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IWD Reflection

Norma Newton

Photo Credit:  Christine Farah  for Hermosa Journal

Photo Credit: Christine Farah for Hermosa Journal

Today is International Women’s Day and I’m taking a moment to reflect on all the wonderful women in my life. Thank you for being fierce warriors, pillars of support and sources of inspiration. Together we can change the world. Let’s make it happen ladies!

Adios January!

Norma Newton

Credit:  Christine Farah  for Hermosa Journal

Credit: Christine Farah for Hermosa Journal

Can you believe we’ve already said goodbye to January 2019? I’m trying to wrap my mind around the idea that February is waiting with open arms. Apparently, time flies when you are having fun!

Over the past year, Hermosa Journal has grown in different creative directions while continuing to focus on beauty, diversity and representation. After some time soul searching, regrouping and setting goals, Hermosa is back!

The aim remains the same: creating a space that celebrates a beautifully diverse life. Thank you for joining me on this journey.



New Year, New Vision Board

Norma Newton

Sample vision board. (Credit: Hermosa Journal)

Sample vision board. (Credit: Hermosa Journal)

   Now that the end of year festivities seem like a million years away why not settle into 2018 by creating a vision board?  We tend to think you can’t get too far in life if you don’t have an idea of where you are going.  A vision board is simply a collection of images or words that help you focus on what you want in the future.  Are you trying to dance more or get a new job in 2018?  Why not create a vision board to serve as a helpful reminder?  

Creating a vision board is super easy and fun - all you need is a few hours, old magazines, poster board, your favorite adhesive material, a beverage of choice and some inspiring music (feel free to ditch the last two in a pinch).  First, take a few minutes to ponder what you want to manifest in 2018.  Then, just flip through the magazines and cut out images that speak to you.  When you see something that resonates with what you want in your life you will know, trust us!  The only real advise you need is don’t overthink it - if the image connects with you, cut it out.  After you’ve exhausted your magazine search, organize and adhere your visual reminders to a piece of poster board.  And viola!  Your vision board is complete.

   Like most things in life, the potential to have a blast with this activity increases tremendously if you do it with pals and if you don’t take the process too seriously.  It’s all about the journey friends...may your 2018 rock!

Real American - An Epic Memoir

Norma Newton

(Photo Credit: Hermosa Journal)

(Photo Credit: Hermosa Journal)

   When a friend gifted us Julie Lythcott-Haims’ newest book, Real American, we couldn’t wait to sit down and read.  The New York Times best selling author does not disappoint with her newest title.  Real American is a breathtaking memoir that gorgeously captures the author’s experience of life as a mixed race person in the United States.  Lythcott-Haims describes, with so much beauty, her search for acceptance and self love - a journey that resonates with anyone who has ever felt like an other.  The book made us cry, ponder life, and laugh.  It is a must read!