May 31, 2013

Friday's Letters...

Dear God:  Thank you for waking me up every morning and gifting me with yet another beautiful day to strengthen our relationship.  I forever will say your a an awesome God!

Dear Rachel of Tao of Poop:  Your writing style fascinates me.  Your words always seem to play a vivid story in my head capturing my heart to new and learning experiences.  When I grow up I want to write just like you ;)


Dear upcoming month's interviewees:   Shhh. You know who you are.  I am so enjoying and having so much fun with all of the interviews.  I am excited and am looking forward to sharing it with my readers, friends, familia and the occasional peek-a-boo-ers!  Thank you for your desire to inspire and be inspired.  Already each and every one of you is an inspiration!

Dear Precious Treasure Trio:  I'd really love to enjoy more of my treasures...just saying.

Dear Geisi:  Don't give up gurl!  You can do this!  Don't let it consume you.  Keep the faith, hope and believe!  You are not alone. You do not have to do this alone....remember I am here for you!  Love ya!  God is with you.

Dear DH Crew:  Wut up homies!?  Woo...hoo!

Dear Nani:  You should be very proud of yourself.  I know I am. You are one amazing young woman and I admire you for serving your country.  I hope all goes well for you in Afghanistan.  You be careful and bring yourself back home.  Miss ya and love ya!

Dear Malik:  Love da fro dawg!

Dear Mamuski:  I can't believe my prayers have been answered!  Well, actually I can because I serve an awesome God!  I'm just so happy you are coming home.  Can't wait to see you and give you a big hug.  Saturday can't come soon enough.

Dear Saturday:  Hurry up and get here!

Dear Fellow Bloggers:  I want y'all to know that I love and appreciate each and every one of you.  And even though we have not met personally, you guyz are my special friends.

Dear Mami:  I miss you.  Sometimes I wish you were still here on earth so that we can just talk and I can hear your sweet voice.  It would be music to my hears.  I love you always.

Dear SAMM:  I'm missing you guyz...lots!

Dear Self:  Remember that the challenges mold you into who you are.  Embrace them whole heartily.  And when life pitches you a curve ball...catch it first with your bare hand, then throw it up in the air and hit it with all your heart's might right outta the ball park with your faith!  Then put your hands up in the air and shake'em like you just don't care and dance swinging your curves with confidence that everything is gonna work-out the way it should!

Dear You:  Yea you!  Thanks for taking a peek.  Have yourself one superdeeduperdee awesome weekend!  Yolo :)

Tootles!

May 28, 2013

Mariposa Journal Entries: It's Only Human...Umfff!


Dear Journal,

I'm grateful for you because for some reason the words of my heart, mind and soul flow freely into your pages without any hesitation at all.  You are familiar.  Always been my confidant.  My partner in crime. Holding my secrets dear.  A friend to laugh with and share dreams.  A shoulder to cry on.   My loyal companion in moments of loneliness.  A story of inspiration.  So I am grateful for you, my dearest friend.

Okay, but enough of the mushiness, lets talk.  I guess I'm going through this stage where I feel the need to get things out, ya know, feelings.  I want to get them outta my head, outta my heart.  I've learned that sharing ones feelings, thoughts and experiences may create a positive change that benefit other people.  And I already know personally enough the outcome of repressing ones feelings, so I care no more how silly, uncomfortable, bizarre or awkward it may feel or seem.

This past Saturday morning was a bit of a tear-jerk-er for me.  Not necessarily a waterfall of tears, more like a dripping faucet.  Yet, tears nonetheless.  They say it's only human to hurt!  Right?  You're probably wondering what the heck am I talking about, so I guess it's only fair I rewind to Friday and bring you up to par with the events that led to yesterday morning's tear-jerk-er.

That Friday, before the tear-jerk-er, turned out to be a pretty good day overall.  I was happy for a very good and productive day at work.  I was even happier when I left at 3:00 to welcome in the long Memorial Day weekend.  TGIF!  On the way home I stopped at Walmart just to get some sour cream for a bean burrito I was planning to eat for dinner that night.  Needless to say I left the store with more than just the sour cream.  Hey, it's only human to shop! ;)  Thank God for virtual paper...my laptop, cuz I can show visuals!
I was so happy with my new found summer skirts and new purse!  I made it home grateful to get out of the Miami heat (the weather, not the team) into the breezy cool air blowing from the air-conditioning vents of my  apartment.  I was sweaty and my clothes were sticky to my body.  I'm loving my new home.  I giggled as I slammed dunked the sweaty clothes (including my undies) into the hamper in the closet.  Okay, maybe you didn't need that visual.  Anyway, the Florida sunshine is beautiful and all, but ahhh....thank God for air-conditioning!  I was in a happy-go-lucky mood.  For dinner I ended up eating egg-rolls instead of the burrito.  Oh well, I'm glad I stopped for the sour cream anyway because I am so loving my summer skirts and purse!  But, I already said that didn't I?   Well, pardon me if I'm repetitive. Blame the new stage in my life...middle adulthood.  umfff!

Toward the evening, I started not feeling too well.  My head started feeling hazy-like and dizzy.  I contemplated what it could be.  Was it due to heat exhaustion?  No, it couldn't be that because I remembered having a couple dizzy spells while at work earlier that day.  I decided to lay down and watch the Miami Heat (the team, not the weather) on  the TV.   But, that didn't help.  The dizziness persisted on and off.  I thought, maybe my blood pressure was high but I did take my medication, so I ruled that out.  Could it have been something I ate?  Maybe digestion related?  Wasn't really sure because I ate nothing outta the ordinary.   

I live alone and during the course of the evening, I started to feel a tad alarmed, okay maybe even scared.  But, that's okay because it's only human to be scared!  Right?  The dizziness persisted and the sensation in my head was no picnic.  So I thought it best to call someone, a family member perhaps.  I called my daughter and told her what was happening, ya know, just in case.  Just being cautious.  She was wonderful.  The mother-daughter bond has strengthened between us in the last year, so when she promised to check up on me later that night, immediately I felt at ease.  I felt her loving presence.  I felt safe and protected.  Is it silly for a mother to say she feels safe and protected by her own child?  Awkward?  Uncomfortable?  Do you believe these are things I was dealing with as well?  Umfff!

Surprisingly enough, I no longer felt alone or scared.  Maybe because now I had someone looking out for me.  It's only human to seek shelter....right?  And isn't it only human not to want to be alone either?  I mean, just the mere notion of knowing she would be checking up on me, gave me peace of mind.  I know, I know, God watches over me, but I guess it's also only human to feel the need for warmth and love from others. Right?  Umfff!  I did dose off in heavenly sleep though.  Strange?

Morning came and I had to face reality.  My daughter had not called me at all to check up on me like she said she would.  I tried not to think about it.  But damn it hurt!  I felt hurt, silly, awkward, hurt, stupid all at the same time which made it all that worse!  Umfff!  I went on questioning if I should be feeling anything at all.  Why should I feel hurt?  Right?  I'm an adult. Besides I'm the mother here, she is my child.  An adult too, but my child.   She has 3 little ones of her own and a husband to attend to as well.  I know how busy it can get.  How dare I feel hurt!?  I tried to smother my feelings with these thoughts.  I reminded myself that she was at the supermarket with hubby and all 3 kids when I related how I was feeling.  Maybe she wasn't really listening to me.  

For god-sakes maybe she got real busy at home with putting away the groceries, then dinner, then putting the kids to bed and all that good stuff mothers do.  I tried to ease my pain with these thought too.  But it didn't help.  It's only human to hurt!  Right?  Then I was mad.  There is no excuse.  I am her mother and she did say she would call.  Not long after battling these thoughts, the phone rings.

Ring!  Ring!  Ring!

It was her!  Arms crossed and mad, I let it ring. That'll teach her!  Silly...right?  Umfff!

Ring! Ring! Ring!

Hello...

Mom, I'm sorry I didn't call you back last night to check up on you!  I was so tired I fell asleep in the couch.  I'm so sorry.  How are you feeling this morning?


It's only human to forgive...right?  Umfff!


Adios,



May 27, 2013

Soul Food Monday! - An Inspirational Link-Up #33

Man is the soul that uses the body as an instrument of self expression.
Hola Readers! Hope this morning everyone is having a great rise along with a BIG appetite for life where ever in the world you may find yourself today. A life filled with excitement and prosperity!   Acknowledging first that we are more than just a body is a good start to healthy wholeness.  Let's take time to feed the soul.  We feed our bodies with healthy foods to get enough energy and nutrients for optimal growth and development.  We feed and stimulate the mind with books, movies, plays and games for personal and creative development.  The same principal applies to feeding the soul.  It is just as important to feed the body as it is to feed the soul!  After all, the soul is the core of who we are!  It is who we are.  My own experiences of honoring my soul has helped me make this connection with my very soul.  And my life is so much richer in so many ways I could not have even imagined.  This is why I refuse to believe that we are just here to work, eat, sleep and die.  Yes, these are inevitable experiences we live as human beings, but we are spiritual beings as well.  So join me every Monday with a different food for the soul.
Today I want to dedicate this edition of Soul Food Monday to remember all the brave and courageous souls who served and gave their lives for the betterment of mankind.




What's inspiring you this week?
Come on and link-up all the inspiration you've got!  The more the merrier!

Tootles!
 

May 25, 2013

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May 24, 2013

Mariposa Journal Entries...Yep, I'm Fed Up For Sure.

                                                                      
Dear Journal:

I surely am fed up about all this hype going around about facing your fears and just being yourself as if it were all easy and stuff.  I mean don't you think that if it were easy, everyone would feel comfortable being themselves!?  Heck, everyone would be themselves!  Better yet, don't you think that all this crap and bs (pardon my french) would cease to exist?   Why do people do that.  Why do we do that!  Yea, I'm fed up for sure.

I mean when did it all start?  When did it become such a hassle or struggle to being you?  Why the stigma around it?  Is there a conspiracy going around that we don't know about?  Could there be?  WTF, alright, alright...WTH!  You see what I mean?  Why the hell can't I just speak like I damn well wanna?  Why do I feel that I have to resist myself.  Shut up, who asked ya?  Yep, I'm fed up for sure.  

Awww, and the thing is I really don't like to talk like that, but sometimes I just wanna.  I mean I know who I am....I think.  No!  I do know who I am!  And I like myself!  Heck, I love myself!  But, then why are there days of doubts?  Where does it come from?  Why does it creep up like a pestering buzzing fly trying to eat at your cake and no matter how many times you swap at it, it keeps coming back.  I hate that.  Yep, I'm fed up for sure.

Other than that, my day was okay.  I was productive at work today...yaaay!  Bout time too.  Administration really gotta step up their game with the resources though.  But one step at a time, one step at a time.  Head girlfriend seems to be in la.la.land at times.  Fine, I won't be mean.  I won't judge either.  But damn,  getting paid all that mula, just doesn't seem fair when you end up sweeping all the mess at the end yourself.  For sure Ima be fed up bout that too.  (Sigh)

It's really not all that bad.  I'm just venting.  I guess it's okay to have a day of "fed ups" (giggle-giggle).  Today was mine.  I'll keep you posted on the progress.  And oh yea, thanks for listening my loyal, faithful, journal friend.  Til the next time I pick you up again, 

Adios



May 20, 2013

Soul Food Monday! - An Inspirational Link-Up #32

Man is the soul that use the body as an instrument of self-expression.
Hola Readers! Hope this morning everyone is having a great rise along with a BIG appetite for life where ever in the world you may find yourself today. A life filled with excitement and prosperity!   Acknowledging first that we are more than just a body is a good start to healthy wholeness.  Let's take time to feed the soul.  We feed our bodies with healthy foods to get enough energy and nutrients for optimal growth and development.  We feed and stimulate the mind with books, movies, plays and games for personal and creative development.  The same principal applies to feeding the soul.  It is just as important to feed the body as it is to feed the soul!  After all, the soul is the core of who we are!  It is who we are.  My own experiences of honoring my soul has helped me make this connection with my very soul.  And my life is so much richer in so many ways I could not have even imagined.  This is why I refuse to believe that we are just here to work, eat, sleep and die.  Yes, these are inevitable experiences we live as human beings, but we are spiritual beings as well.  So join me every Monday with a different food for the soul.
I've always loved the famous phrase "United We Stand Divided We Fall".  It gives me a sense of hope and power every time I think about the phrase.  I feel connected somehow.  But, sometimes it's not easy to keep unity.  Sometimes it just doesn't work out that way no matter how much we'd like it to or no matter how hard we try.  It can hurt when it doesn't work out that way.  Ya know, standing united.  Especially amongst the Familia.  There are disagreements, different views on things and let's admit it, sometimes there's fights.  Then apologies.  Maybe.  Perhaps sometimes the apologies just aren't enough at the moment.  Days go by without speaking to each other, weeks, months.  Sometimes even years.  Sad, but true.  

That is why this week I will focus on unity and the power behind it!  Remembering that love conquers all, I will find my own strength and apply it in my own personal life!  Won't you join me in this week's food for the soul?
.....on Unity... 

What's inspiring you this week?
Come on and link-up all the inspiration you've got!  The more the merrier!
"United We Stand, Divided We Fall."  

Tootles!

 

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