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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

This post is part of the series exploring the Florida Keys, focusing on Key Largo in particular.  A wonderful place to visit.  Encompassing 70 nautical square miles, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the United States first undersea park.  The park is named after Miami newspaper editor, John Pennekamp whose activism helped establish the Everglades Nation Park and preserve this body of water. The most amazing and famous feature at this park are the coral reefs and the marine life.  There are several ways for you to experience the coral reefs; a glass bottom boat tour, scuba diving, snorkeling, […]

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Colorful Photo of the Week: Matlacha Florida

Matlacha Florida

Because I have so many incredible photos that I haven’t posted on the site I thought I might create a weekly feature where I share an interesting photo I haven’t published before.  There are tons of works you haven’t seen.  Today’s photograph is from a 2010 road trip across Florida when we stopped in the tiny colorful town of Matlacha.  All the shops in its downtown are painted with happy, beautiful, bright, eye catching colors.  We pulled over to stretch our legs and I found this guy sitting out in front of a small town shop.  I think it’s creepy […]

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Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

  This is the first post of a new Florida travel series titled: Exploring the Florida Keys The Florida Keys are a series of connected islands on Florida’s southern tip.  Some are smaller than others and there is only a two lane road taking visitors in and out of the keys.  Today’s trip is at the very top of the keys.  A wonderful trip if you don’t feel like driving all the way down to Key West.  This road trip stop is in Key Largo, Florida. Instead of taking US1 straight down into the Keys we made a left onto […]

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How I Travel ~ My Travel Style

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Several months ago I sold the house our family has lived in for the past fifteen years.  It was a stressful life changing event.  I’m not saying it was all bad because it truly wasn’t.  The move was a natural part of life where I experienced personal growth and development.  One life changing lesson in particular was when I realized that I do not want to place importance on objects anymore.  Instead I am shifting my values and placing importance on having experiences rather than accumulating a pile of ‘things.’  I ended up tossing and donating more than half of […]

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One of the Most Beautiful Places in Florida Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs Florida State Park

Florida has so many incredibly beautiful places to see.  It’s a treat to wander about the grand state in search of new surprises.  This time I decided to take a road trip to the north western area just under the panhandle.  We spent days zigzagging through hilly back roads where all you saw were cows, horses and farms.  You will find many wonderful state parks throughout that area. Visiting Rainbow River State Park is a treat for the eyes.  Upon entering you will see the most beautiful crystal clear waters in shades ranging from jade to baby blue.  Crystalline clear […]

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Life is What Happens While We’re Busy Making Other Plans

Life is What Happens While We're Busy Making Other Plans

I’m very happy to report I’ve uploaded a new chapter of my new adult horror novel, 31 Days of Rougarou, to Wattpad.    Woo to the hoo!!!  Please check it out.  If you haven’t yet you have time to catch up.  The entire story begins here. I have big plans for this story.  From the first post to Wattpad the plan was  to upload a new chapter every Friday.  Then life happened, healthy people suddenly get sick, insurance dropped for radical reasons, car needed an unplanned repair and a ginormous amount of responsibility fell into my lap.  It felt like […]

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Confession: I am a Rebel

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You know me as a creative through this blog.  You see my perspective through my photography and words.  I am eternally searching and collecting the beauty I discover around me.  As readers you get a taste of my activism when I write a feminist post but what you may not know is that every single day I do something to fight oppression and inequality.  It might be contributing or curating content for Latino Rebels, writing essays, shedding light on issues which need to be debated or addressed, journalistic writing, etc.  This blog which brings me so much joy is what […]

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900′s.  It’s a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  Throughout the day there are many events going on around the world.  My contribution is a roundup of inspiring quotes by Latinas. The world is full of strong brilliant women who have had to overcome.  Their stories are not found in history books. The voices which have been marginalized in mainstream media are the ones I chose to highlight in this space.   While many milestones have been achieved the reality is women are […]

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

5 things i wish i knew when i started blogging

I’ve been blogging for many years and it doesn’t seem like I will get tired of writing anytime soon.  This May will be the one year anniversary of Bella Vida by Letty .com.  Thinking about that made me want to share some tips that sure could’ve helped me way back when I first began blogging.  Self Host If you plan on blogging seriously the main piece of advice I wish I would have taken was to begin with a self hosted WordPress site.  I was on blogger for years cultivating a steadily growing following but when I moved from Blogger […]

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I’m Uploading My Story to Wattpad

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Wattpad is a social network where readers and writers can interact. Writers can post stories, chapters, working versions, entire novels or excerpts and share them with readers for free. As of December 2013 Wattpad has over 18 million users who can access stories posted via their phones and mobile devices. Of the many genres on Wattpad the most popular are Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy. I signed up awhile ago but never took the time to explore and interact on the platform until recently. I’ve been working on a new adult dark horror novel and have decided to […]

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