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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Reflect, Regroup, Return

How in the world is it that time of year again so quickly?! Did 12 months really go by that fast? Who is ready for 2018?

Usually around this time of year I start making my list of New Years resolutions or my goals and dreams as I prefer to call my list. This year in addition to my list I am doing something new.

I recently began following some You Tubers for the first time. I used to use You Tube mostly to watch music videos or other such content but somehow I came across some young ladies who are so inspirational I subscribed to their channels. I will list the links below.

Watching them inspired me to do three things for the New Year. Reflect, Regroup, and Return.

Reflect is simply looking back at the past year and reviewing what went right, what I can improve on and what will continue or end. For example, I traveled a few times and I went on my first writer's retreat. I had one great semester of school and one I really struggled to get through.

Regroup is my way of taking what I am reflecting on and figuring out how I can improve in 2018. What daily habits can I change or start to live the life I desire? Where do I need to focus my energy more? What is mentally draining my days? How can I manage my time better? I need to regroup my thoughts, actions and behaviors to move toward a positive 2018.

Return is getting back to basics. In order to be the best version of myself I need to return to myself. Getting still, spending time in solitude, spending more time on my creative side, simplifying my daily routine, my home, and my life are all a return to myself. Returning to my core values will help me make more sound decisions. Decreasing negative thoughts and increasing positive thoughts will help me remain balanced.

What are your goals for the New Year? What will you do differently and what do you hope to accomplish? Will 2018 be the year you decide to go for a dream you've been imagining for so long? Take a small step. Just one. See where it takes you.

Wishing you all the best,
Valerie

Lavendaire:
https://youtu.be/e2kxr-NAb4c

Pick Up Limes
https://youtu.be/4dzsrT_pzC0

Jordan Clark:
https://youtu.be/KuziswEwNTU

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Focus on Love

Recent events have really pushed people's emotions.

Sadness because of horrific shootings, terrorist acts such as the one that took place in my hometown of New York, and many other things happening in the world today.

Anger is also dominating, within politics, the entertainment industry, the sports industry and more.

Both of the abovementioned emotions have led to feelings of being scared. This emotion is helpful but can also be a deterrent if one allows it to consume their life.  We all experience fear as a warning sign of danger but when fear becomes a permanent state of mind it can affect a person's life in profound ways.

One emotion that can be lost amidst the trauma of recent events is happiness.

Yes we can still feel happy amidst so much trauma. Each day I read another headline or watch another tragedy unfold on the news, my heart just breaks. If I hold on to the emotions of anger, sadness and fear I find that I can't focus. I search daily for ways to maintain my happiness. To stay positive when so much negativity abounds.

In order to function at work, school, home, church or anywhere focus is needed. Our families and friends deserve our attention. They need our attention. If we allow fear to rule we would never leave our homes. If we give in to anger we may react in ways that we will regret.

We must allow ourselves to FEEL these emotions and more, but we must find a way to keep them from overwhelming our lives.

The way I choose to do this is to focus on love. One of my favorite scriptures is John 13:34 which tells us to love one another. When I look at someone with love there is no room for hate. The way that I am able to do this is because I recognize that we are all human beings. To truly look at someone and love them is to look beyond the surface and deep inside to the heart and soul of that person.

I am not someone writing from a professional standpoint, this blog is not offering medical advice. I am not advocating on behalf of anything or anyone.

I am simply a human being who is tired of other humans beings hurting their own.

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." ~ Ephesians 4:31-32.

Focus on love,
Valerie

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