Photography Monday Message – No Night Lasts Forever


I was sad and upset this morning. I cried in my living room for a good few minutes, then I looked out the window. And it was like a shroud of peace fell over me. I looked at this and I remembered that no matter how sad I may be, no matter how bleak things may seem, as long as there are more days, the sun will continue to rise. And so will I. Enjoy your Monday and your week.   Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Shaq on Photography Monday

This weekend I got out to a family outing that is over an hour away. My sister-in-law and I started talking about what it means to get out after the brutal winter we’ve had in the North East. She showed me this picture. She got out of her house to walk around the city. She went into a venue and found Shaq writing autographs, took a picture. It reminded me that unless we are out and about interacting with people, we won’t bump into anyone or anything. Sometimes it’s Shaq writing autographs. Sometimes it’s a business opportunity. Sometimes it’s a friend … Continue reading

Why, Why, Why

It’s easy to lose sight of WHY we do things but I think it’s probably one of the more important question we can ever ask ourselves. Anyway, I was feeling a little lost last weekend. I put out a book and I’m spending way more time around the distribution, setup, and initial promoting of that book then I am in writing the next one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m 51% through the second one and only about a week behind schedule but my schedule wasn’t that aggressive to begin with. I’m disappointed in myself and I’m wondering if I’m losing … Continue reading

Beauty on Photography Monday

Change comes from within, from a desire strong enough that it drives us to redefine ourselves and our truths. Each day, when I wake up, I try to take note of something beautiful. I took this picture of mid-town at sunrise last week. It made me think that each morning is a fresh start, a new beginning full of possibilities (like being young and hopeful all over again). We don’t always know what the day brings, but the way we see it might just change how it goes. I hope it brings a smile to your Monday.   Follow my blog … Continue reading

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop: Recipe and Amazon Giftcard Giveway

Authors in Bloom

Wednesday was the day the stuff I didn’t get done early in the week caught up to the stuff I wouldn’t be able to get to later in the week. At the end of the day, I didn’t have much time left over for cooking. I didn’t get home until almost nine. I had the challenge of making dinner in fifteen minutes without resorting to chicken fingers (which my kids ate on Tuesday). So… I came up with Salmon and Salad. It took twelve minutes to cook and saved my awesome mommy rep. Here’s how I did it. Follow my blog … Continue reading

Beauty, Hope and Recovery on Photography Monday


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When we look upon a face, we not only see that face but everything we’ve ever felt while gazing upon it. When I look at a view of New York, I see home. In other places, I see comfort, love, wonder. Some I covet, like a hotel room in Paris or a chocolate ganache cake. Each picture says something different to each of us. The picture of the Freedom Tower below, I think, means a lot of things to a lot of us. It reminds me of hope and of recovery and … Continue reading

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

One doesn’t succeed at life, one enjoys the journey. Life is not a race because every life ends the same way and I’m not in a hurry to get there. It is a journey and how we traverse it matters. The choices we make matter. What we tell ourselves about those choices matter. We seldom make choices for a single reason. The reason I choose focus on will affect the little things about how I handle work. I could tell myself any of the following stories (both negative and positive): I do it because I’m afraid of what it means to be … Continue reading

So I was the crazy lady in the subway this morning


This morning, I was the crazy lady in the subway. I got on the downtown E train heading to World Trade Center. After playing Candy Crush and losing yet again, I shut down my phone in disgust and looked around. The woman in front of me stared straight ahead without focusing on anything. The man beside her read a newspaper. The girl in the corner did her make-up, which I thought was impressive considering how much the train shifts from side to side. What struck me about the whole scene was that no one talked on the train. So, I … Continue reading


Today was the first warm day in forever in New York City.  New Yorkers and their canines spent their day outside skating, running, biking or just enjoying the sunshine. It’s as if we all appreciate sixty degree weather more because we have been miserable for the past month. Funny how perspective affects us. When I lived in Florida, no one wanted to go out on sixty degree days. Some people would wear coats and sweaters. But in New York City today, I saw more than one girl in a skimpy outfit, older kids skateboarded, younger kids invaded the parks. We … Continue reading

The Freedom of Growing Up, an FTSF perspective

“The most unexpected part of being a grownup is…” that I didn’t get the freedom I once wished for. When I was a kid, I remember studying hard and telling myself that someday when I grew up I would get to have fun. I would get to go outside when I felt like it. I would get to watch whatever movies I wanted and stay up as late as I wanted. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. I stayed locked up in my ultra-conservative-when-it-came-to-girls Hispanic household until I graduated high school. Then I went to college and took twenty credits a semester while working for … Continue reading

So I Fell Off The Quadruple-Decker Bus

Modern life is not like riding a horse. Can you imagine a sentient beast as beautiful and intelligent as a horse would be so stupid as to crash into a light pole or run headlong into a brick building? Modern life is way harder than riding a horse, more like ice skating on top of a speeding quadruple-decker bus with tiny rails while checking Facebook updates on the iPhone. Last October, I was managing quite well, but I twisted my elbow too far in my efforts to pad myself in the back.  I hit the rail, flipped over and landed on … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Letter

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the usual things – my husband and his unwavering support, my daughters and the meaning they bring to every moment of life, my family for reminding me each day of what’s important and for always being available when I need them.  I’m thankful for my job, my beautiful apartment, the wonderful view, the trips to the City, the experiences this year has brought. I’m also thankful for something new – me.  It takes a lot of effort to work on ourselves. It takes even more to appreciate ourselves.  I grew up being taught about … Continue reading