I’m 28.

Yesterday was my birthday and I can’t believe how blessed I am.

I’m always happy for my birthday but this year I had a lot of surprises waiting for me! Titi gave me as a birthday present a new version of me! Last Sunday we went to the beauty salon and had our hair done. Now it’s straight with little to no effort and I must say that it’s really comfy to be able to sleep one more hour every morning because I spend less than 10 minutes a day in the hair part.

As I felt prettier, I said to myself I’d celebrate the entire week, I’d wear clothes that made me feel even more pretty and I’m really happy I kinda accomplished it! You have no idea how amazed my friends were every day of seeing a new version of me! They were really excited of how my exterior was improving but my essence was constant! ❤

So, my official birthday started with a really close and loving celebration, with a little cake as a breakfast + cinnamon tea in my house with my family! ❤ In my head, I had a lot of appointments for that day, so, we talked it out and decided to celebrate real early instead.

Then, I went running to the University because I had a final of Geology! Final which I did running, as well, because I had another activity at the end of it. I had a presentation to attend for another subject about entrepreneurship for Economics Fundamentals.

It seems like I always spend my birthday around the people I love, but somehow, this birthday it did not happen quite like that. I was alone, but not in a bad way. See, that last presentation took SO MUCH TIME that I had to cancel the coffee with my crush.

My agenda was, then, clear until 3pm so I went shopping. Since I lost a lot of weight, none of my jeans fit anymore! I wanted a new pair and after the longest presentation ever, went directly to the store. I ended up getting two pairs and a lot of make-up because at 3pm I had a makeup class with Titi.

Except that I didn’t (wait for it).

She told me we had a makeup class and I started getting makeup to ask questions about how to use stuff because I’m clueless about that specific topic. My knowledge is very basic: sunscreen, concealer, powder, blush and lipstick are my only tools. I have a lot of colors because I’ve been collecting them for a couple of months and then, my friends and family gave them to me as presents, as well. So, I had a little box with the basics. But, went shopping for an eyeliner, a new blush color and a new matte lipstick, so I can have a more sober look.

Anyway, as I knew I had to walk a lot to get to the salon, I wore some tennis and took the public transportation to get there. I started walking and got lost. This was so funny because, I called Titi and told her I had no idea where I was and she said to me: Wow, you’re using your phone in the street, THIS IS SO NOT YOU! (Because it’s true, when I’m moving myself on the city, my phone is always hidden! And specially now that Titi gave it to me and it’s the most advanced phone ever! ❤ I don’t want to lose it!). And I told her I was lost and kinda desperate but also, I was in front of some soldiers, so I thought I wasn’t in danger. She agreed and locate me and directed me to the salon.

Finally got to the salon and there it was one of my dearest friends I met thanks to Twitter, @miljef! He gave me this big hug to wish a happy birthday to me and welcoming me to the salon and then, I took a sit. He introduced me to his boyfriend and business partner @robertolemusjr and then, he was like: well, let’s get started! Sit here, take of your shoes…

And I didn’t understand, I was there for a makeup class with Titi and she wasn’t there, so, in my head, we couldn’t start with the class. But also, I didn’t relate my feet with the makeup. I asked for Titi like twice or thrice and then, they told me that Titi bought a beauty spa day treatment for me as a birthday present!!!

I WAS IN SHOCK! In a very good shock! I was totally surprised, I didn’t expect this at all, I promise I went there with the intention to take notes of every question she had and ask about the eyecat, maybe, but surely I wasn’t aware that I was about to be like the queen of that day!

And I must say I really felt like that. I had a face mask that cleaned and hydrated me, then they did my nails and gave me as a birthday present the gel nail polish! I chose the red wine color! And all the stuff was taking care of me, they gave me water, they gave me coffee, they gave me great laughs, great stories, good time, good conversation and then, it hit me!

Titi didn’t just gave me a good treatment and a great surprise and a lot of new knowledge, she knew me so well that she wanted me to feel really comfortable during ALL the process, she knows I’m very shy in new places with new people, she knows I don’t talk when there is a new person around, she knows that and she chose a beauty salon where I can enjoy my day but also feel free enough and loved enough to be able to say out loud every question and doubt I had.

I felt SO loved in that second because I didn’t have to say all these things to her, she just knew, she saw me over the years and read me!

But there was a second AHA moment I was about to have in the day.

See, the makeup class was still coming! And I was about to ask all the questions, document the entire process, write all the details, because the idea is to have a more professional look during the day but also be prepared if anything comes up, like events. Can you see it? She was just giving me a new makeup look so I can take good pictures that day and remember my 28th day forever, she was encouraging my DIY-ness because I always like to take care of whatever I can take care of.

Scarfs? I’ll knit it.
Hair? I’ll cut it.
Food? I’ll cook it.
Nails? I’ll paint ‘em.
Books? I’ll write ‘em.
Photos? I’ll take ‘em.
Yoga? I’ll learn it.
House? Eventually, I’ll build it.

I’m always doing stuff on my own and she knew that I needed some professional knowledge to, then, learn to recreate it in my house and improve it since then.

I felt SO blessed in that second! Can you believe how amazing she is she just knew all this about me?

My 28th birthday was BEYOND amazing, I learned a lot, felt surprised a lot, relax a lot, felt beautiful a lot, felt loved a lot and saw all the blessings around me! It was the best birthday ever! ❤

And I really feel confident enough to say it was the best birth week, too! Even though I’m writing this on a Friday (I’m still missing the weekend here) but today was my last day of academic commitments and my last day of planning my outfits and, I ended up getting my birthday coffee with my crush, too. I won’t get into much detail here because that’s part of my private life, but, please, know that I’m happy whenever we see each other.

And tomorrow (Saturday) I have a family breakfast; Sunday, I have friends lunch and another lunch on Monday. My birthday was all about me, yes, but that helped me to understand that I’m loved because of who I am and my friends and family want to celebrate with me the fact that I’m still here for another good year!

I couldn’t be more grateful that I am today, I’m very happy God blessed me with all of you, I’m really thankful you’re still here after so long and I ask God for your protection!

Thank you so much to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, know that all of your prayers came to me as a very warm feeling in my heart! I received all the blessings you asked for me, yes, I did. ❤

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Milestones that made me happy this January 2018

January has been really kind to me! To be a month where I focused most of the time to studying for my Dynamics extra, I actually have to say I managed to accomplished quite a few things! ❤

I started the year with the company of Titiburgos and her family! We had a lovely evening at a pet-friendly beer brewing company eating fries, pizza and desert. Yummy! Also, we went for an ice cream and sat in the middle of the city to watch the Christmas trees and talk. ❤

I also had tons of fun with AutoCAD & Diana, we managed to deliver 6 land survey plans as our final project for Surveying 2 and boy did we work! She was so kind to me she even sent me micro tutorials from her phone so I can understand easily AutoCAD and some of the functions! At the end, we got our 9/10 and couldn’t be happier, thank God that subject is gone! ❤

I also presented my Dynamics extra and, even though I studied 40 days for it, I couldn’t make it. It’s ok, though. I know what I got myself into when I decided to study Civil Engineering, I know this career is tough and I know I have a little bit extra details to work on. Thank God I managed to fix some mistakes about springs and potential energy. You can’t win everything the first time you try. As Gary Vaynerchuk says “it gets way less scary the second time”, I’m gonna work harder to get it right this year for sure!

After my extra, I got the chance to chat with one of my best friends, Rodrigo. We went to an italian restaurant I have wanted to try for so long! I had my raviolis and my panacotta and, somehow, turned around the gloomy feeling of the day with brightness.

Also, we went to celebrate with my family the fact that my aunt is 100% free from cancer and medicines! ❤ Thank God for this amazing gift! He truly has been really good to us. We had the opportunity to gather the family to eat TWICE in a day. We went to walk to the volcano plaza and ending up eating big chunks of meat for dinner and singing panamanian reggaeton in our way home.

Finally, I came back to the days where I can practice yoga for longer, even though I will only enjoy my winter break for 4 weeks, I wouldn’t have it other way. This is my life, this active full-of-obstacles loving fulfilling life is all mine to enjoy ONCE and I’m gonna do it!

Cool January, huh?

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Milestones that made me happy this January.

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Facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever II

Long story short, I went to the Independence Day parade with my family and saw all these weapons. I didn’t know what exactly to feel so I thought that maybe I didn’t need to feel something or have an opinion about it. It was wiser to study the whole history about my country and find amazing facts than to decide what to feel just with one chapter. And that’s what I’ve been doing the last few days. Reading history and finding facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever. 

Facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever.

  1. The main cash crop in El Salvador was the indigo. But the crisis and dissapearing of indigo happened at the same time coffee was introduced. The purpose was to eradicate communal lands and ejidos to grow coffee and it caused population without lands to migrate to the urban areas to subsist. (1892-1932).
  2. Public investment grow to develop industry in town and intensified cotton cultivation. Cotton rid food crops and people who cultivated food had to migrate to the urban areas to subsist. (1950-1970).
  3. Civil War (1981-1992) caused population to migrate to the urban areas to survive. In 1981, 164,297 salvadorans migrated. By 1992, there were 427,892 salvadorans migrating.
  4. The overpopulated municipalities in San Salvador are 8 (of 16): San Salvador, Mejicanos, Soyapango, Ciudad Delgado, Ayutuxtepeque, Apopa, San Marcos and Ilopango.
  5. The most important tourist attraction sites of Morazán state are waterfalls made by 7 rivers, caves or grottoes, some of them with rock writing (being the most famous the Corinto one), lagunitas, archaeological sites in Cacaopera and Delicias de Concepción municipalities, the San Francisco Gotera colonial church, Perquín population, indian cemetery on Delicias de Concepción municipality.
  6. The main resources of El Salvador are: corn, oranges, cows, silver, concrete, beer and tobacco.
  7. El Salvador is considered one of the countries that suffers the greatest deterioration of natural resources and the environment in Latin America. Two thirds of its soils are eroded, only 2% of the original forests remain, 90% of the rivers are polluted by sewage, agrochemicals and industrial waste, and significant amounts of gases harmful to health are emitted causing the greenhouse effect.
  8. To establish coffee as the new main export product, the vegetation of the heights and slopes was practically replaced by a crop that is itself a true forest, in which coffee trees are accompanied by a variety of shade tree species, many of which are representatives of the original flora.
  9. One of the biggest environmental threats today derives from the uncontrolled urbanization process that takes place in many parts of the country.
  10. It is considered that less than 3 percent of industries and agro-industries treat their waste before dumping it into water bodies.

I found these facts from page 87 to page 143 of the Encyclopedia of El Salvador. ❤
There’re more to come!

If you want to read more about my country, why won’t you go to read the first 10 facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever? 🙂

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Life after my knee injury.

After the championship, I had a promise to rest for 1 month. Active rest, that is. I would do whatever I wanted on that month for training. That’s why I gave it my all before the Championship. And that’s why my knee was resentful.

But what happened next was worse. Apparently, I wasn’t going to have that active month for me, we had another meet at the calendar and I had to train harder or, at least, at the same level for another 2 months.

My knee couldn’t handle it and, on Tuesday, after my discus throwing session, I could barely walk. Got home and rested and wasn’t able to get up. Even going to the bathroom took me ages. I stopped everything. My knee was worth losing my next meet and all.

I was almost exclusively resting for a week, until my knee didn’t hurt in certain positions. That’s when my mom told me to go with her to visit to her best friend (my aunt H., you may remember her for this post!).

The residence aunt H. lives in has a lot of steps, but I tried to use my other leg to get there and to not bend my injured knee (the left one). It took me a while to finish the steps, but aunt H.’s garden gave me life, after.

When I saw the garden, all I wanted to do was to walk all over the place, watch all the plants, admire its different tones, shapes and scents. I distracted myself from the pain. Or maybe, the garden was so therapeutic that I wasn’t feeling any pain.

Who knows what really happened, but what I do know is that when I saw my mom and aunt H. walking on the garden, admiring every plant and reciting its story, talking about everything and enjoying life, I knew that’s the type of friendship I aspire to be & to have in my life. ❤

Family means you are part of something great. It means that you will love and be loved forever.

She thought the view was pretty but I thought she was prettier.

The tiniest flower pot you have ever seen.

With my feet on the ground, thank God!

My lady enjoying the garden!

This is a Don Quijote statue made of bronce!

This is a pineapple!
The tiniest flower pot from another angle because I couldn’t have enough of it! ❤
My mom, being patient (and really gorgeous) with my slowness to climb the stairs.
Best friends!
Not all the leaves are created equal, but they all are amazingly beautiful. ❤
Thanks for everything, mom. ❤

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