Life as of late

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Hi readers!

I know the focus of this blog lately has been to solely share lengthier book reviews than the ones found in my instagram account (@olivinebooks), given that here I have zero restrictions when it comes to character limit.

However, I’ve been meaning to share a life update for a while now, I just wasn’t sure when the right time would be. But then again, there’s that saying that goes: “If not now, then when?”. So here I am.

I moved to Spain four months ago. I was previously living in Peru, where I’m from. This isn’t my first time moving countries. It’s actually my third. Having moved countries before, you’d think I’d be used to it by now. But the truth is, absolutely not. I’m not the adventurous type (I’m an INFJ & Type 5, if you know, you know — otherwise you might want to look it up).

I’m a dual citizen and the idea of moving had been roaming my mind ever since I came for a visit 7 years ago. However, something always stopped me: fear of change. It’s funny (in the ironic sense, not humorous) how limiting fear can be. But circumstances changed between the end of 2020 and the start of 2021. I’ve changed too, I’m no longer that insecure girl in her early twenties who was too scared to take any risks. So now that the opportunity arose, I knew it was time to take a leap.

It took me some time to process everything. Not to mention the jet lag, my sleeping schedule was severely affected that first week lol. But looking in retrospective, while these past few months have felt like a total whirlwind, stepping out of your comfort zone provides so much space for learning and self-development. Even now, when I go for walks around the city, I still can’t believe that I’m here.

Anyway, here I share some snippets I’ve taken these past few months. Enjoy!

P.S. Do people still read blog entries? I feel so 2016 doing this.

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Between darkness and light

“We go through life walking in the immense darkness of unknown realities with a little flashlight in our hands, imagining that only what our little light makes visible is real. We generally see and experience only an infinitesimally small sliver of what actually exists and remain strictly within the confines of what our tiny light illumines. The true power of life does not lie within the confines of our tiny light, but in the immense darkness of unknown realities that are the greater story of our lives. 

Our lives are much more immense than we know, and connected to vast currents of hidden influences and possibilities. But we must stretch out into the darkness with the full measure of our longing, and surrender to the greater unknown context of our lives in order to begin to embrace and be embraced by a Love that is awaiting our invitation. And it is not only an invitation in word but also in deed—the act of offering our Being and the fullness of our lives to the darkness of the unknown currents—eternal possibilities that we cannot control but must instead invite with heartfelt surrender.” 

— Adyashanti

I read this quote a few days ago and I just felt the message it conveys is too important not to share. Once we unveil our perspective on life and realize there are so many greater things beyond what we know — it helps us realize that our problems aren’t as devastating as we thought, while also providing a sense of hopefulness we all need during times like these ❤