What is the true meaning of the word Diva?

Sharing this because this is my personal view of the REAL meaning of what it means to be a diva. Enjoy!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

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Comfortable In Her Own Skin

I hope all the Moms out there had the kind of Mother’s Day that you will cherish forever. As I reflected on the day and what it really means, I thought of all the wonderful things my Mom taught me. And there are many. But the one thing I’ve learned through her and because of her is to be comfortable in my own skin, to walk my own journey, leaving my mark but leaving no scars.

Another important thing I know is that every day is Mother’s Day. There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t had thoughts of my children. I imagine that every mother feels the same. But our children don’t come out of the womb with a parenting manual and what mother hasn’t second-guessed her decisions and actions when it comes to raising them? That means we are human. We WILL leave our mark and yes, there WILL be scars, even though we try our best not to cause them.

This image is another double exposure of a floral image background (supplied by my daughter) and a wine label that I snapped in a grocery store. I could have named it “Siren Song” or something else just as provocative, but it spoke to me that this beautiful woman is comfortable in her own skin. Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) is the co-author of the Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist and photo blogger.

 

Just One More

I’ve finished all the editing now of the wedding photos I took and whew! What a job.  I’m only going to post this one more of the bride.

When I was editing, I felt that the look on her face symbolized the feeling that all brides must have right before they take the walk down the aisle … what do you think she’s thinking?  Feel free to weigh in and tell me your thoughts.  Namaste’

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Mirror, Mirror …

This is what I call a “diva” mirror, which hangs on the wall in my bathroom.  I had lots of fun playing with some special effects on this one.  I actually did one similar to this and ordered some prints today so that I can send one to my granddaughter.  Shhhhh!  Don’t tell her.  She’s a diva in her own right 🙂  Happy Saturday and Namaste’

 

A Beautiful Surprise

It was way too hot today to be out scouting for photo ops in the desert or any of the outdoor venues, so WS (wonderful spouse) and I went to one of the local malls.  Mmmmm … nice and cool inside.  They also had a food court – lots of restaurants to choose from (grin).  We had the great fortune to sit front row of a wonderful guitarist and singer, Diane Davis.  I wish we could have stayed all afternoon but of course, we had the doggies to get home to.  So I asked if I could photograph her and she said she didn’t mind.  I think this shot captures her very pleasant essence.  Namaste’

 

Barrel of Boundaries

Setting boundaries can be a tricky thing, but we have to do it.  If we don’t, we can be manipulated so easily.  Especially women.  Why?  Because we are typically the nurturers, the caretakers, the keeper of the keys to the family.  The purpose of having boundaries is to protect and take care of ourselves. We need to be able to tell other people (yes, especially those we love) when they are acting in ways that are not acceptable to us. We have not only the right, but the duty, to take responsibility for how we allow others to treat us.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, humans lived in a matriarchal society, where the feminine energy was dominant.  Eventually that changed into a more male dominated energy.  Even though women have made tremendous strides in so many areas, setting healthy boundaries is pretty important.  And it’s equally as important for men.  Have you ever felt like you’ve given yourself away to everyone else?  If so, what’s left for you?  How can you give if you don’t have enough energy to take care of yourself?

I’ve been there … got the t-shirt, complete with the tear stains and I’m here to say … today … that I’m just not going there again.

Today’s photo is a Barrel Cactus in my yard.  I believe it has some pretty visible boundaries and you can bet I won’t be crossing them.  I respect this cactus for what it is.  Namaste’

 

 

Yesterday was Green but Today is Glam-Wow!

When it comes to getting a manicure, I’m right up there with the girly-girls.  I hate doing my own nails.  It’s such a hassle and I’m just not that good at it.  Besides, it’s one of the best ways for a lady to get some pampering and “me” time.

The problem is in the choosing of what color we’ll wear.  Unless it’s a French manicure, you have to choose your color when you walk into the salon, right?  Good luck with that.  I mean really … look at all the choices here.  There’s not just one or two reds or a few mauves or maybe even a few blues, there’s a zillion!  Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. LOL!

It’s funny; the older I get the more I want to try out the new wilder colors.  Maybe next time I’ll go for neon green or hot turquoise blue and then again … maybe not 😉  I used a bit of a cartoon effect on this today just for the fun of it.

Namaste’ and may your choices all be phenomenal!!