It's hard to believe it's been one year since I started Hola Irela! This, seemingly, insignificant post started a whole new chapter in my life that has brought so much happiness and joy! When I started blogging in November 2012 I was looking for an outlet, a place to call my own where I could share my photos and everyday rants. I really think I've turned this little blog of mine into just that. It has become my safe haven. My life has taken so many turns in just one year. I can truly say 2013 has been the most eventful period I've had in a very long time. Patrick and I moved in together, we began following a Vegan diet, I decided to go back to school and finally, I quit my job. These have all been huge changes for us, milestones even, and they have all happened in such close proximity of one another. It makes me so happy to know all these events are recorded here in Hola Irela! and that one day, ten years from now, I'll be able to go back and read exactly how it all came to be.
I am extremely thankful! In just a year I've gained so many followers, and met the most amazing people. I feel truly blessed everyday to form part of such a nice little community. I know these past two months have been quite inactive. But I am not giving up, Hola Irela! will continue. This little blog of mine has brought so much to me, I could never part with it. ♥
I did it. I really really did it. Wednesday afternoon I walked up to my boss and told her I was resigning.
I wish I was here to tell you a tale of pure awesomeness. One in which I walked into her office told her I was leaving because I was sick and tired of putting up with her crap. For good measure I also told her how little I did think of her, the team, the company and pretty much any of the work I've been doing these past two years. But unfortunately (or maybe it's a good thing lol), I am not here to tell you that type of story...
In REALITY, I sat down with her and simply told her I wanted to pursue a different path (which is true). When asked if it had something to do with management or my co-workers, I lied and said that wasn't the issue, even though it really was. I was very humble. The moment I sat down to talk to her and realized I was actually breaking free, I knew I'd won the battle. I decided to take the easy way out. I spoke ill of no one and made no waves. I gave a month notice, and walked back down to my desk. This was my way of saying thank you. Thank you for allowing me to find the courage to realize I am capable of so much more. I would have never taken the steps I've taken to better myself if I had been comfortable and content.
It's funny how much things have changed. Since Wednesday, I feel like a completely different person. I'm myself again. I can have fun. I feel liberated, courageous and hopeful. I guess you can say, I feel truly free.
I saw this beautiful list over at Dannielle's blog and I just had to recreate my own! Here it goes...
Someday I will....
Have time for this lovely blog of mine (someday...as in December guys, hang in there please!)
Go to Grad School
Run a marathon
Visit every continent (yes Antarctica, that includes you too!)
Have a sea-side home in my hometown
Have the strength to own a pet again (My doggy Chander passed away two years ago after being in the family for over ten years. I went through a pretty rough grieving process. We all did. To this day, we can't really imagine owning another dog again)
October was probably my slowest month ever on Instagram. There really wasn't much to document to be honest.
Because of that, even though I usually do a small round-up of things that happened, I want to dedicate this post to all the things I am looking forward to in November. October was October, but November is going to be really great in more ways than just one. There's the trivial things like colder weather and pumpkin spice lattes. I can't forget cinnamon rolls and butternut squash soup! It'll be in the 70s in the mornings which means light sweaters or pashminas. I know...I know, small victories! For us Miami-folk this kind of weather is a celebration!
I get to resign from my job as well. It will be great to finally say the words. Once I do it, I know I will feel as light as a feather! There's also that Thanksgiving dinner I'm hosting which I've been looking forward to for a couple of months now. My little blog turns one! Which is so shocking to me. It doesn't seem like a year has passed since I started rambling here on Hola Irela! It's been such a wonderful outlet though, I am so happy I found this place to call my own! And last but not least, I get to find out the exact date my Grandma will be here in December. This is huge, huge, H-U-G-E...I haven't spent Christmas with my Grandmother since I was a little girl. This year we are extremely blessed to welcome her into our homes. She'll be spending the month of December with us and it's all we can talk about lately. We are beyond ourselves!
This year is coming to an end so quickly. I'm almost sad to see it go because it honestly has been a pretty blessed and quiet one for me. The thought of a new chapter (as I tend to categorize years) starting so soon is a bit daunting. As always though, I'll just plow through and continue trying to make the best of every single day. That's all we can really do, right?
Last week amongst all the craziness, I had one thing in mind...the pumpkin patch!
My goal was to open a little window of time on Sunday and head down to the patch with my parents and Pat to take photos and pick a couple of pumpkins to scatter around the house for Halloween. Unfortunately, my body decided it had enough and gave up on me Saturday afternoon. As I lay in bed weak, with a horrible headache and barely able to move it hit me: oh my god, I've officially made myself sick! I couldn't believe it, all the stress, all the work, it finally caught up to me! I spent Saturday night and Sunday traveling between the bed and the couch (except a quick trip to the Supermarket which was a horrible idea). Barely able to stand, I rested. I rested like I hadn't rested in weeks, and when Monday rolled around I was feeling so much better.
I can't wait for this stage of my life to be over. Soon enough, I'll have so much more freedom. I'll be able to dedicate more time to myself, to cooking wonderful healthy meals and to this little blog of mine. In the meantime, I look for strength where there's none and I push myself through one more day. And baking Vegan Poppy Seed muffins certainly seems to help. Specially if I get to have one for breakfast or when I get home from work with a nice warm cup of tea. A small muffin has become my "me time", how crazy is that?
The future is bright and lovely, I just have to get there!