FIRST RAYS OF LIGHT

Miami sunrise, Florida

In California, the thing that I liked the most about my daily routine was getting home after a long day at work, putting on my flip flops and a cozy outfit, and heading straight to the beach to enjoy everything that the ocean had to offer. I was addicted to the feeling of scrunching sand under my feet, to seeing hundreds of pelicans diving into the water and feeding, to the sea breeze tingling my face, to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks, and of course, to the stunning sunsets and its romantic colors.

While in Miami, I was dying to relive some of those feelings again, so one of the days I woke up Dan crack of dawn in the morning and begged him to drive with me to the beach and observe the sun rise over the beautiful city. I’m so thankful we managed to get out of bed in time and didn’t miss the beauty of the first rays of light; the peace that I felt while I was sitting in front of these views was indescribable.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami sunrise, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami sunrise, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Witnessing a sunrise is always an inspiring experience; knowing that the previous day’s slate has been wiped clean and you get to start afresh. When you are the first to see the sun tentatively cast its glow over the horizon line, somehow you feel like, for the whole of that day, the sun belongs to you. If someone told me I had just one more sunrise or sunset to witness, I would not know which one to pick. I love them both so much for the different meanings they convey to me. I love sunsets in the arms of the person I love as the last rays kiss goodnight to the night sky. And I love sunrises because it always makes me appreciate the new possibilities and opportunities the new day holds for me.

So, what do you say folks – SUNRISE or SUNSET? 🙂

 

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ONE YEAR

Yael Serena

Have you ever woken up without knowing it was actually your birthday until somebody or something reminded you of that? That’s pretty much the sensation I got this morning when I received an email from WordPress saying that Feet from Shore turned 1 today! Yep, one year ago I sat down and tapped out this blog’s very first post. Crazy!

To be honest, when I opened up this little space I had no idea what I was doing, or if I would keep it for more than a week.  I just thought it would be nice to have a place where I could post my pictures and explain the adventures at the other side of the ocean; like if that way my family and friends would never have to feel far away from me. But somehow, this blog became so much more than that for me. I started to look at the world around me through different eyes; I realized that life is so full of adventure and little lessons I might share with others. This blog has helped me to find happiness and beauty on the simplest things, and also pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and experience new things, to look at every day happenings of my life in a new light.  We all have things worth to share, and if you think you don’t, then it’s time to re-evaluate your life and spice things up a bit.

My life has changed a lot over the course of the last year (I moved from Spain to LA, and then from LA to Chicago – among other things!); and even though I don’t post as much as I used to, blogging still brings me so much joy. So today, friends, is the perfect occasion to say thank you to those who have been with me along the way, it really has been a pleasure. I’m excited to see what the coming year holds; I have the feeling is going to be amazing :).

“So fill your heart with what’s important and be done with all the rest.”

 

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HELLO MIAMI!

Miami, Florida

A few weeks ago I received a shocking email saying that the wedding Dan and I were supposed to attend in Las Vegas this summer was called off (loooong story). After talking about it for a while, and since we couldn’t get our money back if we cancelled our flight booking, we decided to enjoy the trip anyway and change our plane tickets to explore a new city in the US (we had been to Vegas twice already, so we didn’t necessarily want to go back again). First of all, we thought about flying to Seattle or Portland since we both have been dying to visit those cities for a long time now, but unfortunately the flights were too expensive. After considering our options, we finally decided to go to Miami – beach, palms, sun, relax time… sounded just perfect. Plus after living in California for almost a year, I was dying to see the ocean again!

The first thing we did after checking in at the hotel was to put our swimsuits on and go straight to the pool. For half of the day, we laid out, dipped in the pool and enjoyed the feeling of the sun warming our skin. A relaxing day of doing absolutely nothing but listen to music, enjoy food and conversations was exactly what we needed. After that peaceful moment, we went back to our room to change our clothes and head off to the beach at Fort Lauderdale to have a nice walk while watching the sunset set beautifully.

I’m pretty sure at this point that the beach is where I belong. When I am surrounded by water, feeling the sea breeze tingling my body and getting lost in my thoughts while staring at the thin blue line on the horizon, I have the overwhelming sensation that I found my place; where I am supposed to be. I can’t explain it with words, but to me there is something very special about the ocean that makes me feel incredibly happy, motivated and energized.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Yael Serena

I wish you all a wonderful Thursday! 🙂

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Last Monday was the first time I had the chance to be in the US for Memorial Day. I still remember the times when Dan talked about how cool the parades were in Chicago, and that one day he would take me to one. Well, that day finally arrived, and it didn’t disappoint. I really loved to see everybody out in the streets cheering for the veterans who protected the freedom of the country and the way kids looked at them with pure admiration.

It was very special to be in front of people who have fought in world wars defending their values and ways of life, who have seen friends dying in the field and somehow they came back home and continued with their lives. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been on them and their families; not to mention those who have actually lost their loved ones.  I didn’t need to be American to appreciate what that day was all about, and I’m so glad that you guys have a day to gather all together and remember that freedom is not free.

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Memorial Day, Park Ridge, Chicago

Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

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HAT SPECTACLE

Yael Serena

This was probably the funniest part of going to the horse races last Saturday – to try on some crazy and fancy hats! I still don’t understand how the people in charge of the store didn’t kick us out; we literally spent more than 20 minutes grabbing the hats, playing with them and laughing out loud. The store wasn’t too big, so I’m sure everybody was looking at us in a veeery awkward way. But hey, when you’re being a kid and having fun, who cares what people think? 😉

 Hats

Yael Serena

Hat

Hats

Yael Serena

Sorry for this goofy and nonsense post, I promise next one will be better! Which hat is your favorite, btw? 🙂

Have a nice day!

 

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MY ROCKS

Mom & Grandma

Today is Mother’s Day in Spain, an official day to honor the women who brought us to this world; although I like to think that every day is their day. There is something very special about moms; their unwavering love and devotion make us all share one same thought. I’m sure that when we think about them, we all genuinely believe that we’ve got the best mom we could have ever asked for. They are our biggest fans, our biggest supporters, our rocks in life. They just can’t be replaced.

I’m lucky to say that I have the privilege to have more than one rock, since I’ve always considered my sweet grandma my second mother. I find it difficult to say what they mean to me in just a few sentences; because they are, plain and simple, EVERYTHING. They both were, and still are, dedicated to giving my siblings and I tools to help us live happy and fulfilling lives; and they are always there supporting our dreams and aspirations.

Living away from them is surely the most difficult thing I have to face every single day. Part of my head and heart is always there with them, wishing to live closer to be able to feel their warmth. They mean home and comfort to me, my moms are always where my home is. They are my dearest friends; when no one is listening and nothing seems right, I run to them.

My mom and grandma are love, kindness, courage, generosity, sweetness and beauty all wrapped into two tiny bodies. When people tell me that I remind them of my moms, I am honored. They are my inspiration, and I can simply not imagine a life without them.

I love them so much.

 

Hoy es el Día de la Madre en España, un día oficial para honrar a las mujeres que nos trajeron a este mundo; aunque me gusta pensar que cada día es su día. Las madres representan algo muy especial, su amor inquebrantable y devoción hace que todos compartamos un mismo pensamiento. Y es que cuando pensamos en ellas, cada uno de nosotros creemos que son mejores de lo que nunca hubiéramos podido pedir. Ellas son nuestras mayores fans, nuestras mayores admiradoras, nuestros pilares en esta vida. Ellas son, simplemente, irremplazables.

En mi caso, tengo el privilegio de tener más de un pilar, ya que siempre he considerado a mi dulce abuela cómo mi segunda madre. Me resulta difícil explicar en pocas frases lo que significan para mi; porque ellas son, simple y llanamente, TODO. Siempre se han dedicado, y aun lo hacen, a darnos a mis hermanos y a mi herramientas que nos ayuden a vivir una vida feliz y satisfactoria; y están siempre ahí animándonos a seguir nuestros sueños y aspiraciones.

Vivir tan lejos de ellas es, sin duda, lo más difícil que tengo que enfrentar cuando me levanto todos los días. Gran parte de mi cabeza y corazón siempre está ahí con ellas, deseando vivir más cerca para ser capaz de sentir su calor y cariño.  Significan hogar y confort para mí, dónde sea que ellas estén, esa es mi casa. Son mis mejores amigas, cuando nadie me escucha y todo parece caer en picado, siempre acudo a ellas.

Mi madre y mi abuela son amor, bondad, coraje, generosidad, dulzura y belleza todo recogido en dos cuerpos diminutos.  Cuando la gente me dice que les recuerdo a ellas, me siento orgullosa. Son mi inspiración, y jamás podría imaginarme una vida sin ellas.

Las quiero tanto…

 

Serena Paredes

Mom & Grandma

Mom

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” – Tenneva Jordan

 

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STILL NOT USED TO THE COLD

Yael Serena

I’m sitting in a cozy Starbucks in Madison Street, Chicago Downtown, waiting for Dan to finish up some errands; and I find especially funny the fact that I’ve already heard two different people pointing out how amazing the weather is today (41ºF, feels like 32ºF, strong wind). This feels like paradise for Chicagoans, it seems – totally understandable after what they had to go through this past winter though.  I wish you could see my outfit today –  I’m all bundled up in layers of clothes, and still freezing my ass off every time I go outside. Seriously California, you completely messed me up!

Can you people from the South send some spring vibes out here please? I’m dying to see colors, flowers and green grass everywhere!

In order to start the weekend with positive energy and warm myself up a little bit,  I just went through my old archives and spent some time looking at the pictures I took a while ago at the beautiful Piedmont Park. They put the biggest smile on my face… Isn’t this lake absolutely gorgeous?

Wish you all a fabulous and hopefully springful weekend! 🙂

Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Piedmont Park, Atlanta

 

Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Piedmont Park, Atlanta

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