May 19, 2015

Tel Aviv Livin' (and a Giveaway!)

#TouchDown #Israel

So I think Einstein once said that, "we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."  This is why remembering to remember is so important! #LevelUp 
"If you think of your life, the world, as a mirror, as a reflection of your beliefs (and thoughts and attitudes), and you find yourself surrounded by angry, dramaful, ratchet-ass circumstances, then what needs the fixin'? If it's just a reflection, then isn't it you that needs an adjustment?
Stand in front of a mirror and frown, or better yet, serve your resting bitch face (used to be my go-to). If you decided that you wanted to see a smile in that mirror instead, you wouldn't try to change the face in the mirror (your reflection), you'd change the one on this side of the mirror. The world works the same way, we've just come to believe the opposite-- that circumstances dictate our mood. Lies. Garbage (with a french accent). Your mood, your beliefs dictate the circumstances. This is how I live my life and besides the tremendous peace it serves up all day, my circumstances, my reflection, the world around me is pretty dope too. Effortlessly so." --excerpt from my post, Why I'm So Damn Happy
So rather than worrying about or attempting to manipulate a situation that was clearly beyond our control (the owner of the bomb-ass penthouse cancelling our reservation just hours before our flight, rendering us homeless-ish), we chose to take control of the only thing we could-- our response to the situation.  And we chose happiness and enjoyed our long layover together in Newark.  And then, IT happened. #NeedNothing #ManifestErrything

Dr. Daddy checked his email and there sat a request for a professional reference.  This was not a rare occurrence-- he gets tons, but this one was special.  This request came from a student he hadn't heard from in years, who was not only from Israel, but still had many connects there.  And after a short email interchange and a long but smooth flight, we found ourselves in Tel Aviv having lunch with one of his friends who manages rental properties.  And now, we ain't homeless no mo'! 

the digs

the terrace

the view

one of two bathrooms

Before this amazing turn of events (that synchronicity, tho!), we weren't just twiddling our thumbs either.  When you consciously decide to be in a good headspace, your actions become inspired and easeful-- not forced and desperate.  Rather than turning up on the owners of the bomb-ass penthouse or panicking and booking a hotel, I simply emailed some folks, made a few calls and then went on with my day.  No stress, no worries.  I had faith that everything would work out exactly as it should.  And this time, it did.  Well, it always does (you're always exactly where you 'should' be-- it's just our thoughts that suggest otherwise).  Somehow we ended up in the same neighborhood we wanted to be in, for half the price and even closer to the beach (it's down the street!).  This condo is nowhere near as dope as the one we'd originally booked, but it's hippie-chic and we must be here for a reason!

Later Gators,

p.s. now which one of y'all is going to come do my hair?  I almost don't wanna do it... it's so very humid here and I believe my efforts will be futile...

*** GIVEAWAY *** 

I'm giving away a year's supply of Henna Sooq's Red Raj Henna (12, 100g boxes)! All you have to do is comment on all the Israel related posts that have the 'CurlyNikki WorldWide' logo at the bottom.  On May 30th (at 5pm EST), one lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to receive #AllTheHenna! Good luck!

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