Category Archives: Mindfulness

Dream Destination – My Soul Soars On The Beach

WordPress Daily Prompt: What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

When I think vacation, I think water and sun. I am not the typical vacationer who goes on trips to do tours and sightsee. For me, the most relaxing getaway is feeling the sand between my toes, getting wrinkled in the warm water from staying in all day, bright shining sun, delicious food, and staying in a hotel where I don’t have to clean up. Anything less is not relaxing.

I’m an island girl (born in Jamaica), so I jump at any chance I get to go back home, or at least find another beach to escape to. The sun and water are in my blood. Guess that’s why the majority of my vacation pictures all consist of the beach…go figure.

Beaches of Jamaica (Negril and Montego Bay)

Negril, JA

Negril Beach
Negril Beach – Photograph by EOD
Negril at Sunset
Negril at Sunset – Photograph by EOD
Negril  Photographed by EOD
Negril
Photograph by EOD

Montego Bay, JA

Montego Bay Beach
Montego Bay Beach – Photograph by EOD
Preparing for jet skying in Montego Bay Photographed by EOD
Preparing for jet ski in Montego Bay
Photograph by EOD

Haitian Beach

Labadee Beach, Haiti Photograph by EOD
Labadee Beach, Haiti
Photograph by EOD

Beach of Trinidad (Maracas Beach)

Maracas Beach in Trinidad
Maracas Beach in Trinidad
Gazing out on Maracas Beach in Trinidad
Gazing out on Maracas Beach in Trinidad

Mission Beach, San Diego CA – This part of the beach is rocky, but hearing the waves crash against the rocks/cliffs relaxes me.

Mission Beach in San Diego photographed by Del
Mission Beach in San Diego
photograph by Del

Beach of Miami, Fla (South Beach)

South Beach, Miami Fla Photographed by EOD
South Beach, Miami Fla
Photograph by EOD

I always make time to enjoy the night life on South Beach

Drag performer at club on South Beach Photographed by EOD
Drag performer at club on South Beach
Photograph by EOD
Drag performer on South Beach Photographed by EOD
Drag performer on South Beach
Photograph by EOD

So there you go, my life on the beach. I hate that I lost my pictures of Puerto Rico and Cancun, Mexico, but at least I have my memories….ahhhh, great memories!!

Looking at these pictures I realize that it’s time for another getaway. What beach would you suggest that I experience on my next escape? Feel free to comment and leave me your suggestions. I’m so excited to get your suggestion(s)!

Note: All photos taken by Essence of Del

Inspired by Daily Post: Tourist Trap – http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/daily-prompt-tourist-trap/

In The Zone: Why I Run

WP Daily Prompt: Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

There are very few activities that put me in the zone. The one thing I can always rely on to give me a natural high is running.

DON'T Quit!!
DON’T Quit!!

I’ve been running since I was 9yrs old. I remember that when my mother used to send me to the store for something, I would start out walking and before I realize what I was doing I would be running to the store.

I’ve never been a fast runner, but I always liked distance running…on my own terms of course. In middle school ran on our track team and loved it. Like I said, I am not a fast runner, so when my coach put me in the short distance races, I hated it…my body refuses to run fast. In high school, I tried running cross country races, but didn’t like it because the coach had us running in the bitter cold and snow….no snow for me!

Track
Track

I finally hit upon my stride when I started running middle distance races. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in 2008. Sure, I like middle distance runs; however, I never thought I could last for 13.5miles. Well, after completing my first ½ marathon I was hooked. Since 2008, I’ve run five ½ marathons and I absolutely love it. I even love hitting the proverbial wall, which for me is between the 9-10mile markers. I love the challenge of pushing through the fatigue and completing the run.

Marathon (in camera motion blur)

When I had my knee surgery and could not run, it felt like my world was coming to an end. The doctor had the nerve to tell me that my running days were over. I looked at her like she had lost her mind. How dare she say that to me?

I wear a brace, but I still run!
I wear a brace, but I still run!

I even had a t-shirt printed with “Run For Life”. I run to reduce stress. I run for my sanity. I run for my life. I run because, you don’t want to be around me when I don’t . Hell, I run because it’s FUN!!

Just Run!
Just Run!

I am in the zone when I run and I can’t think of anything else that takes me to that High. When I’m in the zone I feel like I can run forever – I feel like I can conquer the world – I feel like everything is right in my world. There is no better feeling for me…dare I say, it’s even better than sex…at least for me.

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Inspired by: Daily Post-In The Zone
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/daily-prompt-zone/

Race for Mothers * Friends * Others

WP Daily Prompt: Mom

My daughter and I just came back from participating in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure run/walk, Philadelphia edition. This annual run/walk is held in Philly on Mother’s Day and it’s always a huge turnout. I know women who have survived their battle with breast cancer and I admire their strength while fighting to overcome this deadly disease. Cancer, in general, is affecting more and more people each year – men, women, children – and I pray that in the very near future a cure will be found to eradicate this disease from everyone affected.

What made this Mother’s Day special for me is, this was an inauguration walk for my daughter. I’ve been running for different charities/fundraisers for years (Aids, Diabetes, Cancer, MS, Suicide Prevention, etc.) and have always done it alone because my children lived in a different state that where I live. I’ve taught my children to help others and give back when they see a need or just because, so they do it by donating their time in other ways, just not in runs/walks…until now.

This year my daughter lives with me, so we walked together. I am one of the happiest mothers around!! Smiling, smiling, smiling…

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LOVE Park, downtown Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Art Museum

May 12, 2013

My hope for today is that all mothers (also include men who are mothering and fathering) have a wonderful and memorable day!

Daily Prompt – Mom: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/daily-prompt-mom/