Mexico City

When I announced that I was moving, I alluded to a part two.

There is a reason why the timing of the move is just especially awful.  Over and beyond the fact that moving is always awful, even under normal circumstances and my circumstances for this move were anything but normal.

What is the part two?

I’m leaving the country for four days to go to Mexico City on a photography workshop with the amazing and talented Penny de los Santos!


Yes, in the middle of my landlord giving us 30 days to be out of our current place, finding a new place with very few choices, trying to pack, pre-moving in, this once-in-a-lifetime trip that I’ve had planned for months just happened to fall mid-chaos.  When it rains it pours.

I am so excited for my trip.  I have been wanting to blog about it forever, but decided to just hold off and surprise you all until I was hours away from departure.

I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I’d be moving right now, too.

I am trying to prevent the chaos and stress of life on the homefront from clouding or possibly minimizing any of the sheer joy, anticipation, excitement, giddiness, happiness, and just overall sense of awesomeness that this trip is all about for me.

I cannot wait to travel to the outdoor markets, and make photos, with Penny as my guide, teacher, and mentor.  She is a world class, award winning photographer and a senior contributing photographer at Saveur Magazine, she’s shot for National Geographic, and has shot in many countries around the world.

I am honored and humbled and words cannot express the sheer joy I have leading up to this trip and to spend time with such an accomplished photographer and also amazing person.   I linked to an amazing video she made, here that shows the type of human being she is.

Penny is everything I try to emulate as a photographer and as a person.  She was an enormous source of inspiration for my career fantasy & doing what you want post.  I don’t know exactly what or how my career path will ultimately unfold, but if it’s anything like what Penny has built and achieved, I would be thrilled.

And so, I trust in the power of the mind.  Mind over matter. 

It’s all in my mind and in my attitude:  I will not let any of the chaos and stress of life on the homefront due to our move deter me one iota from having the trip of a lifetime and phenomenal experience that I’ve planned on and waited for so eagerly!

The boxes will be waiting for me when I get back.

And 30 hours after I am back on American soil, movers show up and will move us into our new place. 

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And I’m so glad I’ve done lots of pre-moving in with carloads that I’ve brought over.  It will make the actual move so much easier.

And then, the whirlwind of these very, very crazy 3 weeks will be hopefully coming to a conclusion.

I better pop a few No Bake Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookie Dough Bites for some energy!

From my last post about Snappy Crunch, most of you seem to love sugar snap peas as much as I do.  Fun to hear what you like to dip them into, too.


1. Have you taken any trips recently?

I was just in Aruba.

And I was there over Christmas, too.

Honestly, had I known when I booked this trip to Mexico City that my life was going to be in the state of upheaval that it actually is in right now, I would have never booked this trip to Mexico City.  Especially since I knew it was so close to the heels of my last Aruba trip, but trips seem to cluster up.  I don’t travel for ages, and then, all of a sudden, multiple trips.

But I am so glad things worked out the way they did and that I booked it.  Honestly, this trip, and having it to look forward to, has kept me sane, grounded, focused, and inspired the past few months (and the past crazy week!) and for that, I am so grateful!

2. Do you have any trips planned?  Or what was the last trip, workshop, conference, or event that had you really excited?

I posted about trips, workshops, and conferences recently.  About what’s on my horizons and what I’d like to do and some maybe trips or events.  Not sure yet how things will pan out, but I do have a couple things on the books that I am excited about!

The last event that really had me super pumped was my Real Food Styling Photography Workshop (one of the best things I’ve ever done!)

And this trip to Mexico City has me extremely excited!

3. Do you believe in mind over matter?  That what you tell yourself has a big impact on how you will ultimately feel or handle a situation, challenge, or interact with others?

I am a huge believer in this.  A positive mental attitude is everything.  If you tell yourself your life sucks, you’ll never get through something, this or that is “ruined” because something else happened, an interchange with a certain person is going to be doomed, you know what, things probably will suck, won’t work out, and everything will be pretty miserable.  A self-fulling prophecy, for sure.

Although I am not Suzy Cheerleader all the time, when the chips are down and it would be easy to throw in the towel, quit, bail, get my undies in a bundle, or just otherwise turn into a total grump, I have learned to smile, dig down deep, find my strength and poise and grace and just stay positive and tackle the tasks at hand, even if I don’t like what’s happening.  Fake it til you make it, if nothing else.

There’s also The Secret and Laws of Attraction.  You attact what you put out there.  Put out positive energy, you will get positive things back.  Put out negativity and that’s what you will attract.  Now, of course, there are exceptions to this, but in general, I do believe in all of this.

What do you think?

And with that, I am off to Mexico City Friday morning at 4am!  I will be blogging as much as possible because I do have internet access in my hotel room but my first priority is to live life first, blog about life second.  You understand.

Hasta luego!


98 comments on “Mexico City”

  1. Wow, your trip sounds amazing!! What a great experience!!

    I absolutely believe in mind over matter. I think life is what you make of it and that karma is for real.

    Enjoy your trip…safe travels :)

  2. Wow Averie! Thats huge! Certainly does sound like a trip of a lifetime!
    Hope you have an absolutely wonderful time!!! :D
    For a minute I thought you were going to say you were MOVING to Mexico! hahaha…
    Love the look of your new house, esp the floorboards! Beautiful!
    Enjoy your trip, very much looking forward to future posts :D

  3. Have a safe and fantastic trip. Learn lots so you can share with us all!

  4. Sounds like an AMAZING trip!

    Food photography in foreign countries is so fun, especially in countries in Mexico, where markets and street vendors are plentiful.

    I’m traveling through Southeast Asia right now and one of my favorite things to do is visit the market, sample new foods, and take photos.

    Hope you have a fun trip!

  5. Wowza!! Enjoy Mexico – I hope this trip allows you to have fun and ease the stress of all the moving.

    1.) I was just in Florida.

    2.) Leaving next week for another ballroom competition.

    3.) I definitely do. It’s hard to master, but so worth it.

  6. this is such an awesome opportunity for you, averie. enjoy every moment. isn’t it great that you DO have the new place, have been able to do some packing and moving…this fabulous trip is just what you need.
    1. aruba in march!
    2. nope!
    3. “You attact what you put out there” – > totally. “what goes around, comes around,” too. an optimistic, positive outlook on life makes all the difference.
    never been to mexico – can’t wait for your reports!

    • you are so positive, always, cathy! your comments ALWAYS make me smile and soooo happy. i can FEEL your energy and enthusiasm, always.

      i know you truly DO live this way: “what goes around, comes around,” too. an optimistic, positive outlook on life makes all the difference.


  7. Wow, I’m going to imprint your last sentence into my brain with letters of fire. They’re so profound.
    I’m happy you’re embarking on such an enthousiastic trip and I’m sure you’ll be back way richer than before, although your photography expertise is already great.
    Also, I hope your long-waited for experience will make you forget all the hard times you’ve been going through lately.
    Thanks for this wonderful post today and have a special, unforgettable trip to Mexico City.

    (As for me, I’ve been to Barcelona and Ibiza lately – easy, I’m from Italy! – and really enjoyed the spirit there. Spanish and new Spanish countries have a lot to teach us when it comes to living your life with PASSION and color)

  8. OH.MY.GOD. You are going on a workshop with Penny?? OMG! That is sooooo cool!!!! I absolutely admire her! I bet you will have such an amazing time there and learn great skills… aaaaaawwww, I am so excited for you!! Enjoy!

  9. Averie that is AWESOME!!! This is going to be such an incredible experience for you!!! I can’t wait for you to come back and share what you’ve learned.

  10. You already know how happy I am for you ;) And I mean it when I say don’t bring any of your chaos from home with you on this trip! This is your time to enjoy yourself and soak in all the knowledge and wonderful experiences that you can….not worry about how to fit as much in one box as possible :P I cannot. wait. until you’re back and can hear all about it!!!
    I haven’t traveled anywhere exciting recently. I was thinking maybe this summer I’d take a nice little day-trip to somewhere like Boston…but I’m not sure. Everytime I get in the car for longer than an hour I am reminded of how much I hate traveling, hah.
    Safe travels!!

  11. SO awesome that you are going on this trip! U will learn so much and also how amazing its going to be for you!

    U do NOT stress at all anymore girl! Just get excited for your trip! Pop a bottle of champagne and have a no bake cookie dough ball, and get ready!!

    love ya!

  12. So glad I found your blog – I find it so easy to become overwhelmed when I have to much to do, even when I LOVE what I am doing. And it’s important to try to remember how much of it really is mental. Brava to you for going on this trip and dealing with everything with such aplomb – we all os us should ALWAYS grab such opportunities. Looking forward to reading about it!!

  13. Ah I’m so happy for you! This sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Go enjoy your trip! You deserve it after last week.
    1. London!
    2. Nope, but I would love to go to a blogger conference.
    3. Yes yes! It’s certainly not something I’ve mastered, but I’m working on it. It’s the journey that makes the difference right?

  14. That is SO exciting!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to read your posts about your experiences in Mexico with Penny. Awesome. The new place looks totally gorgeous too. I like the kitchen a lot. Trips? We went to Savannah & Hilton Head recently and went to Jamaica back in February. No trips planned now :)

  15. What an awesome opportunity! Timing may not be perfect, but when is it ever? I can’t wait to hear all about the experience. My last trip was to FL. Next week I’ll be in Chicago for work. Then in August I’ll be in Boston for fun.

  16. What an exciting trip! I say not to worry about the moving aspect whileyou’re there – let Scott worry about it! ;)

  17. You know how jealous I am about your trip and I wish I were there too!!! I need a vacation badly right now, but I can’t take one. I am starting to think about a beach vacation over Christmas break. My advisor in AZ made me promise him that I would do it. He said I’ll need it, and I’ll want to just work, but I had to promise him I’ll take a tch-free week and RELAX. He never steered me wrong in grad school.

    Have fun, don’t think about anything else, enjoy the moment, and learn lots!! Then tell us about it when you get back!

    I made your cookie dough balls (without coconut, obv) yesterday. Munch, munch, munch…

  18. My boy-friends family is from Mexico and even they are afraid to go there right now..I don’t know if you know about the drug cartel and how truly horrible it has gotten…I’ve heard some nasty stories from his family =/

    Please be safe while you’re there.

  19. This should be so exciting for you! I hope you will be able to relax a bit and get the full benefit and enjoyment from the trip. Mexico City! I remember seeing it from the plane when I flew to Costa Rica. Coming from a country of six million inhabitants it was pretty mind boggling! Am having my second iced coffee ever in the whole world just now :-).

  20. Have so much fun on your trip Averie! I know it’s just going to be amazing learning from Penny!

    No trips planned for me, aside from the one next month to Boulder ;) And we’re looking at the possibility of going to Palau early next year for a diving trip.

    I haven’t been to Mexico, aside from a day in Cozumel. So I’ll be anxiously awaiting your posts, and photos!!

  21. Have a great time at that workshop, her photography is so amazing!

  22. Averie how exciting!!! I’m sure you will learn so much on this trip — how wonderful!

    The last trip I took was to Vegas in Nov — and Jason and I are trying to plan some sort of trip for (hopefully) late this summer or early fall. We’ll see!

  23. Oh my GOSH, SO AMAZING!!! I took that online photography workshop Penny did recently and it was incredible, she really is an amazing inspiration. Have a BLAST, I bet it will be a life changing experience!!!

  24. Averie- what an awesome opportunity for you! That’s incredibly exciting. I hope you enjoy it to the max and don’t let the thoughts of moving even enter you head while there, it’ll all get done in the end.
    PS-love the pics of the new place!

  25. WOW!!! I remember you alluding to a trip but this is far cooler than anything I thought you were going to reveal. I am beyond excited for you (and jealous!), as you always seem to take action with your dreams instead of just talking about making things happen. I’m curious about how the trip was set up, if you know Penny or if it was some sort of contest or whatnot, but I understand if the details are private. I am so excited to see these photos I could scream haha!

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