Jan 19

People in Cuba

People in Cuba

 

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4 Guys in Havana

While in Cuba I had the chance to photograph people.  Some I just ran into, some I met, some took me on a little tour and some got to see me for several days in a row so al little trust or friendship built even though there was a language barrier.

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Guy working on his car in Havana

It seems people in Cuba have had a hard life for the most part.

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Woman in Havana

 

This women would cover her face with a fan if you tried taking her photo and not paying her – notice her one arm – I saw this with a few people.

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Ladies in Havana

 

What I found interesting is many smoke – even women with cigars, drank espressos, and were up very early!!!

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Old Havana

 

They were playing great music in this restaurant and this guy was dancing up a storm in the street – loved that I took his picture!

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Psychic in Old Havana

 

Psychic taking a break between clients in Old Havana outside an expensive restaurant.

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Women in Havana

Food was not of great quality and usually the same choices just dressed little different.

Much pork, some chicken and fish and almost always fried.

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Old Havana

 

The homes in the older districts of Havana and the Cienfuego that we were in had very different old housing – doors whittling hallways leading to a place olive with maybe a little patio, most people sat out on their front steps.

As you can see many had smiles – even the ones living in much poverty – you wouldn’t know it by their smile!!

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3 Guys from Cienfuego

These guys were honoured to pose for me after I was on the local street at the cafe for 3 mornings in a row – it took a little time to warm up!

I am fascinated with people from different places and how people each live their lives – so much opened my eyes up on this trip!

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Gentleman in Cienfuego

We were walking the main street one night and many doors to people’s places were open – this one had a beautiful hall with beautiful furniture so we went back the next day and got caught peeking through – he was very nice though and shared some stories with us as an old Dr used to live there!

I could go on – I have more photos as I found most Cuban’s really liked having their photo taken!!

It was fun!!

Thanks for stopping by

Jodi

 

 

Jan 16

Cuba

Cuba

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Cuba

 

 

As you may or may not know I spent the lat 10 days in Cuba!  I didn’t just go MIA :)

One of the places on my bucket list before it really changed as I so wanted to photograph there.

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Cuba

 

I don’t know where to begin with my experience – lets just say it was very eye opening and yes I did get to feed my photography appetite rather well!

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Cuba

 

At the same time there is not internet allowed in homes there, so if you can find a store to buy a card, actually you can find a card much easier not eh street but you will pay 2 – 4 times the amount of a card from the store.  You need a wifi card to get on the internet – it’s good for an hour (or so it says – I lost 4 cards for less than 30 mins in time) and you have to find a wifi park  – some higher end hotels will have wifi.

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Cuba

 

It is funny to see 100 or or so people all on their phones in one area – and when there is this many there is no chance of getting on the internet – i did well to log on and then check my email which in itself took awhile as it’s all dial up – OMG – won’t be taking wifi for granted any more!!

While in Cuba I met a guy who took me through all the back streets – places I am sure most people don’t go – he knew it well so I got to see lots and took many photos of Havana most people don’t see!

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Cuba

 

I am just sharing a few photos here as I have many – it was hard to choose and it may look like I took many cars photos – which I did – it was fun seeing so manifold cars but I took many other too and I will share more in upcoming posts!

I know my eyes got open in Cuba as I did not stay in an all inclusive place – I really got to see some of Cuba  – it is a third world country and at one time it was an extremely wealthy country.

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Cuba

 

It has opened my eyes up to have more Gratitude in my life and my daily choices of even some simple things.

What a way to start 2017 – Look out as some exciting things will be coming down the pipeline here!!

Create a Fantastic Day!

Much Love

Jodi

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Cuba

 

Jan 02

New Years Resolutions Suck – Part 2

 New Years Resolutions Suck – Part 2

 

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Mexico NY’s sunset

 

Went into a Mexican town near where I am staying to this restaurant that served the best shrimp ever.  We got the lat table and parking space as it was busy in this area with a New Years Day celebration going on al over and people were every where!

I got to watch the people having fun, playing, eating, celebrating – what joy!  Then I got to watch the sunset – and that is one of my most favourite things to do is watching the sun rise or set – such beauty and in the moment!!

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New Years day in Mexico

 

Now that we know from Part one why New Years Resolutions suck – what can we do differently to make sure 2017 doesn’t turn out like 2016, 2015, 2014 and so on!

We all have things we want to improve on, work towards, change or let go of – go ahead and make that list of those things.

Now ask yourself why?  Why is it I want to have, be or do those things……..keep asking yourself why or even what will it mean?

When you’ve gone as far as you can now dig a little bit and ask how you will feel when you get there.

ex

I want to lose 5 lbs

Why?

Because my clothes won’t feel so tight

What does that mean to me?

I can wear more of my clothes and feel better in my body.

How does that feel when I think of myself being able to wear more of my clothes and feel better in my body.

I will feel more confident, more attractive, healthier……..

What you are truly going for is the feeling or essence of what you desire – if there is no emotion behind it, there is no energy and it will not happen.

ex

I want to lose 5 lbs

Why?

because, I do

Yes but why?

I don’t know, so I can fit in my clothes but it never happens, this probably won’t be any different this time (you may be thinking as well)

How will that make you feel?

I don’t know, better……

See the difference, better yet FEEL the difference.

Get some energy behind what you truly desire not just in New Year’s Resolutions but anything in life – E-motion is Energy in Motion – if there is truly just nothing there there will be nothing there.  Time to spend some time and get real and honest with yourself.  I you want to lose 5 lbs but have no interest in doing anything different and really don’t care if you first into more of your clothes or not – then just be honest with yourself so that later on you don’t have an excuse to mentally or verbally beat yourself up.

On you have the why, the emotion and the energy behind it – then you will more naturally move in directions that will help you on that path – all of a sudden some of your cravings may go down, or you just aren’t as interested in eating some of those foods, or tv well what a waste time lets go for a walk, get out in nature or do some stretching become a priority.

Pay attention though – you may get tested a few days in – go back read our why, the emotions and you may need to really bring those feelings to the forefront again as since we are human beings it can be easy to fall back into old patterns and programming – it takes minimum 21 days to change a habit / pattern as we are creating neuro-pathways.

I know you can do it though – you’ve got it in you.

Why settle for mediocrity where there is so much more out there!!

You deserve it!!

I’e got your back as I’ve been there before!!

Have an amazing day and get in touch with your why and feelings!!

Life will never be the same!

Jodi

PS

For al little more on this I will be doing my first FB live later today – will keep you posted on time!

 

 

Dec 30

Why New Years Resolutions Suck!!

Why New Years Resolutions Suck!!

 

You have 2 choices in life

- to live the life you were born to live

or

- live the life you were conditioned to live!!

The greatest source of pain in life is NOT living your Soul’s purpose.

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Sometimes we need new eyes or vision to see clearer as to how we really want to be living!

2017 is going to be the year of truth and growth.

Lets not waste our time making the same New year’s resolutions as all the previous year.

Why do I say that?

These are the common resolutions people make each year

Lose Weight and Get Fit
Quit Smoking
Learn Something New
Eat Healthier and Diet
Get Out of Debt and Save Money
Spend More Time with Family
Travel to New Places
Be Less Stressed
Volunteer
Drink Less

AND the most broken ones.

Do any of these look familiar??

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Sometimes all we see or focus on is what we have to give up, get through or the pain of change.

As I write this I am sitting in a quaint, little roadside cafe with organic gardens around, sunlight filtering through, beautiful music softly playing, fresh food available and open, nice people around – oh and I am wearing flip flops too!

I have learned this nurtures my Soul big time!!

I became honest with myself and what I truly desired!

What is the definition of insanity?

Keep doing the same things over and over yet expecting different results!  And I know that – I’ve been there many times!

I stopped doing NY’s resolutions years ago.  I started doing thing daily, weekly, monthly that in a years time I could look back,reflect and say holy shit – good job Jodi!!!  Look at how far you’ve come, look at where you were and where you are now!

It’s those little things, those little steps / choices that we make daily that over time can hugely shift our lives – it does not have to be the all or nothing on NY’s!

Look at gym memberships as an example – the first week in January the gym is crowded – you will wait for machines, classes will be jammed pack full and my March back to the same old.

Stop jumping in with the all or nothing mentality!

Remember – it’s YOUR life – each moment is a choice point – what are you choosing?

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Is your foundation of yourself and your life solid and strong or not?

Stay tuned for Part 2 with some great questions to get you thinking about How Do You Want to be Living YOUR Life!!

Until then, have a fantastic New Years no matter what you are doing and prepare for 2017 to be a pivotal year!!

Much Love

Jodi

xo

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