Family, Life, Writing

The Early Bird

Morning began to creep through the blinds, tickling her lashes as she slowly opened her eyes to greet the morning sun. She gently slid herself out of bed, being careful not to wake anyone as she made her stealthy getaway.

All was quiet as she expected when she lightly stepped her feet down the stairs to begin her morning ritual.

Coffee.

Breakfast.

Calming music.

Yoga practice.

Meditation.

These elements in her mornings are what she craved and selfishly did not want to share. These were her tools to the start of a beautiful day, just for her.

She sat by the back sliding door where the sun rays beamed in to kiss her skin. She reveled in that warmth as she elongated her spine, spread her fingers wide, dove her nose to the sky, and filled her lungs with air.

 

early-bird-2Coming back down, she realized time was against her, the sounds of a bustling home would come too soon.

 

the-early-bird-1With a twist, she expanded her lungs and closed her eyes before letting it go. Twisting to the other side, she reached her fingers up to the sky, shooting for the clouds, feeling her body respond with ease when a sudden cry brought her back down to her mat.

“Mama!!”

“Mama!!”

“I’m coming, baby.” She called out as she rolled up her mat and exhaled heavily.

“Today will be a good day.” She told herself.

After each face was washed and every last tooth brushed, little footsteps danced across the wooden floors.

The early bird smiled as she looked upon these faces, filled with wonder and a hunger for the world that they would yet understand.

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Life

Knowing When To Step Away

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Social media is overwhelming at times and there is a point when  you need to just separate yourself from it. It’s been a couple of weeks from my last post and while I love blogging, I needed a bit of a break. I finished my writer’s workshop course this past Tuesday and passed with an A-. There’s something that bothers me greatly about that minus but hey, I’ll take it! 🙂

The rest of the week was downtime from my schoolwork and also from my next fitness challenge so I took the time to completely step away from posting. I focused on “me time” by taking it easy with yoga, get chores done that often get pushed to the side when there’s homework needed to be done, catch up on my current read, and continue my run along with thousands of other writers in Camp NaNo.

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Taking the time to catch up on other things that are happening in your life is important and if getting away from social media is what you need to do, well, do it!

I’m happy to say that I’m a little over twelve thousand words into my twenty thousand goal. I’ve also started my second round of 21 day fix extreme with my fitness group and I feel absolutely refreshed and ready after taking this past week off.

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So, take some YOU TIME!

I’m currently taking a media/publishing course which I’m looking forward to because I have a few short stories that are ready for publishing and this course will surely help guide me in the right direction of getting that started.

To all my writers, if you have anything published, what pointers do you have for me in publishing a YA short to perhaps a journal?

Thanks!!

xo

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Family, Life, Photos

On The Way Up

On the Way

On the way up to rise my stiffened body from my crowded bed, I curse under my breath as the sharp pain in my arm and back make it difficult to move. 
But the pain is quickly forgotten as big brown eyes smile at me and make me feel like I’m the most amazing human being on the planet.
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Family, Inspiration, Life, Writing

Did I forget Something?

IMG_3244Yesterday was a very unsuccessful day, in the literary sense, that is. Unfortunately, the math exam I took Sunday evening was an absolute flop. I was brain-dead after that and although I’m in love with my current read, I couldn’t bring myself to read either. I talked it over with my husband that night when he came home from work and thought I was over it. Yesterday however, I did what I usually do as part of my morning routine after breakfast and some inversions. I set my coffee down on the table along with my laptop, my planner, current read, favorite pen, and journal (yes, people still have those!).

As I set up my work space I simply didn’t feel inspired or moved in any way, shape, or form to work on any of those things that give me such joy. The failure of my exam still haunted my thoughts throughout the day and didn’t allow me to concentrate. While I felt I had yet failed in another way, completely pushing writing and reading to the side, I dove in to the girls’ room and knocked out some more packing so I suppose that’s a plus. There’s still so much to do and we only have days left here.

The end of the day had arrived and I was still lugging my laptop around in hopes of getting a post up but it just didn’t happen. My husband came home from work and although we tried going to sleep early, we were consumed by pillow talk for hours. I’m sure there are many people who feel the same when I say this. It brings my heart such happiness that he and I are still able to hold conversations of even the silliest things. The point is that we do talk and neither one of us gets bored.

I can honestly say that whatever shadows I dragged with me to bed last night were destroyed by my husbands light and I felt nothing but utter happiness and love. I slept with a smile and woke up with a light load, ready to get words down.

So again, my love has saved me from myself and doesn’t even know it. Now here I am, music filling the house, children happily playing without a care in the world (other than trying to get their hands on those cookies in the pantry), and I’m ready to fill my page with posts.

I also want to take a moment to thank those who have followed my page and actually read these posts. It means a great deal, more than anyone will ever know, that there are people who take time out of their busy lives to read my words.

I welcome all feedback and suggestions on making my posts better to entertain YOU! My readers!

Thank you!

xo

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Life

A Day Without Coffee

As someone who spends long nights reading, writing, studying, and snuggling with my main squeeze, that first cup of deliciousness is an absolute must! It’s the fuel to my engine, if you will. 

I know many of you would agree! Well, it was to my dismay that I woke up to find my pantry lacking of my favorite Colombian brew, Pilon. It’s a sad and long sluggish-like day when I don’t have my morning pick me up. Although, a tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple cider vinegar in eight ounces of water does a nice job in giving you a boost to start your day. I for one, still need my cup of goodness. 

Ah, but there is hope yet! For my dearest has gone out to retrieve the richness that is Pilon! So, I suppose you’re wondering what makes this cup of joe oh so amazing? Well, keep reading for the recipe and you’ll understand. 

  • 1/2 a cup of brewed Pilon (or your choice)
  • 1/4 of Soy milk
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons of Nutiva organic coconut sugar

***Optional*** add a bit of cinnamon to really get your tastebuds dancing! 

Give this a try and please let me know how you enjoyed it! Cheers!

Xo