What would you do?

April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

What would you do if you could do anything you wanted? Following that post, I began to wonder what I would do if all the winning conditions were there and I could do whatever I wanted with my life. When there are no boundaries, and the sky is the limit, it really is hard to choose. There are a gazillion things I’d like to do, but how am I supposed to prioritize? So many things to do, with so little time… Maybe I need to start a list of the things I’d do.  Here it is: I would like to travel the world.  Discover it’s beauty, different cultures and places few people have ever been. I’d like to have another child, because I have this feeling that something, someone, is missing and that my family is incomplete.   Be physically active, just like the old days.  Climb, hike, run, scuba dive everywhere in the world. Be part of a community.  You know, the close-knit community type that sticks together no matter what. One day have my own business. When I’m old, settle down in a nice small house away from the crowds, a big garden and lots of crafts.   The thing is, all the winning conditions are here.  I am free.  I am healthy.  I’m not in debt. Why am I not pursuing my dream?  

The world’s toughest job

April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s a video that’s been going around lately in social medias.  It explains the world’s toughest job: being a mom.  I find the video well made, and although it paints the job a darker shade than it really is, it’s still somewhat accurate. Even if I don’t get breaks, or lunchtimes, or even vacations, I’m still glad to be a stay-at-home mom.  But I guess now I can add “Director of Operations” to my resume 😉    

Leaving the rat race

April 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Have you ever thought of leaving the rat race behind? I think about this Every. Single. Day. I’ve always been different.  I mean, different from my family.  My parents got married in their early 20s and bought a house. Then they had kids.  The riskiest move they made was moving a 2-hour drive away from their family. Both my sisters followed in their footsteps.  My older sibling moved closer to where she was born, while my other sister lives a 15-minute drive from my parents’ home.  Even though I grew up in a traditional way, a part of me just doesn’t want this kind of life. I don’t have a house.  I don’t wish for a picket fence (except maybe when I’m old and gray).  I live over 3,000 miles away from where I was born. I don’t believe working 9 to 5 (nowadays more like 9 to 7) 5 days a week is a good way of living.  When I had a “real” job, I still wasn’t happy with the commute, work, sleep way of living. Something was missing from my life. Even though I’m now a SAHM, something is still missing in my life. You see, I am full of contradictions. I have dreams people around me never thought of, never even considered. And when I say them out loud, they think I’m crazy. That one can’t really live this […]

Monday Coffee

April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good morning folks! Today is a great day.  First of all, my wonderful son is still sleeping tight (past 8:15 AM, how lucky) and I just brew the most amazing coffee. While sipping my cup of Joe, I stumbled on this amazing infographic about pros and cons of coffee consumption from there.  Here it is below for your convenience. As with everything in life, coffee is better consumed in moderation.  I think people should investigate the source of their coffee and opt for better quality.  Going organic certainly is a great idea but if you can’t afford it, stick with great quality and good tasting coffee.   Ever since I switched from grocery store coffee to ordering my own from a trusted supplier where I visited the farm, I stopped putting additives like creams and sugar in my cup.  I now drink it black and it really truly tastes much better. Enjoy!

Lessons I learned in Africa

April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Everyone should engage in an oversea’s volunteering project in a third-world country at least once in their life.   I left for Soundougouba, a little village in Mali, Africa on the summer of 2005, and came back 3 months later a whole different person. At that time I was 23, on the verge of graduating from a top-tier business school and beginning a great career in Marketing.   Doing this project was so opposite from who I was, a young and ambitious capitalist college girl, yet a part of me was thrilled to stumble into a whole different world. A world where greed and money wasn’t at the center of people’s lives. For those of you who never got the opportunity to volunteer abroad, here are some of the lessons I learned during that summer where I built a microcredit program, a community garden, and spent a lot of time just “being in the moment”.     Live simply “There are 3 things in life: health, sickness, and the unexpected.”  ~ Malian proverb Life doesn’t need to be complicated.  Live simply, cultivate relationships with other people and don’t forget you really don’t need all that stuff. In my village, kids played with what they found in the trash.  Old tires, cardboards and even old pots and pans. Children there are always happy and smiling.  Does our children need the […]

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