What We Can Learn from the Past—and These Spanish Towers

At the top of the Torres de Serranos, a landmark structure in Valencia, Spain.

When it comes to the past, I’ll say this: Don’t forget about it. Learn from it.

If you feel compelled to wallow or to beat yourself up about decisions you made in the past—or things that you endured—this advice holds true for you, too. We can be hard on ourselves. But the past is our teacher, and for that it’s valuable. The present is ours to treasure. And the future will come—ideally.

Looking at this photo, I can still remember how this day truly felt as I sat high on top of these landmark towers in Valencia, Spain. It was a peaceful yet brilliant series of moments.⁣ Sunny. Clear. Anything felt possible. I was in the present moment, and yet able to look back on what I’d learned.

It was a fitting place to reflect. These towers began to be constructed in 1392 and were used as both “a defensive feature of the city and also as a triumphal arch,” according to VisitValencia.com. Think about that. They’ve stayed strong for hundreds of years, through some difficult times. And somehow continued to be triumphant.

We can be the same way. ⁣Minus a few centuries. ?

These days, I’m grateful for my growth. I can remember the high points—so wonderful when they come—and the lows. These things work together for our good. ⁣

A street view of those landmark towers.

I’ll share more from this time in Spain, and am looking forward to writing and teaching more on wellness and success in the coming weeks. Are you looking for growth or coaching support in these areas? Feel free to email me.

Wishing you well for now. And glad to have hope and faith.


Water and Straightened Hair Are Not A Good Pair

She's so cute—but rain isn't always this fun.

It’s rainy here. And I’m thinking of a damp evening I recently spent with friends. We were happily walking toward an exit—on our way out to eat—but I suddenly stopped. As they bounded into the drizzly outdoors, I had to pause under a covered spot. Unzip my tote. And root around for my umbrella.

You see, my naturally curly hair was straight. Temporarily tamed with a flat iron. Smooth and sleek. And though I love my soft ringlets—and adore seeing them on others—I refused to let rain set my hair free that day.

My conclusion? Water is my kryptonite when my hair is straight. When it’s curly, the rolling ocean is my ally, warm rain is a soothing companion, and comfortable humidity is a welcome visitor. But when it’s straight, well…let’s just say I have to find other friends. And their names are Ponytail Holder and Umbrella.

Most people make some sacrifices for beauty. So what’s your thing? Do you wear heels even when they hurt? Avoid certain foods? Or do you straighten your hair—and keep it straight at all costs? 

Image source: WeHeartIt.com