This summer

It was different, I spent a lot of time working with three wonderful women who are learning English as a Second Language and even though they are not yet completely fluent each one of them is doing their best to move forward in the use of their language skills.

At the same time that we were working together our lives were intertwined with stories, events, songs, birthdays, end of school, beginning of school, happy moments and sad ones too.

As we moved fully into the summer the heat wave came upon us, covering our houses and our bodies and leaving us a little bit drained but also giving us an excuse to complain or to sympathize with each other. Probably no one between us loves the heat as much as other people do but still we are used to it coming and surprising us right on our faces.

In particular I have had a very difficult weather experience twice this summer. First, the day the weather was 118 Fahrenheit outside. It felt horrible to walk outside; I happened to be outside several times because I was doing laundry and drying the clothes on a clothesline; every time I walked out i felt enveloped by a wave of warmth that my body rejected immediately, going into a state of headache and difficulty to breathe. As soon as I went back into the house I felt better. The second time I experienced difficulties was the day our Air Conditioning broke.

I noticed on Sunday evening that the air coming from the vents was not cool. But I did not know for sure what was happening; then, the following day it was pretty obvious: the AC was not producing cool air. We called a local company to come and fix it but they were available until Wednesday morning, and I thought I could live through that with "ease". No way. By 4 pm that Monday I was anxiously looking for another technician to come and help us fix the problem because the heat in the house was intolerable and even though I went into a room with a window AC I was not getting enough cool air. 

Luckily, I found someone who happened to be on his way to my town and he agreed to come and help us. He was a godsend. I don't know what I would have done had he not come that evening. My house took several hours to cool down to an acceptable temperature but at least we had AC again!!!

So, this summer has brought us a lot of things and one of them is hot weather, but we have also had a chance to go to parties, travel, get a driver's license, move house, work in internships, talk about goals, organization, fast fashion, events and the weather of course. We also have enjoyed some good food and sang along some good tunes. On the ugly side we gave dealt with an invasion of worms (in someone's tree). stress caused attending a party where we did not know the guests, stress caused by lack of planning for a day full of activities ending with a graduation party and disappointments on change of plans. But this is what life is and we have enjoyed and lived it at the fullest.

The summer goes on but it is time to go back to school and move onto new projects and stages of life; I am thankful for all the wonderful times I have had and I am looking forward to more exciting chats, events, tunes and times.  

Life is a laboratory and this is my experiment

This year I am determined to discover new venues of creativity and because of that is that this blog emerged. This idea of blogging has been flirting with me for a while but it is until now that I can truly commit to talk about topics that interest women of my age, maybe younger, maybe older. Those topics include home management, creativity, music, cooking, books, home improvement, pets, languages, writing tools, education and faith.

So, this is my new experiment and I am excited to start because it is not something that comes easy to me but I am convinced that I want to communicate more than before. Today I want to talk about the results of experimenting with a project.

This is something that we all do, most often than not, and it usually encompasses a series of steps. guided or not, and end up in a success or a failure. I amused to experimenting because I do it all the time in my kitchen and in my house or on my person. 

Like I said in a previous post I like to watch Youtube because of the many things that I learn, but also because I like to see what is on the minds of other people. I do not care about camera technique or whether they are talking about the last topic trend. What I care about is the sincerity and value of the message that is being given. i find it of value if it comes with honesty, even if the message is as simple as an update of what that person ate that day.

It is through watching Youtube that I have become more interested in certain topics (like organization, planners, bullet journals, beauty and fashion) and I have great admiration for those men and women that are putting themselves out there to contribute with something valuable to the endless stream of videos. Many of them probably experiment a lot in their own before talking about whatever topic they choose but some seem to throw themselves without much preparation into filming themselves. Whatever their method I have found myself wondering more about certain topics and have decided to experiment with ideas, suggestions and even projects.

My lesson learned here is that sometimes it is very good to share with the world what you are experimenting with, the knowledge that comes with it and the benefits or disadvantages of doing so. I have also found that many Youtubers define themselves as shy or introverted (when it comes to people in their real lives, not in their virtual lives) but find this venue of filming video more appealing to communicate without having to face their audience.

Well, I think that we do have to face the audience at some point but spite of that I am willing to experiment with this blog, with the ideas I am getting from Youtube and other sites and with the ideas that emerge in my consciousness and that are inspiring me to follow this path.

I hope you do find it interesting to read.

Tell me, What are your motivations to experiment?, What inspires experimentation in your life? I am listening...