Untethered

“Walk outside on a clear night and just look up into the sky. You are sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere.”

Michael A. Singer

Life: From A to Z

I’m back for my series Life: From A to Z and I’m nearing the end now… with the useful letter “U.” I’ve decided to combine the letters X, Y, and Z, so I have just three more posts to go and then I’ll be moving on to something totally new and different. Hip Hip Hooray! I love new things.

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Simplicity

Simplicity boils down to two steps:
Identify the essential.
Eliminate the rest.

LEO BABAUTA

Welcome back to my series Life: From A to Z and the word Simplicity for the letter “S.” And just for the record, you have no idea how excited I am that there are only SEVEN letters left! Don’t think for a second that I’m finding it easy to write through the alphabet. But, I’m proud of myself for sticking to it. The last thing I need on the blog is another unfinished series.

Anyway, I love simplicity. I wish I was able to live simply, but I have a little too much craziness in my blood. A perfect example is my featured image. I had the word simplicity in mind today and then I took my mom to Hobby Lobby. I found a simple piece that made me think “yes… that is perfect! It is nice and simple.”

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Radiance

Everything which originates from pure love is lit with the radiance of beauty.

SIMONE WEIL

Here we are, back for my series Life: From A to Z, and the letter “R” made me think of the word RADIANCE. And nothing is more radiant than love, a beautiful woman, and an amazing peony in full bloom. Believe it or not, I had never seen a peony before yesterday and—oh my God—they’re the most beautiful flowers that I’ve ever seen! Talk about intricate details.

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I’m Reminded

I’m reminded,

Of my younger days… 

Growing up,

Was on my mind… 

A house, 

A yard, 

And picket fence.

The perfect mate, 

I hoped to find. 

I’m reminded,

Of growing older…

Staying young,

Was my desire…

Smooth skin,

Thin shape,

Longevity.

The extra income,

That this required.

I’m reminded,

Of how far I’ve come…

Looking back,

With peace today…

Presence,

Wisdom,

And awareness…

That I’ve been wishing,

My life away.


My poem is my brief version of what’s been on my mind lately. I’m tired of thinking. Ha! I’ve been focused on my Quarantine Collection and pondering the things that I’m coming to appreciate through all of it, and it finally hit me that what I really need to do right now is just STOP.

More often than not, our best ideas and experiences come to us when we’re least expecting them. We need to keep our thoughts positive—and that I truly believe—but we can’t manufacture joy or gratitude. These things come through living, not through thinking.

Anyway, the phrase “wishing my life away” has been circling round my brain and driving me nuts. My poem (and my featured image) was my way of finally expressing it. I’m leaving tomorrow to visit my sister for a week, as my summer semester has ended, and I’m not only looking forward to hanging out with her, but to her wonderful A/C. All I can say is… Yahooo!!

I may or may not post while I’m there, but I will definitely have my camera in hand while I’m enjoying some new scenery.

Until next time,
Peace & Love, and Thank You for Reading!


Word of the Day Challenge: Reminded

My featured image is a new portrait piece that I experimented with this morning. I hope you’re able to make out the girls in the photograph. It’s always hard to know. I see them because I know they are there, but fresh eyes may or may not recognize them all.

In my Dreams

Stargazer,

Romanticist,

Wishful thoughts and schemes.

Nonconformist,

Wanderer,

I’ll see you in my dreams.


Composite image and poem written for RDP Wednesday: Nefelibata

Portuguese in origin, derived from “nefele” (cloud) and “batha” (a place to walk), it literally translates to “cloudwalker.”

Noun – daydreamer; a person lost in imagination; an unorthodox person who doesn’t abide by the rules of society.

No Strings Attached

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left.

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

I absolutely love that quote. If I had to live by it—on the other hand—I’d be in big trouble. Ha! A part of me is joking, laughing at my own shortcomings; mainly my failure to finish many of the projects that I start, while another part of me—the softer side—is practicing self-love and acceptance.

Maybe I like the quote because it seems to know how I operate (and many of us perhaps). Moods can dictate our lives if we let them. Anyway… believe it or not, that was actually a lead into an update on my New Lifestyle, New Me project.

According to my calculations, it’s been 135 days since my journey began. If anyone remembers, by week two I had lost 5 pounds and purchased my fitness tracker… naively looking forward to counting my daily steps, and stepping my way into weight loss.

AND THEN WE WERE QUARANTINED.

Now, I’m not complaining or spouting out excuses here… but this shit is crazy! In the course of my walk with God, and my recovery over the past 4 years and 4 months, I think that—for the first time ever—I fully understand the serenity prayer, and what Paul really meant in Philippians 4:11 “… for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

I’ve grown accustomed to “unforeseen” circumstances, but never could I have imagined something of this magnitude. Of course, I’m not sure if the virus is the REAL culprit for the major interruption, but let’s just say—for the sake of keeping it simple—that it is.

I like to think creatively. What that means—to me—is that when the unforeseen comes my way, I figure out ways to adapt to it. Commitment may mean staying loyal to what I said I was going to do but that doesn’t mean I can’t change the end goal!

Honestly, I gained the 5 pounds back, and a few more on top of that since quarantine set in. Am I upset with myself? Not at all. I’ve had a lot of time to think. I realized that every time I sit down to look at my life, I try to think of ways to make myself better! I’m all for personal “growth,” don’t get me wrong, but what’s wrong with me the way that I am??

That being said, I’d have to say that my New Lifestyle, New Me project looks a little different today. I still want to make healthier choices, and I still want to avoid being sedentary, but the end goal, the thing that I really hope to achieve, is to love and accept myself, unconditionally… no strings attached.

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.

Brené Brown

I created the featured image for this post, a photo composite piece made from a couple of images I found on Pixabay. I seem to equate yoga poses with self-love… and don’t ask me why because I don’t really do yoga! I think it’s a cultural thing. Anyway… I like it. The woman is exhaling her cares… and breathing in acceptance. Something that all of us should try!