Garage Sale…

“Don’t accumulate possessions; accumulate experiences - Mark Batterson Have you walked up to a garage sale or estate sale and wondered how much the homeowner must have "loved" these items, and now here they are laid out on a table going for just a few bucks?  I often wonder did these things bring joy, love,... Continue Reading →

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Stillness…

 We are surrounded by so much noise that we forget what the sound of silence feels like! As this season of busyness approaches it’s important to take a moment, day, whatever you can spare and center yourself. The holidays can be emotionally and physically draining.  Filled with exhilaration or unimaginable sadness for others. Be... Continue Reading →

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Six Weddings…

This was the year of weddings! We received six wedding invitations of which we were only able to attend three.  It seemed that each time I opened my mailbox, there was another engagement, save the date and wedding invite. We take our attendance at weddings very seriously.  Someone very wise once said, when you commit... Continue Reading →

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My soul counts…

How do I keep my faith when those representing Christianity keep failing me!!!!! Who are we? What have we become? A divisive people fighting each other over politics A divisive people arguing over moral rights A divisive people judging the life of one another A divisive people that tear each other down A divisive people... Continue Reading →

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Patience…

  Patience - The capacity, habit, or fact of being patient. Patient - bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity. OUCH!!!!! Here I thought I am patient.  WELL, after reading these definitions, I realized I have a LONG way to go to... Continue Reading →

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Be teachable…

This week I had the privilege of sitting with some amazing women.  They all shared their incredible journeys.  They were poignant, heartfelt stories, others were uplifting and encouraging. One theme seems to run through all of the conversations...be teachable.  Each one of them imparted some small nugget that left me filled, thinking, and challenged. I... Continue Reading →

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Mommyhood…

I was raised in a home where there was a full-time stay at home mom.  My mom's sole focus and job were raising all seven children. She woke up early, made us breakfast and when we came home from school, there was a snack waiting.  The smells of dinner cooking would permeate the apartment. She... Continue Reading →

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Pause

Time to pause Time to reflect Time to read more Time to sleep more Time to slow down Time to sit still Time to look up and give thanks Take time to live more, laugh more, and show up! Be kind to yourself Be good to others 'Til August -Annette Ortiz Mata  

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Hold him…

There I was sitting across from my son getting ready to be as vulnerable as possible, not truly knowing how he would receive my heart.  And so, I leaped! I was nervous, but I needed him to know of my inner sorrow so that I could heal our brokenness.  And then it happened...healing and wholeness. We... Continue Reading →

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“We need all your birth certificates”, he said. “All your siblings, it’s the only way to disperse the inheritance”. I proceeded to collect all the birth certificates and something was off. Six birth certificates and there it was. One of these was not like the other, and that other was mine. I was staring at... Continue Reading →

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Dear God…forgive us!

Forgive our indifference Forgive our selfishness Forgive our hatred Forgive our anger Forgive our racism Forgive our bigotry Forgive our unbelief Forgive our lack of empathy Forgive our lack of tolerance Forgive our lack of compassion Forgive our violence Forgive our fighting Forgive our division Forgive our ruthlessness Forgive our lack of love Forgive our... Continue Reading →

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Two weeks of moments…

So! These past few weeks have been filled with activities.  Weddings, galas, bridal showers, night out w/friends, finals, finishing up my second semester of Law School and celebrating Easter.  All in the past TWO weeks!  I get to catch my breath for about a week or so, and I intend to get a physical, meet... Continue Reading →

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This weekend I was in a room full of love and celebration, and the next day a room full of judgment and excess. I belonged in both rooms.   It was a weekend of bipartisanship, literally. I sat in awe that I had come so far.  A little Puerto Rican girl from The Bronx was seated... Continue Reading →

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School Scandal? New…well?

These past few weeks, our news and twitter feeds have been inundated with the school scandal/entrance scam.  Parents going the "extra mile" to assure their child is guaranteed a seat in the most elite schools around the country. This, my friend, is nothing NEW. I think the most egregious detail is the "alleged fraud" that the... Continue Reading →

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Why this hurts…

Several years ago I attended a TedTalk style event featuring Cristina Saralegui, otherwise known as the Latina Oprah. She was having a conversation about the state of Latinos on Television and the power and the importance of her show, although on a Latino Network (Univision) she was experiencing great crossover success with her guests and audience.... Continue Reading →

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Free-Falling…​.

Have you ever felt like you are free-falling? Everything you are trying to get done is coming undone. Your relationships are broken, your finances are in chaos, and your mind is racing and your nights are sleepless, and you feel all alone. Well, guess what, you are not alone. By nature of being nurturers, we... Continue Reading →

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Just be…yourself!

Just be... In this generation of striving and being and creating, we’ve lost the art of just being. Being ourselves, not a copy of someone else. We have fallen into the vicious trap of trying to be, act, look, talk, and walk like someone else. When I was younger, I was a victim of that... Continue Reading →

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ONE MORE SLEEP…

One more sleep and I will face one of my biggest fears! Flying internationally... ALONE! An 11-hour flight with no one to tell me "it’s going to be okay," except maybe a stranger whose hand I may grab (I’ve done that once before). Was the excitement of seeing so many beautiful things (including Megan Markle’s wedding... Continue Reading →

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What lives in the Soul of A Woman?

My desires My dreams My regrets My fears My loves My heartache  My plans My wishes My anger My determination  My sorrow My laughter My strength  My eternal hope... What lives in yours? Lessons: Remember to guard your heart... For where your treasure is, there your heart will be. (Matthew 6:21) "Til Tuesday

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This week…

This week was difficult to sit and write. First, the shootings that shook a community that was confident in their safety. The senseless shooting that took innocent lives. The senseless shooting that changed the reality of every family that lost a loved one The senseless shooting that shook me to my core, in not knowing... Continue Reading →

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“If only…”

Are you content? Do you feel - satisfied, pleased, gratified, fulfilled, happy, cheerful, glad; unworried, untroubled, at ease, at peace, tranquil, serene? So you accomplish all your goals.  You check all your to-dos and sit back say..and then what?  Were you satisfied?  Did it meet all your expectations?  Did you get out of it all... Continue Reading →

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Crazy Faith!

"Crazy Faith! Don’t just pray about it, ACT ON IT! Normal begets normal. Crazy begets crazy!" - Mark Batterson, Draw the Circle So I decided to go back to school after 25 years!!! Yup, 25 years since I earned my Bachelor of Arts. Not only did I choose to return to obtain a Masters Degree, but... Continue Reading →

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Living Ready…​

These past few weeks I have reflected deeply on one simple theme - Am I living ready?   It seems we live ready for the next job, the next relationship, the next opportunity to seize the moment.  We want to take on the world, become the next big star, influencer, motivator.  We live ready to... Continue Reading →

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The Measure of a Man

We met 25 years ago.  I was broken, and he was whole.  We married and built a life together that was nothing but unconventional. Through it all he is consistent.   His character is consistent His temper is consistent His commitment to our family is consistent When we met, I lived in New York City,... Continue Reading →

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Year of Yes…

It's that time of year... I sit still and spend time meditating and asking God to reveal to me what the focus of the new year will be for me, my marriage, my family,  and my businesses. Immediately He prompted these words; it will be the Year of Yes. My heart stopped...what, Yes! NO!!!!! I... Continue Reading →

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