1/4 of a Century

1/4 of a Century

Hello guys,

So on April 18th I turned 25, which means I’m one quarter of a century old. That’s right, I’m not on my early twenties anymore.

But, I’m glad I’m aging because I have been learning and growing so much, and like I always say, change is good.

For this special age, I’ve decided to create a bucket list of 25 things I must do on the year of my 25th birthday.

I’ve written down a wide range of things, from doing hang-gliding, to learning how to drive stick shift, to getting a tattoo. So far I have seven things completed, but I still have many more to finish.

It’s been fun so far, and the best part is that I’ve shared my list with my friends, so not only they help me complete my list, but also I have a commitment of finishing it because other people beside me know about my challenge.

I’ve been reading a book called The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey, and he discusses how in order to be trusted we need to trust ourselves. And sometimes we mine our own trust by setting up goals and not accomplishing them, like for example when we set the alarm earlier to go workout but we wake up, turn it off, and just go back to sleep. This small act is making ourselves less trustworthy, and even worse, is making us stop trusting ourselves.

So, I encourage you to try doing the same thing. You know those things you always wanted to do but was always too lazy, too busy, or just forgot to do it? Write them down now and challenge yourself to complete them. See it as a mission and set a date for you to complete your list.

I bet you will feel more accomplished and empowered just like I have been feeling.

Peace always,

Artemis

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Be who you are.

Be who you are.

I was recently talking to a friend about how after moving away to another country, and living by myself, helped me solidify the person that I am.

What happens is, when we grow up, people tend to tell us who we are based on certain reactions, opinions, tastes that we’ve had through that period of time. But most people forget that we keep getting new experiences, new inputs of situations, and we are exposed to different people and places. We are constantly being shaped by those things, and evolving new characteristcs to our personality. However, those who always knew us -and who sometimes haven’t changed as much- react negatively to our changes, and say that this isn’t who we are. But who are we, really? Are we supposed to be only one thing during our entire lives?

After reading the novel Paper Towns, by John Green, I was struck by something discussed in the story, the fact that “people are mirrors instead of windows”. My understanding of the idea is that people reflect what others want to see in them, instead of being windows where we can see through them. We reflect what others want from us for so long that when we do become windows, those around us will believe we are not acting like ourselves, even though we couldn’t be truer to who we are.

If any of you has ever had the opportunity of going away from your hometown, family, or old friends, even for just a little while, you probably will understand that when we don’t have people’s expectations, we can shape ourselves to be who we want to be, or to show who, in fact, we really are.

Coming of age usually relates to leaving adolescence and stepping into the adult world. But maybe we are always coming of age. We change and leave things behind all the time. Change is scary, but it can also be exciting. You never know what new things will come into your life because of a new decision you have made.

 

So be who you are, keep changing, because once we stop changing that’s when we stop living.

Healthy Heart.

Healthy Heart.

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One of these days I went to do my annual health check up. I lied down on the bed for my electrocardiogram, and after a few minutes the nurse asks me if I play any sports, or if I work out.

I answered that I try to work out at least three times a week, then she said, “I see. You have an athlete’s heart.”  That means that when I’m resting, my heartbeat is under 50.

For me, that was the best compliment I could hear. It completely made my day better. Of course, it’s awesome to hear people asking you if you work out because your body is toned, but still, hearing that your heart is healthy because you exercise is even better. You should work out for your health, so you can have a better life quality. The toned body will come with time, as a consequence, not as the goal.

However, you should always know your body limits. It’s a great idea to check with your doctor (especially your cardiologist) to know if you are allowed to do certain exercises, that way you won’t injure yourself.

But when you do hit the gym, the park, the beach or wherever you go to exercise, remember to respect your body and to focus on your health. So eat well, sleep well and be kind with yourself. You will see the results, and better yet, you will feel them.

Remember, balance is the key in life.

Early Morning Bliss

Early Morning Bliss

For all my travelers out there, especially those who travel for work, I understand how difficult it is to maintain a healthy work out routine.

I know that after long flight hours, and several meetings, all you want to do is curl up in bed and sleep until you have to leave again.

But trust me when I say this, you should definitely set your alarm early for the next morning and go for that run you’ve been procrastinating the whole week.

Recently, I had to spend an entire week working in Miami, and honestly I was so tired that I didn’t even want to breathe! (okay, maybe I exaggerated a little). But instead, I set my alarm to 5:30 am everyday, went to the beach, and did what I call a circuit workout. Basically, you just create  3-4 different stations of workout, and in each station you have to accomplish a certain exercise. You can do knee highs from one trash bin to the other, you can carve holes on the ground and run from one to the next, you can do core workout, you just have to be creative.

Not only you will see a beautiful sunrise, like the one in my picture, but you will smell the ocean, get some fresh air, feel the sand on your skin, and see some interesting people. And the best part about the whole situation was: swimming in the ocean afterwards with the sensation of a mission accomplished.

It doesn’t matter if you are at beach, or just a normal city, wherever you are you can go to a park, or run through the city’s streets (which is great to get to know the place better), all you need are your shoes and some determination. You will go to your work more energized, and when you come back at night, you will sleep feeling like your day was fuller.

Don’t be lazy to try new things. A day that you wake up earlier, is a day that you lived more.

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