January 2018: Favorites

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January: The new, blank page filled with all types of exciting goals for the new year.

Most of these aspirations were short-lived. Like the one where I was going to work out everyday.

Whatever.

But hey, I’m still trying to get the workouts in.

The month had some lows, unfortunately, but there were some highs from getting to celebrate my mom’s 50th birthday to enjoying some actual winter days in Miami.

Here are my January favorites:

MOMENTS:

  • Starting off the year with the most important people

  • Momma Rota’s 50th birthday + surprise party
  • Weekend Disney trip
  • Going vegan for a week and not wanting to kill anyone
  • Impromptu lunch date at Dreamer Miami
  • Greatest Showman family night
  • Cold Miami Days
  • Miami nights at the Warf

MUSIC: Bruno Mars “Finesse (Remix)” ft. Cardi B 

This collab and vid can’t get any better. Also helps that I’m a bit obsessed with Cardi B.. okurrrrrrrrrrrr!

MOVIES: The Greatest Showman

I have always loved musicals but had ZERO expectations going into this movie. I had a smile from ear to ear the ENTIRE time and let’s get real, the best Zac Efron is the Zac Efron that sings and dances. And that’s exactly what we got. Let’s not even talk about Hugh Jackman.

FOOD: Tofu noodles

Cooking is not my forte. #Fact. But, earlier in January I challenged myself to do a week vegan and surprisingly, I didn’t die, starve, or have horrible mood swings. In the process of buying food and planning my meals, I discovered Tofu noodles. Only 6 grams of carbs for an entire bag and 20 CALORIES! When I first opened the bag, I freaked – it smelled so bad. BUT, I dressed it up with tomatoes, onions, pine nuts and olive oil and it is so so yummy.

PODCASTS: When To Jump

I’ve never been into podcasts but I made it a point to go through the podcast section on Spotify and found this one. Some of the speakers are WONDERFUL, some are alright but overall, it’s good especially for those long commutes.

Hope you enjoyed!

x,

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2018 Goals

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Happy New Year!

Every January I like to reflect back and think of all the things I did or didn’t accomplish in the previous year and set new goals for the new year.

My New Year’s resolutions always begin with go to the gym, eat healthy, lose weight, etc. etc. etc. but those are boring (necessary, though).

This year, I’m thinking about the details.

What is going to make me happy? What is going to help me be more mindful? What will make a difference to others? What is going to make me a more well rounded person? What will keep me healthy physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally?

From these thoughts came my very first list of the year (which by the way, I LOVE doing) – my 2018 goals!

START EACH DAY WITH GOD

I find myself going through the day worried and stressed. My mom sometimes has to stop me and say, “Have you prayed?” And no, I usually haven’t. So rather than going through the day lost and distressed, I want to make it a point to start every day with God. Whether it be through reading the Bible, praying or doing a devotional – my goal is to wake up and commence the day with God.

LISTEN TO A NEW ALBUM A WEEK

We live in a day of singles – albums are becoming less and less of a thing and it’s upsetting. Artists spend months, even years creating the perfect 13 – 15 track list where each song is strategically created, named and placed within that list and we (myself 100% included), don’t take the time to really listen to an album. So this year, I will listen to a new album every week . It will be a variety of genres and a mix of artists. Throughout the weeks, I’ll keep track of who I’ve listened to, what my favorite song is and my favorite lyric. Recommendations are welcomed!

DONATE MY HAIR

Long hair has always been my thing. I have never had the courage to commit and completely chop my hair. Though I have come close to the donation line, I’ve never done the drastic cut. So this year, I’m letting go of this ridiculous “short hair” fear and donating all of my hair. Someone needs it more than I do and let’s get real, it’s JUST hair. It grows.

SEND THANK YOU CARDS

A “thank you” in person is nice but have you ever felt that happiness that comes with opening a HANDWRITTEN thank you note?? It’s like no other. Plus, I have HUNDREDS of thank you cards that I have bought throughout my life that have been tucked away in the box of cards. Wiping off the dust and putting the pretty pens to work.

READ A BOOK A MONTH

I MISS that feeling of being completely captivated by a story – the magical power that words have to transport you to another time and place is unreal. I remember in high school, my friends and I would race to see who could finish a book first so we could all eventually sit together and gush about the main character and how much of a badass she was or about how he was that dark, mysterious man we all secretly needed in our lives.  The books were corny and there was typically a beautiful, happy ending but those books stimulated my creativity and helped me become a better writer. We would read about four or five books a month without a problem. This past year I found myself struggling to just read one. Not acceptable. So this challenge is really to bring the giddy, high school Becky back to life.

VISIT A NEW COUNTRY

Traveling has always been my number one. I love exploring a new place and it’s culture. I had this same goal last year and thankfully, I achieved it – I went to Colombia for the first time in November and it was wonderful. This year, I plan to do the same.

GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER 8PM

Social media is great, don’t get me wrong, but too much of a good thing isn’t always well, good. I have a horrible habit of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook late at night. It could be 1AM and I’m still browsing through the same posts I saw earlier in the day. Unnecessary and draining. I was losing precious sleep time over this! Getting off social media after 8PM is a challenge but it’s a mini daily cleanse that I need. Since I often lose track of the time, I have an alarm set for every day at 7:55PM that says “GET OFF!” It gives me five more minutes to chismear and then log off until the next day.

BUY CLOTHES THEN DONATE

Here’s a confession – I’m a shopaholic. But hey, it’s not easy to control the problem when the Zara that is two minutes walking distance from your job is having their semi-annual sale. To keep my life and closet more organized and contribute a little bit to society, my goal is to donate an article of clothing for every new purchase.

STICK TO A SKINCARE ROUTINE

Skincare products are expensive and putting them on every morning and night is time consuming but hey, it’s my face and the long term goal is to look 40 when I am actually 83. Am I right ladies? So yes, I will be losing some morning sleep and staying up a little later trying to get this face in check but eventually it will be worth it.

GO TO A LIVE SHOW EVERY MONTH

Nothing makes me happier than watching a live performance. Whether it be a concert, a symphony, a ballet or a musical, there is something so beautiful about being present and experiencing the energy that bounces off of every corner and every person in the room. It’s an hour or two of pure bliss and let’s get real, we need that more in our lives.

TAKE A VIDEO A DAY

At the end of 2017, I wanted to make a recap video of the year and was disappointed to see the lack of videos in my camera roll – it was a year of pure Boomerangs. So each day this year, I will be taking a video a day to eventually recap 2018 in all its glory. Stay tuned.

Hopefully this gets you inspired to make some changes and set new goals.

x,

Miami Blogger - Pink - love

P.s.

Every four months, I will be giving an update as to how these goals are doing!

Best Of 2017

Self

As I’ve gotten older, the years seem to go by quicker and quicker. Coming from the person who suffers from the “Peter Pan Syndrome,” this concept of time going by faster as one gets older can be quite catastrophic.

I hate to use cliches but literally within a blink of an eye 2017 has finally come to a close. Some say it was the worst year, others beg to differ. To me, this year can be summed up in one word- unforgettable. 

January 1, 2017: SalgadoFest in Georgia

January 27 – 29: Surprise SC trip for Caro’s birthday

February: Zion & Lennox Concert in Puerto Rico

February 28: Jam Session Nights

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March 13 – 20: Spring Break in LA

March 31: Our 5 year anniversary

April 14: The Day Our Disney Passes Were Blocked So We Had Lunch & Left

April 28: Graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree

May 28: And the last FCS Patriot graduated!

May 29 – June 4: Galicia, Spain

July 4: SalgadoFest in Destin, FL

July 14: Miami Cruise With Mark

August 10 – 12: BATGCG (Becky and the Goat Cheese Gang) + New Friends Key’s Trip

August 19: Little Havana outing

August 28: Spa Day at the Fontainebleau with Jackie

September 1 – 4: Mark’s First Trip to Greenville, SC

September 22 – 24: Trip to NYC

October 5: The Pablo Alborán Experience

October 20 – 22: Surprise trip to NYC for Sydney’s 15th birthday

October 25: My 23rd Birthday in LA

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October 27: More Birthday Festivities in LA

October 28: Birthday Brunch

November 6: Niall Horan Concert

November 13 – 17: Latin GRAMMY Awards in Las Vegas

November 24: Thanksmas

November 26: Lela & Abuelo’s Anniversary

November 27 – 29: YouTube workshop in Cartagena, Colombia

November 30: Music Making Night At The Studio

December 6 – 10: Art Basel Kick Off

December 17: Mark’s Graduation (B.S. in Accounting!)

December 24 – 25: Noche Buena + Christmas

Here’s to a wonderful 2018!

x,

Miami Blogger - Pink - love

Latin GRAMMYs 2017

Self

The week of Latin GRAMMYs is hands down the most stressful yet the most fun event of year. Between running around the different hotels, forgetting to eat lunch and sleeping from 4AM to 7AM, you forget how surreal the overall experience is.

So here’s a recap of Latin GRAMMY week 2017.

Travel Diary: SalgadoFest 2017

Travel Diaries

Without a doubt, my favorite “holiday” is SalgadoFest. It’s the one time of year ALL of my family (on my mom’s side) goes on vacation together.

That’s 26 people all stuffed together in one house. Pure madness but SO much fun.

It’s basically the Coachella of family trips.

Travel Diary: Galicia, España

Travel Diaries

To the little pueblitos where everyone’s backyard is a vineyard, to the cities where locals stay out until 8AM for copitas, Galicia has the best of both worlds.

What I Learned in College

Recap, Self

Tomorrow, I FINALLY graduate.

It’s terrifying and exciting all at once.

Throughout these 5 years, I learned a lot about life, the “real world” and most importantly, I learned about me.

Currently: A Becky Update (March 2017)

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Currently just trying to survive day by day. A lot of school work , more work work and zero time to be social… well at least I try.

My last spring break EVER was a few weeks and it has been so difficult to get back into work mode. I desperately needed that vacay and didn’t want it to end.

Besides dying from exhaustion, here’s a Becky update and all the things I am currently up to.

How To: Nail That Interview

How To, Self

What’s worse than sitting across a conference table with one or two people staring you down, interrogating you? Nothing.

There are a few things I dislike more than interviews– Monday mornings perhaps is one of them. But at the end of the day, it’s a necessary part of growing up (unfortunately).

Viva Las Vegas

Music Diaries, Self, Travel Diaries

We slept a total of approximately 15 hours the entire week and basically killed our poor feet running around Las Vegas in 5 inch heels but the wonderful memories and opportunities from the Latin GRAMMYs were worth every second of the madness.

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