We think we have evolved, but have we?

At my age, my mom already had 2 girls and was getting a divorce. Alone, abandoned, with 2 daughters and nowhere to go. At 26, I’m trying to see which country to visit next, weather or not I can get a better car and is my android doing enough cool stuff. Nowadays, for some reason we think that we are so much better than our parents, trying to educate them about how the real world is and thinking how silly and old-school they are. But, who’s the silly one in this picture?

My mom was a single mom at my age and I remember her being able to pay up in full the apartment I grew up in. I can’t possibly imagine how in the world she managed to face a full time job, 2 kids (I was always sick), the trauma of a divorce and no help from her family. I remember her always strong and wise. She always had an answer to our problems, always able to solve whatever issue came our way.

I got stressed out when I first had a taste of reality and had to juggle my relationship, a stressful job, a new country and health issues.  Honestly, now I’m a grown-up (almost :)) and I still don’t get it how she did it. Maybe that’s something about the way she was built, her faith in God or there’s just a special strength that comes in weary times.

So, I ask again, how have we evolved, when we are not able to take care of ourselves, don’t even dare having kids until we’re at least 35 and outsource most of the chores (household cleaning, ironing, take away, etc).

I wish I would have that resourcefulness, strength and wisdom to handle everything, not break down and come out successful at the end of the day.

Thank you mom!

Lovely day in the lovely Hague

As it’s normal to Brussels, people come and go. Some come for a couple of months, some stay for years. But one thing is for sure, there are constant good-bye parties.  I have been already to so many of them and it’s not a fun time. It’s not cool connecting with people, building friendships and then good-bye, again and again. Anyway, my point is that this week-end we went to visit some friends who moved to the Hague, away from Brussels a few months ago. We just went for the day to catch up, spend some quality time and take a glimpse of the Hague. I have never been there, so I was excited to go.

We were lucky enough to have a sunny day, but the wind was evil 🙂 First stop was lunch/dinner at a Brazilian restaurant. Needless to say that there was too much meat, but very good and tasty! To feel less guilty and see some nice parts of the city, we went for a walk on the beach. We were lucky to get to see the sunset. A beautiful, beautiful colored sky. I looked painted 🙂 Well, God’s creation is amazing!

Beautiful sunset in The Hague

In the evening we went back to the city and zigzagged through the little streets to get to the center. It was such an amazing surprise. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I simply loved the little streets, with beautiful window displays, very chic. So many cute stores that I wish I could have explored, but they were all closed. Some streets reminded me of the very fancy streets you have in St. Tropez and some store window frames had something British to them. Either way, adorable to look at and very creative. Also, we passed a lot of art galleries, that again I would have loved to spend some time in. Oh, and cool museums (i.e. Vermeer) and important buildings (i.e. European Court of Justice).

Unfortunately, we were there only for a couple of hours and during the evening, so I didn’t get to take a lot of photos, but I am proud of the sunset ones. All in all, the Hague is definitively worth visiting and enjoying properly. Sadly, I understood the food is not excellent there. So, go for the city, very beautiful architecture and very pretty stores. It’s a photographer’s dream 🙂

I was once again reminded how clean, ordered and peculiar Holland is. It’s always cool to explore it.

Thank you Paul and Nada for such a great day!

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TGIF!!!

Especially after the week I just had

Oh my goodness, I love Fridays! I love them more than Thursdays or Saturdays! I get energized by the idea that in just a few hours I can enjoy 2 days off. Two days to travel, relax, rest, see friends and do whatever I didn’t have time or energy to do during the week.

I’m the happiest on Friday, at 5pm! I have the feeling that I have all the time in the world, that I can have a late dinner with friends and don’t freak out to go home early or start watching a movie at 11pm, without thinking in the back of my head that I need to wake up in 7 hours.

This morning I heard the alarm and I was thinking, I don’t have to wake up, it’s Saturday, forget it, I’m staying in! Then, I realized, I never put my alarm in the week-ends. It immediately sank in that I have to get up, take a shower and have a quick breakfast in my car. Nevertheless, IT’S FRIDAY, what a joy!

Thank God it’s Friday!

–Thank you http://www.funnynator.com for the picture —

Don’t make a mess by rushing into things

From the series of DON’TS: Don’t make a mess by rushing into things! When you’re in a hurry, you’re bound to make mistakes, miss important information, forget about people and tasks, just mess it up. You think you are solving the issue, but if you ruin it, it’s going to take you longer to fix it.

Exactly how I felt 🙂

This week, I did so many mistakes that I was thinking:”Isn’t there a quota of mistakes per day?” If so, I hope I reached it, cause it’s getting serious. The problem is when this happens at work and you have to report to your boss what you did. When that happens you just brace for impact and hope for the best. This week, although I had my decent share of mistakes, I managed to stabilize the situation and make it seem like nothing happened. Uhuuu!

You know the rush of adrenaline to get when you realized you just missed a deadline, forgot sending a report, missed an appointment or a major task fell of your agenda? I can live without that adrenaline. But this week I  managed to check most of these things and complicate my life. All this just because I thought that if I hurried up and juggle many things at the same time I would obviously be efficient.

This only made me think, why get so desperate to do everyone asap, when I can easily make errors and afterwards spend days “cleaning up” after myself.

Today, it’s Friday and I can only be happy and look forward to the week-end and hope Monday we can start form zero and have a mistake-free week.

Very thankful my mistakes were contained and in the end everything got solved.

–Thank you http://www.123rf.com/ for this picture–

What, Lent already?

Courtesy of Google Images

Just yesterday we were coming back from our Christmas holiday and back into the containable amount of work left over the holidays. Today, I was remembered by a surprised scream from one of my colleagues at work: “Guys, it’s Mardi Gras today!!” End of carnival and jumping right into Lent. So, if you were reminded in advance, probably you enjoyed some wacky parade in your area, ate pancakes (mostly UK) and played with oversized beads.

Probably, Mardi Gras is more known than Ash Wednesday, its preceding day, but it has a more spiritual significance. It’s the start of Lent, a period that is suppose to draw us closer to God or at least make us more aware of its sacrifice.

Ash Wednesday begins a forty day period during which Christians remember their sinfulness, repent, ask God’s forgiveness, and recognize that God’s forgiveness comes at an infinite price — the death of Christ on the cross on our behalf. It is not meant as a time of false humility or prideful self-sacrifice. It reminds us that our sin separates us from God, who “demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

So, buckle up and make the best of it. But, for heaven’s sake remember that it’s about the attitude, not only counting our good deeds, having a dry celebration that happens to come every year. I see it as a great gift that we got, the chance to a new hope, a new life!

Thank YOU for the CROSS!