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The importance of Lazy Weekends and Quality Time

Lifestyle, TravelMaría ElenaComment

Guys, I want to be 100% honest here. This post "should've" been posted on Monday, but it didn't and here's why:

As a mother's day/ sister's birthday present (two dates that luckily or unfortunately for me are really close together), I went on a mini getaway. It goes without saying that I wanted to have quality time with my mom and sister while actually embracing a lazy weekend, but I didn't want to not upload my weekly Sunday post that I promise you guys on Ambinity's home page.

So my inner Carrie Bradshaw had this question: In this crazy Internet world we're living in, should you feel guilty for not disconnecting yourself? Ha! Candice Bushnell would be so proud! 

What am I trying to say here? That as oddly as it sounds, blogging helps me be present and I don't think it's fair to try so hard to control my urge to be connected with you guys when it actually makes me happy. Believe it or not, having to write and take beautiful pictures for a new blog post every week, helps me be aware of my surroundings and obligates me to find inspiration and beauty in the simplest details. I may be the devil's advocate here, but I'm hoping this makes sense to any of you bloggers out there... So let me know!

BUT you know me! I quickly found a cure to keep both my blogging conscience and family happy: I closed my laptop for the weekend and took my camera outside to shoot everything that inspired me while enjoying my time with my mom, sister and Fiona (my little rescue dog). This way I could wait until Sunday night to upload a beautiful post and not disappoint you guys. So here you go! In honor of embracing lazy weekends and quality time with your loved ones, here's a diary type post from another lovely weekend getaway. Hope you enjoy!

No we did not ride on a banana boat but I had to take a picture of this beautiful wall.

 Ostiones = one of my favorite parts of visiting Cabo Rojo. Must try!

 Have you seen a most beautiful "no parking" sign? Of course you haven't!

So many colors to find in Cabo Rojo!

Who runs into a sunflower field during a roadtrip? We did! What a wonderful and magical experience.

 I have been alternating these books through the week but I must say the How To Be a Parisian one is a GEM.

Remember! Don't feel guilty for doing what makes you happy. Just don't forget to be present and give quality time to your loved ones. It's all about finding balance. :)

Want to see more from Puerto Rico's west coast and Cabo Rojo? You can see this and this previous posts. 

XO, Elena

How to Find the Motivation to Reach your Goals

Lifestyle, CareerMaría Elena2 Comments

If you have known me for a long time, you probably know that before I became serious about this blog, I was very scared to talk about it with people. Even though writing has always been a passion of mine, for some reason I was scared of what people would think of me for putting myself out there. Like it was lame to have a blog... Shame on me!

One of the things that inspired me to finally give Ambinity a try was reading one of my favorite websites, The Everygirl. Every week they interview a creative young woman that has become successful in a field she loves. But besides the fact that most of these stories are highly inspirational, I found myself being most inspired by these women's work spaces. 

Trying to make my own little world, with "The Secret" vision in mind, I started planning how I could make my work station *cough* my bedroom *cough* as pretty and inspiring as possible.

I started by having live plants and predominating colors like green, blue and gold because they remind me of the beach, which ignite my creativity. Plus, turning on a candle in this setting is like being in your own little tropical zen space. Try it!

And we can't talk about pretty things in your desk/ vanity without talking about this Jonathan Adler elephant lamp! Seriously, can you stop looking at it? I sure can't. Props to my mom for getting me this for Christmas two years ago. :) 

And last but not least, here's a tip I learned from Lauren Conrad, aka "Mama Lauren". Write your New Years Resolutions and put them on a beautiful frame so you can always see them. 

These are some tips that have helped me not only do what I love, but distract me from very hectic days during my full time job. If you have a hobby or a creative outlet and you have been putting it aside because of the lack of time, I sincerely encourage you to find the time to create your own little environment where you can have your me time. I promise you it will be very rewarding. :)

Do you have a hobby? I want to know how you keep yourself motivated to practice it!