Day five… NYC #ChritsmasSelfie!!… And Christmas dancing?!

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One place where you will find lots of Christmas and shopping spirit is at Macy’s, their windows are famous and a spectacle! This post is a bit like a teaser, because it was daylight, and the best time to really appreciate all the art display in the windows is at night.

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Here is today’s NYC #ChritsmasSelfie of the day at Macy’s Windows!

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I guess I really like my black coats… Although today I went for a warmer scarf, it was too cold for my tropical blood. I have the feeling that I need to vary my hats ;0. Maybe I was too close to Macy’s and the shopping spirit got to me?… Noo! ;)

I will go back so we can see how they look at night too.

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Iphone 013 Nonetheless even during the day, they are beautiful, like a magic world inside a window.

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The good thing during the day is that around the city you might find The Salvation Army people, and some of them put quite a show to entertain and get attention to their cause! This is a classic NYC thing and you know is Christmas season when you see them and is a plus when they display all their talents, usually by dancing!

I leave you with their short but nice and entertaining video.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it, feel free to leave a comment or if you want you can do it on my twitter; @MonikJHerrera

Pictures are all mine © ;)!

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Day third or fourth…. New York #ChristmasSelfie!!…

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I went to Lincoln Center as part of the NYC Christmas selfies series I started to do last post which by the way counted for two selfies…. Ha!

Anyhow to my surprise there were not that many Christmas decorations in Lincoln Center, for some reason I had the idea that they used to decorate but well, it’s a cultural place and I think they only decorate on specific occasions relate with expositions or cultural themes.

Still is a beautiful building, if you cross the street you will find the sign that indeed we are in Christmas season, so here is my third #ChristmasSelfie at Lincoln Center square!

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It was a lonely but beautiful Christmas tree, it was raining, as you can see I am fighting all-weather conditions, this is how committed I am with this task…. actually it was a light rain ;)  Iphone 019   Iphone 029 Iphone 030

A few steps away from the square, you will see some trees with lights on, the ABC TV network is there in the neighborhood so they might be the ones in charge of  the decorations but nonetheless it looks beautiful and very Christmassy, if you want to shop there are a bunch of stores including the famous discount store Century 21, so there you have a few options to do while walking around there.

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I hope you like it!… More places to come!!

Thanks for reading and stopping by,  if you have any comment feel free to leave it in the comment area or on my twitter @MonikJHerrera!

Pictures are mine, this time I am blaming the rain for the quality of some of them ;)


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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!


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.


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!


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…


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

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Thank you!… The magic word!



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.


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! :)


Have a great Thanksgiving week!

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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.


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!!


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