendant the first time who didn´t make a big stink about my name, then we got lucky when the boss gave us 2 hrs to go get the new paper and return to continue the process, then we got lucky when nobody rescanned our paperwork (to make a big stink about my names), and then we got lucky when we actually received the passport! That´s a lot of luck.

However, Enrique was in such a hurry when we returned from the doctor´s office that he backed into a pole and damaged our rear light and the back of the car. When we arrived back home, he was eating a peach and bit the pit by accident and chipped his tooth!

They say bad luck comes in threes. We definitely hit our 3 quota today. But, man o man, look at all that good luck we had today. The good outweighs the bad today for sure! We´ve always got to accept that along with the good comes the bad. I don´t know why those bad things would have to happen to Enrique, especially today, but I guess the Lord never gives you more than you can handle, so I guess he´s up for the challenge!

What ¨good luck¨or ¨bad luck¨have you experienced lately?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 27

My celebration is today is having enough. I feel very thankful that we can go the grocery store each week, purchase what we need, and stress out too much. Of course there are times when money seems tight, but we never have to go without what we need. Of course there are things I want (a new living room set, bedroom set, nicer apt., etc...) but we have all that we need. I feel thankful that we can take Gabby to the movies or enjoy dinner out once in a while. I don´t feel like we do without and I am grateful for that. I often get caught up thinking about the things I want and don´t have, but today I am going to remember what I do have and be thankful.