Happy Earth Day!


Many people all over the world are celebrating Earth Day today. Earth is everywhere. Above us. Below us. All around us. Even inside of us. We are as much a part of our divine Mother Earth as she is a part of us. We are not separate from her even if we may somehow believe that we are. When we realize that we are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful Earth, we can shift our relationship with her. As we begin to fall in love with Mother Earth, we will start to realize that there really is no separation between ourselves and her. It is Mother Earth and her nature that supports us in discovering our own true nature. Take a moment today to step on the soil of our true Mother and notice that she loves us and cherishes our entire BEing without ever judging us. Take a moment to stand barefooted in nature and feel your connection to the roots of Mother Earth deepen. Take a moment to celebrate the beauty of this glorious Mother that we were all created from not just today but everyday. Send Mother Earth some of your heart-felt gratitude and you will feel her love bounce right back to you a million-fold. Enjoy the blessing of being here surrounded by the magnificence of this Mother and all of her glory. May you relish every day of your existence here with our dear Mother.

Love to you all. Happy Earth Day!



Celebrating my birthday and finishing strong!

This morning started off a bit emotionally for me as I reflected upon the last 39 years of my life and how far I have come. And I was so full. So full of tears, prayerful intentions and infinite gratitude for this precious life of mine that I can love so deeply.

I remember my last few birthdays not being so enjoyable as I was ailing each time with one illness or another. I appreciate my vitality and well-being so much more today because of this.

So I must say: Thank You God that I can now appreciate the light because of all the darkness that I was blessed to journey through. Thank You God for the infinite love and support that comes to me from multiple avenues and directions. Thank You God for the people and resources that become readily available as soon as I set an intention to positively shift my life. Thank You God for helping me expand my capacity to not only love others, but to love myself first as the beautiful light that you created me to be. I know that these words alone are not enough to thank You for all of this and much more. They will never be because You are just that AMAZING and GREAT, dear God!

12 years later, I’m still in awe of the best gift I ever received from God on my birthday, my daughter Reyah. She is my life, comfort, joy and everything! I feel blessed to share my birthday with her! And of course, the best thing about my daughter growing up is that we often get called sisters! Anything that makes me seem younger, I will gladly receive that!! 😉

Today, I am savoring our shared birthday and this delicious life!!


Life Is Rigged In Your Favor

Life Rigged Rumi Quote

Know that when life feels hard that there is a precious gift somewhere yet to be discovered in the “hard”. Be open to receiving the gift that is waiting for you. Seek it wholeheartedly. Find it with ease. Don’t turn it away just because it is not in your physical view. All of life is always conspiring FOR you!!

Release your struggle. Invite ease. Stay open to the miracles.

Simple is undeniably beautiful!

Enjoyed exercising my creativity muscle last night with my daughter, Reyah while we created a Valentine’s Day box for her last elementary school party. As I watch her blossom into the soulful being she is divinely meant to be, I am reminded that putting creativity into action can be so fulfilling and gratifying. While helping her out last night, my inner voice kept uttering to me, “It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just enjoy the process of creating.” As a recovering perfectionist, I realize that letting go of perfection doesn’t have to be as difficult of a process as I sometimes think it can be. The box is not perfect but it is simple and beautiful as Reyah declared it to be. I love it when what we envision actually manifests in our reality simply with inspired action! And then I remembered suddenly the Christmas gift Reyah gave me last year which was a trinket box with the words “Simple is Beautiful”. Oh, what a sweet memory to have resurfaced! Cherishing this moment of bonding I had with Reyah. It’s such a joy when she teaches me all the delightful ways I can spiritually grow as a mother. Our children can really be our greatest teachers if we allow them to be! 💜

(BTW, empty Kleenex boxes sure do come in handy! 😉)


Dear God


Dear God –

Thank You for the beautiful blessing of Mother Earth. 
Thank You for my connectedness to all creations on planet Earth. 
Thank You for the kindness and compassion that Mother Earth expresses to me and that which I can reciprocate to all beings including myself. 
Thank You for the blessings of love and healing that I can share with all of Your glorious creations. 
Thank You for helping me to make a positive difference in this world.
I honor the beauty and magnificent truths of all existence. I send my love and light to ALL. Happy Earth Day to ALL of magnificent existence.
Love always,

A Gift Worth Treasuring

She has the heart as vast as the ocean, completely irreplaceable. She loves me unconditionally even when I least deserve it. She has selflessly endured sacrifices, heartache, tears and frustrations since the day I was born. She shows me the daily value of a family’s togetherness. She protects me from all perceivable dangers. She gently caresses my face and kisses away my wounds when I am hurt. She prays for my happiness and bears the pain that I may be experiencing. She still worries more for me than I worry for myself. She is the focal point of my life, the greatest human being in the world — the supreme blessing of God on me. That’s my MOTHER.

There is simply no way that I can thank my mother for everything that she has done for me. There aren’t enough “sorry’s” I can say for all the times I was disobedient and disrespectful to her yet she was still astonishingly patient. Sometimes, I don’t realize but I can be so demanding of my mother and take her for granted. It is hard for children to understand the sacrifices that their mothers make for them. In fact, it is often not until they have their own offspring that they come to understand what their mother really means to them. And then suddenly, everything starts to make sense. 

If it weren’t for my mother, I would not have known what it is like to be a mother. It is from her that I have learned to be tender-hearted, caring and giving to my child, family and friends. I celebrate motherhood today not just because I birthed my daughter, but also because I have had the privilege to mother my four younger sisters. Just knowing that there are some others who admire and respect me other than one of my own is immensely gratifying.  

On this one special day, you can’t make up for all the years of love, care and understanding that your mother has shown you. You spent nine months developing inside your mother when she protected you, communicated with you and out of love, suffered the excruciating pain of labor to deliver you. There is no better way to repay your mother than to pay her some well-deserved respect for giving you the gift of life and an unbreakable bond. No matter what your relationship may be with your mother, you can set aside a few minutes to remember something GOOD about her. Take some time to think about how your mother has shaped your life. Perhaps you will come to understand that in some way she helped you to become the person you are today.

Make this Mother’s Day special for your mom — her love for you is a gift worth treasuring. Take joy in your mother’s presence, mend your relationship with her if it is broken, confide in her, console her and most of all, LOVE her.

My Daughter, My Clone

189,343,500 seconds. The most precious seconds of my life that I have enjoyed being a mother to my adorable daughter.

Six years ago on this day, I was blessed with the most exquisite gift in the world on my birthday — my daughter. It does not happen very often when a mother and daughter share the same birthday. From the day that my daughter was born, mostly everyone has said that she is a “mini-me”. We both have very similar personalities and each day that she grows into a beautiful young girl, I can see more and more of the resemblance. So how are we so alike?

Like me, she has a need to speculate and question. A couple months back when we were snowed in, my daughter peeked out of every single window in our home and wondered if it was snowing outside of each window. She likes to reflect and imagine the “what ifs”. She absolutely loves to play with her 27 imaginary siblings and reveals stories about them to others as if they really exist.

All my life, I’ve naturally always been a planner. Taking the time to plan ahead pays off and makes a big difference when I want things to be as perfect as possible. Five months before her birthday celebration was even conceptualized, my daughter started making her own party invitations. She even had her friends in school sign a list to acknowledge their attendance at her unplanned forthcoming celebration. While crafting her invitations, she said, “Mommy, I want my invitations to be just right.”
For the most part, following the rules has always been important to me. I almost never engage in anything without an understanding or asking before doing. I’m proud to have a daughter who does her very best to follow our house rules — from asking mommy if she can have a cookie when someone offers it to making sure that her hands are washed before she has her meal to placing her shoes away in her closet on the rack exactly where they belong…only to make mommy happy.
Honesty is the best policy. I have held this very close to my heart. We both have the desire to be honest and to tell the truth despite the consequences. This helps us become responsible for our actions. Some days that my daughter is not well-behaved in school, she will truthfully state her mistake to me and will tell me that she will have a better day tomorrow.

Surprises, surprises and more surprises. The mere fact that she was born on my birthday was a huge surprise, especially since she was born a month earlier than expected. And every day that she spontaneously reaches over and gives me a hug with an “I love you” and a sweet kiss on my cheek makes my days brighter when I least expect it.

We both have an innate ability for being artistic and creative. When we want to express our emotions, we will draw or write. At times, we depict our most upsetting moments on paper without having to scream at the top of our lungs.
Perfectionist. Is there such a thing? Maybe not, but I believe in being the best I can be. We both do. What I have to remind my daughter in the years ahead is that perfectionism is a double-edged sword — it cuts both ways. That when you make a mistake, it is okay. That we can learn from our mistakes and they can make us better people. And if we live life afraid of being wrong or making a mistake, that we never grow.

In the coming years, when my daughter reads this, I want her to know that sharing my birthday with her makes it even more special and miraculous. And I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

I Believe…

I believe in the power of love. The love that makes miracles happen. The passionate love that forgives all. The love that sparks spontaneously, the one that just kind of happens.

I believe in celebrating friendships and cherishing those that have made a significant difference on my journey. I am fortunate to have a few close friends who know me inside out, the good and the bad. I can be my true self with the friends that surround me and most importantly, trust that they will always offer their perspectives when I stumble.

I believe that smiles are contagious. The smiles that make you want to hope and believe. The smiles that turn into laughter while you mingle away with friends. I believe in the laughter that makes my stomach and cheeks hurt and at the same time makes tears fall out of my eyes. That laughter is sometimes the best medicine and can cure my worst worries.

I believe in the art of embracing change. The change that people resist but the innate beauty of it can ignite life-long learning. The change that is purely made when you accept and forgive mistakes.

I believe that when I expect someone to act a certain way, it is only a desire. A desire that may never come true. So instead, I accept that I have no control over someone else’s personality or beliefs and I will just let it be.

I believe that just like birds, I can fly and touch the sky. I believe that the obstacles in my life are really blessings in disguise that foster my personal and spiritual growth. I believe in working diligently to achieve my goals and being passionate about my unique talents. The truer the passion, the more fulfilling life is.

I believe in dreaming the dreamiest dreams, the wishes my heart makes. Sometimes making these dreams a reality is like the icing on a cake.

I believe that sometimes indulging in guilty pleasures can be a marvelous thing — like eating an entire box of Thin Mints in one day (yes, all 40 cookies!), taking a simple Kit-Kat break and gorging on delicious strawberry shortcake is just okay. That spending a fortune on shoes, clothes and purse shopping may be unsettling, but very pleasing. That sometimes I just want to be overly lazy and taking the day off is simply just needed.

I believe that there is a Higher Power. That there is a part of God within me. That He sends the angels right down to earth to help me when I need Him and when my heart lacks faith. That my truest angels are those that I am constantly surrounded by — my family and my friends. They encourage me to discover the side of me that I am sometimes unmindful of and help me make the most out of my everyday life.  

I believe in YOU. I believe in ME. I believe that the world is a better place because of the abundant kindness in our hearts. That together, we make a world of difference with unspoken words and thoughtful gestures, those that touch someone’s heart and bring sunshine into someone’s life.

Finding Peace Through Forgiveness

The last week has been a difficult one for me with feelings of uneasiness dominating my heart and soul. I have found myself constantly fighting with my thoughts and my inner being. I have so much to say but for some reason, words are just not materializing. Peacefulness has been hard to achieve so I have been reminding myself often to savor the little joys, the little moments in life.

Lately, I’ve lost myself within some pressures at work and some that I’ve created for myself personally. I’m striving to focus on balancing my work and personal life so that I can nurture my relationships, and at the same time achieve my personal and professional goals. While I’m working relentlessly hard to make my dreams a reality and plan for the future, I need to remember to be okay with where I am in the moment.

The last two nights, I’ve felt as if all my energy has been sucked out leaving me physically and mentally drained — over-tired, over-worked and over-informed. I need to remember to live in the moment and take one step at a time, one day at a time. At times, I’m giving a pep talk to myself to relax and forgive myself for some mistakes I’ve made lately. Sometimes it’s easy to forgive, sometimes not.

With all this struggling, I’ve really been missing comforting hugs of close, loved ones. I’m missing the physical presence of my best friend. I know that God has angels watching over me and some walking by my side; but for some reason in this moment, I just can’t feel the gentle arms of God around me holding me close and telling me that I will get through this like I have with all the other battles in my life.

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”

-Robert Muller

I must muster the strength to forgive myself. Only then can I be at peace with myself and with others around me. And although peace may be forthcoming, it sure is taking quite some time.

Little things that make me happy….

Drinking my Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks made very specifically “my way”

Laying down on the floor with my eyes closed and relaxing with all noises blocked, thinking of the most beautiful place where I’m surrounded by absolute serenity

Watching ducks fly from one side of the lake to another and literally feeling the courage they possess

Seeing my daughter’s face light up with the biggest and brightest smile when I say “yes” to something that she least expects me to allow

Taking a walk down life’s nature trail and just thinking about plain simplicity

Reading old greeting cards and looking at pictures of family and friends — the beautiful memories that make my heart grow fonder

Perusing my very first all hand-made high school scrapbook — oh, how thankful I am for the digital world of scrapbooking!

Expressing gratitude and affection to each person that makes my life even more worthwhile and fulfilling

Sometimes just writing and thinking random thoughts and imagining the most unimaginable things in life which makes life even more fascinating

Falling in love over and over again with my perfect home décor that was “just right” for me

Just hearing the voice of people I care about and even though I may not see them in person, their invisible smile soothes my heart

Swinging very high on a swing at the park only to feel the sweet tickles in my tummy

Laughing profusely as I look at myself in the mirror recalling some of my ridiculously silly moments

Experiencing the magical calmness that the Serenity Prayer brings to my life in many ways and allows me to learn from my mistakes so that I can be more humane

Just knowing that there is a part of God within me and an angel somewhere, somehow walking along with me on my blissful yet unknown journey

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