Inspired by Saudi Women

Sitting in my kitchen tonight, I was contemplating rather or not I should pull out my laptop and write a blog post. The feelings I had about it were a mixture of feeling sorry for myself and discouraged. When I sat with it and looked at it intentionally, I came to see that it was mainly laziness and apathy. Then a welcoming, saving thought came into my awareness…the interview I had seen the night before about the first Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour, to make a full-length feature film. Wadjda is also the first to be made in Saudi Arabia.Images of the movie’s trailer and the young Saudi girl it features, came alive in my mind. Continue reading

Yeah for New Years!

2012-12-03 17.11.36Are you excited for the New Year? This morning I feel especially excited for 2014! Maybe it’s the fact that I’m drinking coffee and haven’t had a bite to eat, but I’m pretty sure that it’s not just the caffeine. Of course, it could also be because it’s the last day of the year. 2013 has gone by so fast, it seems. As I look back on my life this year, what really stands out to me are the people…the amazing lessons I’ve learned, the love that has been shared, the experiences enjoyed…every relationship is unique and a gift. Continue reading

A Grown-Up Christmas Tree

2013-12-21 11.13.09Something came over me…a desire to make things with my own hands; to create and construct. I’m still chuckling at the fact that I didn’t act on this instinct until mid-December. Here it is, two days till Christmas, and I’m still painting and cutting, drawing and hanging. Indulging a long-dormant energy of craftiness, my household community and I are enjoying making our own Christmas decorations. Since we’re all well into adulthood, the theme and style has emerged as hilariously adult-ish. I thought of naming this post “An Adult Christmas Tree” and then went with “grown-up”,…just in case. What has manifested is truly a Christmas tree of adult nature and it makes me smile at the feeling that we are extending our years with the child-like spirit of Christmas, applied so enthusiastically to where we are in our life.  Continue reading

Changing My Blog’s Tagline

_DSC5891Change is good. It keeps things fresh…so the time has come to change the tagline on my blog. This blog (Amalia Vida), is my personal blog out of two blogs that I have. The other one is my travel blog called Amalia Travel. Since I started Amalia Vida two years ago, the tagline has been Life is for Experiencing. I still like that to this day and it’s meaning remains true for me. It always will, really. Yet I wanted to expand on it…to capture a bit more…more of what I’ve learned, what I feel now…all those wonderful things that we grow in on our journey through this life.

Here is where I’m going with my new tagline. I like to talk in stories, so please keep reading. It’s like getting a surprise at the end. Who doesn’t like that? Continue reading

The RiNo in the Room – The Latest Greatest in Denver Arts

I’ve been enjoying Denver through the art scene. Read all about it!

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There’s an area of Denver that can no longer go unnoticed. After a dozen years living in this vibrant city of Colorado, I feel like I’m being pleasantly surprised by the latest-greatest arts area called RiNo. It stands for River North and is one of the most happening arts districts in the Mile High City. Encompassing a portion of neighborhoods in the northern quadrant of downtown, the arts community shares with visitors a stimulating array of galleries, creative businesses, and events that promote the experience of art. From what I can see and have been experiencing, RiNo is not only growing, its thriving.

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The Magic All Around

IMG_2781The magic of a person

And of when I hear a sound

Like the playing of piano

Or strumming of guitar

Rustling of colored leaves

Cascading of waterfalls

Invisible beauty of voices

Phrases of love being shared

There is magic all around us

In the simplest of things it is there

A gentle touch and caress

Melding together in loving embrace

An immense joy and exuberance

Even sadness or feeling lost

The simple grace of living

Is deep magic embodied

Flowing unseen and changing

Different for you and for me

Felt and experienced uniquely

I am grateful for magic in and around me

A Writer’s Inspiration

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For months now I have slacked in my writing. See that? I used the word “slacked”…it tends to be a more negative connotation and fact of the matter is, it shows me that I’m judging myself. Maybe what it comes down to, is that I simply needed time to not be writing; that uncomfortable strange […]