I really love coffee. Especially that of Starbucks. There’s something so smooth and a bit smoky to its taste. These pictures were shot at another coffee shop, actually physically the closest to my place, Second Cup. Their coffee is more acidic in my mouth, but their pastries are better. At Starbucks I go for a chocolate chip cookie, the few times I actually buy food, and at Second Cup I fall for their lemon poppy seed scone, even if I usually am not a huge scone lover.
I make it a point to visit my favorite cafes several times a week. My work schedule is very scattered throughout the day. I typically work both in the morning late into the evenings. In the time space between, I try to make the most of my free moments. That includes long walks in the city and its parks as well as lunch or afternoon coffee hangouts. I usually pack some healthy food with me along with a magazine. I read some articles and also write down creative things or just journal on the magazine pages. My glossies are full of handwritten notes, and I love it that way.
Time for myself is my way of centering. My work is very sociable. I am always with students. I take pride in being encouraging and focused. That needs counterbalancing. To be able to give as I wish, I need to upload. Those coffee shop lingerings provide me with a savory way to enjoy life when I can in a simple way.
A new year is always a new, exciting beginning. I’m thankful for each year that rolls along. I’m grateful for little things that line up, one after the other. That’s where true happiness is found.
I went on a journey to find more relaxedness in my life last year. This year the same quest will continue. I long to counter the luring feelings of anxiety that sometimes try to pollute my otherwise happy outlook on life. We each have our challenges – and I know that mine is dealing with the restless thoughts that could hinder me did I not pay attention on dealing with them.
These pics are from the Intercoastal Waterway between Lantana and Lantana Beach, a hop up from Miami. Water is such a powerful element. I need it in my life. I was born in a city by water. I love gazing into the ocean horizon. It lets my dreams fly.
As the new year dawns, dreaming is important as well. Goals and plans push us forward and give us wings. I dream of vacations in the USA – home sweet home with so much to discover – but also important conversations around coffee with friends. I long to learn to appreciate every passing moment be it at work or at play.
Thank you my dear reader! Thank you for all these years of blogging since 2007. Thank you for appreciating what I create. Sharing it with you is what blogging is all about.
Hugs from Florida!
Quebec is as breathtaking as New England in the fall. The vibrancy of colors subjugates you. I feel like resonating those hues. With this outfit I echoed the yellow tones. Black also lets the colorful background shine.
This time of the year is about accepting change. Things are moving at a rapid pace. Leaves turn colors and then fall within two weeks. The temperature is getting colder fast. I’m focusing on adapting to the new. I can’t change the Canadian seasons. The happiest I will be is when I find my place in what already exists. So getting rest cozily inside, grabbing a hot beverage with heartwarming conversations with friends and the hubby and spending time watching inspiring movies is what I’m focusing on now.
Fall is finally slowly starting to kick in here in Quebec City. It’s been such a great summer with lots of warm morning jogs in Central Park and coffees on the Grand Allee terrace. I’m suffering from a sinusitis. It’s forced me to slow down and take time to rest. I try to see lesson in everything so now I’m tending a listening ear to the message this quieter time can deliver me. It’s definitely about trust. Believing that my company will continue its happy life even though I’ve had to cancel a few days.
When feeling physically low I go to things that soothe me. I start wanting to take baths. I walk in the city and pay more attention on details. I write to friends that I haven’t connected with in a while. I study some Bible, pray and mediate on the verses I read. It seems that just as my body is weak, my heart is ever more open during these days. All distractions are gone. Just the essential – the lesson in learning to accept life as it comes.
Here’s a blast of beach vibes. The last one before fall kicks in. Lake Champlain on the Vermont side. How cool it feels to be taking in the rays of sunlight knowing that it’ll be a long haul before it all returns.
Seasons change and teach us how to live in the moment, and also how to find beauty in all times of the year, all times of our journey here on earth. I’m in a continuos process of accepting the changes that take place in my life, as well as the ones I love. I feel that I was put here to learn some important lessons. One of them is knowing when to go with the flow. Not trying to change the unchangeable.
As for fashion, here is a very neat recap of all the 2016 fall and winter trends that will be out there. Take what suits you.
We spent an awesome time visiting Burlington, Vermont. In these pics you can see the University of Vermont campus. The city seems very young, lots of college kids out and about. I like the vibes that come with that.
The first thing I did was savoring a yummy coffee at Muddy Waters. Subsequently, we strolled down Church Street – the main street around which everything is centered. We went to the Farmers Market that takes place on Saturdays 10-1pm in the park behind the City Hall on Church Street. It was a fun experience with lots of tasting opportunities. I sampled some delish cheddar. Like any self-respecting college kid, for dinner we had pizza at Junior’s Downtown. Their basil-tomato-garlic number did the trick as we sat on the terrace and people-watched.