Weeks

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves

I’ve been having a couple of bad days. Today I was really bummed down, having really negative thoughs and feeling generally defeated, but my bestfriend took me out, and we talked about things that are worrying me, and I feel much better, and then I watched a video on youtube and I felt better even though it didn’t have much to do with anything

I feel better

Just in 25

My dear friend Charlotte send these to me over the mail the other day, cause she says (and I quote) “You don’t post anymore, here, answer this, keep me entertained” and since I love her heaps, here you have me.

25 Get to Know Me Q’s

1. What is your middle name?: Elizabeth. Yes, Elizabeth, nothing fancy. It’s even my “Adult” name, I usually introduce myself with that name.

2. What was favorite subject at school?: Spanish and Literature. I was awesome!

3. What is your favorite drink?: I am not too into Alcohol, so I’m just going to say a plain lemonade. Or green tea. I’m so basic.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?:

I don’t even know why

5. What is your favorite food?: Mexican in general.

6. What is the last thing you bought?: I’m trying to remember about anything relevant, but i can’t. I got gas on my way home.

7. Favorite book of all time?: The Unbearable lightness of being – Milan Kundera. I think Linn Ullmann’s Before you sleep is also on the level.

8. Favorite Color?: Pink and Grey

9. Do you have any pets?: Chewbacca Aminoacido.

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10. Favorite Perfume?: I’m going to sound like a Perfume snob, but I’m crazy over Chanel no. 5. That’s how I usually smell like. Also Ralph Lauren’s Blue Pony (I think the real name is 1).

11. Favorite Holiday?: Halloween!!!

12. Are you married?: Nop

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: I think I’ve been out of the country too many times to count. I’ve been to EU and Cuba.

14. Do you speak any other language?: I speak English and Spanish. I can kind of read French.

15. How many siblings do you have?: I am an only child

16. What is your favorite shop?: H&M? I think…

17. Favorite restaurant?: It’s a local restaurant. Truco 7.

18. When was the last time you cried?: Last saturday. Tough conversations.

19. Favorite Blog?: Gala Darling? I don’t really read personal blogs a lot.

20. Favorite Movie?: I used to say my favorite movie was The suicide Circle, but I don’t think that’s true anymore. One of my favorite ones is Ben-Hur. Secretary is on a similar level.

21. Favorite TV shows?: Just today I was talking to someone about how I don’t really watch a lot of tv shows anymore, but here are some! Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Regular Show, PLL, Once upon a time, The Vampire Diaries and Gilmore Girls

22. PC or Mac?: Mac

23. What phone do you have?: iPhone 6s, Rose Gold,

24. How tall are you?: 5’4″

25. Can you cook?: Yes, but I don’t do it a lot anymore, I want to start doing it again.

So there it is! Did you learn anything about me?

Ponidays are upon us… (A Guide!)

NOTE: Reposting this, cause it’s that time of the year…

Yes, I tried to mix the words Holidays and Pony to make them sound more like me, and kind of failed miserably…

But still, a few days ago, I was checking my December entries from previous years, and I decided to make a little compilation on X-mas and holidays related posts I’ve done, along with some other kind of useful posts and topics. So here you go: The ultimate Pony guide for the holidays.

Guides

Your Ringo-ish guide to survive the holidays (x-mas edition) – I wrote this back in 2009, but it’s still current, and it’s still a helpful guide for making it through the high profile festivities without going crazy.

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My daily Moleskine – A few years ago, I pulled together this tutorial on how to customize a pocket moleskine into a planner, GTD kind of thing. It’s a bit of work, but still really worth it, if you hate how the conventional planners are organized and you’d like to fix yourself with your own spaces. This year I don’t think I am going to do this from the very beginning, but I am taking a moleskine planner  and then I am customizing it a bit into something similar to this. I’ll let you guys know.

Questionnaires

The year in questions – 37 questions related to the year that’s just ending. Pro-tip: Answer this after christmas.

The best of… – straight forward questions highlighting the best of the year that’s just ending.

Both of these questionnaires are great and simple ways to make quick retrospectives of the year.

Goals

I am not one to tell you how to make and keep your goals, cause quite frankly I’m kind of an expert at not doing it, but still over the years, I’ve always liked to write down whatever I want to achieve during the upcoming year.

What are you planning for 2011? – If you’d like a bit of inspiration, here you have the list of goals and plans I did for 2011; a brief explanation on how I organize them, how I remind myself of them, a couple of techniques I use for internalizing them.

The 88 days project – This is a similar thing based on the fact that every 88 days the cells of your body are completely new cells than the ones forming you 88 earlier, therefore making you a whole new person. I still think it’s a neat way of renewing yourself and accepting new challenges every 88 days.

Gratefulness

This is something that I like to do, but hadn’t really picked it as a habit yet.

I constantly make these lists called Love List for the Ponicorn Soul, which pretty much are thankful lists for the things I love the most about my life. I started them as a way to remind myself of the good things going on in my life when I get depressed, but I think I might as well just write one at least once a month in the future.

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Also, I think I might write one of those for the whole year that is ending. If you want to do the same, up here you have a link to a specific list, but if you need a bit more inspiration, you can always check the Love List tag, as I sometimes make lists that won’t precisely fall in the Love List for the Ponicorn soul format, but still pretty much cover the same concept.

Websites to use

Good Reads – If you’re a reader, every year they organize a reading challenge, You set your own number of books you’d like to read. Next year I am going to 52!

Unfuck Your Habitat

UFYH – Short for Unfuck your habitat. As their slogan indicates: Terrifying motivation for lazy people with messy homes. If your room/home could use a little cleaning and organizing, this is the place to go. Hundreds of tips and techniques on how to start and remain organized.

Running for beginners – I am big on running, and even though I kind of dropped it for the year, I really want to pick it back. The first time I started doing it, this is the method I used. This link is full with a complete guide on how to go from 0 to 25 min running, videos on how to properly stretch, guides to buy good running shoes, etc.

In Class – Though not really a website, but an app for organizing your schedule, notes and homework. Incredibly useful if I say so myself. Sadly, it’s only available for IPad/IPhone.

And I am still on the search of a decent website or app for this, but just as I did during 2011, I am again doing a 52 movies a year challenge. I’ll have it  up on the tabs here for you to see as soon as I start.

Well, that’s it. It took me a bit to compose, but this is my guide for starting 2013, I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. You’ll see me posting a bit more about all these things in the following days.

Lots of holiday love!

Firma

How to drink tea, the Ponicorn way.

After last week’s post on how much I love tea, and tea becoming hipsters’ coffee and everything I started thinking a bit, lately, tea has become such a big deal in my life, it’s kind of eponymous of my current relationship, so having all of this in mind I felt a bit inspired to write this guide to drinking tea.

Why tea? I’m sure you can just type “Benefits of Tea” on Google and you’ll get a long list of awesome things that will happen to your body if you just start drinking tea. I won’t give you that. Yes, tea has a lot of antioxidants, has less caffeine than coffee and all that, but that is a given.

Let me tell you about my experience with tea.

I’ve been a tea drinker ever since I was a kid, both my parents are coffee drinkers and somehow didn’t want me to get the habit, so they made sure to always have a wide selection of tea herbs and bags at home, and I loved it so much, I never really go the hang of coffee, not even when I became a teenager and all of my friends wanted to go for a hot capu.

Coffee has always been bad for my body, I have to drink it with lots of cream and lots of sugar, it gives me headaches, makes me nauseous, shaky and I feel tired and sleepy after a while. I can drink it if I have to, but I hate the feeling so much, I prefer not to. Tea on the other hand, can either wake me up or help me sleep depending of what I’m having. I don’t need to drink it with cream at all, gives me lots of energy and I don’t feel it drop after a while.

“Lot’s of cream, lot’s of sugar” You and I, both, Mr. Wolfe

So, If you hadn’t yet, give it a try, it will give your metabolism a more natural boost.

To prepare tea, the Ponicorn way you will need:

  • Tea cups
  • Tea herbs
  • Kettle
  • Tea pot
  • Tea bags
  • Sugar
  • Cream
  • Infusers
  • Killer company

Mix and match the way you prefer it: You won’t need tea bags if you have tea herbs and infusers; you won’t need sugar and cream if you dislike their taste on your tea and so on.

  1. Boil your water, for this I use my tea kettle.
  2. While your water boils, prepare either your tea bags or infusers with tea herbs.
  3. Set your tea cups with tea deliciousness, pour the water let it sit for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the tea implements, add sugar and cream if you like it that way.
  5. Add the killer company or a nice solo time, and enjoy.

Extra Tips for Tea Lovers and Beginners.

  • Know your preferences, know your tea – I love tea extra strong, with two bags or lots of herbs, but over the years I’ve learned that when I try a new brand of tea for the first time, I’d better go slow on it at first.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix – My boyfriend once mixed peppermint, apple and cinnamon and we loved it so much it became a regular.
  • Careful with Green tea – This is not very common, but it happened to me, so let me warn you: Some people can have a slight adverse reaction to green tea manifested in the form of a slight migraine, sometimes it varies depending on the brand you’re getting, sometimes your body gets used to it, but it’s really hard to know. My advice? Go Slow.
  • Don’t limit your tea intake to hot beverages. – The taste of your regular hot tea changes dramatically when you turn it into a cold drink. Then again, don’t fear the experience.
  • If you’re feeling frisky, you can do this:

I may write later about cool tea items to you can buy to make your tea drinking experience not only delicious but also visually appealing, but for now, you’re set to go. I hope you enjoyed reading my guide to tea drinking the Ponicorn way. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to have a nice cup of roses before going to bed.

Strawberry and vanilla kiss

Pinterest + Invites Giveaway

When I first heard about Pinterest, I wasn’t really excited. I’ve been on Tumblr for over 2 years now and I just love the way it works, I love being able to repost what others post and laugh about inside jokes, and I though ‘Meh, Pinterest seems like the same but not as cool and intimate’. Well, I gotta say I ended up falling in love with it.

Pinterest is social catalog organized into boards, pretty much the same way Delicious works, you can pin a website or a picture, sort it into categories and use it later if you need it. You can either give it a real purpose or just keep it as a gallery. Right now, I use it both ways, I keep some galleries of things I find visually appealing, and project manager.

My nicest Boards?
Cat Cat Cat About kittens.
Decor Decoration inspiration, and projects.
Things my boyfriend would like pictures and objects my boyfriend would love to either see of have.
Cute things I want Silly little things I’d love to have.
Clothes Love Fashion lust.

I keep more, but these are my favorites.

Now, since getting a Pinterest invites are a bit tricky to get, since it’s not a free registration website, you have to get into a waiting list, before they invite you, or you must have a nice friend sending you an invite. That’s why, I have 3 invites for any taker reading this. Just ask for it here, or send me a private message, all I need is a valid e-mail address.

Give it a try, ponies, I’m sure you’ll love it.

My daily Moleskine 2011

The last few days I’ve seen a huge amount of traffic coming here in the search of a good efficient hack for your Moleskine, and I decided that, since I am about to start working on my 2011 daily planner, I would share my method with you, this one covers only 6 months of my year, but if you get your hands on a larger notebook that you don’t mind carrying around for an entire year, you can extend it as much as you need it. So here you have it: The complete guide to my Jan-Jun 2011 Moleskine daily planner.

First things first, You’ll pretty much need:

  • A 192 lined pages, ruled pocket notebook, I use Moleskine, but you can use a different one if you prefer.
  • A Ruler
  • Pen, it doesn’t have to be fancy since it will be your working pen right now
  • A line dater stamp (no necessary, but it makes things a lot easier)
  • A stamp pad and Ink (if you’re using the dater stamp)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Post-it’s Filing Tabs (or any other brand)
  • Printer

After you get all your material, you want to start by writing a list, this list should include each and every section you will need in your planner, try to be as specific as possible, since this list will help you select the space for every section. My list goes like this:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Calendars
  3. Goals
  4. Monthly planners
  5. Daily planner
  6. July on…
  7. Projects
  8. Manifesting
  9. I love
  10. Music/Movies
  11. Article Ideas
  12. Spending
  13. EFT
  14. Extra

Some of these take about 1 or 2 pages, but it’s really helpful to have a list you can follow. Now, these are the sections I need to sort my life out, you may not need to manifest or a monthly planner, but hey, that’s your call, really think about the things you need to have written, if you don’t need it, you mustn’t have it, the key to really make this work, is make it as personal as possible, so it can become a real tool for your life.

Decide the order in which these are going to go; for me it would go right the way you have it listed up here. Now, I am offering you a few things I made and edited for this, these are, Monthly planners, Personal information sheet and two calendars, if you find them useful, you can print them and use them, they fit a bit small for a Moleskine. I printed mine and right after my monthly planners, I started ruling my Moleskine to cover a week every 2 pages, like this:

Every day has 7 lines and the last small two are for saturday and sunday, do this for 27 weeks and then get ready to stamp your dates, or write them by hand if that’s you call. If you’re using a dater stamp, be sure you set 2011!

After you have half-year stamped, then use the rest of the space to personalize your areas, separate the amount of pages you will use for each section with a clip and then start labeling them with the filing tabs either on top or on the side, (NOTE: If you’re labeling them on top, be sure not to invade the elastic area!), and you’re good to go! You’re ready to fill the rest with your own information, I like to keep a flagging pen with my planner, in case there’s something I need to highlight.


This is pretty much how my planner works. I hope you found this useful kitties, excuse the lack of a good camera, but I didn’t want to end the year without sharing this.

Love,

 

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