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Lost For A Moment

The sound of my high heels greeting the pavement below with each hurried step slowed as I looked up to see a moment of romanticism and wander in a city filled with orderly chaos. A sea of people poured out of the late show of "O", I too was one amongst the masses. Surrounded by... Continue Reading →

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Goodbye 2017

I'm writing my final blog post just a few minutes before midnight which brings with it a dawn of a new year. I welcome 2018 with a smile and open arms. 2017 was a year full of internal struggles and challenges that at one point caused me to believe that 2017 would be the worse... Continue Reading →

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London Calling

London, one of the busiest cities in the world that I have had the opportunity to visit on my travels thus far. I'm a person who very much enjoys what a big city has to offer but for me London takes this to an entire new level. I snapped this picture on a summer visit... Continue Reading →

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The World Through My Eyes

An afternoon stroll through Temple Bar in Dublin on a summer afternoon. Temple Bar is a very busy area in Dublin Ireland filled with lots of people. The smell of traditional Irish food simmering in the kitchens of restaurants wafted through the air. The weather was slightly overcast with breaks of sunshine and sporadic rounds... Continue Reading →

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Instagram and Reykjavík

So I committed to being active with an Instagram account I made awhile back. I have lots of photos from my various travels that just lie dormant on memory cards, my laptop or iPhone. In just a couple of days of being on Instagram I've seen so many places come to life via the colorful... Continue Reading →

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An Artist At Heart

Am I? I see the world in a unique way maybe as we each do. I hear words and think poetry or song. In normal everyday occurrences I see the makings of a short film play out before my eyes and sometimes I feel the need to express my feelings through color instead of words.... Continue Reading →

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All Of The Stars

Do you ever feel sometimes that a song will randomly play just for you? I like Ed Sheeran very much but I don't know all of his songs. I have Pandora shuffling all of my favorite artists and believe me there are many and the variety is plenty. The lyrics from All Of The Stars... Continue Reading →

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Who Knew That Gu Knew?

My effort to find balance and to look for truth has sometimes left me feeling fragile but after a few moments of feeling not so stellar I pick myself up, dust myself off and then steady myself all while trying to remain as graceful as possible. I've learned that this is exhausting! Life, it's the... Continue Reading →

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Goodnight Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President... Continue Reading →

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10 Things I’m Thankful For

  1.Buddhism I drive by a Buddhist monastery on my way to work which led me to discover the beauty of the Buddhist philosophy. Buddhism (fully awake) To be fully developed with all of the positive qualities and absolutely free of the negative ones. The mind is not just a brain. The mind is the beginning and... Continue Reading →

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has been a book I've been wanting to read for some time but never seemed to get around to actually reading it. Last night while out shopping I stopped to browse some books on display in which my eyes were immediately drawn the last copy of Paulo Coelho's 25th Anniversary... Continue Reading →

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The Cactus Here Doesn’t Change Color

Fall in the Old Pueblo Nights are crisp Our first rain in the desert in over 2 months Thanksgiving approaches As does winter It's easy to forget that the seasons are changing Sometimes too busy to look around The cacti here don't change color But Venus is in the heavens So I know

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Thoughts On Forgiveness

Why Forgive? There is no single reason why we should forgive but as complicated humans living in a complicated world, forgiving is good for society. Forgiving can benefit us mentally, emotionally, relationally and even spiritually but to experience the depth of forgiveness at its fullest is to engage in one that is decisional and emotional.... Continue Reading →

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An Encounter With Joey Chou

I awoke early to visit the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland California. It's one of my favorite places to spend some time at to just browse what's on display at the ever changing exhibits.The gallery draws inspiration from Disney's deep-rooted storytelling-driven-heritage-especially the idea of stepping through the looking-glass, which the greatest of... Continue Reading →

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A Halloween Recap

As many did this Halloween I had to work a regular work day in costume. I didn't plan on meeting with any clients so I didn't think twice about dressing up. An hour into the work day my boss called to tell me that something came and up he wouldn't be able to attend our... Continue Reading →

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Dinosaurs At Dawn

Midnight or actually just after 12:17 am and I was finally ready to drive 475 miles to Anaheim. I set the trip meter and fastened my seatbelt. My first stop would be the gas station to fill up on fuel and drink a Red Bull. If I didn't make too many stops I could make... Continue Reading →

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Arizona, My Home

I've traveled to lots of places but my home has always been in the desert, Arizona actually. It's easy to take the beauty of my surroundings for granted because I'm used to seeing them nearly everyday. Arizona is the Grand Canyon State and I have yet to see it. I will one day but there... Continue Reading →

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Dearest Ophelia,

  As I lay in bed awake at nearly 4 a.m. I hear the wind outside where I live. It's a soothing dry fall wind that at times comes in angry gusts, making noises outside to get my attention. It's far too early to rise and get ready for work so my mind wonders back... Continue Reading →

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All In A Day’s Work

October 11, 2017 I'm sitting here on a not-so-crisp autumn evening because I have volunteered to give first aid to any of the 200 plus marching band students that may need it. School's out for fall break and while the majority of students are staying away from campus these kids are committed as today is... Continue Reading →

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A Dance With Tom Petty

July 2017 It was a hot July day in London nearing the end of my vacation. The day was spent cramming in as much as the tourist sites as possible aboard a double-decker hop on/hop off tour bus. I think I spent more time detouring around construction and through traffic than actually visiting so as we... Continue Reading →

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Fall

It's officially fall! I've stocked up on seasonal scents for my home at the annual Bath and Body Works sale and spent Monday evening hauling out Halloween decorations from the garage before even stepping foot into the house. I needed to have the decorations up before October 1st for my own peace of mind. Still... Continue Reading →

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End of Summer in Cancún

      For the last three years I've been fortunate enough to celebrate my birthday at a beach destination. First it was Honolulu, Hawaii then Key West, Florida and this year Cancún, Mexico. If I had to vote on my favorite beach I would have to say for me it's Cancún. All 3 are... Continue Reading →

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Dear Grandfathers,

I took a day trip to a quaint and lively little town named Bisbee, AZ founded in 1880. Shortly after entering the town I parked my car at a visitor lookout lot to peer through the chain link fence that encloses the ghostly Lavender Pit and ponder my grandfathers. The open pit mine ceased operation... Continue Reading →

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Dare To Live Life Fully

Ever feel like you aren't living life as it was meant to be lived? If you're like me then sometimes you may stop and wonder. You attract what you put out so the next time you feel like wallowing in your own misery remind yourself. Each day commit to be a better person than you... Continue Reading →

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Loneliness

It creeps in like the grey clouds on the horizon, on a hot summer day, monsoon season in the desert. A feeling that starts out like a sprinkle in the midst of some dusty air. I try to run from it but as always I'm engulfed in a haboob of melancholy. I don't want these... Continue Reading →

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Tall Ships Chicago 2016

While sightseeing on a trip to Chicago to see the Cubs play last July, I unintentionally stumbled upon the Tall Ships festival at the Navy Pier. I managed take some photographs before heading to the airport to catch a flight back home. Pride of Baltimore II is a 1812-era reproduction. It's mission is to promote Maryland's... Continue Reading →

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Gone

Before I could smile one more time Before I could hear joy carried over in the wind Before I could feel happiness with the sunrise Before I could feel love with the sunset Close your eyes and just be in the moment For the sun will shine bright on you tomorrow Your song will be... Continue Reading →

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Hi world it’s me!

First blog postHi there! It's me, Marissa from Arizona who decided to start writing so I can grow as person, share experiences, learn more about myself and the world I call home. I'm used to working hard but the biggest misconception about me is probably that everything appears to come to me so easily. That... Continue Reading →

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