“Dear Diary,

I’m Isabelle. I don’t know where I am from, not even exactly my age. I’m just a girl learning how to live differently every day. I am a traveller. I like visiting places and collecting mémoires. I’m inspired by everything around me. I love nature. The millions of particles of life. We are nature, we only need to understand how to get so close to it. Inside it. It’s only me and my camera, catching little pieces of life combined together. When I shoot, I get inside a new world through the lens. I feel I am different. I like being alone. I like feeling happy. I like feeling sad. I don’t want to be influenced, I need to follow my path and discover what’s hidden in me. I love books. I love that feeling you have when you open those old pages at random, being touched by history. Smelling memories, getting lost inside stories. Searching for the most particular detail in the middle of a big archive. Being carried away by the sound of those papers. Constantly discovering. I am used to dream. I dream of magic places, of standing on watching landscapes, forest and embracing the sun.

Don’t stop yourself. Go over your limits. Make your research richer every moment. Don’t follow any rule, don’t use any map, get lost and breathe every new corner, as it would be the most interesting one. Follow your passions. Walk everywhere. See everything. Feel yourself. My name is Isabelle and I feel very lucky to be the person I am. I collected so many mémoires in my life and thanks to them now I’ve learnt many lessons of life. I won’t never stop doing this. Never. I found my mission and it’s important for me to keep this going on.

Now I’m going to close my diary, with tons of feelings. I’m not quite sure it is the best thing to do, I still feel that something is missed, maybe someone, someone able to share what’s inside my soul. But I will just follow the natural flow of life. Forever.”

Top 100 Photos of 2012

Image by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
Image by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

Thanks to TwistedSifter.com, I stumbled across these fabulous images taken in 2012 of places all across the globe, and even from outside of it.

The visual imagery (real or composed) of each photograph is so stunning, it’s hard to believe that there are many more pictures of equal caliber existing that did not make it to the list.

Photographers are such an inspiration to what can be perceived with the human eye, the lens of a camera, and a singular moment in time.


The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

Oh, The Places I’ll Go

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

-Susan Sontag

The wonders of the world are limitless and one can hardly be expected to conquer them all in one lifetime, but I’m up for the challenge. Here’s a bucket-list of places off of the top of my head that I’ve always yearned to revisit or explore. It’s an on-going collection of cities and sights, most of which are travels inspired by some of my favorite movies.

Image via http://www.creaturesofculture.com
  • Thailand- Rich in tradition, food, and lighting ceremonies. This particular photo is of the celebrated Yi Peng Lantern Festival which symbolizes good luck and worries floating away. It’s also a real-life version of one of my top three Disney movies, Tangled, so that’s another motivating factor.
From Paris Je T’aime
  • Paris, France- I was first introduced to the City of Lights during a study abroad with the University of Florida in Spring 2009 and (so far) it’s my second favorite city in the world.
Image via http://www.foreigners-in-china.com/
  • The Great Wall of China- Who wouldn’t want to visit a massive man-made structure that can also be seen from space? Maybe I’ve watched Mulan too many times.
Image via Getty Images
  • The Berlin Wall, Germany- The ruins that mark a fascinating and horrific period in world history.
Image via weelifebigla.blogspot.com
  • India- No specific destination needed- this beautiful jungle country has an atmosphere than I can only describe as transcendental. Vibrant people, culture, nature…what’s not to love? Brief scenes from a childhood movie I adore, A Little Princess, and music from the great Ravi Shankar inspire this quest.
From Memoirs of a Geisha
From Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Japan- And so it seems that I tend to lean towards Asian countries…I blame Japan’s magnetism on the elegant wisdom of the people, the peaceful bonsai and cherry blossom trees, and the society that is both extremely advanced, as well as rooted in custom.
via www.tumblr.com
via http://www.tumblr.com
  • New Zealand- Um, hello, Middle Earth and The Shire! I apologize, sometimes my inner nerd gets a little too excited about the possibility of seeing the actual movie set. My real dream, however, is to bust out the ol’ camping gear and boots for a hiking expedition here one day. I wouldn’t complain about a hobbit sighting, though.

And last (for now) but definitely not least…

via www.airwhitsunday.com
via http://www.airwhitsunday.com
  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia- Home of the world’s deadliest jellyfish, tons of Great Whites, amazing surf, and some of the most colorful creatures you will ever see. Just watch Finding Nemo (clearly a documentary on the reef itself) and you will become a believer. Few things are as close to my heart as the ocean. It’s awesome. Space is cool and all, but really, there’s an entire world ON OUR PLANET that’s just waiting to tickle the fancies of scientists. Diving trip, anyone?

To be continued…

My Whirlwind November

For some, November means growing beards or spending hours preparing a grocery list for a Thanksgiving feast.

To me it meant a HUGE, CRAZY, AWESOME life change.

I realize how M.I.A. I’ve been, and I vow to start allocating more time to writing. But please, allow me to explain:

At the beginning of November, after flying up for an interview in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, I was generously offered a job as an Assistant Editor at NBC in New York City. And I accepted!

Rockefeller Rink
The Rockefeller Rink! Image copyright Carla Ramirez

Then I went back home to Florida to gather my belongings and say my goodbyes to friends and family. Bittersweet indeed.

Hobe Sound, FL inlet. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Hobe Sound, FL inlet. Image copyright Carla Ramirez

On November 14th, 2012 I boarded a one-way flight back to The Big Apple, and immediately became enamored by all the holiday bling around the city.

Radio City Music Hall. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Radio City Music Hall. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Giant Ornaments off of 6th Ave, behind 30 Rock. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Giant Ornaments off of 6th Ave, behind 30 Rock. Image copyright Carla Ramirez

While adjusting to the bleak weather, balancing two jobs, and apartment hunting, I somehow managed to find time to explore. One of my absolute favorite sights in all of New York so far has been the autumn leaves in Central Park. I had spent so many years dreaming about being in the city for the holiday season, and the moment I saw those trees, a single, stubborn tear of joy escaped my eye and froze on the round of my cheek, forever imprinting the memory of that sight into my flesh. Tender, I know, but there are simply no words to describe how beautiful and peaceful it was to walk through.

Fall in Central Park. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Fall in Central Park. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Fall in Central Park 2
Fall in Central Park con’t. Image copyright Carla Ramirez

After a successful, turkey-filled Thanksgiving away from home with my friends, Christmastime took off. I experienced my first Black Friday working in retail (phew, what a frenzy!), and witnessed the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony in person. I had no idea just how serious tourists were about this tree.

Word of advice: if you wish to see the lighting, either get there EXTREMELY early or be prepared to lose a limb clambering through the crowd.

Holiday Tree Lighting Party at Anthropolgie! Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Holiday Tree Lighting Party at Anthropolgie! Image copyright Carla Ramirez
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting. Image copyright Carla Ramirez


And with that, ladies and gentlemen, our tour of my landmark adventures throughout the month of November has come to an end.

To my readers- thank you for journeying with me, it’s truly a pleasure to be able to share my present-day bliss with you.

To Instagram- thank you for making my photos look mildly interesting.

To New York City- I love you.

Cheers, everyone!