Countdown… A month until my 30th Birthday


Just a quick post to acknowledge that almost another year has passed. In exactly one month I’ll be turning 30. I’m still trying to decide if it should be a “big deal” or not. Continue reading

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The Doors of Perception – The story behind a door – WordPress Discover Challenge


“If the doors of perception were cleansed
every thing would appear to man as it is… Infinite.”
(William Blake – The Marriage o Heaven and Hell)

The story behind a door… I came across this topic today while I was checking the WordPress Discover Challenge on my reader. Suddenly I felt flooded with memories of many years ago. Other music, other books… I was able to see in my mind my old bedroom, with the two orange walls, the paintings, and the posters, the bookshelf… I remember I had a poster of a painting from José Tola, a well-known Peruvian artist, signed by himself. It said: “Para Mónica, que los lagos del deseo no crucen aquellos cielos que no tenemos.” It would be something like “That the lakes of desire do not cross those heavens we do not have.” or at least that’s what I think…


“Para Mónica, que los lagos del deseo no crucen aquellos cielos que no tenemos”

I was studying art back then and listening to The Doors non-stop. Continue reading

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Baby you can drive my car…


This afternoon I will have my first driving lesson (Yay!). I have taken forever to learn, I know. The excuse was always that the traffic in Lima is terrible and that one can actually go everywhere in public transportation, so I never felt in a hurry to drive. Nevertheless, it was always in my mind and today finally I’ll be behind the wheel. One more check on my 30 before 30.

And speaking of that, I also have some sad new about one of my goals. This last Saturday Jason and I were mugged. Continue reading

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Trying The Stretch Project – 30 day flexibility challenge!


I am so silly! I’ve been meaning to share this post for the last two weeks and track my progress here. Anyway, one of the goals in my 30 before 30 was to complete a 30-day challenge; another, to be able to stretch more. So, combining them both (it was actually Jason’s idea), I decided to try “The Stretch Project – 30-day flexibility challenge” from Blogilates. If you are not familiar with this blog, Cassey Ho is the person behind it. She is an award-winning fitness instructor based in Los Angeles, CA  famous for her Pop Pilates workouts among other things, and she is probably the most energetic and happy person you will ever see… like EVER. Feeling motivated by Cassey’s energy, I’ve been trying Continue reading

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Monday Mantra – Free Printable

Hopefully is not too late to share a motivational quote (and free printable A4 poster) for the Monday Mantra series. More coming every Monday.


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17 Months later…


This is just a quick post that I couldn’t get to share yesterday but didn’t want to miss the chance to do it today anyway. Yesterday was exactly 17 months since the day Jason and I Continue reading

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Chicken Pad Thai and Basketball Musings… -Guest Post by Jason Fowler-


So I am bracing myself for yet another year of Lebron James losing in the Finals and I am in desperate need of consolation. Two things about me and the NBA. 1) Yes, I am a fan of Lebron James – not the Cleveland Cavaliers, not the Miami Heat, not even Kyrie Irving (he played at Duke for one year, but got injured early and ultimately just got in the way) or Kevin Love or Bosh – Wade is okay, but mostly because Lebron says he’s okay. Heck, I might have rooted for the Knicks if Lebron had gone there in 2011. 2) And I have always been a fan of Lebron James. He’s two years older than me, a very lucky poor kid from a small town in a state people only care about once every four years. In high school I remember Escalade-gate (I don’t think it was ever called that, but look it up), and when he moved to South Beach I moved even further South to Peru, and I admire him for going back home to take care of business.  So you can imagine how frustrating it is to hear all these johhny-com-lately Warriors fans popping out of the woodwork to take a cheap shot at Lebron. But this is not a post about the NBA, so I’ve channeled all my frustration into a simple Warriors Fan Litmus Test which I will be using a lot this month.

So I am in desperate need of consolation. In the words of Dorothy Day, “there must be food for the soul”, and for me nothing does the trick better than Pad Thai. I first had Pad Thai in a college restaurant in Newport News. At the time I thought it was the weirdest-sounding thing on the menu but it came recommended so I tried it. And my life has never been the same.

Pad Thai is not only good to eat, I’d say it’s also really good to cook. There are only a couple things that could go wrong (once you know how it’s supposed to taste), but I find that I automatically keep good cooking ingredients around the house just so that I’m ready for when I need it. Continue reading

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