Our worst enemy; ourselves

My grandfather used to tell me that I was like my mother; my own worst enemy. This was in my teens and I still remember clearly how bad that made me feel. In Spanish, you’d say “como una bala perdida,” literally an out of control bullet, someone who is completely lost and unable to be stopped. I loved […]

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Running and exercising keeps sanity in check

I started exercising at an early age, thanks to my father who always pushed us to do so. He ran, weight lifted, rode his bike, went to the gym and loved hiking. He still walks around for hours and I can barely keep up, but he inspired me to follow his steps and made exercise […]

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Battling social anxiety

I’ve suffered from social anxiety all my life. Through the years I’ve gotten much better as I have slowly moved away from my comfort zone in the last 7 years, but it’s still there, in the hiding and it comes out when I least need it or expect it to. I had forgotten all about […]

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Life alone is more than OK!

More often than not, it’s the thought that is scarier than the reality, as with being single and living on my own. Years ago the thought of living alone was so scary that I felt lonely already when I wasn’t! Now, that I’m in fact alone, I don’t feel lonely or scared of facing life […]

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How I miss you

My Dearest friend, How I miss you… I believe my life began to unravel when you left me. You left us all. I miss you, every single day. I have to confess I carry a picture of you in my wallet, a real paper picture. The one where you are on a train doing what […]

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Heartbreak is part of life, just as is death is

Just as with death, we are never ready for heartbreak, yet it is a natural fact of life. If you love you will inevitably hurt and if you live you will inevitably die. The difference is that with heartbreak you can learn. It’s a starting point for something else, for someone else, or for nobody […]

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Teaching: trying to reach the depths of souls

I’ve been blessed for having always worked at places I loved and colleagues which have almost always become close friends. Never, have I walked into a classroom and said: I hate this job! Never! My job has always been my happy place and most importantly a place I call home. I’m at ease, as frantic […]

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