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The Cre8tive Life

Issue 6- July 27, 2018

Issue 6- July 27, 2018

Hello Friends!

Welcome to this week's "The Cre8tive Life"-your weekly newsletter full of lifestyle tips, smiles, and cool things to check out! I was out of the country last week for a bit of a "life retreat" and unfortunately had to miss a week- but, I am back and in full effect this week (and am holding myself accountable to doing this)! 

If you have any future topic ideas / events I should know about (or that you want to invite me to) / random things you think I should check out, PLEASE feel free to send those along my way! I always LOVE discovering and learning about new things! Have a GREAT rest of your day, and take time to enjoy your life!


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My weekly (random) compilation of some of my favorite "cre8tive" things that I want to share:

  • FAVORITE WORD: Absquatulate


  • ADVICE: "Authenticity is everything! You have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person who's looking back at you. And you can only do that if you're being honest with yourself and being a person of high character. You have an opportunity every single day to write that story of your life."~ Aaron Rodgers

  • MOVIE: I am a bit old school, and still rent movies from my local library from time to time (don't judge me-lol). And, I have been on the waitlist to see "COCO" for a while after hearing so many good things about it. I FINALLY got to see it this past week, and absolutely loved it!


  • FEEL GOOD STORY: This little girl should run for office of something with speeches like this. She gives you ALL THE FEELS.


  • FOOD: "Garlicky Alfredo Shrimp Bake"--A recipe that I bookmarked as a favorite a while back to try- and that seems to consistently get REALLY good reviews. Plus, I love how this VIDEO made it look so easy!!! (I would also like to maybe try adding a few more seafood options in there as well).


  • RANDOM LIFE TIP: Give your candles a "little extra life" by putting them in the freezer for a few hours before using them. They all burn longer and drip less!


  • MUSIC MOOD: To know me, is to also know that I am 1) A HUGE music nerd, and that 2) I have a VERY SHORT LIST of FAVORITE artists that I will go through great lengths to see live if they are ever in concert near me. Raphael Saadiq is on that list (and, to be honest, is just a mood for me all within himself- but, I digress). He had two shows "near" me this week- one in Philly (which I was actually REALLY mad about not being able to escape to---darn work priorities), and another one at Lincoln Center Outdoors Stage. I was able to make the latter one, and stood in line for over an hour for a general admission front row view IN.THE.RAIN. (I mean, talk about fan dedication, right?). And, I even sang my heart out with the rain pouring down my face, and soaking my hair throughout the entirety without an umbrella. Did I say I love that man and his music?!?  At any rate, the show was AMAZING as usual, and I have been listening to his music the majority of the week. If you're not familiar with him, this ALBUM is a good start of some of his solo work. But, you may be surprised by how much of his  work you didn't even know that you knew. He is one of those musical geniuses and true talents. And, if you ever have the chance to see him live, you.must.go.


Last week I did a "life retreat" and "work moon" trip to Mexico, as a way to re-balance myself, and to do some deep level soul thinking and reflection. I wanted to escape for a bit, relax, and challenge myself in some ways while I explored something new. (For those who may not know, I have an annual goal to go to at least 3-4 new countries a year to do this.) It is very much like my version of an intensive therapy retreat. In my search of trying to figure out where to go, I came across a decent last minute deal to Mexico City. And, while I had been to Mexico before (Cancun and Cabo), I had never experienced Mexico City, so I decided to use this as one of my "new" places for my annual goal. In my mind, I had loosely imagined it to be a peaceful and relaxing place, much like the other parts of Mexico I had visited, where I could journal, be in calm, and do some heavy thinking. But, after booking my ticket, and doing further research, I realized that it would actually end up being more like visiting another New York City. Nevertheless, my ticket was booked, so I knew I would need to figure it out, even though it may be a bit different than what I expected it to be. I continued to delve deeper into reading up on everything in Mexico City, and it seemed to have a good reputation of being a favorite amongst a lot of travelers.  I created my "must see and do" document of things I wanted to do-which included exploring some side village towns (San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato), and also doing something that was WAY OUT of my typical comfort zone--climbing a pyramid! Out of all the things on my list, this became the most paramount thing for me to do; and, was symbolic and meaningful to me in some deeply personal ways. In fact, I actually put it as my very first thing to do on my itinerary (because Mexico City is in rainy season right now, and I didn't know how many days/times I would have to try and climb it on a good weather day). All I knew was that climbing that pyramid would become the theme of my "journey to Mexico."

Without going into a long-winded novel about my trip, I will say that I excitedly climbed to the top of a pyramid on my very first full day in Mexico. (In fact, I actually ended up climbing three in two different cities there). The first one that I climbed, and the only one that was on my initial list was The Pyramid of the Sun, which is located in the city of Teotihuacan (which has a fascinating history itself). It is the THIRD largest ancient pyramid in the world. And, as soon as I knew I was going to Mexico City, I knew I had to challenge myself to step outside of my box, and do the climb. (Which, if you know me at all, you know that I am NOT a hiker, climber, or an outdoorsy type person by any stretch of the imagination). This past year and half has been a whirlwind of emotions and life lessons, and I knew and felt in my spirit that it was something that I needed to do; and, that became the catalyst for my self challenge in my retreat experience.The morning of my climb I got up super early at the crack of dawn, and trekked my way to the pyramid site because I wanted to try and knock it out when it first opened. I really wanted to fully take in the experience (and take advantage of not a lot of people being there). Upon arrival, the day was beautiful and the people were very few. So, I was super happy!
As I made my way over to begin to climb up the pyramid, the magnitude of what I was really about to do sunk in (especially as I saw the steepness of the steps 😲). I took each step as a step, and didn't allow myself to look too far ahead, because I didn't want to get chocked up in fear. I took mini breaks to document my feelings on video, and to really look back at how far I had came, and to just be in the moment of what I was doing. I didn't rush myself, and went on my own time. It felt quite metaphorical in a lot of ways, and a bit like a spiritual journey. I was determined to make it up, no matter how long it took, and no matter what I looked like doing it (I'm quite sure I looked a bit silly at the one point where I was climbing down while I was seated because there were no ropes to hold onto 😂). I took some breaks, said some prayers, held onto the ropes, and kept going and climbing my way up to the top. The altitude was CRAZY; and at times I was definitely scared, but I made it. I am truly grateful for that experience, and it is something that I will always remember and cherish. I am so glad I decided to take that first step. It has added to a shift in some of my thinking in other things, and also served as the impetus for me in climbing the other two pyramids that were not even on my list to do.

*Feel free to inbox me questions about the experience (if interested to hear more), as well as look out for some of my later gram Instagram posts on the trip. I figured this little commentary was long enough for now.


What are some "pyramids" that you can work towards climbing in your life that you have been fearful of? I challenge you to start working towards one of those things this week!



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