Seizing the Staycation with my JORD

When JORD first contacted me for a possible collaboration, I went through their story and immediately fell in love with the brand and what it conveys. The fact that they make watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go, resonated with me. JORD believes in telling more than time and I deeply believe in making the most of time, of moments. So, here’s my story about seizing a staycation with my JORD for the long weekend; a place I’m crazy about, that makes me enjoy time, create a moment, and most of all, escape from the city stress. This captivating place is perfect for forest bathing in the city!

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary.

Now, I don’t mean to brag (ok, maybe a little, but just a little, lol) but I live in a city (Guatemala City) where its landscape consists of majestic volcano views, and rolling mountains and hills. Despite how nature is weaved into this city, there are days where I long to be at an even greener place, without noise pollution. And let me tell ya’, I have found THE PLACE: Cafรฉ Mimi. It is a place surrounded by jungle-like greenery and hundreds and hundreds of orchids. Yes, orchids. A total dream. The moment you walk into this place you feel like you just entered another dimension, kinda feels like you’re entering Pandora. Ok, no bioluminescence thing going on at this place but you get the idea of how magical it can feel the moment you step foot through the door.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary.

Once in, you are immediately transported to a tropical floral dream, to paradise in the city. You feel like you are been hugged and embraced by all the greenery, and orchids salute you as if you were royalty, gallantly inviting you to dwell in an area of tranquility, of positive energy, of warmth. This place is a true feast for your eyes and senses! And the food is just de-li-cious!!! And no, you won’t be eating orchids ๐Ÿ˜‚ย (Hint: you can book this place for events here).

Once I sat down and ordered my food (turkey & mushroom panini), I had time to admire everything that surrounded me, and yes, that included hundreds and hundreds of orchids that still have me mesmerized. And I thought to myself, I don’t want to just eat here, I want to soak it all in. But life’s constant stress and errands sometimes make you forget about the important things in life. It makes you forget about pacing yourself and actually admire what’s around you. Heck! You’ll be surprised what you discover if you practice this daily, even if it’s just for 15-20 minutes.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

And for the first time in many years, I looked at my wrist instead of my phone, to check the time. It was liberating to see time as it is, as it should be, instead of my phone and then noticing there are dozens of notifications pending for me to sink into my phone and forget what’s surrounding me. I was wearing my new wood watch, courtesy of JORD WATCHES. And as I remembered their mission statement,

“The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.”

It was kind of a eureka moment! Make time count! And so instead of just rushing and eating my food, I stayed at this orchid sanctuary for a couple of hours. Making the moment count and actually living, instead of just existing.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

Wearing my JORD WATCH reminds me of their beautiful mission statement. It’s like every time I look at the time on my wrist I am reminded of this, and pace myself and say “hey, let’s enjoy things. Live the little things.” I didn’t know a watch could do that, but being constantly reminded of making time count has somehow made me feel more connected to the world, to nature.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

 

I’m not going to deny it, I got a lot of compliments on the watch that day (and every day I wear it, lol). It simply fits with me. It’s a unique watch, casual and chic, yet elegant. It’s super lightweight, with an incredible wooden finish (it’s made of wood y’all!). And yeah, I have to admit the engraved box it comes in makes it the perfect gift (don’t worry, they also have a men’s collection). ย Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters, and my JORD WATCH does exactly that.

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.
Apparently, I cannot hold a cup correctly ๐Ÿ˜‚

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

Now that I’ve let you in into the wonderful world of city forest bathing and JORD WATCHES, I’ve got something for you!

Iโ€™m partnering with JORD Watches for a GIVEAWAY!

One person will win a $100 gift card! Butโ€ฆ EVERYONE who enters is guaranteed a $25 gift card even if you donโ€™t win. Like, really, it’s the easiest $25 ย and all you need to do is enter the giveaway and youโ€™ve got $25 to spend! You can enter by clicking here or through the link on my Instagram.

The giveaway ends July 16th at 11:59 pm. After that, your giveaway codes will expire August 31st. So, what are you waiting?! Enter! ๐Ÿ™‚ (FYI, they have FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE) ๐ŸŒŽ

Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Forest bathing in the city is possible. At least in Guatemala City. Find out more about THE PLACE to leave stress behind and dwell in an orchid sanctuary. Seizing the staycation with my JORD like a boss.

P. S. It comes in a dazzling engraved wooden box (with a secret compartment to keep humidity at bay!). You can shop my watch here โ€“ itโ€™s part of the Frankie 35 ย Series – Dark Sandalwood & Slate.ย 

*This post is in collaboration with JORD WATCHES. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.ย 

 

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29 Comment

  1. I cannot agree more with the making time count sentiment. When I go to bed at night, I find myself sad sometimes that I didn’t make the moments count. It’s so important to go back to the times of wrist watches because then we rely less on a distraction phone to tell time.

    1. Totally agree! The phone is very useful and connects us with the world and loved ones, but sometimes it can become quite overwhelming. I’m loving my JORD watch because by wearing it, I look a lot less at my phone’s screen and seize the day! I’m also a bit more productive since I’m not constantly looking at my phone for the time and then finding myself submerged in IG or FB, lol! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have wanted a Jord watch forever! I am actually really jealous that my fiancรฉ gets a watch for our wedding gift because I want my Jord! lol… These photos are completely lovely! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Enter the giveaway and you just might win the $100 gift card! And then get your fiancรฉ to get you the JORD watch of your choice! I love my JORD!!!! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What amazing pictures! The wood watch looks amazing in the natural yet urban setting! Already entered. Thanks! ๐Ÿ‘Nice job!

    1. Awesome! Thanks for participating! Best of luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. elizabethcolette says: Reply

    Beautiful pictures! What a nice watch, it looks like it could go with anything!

  5. What a lovely place for a staycation! I can see why you could spend a couple of hours among the orchids. Being in all of that life is so relaxing and refreshing! That watch is absolutely stunning. Jord makes such beautiful watches.

  6. The orchid are pretty and that is classy! Love the give away! I am glad you found your secret hide away spot.

  7. Jord’s watches are SO lovely and I agree: I love what they stand for! It’s so easy to get absorbed in your phone just by checking the time, especially as a blogger! I’m entering your giveaway because I’d Looooove one of these stunners.

    1. Hi, Amanda! I totally agree with you! As bloggers, we tend to sink into our phone and forget about actually enjoying what is surrounding us. Enter JORD watches! And life as a blogger becomes a bit less stressful. Best of luck on the giveaway!!! May the odds be ever in your favour! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lucrecia Tabush says: Reply

    That place is so beautiful!!! and the watches look so nice!

    1. You should go there sometime! The place is truly magical! And I love my watch!!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This watch is really pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved your post and the flower environment โค๏ธ

    1. JORD watches have so many cute styles! And the orchids at this place are just mind blowing! Thanks for stopping by! Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Cute watch! I love the color!

    1. So cute, right?! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Sounds like a great and relaxing staycation!

    1. It was wonderful! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This was so lovely & well written. Not to mention your photography is always stunning !!

    1. Awww!!! Thank you so much, doll! You made my day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your support! You rock! ๐Ÿค—

  13. Staycations are the best! Especially in places like this lol. Beautiful watch, thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Best of luck on the giveaway!!! May the odds be ever in your favour! (I’m obsessed with that line from The Hunger Games! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ )

  14. Wow, how beautiful. And that watch is amazing. Jord makes the prettiest watches.

    1. Thank you!!! And yes, I agree! Jord makes gorgeous and chic watches! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  15. What a beautiful day. I love forest bathing and this is a gorgeous venue.

    1. It is a gorgeous and unique place! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I love these watches! So stylish and unique!

    1. JORD watches are super cool and chic! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!:)

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