About goals, journeys and progress…

It is one of the truest truths that one is always in search of a goal.

Goals give us meaning in many ways; goals also define the journeys we choose to travel.

With a goals and journeys comes a third element: progress. I have always seen progress as the bridge between the journey and the goal.

More often than not we tend to be very vocal about the actual goal and the progress and not so much about the journey. As it should.

I genuinely believe that the true journey for it to be true needs to be within. The true journey is the one that comes with self companionship and is shared between our own brain, heart and soul.

This is one of the reasons why this blog feels sometimes out of my comfort zone, here I intend not to share only my goal and progress but also my own personal journey.

Thank you for reading me,


The Day After my Last

Yesterday, August 23rd, 2019 was the last day at my corporate job. I went in to the office, to deliver my phone, laptop, car, badge and the last thank you’s not only to my former manager and some colleagues, but also to the company. This last part I did it silently while seating in a conference room. I wanted to leave positive energy and gratefulness as I remembered all the highlights of the last 8 years, one last time within the office space.

If you read the “About Me” section of this blog you know that I am a runner. If you stick around and continue reading my blog; you will see a lot of running analogies, so here is the first one:

Runners use heart rate zones to measure the intensity of a specific training. The zones go from one to five, 5 being maximum intensity/uncomfortable pace. Zone 5, is when you are doing speed sessions, is the pace where you can feel your heart in your throat. I thought today I would be having zone 5 feelings.

Not sure why, but I was prepared for maximum adrenaline, either intense happiness (the I-am-finally-free feeling) or intense sadness (It was 8 years after all and it is a great company!).

Zones 2 and 3 are my favorite zones. I liked to called them: ” The run-forever-zones”. These zones are light and moderate however sufficiently aerobic, at least for me it is at this pace, that I feel that I could run forever. I see these zones as peaceful and conscious running.

Today I felt at ease, my heart was not having zone 5 feelings. I felt lighter, balanced. I felt consciously serene.

I felt ready to write forever.


PS: I genuinely think hand written thank-you notes should make a comeback! Sharing the thank you note I wrote to the company yesterday. (I will be keep it in one of my shelves)

Who is this wannabe writer?

From corporate logistics to blogging and writing!

Hola! My name is Marcela and this is figuratively and literally my leap of faith. After 8 years of working in corporate logistics, I placed my resignation and decided it was time to pour my energies, heart and focus towards achieving one of my ultimate dreams: becoming a published writer.

Last year I started an Instagram page: @emandtheshelf, page is focus on book reviews, poems, thoughts and perspectives.

This blog is the transition of the Instagram page. Here, I will share the creative process of writing my first book and hopefully getting published.

Have always described myself as a professional learner, when I am not learning something new, I am either reading, writing, traveling, running half marathons or drinking coffee and/or wine.

During the next 52 weeks, Em and the Shelf Headquarters (my apartment really) will be located in the cold but ever lovely Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is an honor that you read me, thanks for cheering my life and my adventures.