Emotions….

Emotions are tricky. They can deceive you. They can control you. They can reveal you. They can assist you. We must be careful how we respond, react, interpret, and judge others’ emotions, even our own. During one of my therapy sessions, I was processing an experience long tucked away in the “we do not talk … More Emotions….

Are you on pause?

What does waiting feel like to you? We wait in lines We wait in cars We wait in trains, buses, street corners We wait on decisions We wait on the news We wait on results We wait for breakfast, lunch, and dinner We wait for plans to be made Every moment of our day we … More Are you on pause?

Labels –

I was thinking the other day about how and what I believe about myself…how did that start? As a young girl, my dad always told me I was the “daughter of a king.”  Of course, I knew he meant that figuratively and not literally, for he was NOT a king himself, but we believed that … More Labels –

Up next …

As we all prepare to run, walk, skip, jump or crawl into this new year, I prepare to release one of the most personal memoirs I have ever written…to date. It is a raw account of a moment in time in which everything shifted. Coming to readers this spring will be my latest book, “Parenting … More Up next …

Here we are again…

Yes, here we are again…and this time, I feel like we arrived in December rather quickly. I’m sure we can say that each year, but it seemed like it came abruptly for me. I was navigating troubled waters this year, and the waves kept coming, and I spent a lot of time trying to get … More Here we are again…

November Podcasts

Join me this month of Thanksgiving as I have engaging and thought-provoking conversations. I start off by reading a blog I wrote in November 2017! And it still rings true. We often take for granted what someone is praying for!!! I share how we need to give thanks. My following conversation is with Conservative Pundit … More November Podcasts

October Podcasts

I am excited to share the upcoming podcasts for October! Firstly, I want to thank all the listeners who have joined me in this endeavor. It is a wonderful platform to share my life stories, hacks, and experiences. If you have not caught up on the podcasts, just go wherever you listen to your podcasts … More October Podcasts

Breaking News!!!

I am back! Starting today! I return with the second season of “Conversations from the Green Couch Podcast!” Simply tap on the link and listen in on any and all platforms where you listen to your podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conversations-from-the-green-couch-w-annette-ortiz-mata/id1566969656 I am excited about this season. I am doing something different, and I hope you join me … More Breaking News!!!

All good things…

And I say that with a bit of sarcasm. I am taking a significant break from all Social Media platforms to focus on a writing project.  I need my “own” undivided attention. I know that I run the risk of “FOMO” – LOL I know that I run the risk of simply not remembering birthdays, … More All good things…

Time…

Time: – (n) the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole Time is an interesting concept. I have been around long enough to remember when “time” was only a keeper of wrongs.  When I refused to let things go because I was hurt, angry, or simply disappointed…but TIME. … More Time…

Shards…

I often wondered how many of us are walking around with shards in our hearts that we simply can’t talk about because it just hurts too much. I understand that pain. I am learning to soften the scars left behind by the shards that ripped through my heart. I am processing the pain I have … More Shards…

Do you know…?

She simply said “What do you want?” Ask yourself “What does Annette want?” and just like that the tears flowed. She asked me not to answer her but to think about it and write it down. She jokingly said, and please don’t write down “World Peace.” I appreciated the levity at the moment, for I … More Do you know…?

Digital Fatigue…

Several days ago I was asked to join some girlfriends on Zoom to “just talk” and I took a hard pass. I thought I’d never say this, but I am officially experiencing digital fatigue. Everything that I must access is currently found on the Information Highway otherwise known as the Internet. Internet use to be … More Digital Fatigue…

Lessons during Quarantine…

Letting go requires self-control. Read that again…slowly. By definition, self-control requires -restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires. When we let something go, when we release control of all things, self-control must take front and center.  In our human nature, when we let things go, we panic, fear sets in, and we immediately … More Lessons during Quarantine…

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 … More Be teachable…

What I know for sure…

You have my heart completely! Faith… This past week I underwent several medical tests. I’ll spare you the gory details, but it places things into perspective -that’s for sure! As I recovered and sat quietly in my bedroom. I took that the time to reflect on things I know to be true, and I wanted … More What I know for sure…

Take off the mask…

Depression: “feelings of severe despondency and dejection.” I was depressed, and I didn’t even know it. I never liked the word “depressed.” I said I was at peace, but I was actually numb – The hurt was so grave I didn’t know what else to do but to mask it with what I called peace, … More Take off the mask…

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 … More Living Ready…​