Inside the Mind of Isadora


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Nurture Yourself – Dream

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May all your ‘DREAMS’

have colorful stars

to take you

on a flight

of peaceful tranquility.

For tonight

is dark

but in the morning 

light rises anew.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

Johnny Mathis – Dream – Dream – Dream


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Attitude of Gratitude

We all need to be reminded to be grateful for what we have in our lives. 

The treasures we, sometimes, take for granted.

Below you will find my Gratitude list that is forever growing.

  1. my gentle spirit – for it keeps me centered daily
  2. my smile –  the 1st thing people see when we meet
  3. my touch – for the ability to know textures and liquids
  4. my hands – for holding onto my husband and childrens for love
  5. my eyes – for their bright sparkle to see everything
  6. my hearing – for the sounds of nature and children laughing
  7. my feelings – for the aura I can sense in people 
  8. my laughter – it’s infectious
  9. my taste buds – for it allows me to experience bitter and sweet
  10. my heart – for the beats that keep me alive
  11. my love – for my heart is always full for sharing
  12. my husband – for the commitment he’s given me
  13. my loving husband – for his never-ending love
  14. my caretaker husband – for the nursing he provides me when i’m ill
  15. my companion husband – for his friendship in all that we love to share
  16. my provider husband – for his hard work to give me everything I need
  17. my playful husband – for the childlike games he does to make me smile
  18. my game husband – for partnering with me to compete in board games
  19. my dedicated husband – for his addictive love for me since we were 16
  20. my children – for bringing me adventure from the day they were born
  21. my friends – for the lessons I’ve learned from them
  22. my home – for the peaceful sanctuary I feel when in it
  23. my art – for the creativity in my everyday life
  24. my jewelry – for with it I provided for myself
  25. my knitting – for the peacefulness I feel when I focus on creating
  26. my paintings – for the emotions I can express 
  27. my passion – for the intensity of it
  28. my orchids – for a hobby that provides a focus and beauty for me 
  29. the moon – for the light it shines in my darkness
  30. the stars – for their shine let’s me know I am but a speck among them
  31. the clouds – for taking me on visual rides when sleep escapes me
  32. the misty air – for upon my face I feel it’s caress
  33. the brisk cold air – for it gives me a sense of being alive
  34. music – for allowing me to hear the beauty of notes
  35. music – for being the instrument of my dancing
  36. dance – for the movement it gives to my body with grace
  37. dance – for the fluidity that creates seamless elegance
  38. poetry – for the words that can mesmerize
  39. story telling – for the tales that keep me fascinated
  40. my curiosity – for it keeps me yearning to know more about everything
  41. air – for it reminds me to breathe in order to live
  42. my age – for it reminds me that I am alive
  43. aging – for I can now brag about knowing something
  44. tea makers – for providing more varieties for this tea lover
  45. cruise lines – for creating a mode of travel I adore
  46. my doubt- for I am always trying to surmount it
  47. my excellence – for I’m always trying to reach it
  48. my goodness – for I’m always trying to be a good person
  49. my kindness – for I’m always focused on being kind
  50. fairytales – for I always want to believe
  51. my virtues – for I’m always trying to be righteous and moral
  52. my wisdom – for I want to be a wise older woman
  53. my hope – for this world to have peace realized
  54. my awakening – for I’m always trying to awaken my spirit
  55. my Isadora – for there is one and the only one: me

Namaste,

Isadora 🙏🏻

2019©isadora DeLaVega

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Dawn @ Tales from the Motherland is starting off her 2019 year with an inspiring gratitude challenge for us. To read the rules and to join in click here 

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Life’s Dance

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,

turn routine days into joy, 

and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

©William A. Ward

 


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Nurture Yourself – Unplug

Almost everything will work again, if you Unplug for a few minutes, including You!

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This post is about taking time to Unplug from the daily pressure of trying to keep up with social media. We fool ourselves into thinking that we have a grip on how much time we spend on our computers or smart phones but we do not. Our concerns for missing something that we believe is important for us to know prevents us from seeing the addiction. Communication has broken down between people.

For example:

I was having dinner at a restaurant before a play my husband was taking me to see for my birthday in July. It’s a lovely Japanese Restaurant with delicious food, sushi and furnished with traditional japanese paintings and decor.

A family of four came in and were seated at the next table beside ours. Shortly after getting their menu’s and ordering, they all grabbed their phones and focused on the screens before them. Sadly, they did that the entire time they were eating. No conversation occurred during the entire hour they sat at the table. After the father paid for the check, they got up and left.

Are we unable to leave media behind during a short one hour of eating?

Technology has given us many benefits. We can skype family in other states. We can talk and see members of our family during times when traveling isn’t possible. Being able to research subjects or learn on-line is a phenomenal tool; but, somethings been lost. We need to find it soon. Our children are missing many things they could experience from their parents or extended families. They’re lost by a mesmerizing screen that is constantly calling them.

Will this one day be an addiction like drugs and alcohol?

I hope not. Perhaps, finding a middle road for all to be happy can be a topic of conversation: at dinner?

Namaste,

Isadora 🙏🏻

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Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

Becca @ ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’

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Smile – After all – tomorrow is another day

After all, tomorrow is another day

When you feel so weak

And things look bleak

Tomorrow is another day

 

When you’re so blue

And don’t know what to do

Tomorrow is another day

 

When things go wrong

And you don’t feel strong

Tomorrow is another day

 

When your body says, “No”

But you don’t want to let go

Tomorrow is another day

 

When the sun starts to set

And fear the day is gone, be strong,

After all, tomorrow is another day

2018©Isadora DeLaVega


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Nurture Yourself – Ignite the Light

Kindness is igniting a LIGHT in someone for no REASON

other then to WATCH them enjoy the GLOW 

Namaste, Isadora 🙏

Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

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 Becca at On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea 

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Nurture Yourself – Life is Just a Moment

I read this, “Life is Just a Moment.” 

It’s insightful. It’s touching. 

The ending has a profound lesson.

           Perhaps, because of all the recent events in the news and my personal life,

 we need to focus on Living Life in every moment. 

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A man died…

When he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.

Dialog between God and Man:

God: “Alright son, it’s time to go.”

Man: “So soon? I had a lot of plans…”

God: “I am sorry but, it’s time to go.”

Man: “What do you have in that suitcase?”

God: “Your belongings.”

Man: “My belongings? You mean my things … clothes… money”

God: “Those things were never yours, they belong to the Earth.”

Man: “Is it my memories?”

God: “No, they belong to Time.

Man: “Is it my talent?”

God: “No, they belong to Circumstance.

Man: “Is it my friends and family?”

God: “No son, they belong to the Path you Traveled.”

Man: “Is it my wife and children?”

God: “No, they belong to your Heart.”

Man: “Then, it must be my Body.”

God: “No No… it belongs to Dust.

Man: “Then, surely, it must be my Soul!”

God: “You are sadly mistaken son. Your Soul belongs to me.”

The man with tears in his eyes and full of fear took the suitcase from God’s hand and opened it…

Empty…

Heartbroken and with tears running down his cheeks he asked God… “I never owned anything?”

God: “That’s right. You never owned anything.”

Man: “Then? What was mine?”

God: Your “MOMENTS.

Every moment you lived was “Yours!!!”

Do Good in every moment

Think Good in every moment

Thank God for every moment

Life is just a MOMENT!

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

and I am in that place in me.

We are One

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 Becca at On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea 

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Sunday Song – Don’t Lose Heart

As we walk this journey we call life, there are bound to be rocky roads.

Paths paved in stones of different shapes and sizes that cause us to stumble and fall.

These create suffering, heartache and pain.

At times, the rough terrain is difficult. But, we can polish the rocks smoothly if we believe in ourselves to carry on.

Its up to us to creatively approach our problems. We need to grind our own collection of rocks into precious gems.

Don’t lose heart as you continue to walk your path.

We can grind these rocks into polished brilliant stones.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 


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Blue Skies and a Kite

Despite the severe high temperatures of the mid 90’s here in Florida,

a drive to our local marina / park in Punta Gorda is a nice way to cool

off while enjoying everyones activities.

The marina / park is a spot where children can play in one of the water spout areas

while adults can go fishing, ride a bike or enjoy a relaxing walk on a scenic path.

We’d been admiring the sailboats swaying on the calm blue water.

A young gal began flying this colorful kite in the grassy field

 directly behind the bench where we were seated.

It soared high while fluttering the edges of its’ wings. 

It was mesmerizing to watch. 

The colorful kite was  peacefully meditative.

A bit of artistic imagination with my photo created 

this marvelous image that reminded me of the old fashioned

 post cards I used to  pick-up when vacationing.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Cooling with Jazz

Enjoy a little jazz instrumental while you take a tour of our favorite town to visit: Sarasota, Florida.

In April, the jazz club of Sarasota has a cool jazz cruise along Sarasota bay.

We look forward to it every year. My husband is a former jazz musician.

He enjoys the club and all of its’ activities.

These photos of the jazz cruise are from last year. We missed it this year due to my daughters wedding in New York.

The ferry leaves from the Sarasota marina. Le Barge was the host boat. 

The glass mirrored mermaid mascot was our guide along the waterways.

A light menu if offered along with alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.

The band changes from year to year. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the name of this band.

It was a bit cool for April as you can see by the bands light weight jackets.

The sky was a beautiful azure blue. The condos dotted the skyline like sculptural statues.

The once laid back cracker traditional Florida houses and cottages now gone to progress.

Boats await their captains for a day on the water.

This sailboat far off by itself created the perfect picture postcard

of a Florida boating vacation.Since the jazz cruise takes place in the beginning of April our rains hadn’t started.

This is a photograph of what happens when the waters are low.

Boats, birds and pelicans all vie for water. 

There are many nests on those dry mounds.Of course, the mansions along the way showcase the wealth of Sarasota.

The rich and the famous, yes, stars do have homes here.

Many are part of the summer stock theater productions and the arts.

Each home is as individual as the people who occupy them.

People dot the waters edge at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

This is a favorite place I love going to visit. They  specialize in orchid growing.

They have lectures, different exhibitions every year,

greenhouses with unusual orchids,

concerts on their magnificent grounds; especially, on Mother’s Day

or you can enjoy leisure walks in their luscious gardens.

Speed boats race along the waterway creating sprays of salty air.

The white caps, their signature, left behind.

After a beautiful day of cool jazz on the water, a walk among the palm trees,

flowering trees and plants is a perfect way to end the day.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Cooling

Week #2

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Wearable Art – Shawl

In November, I posted a few wearables I had knitted. Click here if you missed it.

I started attending a knitting group, that meets at our local library, once a week since August, 2017.

I’ve been relearning my knitting skill from my youthful years. I must admit its’ been a pleasure.

I’ve learned some new skills: working with round needles, better pattern reading, tunisian crochet,

brioche knit stitch and blocking your finished garment.

The two hats above are for babies. These two hats helped me gain an understanding of working

with double pointed needles after the hats stitches have been decreased.

The hat with 2 pom-poms was gifted to a friend who was having a baby boy.

The hat with one pom-pom is in a box waiting for additional preemie hats to be made for a Christmas hospital drive.

I must work on pom-pom skills.

The photos of the pink stripe hat was a gift for one of my grandchildren.

This peach shawl took me about 5 months to complete. The slide show is about the process of blocking.

I’ve been enjoying the calming effects of knitting. It helps with manual dexterity, focus of mind and

it isn’t a bad way to meet friendly helpful people. I’ve made new friend along the way.

We’re of all skill levels; meeting and helping those who pop in with a desire to learn to crochet or knit.

I hope you enjoy some of the items I’ve been working on. I hope to add more as I go on.

 Happy Crafting … Isadora 

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