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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Back to Basics...

It is such a good feeling when an all-consuming project/obligation and ultimately accomplishment, is over.

Now I can get back to the basics...the little things you do just for the sake of doing them.

For me, that's much more than my full-time teaching, its rolling around with the pups, starting our summer garden, working on the Indie BIZ, reading up on raising chickens (my summer project), sewing, crafting, blogging and maybe, just maybe, learning how to make french macaroons...finally! I also have a little role in a dinner theater production this Spring- anybody know any good memorization apps?

digital manipulation of a glass sketch by marisol diaz

In the end it's like having a whole field of possiblities open wide in front of you. Still, the key to wonderful and productive next 6 months will be to have as little self-imposed stress which means avoiding projects with hard-pressed deadlines- those just kill me! Though judging by responses to this last exhibit, putting me under pressure cooker settings can actually produce fantastic results.

I'm pretty bad at avoiding such opportunities so a major goal will be to STAY STRESS FREE.

BTW, I recv'd two more penpal letters Yay!! and some super cute, made-with-love notes.

Still working on that new giveaway for you all...and I'm wondering - even doing something you love for a mandated date can turn it into 'work' - So how do you stay STRESS FREE??

-Ciao Amarettogirl

Reader Comments (7)

that glass piece is so pretty! I daydream to stay stress free, how could I be unhappy while childishly swimming in my dreams?

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

I cook...What else!!!!! Especially when I put on my apron, I feel like I'm on the Food Network and I start to talk out loud while I'm cooking.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTital

Good luck staying stress free... Starting the garden should help. Hope you are able to get into that soon...

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStainboy

To memorize your lines faster: Record yourself speaking and then listen to it over, and over, and over... and try to rehearse too.

french macaroon? I just read about them a few minutes ago! They look so beautiful, but I'm not so convinced about the taste...

There is no way for me to be strees FREE! There are some days when I TRY to relax, and that's all I can get. Most of the times I just can't keep cool.

I still don't know if you got my email :(


April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

You could try going over your lines....even if it is alone (hahahaha)

I stay stress free by cooking, taking long showers with really hot water, and of course television :)

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervrock

Hey! That's so cool that you have all these cool things to look ofward to and you can just let loose!!! oh how i long and envy that ;) Anyway this made sound weird but im the least stressful in the shower because for some rason it's relaxing for me and i really get all my thughts laid out there lol.

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

Trying to stay stress free can be very stressful in and of iself, so I rarely try I just kind of let things happen. Even when on a set time frame I can only work an what I can control and remembering is helpful to me.
But if I do find myself stressed I go shopping, It calms me and brightens my spirit without fail.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

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