Leave of absence

There are times in life when one just shuts down, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Whatever the reason, those close to your spirit seem to understand since they too have gone through cycles that are reflective, intuitive, healing, empowering and essential. During these times it is best to just be mindful and take one day at a time and not make numerous pending decisions that you think will create instantaneous relief. More

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The Jeweler’s Daughter

There once was a newcomer that needed to make a living and provide for his family, his culture as do many dictate this responsibility to the male.  The jeweler began waiting tables in an Asian restaurant back in the 1960s making ends meet for his young family while exploring creative ways to sustain in a new land.  Later on moving to another part of the promise land and working in assembly lines while availing himself into small business opportunities due to diligence and determination beginning as a door-to-door jeweler  on his journey to La Llave de Oro. More

Be true, be you

Have you ever exchanged conversation with someone who is deceiving you straight from the core?  Do you trust? Fall for it? Or are you the skeptic?  Whichever way it rolls, once this cycle starts, it is difficult to break.  If the subject at hand is one serious in nature, to you and involves someone who simply refuses to discuss or exchange any relevant details, I encourage you to assess the affinity around the relationship. More

Blossoming moments…

As the sun shone upon me today with vibrant rays of energy, I took the opportunity to indulge with Mother Nature, one of my favorite relationships on earth.  Days like today allow for me to give gratitude for all of my blessings.  In the midst of this crazy life we lead, or so it appears, making time for gratitude is essential, for me or anyone else that understands the power of receiving.  While walking I discover a leaf, which leads me to moments in which my children were drawn to pick up every twig, rock, shell or any particle in our path.  I will frequently share with them how magical these moments were for me, watching them discover and hold on to stones or branches for days.  It is essential to experience wonder and my heart goes out for those who have lost their sense of wonderment, either through lack of self expression, or because it was robbed from their core. More

Let go, let love

We often wonder, each and every one of us, which is better, to be with someone or to be alone; but, that is the question. Now, reality will have us thinking that we need to be part of a duo, but in our hearts, the only way a duo will work is if we are able to be a solo…ironic no?  We long to be with someone, yet we yearn for independence, this is the way it goes. More

Friends

In good and in bad times, friends are often the adhesives to our emotional well-being.  Who do you consider a true friend? Is there someone you want to reach out to that has been a friend but time for further connection is limited? Are you and your kindergarten best friend still talking every week or is your latest bff the person you met at the coffee shop? (effortless inspiration) In friendship there are variables, but in true friendship there is accountability. More

The Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is a lovely holiday created symbolically around a gathering of traditions, uniting cultures amongst significant differences.  The concept that food would create an ambience of exploration and friendship has carried many into inviting this tradition into their heart and physically into their homes.  When you arrive to the United States, you are drenched in a variety of holidays and traditions that are typically not a part of what you were accustomed to in your homeland.  However, you embrace what is being offered and meld what you might bring to the table. More

Play that Record

Do you have a song in your life that, no matter how many times you play it, you never get tired of listening to it? It is such a gift to be stimulated by the chemistry of music. Music is forever powerful in our lives if we allow it. As an endless lover of Motown artists, I am often listening to old records, which I might add, were a part of my collection since my record player was well used most days. Nowadays, they can be found on my iPod, because the only thing we can count on is change.

I was unquestionably drawn to the songs expressing emotions, thought, connection, and love.  Some of my favorite songs were written by the lead member of the CommodoresLionel Richie, an amazing and gifted composer, singer, songwriter, musician. More

Cubanismo: Circular or Linear

My dear friend and I were having breakfast a few years ago and, as I was sharing some of my personal reflections, she identified herself as a linear person. I felt honored to be in her presence because I am completely circular … which is why the inspirational moment of being in a room full of Cubans drives my blog post this week. (I promise to continue additional reflections on last week’s post in the coming weeks.)

This past week, I was fortunate enough to visit Galeria Cubana, an art gallery that exhibits work of current day artists from La Perla de las Antillas. The artists were visiting Boston and were at the gallery, and from the minute I arrived, our culture became our connection. Amongst the mingle and the camaraderie were moments of joy and laughter. The room filled with exuberance, as though we had all known each other for a lifetime. In essence, that is what it feels like when people come together in a community with like-mindedness about a specific love of life, whether it is a goal or passion. The vivacity of the unity outweighs whatever else is happening at the time.

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De todo un poco …

As a young girl loving dance and performance, I danced through much of my free time back then with my Sony Walkman or the jukebox style stereo I had in my room with a disco ball listening to songs mi mama thought to be inappropriate and, in retrospect, the lyrics were so loving and uplifting in comparison to some of what our current generation is exposed to, but I am not going there today. Like many other girls, I had an aspiration to dance and move my body healthily, representing a message of some compelling music.

While enrolled in classical ballet, I imagined combining salsa, mambo y rumba with my plies and tandus, however that was not what I was there for.  I was there to learn a technique and I loved to go every Sunday like clockwork.  My teacher was beautiful and I admired her grace, strength, and dedication.

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