By sharing my writing (Poetry in particular), a life long dream, I hope to inspire others to go after their dreams and goals.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day to Day

By Valerie Maldonado

Day to day
I strive to be
The best I can
The real me
It's not easy
Not at all
But I do my best
To stand tall
I try not to conform
Or fall in a rut
I search for answers
But more often than not
All I find are questions
And confusion
What the hell am I doing?
I don't always know
But one thing I'm sure of
Day to day
I put each foot forward

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I Seek Rest

By Valerie Maldonado

I seek rest
From the daily grind
From the relentless assault
On my overfilled mind
From the negative press
I seek rest
and solace and respite
From the vile news
We receive each night
I need an escape
A way to deviate
From hate filled speech
And the words that reach
A feverish state
When one needs to be right
I seek rest
And tranquility
A moment of stillness
A day of quiet
In a world suffering illness
Of every sort
Ailments that need cures
Problems that need solving
I seek rest
From an ever evolving
Onslaught of anxious
events, tragedies, and
Senseless death
I seek rest
In the arms of my Creator
Through prayer
And faith and grace
I seek rest
From God above
For only through Him
Can I continue to love
And live and dream
and hope
By His mercy I remain
Calm and rested

Picture by me in NYC 2017

Catching Up

Hi Everyone,

It's been almost three months since I've written on my blog. At the end of July I was preparing to attend my 1st Writer's Retreat, which I was super excited about. My senior year in college was just about to begin and I was transitioning in my workplace as well. So much transpired in the interim between then and now that I am just catching my breath.

Has that ever happened in your life? Unexpected things occur, you have a full calendar of obligations, and so much change takes place you feel caught up in a vortex?

In the last three months as a society we have witnessed a lot. From natural disasters, to tragic violence, hate filled conversations and much more. This kind of relentless onslaught of anxiety filled moments can take a toll on us physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

We all need to find a way of dealing with the stress and negativity that can result from too much happening at once. I myself have had to face deadlines, loved ones suffering illness, dealing with toxic situations, travel and even death. We must find an outlet that allows us to release our emotions.

My outlet has always been and continues to be writing. Reading is a close second. I also use music and dance as a stress reliever. I've added meditation and now I'm trying yoga. Eating healthy, drinking lots of water and getting enough rest is also very important.

I hope you are all well and finding ways to cope with world affairs and your own daily struggles.  Gratitude, faith and hope are my tools as well. God is my foundation and strength. Love is my super power.

God bless,