I Love Rainy Days


It’s been raining almost everyday in the evenings.  The storm clouds and thunder are soothing.  Although, my miniature Schnauzer Bailey would disagree.  He fears the sounds so much that he jumps on me, trembling in absolute fear.  Is it bad that I like it because I get to cuddle with him?  Unfortunately for him, Florida is not letting up with its dramatic rain storms.  And, while he fears it, I embrace it.  The hypnotic sounds of the drops hitting the house, and steam that rises after the rain subsides is relaxing and therapeutic.  It is exactly what I need while I’m recovering.

I hope you have a wonderful day, and get to enjoy something that soothes your soul.

xo, Maria


Inspirational Quote of the Day: Stop Making Excuses & Just Do Things

I’m not sure if you needed this little reminder, but I know I sure did.

Stop making excuses and just do things!

xo, Maria

Inspirational Quote of the Day: Shake It Off


Okay, so maybe this isn’t a life changing inspirational quote.  But, it is a great reminder to just let go.  After the long weekend I was able to shake off a few things that were weighing me down emotionally.  I just have to keep reminding myself to drop it.  And, so should you.  Just let it go.  I don’t know about you, but I over think everything.  It can be so exhausting and debilitating.  So, yup, that’s right, my goal for the day is to just shake it off.

xo, Maria

Inspirational Quotes – Don’t Quit Your Day Dream



A few inspirational quotes to get us all through the rest of this week!  I’ll admit it, I’ve been dragging.  When I’m tired like this, fear and doubt creep into my mind.  These words truly helped me.  I’ve been so much happier these days, but today I definitely needed this push.  I still feel a bit weak, and my hands have hurt a bit.  It’s been rough getting through the days.  But, guess what?  The weekend is almost here!  Hip-hip-horray!  Hang in there, keep your head high and your dreams to the sky!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Xo, Maria

P.S., since I missed Monday’s post, I’ll have something festive for you this weekend.  So, stay tuned!

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Shades of Blue :: A-line dress & Silver heels




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Dress: Forever21 | Shoes: Ivanka Trump via Saks off Fifth | Handbag: Michael Kors Grey Tote (old, options here & less expensive option here)

One of my posts a few weeks ago, Style Guide – Cobalt, had me craving something in a sapphire color.  I pulled out this amazingly comfortable a-line dress that I bought at Forever 21 and my favorite silver heels.  The simple silhouette of this dress is juxtaposed by the abstract print.  Polished and feminine describe the mood throughout the day for me.  Shades of blue don’t have to be reserved for the springtime!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “a dress in the middle of November?’  The weather here in Florida has been so volatile lately.  While the rest of the country is having cooler temperatures and snow fall, we’ve had comfortable highs in the 70’s.  On Sunday, when I wore this outfit, the weather was amazing.  Although, after the warm weekend, we are going to see some frigid temperatures!  It’s a good thing too because I’m still craving cozy sweaters and faux leather, just like the outfit I wore in Monday’s post… Fall layers.  Hopefully, the weather with dip down low enough to get away with wearing a pair of boots.  I know, I know…Florida girl problems!

I do want cooler temperatures.  Dressing for summer year round can get a little old.  And, I’d love to see snow and go skiing one day.  My number one wish, to make a snowman.  Sounds silly since I’m in my 30’s, but those are things that I never had the opportunity of experiencing in my childhood.  The changing colors of the forest trees, the crackling of a fireplace, snowmen, and snow angels are all things that I missed.  The holiday months, November and December, are my favorite time of year.  And, I think those little things would make the days feel just a bit more festive.

Xo, Maria

inspirational quotes – love and life

love-the-life-you-liveHappy Wednesday!

Three or four months ago if you asked me what I’d be doing today I wouldn’t have known how to answer you.  I took a leap into the unknown by leaving my traditional desk job because of my health.  All I could do was close my eyes and hope for the best.  Three months, I said this over and over in my head.  Three months to find a resolution, and move back towards the career I left.  That time passed.  Now, on the other side, I have started working again.  I love my new job, and I’m surrounded by wonderfully positive people.  The atmosphere is creative and enlightening.  I’m thankful to have found a place that shows me so much promise and growth.  Blessed and happy, those are the two words that cross my mind each and every day.  I know that each day is a struggle with my health issues still unresolved, but I try to revel in the amazing things that have happened over the past few months.  It’s been an enlightening experience of sorts, especially within just the past few weeks.  I’m thankful, thankful to be heading towards living a life I love.

Xo, Maria

inspirational quotes…

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Life has been pretty rough lately, with all the new doctors I’ve found there still isn’t much resolution to curing my hands.  I had some bad news that really shook me.  Each doctor I went to told me they didn’t want to operate on my hand because it may worsen the dupuytren’s.  And, to top it off, continuing to get cortisone shots isn’t a long-term solution because it will eventually have a negative impact on my ligaments.  The news has drained me.  Some days I’m emotionless, I make it through the day just going through the motions. Other days, I honestly just want to cry and never get out of bed. Normally the sun shine here in Florida cheers me up, but the weather has been dreary. It has added to my sadness and feelings of hopelessness.  Why am I writing this?  Because although you may see pretty pictures here on my little space on the internet, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows.  Everyone has difficulty in their life, whether it my be an illness (like I have) or problems at work or being away from friends and family.  No person’s life is perfect all the time.  We all struggle.  But, with struggle and hardship we gain strength.  Every day I force myself out of bed, I force myself to try to do something I enjoy, I try to look past the pain, I try to smile and laugh, and keep going.  Focusing on the negative is a destructive pattern that has to be broken.  There are so many wonderful things that we simply ignore, that other people would give the world for.  Even the simplest things, such as a comfortable bed or nice warm meal, is truly a blessing.  So, when ever you are feeling down, know that you are not alone.  Push through it to come out the other side, because life is beautiful.  With each hardship, we have dozens of blessings.  Count those, and not the things that are negatively impacting you.  Like I said, everyday is a struggle.  But, wake up today to dance through the storm.  It shall pass…

Xo, Maria