Taking a Risk

Taking a Risk

Okay, so have you ever had a project that you felt like it was your baby?

That was my book to me. I worked on it on the course of two years, writing it up till four AM, with my headphones on and the whole world off. The funny thing is, the writing was the easiest part. After you write a book, you have to go back and edit it, fixing all grammar, spelling or story mistakes you can find. I probably read my book about ten times during the editing period, and after each person who read it gave me feedbacks, I would go back and fix it some more.

My final draft doesn’t look anything like the first. I’ve changed so many things until I thought it was the best way I could tell that story. I was twenty-one years old when I started, and now at twenty-six I finally had the guts to self-publish it. You know what’s scarier than putting your work out there? Is having someone review it.

Let me tell you, I was terrified of receiving feedback because as I said, this project was so close to my heart that I just wanted people to love it as much as I do. However, we have to let go of that fear and take a risk, because people should know about your work.

I’ve received my first review this week, and for me, it was really helpful. I had some critiques, but they were well structured and clear, which will help me write my next book. When you know your weaknesses, you know where you need to pay more attention to. Even more so, I could see someone else–from outside my own social circle–read, enjoy, connect, and identify with my characters, and that for me is the most gratifying part of this job. All I ever wanted was to tell a story people wanted to hear (or read in this case).

For a girl who speaks English as a second language, to be able to write an entire book in English, and have it published, is something to be proud of. So, if you have a project you are passionate about, but you are not sure people will like it, you should take a risk, like I did, and show it to the world. Like I once heard on a TV show a long time ago, if my art can touch at least one person then I am happy enough.

Take a risk,




Early Morning Bliss

Early Morning Bliss

For all my travelers out there, especially those who travel for work, I understand how difficult it is to maintain a healthy work out routine.

I know that after long flight hours, and several meetings, all you want to do is curl up in bed and sleep until you have to leave again.

But trust me when I say this, you should definitely set your alarm early for the next morning and go for that run you’ve been procrastinating the whole week.

Recently, I had to spend an entire week working in Miami, and honestly, I was so tired that I didn’t even want to breathe! (okay, maybe I exaggerated a little). But instead, I set my alarm to 5:30 am every day, went to the beach, and did what I call a circuit workout. Basically, you just create  3-4 different stations of workout, and in each station, you have to accomplish a certain exercise. You can do knee highs from one trash bin to the other, you can carve holes on the ground and run from one to the next, you can do a core workout, you just have to be creative.

Not only you will see a beautiful sunrise, like the one in my picture, but you will smell the ocean, get some fresh air, feel the sand on your skin, and see some interesting people. And the best part about the whole situation was: swimming in the ocean afterward with the sensation of a mission accomplished.

It doesn’t matter if you are at the beach, or just a normal city, wherever you are you can go to a park, or run through the city’s streets (which is great to get to know the place better), all you need are your shoes and some determination. You will go to your work more energized, and when you come back at night, you will sleep feeling like your day was fuller.

Don’t be lazy to try new things. A day that you wake up earlier, is a day that you lived more.