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Think your Tumblr blog deserves to be printed out, bound in an attractive cover, and sold in stores? So does Chronicle Books! For the second time in as many years, the Great Tumblr Book Search is upon us. 

Last year’s winner was shitroughdrafts, and just look: it’s going to become a real live book on April 15th! People are going to touch it with their hands. If you want people touching your blog with their hands, enter this contest

This is an awesome opportunity. Do it, do it, do it. 

Try something new. And paddle.

So. It’s been a week I am back from Hawaii and I came straight into a polar vortex. Now, I know I should (and I do) count myself lucky because I was away for the worst part and this has in fact been a mild week, with temperatures reaching low twenties (-10C) but the days mostly sunny and nice. It’s just that after one spends two weeks waking up to birds and going into a warm ocean everyday, it can be challenging to wake up to a construction site symphony and go into three layers of clothes and a down jacket.

That said, inasmuch as I am sad to have left Hawaii, I am very happy to be back and thankful for the week I had. It was a very important week and, because I can, I am going to consider today the last day of that week, because today something very special happened to me.

I learned lots of lessons in Hawaii and, while I am not ready to become a hippie, or chase the summer around the world while I do yoga and meditate, this was - to use a word my friend Tom likes a lot - a transformational vacation.

Now, I have been on vacation before and I have had amazing experiences. I am lucky like that. I have also traveled alone. Many a time. I reckon it’s the context I am in, call it the alignment of the stars, whatever you like.

Last year was a tough one. This year I will be forty. I discovered the power of the smile. Laugh at me, then smile. Feel better? That’s what I am talking about. I have recently reconnected with some friends I have missed for a long time. I have also let go of others whom I will always care for, but who just don’t fit the criteria for friends anymore. I accepted a pretty serious job: I am someone’s godmother now. Maybe I am crazy, but I do think this past month was some sort of culmination of a journey. The end of the first act. And I am ready for the second.

The most important lesson from Hawaii continues to be: paddle, paddle, paddle. (http://fefasmile.tumblr.com/post/74227270358/things-i-learned-in-hawaii-so-far)

But, as the final days approached, I realized what that lesson had really helped me with. And so it is that my journey has become clearer to me. And, again, if you are reading this and you have known me for a while (especially long time friends and family), no, I haven’t been drinking or anything. I am just conscious. And that’s a great thing.

Hawaii was about trying something new. A new place, new food, a new sport - I had tried to surf before, but this time I was serious about learning - and, more than anything, a new attitude. And, without me knowing, I was getting ready for the new things I have ahead of me in act two.

And so it is that my last lesson from Hawaii - and I don’t mean it in a ready-to-buy piece of advice - is to try something new all the time. I had had the feeling that it was going to be it, I mentioned something like that to my therapist this past week, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until today.

Today, the last day of the last week of my first act, I got it. I went to see someone very special, a friend that was put in my path last year and whom, since the first day I met, I knew was going to be special in my life. Today, after generously helping me feel better with his gift and allowing me to understand that I need to connect with myself and the world in a more meaningful way, he left me with a message: believe.

Believe I will. And that will let me try something (or somethings) new. The rest I know: paddle, paddle, paddle.

Thank you, Michael. Thank you very much. I hope you are your family are a big part of the next acts.

Things I learned in Hawaii so far

It’s been ten days I am in the North Shore of Oahu. Best vacation I have had in a while. Been taking surf lessons, stand up paddle lessons and really chilling. To the point that I have spent four days without checking my email.
I have learned a few things thus far.

1. There is a reason surfers have those amazing bodies. Especially those abs. I mean, we see them paddle out, paddle to catch the wave, jump up and that’s it, right? Wrong. It is a whole lot of work to surf. Worth every minute - and all the pain I am feeling right now - and every effort, but it is a whole lotta exercising. For one to paddle correctly and strongly, it’s all in the upper back, core and arms. Which means I need to change my routine if I intend to be able to do this often.

2. The ocean is not your friend. I mean, it’s beautiful, I get that, but it’s not your friend. Don’t fight the ocean. Straight through the waves - as the old man I met in the water told me “ninety degrees, no angle, my dear, it will get an angle on you” - and paddle, paddle, paddle.

If you look at what is going on today (http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/#!/newsDetail/24509382) you will understand why knowing this is of the utmost importance.

Alternatively, check this picture: http://instagram.com/p/jfGysuKkR2/

You can also check out my IG @fefaromano and you will see what I saw today

3. Paddle, paddle, paddle.

4. Yes, surfers are known for eating like pigs, sleeping like logs and looking like Gods.

Number one: they don’t eat like pigs. I tried. And then I went into the ocean. After the second wave I was sure I was going to be sick right there. They eat a lot, that’s true. The ocean makes everyone hungry. But they eat healthy. Which sucks. I thought this was going to be my excuse for all the cheeseburgers I could manage in two weeks’ time. I only managed one so far.

Number two: if everyone surfed or did water sports or any sports frequently enough for that matter, it would be the end of AdvilPM and the likes.

Number three: I did see some great looking dudes. I did see some great looking chicks. Mostly everyone looks healthy. Which, if there are Gods - well Asgard and Thor would prove my point - I think is what they’d look like. The lesson is sun, salt water, nice food and no email is what anyone needs to ascend to the Olympus.

5. Be an early riser. It’s easier than you think and it pays off. I am a total beginner and have been surfing where the surf schools take their students. If I get there before they do, the odds that I can focus on choosing the right wave, paddling hard enough, hands next to my waist, push up, stand on my side, bend my knees… See? It’s a lot of stuff to concentrate on and if I don’t need to add not running over the kids over there to this list, life will be much better.

6. Wear sunscreen. I know we hear that all the time. I know I do. My family is a mix of European countries and the Italian in me - I reckon it’s the strongest gene pool - is from Sicily. So I am naturally darker. Well, I have been using sunscreen every day and I am still the darkest I have been in several years (I am quite happy about it, by the way) and peeling a bit here and there (not happy at all).

7. Smile at strangers. To be honest, I haven’t learned this here. But I’ve been practicing it a lot. Personally, I much prefer dogs to human beings (seriously, dogs in average are much nicer than we are) and I avoid making friends with strangers if I can. But I am traveling alone and I am in the water every day. It’s a matter of safety. I talk to everyone, smile at everyone and got lucky enough to make new friends here. I now have a surf mate in NY, although I told her she can expect me only after April, as I am a tropical animal and can’t deal with the water when it’s that cold.

8. Learn to do nothing and watch the world around you. I also don’t think you need to come to Hawaii to learn that, but it’s been nice to be able to do just that.

9. Drive, walk, cycle or run around. I am a creature of routine. I do the exact same things every morning and here it hasn’t been much different. Wake up. Pee. Put the water for coffee on. Walk around to actually wake up. Pour the coffee. Put the toaster on. Etc. I tend to also stick to one geographic area everywhere I go unless I am forced to not do so. But I have been driving around here and it’s beautiful. This island is gorgeous and it’s very much worth seeing it.

10. Paddle, paddle, paddle. With the risk of one of my family members or close friends wanting to send me to Arkham for saying it; you paddle out so you can be where the wave will find you - that was another lesson, I don’t think we find the waves, I really think they find us - and you paddle, really hard, to catch it, to be worth it. Then it’s just jumping up and keeping your balance. Look in the direction you want to go to and your body will follow. I reckon that’s a lesson for life.

Thank you, Hawaii. Mahalo

daniel2042:

Happy Thanksgiving from #Her

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Happy Thanksgiving from #Her

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Brought to you by the letters F-L-O-T-U-S.

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Brought to you by the letters F-L-O-T-U-S.

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Think your Tumblr blog deserves to be printed out, bound in an attractive cover, and sold in stores? So does Chronicle Books! For the second time in as many years, the Great Tumblr Book Search is upon us. 
Last year’s winner was shitroughdrafts, and just look: it’s going to become a real live book on April 15th! People are going to touch it with their hands. If you want people touching your blog with their hands, enter this contest. 
This is an awesome opportunity. Do it, do it, do it. 

staff:

Think your Tumblr blog deserves to be printed out, bound in an attractive cover, and sold in stores? So does Chronicle Books! For the second time in as many years, the Great Tumblr Book Search is upon us. 

Last year’s winner was shitroughdrafts, and just look: it’s going to become a real live book on April 15th! People are going to touch it with their hands. If you want people touching your blog with their hands, enter this contest

This is an awesome opportunity. Do it, do it, do it. 

Try something new. And paddle.

So. It’s been a week I am back from Hawaii and I came straight into a polar vortex. Now, I know I should (and I do) count myself lucky because I was away for the worst part and this has in fact been a mild week, with temperatures reaching low twenties (-10C) but the days mostly sunny and nice. It’s just that after one spends two weeks waking up to birds and going into a warm ocean everyday, it can be challenging to wake up to a construction site symphony and go into three layers of clothes and a down jacket.

That said, inasmuch as I am sad to have left Hawaii, I am very happy to be back and thankful for the week I had. It was a very important week and, because I can, I am going to consider today the last day of that week, because today something very special happened to me.

I learned lots of lessons in Hawaii and, while I am not ready to become a hippie, or chase the summer around the world while I do yoga and meditate, this was - to use a word my friend Tom likes a lot - a transformational vacation.

Now, I have been on vacation before and I have had amazing experiences. I am lucky like that. I have also traveled alone. Many a time. I reckon it’s the context I am in, call it the alignment of the stars, whatever you like.

Last year was a tough one. This year I will be forty. I discovered the power of the smile. Laugh at me, then smile. Feel better? That’s what I am talking about. I have recently reconnected with some friends I have missed for a long time. I have also let go of others whom I will always care for, but who just don’t fit the criteria for friends anymore. I accepted a pretty serious job: I am someone’s godmother now. Maybe I am crazy, but I do think this past month was some sort of culmination of a journey. The end of the first act. And I am ready for the second.

The most important lesson from Hawaii continues to be: paddle, paddle, paddle. (http://fefasmile.tumblr.com/post/74227270358/things-i-learned-in-hawaii-so-far)

But, as the final days approached, I realized what that lesson had really helped me with. And so it is that my journey has become clearer to me. And, again, if you are reading this and you have known me for a while (especially long time friends and family), no, I haven’t been drinking or anything. I am just conscious. And that’s a great thing.

Hawaii was about trying something new. A new place, new food, a new sport - I had tried to surf before, but this time I was serious about learning - and, more than anything, a new attitude. And, without me knowing, I was getting ready for the new things I have ahead of me in act two.

And so it is that my last lesson from Hawaii - and I don’t mean it in a ready-to-buy piece of advice - is to try something new all the time. I had had the feeling that it was going to be it, I mentioned something like that to my therapist this past week, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until today.

Today, the last day of the last week of my first act, I got it. I went to see someone very special, a friend that was put in my path last year and whom, since the first day I met, I knew was going to be special in my life. Today, after generously helping me feel better with his gift and allowing me to understand that I need to connect with myself and the world in a more meaningful way, he left me with a message: believe.

Believe I will. And that will let me try something (or somethings) new. The rest I know: paddle, paddle, paddle.

Thank you, Michael. Thank you very much. I hope you are your family are a big part of the next acts.

Things I learned in Hawaii so far

It’s been ten days I am in the North Shore of Oahu. Best vacation I have had in a while. Been taking surf lessons, stand up paddle lessons and really chilling. To the point that I have spent four days without checking my email.
I have learned a few things thus far.

1. There is a reason surfers have those amazing bodies. Especially those abs. I mean, we see them paddle out, paddle to catch the wave, jump up and that’s it, right? Wrong. It is a whole lot of work to surf. Worth every minute - and all the pain I am feeling right now - and every effort, but it is a whole lotta exercising. For one to paddle correctly and strongly, it’s all in the upper back, core and arms. Which means I need to change my routine if I intend to be able to do this often.

2. The ocean is not your friend. I mean, it’s beautiful, I get that, but it’s not your friend. Don’t fight the ocean. Straight through the waves - as the old man I met in the water told me “ninety degrees, no angle, my dear, it will get an angle on you” - and paddle, paddle, paddle.

If you look at what is going on today (http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/#!/newsDetail/24509382) you will understand why knowing this is of the utmost importance.

Alternatively, check this picture: http://instagram.com/p/jfGysuKkR2/

You can also check out my IG @fefaromano and you will see what I saw today

3. Paddle, paddle, paddle.

4. Yes, surfers are known for eating like pigs, sleeping like logs and looking like Gods.

Number one: they don’t eat like pigs. I tried. And then I went into the ocean. After the second wave I was sure I was going to be sick right there. They eat a lot, that’s true. The ocean makes everyone hungry. But they eat healthy. Which sucks. I thought this was going to be my excuse for all the cheeseburgers I could manage in two weeks’ time. I only managed one so far.

Number two: if everyone surfed or did water sports or any sports frequently enough for that matter, it would be the end of AdvilPM and the likes.

Number three: I did see some great looking dudes. I did see some great looking chicks. Mostly everyone looks healthy. Which, if there are Gods - well Asgard and Thor would prove my point - I think is what they’d look like. The lesson is sun, salt water, nice food and no email is what anyone needs to ascend to the Olympus.

5. Be an early riser. It’s easier than you think and it pays off. I am a total beginner and have been surfing where the surf schools take their students. If I get there before they do, the odds that I can focus on choosing the right wave, paddling hard enough, hands next to my waist, push up, stand on my side, bend my knees… See? It’s a lot of stuff to concentrate on and if I don’t need to add not running over the kids over there to this list, life will be much better.

6. Wear sunscreen. I know we hear that all the time. I know I do. My family is a mix of European countries and the Italian in me - I reckon it’s the strongest gene pool - is from Sicily. So I am naturally darker. Well, I have been using sunscreen every day and I am still the darkest I have been in several years (I am quite happy about it, by the way) and peeling a bit here and there (not happy at all).

7. Smile at strangers. To be honest, I haven’t learned this here. But I’ve been practicing it a lot. Personally, I much prefer dogs to human beings (seriously, dogs in average are much nicer than we are) and I avoid making friends with strangers if I can. But I am traveling alone and I am in the water every day. It’s a matter of safety. I talk to everyone, smile at everyone and got lucky enough to make new friends here. I now have a surf mate in NY, although I told her she can expect me only after April, as I am a tropical animal and can’t deal with the water when it’s that cold.

8. Learn to do nothing and watch the world around you. I also don’t think you need to come to Hawaii to learn that, but it’s been nice to be able to do just that.

9. Drive, walk, cycle or run around. I am a creature of routine. I do the exact same things every morning and here it hasn’t been much different. Wake up. Pee. Put the water for coffee on. Walk around to actually wake up. Pour the coffee. Put the toaster on. Etc. I tend to also stick to one geographic area everywhere I go unless I am forced to not do so. But I have been driving around here and it’s beautiful. This island is gorgeous and it’s very much worth seeing it.

10. Paddle, paddle, paddle. With the risk of one of my family members or close friends wanting to send me to Arkham for saying it; you paddle out so you can be where the wave will find you - that was another lesson, I don’t think we find the waves, I really think they find us - and you paddle, really hard, to catch it, to be worth it. Then it’s just jumping up and keeping your balance. Look in the direction you want to go to and your body will follow. I reckon that’s a lesson for life.

Thank you, Hawaii. Mahalo

daniel2042:

Happy Thanksgiving from #Her

daniel2042:

Happy Thanksgiving from #Her

(Source: herthemovie, via theadventuresofdano)

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!

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Brought to you by the letters F-L-O-T-U-S.

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