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My First Half-Marathon: 5 Lessons Learned

Last week I ran my first half-marathon in Miami annual Marathon race. It was AMAZING! But more on that later. A little back story on why I decided to run the half-marathon in the first place: I needed to push myself to achieve a goal to lose weight. I gained a couple of pounds and it was getting so hard to lose loose those extra pounds. (Damm you adulthood!) That’s why I decided to start running. I found a training plan on Pinterest and that was it. I immediately signed up to the race so I don’t “change ny mind” or “back out” from achieving my goal.   I trained for 16 weeks, 3 times a week. Every week the distances got longer and the training harder. With that on mind, I lost the extra weight in only a couple of months. (Yay me!) Here are five lessons I learned after running my first Half-Marathon:   1. Fuel-up! Always bring energy pick-me-ups to have during the race. At Km 15/Mile 9.3, I began feeling a …

A Year in Review 2017 – Travel more.


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Another year flew by. It feels like not too long ago I was writing the 2016’s A Year in Review blog post. Time seems to go by faster as I get older, which scares me. Does this mean that in a blink of an eye I’ll be 35 years old, married with two kids? Oh, my. On my first three years, I was unstoppable. As soon as one trip ended, I had another adventure booked to start in less than three weeks. But early this year I realized that the world is not going anywhere and neither do I. If I keep traveling at this pace, I’ll travel the entire world by the age of 45. Does this mean that at such young age I would stop traveling because I already saw it all? Hell no.    Secondly, I am four years older than when I started my adventure around the world. Things have changed – I’ve changed. At 21, I could sleep in a hammock in the outdoors  of a hostel in Mexico with …

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12 Things I Learned in 2017

As the year comes to an end, I can only say this: wow. Where did time go?  They say you learn something new every day of your life, so here are twelve things I learned throughout the year:   January | There are two kinds of people in this world: the smart ones and the stupid ones. February | The world is not going anywhere – There’s time to see it all.  March |Everything starts with the decision to try… THIS. IS. IT! April |If you could be a kid for one more day, what would you do? May | If someone is strong enough to bring you down, show them you are strong enough to get back up. June | It’s never too late to learn (or relearn) something new. Parlez vous Francaise? July | The secret to being happy? Just be. August | There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit bitter. September | Home is where the heart is. October …

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25 Years In This World

Today is my 25th Birthday. (Happy Birthday to me! Yay! ) Twenty-five… where did time go? Something that I’ve learned in this 1/4 of life (assuming I live until I’m 100 years old) is that time goes by so fast. Time is something you can never get back and taking for granted is simply not an option. For this week’s post I’ve decided to take a quick trip through “memory lane” and highlight my travels throughout twenty five years. 1992 – Welcome to the world! 1993 – Age 1 1994 – Age 2 1995 – Age 3 1996 – Age 4 1997 – Age 5 1998 – Age 6 1999 – Age 7 2000 – Age 8 2001 – Age 9 2002 – Age 10 2003 – Age 11 2004 – Age 12 2005 – Age 13 2006 – Age 14 2007 – Age 15 2008 – Age 16 2009 – Age 17 2010 – Age 18 2011 – Age 19 2012 – Age 20 2013 – Age 21 2014 – Age 22 2015 – Age …

Time To Take a Break From Traveling (Wait, What?)

“Hey Mariella, when is your next trip?” seems to be the most popular question I get asked lately. What if I tell you that (for the first time in four years) I have no idea what my next adventure entails? The answer is simple: I’m exhausted… Many people think traveling the world is all leisure, but truth is one has to invest a lot of time and energy to make it happen. Trip after trip after trip after trip and being constantly moving from place to place gets old. And if I continue traveling the world at this pace, I’ll eventually burnout. That’s why I’ve decided to take a three month break. Taking a break from traveling is the way to go when you feel like your inner wanderlust is not the same as it was before. It’s normal – it happens to everyone.I’m not going to lie, It’s a strange feeling not looking forward to an upcoming trip. But I do believe this break it’s going to be good for me! When I’m ready …