“In this go-go-go, now-now-now hustle & bustle kind of world, sometimes the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and be thankful for everything life has to offer.”
Since as far back as I can remember I’ve always surrounding my living spaces — both indoors and out — with things that yield a sense of calm from the hustle and bustle of the real world. There is art around every corner of my home, plants, collected items from exotic travels, photographs commemorating one celebration or another — a true curated experience that makes me smile daily. Whenever I travel, I always yearn to return home. I’ve often found myself halfway across the world scrolling through my phone’s photo album when I get home sick. Whenever I reconnect with someone whom I haven’t seen for a while and they ask me how I’m doing, I always say I’m “Tranquilo y Tropical” — it’s something that I remember my grandfather saying when he was reading under his favorite mango tree; it’s something my wife says to me whenever we have some time off or finish a deadline. Sure, life can get hectic, but it’s those moments of respite that linger the longest and yield the fondest memories.