That New Office Feeling

Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

It was a snowy winter day, and I was hard at work sewing. Than it happened: the thought that started it all. All of the sudden, and I mean that, I decided that I was changing careers. I decided that real estate was it. I knew it, right then, at a moment’s notice, that my life was about to change.

Let me take you back to twenty years ago, 2001, when I started Law School. It was my institution of choice, my career of choice, and I was determined. But as fate would have it, on my fourth year of Law (it is a five year program in Brazil), I decided to switch directions for a little while, and enrolled in a work and travel exchange program. I lived for one year in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, USA, where I made friends, fell in love with the Great Lakes, and with a handsome local. Truth is, if you know Door County, and I hope you do, then you know that you can’t help but to fall in love with the Peninsula. The way it feels, the way you breath when you are here. Rumor has it that when you are on or above the 45th parallel… magic happens.

My change of direction for a little while, became a life change – a move across the world. I did go back to Brazil to see family and friends, and to complete my law degree. Soon after I started researching and planning my move, and six months after graduating I started studying Economics at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. I did not finish the course, and after my first semester, I moved to Door County, and never looked back.

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Flavor

“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

The many tastes of Life
Are worth it
So enjoy the journey
Unpredictable
Unknown
Life
Delightful
Exhilarating
All experiences are valuable
The many tastes of Life
Are worth it

Your Own Way

Walking on your path
Only you know which steps to take
What is the point of
Asking for directions
When no else knows
Your heart’s destination
It is only step by step
Day by day
That you will find the way
Your own way
So keep going

Step by step
Day by day
Only you know which steps to take
Walking on your path

Unstoppable


“Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.  Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible, but destructive: attempting to tear it out unravels everything else with it. To try to avoid pain is to give too many fucks about pain.  In contrast, if you’re able to not give a fuck about the pain, you become unstoppable.” (Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life)


And in this life
We must remember

The best comes with the worst
The polarity is always present
Teachings us, showing us

That all is welcome
That all is One



 

Solution Based

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” (Mary Lou Cook)

Creativity
Is solution based
Every mistake
Comes with an insight
A new path, a new line
So don’t be scared
Of experimenting
Every time you err

You also find
A new you