Finding Pleasure

joshua-earle-252222Live your dreams

Change your reality

Heighten your senses

Find solace in hidden sanctuaries

of beauty and love

Gaze on the countless stars above

Get lost in the mysteries of our universe

Daydream of new life that exist beyond this world

Untold secrets and unspoken words


Find pleasure in everyday life

no matter how small the moments

Focus on what matters

Eliminate that which seeks to steal

your inner joy and prevent you from really

living the life you deserve.





This is not about cruising on the high seas while drinking margaritas by the pool. Or even visiting different Ports and destinations.

What I’m talking about is cruising through life and the happy times or pitfalls you may find along the way. While cruising on the high seas you may experience smooth or rough waters. At times a storm can come out of nowhere and disrupt your happy moments and so it is with everyday life.

It could be as simple as working on a job you don’t like, maybe taking care of your elderly parents which gives you a new purpose you may or may not be ready to fulfill. Sometimes getting into a new relationship or giving up on an old one.

Your pace may start out very slowly as you cruise making several changes and stops along the way. While you take the time to assess every experience on your journey, life becomes filled with twists and turns causing an explosion of events that changes your trajectory along the way.

Lately, I have been experiencing a chain of events which has rocked my world. I have come to the conclusion that everything happens for a reason and someday my ship will come in and hopefully I will be ready to go on a new adventure.

Now is not the time because I have taken on the roll of caretaker for my elderly Parents. I never knew how much work was involved. These past few months have been a real eye opener as I struggled to provide for them while also working several hours a day.

I am blessed because I have really enjoyed the time we spend together and the laughter we’ve shared.

They lost their dream to live out their life in their homeland due to hurricane Maria. Now they feel hopeless and homeless. However, reality has arrived and I have come to the conclusion they need 24 hour care.

Overwhelmed by this conclusion, my siblings and I have to come up with a game plan that will give them the care that they deserve with a quality of life they can appreciate.

This is not an easy decision as my cruising has been altered by this chain of events. My energy level has been depleted and I am totally off-balance as I take care of their needs while neglecting my own.

I’m way off course and out-of-order not knowing one day from the next.  I  am focused on their care and happiness while beginning to lose my way. I thank God I’ve had the opportunity to open my heart and home.

In order to get back on course I need to get them the care that they need and deserve. I love my Parents and I pray that God will guide our thoughts in order to make the right decision for there care.








Letting go


Sometimes we hold onto people, and other things in our life so tightly making it very difficult to let go. We believe we are in control only to wake up to feelings of despair, pain and hopelessness.

Just imagine having a tug of war, with you holding onto a rope as tight as you can on one end and the stresses in your life on the other. Who do you think will win that war? At some point, you have to learn to let go. Otherwise the struggles you are carrying will take you down to a life of misery.

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What makes you feel alive?


Have you figured out what makes you really feel alive? Feeling alive is about feeling alert, active and passionate about the life you are living. Maybe you are on automatic pilot with everyday life while forgetting what it means to be alive. Feeling alive is not merely just existing.

leio-mclaren-307277Sometimes we need to take a step back to refuel and assess the life we are living. We are so inundated with trying to make a living and taking care of our families that we forget what it means to really be alive.

The last couple of years has been a little rough so I can honestly say I was guilty of living a life that lacked any luster. Sometimes life experiences can knock you off your feet. When you finally get up, you realize you’ve been in a zombie like state going through the motions but not really living.

costa-rica-318904_1280This year, I was fortunate to be able to go on two separate vacations. One in Central America and the other in the Caribbean. I was blessed and for the first time in a very long time, I had more clarity about the life I want to live. Being in a tropical environment and connecting to nature made me feel so alive that I may consider making it my future home.

What makes me feel alive is living a simpler life and shedding all the stuff which we believe will make us happy. I was fortunate to meet  several people on my journey who were more contented with a lot less. They are not living in bondage married to things. Their concern is more about surviving, feeling alive while living for today.

What makes you feel alive? 

It’s different for everyone and can be as simple as listening to your favorite music. At times laughing at a comedy show. Taking time out to refuel and distress while taking a walk or going on a hike through a forest. Exerting energy makes one feel alive. Maybe you love to go dancing, watching raindrops fall on a rainy day or going out to eat at your favorite restaurants with good friends. I love singing and dancing to my favorite tunes. Whatever your definition of feeling alive, it’s what makes life more enjoyable.

262H (1)Being alive means literally that you’re not dead. Sometimes we live like the walking dead rather than the undead, consumed by our negative thoughts and emotions about the life we are living. Maybe its time to reflect and consider a life more engaging with what makes us feel more human.  What really matters is the quality of life, not the quantity of what we have which weighs us down like an anchor on a boat.

Challenge your thinking and find different ways to feel more alive. This is what living is all about, implementing small changes, taking risks, in order to increase the feeling of being more alive.

What makes you feel alive? Please leave a comment..



Soak in the Sunshine


Let your mind soak in the sunshine.

Don’t let it chase after the rain.

A sea of negative thoughts which fuels

negative emotions.

Sometimes resulting in unfavorable behavior patterns and

creating false beliefs of who you really are.

Dark clouds will come and dark clouds will go but

remember there is always sunshine after the rain.

Hold On, turn it off,

find happy distractions.

Good feelings of love, peace and joy,

pointing you in a new direction.

Express your creativity in unusual ways.

See yourself beyond the darkness,

beyond the pain.

where opportunity resides for change.

Saturate your mind and soak in the sunshine,

create harmony and believe light always

overcomes darkness.

Pat Fagan