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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas To All ...

Merry Christmas To All Our Family & Friends ... 

Wishing All Of You Health & Happiness During This Holiday Season

Cheers To A New Year Upon Us

I Hope You Continue To Follow Me Through Another Year  

Much Love,


Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Few Things That Are Inspiring Me ...

A Few Things That Are Inspiring Me ... 

A Revisited Hobby: 

Visual Journaling 
A way of documenting images that speak to you. You can use journals, sketchbooks or notebooks to house your findings. You can neatly paste them, cut them perfectly or just rip them out and add them into a book for you to view whenever you feel you need a creative pick me up! (Hope to share some pics of my new visual journal in an upcoming post!).

A New Favorite Magazine:

Bella Grace has amazing photography, interesting articles and pages that ask the reader to answer questions for self improvement. A modern magazine that I have fallen in love with! 

And ... 

A Few Books:

The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard 
A book that tells the story of how mindful living began years ago and how it is looked at today. Exercises for your mind and body, and ways of finding peace in your life. 

The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal 
This book gives you a prompt to create a list - One for every week of the year. Many of you know this originated from Moorea's blog series, and now we get to enjoy it in book form. Any list maker will adore this book - Highly Recommended!

Tell me about a few things that have inspired you lately ... 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Breakthrough ...


Looking into a glared mirror
Brown eyes viewing many smile lines 
That remind me of the stories they hold 
And the miles my feet have taken me 

Moments come and go in my mind 
Tears rolling down my pink cheeks 
Realizing I have such a long way to go 
Striving for the best version of myself 

These moments live within me 
Some snapshots have been silenced 
In a busy world that never goes quiet
Times that will never be erased 

I have visited calming spaces 
Walked stone covered beaches 
Sang songs as loud as I could 
To find a way to breakthrough 

My colored lips remain closed 
To keep all of my words in
Becoming a gatekeeper of my world
Until I can view the light easier

Finding calm in the everyday 
Rain that cleanses all
Blue skies that bring us hope 
A new season bringing us into a new year 

Sunday, October 18, 2015


My Original Photography


A warm cup of coffee
Journal entry for the day
A football game in view

Welcoming a new season
Rumors of snowflakes in the air
Time to change over the closets

Exploring audio book finds
Adding to my Fall wardrobe
New poetry to be written

Enjoyable family visits
Fall festival activities
Returning to a cozy home

Purring to my side
Afghans added for comfort
A look ahead to Monday

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


My Original Photography


Cars rushing by
Emotions run through me
Finding strength in the ordinary

Not asking for favors
Guidance would be appreciated
Walking in unknown territory

Snapshots over time
Looking ahead to years end
Perspective is humbling

Autumn air lingers
Awakens the heart of me
Forever my favorite season

Crave being outdoors
Leaves crushing at my feet
Nature in its finest moment

Seeing light in a whole new way
Love is found around each corner
This warmth brings me to my knees

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Reflection ...

Photo Credit - My Original Photography  


As I sit and reflect on past days
Only certain words come to mind

Others placing their lives on hold
To help, In a time of need

Strength that I have never witnessed
Family connections that began years before

Siblings that could rule the world
Strength from a place, deep inside

I will never forget this time
A self promise of paying it forward
To Return
To Give Back

A  Diverse Vision
A New Perspective
A New Lease on Life

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Traveler's Notebook 101

Photo Credit - Speckled Fawns


I have always been a lover of stationery, but my newest obsession is the Traveler's Notebook.

As pictured above, this notebook is made of leather, can hold up to 8 notebooks and a few other inserts. Inserts can range from folders, to zip pockets, to picture holders. The amazing feature is that all these notebooks and inserts can slide out and easily be placed into another similar notebook. (Notebooks having just a sewn spine to easily crease and remove).The changeability of ease, is so great. At times I only want to take a few things with me, other times I would like to take everything!

You can use this as a planner, journal, sketchbook, art journal, scheduler, etc. Each notebook can be used for each aspect of your life - Fitness, Health, Kids Schedules. Etc ...

This notebook originated in Japan as the Midori Traveler's Notebook. This is the real notebook. All others that have followed are faux midori's but beautiful, just the same.

I would love to know what you all use as a calendar, planner, journal ... 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Inner Excavation Sharing ...

Today I decided to do something that I do not usually do.
I wanted to share some of the work from a class I am currently taking.

Here are some short poems I wrote in Liz Lamoreux's 
online course.

This is from Week 1 - Entitled, Just Write ... 

4 Prompts Given To Start  ... 

I Begin ... I Am ... I Stand Alone ... I See a Man  

I Begin …
Each morning with a cup of coffee
Giving my brain a jump start 
Preparing me for the day ahead 
Usually a traffic filled ride 
Horns blaring 
Grateful for good music 
Thoughts swirling in my head 
Wondering what the day will bring 
Thinking of weekend plans ahead 

I Am … 
A modern day woman with an old soul
Seeker of authenticity in all things 
One who continues to believe
A wide eyed explorer 
In search of the next best photo 
Or words that will resonate
After I am gone 

I Stand Alone ...
With my unique ways of thinking 
In a world with no steadfast rules 
At times, in a room full of people 
With my feet firmly planted 
Surrounded by light 
With no apologies and no regrets 

I See a Man …
Near the water's edge
Who relates to my story 
He shares his own truth 
Both heartbreaking stories 
A chance meeting 
Two souls collided
One car pulled away
Followed with one tear

I enjoy writing shorter poems with meaning. Please let me know if you find yourself doing the same to capture your thoughts of the day or of any moment ... Love hearing from you! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A New Journey Begins ...

Much Has Transpired Since My Last Post ... 
Some Good News ... Some NOT So Good ...
Some Ups and Certainly Some Downs ...

The Ingredients That Life Offers Up To All Of Us ... 

The doors that have recently closed for me have thrown open new ones.
I have been given time to shift my attention to a new passion of mine. 
Conceptual Photography. 

Recently, I took Catherine Just's "Begin Deepening"
 10 Day Online Course ...
Conceptual Photography is very new to me.
It seems to have come along when I needed it most.
I am easing into this new art form with comfort.
I find it aligns with my love of writing and storytelling

Here Are a Few Examples 

Self Portraiture- The Real Me 

Storytelling -The New Journey Series

Self Reflection - Only Words

What doors have opened for you lately? 
I would love to hear from you ... 

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Photography by Kristine Dubuque Ortega 


Rest when the body asks for it 

Eat, play and explore

Always be alert 

Ask for comfort when needed 

Adapt to change

Welcome others with gladness 

Enjoy nature's surprises

Chase after what you want

Take time to get pampered

Use the sun as a source of heat 

Pounce on good opportunities

Let go of what no longer satisfies

Take breaks 

Ponder for a moment or two

Find the place in the world that suits you 

Appreciate the simple things 

Show gratitude 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Glance Into the Month of May ...

It seems when we need an escape, we head off to the ocean. 
A place where we can reconnect to after a long winter season. 
The first trip is always the most meaningful to me. 

All Photos taken by Kristine Dubuque Ortega 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Early Morning Thoughts ...

Early Morning Thoughts ...


I awake to hear tires on the pavement ...

I feel a cat paw on my hand ...

My husband sleeping soundly next to me ...

Is it Sunday?

Or will the beeping begin going off soon?

No, It is the weekend - One more day before the routine begins ...

Thinking of things that need to get done ...

And how I seem to fall short lately ...

I am glad that I have kept up with on-line classes

That I thoroughly enjoy ...

If they could only make housework

Just as pleasurable ...

Trying to incorporate a few more hours into each day ...

And an extra day on the weekends ...

Needing to start benefiting from the extra daylight hours ...

My mind turns to how we need clothes for upcoming family events ...

How I need wrapping paper, self tanner, nails manicured, etc ...

I dose back off to sleep ...

Noticing the alarm clock in the early morning light ...

3:52am ...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Live What You Love ...

A Few Things I Love ...

Morning Coffee

A Favorite Song On The Radio

Coming Across a Great Quote

Sharing a Hearty Laugh

Collaborating with Other Artists

Spending Time With My Family

A Warm Shower 

Returning to The Old Ways of Doing Things

Visiting a New Bookstore

The Comforts of Home

Replacing Hot Chocolate for Lemonade

Watching a Favorite Movie

Going from Winter Boots to Sandals 

Finding an Unexpected Photo Opportunity

Hearing From An Old Friend