My Lean In Story

I wanted to share with you all that my Lean In story was published on Sheryl Sandbergs community site. I’m excited that it was published and happy to bring awareness about being a military esposa. It’s not easy and every day is a struggle. With God’s help and with the love and support of family we overcome.  Thank you so much to those of you that have supported the BeBrave!Mujer!  website and Facebook page, as well as my Military Esposa blog.

Con mucho amor,

Daring Greatly

                                                                     Source: via Maria E. on Pinterest
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while DARING GREATLY, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt. It’s a blaring reminder that no matter how many times you fail or stumble the key is to be in the arena, show up and dare greatly, be brave!
I highly recommend reading Brene Brown’s best selling book Daring Greatly named after this quote. So many great insights! She was also on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday this past weekend. (Part 2 airs this Sunday). View the first episode here: 

She also has a great Ted talk here:


Encouraging women to Be Brave Mujeres

I’ve always wanted to be a helper, an encourager to other women. But my fear of being inadequate or not enough always prevented me from launching that dream. After many years of not living to my fullest potential and after experiencing many trials both personal and physical. I can say I am a survivor. I have lived a life with so many stories, stories that I’d like to share that might resonate with other women facing the same challenges. Stories about love, marriage/divorce/reconciliation, living with a life threatening disease, caring for my parents, the death of my father, the other side of depression, motherhood, on the ups an downs of living a creative life as an artist, pursuing my education, deployments and being a military esposa, on finding my voice.   I see now how going through these different life challenges have made me who I am today. The life lesson of simply “going though” and facing each one with grace, love and gratitude. It’s a process of learning your strengths, identifying your fears, weaknesses and still being brave enough to continue despite the resistance that creeps up inside of you telling you to give up. It’s the knowing that times will get better, that you will be better, that you are going to make it. It’s letting go of things that hold us back and having faith that not only are we strong enough to over come, but that we also have God on our side. 

It is through this learning that I am excited to announce the launch of a new project. Something very dear to my heart. Something that I am learning to be, while at the same time empowering and encouraging others to be. That is : Be Brave! Mujer! A new website built just for women looking to be empowered with a simple statement. Be Brave. I hope you’ll join me, sign up for the newsletter, like the Facebook page, and follow my tweets. There is also a Pinterest vision board for those (like me) who love visual aids and not just reading text. 

Here is the link:

I encourage you to be committed to your dream.  I love this quote. It reminds me that when you commit to something do it wholeheartedly and watch how doors will open for you.

 “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” – William Hutchinson Murray

Con mucho amor,
Maria Sanchez

Love Rewards the Brave

“When you open yourself to living a life of gratitude instead of resentment and fear. It opens your heart to receive love and goodness. When your heart is full it overflows and can’t be contained. This leads to sharing your true essence and opens doors that were once closed. Gratitude, Love and Courage opens them.” – Maria Sanchez

Lead us to a place… the prayer

“Palomita de Paz”
RED Project #7

Sharing a beautiful song… The Prayer. I’m sure you’ve heard it before… although this 
version is sung by a child (Rhemma Marvanne)… so angelic. God bless those that mourn and those that are are afraid. My favorite verse “When shadows fill our day…Lead us to a placeGuide us with your graceGive us faith so we’ll be safe”.


The Prayer (lyrics)
I pray you’ll be our eyes
 And watch us where we go
 And help us to be wise 
 In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer when we lose our way 
 Lead us to a place 
 Guide us with your grace 
To a place where we’ll be safe
La luce che tu daiI pray we’ll find your light 
Nel cuore resteràAnd hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci cheWhen stars go out each nightL’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera 
Let this be our prayerQuanta fede c’è 
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place 
Guide us with your grace 
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
Sognamo un mondo senza più violenza 
 Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza 
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino 
 Simbolo di pace e di fraternità
La forza che ci dia 
We ask that life be kindÈ il desiderio che 
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amorWe hope each soul will find 
Intorno e dentro a sèAnother soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Need to find a place 
Guide us with your grace 
 Give us faith so we’ll be safe

RED Project #6 Corazon (anatomical heart)

RED Project, #6
size: 3×3 inches
mixed media: red and black ink and pencil on cardstock
My heart breaks after all that happened today. So sad. Praying for the children who lost their lives and those who mourn them. God help us as a society. This shooting is so senseless. I can’t wrap my head around it. All I can say is my heart hurts for those that are affected by this. We need to take care of our children as parents. I don’t know what was wrong with the  person that did this, but I have to believe that had he gotten help for his mental anguish and inner turmoil, this might have been avoided. Parents pay attention to your children and the signs that they let off. Seek mental help, counseling through you church, county mental health agencies, etc. These services won’t seek you out. You have to make an effort to find them. Here is a list of some sources for talking to children about violence and death. 

National Association of School Psychologists on Talking to Children About Violence
What I consider to be one of the best articles on talking to children about death (by Hospice)
Explaining the news to our kids from Common Sense Media.
*links borrowed from Brene Brown mailer today on the subject.