Mi viaje a Smithfield, Virginia

23 Jun

Tuve el privilegió de pasar un fin de semana en Smithfield,  pero lo mas importante lo que hice era conocer a los residentes que llevan toda su vida viviendo allí.

Kathy Mountjoy, nos organizo el tour de la iglesia.

Albert Burkhart, es como el alcalde de la cuidad porque esta involucrado en todo. Nos doy el tour de  Fort Huger.

DeeDee Darden, dueña de Darden’s Country Store, nos enseño como procesan los jamones, y que un jamón de Smithfield  tiene que estar en sal por lo menos 30 días.

Gente siempre habla de los jamones de Smithfield pero este pueblo tuvo una historia muy rica durante la guerra civil como el Smithfield Battle ; ahora tiene un museo donde puedes ver el cacahuetes mas viejo  y aprender mas sobre como el negocio y la industria del jamón y cacahuetes empezó;  y unas calles bien conservadas exactamente como eran durante la época colonial.

Lo que mas me gusto del pueblo fue observar el sentido de gran comunidad y orgullo que tienen los residentes para su pueblo. Cuando fui al Firehouse Bluegrass, un concierto para recaudar fondos para los bomberos todos se conocían y no les importaba dar algo de dinero porque los bomberos siempre están cuando les necesitas.

Como dice Debbie, residente de Smithfield, que no hay nada en el mundo como Smithfield.

Smithfield es una pueblo típico de Estados Unidos donde todos se conocen y no ha perdido su historia porque los residentes trabajan juntos para conservarlo. Y si te gusta la playa esta a una hora de Virginia Beach.

Mas fotos de mi viaje están aquí. 












Smithfield, Virginia–Residents Take Pride in their Town

22 Jun

I had the privilege of spending a weekend in Smithfield, Virginia, and most importantly I was able to speak to the residents who have been there a lifetime.

Kathy Mountjoy, who organizes tours for the tourism office, provided us with detailed stories about St. Luke’s  church and the cemetery nearby.  The cemetery was once used as an encampment by the Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

Albert Burkhart, local historian,  who happens to know everything about Smithfield took us to Fort Huger. He spent many years working with the county to get money to restore the area in order to preserve an important part of history.

DeeDee Darden, owner of the Darden’s Country Store, took time out of her day to teach us how the hams are processed. The fresh meat is brought to the store in February and by November that distinctive salty Smithfield ham is ready. The hams stay in salt a day and half for each pound so a twenty pound ham will stay in salt for 30 days.  I love how they’ve kept everything intact as it was in the early 1950′s. When you walk into the store you take a step back in time.

Smithfield is much more than just ham it has a great history of important battles such as the Smithfield Battle ; art on every corner such as the life size statues of market hogs, painted by local artists; a museum that holds the oldest peanut and other interesting facts; and a well-preserved Main Street with a historic courthouse and school house. We also got a special treat at the Isle of Wight County Museum. A historian from Williamsburg came down to teach us how ice cream was made in the early 19 century.

However, the most important thing I noticed was a sense of community and pride. When I went to the Firehouse Bluegrass fundraiser concert everyone knew each other, and they were happy to give back to the firehouse because the volunteer firemen go out of their way to help.

Like resident Debbie said there’s no other place she rather be in.

If you feel like taking a weekend getaway to an old-time all-American charmed town I highly recommend Smithfield!

To view all the pictures of my trip please go here.

How to lead a Blue Zone Life

5 Jun

Photographer: Adam Voorhes (O Magazine- May 2014)

Blue Zones entered my vocabulary  last year when someone at a conference told me I should read the book “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner to gain inspiration for my business. I read the book and it forever changed me.

Living in the US I thought implementing the nine Blue Zone principles of living longer would be nearly impossible.  I thought that only happened in the places Dan Buettner discovered where people live to like 105 years old. Until I discovered that there was an initiative called, “Blue Zones Project by Healthways” that’s being implemented in different cities of the US.

It started in communities like the Beach Cities district, near the LA area, in which the community worked together to implement the nine principles listed below this post.  The Beach Cities implemented such things as walking routes instead of bus routes, grocery stores promoted healthier products by the check-out area, it organized workshops on the power of purpose, and many other things. The community came together to fight the stigma of obesity and unhappiness. Not only are cities participating but also states like Iowa, which happens to have a pretty ambitious goal of being named the healthiest state by 2016.

I believe the Blue Zone Project has huge potential to get people thinking more about living than working to pay off debt or buy more things.

Working full-time and living in a place like Washington, DC, where people hardly ever look up from their iPhones because they’re constantly working, I’m trying really hard to implement the nine principles in my personal life.  The one that’s easiest to do is having a glass of red wine at 5pm, which helps me unwind. I’m currently trying to surround myself with like-minded positive people in order to be sane and not think less of myself because I’m different.

Reading “Blue Zones”has changed me both personally and professionally. For my business I’ve tried to focus a big part of it on two principles: a sense of community and right tribe. Adrivo: the travel session is about getting the right tribe together to travel as a way to decompress emotions or problems.

All nine principles are simple enough for anyone to do. However, it  takes a long time and commitment to change habits but if you have a community to back you up change could come even sooner than you think. Since we can’t do it alone let me know if you’re interested in having a “Blue Zone” buddy to help create a grassroots community movement to add years to life.


Unleashing your Energy

11 May

A couple weeks ago I went to a workshop titled, “Unleash the Energy Within”  hosted by Fresh-focus to learn how to improve my lifestyle. I was in need of a major reboot and thought it would be a good idea to venture out of my comfort zone and meet some new people.

I always like to reinforce the concept of my idea in the blog posts because it has to do with what I learned at this workshop. Adrvio: the travel session is about creating a community of like-minded people like myself who have found travel to be quite therapeutic. It’s not only about traveling somewhere to make you feel good for the moment but about creating a community that will be there for when you most need it. One thing I learned from the book “Blue Zones” is that one reason people live such healthy long lives is due to the strong communities behind them everyday, and that’s the concept I want to instill in my business–a sense of community.

A sense of community is also what I felt at the “Unleash the Energy Within” workshop. It was an intimate setting with a group of women from all walks of life looking to improve their lifestyles. It felt great to be with other women like myself who were trying to build a better life for themselves. The focus of the workshop was energy which is important for anything you want to accomplish in life. Without energy there’s no way you’re going to be able to travel and be a part of “Adrivo:the travel session”  so the first step is to recharge!

Joanne Shaw Schneider, a health coach, and Maria J. Terol, an exercise therapist and postural alignment specialist, teamed up together to open our minds to the four things that are affecting our energy: chemical factors, emotional stress, mental stress, and physical stress.

It was interesting to learn that mental problems can cause physical problems and vice versa–it’s important to take care of both. The workshop was a full day of activities and healthy eating. Joanne made some mouth-watering salads such as a salad with home grown kale from her garden and avocado, and a blueberry smoothie that was better than any blueberry dessert out there. If you want to know more about the recipes visit her site at www.nourishedbodyandmind.com.  If you’re putting non-chemical or non-processed food into your body your mind will be so much sharper allowing you to do the things you like.  Maria later worked on our postures by having us do some  back “tilts” to work on our pelvic alignment.

We later had the opportunity to work through some exercises to find out how certain behaviors create both pain and pleasure, but like they say, “no pain, no gain.” In order to change a behavior you’ve had for years it will be painful but later the gain is worth a million dollars.

I just gave a very brief snippet about the workshop because I want you to attend the next one so you too come away refreshed and energized to conquer your fears or problems. It was quite refreshing to be reminded how important it is to take care of our mind and body in order to enjoy life.  However, change could be hard which is why it’s so important to go to workshops like these to build a community that will be cheering you all the way to the finish line.

Look out for the next “Fresh Focus” workshop to learn more about how to build a good mental and physical balance in your life–you’ll need it for when you come traveling with me.







Mi experencia en Abingdon Virginia

13 Apr

Tuve la suerte de estar invitada por la oficina de turismo a pasar unos días en Abingdon. Como el concepto de mi blog y negocio es como el viajar puede ayudar durante fases difíciles en la vida este viaje otra vez me ayudo a ver las cosas mas claras. En este viaje trabaje mas en sacar mi parte creativa intentando ver como podia promocionar Abingdon a otros.  Abingdon me motivo a ser mas creativa porque hay arte en cada rincón. En el día a día de mi vida mi parte creativa muchas veces esta escondida.

Abingdon es un pueblo muy histórica que ha sabido conservar muchos de sus edificios y casas del siglo 19. También la cultura de los Appalachians es muy fuerte–lo ves en la comida, música y el estilo de vida. Hay muchas actividades para los residentes: obras de teatro, música, buenos restaurantes, caminatas por las montañas y festivales. El teatro “Barter” es el Broadway de Abingdon porque siempre tienen las obras mas clásicas como “El Hombre de la Mancha.”

Lo que mas me gusto de Abingdon era la amabilidad de los locales que siempre te tratan con una sonrisa y una risa. Cuando uno dice que la hospitalidad del sur es el mejor no están mintiendo sobre Abingdon. La única cosa que podrían mejorar es tener tiendas y restaurantes abiertos los domingos. Pero por lo demás Abingdon es uno de esos pueblos que se te queda grabado porque no ha perdido sus tradiciones ni historia.

Para mas información sobre Abingdon visite su pagina web: http://visitabingdonvirginia.com


My journey in Abingdon, Virginia

13 Apr

Above is a video I put together to give you a quick overview of what I did over the weekend. I was invited by the tourism office to visit Abingdon which I was quite happy to travel to the area. Since the concept of “Adrivo: the travel session” is about how travel could help through a tough time in life this trip once again helped me gain more insight.  I was able to bring out my creative side more because I was always thinking of ways on how to better promote Abingdon to Washingtonians. In my day to day I don’t always use my creativity which is why I love to incorporate travel in my life somehow.

My impressions/advice for people visiting Abingdon:

Abingdon is a small historic town surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, which forms a massive wilderness playground complete with rivers, lakes and trails. The famous Appalachian Trail is nearby and the Virginia Creeper Trail begins in downtown Abingdon. If you have read about the Appalachian culture Abingdon still holds onto that mystical mountain culture. On Saturday nights at Bonefire Smokehouse  you could listen to a live band play beautiful mountain music-bluegrass, country or rock–music that speaks to the soul.

Abingdon is a town that has everything: history, great food, theater, outdoor activities, and music. Also, if you’re into historic preservation this town receives an A+ for its preservation of historic buildings and homes. The town takes pride in providing its residents with a list of activities to do. Every Sunday outside the lawn of the Martha Washington Hotel & Spa a band comes to play; the weekend we were there we listened to some jazz. And if you’re the outdoorsy type bike the beautiful Virginia Creeper Trail which is about a 30-mile bike ride.

The Barter Theater is the little Broadway theater of Abingdon. The actors and production are of five-star quality.  Every night of the year you could see a classic play such as “The Man of La Mancha.” The reason it’s called “Barter” is because during the Depression people would barter produce from the farms and gardens of the region to gain admission to see a play.

I would go back to Abingdon in a heartbeat and not just for all the activities but to hang out with the locals who are so nice. When my husband and I were walking down Main Street a couple stopped to talk to us to see how we were doing and if we were interested in seeing their church. They always have a smile and are always willing to help. It’s true in Abingdon what they say about that great “southern hospitality.” I would say the only downfall is that many of the stores and restaurants on Main Street are not open on Sundays. Other than that Abingdon has a special place among all my travels.

If interested in learning more about Abingdon visit their website at http://visitabingdonvirginia.com



Conquering your fears

30 Mar

This time two years ago I was frustrated with my job situation. I had just received a new contract with a well-known company. It seemed perfect because I was going to be working from home giving me the much needed flexibility I was looking for. As time passed by I had no idea what role I played in the company since my supervisor never communicated and would constantly give me last-minute assignments. I panicked since I like stability and like to know exactly what I’m doing. I became quite frustrated with the situation and was not able to look beyond it. Instead of focusing on something positive or trying to figure out what else to do negative energy was floating all around me.

I decided my husband and I needed to take a trip. We drove up to Bar Harbor, Maine. To make a long story short the trip helped me put things in perspective. I’m scared of heights and get quite dizzy when I look down. I also don’t like driving across long and high bridges because I feel like I’m going to fall down…….I know I have many fears. Another one of my many problems is focusing too much on fear. Anyway there was a mountain called “Beehive” which is in Acadia National Park and juts out of the terrain proudly at 520 feet (158 m). I looked at it and said, “No way I’m I going to climb that mountain.” My husband told me, “Don’t worry! There’s a trail and just focus on getting to the top and don’t look down.” I decided not to think much and go for it.  Sometimes you just have to say, “let’s just do it.” As you can tell from the picture below I made it to the top. It was the best feeling in the world looking down and seeing all the beauty around me.  It made me feel like I was capable of doing anything I put my mind to. At that moment I had a choice to make either to continue to focus on negativity or to be proactive about making myself feel better. Not all people are able to travel to see such beauty or hike up a mountain. I’m so fortunate and should take advantage of that power. The power to have choices! If I wouldn’t have gone on the trip I probably would have been driving myself crazy feeling sorry for myself.

To this day when times get tough or I start to focus on my fears I just look at the picture and everything is ok.

Please, post a picture, in the Google Plus Group, of one of your travels that made you look at yourself differently and helped change your behavior in some way.


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A friend’s personal take on how two trips helped her

10 Mar

My dear friend Patricia Serrano from Colombia gave me a beautiful testimonial about what two trips/destinations meant to her.

Trip #1: El más duro, el duelo de mi mamá, sin que la distancia de los escenarios eliminara el dolor de mi pérdida y lo vivido, estar en Buenos Aires, me ayudó muchísimo.

When her mother passed away the  pain was too much for her to stay in her native Colombia. She moved to Buenos Aires to be in a different environment. Buenos Aires helped her start a brand new life and put things in perspective. She now feels better in her new home.

Trip #2: Y el otro, cuando me separé de un novio que quise mucho y me tuve que ir a estudiar a Italia, sin duda estar la primera vez en Venecia sin tu amor no fue muy lindo, pero las novedades y los nuevos retos me distrajeron, y todo se durante ese tiempo en Italia, sirvió para poner las cosas en perspectiva y calmarme poco a poco. 

The other time was when she broke up with her boyfriend who she loved a lot. The break up took place when she had to go to Italy to take some classes. She said it was hard to be in such a romantic place as Venice, but she got distracted by all the monuments, bridges, and art around her. Walking down the streets of some cities in Italy helped calm her down because she was constantly experiencing something new. She didn’t have time to think about her heartbreak. She was able to concentrate on the positive and good of this world, and that was a sensation/feeling she ended up bringing back home with her.

Traveling is not escapism it allows you to put things in perspective!!



Hola a todos mis hispanohablantes!!

3 Mar


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Acabéis de ver un video donde me veis sin maquillaje, luces o en una producción professional. La razón porque lo hice es porque quiero que me conozcáis a un nivel mas personal

Mi nuevo proyecto es algo muy personal para mi en  que no tiene nada que ver con mi carrera. Mis dos pasiones en la vida es el viajar y los asuntos de psicología y terapia. Llevo mas de 10 ańos trabajando en comunicaciones y marketing y no veo el futuro como mis colegas que después de 10 o 20 ańos implementando campańas de comunicación abren una agencia de comunicaciones. Soy una persona muy curiosa que quiere aprender nuevas cosas.

Mi concepto de Adrivo: The Travel Session se trate de una comunidad de personas como yo que han encontrado el viajar terapéutico. Todos tendrán la oportunidad de compartir experiencias y también dar consejos, a los otros de la comunidad, como ciertas cosas en sus viajes les han ayudado. Cuando hablo de viajar no quiero decir viajes a sitios exótico puede ser a un pueblo a las afueras de tu casa.

La meta de este proyecto es crear un grupo fuerte donde un día podré organizar viajes en grupo para que podamos disfrutar de nuestra compańia no solo online pero en persona.

Espero que puedan participar en mi grupo (comunidad) que he creado en Google Plus. Podéis escribir en ingles o espańol.


Desperate Need for Nature

24 Feb

Sometimes in life you just need to hug a tree and feel its strength and stability.  

The concept of “Adrivo: the travel session” is about how traveling could help you through a tough time. This weekend nature helped me out. When I say traveling I don’t mean going to an exotic place and spending a lot of money.  It could be traveling to a state park nearby like I did.



In the society we live in where everything moves at the speed of lightning: meetings, deadlines, social media networks, events, family, friends, etc….it could sometimes be too overwhelming. Many times I feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to fulfill all my obligations. Also my personality is one of trying to constantly please and make everyone happy which could be emotionally draining.

At times, I need to breakaway from being the “Adriana” who constantly smiles and worries.

When I spent the day at Patapsco Valley State Park I just looked at the trees, river, and plants all around me, and realized how nature brings us great stability. The tree will continue to stand in the same spot for years to come unless a natural disaster or fire occurs. The tree just needs to survive by getting enough sunlight and water–it doesn’t look to change or search for more.

Nature is my medicine for anxiety and stress because it teaches me that through my chaos the tree will continue to stand at that same spot for years to come. I need to learn how to stand still and observe and not get involved in chaos.