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“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”

– WILLIAM S. B U R R O U G H S

I’ve always been one to journey to new places. At times it’s simply exploring a new street in a new part of town, other times it’s an escapade to another country. Maybe it’s the freshness in atmosphere or the mystery of who or what I will encounter. Whatever it may be, I’ve always been one who anticipates the excitement and knowledge that comes with lived experiences; in getting out of the comfort of the expected.

Something is so life giving in opening your eyes and heart to a new culture or way of life. I don’t know why but when I was little, I had a strong desire to be someone else. I even asked my mom to change my name. I know, silly to think about now as I truly love my name (and life for that matter). But at the time, I think this desire was the budding of something innate in me.  My adventurous spirit. Dressing up, role playing, finding common ground in the uncommon, exploring life outside of “home” — These are, and I think will always be, like air to me.

Wanting to understand others (and therefore myself) is something I have become passionate about since moving to the West Coast. I think maybe that’s why I attract such unique personalities and strangers into my life. I’m open to allowing chance encounters to happen, often impacting me in ways my inner circle cannot. I think part of the allure of such encounters is the impression they can leave within a small fraction of time. That encounter, that moment, is impermanent and therefore special. That essence is what I cherish more than anything else.

Wandering and exploring has been (hands-down) my best teacher. My recent trip to Mexico however brought me some peace of mind with the opportunity re-lay the tracks of learning through inaction. The Taoist concept of Wu-Wei, non-action or effortless doing. Basically I was reminded of my very essence that somehow I strayed from in the process of striving and action.

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Finding inspiration and serenity in my surroundings came rushing in again. The peace in ‘the lack’ of action also created a stillness amidst the clatter of spring breakers and weddings. I noticed I moved with more instinct, more purpose, then ever before. Enter the “End of the Earth,” better known as Cabo San Lucas.

One person I met on my Cabo journey was Alfredo, a silver jeweler who makes his living selling jewelry to tourists on the beaches. In his land, he has apparently made a decent name for himself as I learned from a returning customer as I got my henna tattoo. Despite not giving him service that day he still engaged with me and my family. I was drawn to his energy, confidence and white gloves. He was different. He was personable… and he was memorable.

Like all the other sellers, he was dressed in all white. Long pants, long sleeves, eyes shielded by dark sunglasses. His sombrero read “Alfredo” in acrylic red paint along the back rim. His hands were equally shielded by white gloves that notoriously earned him the nickname, “Alfredo White Gloves.” Rather I called him “The White Bandit.”

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He had a sort of mystery to him and I enjoyed talking with him, even when he was joking around trying to sell me. I giggled every time he referred to the men passing as “money bags.” I also admired his inability to hesitate at the opportunity to delight and sway anyone who showed the slightest interest to come chat with him. It was infectious, it got under your skin in the best way. Now I wish I took a photo with him…

Sure there were plenty of brilliant and movie like moments, which I captured. Not to mention amazing family time, which I cherish greatly and keep close to heart. However, when I reflect back on my time spent in Cabo, Alfredo was the most memorable hands down. I mean I can talk about all the things I saw but here I am,  writing about him. I find that amusing. Maybe it was the gloves, his humor, or the fact he took off his glasses after I made my one and only purchase on the island to reveal gentle and kind soft blue eyes.

Life and travel is about connection. It’s about the people. It’s about conversation and finding the common ground. I would be dismayed if I traveled all the way to ‘the end of the world’ and didn’t have a human connection with a local. Alfredo, thanks for reminding me of some simple truths. You are my fondest memory.

WISDOM OF CABO

  1. Life will reveal to you whatever you focus on
  2. Persistence pays off
  3. Worrying cuts you off from peace
  4. Music is the universal language
  5. Inaction is sometimes more productive than action

DO: Bring ear plugs and a high SPF

STAY: The Riu Palace

SAVOUR: The local flavor! Fried plantains and FRESH JUICE were staples in my daily routine. Of course a side of guacamole and chips for breakfast, because why the eff not? Then you gotta have all the seafood for lunch. Stuffed green chillis were a nice indulgence. One of my favorite part of the day was loading a plate of chips with guacamole, pico and washing it down with a Dos Equis on the beach 🙂

MUST TRY: The blended cocktails at the Rui Palace (the Costa Caribe and Passion Dream were my favorites)

FAVORITE MEMORY: (Besides Alfredo), I enjoyed morning workouts with my mom. Having someone to workout with and stay motivated with on vacation is always nice. Also feeling the chilling intensity of the Pacific ocean. Planting my feet firm into wet sand to brace myself for the pounding waves that rolled in and out around my legs. I did that everyday and hope to do it more in Los Angeles.

Where one land ends, another begins,

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| THE C E L E B R A T I O N |

 

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

– O P R A H WINFREY

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March has been a bit of a whirlwind in the best way possible. I’m not saying it was because it’s my birthday month but there was definitely some magic in the air. From exploring the Island of Catalina with my Mom, producing my first professional studio shoot for a global client, to winning my second Lookbook contest, there definitely wasn’t a shortage of things to celebrate. I want to wrap up this month by reflecting on this month’s #MavHave: C E L E B R A T E. So jump on board as I explore Catalina Island and dive into a conversation about miracles, creating the life of your dreams, and the importance of stopping to celebrate along the way!

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|| DO YOU BELIEVE IN M A G I C ||

I believe in miracles and celebrating magic moments. When goals I had been working toward began to take shape this month I was reminded of this belief. I finally understood the importance of sitting back to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

I think when we embrace the so called “magical impossible” with an “im-possible” mentality, we begin to open up and trust that we can in fact attain what we desire. Miracles are everywhere and I think when you surround yourself with positivity, it keeps you sailing towards that magic. Having supportive people in my life has been essential in my quest to live an authentic life. My only wish is that I return the same energy to those who have helped keep me on track. Thanks for being you, Ashley, Evan, Mom and Dad, Sean, Ang, Colin, Austin, Nat Sin, Giuseppe, Lookbook, Paul Mitchell and Twenty20.

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|| WORK HARD P L A Y HARD ||

“Discipline is the backbone of progress. Make something important to you and you will get it done.” It’s no surprise that discipline brings about amazing results. What’s most rewarding is when you find a nice little groove in which you actually enjoy accomplishing tasks.

Sometimes in turning our passion into our profession we lose sight of the very magic we once knew and loved. What we once enjoyed doing for fun becomes a “have to” instead of “want to.” When we begin to regard our passion as “work” instead of “play,” we flip a switch in our mind. By reconnecting to that childlike essence, we can find playful ways to bring excitement back to our “work.” In return, we enhance our creativity and find inspiration in unlikely places.

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|| Y O U ARE THE CREATOR ||

“You are your only limit.” This is an amazing reminder that the only thing holding you back from achieving the life of your dreams is yourself. Whether that shows up in your life as doubt, playing it safe, negative self-talk or bad habits, just know you’re in control of how your story unfolds. Whoever said magic doesn’t exist clearly forgot that we ourselves are magic.

            Let’s pretend for a moment that your mind is a tape recorder and your life is the cassette tape. All your thoughts, beliefs, words and reactions create the sounds you record onto that tape. Now if you were to hit the playback what would you hear, a beautiful love song or an uninspired tune? Just like a tape recorder, the only way to create a new story is to record over the old with something new.

So the next time you’re being hard on yourself, look in the mirror and give  compliment, because we all should celebrate and love who we are right here right now. Make your life the most beautiful mix-tape ever and share it with the world!

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