All About Listening + Spring

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” ~ Neltje Blanchan

I wanted to write about trusting your inner knowing.  I tried all week to write it but I just couldn’t find the right words.  I even tried to decide on the pictures to accompany the words, and that was a struggle too.  I couldn’t get the right picture, the right color, it wasn’t coming naturally and smoothly.  In the end I just couldn’t get it and before I knew it, here I am Sunday afternoon and I’m still trying to force write what isn’t coming.


Isn’t it ironic that while I was trying to write about trusting my inner wisdom, I was actually doing the very opposite.  So instead I let go of forcing and I decided to actually – trust and listen – (LOL) to my inner knowing, and go with what was my original instinct that I had for this week and post some of the gorgeous photos I took while out and about.

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Ahhhhhhhh the colors, the smell, the new freshness of Spring!  What beauty it holds.     What precious gifts!…

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Is this the most luscious pink, or what?

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Trusting in my inner wisdom is not always easy.  Sometimes I’m blinded by that other part of me that lives in the rational realm that always wants to let me know that it knows better and says no, that’s not good enough, or clever enough, and I fall pray to it’s clutches.    I’m working hard at listening to that part of me that knows all, and always has my best interest at heart that is for my highest good and that of all.

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So, welcome Spring –

I hope you found as much joy, loveliness and some peaceful moments while reading, and allowed these photos with their brilliant colors to touch your senses, as I did while writing this post.

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Emmerson

As always, you’re invited to share your thoughts, comments, pictures.  Let’s chat.

Wishing you Spring Blessings.


Celebrating My 70th Birthday!!!

I wanted to take a cruise for my 70th birthday, I looked at it as a retreat on the ocean, so my kids gifted me with a cruise to Mexico.  Seven glorious days on the ocean with three different destination stops.

It started with dinner in San Diego, California with my son, and I can’t believe that I didn’t devour the bread – I loooovvvve bread.  I’m like Oprah, I can eat bread for breakfast lunch and dinner. But, I stayed committed to my health and didn’t eat but a very small piece and let me tell you it was delicious 🙂 (and yes I wanted all of it)

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Dinner San Diego

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And of course my son surprised me with a birthday cup cake, yum, which he ate LOL, but I did make a wish and blew out the candle.

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I woke up on Tuesday morning to this fabulous view of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Wednesday, 2nd stop another fabulous view…Mazatlan, Mexico.

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Lunch on board.

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Boat carrying passengers from ship to shore. I didn’t get off at any of the three stops. I just took pictures at the ports.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last stop.  Another magnificent creation.

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And a shopping mall right by the pier.

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On my last day I was greeted by this spectacular view from my balcony… sunrise in San Diego, California.

I’m really proud of myself I stayed committed to myself all through the cruise and I didn’t eat any of the many delicious looking deserts, not even a crumb, except for the last day I had a small scoop of sugar free ice cream 🙂

I don’t know what happened because I was looking forward to turning 70 but I was depressed for the first three days of my birthday, still am a bit (I’ll write about this transformation in another blog post)   I realized I’m at a threshold, starting a whole new journey in a place I’m not familiar with, letting go, opening up and moving deeper.

I saw the best show on the ship, the BB King All Star Band, they were amazing.  I read two books, When The Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd and The Second Half of Life, Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien.

I had a fabulous great time.  I am grateful.


Copyright Masha G. Ellman 2016





Have a Wonderful Weekend

The weather is gorgeous here in the Southwest, it’ll be in the 70’s today.  Time for long sleeves and maybe a thin sweater (yes love that) love the feel of fall.

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I’ve been looking for thin everyday casual sweaters just to wear for when I’m home, something loose and comfortable but I haven’t been able to find anything.  When I was in Target a couple of days ago I got the idea to look in the men’s section and I found the perfect pull over cardigan style sweaters.  They are thin and soft and feel good against my skin and fit me just the way I like it.  (Just hope they don’t shrink in the wash :))

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On my walks and runs to the store this past week, I’m still seeing all the beautiful fall colors honoring the  fall season.  And of course I couldn’t resist taking pictures of these beauties.

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And yes, pumpkins are still abundant and everywhere I go.  Can’t resist snapping a pic.

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And this weekend I’ll be enjoying a good hot cup of Jo(y)

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Hope you have a wonderful, fabulous, blessed weekend.

Feel free to share your thoughts, what have you been up to this past week?  What are you planning for this weekend?  Love to hear from you.

Fall Blessings

Copyright Masha G. Ellman 2016

Magical Fall Season


Sometimes I just walk into the unexpected and I feel magical moments.  I got these shots the other day while at the supermarket, it was an unexpected delight.  I was really surprised by the display of fall harvest in the store,  I felt the season for the first time this year.   Living in the desert I don’t get to experience the full richness of the fall season like I did in the Northeast, so seeing all these pumpkins on display brought fall into focus for me, I was reminded of sweaters, fire place, hot tea to warm up and chicken soup for the soul.

The smell, the colors, the start of the holiday season, the letting go of the old, of going within and pumpkin pie.  The one thing I have to have is a slice of pumpkin pie with a dollop of cream on top.  I look forward all year to this delicious treat.  Yummy!  Can’t wait.


I love the way the white pumpkins just shine here.


And these gorgeous flower pots were gracing the front of the store greeting, welcoming me announcing the season.   What an amazing universe we live in.  And the magic continues.

pumpkins-white-orangeAnd the pumpkins are everywhere I go.

pumpkin-cornHere’s a tip about making pumpkin pie.  I was watching Martha Stewart (love her) on the Create channel and she said that she doesn’t use canned anything but the one thing that is allowed and acceptable in her kitchen is canned pumpkin for pie making.  It tastes just the same as if you were to prepare the pumpkin from scratch and this saves you a lot of time.

I hope you enjoyed this post and bring some of the fall magic into your life.  Please feel free to share your favorite thing about this season.  Share your photos if you like love to see them.

Fall Blessings

Copyright Masha G. Ellman 2016


I’m Celebrating the End of My 60’s

I’m celebrating – Yes, I’ll be 70 in November and I’m celebrating the end of my 60’s.

My 60’s were all about finding revelation, looking for salvation. Searching for the mystery that grabbed a hold of me.  Opening and getting to the life force within me. Searching for a deeper knowing.  A wisdom that was beckoning from somewhere deep within.

My 60’s have been a decade of pushing, digging, breaking through walls I didn’t even know existed. Walls I built up and kept from the time I was a small child. Tall walls. Big fat hard walls. Walls of steal.



It’s been a decade of finding my way through the thickest of forests. Climbing impossible mountains and swimming in the deepest of oceans, in order to move beyond, to tear down, to unlock the chains that inhibit me and keep me hidden.  To get passed it all, to reach a new place. Little pebbles, stones, big stones and even huge stones, I’ve kicked them all out of the way. I’ve had help from Kali, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lakshmi, Freya, Holy Mother, my angels, spirits, animal spirit guides, ancestors, Lord Ganesha. And there have been some wonderful teachers along the way and books and courses that I took that helped in unlocking the mystery.

I unearthed, uncovered, met my shadow self head on and got rid of inner critics that were telling me I’m not enough and replaced them with affirmations of glorious self worth, YES.

And finally, finally I’ve torn down the FEAR wall, the biggest one of all. You know, that wall that keeps you from stepping into your power. The wall that stops you dead in your tracks. The one that screams – N O T  G O O D  E N O U G H -written in huge letters all over it. Fear will paralyze you. Fear will keep you from your worth. Fear will keep you in your small place.  It’s that one wall that I held on to the tightest. It took lots of courage, strength and tenacity.  It took trust, faith and surrender, to move it out of the way.


I’ve learned much along the way; I’ve uncovered much about my inner world. I’ve come to know myself in a way I’ve never before.  In other words I’m celebrating getting through. Finding me. Yes ME!  And the greatest find of all is the revelation of My Goddess.

I Am.  I Am.  I Am.

Ready for a brand new hight of consciousness, a journey that holds promise and new teachings and celebrations.

Celebrate with me, come and share your thoughts.


Copyright Masha G. Ellman 2016




You are Worthy of Exceptional Self-Care

“Nourishing myself is a joyful experience,

and I am worth the time spent on my healing.”

~ Louise Hay

It’s easy to loose track of our intentions that we so carefully set for ourselves when we are in the midst of all the hooohaaa of our daily messes. It’s easy to forget promises, commitments and intentions, so how do you keep them up front and center?

Create a plan that will give you guidance and support during the week and you don’t loose sight of the importance of you. Remember you are worthy of exceptional self care, that doesn’t make you a bad person. As a matter of fact it’s just the opposite, when you take great care of you, than you can also give great care to others.


Here are 3 easy and simple suggestions: Take what feels good to you and leave out the rest.

First weed out from your mind all the thoughts that are stopping you. All the reasons why you are not important enough. All the thoughts that say that you’re not deserving. All the thoughts that say that you’re a bad person for thinking of yourself as special. Think about it, are these thoughts your own or did you acquire them along the way from well meaning people in your life and you made them your own?

Write down your commitment, your intentions or any promises that you have made to yourself and read it every morning and every evening, this way you will not loose sight of what you desire for yourself. I strongly encourage you to do this, don’t leave it up to memory, I know I’ve done it, when I’ve left it to memory it never worked for me.

And lastly place sticky notes (yes, I’m really a big one on this) where you will see them to remind you throughout the day. I place them on my bathroom mirror, dashboard of my car, fridge to mention a few places. If you work place it on your computer if you can and it doesn’t have to be a long dissertation, just a word or two that will have meaning for you and will trigger your memory.

When you make self-care a priority in your life you are declaring to yourself and the universe – that you are worthy – that you are special – that you deserve – that you are important.

This is your journey, investing in yourself by honoring you and recognizing your sacred life – magic will happen.





How do you take care of you?  Do you have a routine, or do you put yourself on the back burner?  Leave a comment, let us know.

Self Care Blessings

Copyright Masha G. Ellman 2016