Hi! I am Catalino, or "Lino," for short. I am a jack-of-all-trades in perpetual training and knight of infinite faith. I aspire to learn and experience as much as I possibly can. I have a special interest in foreign languages, an insatiable appetite for travel, and a healthy drive for self-improvement. I am from New Jersey, but I have called other places "home." In my spare time, I explore and write. Thanks for visiting my corner of the Internet where I share my words and photos!
I visited Portland over the Thanksgiving holiday as well. As charming and beautiful as Portland is, it is super gritty, too. The city reminded me to be grateful for what I have and to remain focused on what I want for my future.
I visited my old home city of San Francisco over the Thanksgiving holiday. It is strange to return to a place after being gone for a while and to discover that it is still in much the same condition that it was in while you had lived there.
I was pretty busy this week in general. I had a lot on my mind and a lot to do. But I still made time for my weekly art class; and it really pays off to devote time to what refuels you. I feel like I accomplished everything that I set out to do in the past week. Here is to resilience!
I drew a lady named "Linda" this past Thursday. I am really enjoying the challenge of trying to capture a stranger's "essence" in a drawing. I am excited for the upcoming week's art session. Who knows who I will draw next?!?! And how much I will improve?!
My new art class on figure drawing started this past week. So far, I really like the class; my teacher is hilarious and knowledgeable. I am excited to work on my artistic abilities for the next 3 months. It reminds me that it is never too late to develop your skills and talents.
A very close friend of mine recently visited NYC, so I played the role of the knowledgeable tour guide. Playing a tourist in a city that I consider to be one of my oldest stomping grounds really helped me to realize that it is easy to convince yourself that an uncharted place is better. But that is not necessarily always the case. Sometimes, newer is not better. This realization reminded me that I have to learn to be grateful for what I have and where I am.
So, one of my best friends and I decided to take a weeklong vacation in Canada; and it really shed some light on where I would like to build my life. I have visited many places in my life before, but Montreal is truly one of my favorite cities. It offered a lot of opportunities for walking and exploring. Plus, it was clean and the people were super neat. The trip really inspired some "projects" for me to work on for the near future.
Trying a new medium this summer was a good learning experience for me. It taught me that it never hurts to try something new; and if you really make an effort, you can find a way to combine that new skill with what you are already good at to make something better. #EffortMatters
I was hanging around the Barnes & Noble in Union Square while waiting for one of my best friends since high school to arrive. I turned and looked around to give my eyes a break from staring at my iPhone's screen, and this book title caught my immediate attention. It poses an important question that I am hopefully getting progressively closer to answering!
Lately, I have been thinking about my life and its many ups and downs. It always amazes me how nothing is ever as permanent or as important as you convince yourself it to be. But I have learned that it is always important to recognize when you are at a good place and when you have a good thing going for you at the moment, so you can truly be appreciative before it all vanishes away. So here is to being in the moment and being grateful for your life! 🙏