How we deal with our personal history is how we deal with the world.

This year, Mother’s Day in the United States is braided with the Mexican celebration that always takes place on May 10. I wake up with cards from my children, and breakfast in the balcony, and the promise of my six-year-old son to build a magic wand to bring my grandparents and my dog ​back ​to life. Few things I value more in life than this. The path to reach this moment and this peace has been turbulent. As a child this was the most difficult day of the year for me.

Day of the Death.

In the white canvas of life there’s only one thing we know for sure: our time in this world is limited.

Cinco de Mayo should be celebrated after all.

I must confess, I’ve never celebrated Cinco de Mayo. I actually used to judge people who do, because it’s an absolute fallacy. In our country we seldom speak about it. It’s really not special. The two main events in history that are truly celebrated everywhere are our Independence Day and our Revolution. And yet, the United States is not aware of those dates. They always stick to Cinco de Mayo.

On how we deal with our personal history is how we deal with the world.

This year, Mother’s Day in the United States is braided with the Mexican celebration that always takes place on May 10. I wake up with cards from my children, and breakfast in the balcony, and the promise of my six-year-old son to build a magic wand to bring my grandparents and my dog ​back ​to life. Few things I value more in life than this. The path to reach this moment and this peace has been turbulent. As a child this was the most difficult day of the year for me.

The vocabulary of face-masks.

Danie at The Bass Museum

Yesterday I went to the post-office. I hadn’t been ‘out’ in a while. Everyone was wearing face-masks. I made eye contact and smiled at several people like I always do, but obviously they couldn’t tell I was smiling and gave me cold stares in return. It reminded me of the isolation I felt when I lived in Stockholm where only kids would smile back at me. Took me a while to get used to smiles here in Miami, where people have a latin touch and love smiling making you feel part of the city in a beautiful way. The reality is that even through the faintest of gestures we fill important places in each other’s life.

The vocabulary of face-masks.

Danie at The Bass Museum

Yesterday I went to the post-office. I hadn’t been ‘out’ in a while. Everyone was wearing face-masks. I made eye contact and smiled at several people like I always do, but obviously they couldn’t tell I was smiling and gave me cold stares in return.

Inclusion, sustainability, and beautiful productions.

Miami Swim Week 2019 (or how I discovered I’ve turned into a Conversationalist). Inclusion, sustainability, and beautiful productions were some of the components of this year’s Swim Week. It truly is a special week for Miami. I’m usually traveling during this time of year, but this time I chose to stay here.

The importance of living a spiritual life.

Gold Canvas is a visual reminder of the importance of living a spiritual life, finding purpose and surrendering to the experience of life with the understanding of the existence of something bigger guiding us.

Journey through Vizcaya: If these walls could speak.

Danie Gomez Ortigoza Journey of a Braid, Vizcaya.

Once upon a time, there was a man who loved beauty and details more than anything in this world, and built the most beautiful mansion, overlooking Miami’s Biscayne Bay, at a time when there wasn’t much around here. It was built inside out. Every piece has meaning: the attention to detail is spectacular.

A strange world.

2020 began before I even got enough time to finish 2019. Too much happened in too little time. I found myself a bit paralyzed, not sure what the best way to start the year was.

Once upon a piñata.

Carton, paper, glitter and metallic hues. Cathartical works of art that allow us, since early childhood, to work towards a common objective.

Where there is light, there is darkness.

Black Canvas is all about acknowledging and making friends with our shadows and darkness, because it’s only it that we can distinguish the light within ourselves.

Then she fell: On immersive experiences that can’t be shared.

‘Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived in a house called Memory.’ That’s all I can remember from the most beautiful story I’ve ever heard, which was read to me as I was, literally, put to bed by the Mad-hatter as part of the immersive theater experience of ‘Then She Fell’.

The parallel universes we inhabit.

It’s easy to say that it’s the journey that counts, not the destination, and it’s true, but how often do we forget the other crucial element: the place where the journey begins: the contrast between being born in one place versus another, in one skin, one culture, one language, one color and the impact that it will have in the way your journey unfolds.

This filtered life: 11 things no one tells you about being an influencer.

I’ve shared a piece of myself on Instagram and my blog/journal for the past year, and it has really helped me grow in many ways, and I’ve learned a lot in the process. You see, putting yourself out there it’s a psychological adventure where your perception of who you are is often challenged.

Made in Miami: On style and influence with Andy Faerman.

Andy Faerman, better known as @miamifashioninsider, understands the value of community like not many people do. Her curly blond hair, big blue eyes, and red lips are unmissable as she walks the streets of Miami wearing beautiful combinations.

How to become a musician: A conversation with PJ Aviles.

Celebrities. We have all idealized them at sometime or another, and yet, what makes them so inspiring is that they also go through heart-breaks, complicated relationships, they need to manage their time take risks, decisions, break stereotypes, fight cultural barriers, negotiate, deal with hate, deal with love, deal with parenthood and family in the public eye, and yet they are faithful to themselves and to their dreams.

How to Plant the Future: A conversation with Paloma Teppa.

On one of my first outings when I first moved to Miami, I discovered ‘Plant the Future‘, a unique sanctuary with very special energy. A year after, I met Paloma Teppa, the woman behind it. Her intimate relationship with plants has taught me a lot about life, and has shifted the way I understand nature.

Made in Miami: A female co-working space and feminist brand by Sarah Akiba.

Entrepreneurship takes courage. A lot of it. I got to work on a project with GoDaddy where we focused on entrepreneurs and small business owners in Miami . During the interview we were able to highlight their entrepreneurial journey and how they made their own way pursuing something they love. I wanted to take that a step further and showcase more about these beautiful people in Miami and what they bring to the community.