Christmas + Selfie = 12 days of #ChristmasSelfie!!… It’s all about NYC!

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Today on Instagram is #SelfieSunday, I really don’t know if people are still using it… I’ve used the hashtag once I think, but as you might have notice I kind of like to include the whole Twitter and Instagram lingo in my blogs. I mentioned in my previous post about showing you how Christmassy the City gets during the holiday season, and I thought instead of doing a long post I would do a series of posts, so that’s how 12 days of Christmas Selfies starts!

What is that? you might ask, I will show you the City decorations with a daily selfie (I will try very hard to do it every day…) starting today until Christmas day, But wait, don’t think I am full of myself… ha… on the contrary I’m just trying to be brave and have fun with this NYC Christmas series. It wont be only my selfie I will include a couple of more pictures, so you can actually see the decorations, but a selfi must be part of the post, that’s my kind of challenge thing or my way of having fun with it. ;)

So here is the first Christmas Selfie!.. At Columbus Circle ;)

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I’ll be honest, is not the most decorated place, but they have the Time Warner Center building with a few but cute blue lights, and inside the building you will find some big Christmas ornaments…

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Across the building there is an entrance to Central Park that during the season becomes a Christmas street market, and those are really cute, you find some interesting and very creative thing such as ornaments, clothes, paints and other fun products!

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I’m not that much into the Christmas shopping thing lately but I like this type of markets there a few around the city… I will show you others later.

So what do you think about Columbus Circle?… I really like it, not many lights but what they have might put you in the season mood, some of the streets or building around have some lights on, which add to the experience.

Iphone 389 Iphone 390Thank for reading!! I hope you like this NYC Christmas series, let me know in the comments ot if you want to see a specific place you can leave the request. You can also comment or ask me on Twitter; @MonikJHerrera.

Today it felt like I went to two places so I guess this counts as a second #ChristmasSelfie, at the market, kind of hard to see… and I look kind of tired ;0

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Again, Thanks for reading and stopping by!

All pictures are mine ©,  I am the only one to blame, Ha!! Sorry for the quality of some of the pictures, I took them with my phone, I’ll try to improve the quality… It was cold outside  maybe that’s why I moved my hand so much ;0…

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‘Tis the season!… It’s Christmas time!

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Today I was watching the movie Miracle on 34th St, every time I enjoyed it so much, which is not a surprise consider how much I love Christmas, I have said it countless times but it is one if not my favorite season of the year or favorite holiday, maybe Easter might top it because of what it means for me and my faith, but Christmas is for me a beautiful, hopeful and happy season, even during struggles, the lights, Christmas trees, decorations and the environment can change my mood.

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Some of the best memories from my house back in my country are those moments sitting in front of my Christmas tree, with the lights on and just the feeling and a sense of peace and a profound certainty that things were going to be alright that everything would work out no matter the challenges I was facing, a feeling that I could dream big without fear of any obstacle. Why I was able to have all those thought in front of a fake tree I don’t know but I’m guessing it wasn’t only the tree, but also the place where the tree was, my house, surrounded with my family the people who love me the most, I guess the tree was just a symbol of everything!

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I guess is that time of the year when I become a crazy cheesy Christmas obsessed person. Ha!… The best part is that I love it no matter what, I went through a Grinch period in my life so now I really embrace it all,  life is tough enough  and I love finding the moments in every day, week, month and year that can give me hope for a better me, a better community and a better world overall.

Aside from movies, I also like Christmas songs,  food, city decorations.. etc. I was actually thinking about making a Christmas in NY type of post, the city gets all Christmassy for the season so I thought it would be fun  to show you a bit of those traditional NYC Christmas places and maybe the not so traditional or touristic, but do it not only in one post but through a series of post, could be fun…

What do you think?…  Christmas has taken over my blog!! Do you want to build a snowman?… This is a giant one, in the middle of the city!

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Thanks for reading and feel free to share any comments, suggestions or requests… Which one is your favorite holiday or season? you can leave a comment in the comment area or on my twitter; @MonikJHerrera.

Let’s enjoy the season…

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 Pictures from Pinterest and the giant snowman is from my Instagram @MonicaJHerrera.

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Thank you!… The magic word!

Hello!

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It’s Thanksgiving week and I couldn’t be happier! This is one of my favorite new traditions, I try to keep in mind and in heart to be thankful all the time, sometimes it’s hard when struggles hit us, it can be difficult to remember all the blessing but there is always something to  be thankful  for and for that I am thankful too… The blessing of being alive!

As I probably have mentioned every year since I’ve been living the U.S, we don’t have this holiday in my country so it was a new celebration that I was more than happy to included in my life, nowadays I make plans of what to eat and to do during that day, some of my closest friends have left New York to start new journeys and others went back to their countries, so my New York family is smaller but what is always interesting is how sometimes people might leave or are physically far away but they remain close thanks to phones and internet, but it’s also amazing how God always send us new people who would become part of our life and will join our family.

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That’s what life is all about the new beginnings, the good byes, the see you later and the welcome backs! What always remain constant is that we are never alone, I have the blessing of having an amazing, loving and supporting family, but blessed to call family to many friend all over the world!!

Thanks for keep stopping by, once again the season brought me back, I’ve been immerse in trying to conquer the world, one step at a time, but I truly believe I will do it!

What are you planning to have for Thanksgiving? If you want you can share in the comments or on my twitter; @MonikJHerrera, I’m still trying to decide what to do or eat… I know I would eat a lot that’s for sure! :)

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Have a great Thanksgiving week!

Pictures from pinterest.com

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Go big or go home!…. I’m going Big!!!!

Hola !!….

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I hope that many good thing have happened and keep happening to you guys.

You know how sometimes when you are in a road or in path to achieve goals, there are moments that define those paths, sometimes might be you hitting a wall, or challenges along the road, even good news can change the path and you will have to  make adjustments.

For some people that process can be easy, fast or instantly, for some others, depending on the situation that process can take a while. Well I am one of the latter.

When I started this year I wrote  “You’re gonna hear me roar”,  I decided that this was a year to make decisions, to evaluate what next level should I take or what other path I have to walk in order to make things more stable, I’ve been fighting and working toward my goals for the past years, but there is a point when you start to evaluate, doubt and re-evaluate if all sacrifices are worth it, or if you are being realistic.

I decided that this year was the year to face some of those questions, if I am going to be able to realistically achieve my goals. I don’t regret those doubts and those questionings, I think those allowed me to look even further that where I was looking, to search more options and to not be afraid  to what the possibilities might be, meaning that if I have been afraid before about something it was time to really left all fears aside, and just focus on the goal.

This might be repetitive, I have said this before I think, but when you have not achieve that stability that we all look for, you go back and forth with thoughts and doubts, but the important thing for me is that in the process of making this a defining year, I was able  to believe in some chances that I haven’t even considered before because I thought there where not for me, well guess what if you don’t ask you will never know,  a lesson that weirdly I already knew and have applied before in other circumstances but haven’t done it lately.

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I’ve been living in New York for the past four years, I graduated and have done some work as journalist along with my English classes (yes I’m still learning… this language is not easy haha), I have been trying to find a way to do what I love to do, what I believe I was born to be,  a Journalist. The path it’s not easy, there are so many challenges, so many obstacles that this profession has and when you are not from this country you can add some others too, as probably people in other professions also face.

But in  this defining year, I am still willing to do all in my possibilities to try, to explore all possible chances and routes, that I want this so much, that I will keep trying. Even when I think I am given up, I found myself thinking possible ways or solution to keep finding options. I have always been a strong and determinate person but this past years as I have shared before that determination have been tested to the maximum, I don’t ask for sympathy, I chose this and I have to face it, although I am infinity thankful with my family, they keep trusting in me and supporting me even when their mind probably have told them to say stop and give up.

I’m in a stage that I can compare to a team or a player reaching a final game of a tournament,  it’s the now or never state of mind, and there is no looking back or no way to return, it’s putting all in because there is the chance that you will win, as in every sports there is also the chance to lose, but you never think about that and never compete thinking about that because then why competing at all.

I think after fours years of planning carefully, taking risks with some decisions, and also missing some chances too,  I feel I have reached the final of this season. Like in a tournament you have to play so many games before reaching a final, you might lose some and win others but still qualify to be in that final game, then when you reach it, you start the preparation. The past five months I have gone through that Final preparation process that include a mental change, a physical adjustment and a strategic adjustment too, you have reached the final, it’s something that change the  mind-set,  you go all or nothing, like the say “Go Big or Go home”…. wohooo!!

So I going Big, I am ready to win!!

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If you lose a final, it hurts but all professional athletes or players will start immediately planning how to reach  it again and how to win it. Which is kind of funny because the same thing happen when you win, with the only difference that you will take your time to celebrate but then you go back to think how to win again! The beauty of life!

Sorry for my absent. I entered this year with determination and facing a lot of uncertainties,  I also faced some healthy issues, if you add that my best friend came to visit and some of my best friends left the country for good, so you can imagine… In between touring around the city, school, saying good-bye, and all this evaluating and brainstorming ideas that took more time that what I thought, well days got shorter, but as I said in my last post I left it all to God, I gave him all control of my life, problems, worries and those uncertainties, and He have answered me with good news, I share more of this later ;)!!!… I can haply share that everything is good!  I am healthy as I can be too and just thinking on making healthy decisions to have a healthy life.

Now I have big plans, big changes, I feel I have a second chance to fix some things, but also I re- realized (can you say that word? :O) that I only have one life, in letting the things that I can not control to God I find new ideas on the things that I can control, I am trying to find that balance between walking by faith, trusting that He will always answer and doing my part which is keep going, keep fighting and keep working hard.  Sometimes you think why I didn’t  come up with this idea or did something else two or three years ago, why now, and the answer I found was “Who Cares!!!”  I can not be waiting  on things to happen,  I can not keep postponing actions, I have to do my part and God will take care of the rest, because life will not wait until you get the courage to do those things. The only moment that matters is today, this moment, the NOW.

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Thank you for stopping by all these months! Thank you for reading or making it thru this post, (longgg I knooow!!!) I love this blog so much, even if I am not the best blogger in the whole word… :/.

Thank you for your patience, I might have been very vague with all this rambling, forgive me if I couldn’t  properly explain it to you.

As always if you want to share something with me about your goals, dreams and paths or random thought feel free to leave it in the comment area.

Let’s go Big!!

Besitos!

Pictures from weit and mine.

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You’re gonna hear me roar!! Happy New Year :)

Hello corazones !!

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I’m totally ready to say good-bye to 2013 and ready for this New Year, 2014 here I come, you’re definitely will hear me roar!!

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‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

What a year, really what a year, I think each year has a purpose and I think is being able to grow as a person, so the challenges of this year will make me stronger than what I am able to acknowledge at this point, which I think was 2013 purposes. So with that in mind of course I am happy to get to a New Year!

I just read a couple of hours ago that sometimes we think that a New Year only means that things continue just the way they are that nothing changes because a New Year starts, but in reality it does means that time is moving on and with that things will also move on and move forward, which is why I am so happy during New Years Eve, I get so excited, it means new hopes and that feeling that things and dreams still can be achieved.

So yes I am ready to roar as loud as possible, this days everyone ask you about resolution for the upcoming year, and if you or as you know I love to do Resolutions is my method even if I end up doing the opposite, the idea of having some sort of plan or goals in order or a clear view make me feel more in control to start the year, the funny thing is that this 2014 is full of uncertainties, there are so many factors that are out of my control and can go to one way or to another so when they asked me what are my resolutions at first I thought I really don’t know and don’t know if I will have this year but this is life, and despite the uncertainty I walk by faith and I don’t depend on the uncertainties I depend on my faith and the certainty that God promised me that I will received the desires of my heart!!

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And I am truly believe that so yes  I will make my New Year Resolutions, more than any other year they will have a deep meaning, which is that I believe that dreams come true and that I can go as far as I have dreamed and that there are no limits when I fight and work for my goal! Besides I love make those resolutions it’s so fun and excited and puts my mind in such a determinate and focus place, the funny part comes at the end of middle of the year when I see how things are going and I see how I went from one point to a totally different point that I haven’t even considered… Welcome to Life!!

What remains constant is the love of my family, their support beyond their possibilities,  they are the ones that don’t let me quit when things get roughs and they are my most value inspiration, motivation and pure love, I thank God every day for them, for their health, life, strength, example, I thank God for giving me my precious small family, and my faith which is my motor to keep going!!

Have a Happy New Years Eve my dear friends!! Thank you for being with me all this year with my few post, believe me I have enjoyed so much, and I think I wrote more this year than last year so I will say that it was a 2013 resolution kind of accomplished… kind of hahaha.

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I wish you a 2014 full of blessings, great things, prosperity, love and whatever your hearts and minds dream!! I don’t drink at all, but this year I’m having a glass of wine, I think this year deserve it hahaha… Let’s enjoy this last hours of 2013, be safe remember we want to get to 2014 in full ready mode!

If you are doing resolutions I have this process I posted a couple of years ago, if you want some ideas, is long post as usual I have a weakness I write a lot, but you can skip some parts and just take the main ideas here.

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

Happy New Year!!!

Besitos!!

Pictures thanks to: first one is mine, 2 and 3 from Pinterest, video from YouTube.  

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Merry Christmas!!

Hello y’all!!

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Merry belated Christmas everyone!! ;)

This months and this year has gone so fast, I love this season and it’s almost over but the last couple of weeks I have had some kind of epiphanies as I like to call them, first I’ve been doing a lot of thinking as usual, not like the usual going around the same circle type of thinking but this time it has been a positive and  moving forward type, which is great, I feel like I am getting to  the next level of growing at least at this point in my life!

So after a couple of challenging months, I have decided to leave it all to God, and worry no more, I’m letting it all go, I can’t lie to you, some moments I felt that thing in your stomach when you feel vulnerable and lost, but during this past two weeks I just decided to jump into life and trust! It feels like the old me like the way I have always been but improved, this is why I love the holidays, I get the best gift, some perspective and an understanding of my life, my priorities and a clear vision of the goal even if I don’t know the how…  It’s like what I’ve been trying to do during the past months but haven’t been able to fully accomplish,  finally I feeling it without the tiredness or stress.

So what did you do during the holidays, did Santa brought you what you asked him? Were you in the nice list or in the naughty?? This is so funny haha

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I think I’ve been in between both list like getting into one and them moving to the other ;/ upsi… although I have to be honest I think I spent a lot of time in the naughty list and not for what you might think…. haaa dirty minds haha…. nooo just normal things that didn’t help to keep my positive attitude, you know the usual downs of the year.

But despite all this, Baby Jesus was nice with me, I’ve got a couple of good presents, finally after almost four years I have a small TV wohoo, well, is my sister’s haha but since we live together I have taken possession of the gift too, I also got myself a 30 days dance classes, this is going to be hilarious, well is not a secret that I have gained so much weight and I honestly dislike the gym, so I think this dancing  thing which comes natural to me will be a better more realistic way to move and shake all the extra pounds! :)

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This is an special time, having part of my family away makes it a bit harder despite all the time I have been away, I still miss them deeply and even more if is possible but I am thankful that they are healthy, strong and ready to keep walking by faith too, thanks God for technology Skype is the best, seeing the face of my baby nephews showing me their presents and their happiness with the smallest and simple things is contagious, being a kid is just a humble, sincere and precious attitude, we shouldn’t let those feelings and memories go away, everything would be easy with a kid attitude.

I enjoyed Christmas, I ate so much that is ridiculous hahaha seriously thanks God that the holidays are almost over, I mean I love them and I wish I could be in a holiday  mood all year, but the food is just too much temptation and let’s face it I am weak in that area hahaha

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I hope you had a merry beautiful Christmas, mine was very peaceful and spiritual, I feel that I have found that extra strength that I needed, definitely God knows what we really need at every time! I will miss the lights and all the beautiful decoration around the city, I will try to make a post to show you some of my favorites!

Thanks for reading and I wish you a beautiful rest of the holiday season!!! Have fun and enjoy, if you want to share what you got during Christmas feel free to do it in the comments!

I love how the Salvation Army brings the Christmas spirit on the streets, some of them put some nice shows, it’s fun and a nice break when you are walking around the city! So I thought of closing this post with this small video haha

Feliz Navidad!!


Besitos

Pictures 1, 3 and 5 are mine © hahaha…. 2 and 4 are from Pinterest.  Video is mine from my Vine Account.

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