The Weight of the World

Anybody else out there feeling completely ragged? I don’t know about y’all, but 2022 has taken a lot out of me. But I’m deciding that it’s time for me to take things back.

Last year, I was required to take a personality assessment at work called Clifton StrengthsFinder. While I don’t mind taking these assessments, I never really put much stock into them even when they are accurate. However, my company placed a major emphasis on this specific assessment which forced me to memorize and dissect my top five strengths (in order): Empathy, Discipline, Consistency, Individualization, Relator. One of the trending jokes last year was the “I’m an empath” phrase. I still find it absolutely hilarious, but as I’ve spent more time on my Clifton results and talked more about it in therapy, I’ve learned that I actually am an empath.

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Going to Guanajuato

Going to Guanajuato

Welcome to my first travel post in two years! While I have done some traveling in the last two years, I haven’t written a true travel post since I went to New Orleans in 2020 right before lockdown. I also haven’t visited anywhere that warranted a full “write-up” except maybe my trip to Mexico City, but I had to forego writing about that to enjoy my first international trip out of lockdown last year. Today, however, I am so excited to write about my trip to Guanajuato, Mexico!

This was my first time visiting Guanajuato which is about a 4.5-hour drive or one-hour plane ride from Mexico City. It’s also about a 45-minute drive from the main airport in León, so be sure to consider that when it comes to budgeting. Guanajuato has a lot of nicknames, but it is primarily known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and recognized for its neighboring town, San Miguel de Allende, and its Día de los Muertos festivities as depicted in Disney’s Coco. It is easily one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen thus far. My trip was four days, but excluding the travel, it was a full 2.5 days of exploring. Let’s get started!

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Sober October

Happy (almost) Halloween!

For those who don’t know, October is my favorite month of the year. I have a lot of fond childhood memories of this time, obviously due to Halloween, but I also just enjoy the fall season. This October has been very different from past ones, however (excluding October 2020). My boyfriend and I decided to do ‘sober October’ as we’re trying to get back to being more health-focused. Many of you know that summer is my least favorite season and when I personally experience S.A.D., so with the weather changing exactly as October started, it was the perfect time to start our new goal. Though we have been ‘sober’ in the traditional sense (no alcohol, although we weren’t particularly drinking a lot before anyway), there were some sobering events (no pun intended) at the end of September/beginning of October that have contributed to another detox I’ve been participating in.

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365 Days in the Desert

Happy fall, everybody!

As of Labor Day Weekend, I’ve officially been living in El Paso for a full year. In some ways, I can’t believe a whole year has passed, but in other ways, I can. It has certainly been an interesting year and I haven’t spent this much time in the house since the 2020 lockdown, but this has been an incredible learning experience. It has given me a lot of time to gain clarity on things. For example, I learned that despite my natural introvertedness, I do have a desire to be around others and spend time with people regularly. More specifically, I learned that I thrive when I’m able to gain new experiences, get inspiration, and continue to open my mind, but only when access to these moments is not dependent on those around me. I need the freedom of choice. The biggest lesson I’m learning right now is not putting too much stock in the future. After the last (almost) three years, and this experience alone, there really is no point in planning so far ahead. I’m Type A, so I will always be a planner and I take immense joy in planning (especially travel and events), but as far as personal goals are concerned, I’m allowing myself some grace to just see where I land.

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