Monday, July 28, 2014

Live A Happy Life...

You see the bracelets I wear? They are a reminder of where I've been and where I want to be. They are a reminder of why I am where I am...

It's been a month. I'm sitting here with a thousand thoughts going through my mind. I sit here at my desk ready to let my fingers type everything in my mind. 

All the new memories that were made during the past month. Taking it all in while looking at images that captured those special moments, those moments we spent with family, moments spent with friends. 

Someone once said "to remember is to live" {"recordar es vivir"} or something like it, so true. In the age of digital technology in which you can take unlimited amounts of pictures. I took over 700 pictures in a month during our first trip back home since moving to Costa Rica. Perhaps it sounds like a lot, but in reality and in my case I tend to take many pictures. This trip was different, this vacation I was not behind the lens as much or as often as usual and I was completely ok with that. Specially when we were with family or friends I was there, in the moment 100% there listening to all their stories and sharing our experience living as expats. I was there savoring each bite of every single meal we had. 

Then I heard my mom mention to someone "they're visiting from Costa Rica, but have 10 days left before they go back" those words came back to mind in the middle of the night and I have to admit for a moment I panicked. I felt sad and overwhelmed with emotions. I tried to be as busy as I could which meant that the next few days were the busiest out of our entire trip,  I felt I needed to do more than I could because I knew the end was near. 

As the day approached and it was time to say our "see you soon" to family and friends, we were on an emotional roller coaster that when it came time to leave for the airport I felt time stood still, I do miss all our family and our friends. I do miss spending time with each one of them over a delicious meal from home, but as we arrived in Costa Rica I felt I was arriving where I should be and that is with my husband and kids. Our little family of 4 is once again home in Costa Rica and we are enjoying the memories made while on vacation and we are also enjoying our time here. 

This time around, our arrival in Costa Rica was smoother. I am calmer, I am at peace and happy to be here, I got this! 

Our friends have come by to welcome us back, one neighbor brought me flowers and she also brought cookies for my son and pomegranates for my daughter. We don't know for sure how much longer we will be here, but I've promised myself I will be in the moment and enjoy it. I will let the positive outshine the negative and I will accept and embrace the differences because that is what being an expat is all about.

To Live A Happy Life! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vamos mami, Baila! {Latin inspired playlist}

By the time you're reading this I'll be traveling for the first time in a year outside of Costa Rica, it's our first trip back home to enjoy family and friends and all we miss. I'm sure we are going to miss the rain, the scenery around our house and the birds waking us up at 4:30 in the morning we'll also be missing the music that keeps us moving all day long. I'm talking about bachatas, regaeton, reggae and more! Which is why today I'd like to help you update your workout playlist with another Latin inspired set of songs to keep you dancing through your day. 

Right before our move to Costa Rica I shared a list of songs I was enjoying dancing and walking to, but that was a little over a year ago. 

1.- "Mueve tu cuerpo - Pegaíto Suavecito" By Elvis Crespo ft. Fito Blanko

2.- "Mal de amores" By Juan Magan

3.- "Pajaritos en el aire" By Yandar & Yostin 

4.- "Don Juan" By Fanny Lu ft. Chino & Nacho

5.- "Ayer la ví" By Juan Magan 

6.- "6:00 a.m." By J. Balvin ft. Farruko

7.- "Ven conmigo" By Daddy Yankee ft. Prince Royce

8.- "Bailando" By Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona

9.- "Adrenalina" By Wisin ft. JLo and Ricky Martin

10.- "La noche es de los dos" By Daddy Yankee & Natalia Jimenes

Some are from this year, others from last year and I think one is from 2012 but I just discovered since moving here. Hope you enjoy working out to these songs as much as I do. 

Is there a song I should add? 

If so please let me know in the comments section so that I may add it to my playlist. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue

Are you ready for Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue? We are and even more excited that it opens in theaters nationwide {US} July 18th. Which means we will be able to see it right before we head back to Costa Rica!

Starring the world famous air racer Dusty -voiced by Dane Cook, who learns that his engine is damaged and may never race again, he makes a shift in gears and joins aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, including the super scooper Dipper -voiced by Julie Bowen, heavy lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together they battle a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. 

Here are some printables for you to enjoy with your family: 

And a clip of the movie: