Bella Vida by Letty


Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Recently, I went for an early morning walk run.  I didn’t get very far down the path before spotting a huge dragonfly on the ground.  I wasn’t sure it was dead but it was lying perfectly still.  Thinking about having it fly onto me gave me the creeps and its large dark fly like eyes made me feel disgusted but as I got nearer I noticed the stunningly beautiful colors on its body.  Vibrant shades of green and blue coming alive before my eyes in feigned movement under the glare of the morning sun similar to the optical illusions of cracker jack prizes.  This creature does have extraordinary beauty which gave me the courage to get close up for a photo.

debris on the beach in Florida

We each have the power to change our perspective if we take the time to do so.  There are days when everything seems so hard.  There are times when we just cannot find the right solutions.  Sometimes it takes slowing down and looking at things in another light to spark the right answers or at least get us going in the right direction.

debris on the beach in Florida

When I am behind the camera lens I am slowing down to really look at something.  For example, I was on the beach one afternoon and I noticed debris all along the shore.  From far away it looked like garbage but when I got near enough to really see the details something magical happened.  It became mysterious to think of where these bits and pieces came from ending up together at my feet on the shore. At what precise moment did they become beautiful?  Maybe when I began to define each and everyone individually.  Searching with hungry eyes for beauty.

driftwood debris on the beach in Florida

I lost something and I’m searching for solutions with this creative exercise.

Do you have methods to help you with problem solving?


“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”  Paulo Coelho 

 “Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”  Gerard Way

 “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”  Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner)


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What Will You Do With Your Outrage?

“Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.” Judy Blume
Miami Wynwood Walls Graffiti murals
Miami Wynwood July 2012

Sadly tragedies happen everyday and people are offended and outraged.  I see their anger and hear their rants but how about creating something positive with that energy.  Instead of uselessly cursing and hurling anger out into the world why not focus on a solution.  Why not harness that energy in a positive way?  Focus on creating change for the better.
Ask yourself:
How can such and such tragedy be prevented?  Who is hurting?  How can I help?

The next time you feel outraged ask yourself who can benefit from your energy?  Who can you help directly right now?

This world is yours what will you do to make it better?

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Benjamin Franklin
“Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold.” Brad Pitt
“They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces.” Richard Wright (Native Son)
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?”
William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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Live Your Passion


I grew up fearing I would make the wrong choices.  Then two years ago I made a decision to do only things I am passionate about.  I will no longer allow fear to steal any more of my precious time.  For me that means doing what I love every day.  Every day I write, I take and edit photos often and as I type this I have the greatest urge to play with yellow paint.  And I will paint very soon.  By giving myself permission to practice my passions I have discovered my Bella Vida.  My mission is to share each and every positive discovery that has enriched my life with you.  Subscribe here.

Taking the first step is a big deal.  It is opening yourself up to the universe.  It will change your life for the better.  Once you determine what your passions are you can create a plan with a mission and goals to accomplish.  Here are a few questions to help you discover what your passions are.

how to find your passion

How to Find Your Passion

– What do you spend hours doing?

– What can’t you help but do?

-What is it you sacrifice time and money to do?

Writing this post has reiterated to myself that I am on the right track.  I hope you feel that way too.  Your contributions matter.  When you follow your passions everything you create will be authentic and that is your gift to the world.  Every day is an opportunity to learn and discover.  Begin by owning your uniqueness.


Have you found your passion?

Have you said it out loud?

Are you living your passion?



“Only a burning patience will lead to the attainment of a splendid happiness.” Pablo Neruda

“To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart.” Aberjhani

“Stop living within the confines of how others define you! You weren’t created to live their life; you were created to live yours – so LIVE it! ” Steve Maraboli

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