Alexa Ortiz is one of the creators of Your Beautiful Life. (YBL) 

She is a proud mother of three happy and healthy children who keep her active, busy but most of all very happy. Alexa feels blessed to be married to a wonderful and supportive man who is not only her number one fan but also her best friend.  She considers herself blessed in many ways and decided that she wanted to share some of the love, happiness and hope that live in her heart and soul with anyone who was in need of it. She is a firm believer in life and love and thrives off of seeing others growing, healing and empowering themselves.

Professionally, she is a full-time Social Worker in Miami, Florida. For the past 10 years she has worked closely with families who are involved in the social welfare system due to substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence problems. Her job can be very challenging at times but she describes her work as humbling and extremely rewarding.

Alexa’s passion to inspire is one driven by her love and gratitude towards life and her belief in the resiliency of the human spirit. She welcomes each and every one of you here to my little corner of love and peace and hopes that you will be comforted, reassured and reminded that you matter and that there is no one like you in the world. 

All of us here at Your Beautiful Life are grateful for your presence and look forward to hearing from and connecting with you.

 

  Hi!  My name is Dawn Surratt and I am thrilled to be a contributing member of the Your Beautiful Life team.   I am a photographer and artist as well as a designer, so my main contribution here has a lot to do with what you see.  I have loved art since I was very young and received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.  I worked at an art gallery for several years until the universe led me to the path of becoming  a social worker after my father passed away suddenly and traumatically.  My journey through my grief led me to the desire to work with dying people and their families.   After I went back to school and received a master’s degree from the University of Georgia,  I worked in a hospice setting for almost 20 years. My life has led me full circle again to live a creative life as an artist and  I now work  as a full-time photographer and graphic designer.  I am also a Reiki practitioner and a Healing Touch Level III practitioner, working with people through the means of energy.   I believe that all people need a quiet, beautiful space for self-reflection and presence of mind and it is my sincere hope that my art will provide this to others.  I am honored to be able to help provide a space where inspiration through word and image are possible.  I hope that our corner of the world will resonate with you, bringing you support, validation, hope and peace.  Thank you for your presence.  You are a gift.  Peace and grace, Dawn

 

Hi!  My name is Dawn Surratt and I am thrilled to be a contributing member of the Your Beautiful Life team.  

I am a photographer and artist as well as a designer, so my main contribution here has a lot to do with what you see.  I have loved art since I was very young and received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.  I worked at an art gallery for several years until the universe led me to the path of becoming  a social worker after my father passed away suddenly and traumatically.  My journey through my grief led me to the desire to work with dying people and their families.   After I went back to school and received a master’s degree from the University of Georgia,  I worked in a hospice setting for almost 20 years. My life has led me full circle again to live a creative life as an artist and  I now work  as a full-time photographer and graphic designer.  I am also a Reiki practitioner and a Healing Touch Level III practitioner, working with people through the means of energy.  

I believe that all people need a quiet, beautiful space for self-reflection and presence of mind and it is my sincere hope that my art will provide this to others.  I am honored to be able to help provide a space where inspiration through word and image are possible.  I hope that our corner of the world will resonate with you, bringing you support, validation, hope and peace. 

Thank you for your presence.  You are a gift. 

Peace and grace,

Dawn

Hello. My name is Nancy Norman. Deep down I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. While I’ve often received encouragement to write (from my Mom, sister, teachers and friends), I have pursued a career in social work. In my mid 30’s, I went to graduate school, earned an MSW and am now in private practice as a psychotherapist. I love what I do and feel lucky that I have fulfilling work. And yet, I also long to be more creative and honor this desire to write. For me, there is often an interface between writing and spirituality. I’d like to say a word or two about spirituality. I had the privilege of growing up in Colombia, South America, because my parents are Southern Baptist missionaries. I followed in the tradition in which I was raised until I was 26. In that life changing year, I met the first real love of my life, and she was a woman. I agonized over how my Christian faith collided and conflicted with my sexuality. I can say now, many years later, that crisis was a gift. It forced me to examine and challenge everything I held as “the truth.”   Spirituality needs to be approached with humility and openness. I submit that there are many ways to connect to God, the Buddha, Allah, Yahweh, the Holy Spirit, Jehovah, your Higher Power, Jesus, the Source, the Universe, the Matrix, to name a few (take a listen to Concrete Blonde’s song, “I Call it Love”). I find it freeing to accept that there is no way any one person can fully comprehend such an indescribable Entity. Still, as humans, we endeavor to connect to this Energy and are compelled to understand our relationship and connection to this Force as best we can.    I am also drawn to the possibility of the meaning in words, nature and events of synchronicity. I am inspired by Dianne Skafte’s definition of the oracle as described in her book, Listening to the Oracle: The Ancient Art of Finding Guidance in the Signs and Symbols All Around Us. On page 3 she writes: Dictionary descriptions provide a starting point for identifying our subject, but they leave out the most important element from a psychological viewpoint--the experience of receiving an oracle. Since we can only begin to know oracles through our contact with them, let us frame a definition that speaks to this relationship.  To receive an oracle is to receive guidance, knowledge, or illumination from a mysterious source beyond the personal self. This is the framework from which I intend to write. Please take only what you find useful, leave the rest, and happy reading.   With much affection, Nancy (aka, NN)

Hello. My name is Nancy Norman.

Deep down I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. While I’ve often received encouragement to write (from my Mom, sister, teachers and friends), I have pursued a career in social work. In my mid 30’s, I went to graduate school, earned an MSW and am now in private practice as a psychotherapist. I love what I do and feel lucky that I have fulfilling work. And yet, I also long to be more creative and honor this desire to write.

For me, there is often an interface between writing and spirituality. I’d like to say a word or two about spirituality. I had the privilege of growing up in Colombia, South America, because my parents are Southern Baptist missionaries. I followed in the tradition in which I was raised until I was 26. In that life changing year, I met the first real love of my life, and she was a woman. I agonized over how my Christian faith collided and conflicted with my sexuality. I can say now, many years later, that crisis was a gift. It forced me to examine and challenge everything I held as “the truth.”  

Spirituality needs to be approached with humility and openness. I submit that there are many ways to connect to God, the Buddha, Allah, Yahweh, the Holy Spirit, Jehovah, your Higher Power, Jesus, the Source, the Universe, the Matrix, to name a few (take a listen to Concrete Blonde’s song, “I Call it Love”). I find it freeing to accept that there is no way any one person can fully comprehend such an indescribable Entity. Still, as humans, we endeavor to connect to this Energy and are compelled to understand our relationship and connection to this Force as best we can.   

I am also drawn to the possibility of the meaning in words, nature and events of synchronicity. I am inspired by Dianne Skafte’s definition of the oracle as described in her book, Listening to the Oracle: The Ancient Art of Finding Guidance in the Signs and Symbols All Around Us. On page 3 she writes:

Dictionary descriptions provide a starting point for identifying our subject, but they leave out the most important element from a psychological viewpoint--the experience of receiving an oracle. Since we can only begin to know oracles through our contact with them, let us frame a definition that speaks to this relationship. 

To receive an oracle is to receive guidance, knowledge, or illumination from a mysterious source beyond the personal self.

This is the framework from which I intend to write. Please take only what you find useful, leave the rest, and happy reading.  

With much affection,

Nancy (aka, NN)