Unexpected

Traveling.

It’s as if I have been here before and I was transported back to a life I never knew I lived. It’s pure and it’s unexpected. It’s living.

Discovering.

The little things that make any day an incredible day.

Experiencing.

The pure things.

They are hidden in the deepest parts of our minds, trapped behind our image. They show in times we let go, yet hide when they are vulnerable. When everything is unprecedented our pure senses shine through and we let go. We let all the stress go, we let the bad times roll of our backs and we let all tenseness fly away. We let ourself be itself. We let those hidden parts of us become our image and we glow. We glow with pure emotion and pure thoughts. We don’t mask the pain because with the pure emotion we fight off all the bad. Maybe we feel vulnerable yet we are in that moment the strongest. In that moment we can only feel what we choose to feel and we don’t bother the reality that tries to settle in. We simply let go and break the barrier our minds are trapped in. When we feel vulnerable sometimes we hide in the image we think we are. In the image we think we are supposed to be defined as. We only want to be what people want and forget to find ourselves first. We think that maybe our pureness will be hard to except. We become our own barrier and we forget to feel pure emotion. We then forget who we are. We make another image to hide the emptiness that expands yet holds so much force it holds us together for long enough. Once you learn to let go of that image you created, you then become the pure image of who you are.

Find in every day the unknown, the surprise, the unexpected, the happiness…always let everything come in as a new opportunity. Always stay a little unaware of what you know is coming so that everything can be part of who you are and part of your own story.

TILDE:)

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Life in Portugal

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” Pico Iyer

“Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is “Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.” Nick Miller

“No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” Lin Yutang

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” Terry Pratchett

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Day on the job

   Today was the most insightful day into my thoughts on the future. I began today by pulling myself out of bed at 7:30 to make myself presentable to the Publisher of the San Francisco Business Times, Mary Huss. Wearing my most sophisticated look I stood in front of the glass doors to this tall building, imagining myself 10 years from now. I could see myself walking up towards my job everyday prepared to hunt down the major prey: breaking news, and in the meantime put a spin on a couple masterpieces of my own. When I walked in the feel of the work space was calm, yet this passion and thrill was lurking in every corner while the smell of freshly printed paper aroused my senses, all at once.

I started off by introducing myself to everyone in the office and right away could here the addicting clicking sound of intellectual fingertips on hungry keyboards. I then experienced all the business sides to being in charge of publishing a newspaper which was to take care and manage all the advertisement in the paper, the events and awards that are created and maintaining this unique presence while on a call to make a deal with another company. Mary Huss has this presence that when you meet her you are automatically intrigued to every word that flows out of her mouth. Even if she was describing a grocery list I would still be mesmerized. Anyway, while eating lunch with Mary and her events director I was having so much fun. They were personally so interesting because they had all this insight on how when writing, the main value people have to maintain is the relationship with their audience. They are the support of everything we do. Without an audience, how could any newspaper be successful? Yet with the help of an audience, writers then become more driven to create their own brand of writing. I just thought that was interesting to share. After my wonderful lunch at the hotel “Le Méridien” in downtown San Francisco, devouring food courteously to feed my famished stomach, I then shadowed the other side of the office known as the Editorial side.

I first shadowed their social media rep and got some insight on how all the reporters and editors really rely on the response of social media to help them see “what’s hot and not”. I also learned that there is this new application that came out called “YO” and apparently after three days of launching the app they have made over a million dollars. Now, you may think this app must be some universal discovery of some sort but your absolutely wrong because this is not the case. This app lets you find friends from your contacts who may also have the app and when you feel like it, you can tap on their name and then sends this little message saying “yo”. Yes. An application worth over a million dollars that does this and that was created in 8 hours.  There’s just a little fact to spice up your afternoon. (Yet even besides my opinions, I am debating wether or not I should download it…)

Back to my adventures…

I then got to experience an editorial group meeting stand up which I thought was very cool. Everyone pitched their ideas for some new articles and topics they were hoping to splurge into, while they then wrote catchy headers on the whiteboard in order to attract readers. I could just imagine myself there throwing out some ideas and being there jotting notes down on some rugged notebook while enjoying the calmness with that sense of thrill lurking in the corner. While I shadowed the rest of the crew I also held center seat to the response of breaking news. All the reporters and editors were following and hunting down the story of the debate of which location the Lucas Museum would be built in. Once they caught the answer and learned that San Francisco had lost the $700 million Lucas Museum to Chicago, everyone rushed quietly and seriously in order to get the job done and send out their breaking news blast as fast as possible so that people would be more interested in the moment. They proof read over every header, sentence and image to make sure they weren’t missing out any detail. I though it was fascinating how in the calmness, even if I wasn’t doing anything in particular, I could feel the rush going through me when people simply whispered the words: Breaking News… These two words had this magical effect on me and drove me to understanding that little passion and thrill that lurked in the corner. After that I did peak into the graphic and visual journaling area where they make graphics to explain certain articles and capture the audience’s attention which I thought was also very interesting.

Today was amazing and I hope to experience this again.

Have a wonderful day,

and will keep you posted!

Matilde Macieira-Kaufmann

(Featured Image: A cover photo designed by the graphic designers at the SF Business Times on their centerpiece about biohacking.)

 

Summer Playlist

Music is the eye into the soul, makes us move uncontrollably, concentrate, focus on nothing but ourselves, makes us feel good and lifts our spirits. Whenever I’m sad music is there to help me express my feelings while upbeat music makes me feel even happier. Because I love listening to music, I was thinking why not show you a playlist of some of my favorite songs from low-tempo to upbeat:

Hermitude-HyperParadise

Doses&Mimosas-Cherub

Houdini-The Foster People

Ready for your love (ft.MNEK)-Gorgon City

Fancy (ft.Charlie XCX)-Iggy Azalea

Girls Chase Boys-Ingrid Michaelson

Hey Doreen-Lucius

The Suburbs-Mr Little Jeans

Hurricane-MSMR

Unstoppable-OCD:Moosh & Twist

All of you (ft.Betty Who)-Peter Thomas

Problem (ft.Iggy Azalea)-Ariana Grande

Eskimo Boy-Strange Talk

Sun-Two Door Cinema Club

Falling-Yuna

Enjoy,

Matilde MK

(Featured Image=Google Images, not mine; searched “Lucius-Hey Doreen”)

 

A little creative writing…

YOU know that feeling when the battle has passed away yet the swords still lay ready for the re-awakening. The little tricks and plays the opposing side does to start a new one, the endless thoughts they hold of their victory and the ways they try to prove it…but the End knows all the answers, and the truth is they could never win. Their battle is forever lost with their enemies yet it still grows within their own. Why can’t they just see that they are wrong, get over it, find new enemies, understand they’ve lost and ruined their reputation. Why can’t they simply surrender for once and just depart from the battle that never was.Depart. DEPART.

Simply go.

I just want you to stop proving everything. Go on. Make new friends. Stop making lies. Stop complaining. I’ve had it. Live your life depending on yourself instead of others. Just leave it all. Leave. LEAVE.

Simply go.

Matilde Macieira-Kaufmann

(Featured Image: An Image of my feet in Berlin, Germany; hope you like it!)