I have an iPhone8, one of the fabulous birthday gifts I received last October. I love it but I don't know how to use all of it's wonderful functions, yet. Last night I heard it make a ping noise and when I checked it, there was a notification that said I had a new 'Memory'. I clicked and it took me to an album named Memories. I found (and in no particular order) that pictures and bits of my saved Snapchat videos from my Costa Rica trip had been put together as a video montage, complete with music. I couldn't believe my phone did that. It was as if it was alive with feelings. Even though I just got back from Costa Rica a week ago, I got a little emotional watching it. I thought "Wow, I did all that? That's my adventure?!" It was a feeling of happiness mixed with gratitude that gave me that fuzzy feeling. I even said "awe, thank you smartphone. You really are smart." lol.
My niece told me I should share it. When I explained that most of these pictures had already been shared on my snapchat and FB & IG, she suggested I post on my website, and so I decided to officially start my blog with this video. There is a tiny clip of my baby niece after she crawled into my suitcase when I was packing. I like it because getting ready for the adventure should be included as part of an adventure, in my opinion. So next time you're getting ready for a trip, take pictures or videos of the moments leading up to your departure as well. This video is a little over 3 minutes long. Credits to the different places & people can be found in my Costa Rica page, if you click on the pictures. I'll write more about them individually later. So here I am, last week near Liberia City in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. I journeyed there alone, planned it all just 3 weeks prior, I went a little scared but feeling brave. Every little part of my trip was an unforgettable experience and now I have this cool video to prove it. All Pictures and videos I took myself but my very smart and sentimental iphone8 gets the credit for putting it all together. Unedited, and I think it's pretty good! "Pura Vida."
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Celia Smith, Dream Planner
I've been told I can be unrealistic, over-curious, nutty, a risk taker, generous, a bit strict and dramatic but mainly sensitive and a super romantic. ALL of it is true. I'm sure there are more adjective's I can add but I'll stick to these, I can't deny these. Extreme life changing situations happen to everyone, for me they tend to come in clusters. I really don't watch reality TV because I'm living in my own plot twist, shocking moments and happy endings, everyday. Even the very painful times, I try to [graciously] accept them all. Taking everything bad with the good and vice-versa, because I do believe there is pain in growth and growth is essential to live a life that is worth living. A very big and recent life change came recently by my own choice, I quit my full-time, well compensated corporate job of 14 years to become a Dream Planner. What does that mean exactly? I'm not quite sure yet, but it sounds pretty awesome, and I made it my official new title. So now I'm taking my experiences - past & present, my dreams & goals, favorite memories, crazy thoughts, recommendations, advice, travel adventures, well wishes, and sharing how God's unfailing love carry's me through it all. I'm going to write all about it here, my personal blog.