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Why Did I Choose “The Delicate Beauty Of My Soul?”

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In this modern world women have had to learn to become several different roles.  Many times it is very hard to find the balance in our lives.  I have friends ask me if there is anything that I don’t do.  I have had that question in my mind for awhile now pondering over the meaning of it and how it does apply to my life.

Having been an advocate against injustice, I’ve had many tell me that I am courageous and don’t seem to fear challenges.  While I might feel fear, I force myself to walk through it. Then that is what made me realize, I don’t think I get to acknowledge enough the delicateness of my own soul.  As women we find we do have to wear so many different hats.

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Most of the time we don’t get the luxury of just wearing a beautiful delicate Easter bonnet. To be a weaker vessel, to be a delicate female.  We have learned we have to be strong women in order to survive. I am proud to be strong.  But have we now learned to fear that weaker more delicate side?  Did we sacrifice that in order to always be strong? 

So, I decided to honor that delicate side by starting this blog.  Thus the title “The Delicate Beauty of My Soul.”

I was not able to blog on here like I wanted too.  My other one took up much of my time, and I became burnt out and very ill.  Being diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses has set me back.  I’ve been drawn back to this blog as I desperately need to do more for me. I am a work in progress in learning to listen to my own needs.  So, in learning to simply be, I welcome anyone else that wants to join this journey.

Pull up a chair and lets have a cup of tea.      ~ Melise ~

Big Pass South Lido Beach

My Pocketful of Sunshine

Big Pass South Lido Beach

It felt great to feel the sunshine today after all the rain we’ve had.  I captured some photos to share with you, my secret place. It’s amazing how the water lifts my mood. When I’m around water, I crave to go in.  I am so drawn to it.  Probably because I associate so much good with it. Having Fibromyalgia, it makes me feel better, mentally and physically.  I can move in the water with less pain and I feel more normal.  So many senses come alive at the beach.

  Do you have your own secret place that you like to wander off to,  where you can escape and regroup?  

~ Melise ~

Big Pass Sarasota

Around the corner of the beach that I love so well.  Big Pass, lots of boating, jet skiing, wind surfing, kite flying,  fishing, etc.  

It’s fun to watch them while being in the water on the beach side. 

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The park area is so shady and quiet.  Just a few steps away from the water! 

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“Pocketful Of Sunshine”

I got a pocket,
got a pocket full of sunshine
I’ve got a love and I know that it’s all mine
oh.oh,oh
Do what you want,
but you’re never gonna break me,
sticks and stones are never gonna shake me
oh,oh,oh

Take me away (take me away)
A secret place (a secret place)
A sweet escape (a sweet escape)
Take me away (take me away)
Take me away (take me away
To better days (to better days)
Take me away (take me away)
A hiding place (a hiding place)

I got pocket,
Got a pocket full of sunshine
I’ve got a love and I know that it’s all mine
oh,oh,oh

Wish that you could,
but you ain’t gonna own me
do anything you can to control me
oh,oh,oh

There’s a place that I go
That nobody knows
Where the rivers flow
And I call it home
And there’s no more lies
And the darkness is light
And nobody cries
there’s only butterflies

The sun is on my side
Take me for a ride
I smile up to the sky
I know I’ll be alright

The sun is on my side
Take me for a ride
I smile up to the sky
I know I’ll be alright

Writer(s): Danielle Brisebois, Natasha Bedingfield, John Shanks

Maleficent

Maleficent’s Heart

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As a child growing up, I loved the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.  Everyone always fell in love with the character Aurora.  Everyone always disliked the evil Maleficent.  Maleficent represented evil, darkness and death.   Then comes along this new spin on Sleeping Beauty. A glimpse of Maleficent’s past.  

 

In this version, although Maleficent cast a spell on Aurora that she would die on her 16th birthday, we see her being drawn to this innocent child.  Aurora is likewise drawn to Maleficent, although she appears so dark and evil.  

Maleficent Wallpaper

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Aurora and Maleficent have created an unusual bond through the years.  Aurora wonders why Maleficent could not fly like the other fairies.   We finally see the past of a younger Maleficent, the betrayal she endured.  Her trust had been shattered and the thing she loved most, that gave her strength, was brutally taken away from her. 

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Maleficent And Aurora

I ended up loving this new version as much as I did the original.  I saw Maleficent in a new light. In opening her heart to Aurora, in sharing her pain, she learned to love again.  

Stepping outside of the fairy tale and looking in our real, every day world, it makes me wonder. How many times do we hide behind our pain?  How many times do we bypass others that are in obvious pain?  What kind of difference would it make in life if we learned to love the different, the unloved, etc…..or is that just fairy tale thinking? 

~ Melise ~

Lido Beach 1

Let The Sunshine In

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It has been raining so much that I have not been able to go to the beach.  I’m tired of the dreary skies.  I like being able to get my vitamin D via the sun.  Unfortunately, that’s not happening.  So, I’ve decided to create my own sense of sunshine today.  I’m looking back on photos of a beach day that I took this summer in June.  It was a gorgeous, sunshiny day!  While I reminisce, I will resort to vitamin D pill form!   

I pulled up as many sunshine songs as I could….Better get your sunglasses!   ;) 

~ Melise ~

Dancing In Heaven By April Light

If I Saw You In Heaven

Dancing in Heaven by April Light

Dancing In Heaven by April Light

I am a sentimental lady.  I do have memories that are etched into my mind.  Dates, events, etc. always stick out to me and I tend to almost feel what the memory’s impression made.  Some good, some not always good.  I’ve tried to not be that way, but no such luck.  It’s me, that’s the way I am created.  This being another significant reason why I started this personal blog.  So, I can capture more of the beauty that brings my soul happiness.  Like yesterday’s blog… “A Few Of My Favorite Things” …prime example.

With that being said, I’ve been fighting being really down the last few days. Five years ago today we buried my father.  A man that was a knight in shining armor to me, even with his human flaws. This man took us in when I was 4 years old, he officially adopted me when I was 8 years old. He protected us and kept us safe from a biological father who was severely abusive. 

  I try to tell myself that I should be over this more. I shouldn’t still feel so strongly. It was five years ago. Thing is, his death and burial is linked to me now.  You see, today is also my birthday.  Yes, my dad was buried on my birthday.  I find it hard to celebrate and be happy, while also still feeling such loss. Still feeling grief.  Will I ever not feel it?  Even as I write this, I have tears running down my cheeks. 

So, I decided to honor his memory today and my feelings.  I don’t know if it will get better, but it’s something I felt compelled to do. To get my feelings out, to not be ashamed of them.  

With this, I introduce to you my father.   He spent the last  40 years of his life helping others.  Sharing his testimony and being a mentor – being a dad to thousands of inmates all over.  He loved people.  He loved helping people.  He loved seeing lives change for the better.  He was an example of this and wanted them to know that they too could change their life around.  He is missed by many.

 ~ Melise ~

Dad at Westinghouse

My dad when he was young man working at Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio.

The following video is a tribute to his life. 

My dad

My dad always had a smile on his face for everyone and loved to laugh!

Heaven by Pokepetter

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“Tears In Heaven”

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven.

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?

I’ll find my way
Through night and day,
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven.

Time can bring you down,
Time can bend your knees.
Time can break your heart,
Have you begging please, begging please.

Beyond the door,
There’s peace I’m sure,
And I know there’ll be no more
Tears in heaven.

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven.

Death

SRQ Bay Fishing

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

SRQ Bay Fishing

With my camera I captured a few of my favorite things.

So, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and they bring a smile to your day! 

~ Melise ~

Anna Marie Moon

SRQ Island Park

Coquina Beach Waves

Lido Bird

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What are a few of your favorite things? 

My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Songwriters
Oscar Hammerstein Ii;Richard Rodgers

Published by
WILLIAMSON MUSIC