Lose Count

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. 2010.

It’s deeper than that. Deeper than the surface, the grains of sand, the ocean. Deeper than the flesh, the bones. It’s all worthless if you serve no purpose. Deeper than bank accounts and possession amounts. We’re still searching. This game of life, we’re all players, until we dive deep, peeling back the layers. We’ve been dressed up, made up, to forget what we’re really made of… Just love.

Just a spirit.

Just a soul, without limits.

Just wondering where the winds were born, where they traveled from, and where they’re off to next. Just wondering how the oceans stay put, all that water, and only once in a while does she hurricane her tsunamis.

Now’s the time to check your baggage. What are you carrying? Everything can’t go, and in due time – none of it can go.

Check your baggage, what do you possess, – is it un·quan·ti·fi·a·ble?

Hello Again, Goodbye.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia. 2018

Saying “hello” to goodbye is a constant in life. We always find ourselves meeting people for the first time, sometimes for a short period. We visit some places temporarily. Feelings come and go. Hello again, goodbye. You have the same consistency of time. The flow of your appearance is sometimes premeditated, but more often spontaneously consistent. You’re always around, sometimes lurking. You appear when you want, when you know it’s best. We are forced to acknowledge you. Sometimes we’re stubborn, but you are well aware of those moments. Yet, you don’t budge. With you, it is what it is. You’re blunt, yet sweet. You’re precious, because you introduce us to “new,” often. You prepare us and remind us that nothing is forever. You provide a dose of reality as often as possible, as often as necessary. You keep us awake, reminding us to savor moments. We love “hello,” but goodbye – you’re the one we appreciate most. Hello prepares us to enter and experience something new, and with you comes deep reflection. We are encouraged to practice gratitude. We need that. It’s critical to our growth that we’re reminded to be grateful for all things – the people we meet, the places we go, the things we do. We need you to paint a picture for us to see what was, and imagine what could have been. We anticipate you most when we’re experiencing things that are painful, failing to realize that you’re always right on time. We must go through all that we do, because we need those experiences to nurture our growth in preparation for what’s to come. Goodbye, you’re a genius.  If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have the emotional intelligence to depict our feelings that exist in this moment in time. The right here, and right now. We’d just take it all for granted. We’d express our feelings less. We’d never know what it’s like to savor something. We wouldn’t think critically. We’d fail to grasp time. We’d lose our sense of imagination. We’d be stagnant. Growth would mean nothing to us. Hello, goodbye – thanks for joining us, and for giving us hope.

We say “hello” to goodbye every single day, with each passing minute. Each tingle that flows through time, each thought bouncing through our minds. There’s much good in goodbye. There’s much power in the drama of closure: the end of a chapter, the credits of the movie; the exit sign, the period at the end of a sentence, the last minute of the day, a graduation, the arrival at the departure gate.

Hello again, goodbye. Nice to see you. Thanks for showing up, reminding us to practice gratitude and appreciation. Thanks for reminding us that nothing lasts forever. When given deep thought, you are the force behind the courage we’ve gained to do our best at living this human life.

There will always be unforgettable memories behind each goodbye, and we’re some of the lucky ones if we find it difficult to leave…

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Angkor Wat Temple Complex – Siem Reap, Cambodia. 2018

 

 

 

Forever Young

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I watched the movie Collateral Beauty on the plane as I traveled to Costa Rica, and it touched me. It brought to surface, things I think about often – yet in a more abstract light: Love, time, and death. We all want love. We all need more time. We all fear, yet will experience death. In the movie, some characters became Love, Time and Death – to bring lessons to life. The lessons were triggered by loss, and the collateral beauty that comes with it. Loss changes us. Loss of a dear loved one, changes a person. I experienced that, and that loss introduced me to a new way of understanding life. The collateral beauty I choose to see is the spirit that outlives the flesh. Life is a short trip. Let’s think:

“We can’t go against time. Time should be upset with us if we take it for granted. Einstein calls time a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Time cannot be tracked, should not be tracked. We have all the time in the world! Time is a stubborn illusion!

“Love, is the fabric we are made of. We don’t get to choose who we love, and who loves us. We don’t get to say goodbye to love.” Accept love in all variations, and live abundantly. Love, it’s the only answer to the question “why?” Love, is the only reason to do all things. Don’t try to live without it. Love is the light and the darkness, the sun and the storm, in laughter and in pain. Love is all.

Do we pretend that time is unlimited? That death is unrealistic? We can make things up to be whatever we want, that’s the power of the mind, and it’s just that great. Death reveals things, it’s symbolic of change. It can also be an illusion. The body dies, and the spirit continues to live, louder.

In this moment, value all things present, and all things absent. In time, it will only be a memory, we will only be a memory. Let’s be fearless, and fully emerged in all things connected to love. Live out loud, have a dream, make it real, work hard, succeed, be grateful, see beauty in all things, and with that mindset, we are forever young.

Abstract Nature Girl.

 

 

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Vinales, Cuba. 2017

Far beyond anything we can see with our eyes. Until infinity, as long as we believe. Take care of our minds, and our hearts, and exist forever. Keep a healthy self. Keep light. Keep love. Be light. Be love. Declutter and detach. Flow freely; be whimsical. Have a clear understanding on how to embrace and release all that comes and goes. Be still. Connect with the trees. Study nature. Become its reflection. Listen to the birds when they sing. Reject fear, judgement and discomfort. Welcome courage, and be courageous. Watch the changes right before our eyes. Don’t deny them. Pay attention to the evolution, within and around us. We are spirits. Let our spirits direct our steps. Trust in that, because it feels right. How much do we have to cover up? Layer up? Dumb down in make-up? Do not hide. Do not die. Do not subside. Awaken! Let’s get centered, balanced, lifted. Disconnect from “things” and get charged up! Find purity, and value that. Find innocence, and capitalize on that. Find radiance, and become drenched in that. Find the light, and never lose it again. Sing and fly as wild as birds. Grow strong and deeply rooted. The sky is beautiful. The ocean, so soothing. Let’s get back to nature, so much, that we become it.

 

What are we feeling?

What are we thinking?

What are we doing?

What are we saying?

What are we eating?

Is it all natural?

Does it come from nature?

What’s the energy like?

 Be still.

Peace.

Piece of Me

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Brooklyn, NY.

Happy 2017! Just a year ago, I started this blog and I thought it was going to mostly be about my children’s book, my paintings, and my travel adventures. Little did I know that I’d be inspired to dive deep, and focus my writing on self-reflection. As you can see, there are no limits here. Each post is a reminder of how I am growing, and my sincere interest in helping others reveal their truth. Let’s be real, and do whatever it is that truly makes us feel a sense of joy!

I don’t always know what to say. I don’t always use the perfect words to interpret how I’m feeling, and in those moments, I am really grateful for my outlet of painting. I actually find it to be better than verbal expression. If could never speak again, I’d be okay with that – because I have art. It speaks for me, sometimes better than I ever could. It is becoming a way of life. I need it. I crave it. I live for the opportunity to splash and blend colors onto a blank canvas, and share the result with others. I’m even more grateful to the people who see something special within each piece, and have one or more hanging within their humble abodes. That means a lot! Anyone who owns a DMC Original, truly has something that is one of a kind. Each painting is symbolic of how I was feeling in the moment. There are no intentions to create anything in particular, simply freedom of expression and creativity. The appreciation people have for that is invaluable. Anyone who owns a piece, has a piece of my heart.

This year, I’m going to continue on my journey to freely express myself, through art, writing, travel, and whatever else, because there are no limits. Stay tuned…

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Unfiltered.

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Brooklyn, NY 2015.

Recording… We typically say, “honesty is the best policy.” Then we cover up in many ways. In moments of extreme comfort, we may take the opportunity to unveil our true selves, slowly. Spirit listeners, we are stepping further into a life of freedom. We are making the best decisions we can, for ourselves! We are removing the suits, the hats, the wigs, the false eyelashes, the labels, social circles, the lies, the drinks, the drugs, the caffeine, the filters, the pretense, and all things that contribute to the people we really don’t agree with being. We are becoming more honest, and mindful of every feeling and every action. We are moving closer to things that come naturally to us, because we are feeling natural within. We are beginning to see one another for who we really are. I want to see you. I want you to see me. Let’s not lie. Let’s not cover up. Let’s remove the filters. We are proving to others that they can trust and believe us, and believe in us, and understand our loyalty. We are letting down our guards, and paying attention to ourselves. We love who we are, especially when we’re in our natural state. We’ve also noticed that we attract the people and lifestyle that’s destined for us, because we’re not pretending. Life is awesome in this light of living. We feel comfortable sharing with others how amazing this journey can be. Not everyone will understand. The misunderstanding creates annoyance. All it really takes is getting to the basics. Real recognizes real. If people don’t respect your natural living, it’s because they’re struggling to get to that place. It’s definitely not easy. There are too many pressures to “keep up” and “carry on.” We, spirit listeners, are diving deep. We’re moving away from trying to “keep up” with a life of fiction, saving that for the books we write. We’re moving away from trying to cover up our faces and our personalities, saving that for Halloween. We’re working toward being unfiltered, everyday.

“Ask yourself what is really important, and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.”

“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.”

“She threw away all of her masks, and put on her soul.”

“There is beauty in simplicity.”

“You are naturally beautiful, when you are yourself.”

“Being different is one of the most beautiful things on earth. Embrace your YOUness.”

“Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul.”

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”

“A confident girl doesn’t show off her naked body, she shows off her naked face.”

“Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”

“Spend less time in the mirror and more time feeling wonderful.”

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

“Being natural is not a statement. It’s the closest I can get to being myself.”

Be true, to yourself!