As the Seasons Change

Early morning awaits with a delightful crispness in the air. I have pulled out my favorite black cashmere sweater. It is the one that I wear over and over again, as a layering piece. It will be a staple in my everyday wear for the foreseeable next six months. When I think back, I recollect that I have had a black cashmere sweater in my wardrobe repertoire for at least the past 25 years. Does anyone else have pieces in their collections that they wear like a uniform?

This cashmere sweater is from NAADAM and I’m wearing La Zingara’s Earth Scarab Strap with Carmine Red Leather.

We belong everywhere and nowhere when we have the strength and the courage to stand alone in our own beliefs. This thought provoking idea is what has encouraged me in so many areas of my life. I’m not one to hold onto the weighted emotions of difficult situations and the feelings they elicit. I choose, rather to challenge myself to heal and to grow beyond the constraints that would otherwise hold me back.

I want the people around me and those who inspire me to succeed. This elevates my environment and my life beyond anything I can imagine on my own.

This past week I have seen and experienced this to be true in so many serendipitous ways. Just when I thought my life was getting stagnant, I actually felt and saw the movement begin.

It started with the delivery of a special textile. I had thought I would never be able to secure the last of this dead stock fabric. Then all at once everything fell into place, and the next thing I knew, it was sitting in my work studio. I invested in my small artisan business in a big way! At first it scared me, and then I got excited!

Simultaneously, a shipment of some amazing CBD coffee arrived! I cannot wait to share this coffee with you in an upcoming blog post.

From there, someone very special in my life has stepped way out of his comfort zone and is embarking upon new adventures. I wish him all the happiness and joy he can hold! I just know this Joy will spill over into Life in so many beautiful ways.

Finally, my son was awarded the work opportunity he has been desiring!

The wheel has been put into motion. The new cycle has begun.

The World by Emily Balivet
Where there are endings, there are also beautiful new beginnings!

I read a quote from Theodore Roosevelt called The Man in the Arena.

Theodore Roosevelt
Paris, France 23 April, 1910

For me, this speaks volumes about the VULNERABILITIES we all have within ourselves. It also asks the hard question of why do we suppress and numb our vulnerabilities in the face of our own desires and attempts at successful outcomes? Conversely, why do we allow our vulnerabilities to dictate over our passions? Being vulnerable and courageous, in tandem, can create the most potent of energy combinations.

Perhaps we are afraid to show up and be seen because it puts the spotlight on us. Of course we will be seen when we allow ourselves to share passions, ideas and creativity! This spotlight requires that we are willing to accept that we will garner the criticism that comes from within the arena. Critics abound. We have to stand tall and strong in the knowledge of who we are. No one can take us off course unless we allow it.

Isn’t this what being ALIVE is all about?

Would we bargain away the experience of being alive for the washed out version or the appearance of it?

My answer is a solid “NO”‼️

Sassafras Tapestry Handbag shown with the Sakura Cherry Blossoms Strap and the Coal Black Leather Handle
Sassafras Tapestry Handbag shown with the Peruvian Magic Strap and the Coal Black Leather Handle

So many of my inspirations for La Zingara Designs have come from my natural ability to observe and understand how beauty and functionality are connected.

Alive by Diana Amato

“As I embark upon this night’s journey with my heart upon my sleeve and my palm open to receive,

My eyes cannot see the forest floor beneath as I walk towards the world awaiting,

There is no fear or unwanted voices amongst the bramble and crackle of my assured footsteps upon the path,

There exists the feeling of being ALIVE.”

We have arrived in this season of Harvest; Mother Nature’s grand finale bursting in its last colors before the winter sets in. The nights are longer and colder. There is a little bit of mystery that envelops each evening as the sun begins it’s descent, creating elongated shadows.

Food preparation alters its course as I am reminded of all things comforting and cozy. There are pot roasts coming out of my oven along with popovers, smeared with butter. Slow cooking soups bubble away on the stovetop, while the aroma of bread baking in the oven permeates the house. There is a second cup of coffee in the late morning hours accompanied by fresh morning scones waiting to be eaten. As it goes, there is a lot to be grateful for.

My list is long and full.

As always, I wish you Peace, Love and Light


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  1. Andrea Serrahn
    November 10, 2023 / 1:31 am11

    The pendulum does swing once again! It’s wonderful that both your patience and your persistence combined to produce the results you deserve. It’s important to remember, it’s always darkest before the dawn. I love your rising tide floats all boats attitude. A win for all!

    • 93zingara
      November 12, 2023 / 1:31 am11

      I cannot say that I am the most patient of women, but I have learned to temper my impulses over time. I totally agree with your thought about “darkest before the dawn”. For me, it has been a long road full of surprises and experiences that I needed to learn from. A win for All! Love it!

  2. November 10, 2023 / 1:31 am11

    HE GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ITS 9 AM……………AND I”M HUNGRY!

    • 93zingara
      November 12, 2023 / 1:31 am11

      Happy Sunday to you! Slow and steady, one solid step at a time. I always say that good things take time and great things take a little longer. I’m in the mood to cook today! Let’s see what I get myself into. I’ll catch you up on all the news this week.

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