To Nicaragua

By | March 12, 2015

I booked my ticket in February to go to Nicaragua to visit my younger sister Darlene.

My grandma decided she wanted to come, too. Five days before I left, she booked her ticket, and we traveled on the same plane, in neighboring seats, from Houston to Managua, Nicaragua.

We took a selfie at the Houston airport.

Ev and Gram Selfie

Ev and Gram Selfie

We arrived in Managua, Nicaragua about 10:00 pm on Sunday night. My sister Darlene was there waiting for us with her taxi guy.

We drove straight to Chinandega, a town in the northeast of the country, a little over 2 hours from the capital. Tired and exhausted from travel, we checked into our hotel, Los Balcones, which is owned by Darlene’s friend. It was hot; we put on the air conditioning and went to sleep.

But first we took a selfie.

The three of us, including my goofball sister.

The three of us, including my goofball sister.

Monday morning we were wakened by the street noises. Honking, cars, people, already bustling at 6 in the morning.

The Bustling Streets of Chinandega, from our Second Floor Balcony

The Bustling Streets of Chinandega, from our Second Floor Balcony

The trip for me was 7 days total. I hope I can find time to write about all of it and share pictures.

It’s after work on a Thursday, and I found myself staying and staying at my standing desk, trying desperately to get caught up on some personal stuff that has fallen way by the wayside. I haven’t even been home from my trip a week, and am feeling overwhelmed by everything there is to do. I had to cancel an auto-renewal, download some e-courses I purchased that are about to expire, delete some emails from my spam folder, upload some photos to my computer, and on and on. How does one get so backed up? With thousands of things running through my head, I also thought, “I really want to write a blog entry, but I just don’t have time.” Unfortunately, it is becoming harder to find time these days, especially large blocks in which to feel like I can get anything done.

I decided it’s time to change my thinking. Ten, fifteen minutes? Can I find that? Can I just squeeze it in, and then click publish? Well, I can certainly try. If all I can find time for is 15 minutes to create, then others probably don’t have much time to read. Maybe we can make this work together. A symbiotic relationship. There’s your word for the day. Boom. Publish.

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8 thoughts on “To Nicaragua

  1. Loretta E.

    The perfectionist thinking always holds me back from action too. It’s a hard habit to break, for sure, but I’ve been better lately about dedicating a few minutes here and there…It helps a lot and it’s amazing how much you can get done when you’re actually focused on getting something down rather than perfection!

    1. Ev Post author

      So true! I often don’t start a task unless I think I’ll have enough time to finish it, along with extra time on both ends. It prevents me from getting anything done. But I’ve begun to notice that when I do decide to try to get something done, it doesn’t always take me as long as I thought, so the 2 or 3 hour window that I think I need is wholly unnecessary. May as well try to fit a huge task into a small time window. The results can be astounding!

  2. Greta

    Sounds like an adventure. I will be back for more 15 minute blog posts. Boom. Read.

  3. Kelly

    Haha, Greta! You beat me to it. I want to hear more about this adventure, Ev. Boom. Write more. 😉

    1. Ev Post author

      Thanks, I will write more. Boom. Replied to this comment, too!

  4. Carrie

    Great article! And you really sum it up -overwhelm; that sneaky time and dream stealer. And then you finish with the victory: publish. Great article and thanks for taking 15 minutes to share. C

    1. Ev Post author

      Thanks, Carrie. There will be more. Victory!!!

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