The Path of Least Resistance: The Secret Chinese Tea House

Have you ever noticed what happens when you feel inspired? It’s wonderful isn’t it? The adventures you go on, the things you discover, the people you meet.

I encourage you to become aware of the beautiful things that happen and unfold in your life when you’re in a place of joy, inspiration, and happiness. When you act out of those feelings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the beauty around you.

One cloudy-rainy day my husband and I went on an adventure to the Marble House Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. This seemingly uneventful day turned into the most beautiful adventure. We discovered a beautiful historic Chinese Tea House next to the Ocean that we had no idea existed. We’d never heard of it and it still feels like the best kept secret of the area.

It’s beautiful what you’ll discover when you’re curious and willing to step out into the world, even when it doesn’t seem like it’ll be awesome.

I encourage you. When you’re in that good place, seek what is calling you, what you’re curious about, and I am certain you’ll be excited to see what you find.

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stay curious my friends.

xo!

P.S. If you’re in Rhode Island, here is the address to the Tea House:

596 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI. 02840

Baby Goats and Remembering Our Truth

It’s so important that we don’t forget who we are. what we love. where we came from.

I wasn’t raised on my grandmother’s farm in Venezuela but it continues to be a place of comfort. I can remember how happy I was as a little girl running around after baby goats, not caring how dirty I got, or how silly I looked.

Remembering what you used to love can be helpful for finding what your passions in life are now. I am an advocate of living in the now, but looking back and remembering how far you’ve made it in life will give you so much hope and inspiration to keep moving forward. Like Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” 

I reminisced the other day about where I came from. How lucky I’ve been in life to even just have the basics: full stomach, warm safe place to sleep, and the ability to learn and grow. You know, these simple pleasures are not a guarantee for many people around the world.

It made me realize that gratitude is a choice we need to make everyday. We should be grateful for the simple things, because isn’t that all there is? So, I am grateful for my dad’s love of photography which caused him to take this photo. I am grateful for my grandparent’s goat farm for they gave me such lovely memories. I am grateful for you, readers, for allowing me to share who I am with you.

I have come far in life, and so have you. I say, let’s make our time on this planet count.

Let’s make the things, and write the words, and speak our truth. Let’s be grateful for what we’ve been given and start from there. Let’s forget our excuses and leave our insecurities and fears aside. They don’t serve us. That’s not who we were as children and not who we should be as adults.

Today, I tell you the same thing I would tell the little girl in the photos below:

Do your thing kid. Run around with goats, wear your snoopy shirt, and smile proudly, for happiness is being true to who you are.

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P.S. If you’ve been looking for a sign from the Universe, this is it. Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. xo!

California Part 3: On Never giving up and the Golden Gate

It was more beautiful than I imagined.

I’ve driven over a lot of bridges. And, like you, have seen so many photos of The Golden Gate Bridge in movies and TV shoes (Full House, anyone?). I really figured it would be like, “oh cool, I can scratch that off my list”. But you know, it wasn’t like that at all! As we drove closer to the bridge I got more and more excited. I wanted to take photos but not lose the excitement of the moment. I wanted to soak it in. I opted for very few photos and decided to enjoy the drive.

I was still really excited when we got to the other side. There’s a little rest area, Bridge Plaza, that allows you to park and take the very iconic photos we are all used to seeing. The photos of the bridge look like a backdrop. Oh, and the bridge really is as orange as it looks, and a lot bigger than I imagined.

Seeing this bridge in person was like that awesome feeling of accomplishing your goals. Achieving them always seems so distant and far away at first until you get closer to them. And the closer you get, the more excited you become. Just a friendly reminder to never give up on your dreams. Whether you want to accomplish something or go somewhere, keep going. I believe in you.

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happy exploring!

Olivia

 

California Part 2: Remembering My love for Science at the California Academy of Sciences

I believe we are born curious.

Were you ever interested in science? Well, I used to love science. I distinctly remember wanting to learn more about biology, animals, and nature. Unfortunately, for me, those embers did eventually die as a middle schooler. I didn’t know any Latina scientists with my cultural background and I found it hard seeing myself as a scientist. Looking back now, I would’ve told young me to study whatever she wanted, but as a middle school girl seeking a sense of belonging and a desire to fit in, pursuing science would’ve done the opposite.

That curiosity did follow me as an undergrad when I took a course titled “Chemistry and Society” which I totally loved. It made chemistry real and accessible. Then, in graduate school I pursued my love of astronomy and read many articles on the biological sciences.

Although a career in science was not in my future, I love that I can still enjoy the beauties of science in museums and every day life. To me, science is about being curious. It is about being so curious that you will do whatever possible to understand the why and how of something. Science truly is for everyone.

I am thankful for places like the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco that ignites excitement of the world and reminds us of our childlike curiosity.

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much love to you,
Olivia

 

California Part 1: Feeling Insignificant at Muir Woods

“You become like an astronaut who sees the planet Earth surrounded by the vastness of space and realizes a paradoxical truth: The earth is precious and at the same time insignificant.” -Eckhart Tolle

I honestly felt this way while in Muir Woods. I felt so small and so insignificant in the midst of the enormous redwoods. But you know the beautiful part about it? I was in awe of how magnificent and precious they were. Have you ever felt that way? In awe of nature?

I feel this way when I look at photos of the billions of galaxies in our Universe. Or the billions of grains of sand at the beach. Or the amount of leaves in one tree. There truly is so much abundance on this planet and in our every day lives. Sometimes we get caught up in the drama of it all, but looking up and reminding ourselves of nature’s beauty and abundance can give us a quick reminder that things are okay. They’re more than okay. They’re perfect.

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