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Photo Diary: Berlin Pt. 1

Decided to kick off the beginning of summer vacation with a weeklong trip to Berlin. I'll be sharing photos from the trip as we go along so I hope you enjoy! 

Photo by  Zeroanodino

Photo by Zeroanodino

Had the opportunity to spend the first night at Gorki Apartments, by far one of the most luxurious yet contemporary hotels that I've ever experienced. The ambiance makes you feel like you're at home (or a home you wish you had) while still being extremely accommodating. The design is fantastic from their individualized apartments, each one having it's own name, to their choice of using the organic brand Dr. Bronners in the bathroom. The entire experience was quite welcoming, the central location made it easy to explore what was close by although, to be quite honest, the apartments are so enticing that you'll want to spend as much time in the room as possible. 

First night stay at  Gorki Apartments

First night stay at Gorki Apartments

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On the first night, we were also invited to dine at Dao Restaurant which is a Thai restaurant that also has a cooking school. Let it be known that the food there was phenomenal and the curry is unforgettable. I got to spend quite some time with the owner, who is not just passionate about what she does but has a contagious energy. The experience you'll have at the restaurant will have you wanting to come back soon after. 

One of the many courses at  Dao Restaurant

One of the many courses at Dao Restaurant

Here are some more photos from the first two days in Berlin. Enjoy! 

Perfect Packing: Travel Essentials for Your Next Trip

There is something about packing for a trip that has always seems to bring me joy. Maybe it's the combination of putting together my favorite outfits or envisioning myself exploring new places. As I get ready to head out for my next trip on Sunday, I decided to pack as light as possible... really trying to get this minimalism thing down. 

This trip is going to be both business + fun so I decided to bring some my favorite travel essentials. Obviously my computer and camera are going onboard, necessary needs for daily happenings but I've detailed some other necessities for short-term trips.

Flowy pieces 

I rarely go shopping but I recently brought a new pair of flowy summer pants that I'm absolutely in love with. Flowy bottoms give off cool vibes while still be extremely comfortable to romp around in while exploring a new city. I normally pack a lot of light pieces or dresses while traveling because they take up less space while still being versatile.

Skincare Necessities   

During my last trip to New York I got to spend some time with Cyndi Ramirez, fashionista and Use Dailē founder (an amazing skincare brand). I normally have quite a bit of trouble finding the perfect solution of my skin but since using this lightweight moisturizer, I don't want to use anything else. It's fantastic and not only that but hey have sample sizes which is the perfect solution to bring along for your next flight. 

Writing Materials 

I'm a notebook addict, without a doubt. My favorite brands are Moleskine + Rifle Paper Co. I use my Moleskine for all things business and Rifle Paper for more creative things. I love being able to create on the road and I definitely work best while in transit so, train rides and flights are seemingly almost always productive. Notebooks are also wonderful for  those late nights or early mornings after experiencing something completely new and reflecting on how great life is. 

The Perfect Playlist

Of course, the perfect playlist for a trip is an essential. Music and memory are so strongly connected, when a certain song comes on I'm sure it reminds you of an experience you once had. I love spending time before a trip putting together travel playlists so that I can spend time jamming out or relaxing while in transit. Some artists I have on repeat right now are Laymah,  Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Rufus ft. Chaka Khan, and Corinne Bailey Rae

What are some of your travel must-haves?

Five Ways to Make Your Dreams a Reality

As many of you might know, I made a big move around eight months ago. I quit my job in NYC, left family and friends and jetted off for Spain. Why did I do it? I did it to continue creating a life that I love while dedicating time to things I'm passionate about. I moved to find balance and live a sustainable lifestyle. Since last September, my journey has allowed me grow both personally and professionally in so many ways. 

In the past few months, major shifts have been happening and things are coming to fruition that I would've never imagined. My dreams are being actualized every day. Of course, it takes a lot of work, time and dedication but all of that pays off.  I've decided to share some of what I've learned along the way in hopes that it might inspire you. 

Create a Vision Board

Take time out to create a vision board. Visualize the type of life that you want. What does success look like to you? What's your ideal lifestyle?  Don't focus on using words but instead choose the images that you're drawn to. Vision boards activate the law of attraction that pull things from your external environment to enable you to realize your dreams. By choose photos that incite emotions and passions, they'll begin to manifest in your day to day life.  I have a physical vision board above my work desk and I constantly find myself looking at it, gaining inspiration each day. I also use Tumblr to find many different images that reflect the kind of lifestyle that I want to be living.

(Hint: Lots of plants, open space, style and minimalistic vibes)

 

Make Small Goals Every Day 

Every night before I go to sleep I try to make a list of things I want to accomplish the next day. I reflect on how productive I was and then make adjustments moving forward. Making small goals + keeping your list manageable definitely helps with productivity. Take your bigger projects and break them down into smaller to-do's and be sure to diversify your list each day. If you have multiple creative projects, use one to give yourself a break from the others. There's such a liberating feeling that comes with completing everything that you set out to do so be sure to make your goals attainable. Be sure to give yourself a limit as well. There will always be more to do but remember to stop, spend time outside and enjoy your life outside of work. 

 

Start Now + Keep Sharing 

It's so easy to hold off on a project until you feel it's 'perfect' but what you're really doing is just holding yourself back. No one will ever know your potential until you start creating and sharing. Don't be afraid to take the necessary steps. Shoot the photos you've always, launch that website, start the blog, write the poems. When you look back, you'll be happy that you started when you did. Your work will get better with time but that's part of the journey. Don't be afraid to share and put your work into the world. Start now and push the fear aside. 

 

Find a Support System 

Surround yourself with people who support and inspire you. Those who push you to be a better person and who challenge you to take risks. 

I'm so grateful to have so many supportive people in my life who believe in my visions and who also give real feedback, helping me evolve into a better version of myself. Life is too short to spend time with those who bring negative energy into your life. Focus your efforts on those who you feel have pure intentions, those who are both supportive and honest. Be sure to surround yourself with people who you admire. Odds are they'll be more than happy to share wisdom and help you along your journey. 

 

Take Breaks and Celebrate Progress 

So often, when you're chasing a dream it can seem like the work never stops. There is always more to be doing. Of course this is true, but it's so important to take breaks and celebrate how far you've come. Once a month, I take a few days to disconnect, step back and reflect. It helps me put my work into perspective, note progress and reevaluate where I want to be going. Also, be open to the fact that your dreams might change with time, we are constant evolving and something you thought you've always wanted can manifest itself in a different way. Be open to change and keep pushing forward.