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 Quotes





Have you ever encountered a situation, or even a conversation, that was just plain difficult and/or awkward?  The idyllic hope is that some sort of closure will come about, but that never seems to happen.  Even the best of intentions backfire.  For me, difficult conversations with people I hardly know are extremely stressful.  Stress is a trigger for me to act differently and speak differently.  I’m sure most people go through some sort of anxiety in those situations that creates a personality deviation.  Insert stress, difficultly, (and maybe a glass of wine), and I tend to speak with an assertive direct tone.  I think that it can be misconstrued as confidence, probably even arrogance at moments.  It’s all driven by nervousness and insecurity.  Being vulnerable is a difficult thing, and my inner dialogue forcing me to speak keeps me from falling apart.  I’d rather just withdraw completely to avoid the whole thing, as I struggle with the delivery of words and messages in highly impactful conversations.  All I can say is that these situations haunt me.  Did I do the right thing?  Did I act the right way?  Did I say the right thing?  I always have the best of intentions and, I can only hope that came across in moments of awkwardness and stress.

I’m curious.  How do you react to difficult situations and/or conversations?


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 Quote of the Day


Although it may not seem like it, the last few weeks have been a challenge for me  My hands are worse than ever, and I feel like a zombie at the end of the day.  I’m really struggling.  I’ve let myself spiral downward emotionally.

I was taking care of myself by maintaining a gluten-free diet to combat inflammation.  I was going for daily walks, and exercising regularly.  I was keeping a positive outlook, even with the day-to-day struggle.  I stopped doing all of those things.  And, now, the cycle of depression is self-perpetuating.

I can’t seem to focus on the good.  I actually can’t focus at all.  I realize that to truly be healthy starts from within.  Getting up each day with the vision that today will be a good day takes effort.  I just needed to remind myself that I need to take care of myself.  And, so should you!

Don’t let what ever it is you’re facing take you to that place.  You know the one I’m talking about.  That place of emptiness and sadness that brings you to stare blankly into nothingness.  The place where pain and numbness intertwine to make you forget that there is hope.  There is hope, and there is happiness.  And, everyone gets a little lost from time to time.  It’s okay.  It’s all going to be okay.

xo, Maria

10 Quotes for Spring and Easter That Will Make You Smile











Spring and Easter are already here! This season brings with it so much beauty.  I wanted to share these quotes and images with the hope that they make you smile.

Wishing you and your family peace, love, and happiness at Easter and always.

xo, Maria

Inspirational Quotes About Patience

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I was sifting through old photos the other day, and came across these magical photos I took in Paris.  They are a bit surreal.  When I look at them, they convey a calmness and beauty that I just can’t fully describe.  Even though the scenery is of a bustling city, the glowing light of the sunset creates a softness that I love.  I started to reflect on myself, and the happenings of this past year.  Patience had never been my most admirable quality.  I grew up with a strong Cuban mother who moved at lightning fast speed.  She cooked fast, talked fast, drove fast, and, well, you get the picture.  In her age, and with my CTS diagnosis, we’ve both slowed down.  I have been forced to slow down, and so has she.  And, in many ways, I’m thankful for it.  Having patience for others, for myself, and for life in general is truly a marvelous thing.  Isn’t there a saying that the best things in life can’t be rushed?  Or is it that all good things come to those who wait?  I understand those words now, more than ever.  Life takes twists and turns, in ways that would never be planned.  Patience during those u-turns  and detours is key.  I hope that these images give YOU HOPE, and remind you (and myself) to have patience.  Wonderful things are on the horizon.

xo, Maria

Inspirational Quotes about LOVE






Happy Wednesday everyone!

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away.  And, I thought I’d share a few inspirational quotes about love today.  Why?  Because LOVE is in the air!   The first quote says it all “there is always somebody that loves you, ALWAYS!”  This holiday isn’t just about love for that special someone; it is about loving everyone and everything.  How about loving yourself?  That is probably the toughest love for most people.  Loving and embracing who we are as individuals might be just as hard as finding true love.  It is something that takes time, and takes patience.  When it comes into the picture, life truly begins to reveal marvelous things.

Thank you so much for reading!  Have a LOVELY day!

xo, Maria


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