Ana V. Ramirez Posts

Have you noticed the amount of “top posts of 2016” out there right now? Everybody seems to have written one. For a while I was tempted… well, if everybody is doing it… right? Maybe I should too? But I resisted and instead continued with my last shot tradition.

The Last Shot of The Year The story

Dear online world, I’d like to formally introduce Bruno. On July 28, 2015 this lovable redhead came into my life. He’s big (80lbs. when all my others have been about 50lbs.), fluffy, bossy, funny, outgoing, and loves to bark. He’s also a head-turner. People look at him wherever we go because he’s so handsome. Bonding with him was challenging given what we have both been through, but we’re both doing really well.

Dogs The story


Home decor

Many people feel this way about art: Art is a luxury. We don’t need art on the walls—that’s for the wealthy. I don’t buy art because I can’t afford it. Do you agree? I don’t. Most of my life, and in all of the different places I have lived, there has been something on the walls. Likely it was my mom’s doing, because she appreciated art, but there are plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea to put something you enjoy on the wall. (and you don’t need to be a millionaire to do so)

Home decor

I’m not going to discuss politics or how I feel about the election results this week. A lot of other people are doing that already. What I will say is that this week was an emotional one and I had to find a way to cope with all of it. Aside from hugging Bruno (who’s not a fan of hugs) and eating ice cream (something I already turn to in difficult times) I decided to use the act of creating as therapy.

Gratitude Photography

Continuing my Into The Ocean project, I visited Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach. That week there been having  record heat in Southern California so I got there early. Okay, maybe 10am isn’t early for you morning people but given that it’s an hour and a half away, I had to take care of Bruno, AND have coffee it was early enough for me!


Since today is Halloween, I thought photos of spooky abandoned buildings would be appropriate. However, I’m a big chicken when it comes to scary movies, haunted houses and any other creepy stuff. Yes, I’ll admit it. Heck, I’d almost say I’m proud of it. But in spite of that, I loved taking pictures in this place. So much so that I went by myself a couple of times. Even if I only had the guts to go during the day…

Inspiration and motivation Locations The story

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Alright, it’s time to focus! Pay attention and get to work! Keep moving forward! Let’s do this! That’s kind of the mindset these days, isn’t it? It seems like everyone is looking to get more done in less time and to just go, go, go. I fall into that thought process a lot and I’m sure many of us do.

What’s the point of all that efficiency and productivity, anyway? I’d much rather pause and take my time to see where I am—to be in that moment 100%. This is what happens when I stop and look around…

The story

On October 2nd Bruno and I set off on a new adventure. We left California for Colorado. Leaving California was not an easy choice. In January of 2005 I moved to San Diego because I had this unshakeable feeling that I was supposed to be there. For 11 years it was home and it still felt that way—there is a big part of me that didn’t want to leave—but I made the choice to do so anyway.

In my defense, I have some very good reasons for doing what I did.

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