07 Mar 2013
in gratitude, healing, health, Life, Writing
Tags: Blogger, breaths, Happiness, healing, health, quotes, wellness, Writing
So I thought of this great quote I wanted to post about Day 58, before Day 58 came along. The day dragged on and I began dragging along. Here is the quote below.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Then Day 58, took my breath away, literally. Why? Because I am battling a very bad cold. Cold +asthma= no fun.
So that is all I have to say about Day 58, go away…come back a happier day!
02 Feb 2013
in blogger, healing, inspiration, Life, lyrics, Writing
Tags: empowerment, grief, healing, hope, inspiration, lyrics, poetry, women
This is what I have to say about today. Today I am the messenger. This is what I want you to know.
When you see her walk by
Look, really look
Because if you don’t
You will miss her soul
What is in her heart?
What is it that the eye cannot see?
She is more than her skin
More than her words
More than her desires
She is calling out
Are you there?
She is needing you
Do you care?
She is rare
Because no one
Really knows that
She also grieves
So when you see her walk by
And tell her you are there
Tell her how much you really care
For what you do not see
Can hurt her more
And no one knows the pain
That is buried inside
So, when you see her walk by
Look, before you miss her
27 Jan 2013
in blogger, child, Florida, gratitude, Life, lyrics, Mother, Orlando, Parenting, Singing, sports, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, charity, child, healing, health, orlando event, running, Science Center, Seasons 52, Toddler, Track Shack, wellness, winter park event
I wanted to sleep in on Saturday morning and rest after a week of battling a cold; but it was not in the cards. I was awakened to the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and a lady yelling over an intercom off Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida.
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill and Wine Bar celebrated the enjoyment of living a fit and healthy lifestyle by sponsoring a race through Winter Park early Saturday morning.
Proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Joe R. Lee Branch in Eatonville and the Track Shack Foundation. For more information on Track Shack and upcoming races, check out this link.
On a different note, although I was slightly annoyed to hear the loud singing and hollering of the hostess; I knew it was most likely for a good cause. Also I felt it was a sign for me to get my day going. Saturday was filled with a walk to the Winter Park Farmers Market, dancing with my daughter to music videos and a trip to the Science Center. We went to the Science Center once before but this time is different because she can actually walk. A lot more fun for her and great exercise for me.
My music homework this weekend was to watch as many interviews and music videos by artists I admire. More on this to report in next blog.
On Sunday (today) my daughter and I went to the Science Center again. Our trip yesterday morning was cut short so I decided to take Olivia to the Kids Center there again today. Liv’s enthusiasm was contagious and despite my sore throat; I had a good time too. Liv surprisingly liked playing on a tractor the most. She also made us lunch. Lunch consisted of a fake carrot, pineapple juice, pizza, bread and a slice of cheese. So sweet of her! Overall, I can’t complain because it turned out to be a great weekend.
Olivia on tractor!
- Science Center
27 Jan 2013
in blogger, gratitude, healing, Life, lyrics, Mother, Orlando, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artists, cold, healing, health, lyricist, lyrics, Music, Singer, Songwriter, videos, wellness
(This is a belated post of days 15-18 )
I am recovering this week from what seems to be a bad cold or a case of “allergic rhinitis”. Grateful to have moments and hours of rest throughout the week. I was considering what to blog about when it occurred to me that I am desperately missing my lyric writing and singing. Well I cannot sing right now due to a seriously sore throat, but I am able to write. =) You can take my voice, darn cold, but you cannot take my spirit or my ability to write for that matter.
But because my brain is foggy due to being sick this past week; I have little to report to you. And I wanted to write a song about being sick; but I am too tired to write about being sick. I had a little bit of blogger’s guilt, but then cut myself some slack. So with that being said; I thought I’d research songs about being sick, in case, you the reader, aren’t feeling well.
This is a YouTube video by Aerosmith called “Sick As A Dog.”
Another YouTube video by Little Feat called “Cold, Cold, Cold”
Ozzy Osbourne also has a song called “So Tired” but YouTube wouldn’t allow me to download it.
Anyways, if you know of a great tune, shoot me an email or comment below. Hope you, the reader, are feeling good this week!
17 Jan 2013
in Baby, blogger, career, child, Cooking, gratitude, Life, Mother, Orlando, Parenting, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artist, healing, health, joy, life, mindfulness, mother, motherhood, wellness, writer, Writing
My daughter Olivia Daisy carried her cookie with her to take a bath this evening. Olivia rushed to the tub as soon as she heard daddy twist faucet on. She then proceeded to climb over the tub fully clothed. I intervened, quickly removing clothing and getting her into her favorite duck for bath time fun. Once in the duck, she watched the crumbs of her cookie fall into the water. It was a candid moment. I urged my husband to grab a camera stating ” Olivia wants her duckie and cookie too!”
Surprisingly, Olivia did not eat her cookie, but merely starred in awe of the crumbs floating away. Finally, after some prompting; she began eating the cookie while enjoying her bath. I began to wonder the metaphor/meaning of this joyful event. Perhaps the crumbs floating away, remind us of mindfulness. It is important to really be present, even while enjoying/eating food. Liv wanted her cookie and her bath. Perhaps a metaphor for how all is possible in life. A broad generalization, maybe, but I am choosing not to analyze. I think about how I want to be a mom and career woman: the delicate balance between both. My daughter inspires me more than I could ever have imagined. If you look closely at picture below you can see our cookie monster. Cookie in her left hand and crumbs on bottom of duckie bath.
And here is a brief synopsis of the earlier part of my day. This morning while my daughter was at school; I had a few hours to cook, organize and relax. Mostly I cooked dinner like a “crazy person”. I basically stayed hyper focused on the task of cooking. By doing so, with minimal distraction; I cooked two meals and managed to cook Olivia her favorite oatmeal for tommorow’s breakfast. Then with the last forty-five minutes; I decided to relax while listening to a guided meditation on YouTube. It was called the Universal Mind Meditation by Kelly Howell. There was one quote that really stood out. As I lay still the soft tone whispered, “I’m not the past, present or the future, I simply am.” I felt restored, even after just 20 minutes of listening to guided meditation. I adore Kelly Howell’s work and truly believe in our brain’s potential and power to envision change, and to heal through guided imagery.
Tonight I led a group for adults grieving the death of a loved one. It was a great group of individuals and I always leave group feeling purposeful and with immense gratitude. After group, it was all family with laughter and yummy home cooked food. What more can we ask for?
08 Jan 2013
in Baby, blogger, career, child, gratitude, healing, inspiration, Life, Orlando, Parenting, psychology, spirituality, therapy, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artist, counseling, family, healing, health, life, motherhood, spirituality, writer, Writing
Today felt like day one of a life transition. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, my family and I moved from a home to a condo. The condo is located in my hometown, a city with serious charm: Winter Park, Florida. I feel in some ways I am being reborn. Not only did we move physically but there is something bigger going on here, for which time will reveal. I have moved literally to a new home but I am also in process of an emotional (mind-body-spirit) journey to capture my inner child, my inner strength.
I know what I need to do career wise. So now I am developing an action plan, checking one item at a time off the list. And now I am even more aware of the importance of relaxation, and being open to “no plan.” Sometimes the greatest joys come from “going with the flow, and trusting in the signs.” Also a visionary has no vision without rest and recuperation. Isn’t there a quote that says “Life is what happens when you are not watching.”?
Although weeks have passed since our actual move; we did not feel settled into our new place. There were many, many boxes to unpack, discard, etc… And we still have a room full of stuff, mostly paperwork to review and discard. Last night, was the first night our family (mommy, daddy, baby and two dogs) slept through the entire night. WOO HOO! My energy felt bountiful this morning as if I was being energized by Red Bull. The irony is that I have never drank a Red Bull nor do I have a desire to do so. This morning I was eager to do loads of laundry. That is not my usual. Olivia and I played in the park, danced to music, ate a popsicle together, and enjoyed giggling. It seems she is becoming more independent as I found time to check items off my to-do list. It was a productive and happy day.
Did I mention that I watched GLEE? I am inspired by most episodes of Glee. My daughter dances to the music and I continue to muster up creative ideas that swarm in my head. Who knew that Liv would dance to Britney Spears songs on GLEE? I took time out tonight to write and to reflect upon meaningful lyrics. It is very important to me to say what I really want/need to say in my songwriting. I vow to write lyrics, without fear of others perception of my lyrics. The lyrics will be truthful and heartfelt. I think many singers/songwriters sugar coat the writing in order to not offend others. That was my mistake as well. I wrote many lyrics that only scratched at the surface of my real feelings. It is time to really say I what I feel.
07 Dec 2012
in Acting, audition, blogger, Florida, gratitude, inspiration, Life, Orlando, psychology, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: acting, audition, Blogger, casting, central florida, Director, healing, inspiration, journey, Mullen Casting
Yesterday I asked myself “How will I dive in?” In my recent blog post, I announced the start of a journey which will require 100 percent commitment to my singing, acting and writing. I asked myself, “How will I do it?” Then I began to hear the response “You just will.” I began processing this question like a counselor would do. There is no clear-cut solution and I cannot control the outcome. As I have said to my clients in the past “Trust the process.” But it is so HARD to do. And then the little voice whispers “it doesn’t have to be hard, it’s as difficult as you allow it to be.” Yet I believe I can make choices and use free will to increase my odds of going down the “right” path. As I continued to ponder this question, I asked my husband who was sitting in the passenger seat of our car. I said ” How will I swim once I dive in?” His response intrigued me. He said, “Just plug your nose when you dive in!” I began giggling and contemplating his words. Then he followed his first statement with “Stay in the shallow end.” My gut reaction was to giggle and my thoughts were ” I want to jump into the deep end of the pool.” Hmmmm…this is a metaphor and I believe its true meaning will reveal itself. Until then, good night and talk to you later!
Oh yeah, I had an audition this morning for a Marriott Commercial. It was pretty cool as I got to dress in workout attire and pretended to get ready for the gym during the audition. Not so shabby! You never know with these types of auditions are looking for, as there is so much typecast. I was suppose to pass for a Caucasian/Hispanic female. Grateful for the audition. The director said at the end “Thanks for being prepared!” I appreciated the feedback. If its meant to be it will be. I’ve learned not to be attached to the outcome.
22 Nov 2012
in Baby, gratitude, healing, Life, Mother, Parenting, spirituality, thanksgiving, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: family, friends, gratitude, healing, health, mindfulness, thanksgiving
This thanksgiving is different from previous holidays. After going through a few life changing events and getting necessary “wake up” calls; I have immense gratitude for life. This day I am reflecting on how thankful I am for your support and for knowing you. You know who you are. It is the family member who says hello and checks in just because. It is the friend who listens without judgement. It is the co-worker who brightly smiles and waves hello. It is the receptionist who takes the time to ask how I am feeling. And I cannot forget how thankful I am for our baby girl Olivia Daisy. It is her unconditional positive regard for life that amazes me. Olivia’s innocence and enthusiasm are contagious. She is our “guppy”, a nickname we gave her after the first ultrasound. She appeared like a guppy with no formed legs or arms on the ultrasound. Now we call her “cupcake” and “stinky”. Oh how things change! I am truly thankful for the ups and downs that life has brought. Like an ocean wave, my confidence has ebbed and flowed. However, this Thanksgiving I am more alive, more aware than ever before. I am truly thankful for a fresh start, a new beginning, an awakening.
Many thanks to YOU. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
13 Nov 2012
in Baby, child, healing, inspiration, Life, Parenting, spirituality, Writing
Tags: healing, joy, motherhood, renewal, sand, sea, the ocean
There is something euphoric about being in the presence of the Ocean. The waves capture my spirit and the smell of salt brings back childhood memories. The giggles of my 14 month old daughter bring great joy! Her giggles resonates with the wind of the sea. It is the most beautiful sound of joy and peace I have ever known. Can you guess what I did this weekend? Yes, that is right. I spent quality, family time at the beach with our wide-eyed, curious baby girl. It was her first experience stepping in the sand, experiencing the roaring sound of the wind hitting the crashing waves. Our daughter studied the sand that quickly consumed her tiny toes. At first she reached for her feet, wiping the sand from her toes and then began wiping her hands. Then she noticed the ocean and began walking towards it.
Olivia had more interest in the ocean than the sand. I began to wonder why she is a Virgo and not an Aquarius like her mother. Aquarius is a lover of water. I guess a part of her is really Aquarian. Olivia lit up like Christmas, times a hundred, as she stepped into the brisk water. The cool water was bordering on “cold” water. It was a cool, windy day last Saturday. As a mommy, I was concerned and did not want to keep her in the ocean for long. I held Olivia’s hand and walked her through the waves. Liv wanted to run through the waves, falling down and giggling each time a tiny wave would pass her. I grabbed Olivia saying “Wasn’t that fun, its time for bye-bye”. Each time I tried to grab Olivia she kicked and hollered for the ocean, again her tiny voice singing in the wind. I allowed her to jump a few waves and then bundled her in a warm towel.
Her daddy and I tried to distract her with sand again. It worked momentarily until she saw the ocean. But because of the cool weather, we decided to form a mound of sand around her feet. This intrigued Olivia and she began to use a small sand utensil to dig herself out. We were relieved that she had some interest in the sand, a saving grace, to keep her from the water. It was awe-inspiring to see our child with pure joy and innocence enjoying the beauty of the ocean and beach. Truly, it is like relieving our youth. We spent so much time playing at the beach. Also, it reminded me to be mindful by savoring the small, but most meaningful moments in life.
Thanks for reading. I am wishing you to have joy in your heart and love for the small moments, that bring endless satisfaction.