Book Recommendation of The Month



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Today I`d like to talk about one of the best books I`ve read this year: The Obstacle is The Way, by Ryan Holiday.
I personally believe this is a great read because it teaches us to see the oppportunity in every situation, particularly those that seem negative. It provides many examples of well known people who took advantege of an obstacle and turned it into chance.
Additionally, I learned a lot about Stoicism, which is a philosophy I didn`t know existed until now and it has definetely enriched me as a person.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, inspiring read that can add a lot of value to their life.
This book is excellent to help us open our mind and teach us to see life from new perspectives.

If you would like to see more recommendations like this one, don`t forget you can follow me on Goodreads at Belén.

I hope you have a lovely week, see you soon...ish.
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How to Break Your Social Media Addiction

Diario: ¿Qué quiere decir esta foto acerca del uso de Facebook? ¿Estás de acuerdo con esta imagen? ¿Crees que eres una marioneta a las redes sociales?

Have you ever noticed that we spend an obscene amount of time on social media? 
Lately, I have been thinking how much time I spend on it myself and how unproductive I have become because of it.
So, today I would like to share a few recommendations to help you use your social media apps more moderately. 

1) Set specific times or moments of the day to use your accounts. For example, you can try and only watch Youtube videos during your lunch break.

2) Try using your accounts solely on your computer. That`s right, delete all your social media apps from your phone so that you can only have access to them on your computer.

3) Remove the shortcuts from your "home" screen of your phone. If you don´t feel ready to follow the previous point, you can remove your apps from your main screen. I assure you will think twice before going into any platform if you have to first look for it.

4) Turn your phone off and leave it on a different room for the night. This is an excellent way to stay away from your accounts. When you wake up in the morning, it will be so difficult for you to turn on your phone and start scrolling down through Twitter or Facebook.

5) Try a week/30 day detox. If you really  feel like it, avoid using social media completely for a specific amount of time. It can be a week, 10 days, a month, however long you need. It will be difficult at first but you are going to get back so much of your time. 

These are my tips to help you break your social media addiction. 
I personally have been thinking of quitting it altogether, as I have deleted Instagram from my phone for example, but I also acknowledge I get a lot of very useful and educational information from these platforms. That is  the reason why I wanted to make this post, so that we don`t over use them.
Something else that triggers me and has iinfluenced me to use my accounts more mindfully is the fact that these companies just don´t care about how it affects our views. In fact, they have produced these platforms to be addictive and it is such a manipulative business.

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely week. Take care!
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Poetry Books Recommendations

January 20 2017 at 11:09PM from worldintheirart

Lately I`ve been getting a lot into poetry, so I thought  I`d share a couple of titles with you.

Memories, by Lang Leav.
A Thousand Mornings, by Mary Oliver
Helium, by Rudi Francisco
The Essential Rumi, by Rumi

I don`t really know how to review poetry, otherwise I would give you a short description for each of these titles. All I can tell you is that each of them has their unique strong point; some of them are very inspirational, some others make you think, others deal more with wisdom and Helium specifically is very uplifting, ideal to read in the morning.

I hope you like them.
You are always welcome to leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts on any of them are. You can also share your own recommendations and start a discussion below.

I hope you have a great week!
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Book Reading List For August

¿Te cuesta mucho leer clásicos de la literatura? Con esta guía definitiva ya ninguno se te resistirá  

Hi!
Today I would like to share with you a short list of books that I`ve been wanting to get my hands on for quite some time.
Hopefully, I will pick them up in the following months.
Please let me know in the comments if you have already read any of these books and what you thought of them!

  • The Secreat Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday. This is actually a current read for me, and so far it is so very good!
  • The Handmaid`s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown
  • Selected Poems of Rumi, by Jelaludin Rumi
That`s it for today`s post. 
Please don`t forget you can follow me on Goodreads: Profile


I hope you have a lovely day.
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How to Reduce Our Waste

Keep our oceans clean


Today I would like to share with you a few tips to reduce the amount of waste we generate on a daily basis. As you all probably know, there are several materials that we usually use (such as plastic) that are very poisonous for the environment and all the living creatures that inhabitate it. 
There is a whole movement dedicated to reduce waste called Zero Waste, you can find blogs and videos on this issue everywhere.
With no further due, let`s get into it!

The first thing I want you know is that from now on "reusable" is your new favourite word.
The main purpose of going Zero Waste is that we become more mindful of our choices, since they always leave a footprint on the planet.

Some of the more basic changes you can make include:

  • Always carry a reusable bottle with you, and fill it before you leave home. This way, you will avoid buying something to drink everytime you get thirsty and then having to throw the plastic bottle away.
  • Always carry a Tote Bag with you, you can get as many as you want and  avoid getting single-use plastic bags for your groceries that take far too long to biodegrade.
  • Say NO to straws. You can get either biodegradable paper straws or stainless steels drink straws. Both of these options are excellent replacements.
  • Get a wooden toothbrush. They biodegrade and are more envorinmentally friendly.
  • If you happen to be lucky enough to have a bulk store nearby, this is the perfect opportunity to reduce food packaging.
  • Get as many mason jars as you need to store your food at home.
These are some of the most basic changes you can start to implement to help the environment. I will be posting more posts likethis one in the future with tips for going Zero Waste on more specific areas of our lives, so stay tuned!

I really hope you can put these tips into practice because our Mother Nature needs it now more than ever.
Also, remember that going Zero Waste can be challenging at first bue then you will get used to it! 
Above all else, it is cheaper! 

I hope you have a lovely week wherever you are!
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Recommended Reads for Ravenclaws

House of Ravenclaw by DreamerWhit ..... the last of the christmas drawings I did for this past holiday xD A gift for my amazing roommate! She educated me on all things Harry Potter and we both ended being Ravenclaws :P So this will hand up in our apartment to mark it as a Ravenclaw household! hehe... and that little kitty is her cat as well! also I tried a bit f a painty style with this one.. I wanted it to be more story book-ish! I need more practice though.. haha...

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a post talking about the different traits of people who, like myself, belong into the Hogwarts House of Ravenclaw.
Today, I`d like to share a list of books that may be appealing to us.


  • The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon. This book is perfect for Ravenclaws because it values a sense of individuality and cleverness.
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. To be honest, any book by Mrs. Austen is a good pick for ravenclaws, but this one in particular is the right fit because of Lizzie Bennet`s personality: witty, intelligent and she loves to feed her mind by extensive reading. 
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Once again, any Sherlock Holmes book ir ideal for Ravenclaws and the reason is quite simple: Sherlock`s sharp mind. WE ravenclaws love a good riddle and learning, so it does not come as a surprise that we enjoy the stories of one of the most clever detectives in history of literature!
  • Murder on the Orient Express, by Agathe Christie. On the same detective note, this  title is great for ravenclaws because Poirot allows us to get into his mind and takes us on a dark journey trying to find out who the murderer is, although is goes against his novel norm? Go find out!
  • The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. This book is straight up excellent. Ravenclaws love to expand their minds and self-development books are here for that. This is a highly spiritual journey that teaches the reader how to control their mind and learn to have a more mindful view of life. 
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. This book is a collection of personal thoughts from his diary that provides the reader with spiritual reflections and excercises to understand ourselves and make sense of the world. It tackles a wide variety of topics from nature to our mortality and morality offering encouragement. Definitely a must read. 

I really hope you enjoy these books. This is a short list of my favourite ones and I was looking forward to sharing them with you.
I hope you have a lovely week!
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My Hogwarts House

Ravenclaw


A few months ago I took the Pottermore quiz to find out which Hogwarts house I belong in. As I suspected, I got sorted into Ravenclaw! ♥ 
I would like to share a few traits of those who belong into this wonderful house and maybe you`ll find out that you belong with us as well!

According to Harrypotter.wikia.com, Ravenclaws share the following characteristics:

  • Intelligence
  • Wit
  • Wisdom
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Individuality
  • Acceptance
Ravenclaw House prizes learning, wisdom, wit, and intellect in its members. Thus, many Ravenclaws tend to be academically motivated and talented students. We also pride ourselves in being original in our ideas, and methods. Some Ravenclaws are known to be inclined to dismiss certain social expectation for the sake of satisfying our own intellectual curiosity.  "Do what is wise" is the motto we strive to follow.

Common Room

Knocker: "Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?"
Luna Lovegood: "I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning."
Knocker: "Well reasoned."


"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure."
—Rowena Ravenclaw
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What To Do In Buenos Aires

El Obelisco, monumento emblemático sobre la Avenida 9 de julio, la más ancha sel mundo. Ciudad de Buenos Aires . Check: www.bajabikes.eu/en/buenos-aires-sightseeing


Today I would like to share with you a list of places to visit if you are planning to come to Buenos Aires. This is definitely a city that has a wide variety of activities for all tastes. 

BARRIO PALERMO JARDIN BOTANICO BUENOS AIRES
Botanic Garden
1- The Botanic Garden. This is one of my favourite places to go to when I feel like spending some quiet time by myself. This unique Garden is perfect for those who love nature and art, since it displays a generous amount of statues for visitors to see. It is also ideal for those who might not want to spend a lot of money, because the pass is free! 













Una de las 10 librerias mas sorprendentes del mundo: El Ateneo, Buenos Aires  www.tecnicas-de-estudio.org                                                                                                                                                      Más2- El Aateneo Bookstore: This magnificent bookstore used to be a theatre in the past. This particular stablishment sells books, movies, CDs and concerts in four different floors!. The most amazing part is that it has kept its original shape and what used to be the stage was turned into a coffee store where people sit and read their books and can appreciate the beautiful painting on the ceiling from a good spot. 











Galileo Galilei Planetarium ~ Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina3-El Planetario: If you are a lover of the universe, the stars and everything physics, then this trip is for you!  At the planetarium you will have the opportunity to learn about the constelations and different planets, while also seeing samples of rocks and other elements thar have come from the Milky Way.














Buenos Aires' premier opera houses, the Teatro Colon, second largest theatre in the southern hemisphere.4-Teatro Colón: This theatre is said to have one of the most accurate sound fidelity in the world. Whether you love the arts or not so much, I highly suggest you visit it because it is stunning and a national treasure. It has gone through many changes over the years but the quality has stayed. 










This is all that I have for you for now. I will probably kep updating this list, so stay tuned!
I hope you have a lovely week!
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How To Be More Productive


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One of the first things you have to understand is that you need to create habits, and that, takes time. This is a process.
That being said, I want to share a few tips that will hopefully improve your daily productivity.


  • Prepare and organize your day the night before. You will feel a lot better when you wake up in the morning knowing what you have to do.
  • Plan your day in order. This means that it is comfortable having your day organized from the first thing you have to do until the last one in that order. You will be able to focus more easily.
  • Be realistic with your commitments. Do not schedule a lot of things for your day or otherwise you will be overwhelmed. 7 at most will be fine.
  • Take care of yourself. Always schedule time to eat properly, meditate, read or do whatever you like. You can only function properly when you have the energy to do it.
  • Schedule inspiration. This is a big one. Find the sources that remind you what you are doing things for. Keep the goal in mind.
  • Take care of your mindset. Like I said before, you have to take care of yoursel, and that includes your mental health. Beware of your own thoughts because they fuel our actions.
  • Keep a journal. This is very important because you can record what you are doing, what is working, what is not, etc. Do it every day. Write down whatever you find useful but don`t forget to always write what you did in a day to get you closer to your goals! This activity will give a more clear idea of how much you are doing on a daily basis, you will be more in control of your world.

This is all that I have for you today. I personally find these tips very useful, and when Ido not get to do something as planned, I try not to be too hard on myself; I`m still learning. 
I hope you have a lovely week. 
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My March TBR


@kimmiecla


I would like to share what I am planning to read in the month of March.


  • I want to keep making progress on "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown. This book was recommended to me and all I can say is that it is a very interesting mystery book, the writing is excellent and it keeps the reader engaged while also educating them on fields such as history, science, social studies and art.
  • I might be finishing "The Powe of Now" by Eckhart Tolle (so far this has been a 5/5 stars, in my opinion)
  • And last but not least, I will be reading "The Phantom of The Opera" by Gaston Leroux.  This is a book that has been on my TBR pile for literally years, and since I am such a Phantom fan, I thought it was time to finally get to it.

Let me know what you will be reading this month in the comments down below.
Don`t forget you can follow me on Goodreads at belenfernandez and check what books I`ve been reading as well as my process.
I hope you have a lovely week, see you on my next post.
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Favourite Quotes Part 2


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This week I´d like to share a second post about some of my favourite quotes, I hope you enjoy them!

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control.”― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."- Audrey Hepburn

"Honesty and transparency make you vunerable. Be honest and vulnerable anyway."- Mother Theresa

"You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear."- Neil Gaiman,The Ocean at the End of the Lane, 

"Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful."- Richelle E. Goodrich

A minority with the right ideas is not a minority." -Jean Luc Godard

"Just remember even your worst days only have 24 hours."- Moosa Rahat

"If it is important enough to you, you will find a way. If not, you´ll find an excuse."- Ryan Blair

"Young people, you must pray, for your passions are strong, and your wisdom is little."- C. H. Spurgeon 

"We can´t feed the poor but we can fund a war?"- Unknown

These are some more of quotes that I love. I hope yu find them inspiring or motivating.
Have a great week!
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Book Recommendation of The Month

Today I`d like to talk about one of the best books I`ve read this year: The Obstacle is The Way, by Ryan Holiday. I personally be...