Liv as we know her...

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun. -a
by Laura Isabel Vasey


Two more weeks until my departure.  It is all now starting to hit me and my nerves are kicking in.  I am most nervous about the unknown- the surprises and bumps that will come my way.  Life isn’t supposed to be a smooth ride.  You live and learn.  I can’t help but feel a little uneasy.  I am a planner.  I like to plan everything and know what to expect.  That is part of the reason why I chose Ecuador, because I am familiar with it. I know what to expect to an extent.  But visiting and living are completely different.

 My life and job are going to completely change in just a couple weeks.  It is scary!  I had a long talk with a friend and in conclusion we both agreed: If I did not take this opportunity and just stayed where I was, I would spend my future wondering what if…

I am mostly looking forward to the big changes up ahead, even though I am afraid of them.  The changes in my job.  The people I will meet.  Coming from a lazy beach town, to living in the center of a busy city that is surrounded by mountains.  And mostly, I think this is most important, I am looking forward to calling it “home.” 

: Your life, with all its ups and downs, has molded you for the greater...


Your life, with all its ups and downs, has molded you for the greater good. Your life has been exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the current moment. And every moment of your life, including this one…

Take risks

Take risks

Tom Odell - Another Love


Quito, Ecuador [19/32 World Cup Countries]

I can’t get over this gorgeous picture of downtown Quito.


Quito, Ecuador [19/32 World Cup Countries]

I can’t get over this gorgeous picture of downtown Quito.

(Source: Flickr / hc1wy)

(Source: stevenrosas)

My concerns about my move:

In 3 weeks I will be officially living in Quito, Ecuador.  I am extremely excited..  yet there are some concerns I have.  I am going to list them and explain why.  

1.  Traffic.  I come from a small lazy beach town in Florida.  I had a 15 minute commute to work and back.  This commute consisted of absolutely no traffic, beautiful views as I drove on a bridge over a river, sunrises, dolphins, peace and serenity to prepare myself for my workday/unwind from a crazy day.  In Quito I will have an hour commute to work each morning on a bus through a crowded city with absolutely HORRIBLE traffic.  Because i’m being honest.  The traffic in Quito is horrible and it just keeps getting worse.  The commute back home from work may last longer than an hour. I should never complain about Miami or Tampa traffic.  I can’t now.  

2.  Transportation: This one pretty much goes along with the first one.  I will not have a car.  It is a possibility that eventually I will, but the price of cars in Ecuador are crazy for an American ( and probably most people around the world).  I have to admit that a part of me really doesn’t want a car, because driving in Ecuador is like a whole new thing.  I would have to learn how to drive there.  Let’s just say that it is perfectly okay for a car to be all the way on the right lane of a six lane road  (three lanes going in each direction) and just all of a sudden turn left, without signaling.  That just blows my mind.  I can’t. And then most of the time you are just sitting in traffic anyway.  I will be depending on my own two feet and taxis.  I’ll have to be extremely careful.  

3.  I stand out.  No matter what, I stand out.  They warn you not to dress in a flashy way or any different, otherwise you could become a target.  Safety is a concern of mine and I refuse to just stay locked up in my room all day.  No matter what, my face shows that I am not from there.  

I am hoping these concerns will not wear me out and that I will just get used to them as others do.  

New Start

I haven’t been good to this blog.  I first started this tumblr 3 years ago because I knew I wanted to start some sort of blog.  I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, all I knew is that I wanted one.  It ended up being a little collection of things that I liked, inspiration, notes, quotes etc…the typical tumblr type blog.  Here I am with intentions to bring it back to life.  This time a little different.  I consider myself a private person so I don’t know exactly how much I will share, but it will become more personal…because honestly, if you are even out there reading this….do you know who Liv is? This blog is about Liv.  Liv represents me.  This blog is a representation of me, or a part of me. As Liv grows, experiences and evolves.  This is Liv…as we know her.

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.
— Jim Morrison (via observando)
It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.
— (via stevenrosas)