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Today I’m on the ‘Single in Buenos Aires (The Polo Diaries Book 1)’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by the author, but b
About the Author :
Roxana Valea was born in Romania and lived in Italy, Switzerland, England and Argentina before settling in Spain. She has a BA in journalism and an MBA degree. She spent more than twenty years in the business world as an entrepreneur, manager and management consultant working for top companies like Apple, eBay, and Sony. She is also a Reiki Master and shamanic energy medicine practitioner.
As an author, Roxana writes books inspired by real events. Her memoir Through Dust and Dreams is a faithful account of a trip she took at the age of twenty-eight across Africa by car in the company of two strangers she met over the internet. Her following book, Personal Power: Mindfulness Techniques for the Corporate World is a nonfiction book filled with personal anecdotes from her consulting years. The Polo Diaries series is inspired by her experiences as a female polo player–traveling to Argentina, falling in love, and surviving the highs and lows of this dangerous sport.
Roxana lives with her husband in Mallorca, Spain, where she writes, coaches, and does energy therapies, but her first passion remains writing.
Roxy plays polo… but dreams of love.
Forty-one-year-old polo player Roxy arrives in Argentina with a to-do list that includes healing from a polo injury and falling in love with a handsome Argentine. From polo boots to tango shoes, the adrenaline of riding horses to glamorous after-game parties, Roxy learns to navigate this unfamiliar landscape with the help of new friends who teach her to take life as it comes. But will she find true love? Over three months in Buenos Aires, nothing goes according to plan, and yet, all the items on her list mysteriously get ticked off in the end. Just not the way she had imagined.
Fans of the Bridget Jones series will love the blend of humor, travel, and romantic comedy at the heart of Single in Buenos Aires, all topped off with the unforgettable flavor of life in one of the most sensual and passionate cities in the world.
Guest Post :
Dreams and Reality
Dreams come to us from a land of beauty and purity. They come at night, quick glimpses of another world. Or they come during the day, silent reminders of how our life could be. We carry them covered in golden sheets hidden in the depth of our heart and we only allow ourselves some moments of silent wondering ‘How would my life be if this dream came true?’
And the dream remains just this. A dream. Locked away in our hearts. Covered in precious golden sheets. Cherished. Protected. Banned from any contact with our day to day life, from any bash with reality.
And this is what kills it. Or rather what stops it to live. Because only the day we muster enough courage to break this dream, to smash it against the floor, to break it like we break a saving box when we finally want to use the savings, only then it can truly live. Only when we smear it with the dust of reality we can bring it down to us, into our lives.
At first it will seem like a loss. The dream has lost its attraction, its impossible but ‘ah so nice’ quality. It’s here with us, in our life, it’s real, it’s less than perfect. It’s sometimes not exactly as we imagined it. It may seem disappointing sometimes. But it’s alive, it’s real. It has arrived. It has descended from the perpetual ‘One day’ and it has come into here and now. Into today.
I sometimes feel this with my books. When the book was just a dream, it seemed so perfect. The words, the paragraphs, the covers and images were glowing in a mist of perfection. Locked away in my heart, a perfect book lived in prison. But once I let it out of there, I found out that the reality of it is somewhat less than the perfect image I kept of it. I find a million things I could have done better. I proofread it at least ten times. I change a comma and a period and I wonder once again what else I can do to improve it. But then I remember about dreams and reality and I take a deep breath and I smile. I let it be just as it is, the best version it can be, a dream covered in the dust of reality. I’ve learned to let it be.
So here’s a challenge: let your dreams break into the waves of reality. Welcome them and live them with all the dust and dirt they’re covered with once they make the jump and land in reality. Let go of the polished golden image you carry in your heart. Live them as they come, with all the raw and unexpected beauty.
And be grateful for the gift they bring you. Because when you have the courage to make a dream happen, to smash it into the floor of reality, it breaks into a million coloured pieces, each one more shiny than what you could ever have imagined. And they go on to light your life and those of the people around you in ways infinitely more beautiful than the golden sheets you kept the dream wrapped into, in the prison of your heart.
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