And six months later…


Well hello everyone! I know it’s been a while since I promised a reflection post on a Sunday that never came…until today!e…until today!

And what happened today to get me writing? First a WhatsApp message urging me to write for once and for all, and second! Today I make six months in Freepik, six months working, six months in which my life has given a big turn and well I suppose then that it’s a good moment to get the head rolling again about life. So let’s get to it.

Well I suppose that the first subject to treat is work, after all this is like an anniversary post.

So…work, was it like I thought it would be? I have no idea, because when I come to think of it: I actually never had an idea of what work would be about! It’s true I expected certain things, or maybe not, sometimes it’s difficult to isolate thought from the past and the present.

I  wish not to disappoint you because of the fact that there are certain things I don’t want to bring out to the internet because I’m bound not only by my father but mainly by myself and my wish to be a great professional (right now I’m falling asleep and I want to eat crepes filled with dulce de leche) . I’ll do my best. Obviously depending on who you are if you ask me when you see me I wouldn’t mind telling you.

Well the thing is I like to work and I like the idea of what I do on Freepik, of course there are days and tasks more interesting than others but that’s life and you have to deal with it weather you like it or not. For example: I totally hate translation days. I was born with the ability of translation but not with the taste for it, and I must say that those days are long and boring. But on the other hand I really like dubbing for example, or the idea of creating tutorials (I say the idea because I find myself with unnecessary restrictions that hold me back so much that something I could love and enjoy I end up feeling totally unattached to it and just want to finish as soon as possible, but! What normally would take me a couple of hours, takes me three days. So when I’m asked “Is there something else you rather be doing in Freepik?” the answer is “No, I’d simply do things different” I wish that my passion for my work wasn’t constantly shut off. Sometimes I wonder how I keep a up a cheerful and positive attitude… And because of the previous paragraph I have to bite my tongue (my fingers in this case) and stop about what “I don’t like”, so let’s to about what I like and other things!

Well I really like my “Fishbowl partners” (When I entered Freepik, three other girls came in with me and they put us in a crystal room the called the “Fishbowl”) and we totally connected from the beginning and it was the first time since I lived in Malaga (18 years now) that I felt totally “welcomed”, like if I were one more (That had only happened in Madrid when I went there to study), and I think it’s really cool. They are four equally strange, in their way, ladies which you can share your most bizarre and ridiculous ideas and thoughts.

Also since I work (and have Cash, cash, money, money…) I’ve been able to go out a lot more, like in the old days (a.k.a Madrid), and I’ve met tons of new people (you know I have a something for strangers), meet new places (In and out of Malaga) and buy yards and yards of fabric (my briefs collection is increasing monthly) (Part of the fault is that I’ve discovered a haberdashery that sells a lot of elastic laces and trimmings)…so basically thanks to money (Cash, cash, money, money…) I get to do whatever I want without having to care much of the expense.

And what are those things I’ve been (and will be) up to? Well for example, I went to Rome! Never been to Italy (I think I already talked about that voyage, so I won’t go over it again), I enrolled another (yes, another) lingerie class, I’m going to salsa class, in a couple of months I’m running a Spartan Race, I’ve increased my shoe collection (sorry dad), this summer I’m going to spend a whole week in France (hopefully getting a new job) and another week in Galicia (learning to surf), I wish to go to the Schoolism Workshop in London… and a lot of things more that will come in the way. Man this post is not my best work folks, I guess today I’m not in my deepest mood…

I suppose I have a lot more to say, but I feel like today might not be the day, I tried my best but I’m too full of energy (and I don’t know why because I can only eat chicken and swiss chards) (I’m on a stupid detox diet because of an allergy caused by medicine…). I guess what I would like to say with this messy and sense less post is that I’m really grateful, for the life I’m living, ok that I’m very far from where I would really like be working, and who knows if it might be years until I get to work on my first film, or I actually might never work on a film, that’s what I would love to, but does that mean I failed live? No, I suppose not, maybe I will have to spend my morning translating other peoples work in the morning for a living and drawing backgrounds for pleasure in the afternoon as long as I do my best in both activities and enjoy of what I have around everything will be more than fine. I know they will be days in which I’ll hate all my friends that are working in movies (which happens already) (I even have a friend working on Pocoyo! Is there justice in the world? Clearly not) and think “mann why didn’t I make it??”, luck? Talent? Lack of contacts? They are hundreds of ways of life beating us around, but since my experience, if don’t expect anything (I don’t mean you don’t have hope. Hope must always be present), work hard giving your best and not looking to the others castles you can have an awesome life. Why does a person working on Disney has to be happier and more successful that the woman who works beneath my house waxing other peoples legs?? Why? and some of you might be thinking…really? Well yes, I really think so. There are tons of people in the world and only a few work on “Top places” (if those even exist) and that does mean that they are more happy and successful than the rest of the world? Sorry but no, I don’t believe that, and if you think that I think you have a very mediocre thinking, AND THIS IS A BLOG THAT WISHES TO FIGHT MEDIOCRESY! (I’ve just received a mail totally unexpected…the content was “good” but it has totally ruined my day and I’m feeling how my face is getting all covered by a rash) (I’ve lost were I was going! Stupid Spa! Always messing around since the first day I met you…).

Well since I totally loosed track and the urge of getting back to my backgrounds let’s make a quick ending:

-If you are not were you want to be: Work hard and stop the excuses

-Be happy and in peace wherever you are but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to improve. You have the OBLIGATION of improving!

-I hope you don’t hate me, I’ll try to appear more often.

-I love you people

-Until the next post!  (Or not)


Maria’s Musical Friday!

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It’s Friday! So you know… MARIA’S MUSICAL FRIDAY! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY (This weekend I’m planning a reflexional post, those you like so much) (Hola Hulia!) (and others) (sorry if you are tired of MMF) (I’m not).

Well today three new musical discoveries thanks to my workmate Silvia! *Hail Silvia!*

Bomba estereo ft Will Smith- Fiesta

First! Bomba Estereo with the great Will Smith! Fiesta, what a rhythm, don’t you just need to dance to it????

Apart from my need for dance and party I don’t really relate much to this song, so I don’t have much to say. Enjoy!

Soha- Mil Pasos

Youtube, that sometime is clever, suggested me this song after the first one, it doesn’t say much but once again, doesn’t it invite you to dance close?

Daniel Santacruz- Lento

And another Youtube suggestion, this a Kizomba song, this “new” musical genre that I don’t want to repeat myself so read the previous description… What a rhythm…What a DANCE!!! Have you seen how those two move together?? I’m searching for a volunteer. Vacancys are open 😉

Until next post! (Or not)

Maria’s Musical Fridays! (On an actual Friday)

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And MARIA’S MUSICAL FRIDAY is back! Today I have a little dilemma…on one hand I have great musical discoveries this week…and on the other hand tonight it’s karaoke night…and they exist some karaoke classics…what to do???? To be or not to be! Meh! What the hell! Let’s go for the Karaoke option full of shabby options that will bring you a mix of displeasure and pleasure at the same time!

And also Facebook told me yesterday that it had been two years since the first time I went to a Karaoke and it’s going to be a great space to remember that night! Let’s get to it!

Sambame- Upa Dance

Let’s me get in abuela cebolleta mode: So as I said, two years ago in my beloved Madrid, with my beloved Kazooalidadeswe decided to go to a Karaoke and after a quest through the capital’s streets, we finally found were to place the egg. And what did we sing? Please, delight yourself…

Pega la vuelta- Pimpinela

The second time I went to the Karaoke, was like a month ago, with to good old friends, and we had an excellent time  at the sound of….

Touch-a toucha toucha touch me-Glee

And we get now to today! And definitely the song I would sing is this one! Why? I don’t know now it has a really playful and dramatic sense to it, it’s perfect to tease around the audience, plus! It goes great with my voice.

La otra cara de Vanexxa- Vanexxa (Bonus track)

And this week I must add a bonus track that responds to the original idea of the MMF. I don’t have a lizard, instead I have a skeleton, and I don’t like girls, but the rest is pretty much it 😉 Vanexxa…ain’t se a great artist? I know she’s one of the last artist you would expect me listening to but yet, who knows me for a while, knows she’s one of my favorite artist.

Well and that’s everything for today! Bye!

Until the next post! (or not)

Maria’s Musical Fridays!

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So after a lot of months of silence *drum roll*MARIA’S MUSICAL FRIDAY is back! (On Sunday) (I actually had it ready on Friday but I needed to do the super cool gif that you see below, which I’ll use to explain the core of this MMF).

Isn`t it awesome???

So if you’ve read the last post (if you haven’t you have some homework to do) I’ve been going to salsa classes, and everyday I’m closer to my  caribbean genes (A couple of great grand parents were from far far away). Who’s leg am I trying to pull?… I’ve actually been getting closer to them way before salsa classes (who remembers Twerk days with my lil sis?).

So well! The thing is that yesterday I was preparing to work out a bit, ok? And I normally listen to latin music for the warm out, and of course…I could not help it…man the rhythm caught me…AS ALWAYS.

I can’t help it I hear music and immediately have to start dancing and yesterday I felt very very happy, because I was in front on my bedroom mirror, and I saw it…I got my hips totally dissociates! Yayyyyy (I know it might seem strange, but listen to this, if you want to twerk properly, you need to have a pair of nice independent hips) I FINALLY MADE IT! I’ve not only partied hard, I’ve dance a lot whenever I had a chance, and I wasn’t really conscious because I just dance for fun, but I’m always trying new moves, so when I get them right I feel exultant, so for that reason I made you this gif to celebrate and three songs for you to dance a long!

And now for the music! Three version of pop songs with the latin taste they need it. Let’s get started!

Chandelier (Bachata)-Sia

Chandelier…bachata version? Yes people, this things happen. I remember it was a rainy day and I was buying a chicken with my family and this song was on the radio, so when I arrived home I searched for it and I must say I liked it waaaaaay more than the original (sorry Sia).  So clear your bedroom and star warming up for what it is to come. 

All of me (Bachata)- John Legend

I’m sure you’ve heard this song a big amount of times, and I have to confess I don’t really like the original one, but come on had some bachata beats and you get one of the sexiest songs around…Even though bachata might seem a bit difficult at the begging because you dance really  close to your partner, once you get the rhythm and you are in harmony with your partner…with out comments…please grab someone and go with the flow.

Más Macarena- Gente de zona ft. Los del Río

And the last song, to speed up a bit, totally one of the summer favorites, a version of the 90’s classic La Macarena, by Los del Río, but updated.

Apart from the song’s makeover, have you seen the VIDEO???? Isn’t it great! Filmed in Cuba, a place I must visit in a near time) look at the colors, the architecture, the life…everything! Well I’m not going to keep talking because you’ve gotta keep dancing!

Until the next post! (or not)

No idea on how to title this

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Hi everyone! It`s been waaay to long since my last post! I know and I`m sorry! But I’ve always had the blog in mind (pinky swear), but I haven`t had time to sit down and write. I`ve also been thinking I want give a twist on the blog, no that I have a job I don`t really need a blog in which to cry about that I don`t have a job so we need a new subject!

I`ve decide I`m going to post about whatever a want, and when I say whatever I mean WHATEVER. What I want to say is that I have my art sites were I show my art and very few sights of other things… but sometimes I would like to post about other things that are important for me (like sewing for example) and I don`t post about it because by the moment I intend to make a living of my art and not my sewing (maybe in a (not) near future that might change) (One never knows)

So here I suppose I`ll post about my sewing projects, my salsa classes, my trips, music and a big list of themes that will come along, the thing is I don’t really want to abandon this (I know someone who would kill me if I did).

So for this comeback post I think I should tell you a bit about what I’ve been up to lately!

Well as I said in one of the last post, I got a job at Freepik (number one on free graphic resources) five months ago, and I must say that generally I like it.

Of course it has its swings and roundabouts, but in general terms I like it. I feel really comfortable with the people I have around in the office and I also have the opportunity of doing a different thing every day.

I work in the tutorial department, and my main commitment is to create tutorials for the blog. But! We also have extern artist making tutorials, and if the come in Spanish, for example, I have to translate them and dub them, I also have to add headers to the videos, write intros, and fix other stuff, so as you see, I have a wide variety of tasks to develop. The only complain I could have is that my department is really small…we are only two. Which means that I am the only working bloke and I have to manage everything by myself without any help (the other department member is the Art director, a.k.a the Boss).

But well on the other hand I’m making really good friends, having fun and being useful to humanity, that it’s basically one of the things I wanted. Oh! And the company is also paying me a dubbing course, which is something really awesome, I’ve only had one class, son I don’t have much to tell, but I suppose I will in the future.

I’m also going to salsa class! I loooooooooove to dance and now that I work, I can afford it (Money might not make you happy, but God knows it helps A LOT) So yeah, there I am banging my feet every Friday! At the begging I was horribly stiff and without a hint of caribeñismo.

It’s been two months already since I’ve started and I not saying I am Vanessa Williams at Dance with me (even thought my friend Lorena says my dance videos, resemble to the movie…I wish) (that is a good friend) but I’ve improved quite a lot, I still have to work out my caribeñismo, but I’m way less stiff that at the begging. I`ll probably talk about this way more in the future, because I have a couple of anecdotes to tell and if you are lucky enough I might even share a class video 😉

What else…let’s see umm, Oh I know! Have you seen Stranger Things?? BEST TV SHOW EVER, man! I`ve love it so much that I would watch it over and over again. On the other hand I’m giving Game of Thrones a chance… and I must say that it’s the most boring tv show ever… let`s move to another topic.

Last week I went to Rome! Yayyyy traveling!! I went with some college friends and other people (we were 9, it wasn’t as crazy as it could have been). I really enjoyed the experience, I must say that I had the sensation that I was in Spain most of the time. First of all because the streets resembled to my beloved Madrid (Come on, the Trastevere is Malasaña but with smaller bars) and also, people there don’t want you to speak in English with them, they prefer you to speak Spanish and they respond in Italian, and it’s totally as if you were talking the same language (actually it’s easier than understanding certain Spaniards…).

Well if I have to choose something from that trip (remember this is just a compilation, for more updates, wait for another post that could not come) (Don’t hate me) it would definitely be the San Peter basilica. There are no words to describe that place, how could men construct such wonder? With the help of God, I cannot find any other explanation! I consider myself a difficult crier but I confess I CRIED of emotion, so imagine the magnificent of the place, I sadly couldn’t stay as much as I’ve wished.

And another thing that caught my attention was the Coliseum complex guys have at night clubs, and I don’t mean they get all encouraged-gladiator mode trying to impress you with its strength or something like that, no… what I mean is that they see a group of girls having fun dancing in a circle, and the only thing the come up with is to surround that group of ladies, creating a layer as is they were the Coliseum. And I also must say that you tell them to leave, and they DON’T! That’s a problem I’ve never had here in Spain, Olé los zagales españoles!

Ok ,next topic: Inktober

This time I was really committed, I even made my own sketchbook specially for the occasion, and I did quite well! Until I went to Rome…It’s the year I’ve gone more far away, but failed in the end… But I must say I intend to finish the project, because the topic and the result was coming out cool. I was drawing places I would like to visit some time, so you know.

And well the end of the post is coming, and it’s Friday, this post is not going to be complete without a song, because you know what happens on Fridays… MARIA’S MUSICAL FRIDAYS! It`s not goin to be MMF post, so I’m just sharing with you a song (but what a song). With you! Dreams by Tessa Violet! (My summer so relates to this song)

Well I’m a bit tired of writing this post (sounds like the good old days) (I must confess I’ve been writing this post in office hours, each time I had some empty minutes and it’s taken me 3 days, too much for my body).

So I going to try (Do or not do there is no try, Yoda) to be more regular on my writing, I don’t promise anything! But I’ll do my best!

Until next post! (or not)

Maria’s Musical Fridays!

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I can’t even remember when was the last MMF! (I know I could look for it at the blog’s archive, but I don’t really feel like) So let’s stop all the chit chat and let’s get to it!

This past week I’ve been on McFLY mode. I like this group almost from the beginning (actually after Busted splitted) and they have been one of my favourite bands since then. I’ve been listening all their albums, watching documentaries after luch (I normally the ones I see are the Mayday series or Nazis) (I love World War II stories) (I love story in general), so in resume, I’ve been fangirl mode and that’s why this week we are going to dedicate this MMF to the british band!
(PS: Have you seen how well fits adulthood some people?)

That girl

OK! So this was the song that got me into Mcfly, I still love it after all this years. I remember how I totally LOVED Danny Jones (the brunette singer) (I love his hair, his guitar solo, his looks, I thought he was really sexy), I also remember how I thought that Tom (the blond singer) looked like The Albino from Princess Bride (Sorry Tom, now I think you look like the most adorable dad in the world and that adulthood has made really good too).
I also remember I learned to play this song with the guitar and that I performed it in front of my family one New Years Eve… o what times… ENJOY THE SONG BECAUSE IT’S STILL AWESOME.

All about you

One of my top 3 favourite song of the world. I think it needs no more presentation.

And last! It’s been too difficult, because I like almost all their songs Smile (the song I used for my first short film), Party Girl, Walk in the Sun, Love is easy…. too many!
I finally chose this lovely acoustic version where you can see the absolutly stunning guitar domain of Danny and Tom, plus the song has a je ne sais quoi, and their suits??? no comment, just enjoy.

Well and that’s all for the week!
Until next post! (Or not)

If Marilyn knew!

zapatos copia.jpg“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe

So, you know that sensation when you have been studying for very very long, you make the exam, write down all you know and after fell super relieved and like you don’t want to do anything else? well that’s a bit what happened to me last Monday (remeber I was waiting for a Freepik call?) and that’s why I kicked in the butt my promise of writing on Monday and went out to buy a new pair of red shoes.

Let’s go step by step:
-What was the call about?:
You are not going to believe (because it took me awhile to believe it myself) BUT! chan chan chan I FINALLY GOT A REAL JOB! you know? In a super cool office (In the first picture, the “where things happen” that’s going to be my office) (yes the one with the hammocks) (the are putting in a whole new computer, desk and recording equipment at this moment) , whith a salary, a timetable, WORK MATES… man! when I got off the phone with the lady I totally burst in to tears, I could not believe it, so much effort, this whole year suffering and fighting and I made! By myself! I had assumed that I wouldn’t get a job without someones help, but I DID, and that makes me super proud and also makes me happy thinking that this can give you hope if you don`t have contacts (don’t get me wrong, most people I know who got in with the help of a contact deserved it, and I’ll help who needs it if I can, but come on! achieving those things by yourself?! That’s too awesome)

-Why shoes?
Why not? First of all I love shoes, second I needed a new pair for my new JOB (wow this is never going to get old) and third once in a while a gal needs a treat (and come on people! I totally earne it)

And what now? Well I start in a week (Monday 20th) I’m going to give the best that I can and a bit more, of course I’ll keep trying to get into cinema business (that’s what I studied for) and I’ll keep working as a hostess once in a while (you know “me va la marcha”) but only on the ones that are compatible with my real job and the ones I like (like last week) (goodbye black suits and ponytails).
I would like to make a vkspdl drksrwr and maybe a vjdpl drksrwr (I prefer to keep it secret in case I don’t feel like doing it) about my working experience.

And meanwhile I keep flirting with the video world, playing around and I’m starting to be very in to it so I recorded the process of my latest background for you to see and maybe get inspired! Enjoy!

Byt he way! what I’m going to do in Freepik is work hand by hand with the Art Director on all the tutorial stuff, recruting, editing, dubbing all the videos (as my dad says I’m going to be known as “The Freepik voice”), working on the blog… in the future I’ll probably do graphic resources, but by the moment just tutorial (which if I have to be sincere I prefer by know). And so that is all for today, I’ll keep updating about the “Freepik world” and you know waht comes next!
Until next post! (or not)