When I was going through my divorce in 2007, my emotions had completely taken over me. And every time I allowed them to, I got increasingly disappointed in myself. I wasn’t consistently practicing things like yoga and meditation, and found myself in an endless cycle of trying to be strong and holding my ground instead of focusing on myself. It felt awful. I knew that I only had control over myself and the way I responded to others, and that I had to do something about the pattern I felt stuck in. I just wasn’t sure where to start.
A few months ago, I was introduced to pranic healing by a fellow blogger who practices and offered to do a healing session with me. Intrigued, I agreed to it without really knowing what it was. She said it required no touch or conversation, and that she will work on it at 10pm. All I needed to do was to bathe prior to the time and relax. Huh?
No touch? No conversation? How are you healing me?
My style posts usually go up on Mondays but I have a few things going on (sorry to be vague for now) and I’m also seeing a new chiropractor whose treatments are kicking my butt. The technique is QSM3 (Quantum Spinal Mechanics), which is basically a progression of NUCCA (national upper cervical association) — the type of chiropractic care I’ve been receiving for the last two years. My new treatment works on smoothing out the fascia, and is very gentle. But man, it knocks-me-out. I can easily nap for 4 hours afterwards and sleep just fine throughout the night. My body is begging for rest and TLC, and I’ve been making sure it gets it.
But not so fast. I have lots of content that I’m excited to share, including several summer looks like this floral and lace dress that’s perfect for a shower, birthday celebration, graduation or any summer event you have coming up.
This has to be by far the simplest recipe on the planet, but I actually do not like the taste of water and something needed to be done. Now before you say water doesn’t taste like anything, that’s precisely why I don’t enjoy it. I drink it because I have to. On the other hand, I can go through cartons of coconut water in one day if you let me. But those calories add up. Cue in the solution to my issue here – Cucumber lemon water. It’s water with spa appeal. And who doesn’t want to feel like they’re treating themselves to a refreshing drink for the body and soul? Every sip says “I love you” to your digestion and overall health.
Cucumber lemon water is not only tasty but it’s great for detoxing. I’m not even kidding. You will “go” often.
I’ve been working hard to get at least 5 posts up a week. I wasn’t always able to do so before because of my list of work responsibilities coupled with parenting, life and home management didn’t allow me to be as consistent as I would have liked. theArtMuse was a side side hustle, as I worked at night writing articles for other sites. But my goal is to turn this into my everyday content driven work of art. I want to share every thing I’ve learned and all I’m experiencing in this crazy life we live. That includes my style journey. With every year that goes by, I change and so does my personal style. Just a couple of years ago, I have loved my shorts short and my dresses tight. I mean, I still love all that stuff. This Latina will be showing off her curves for as long as she can, but I’ve definitely been embracing different silhouettes a lot more, like this bell sleeve floral duster.
This book was given to me by my mom when I was 18 years old during my high school graduation. In it was a letter she had written to me about her journey as my mother. Back then, I wasn’t able to really put myself in her shoes but I do remember feeling emotional and grateful that she loved me so much, and that she was so proud of me.
My son will be 18 in the fall, and I can now say I know where she was coming from – the ups, the downs, worries, triumphs, challenges, you name it. It’s one of those things you just have to go through to really understand the depth of what this journey entails. There’s no handbook when it comes to parenting and no matter how many stories you hear, your path as a parent will be your own.
I strongly believe in rituals and the power of cleansing your space in order to achieve higher vibrations. I was raised Catholic after all. As a child, the smell of burning incense in church was always so calming and soothing for me. The same goes for burning sage, which is something Native American have been doing for centuries.
If you’re new to burning leaves for peace of mind, here are four benefits of burning sage.
Every year, I do a Mother’s Day giveaway because I love my fellow mommies. Parenting is certainly not for the weak. From diapers, toddler tantrums, long homework nights, doctor visits, middle school (oh, those are some interesting years), high school to the day your child says “I do”, it is all an emotional roller coaster.
This former angsty Gen-Xer has officially embraced milennial blush. Because, why not. It’s so pretty! Ask me to wear pink when I lived in NYC, and the answer would have likely been no. It was black or nothing. But since moving to LA, I’ve embraced color a lot more (like this coral romper, bright coral top with yellow cluth and these green and yellow dresses). Give me all the color.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been blogging my heart out. So much to say and share, my friends. So much. I decided to bring back my weekly series – A week in pictures – with some changes. Instead of posting photos as the recap, I will simply just write it down with, like, one photo. Mostly because I just feel this need to write. One photo will do. Maybe two. We will see what happens.
The second change is the name. The series now called Reflections. I will share things I love, feel challenged by, am working on, lessons learned and so on.