Category Archives: Link My Thoughts

Destination Addiction: The Killer of Happiness

Beware of Destination Addiction: a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.

The moment I saw this quote, it resonated with me. It’s something we all face. It’s the need to get somewhere – that doesn’t necessarily exist – in order to feel fulfilled. To feel “happy.”

As I read this, such an overwhelming feeling of awareness mixed with frustration took over me. I felt aware and confident in this truth; I knew it was the way that my heart was meant to be – happy in every waking moment. But I was also frustrated because I would catch myself on a daily-basis thinking “if I do this, I’ll definitely be happier.”

And that’s the mess we get ourselves into. Waiting for something – or someone – to cure our unhappiness. It just isn’t real. I’ve become more aware of this through searching for answers; for example, I’ve been reading Spirit Junkie, an amazing book by Gabrielle Bernstein which focuses on enlightening her readers that all of the happiness they seek in the universe already resides inside of themselves. Pretty wild, right? How can all the happiness you need be inside of you? Without the money, the power, the love, and the achievements?

That’s exactly it. All of those things don’t take you to the true destination – the enlightenment of happiness. Happiness is breathing in air, looking at your surroundings, listening to the earths sounds, and feeling your feet roll off the ground as you walk. It’s recognizing that you’re simply alive. All of the other “wants” are just fillers. Fillers to create a thought pattern that “says” you’re happy. I believe that happiness is attained through simple luxuries of life: heartfelt conversations, a hug from your mother or father, and the moments where you realize that your health is the priority and, in return, you feel thankful.

On that note, I’d like to share another find in my research for correcting my thought processes: The concept of Mindfulness. In a nutshell, the Buddha advocated that a person should establish mindfulness in one’s day-to-day life; maintaining, as much as possible, a calm awareness of one’s body, feelings and mind. This is all interconnected with the concepts in Spirit Junkie. Be aware of yourself and happiness will appear – fully and truly.

It may sound to you like a bunch of hippie mumbo-jumbo at first. I know, because at first, it did to me too. But when I opened my heart and my mind to these concepts, I started to see all of the blocks I had created. I limited myself from happiness because I REALLY thought it was somewhere else. I thought that the perfect relationship would save me, or getting my dream job was going to take me to the perfect state of mind.

By meditating and prayer, I ran into many parts of my self that I was angry at – and then I broke those blocks by creating awareness to them. Breaking this negative thought pattern is a daily struggle, but I’m genuinely happy to have the opportunity to work on it every day. When I catch these thoughts (like the ones mentioned in the quote) I quickly snap back to reality and remind myself that I am thankful for this moment in time and I am happy with everything I already have inside myself. I think about all of the things I do have – health, family, and awareness of my own spirit. I remember that I have a bigger purpose on this earth, and that the universe is taking care of me.

And that’s it! Before I know it, I’m not stressing what will take me to the next level of happiness, because I begin to feel it in my heart. I feel happy with where I am, in “the now.” Everyone is different and breaks down these walls in different ways; but this is my story. I only hope to inspire many of you, as much as many inspire me. Wishing you all eternal love, peace and happiness in oneself.


Note: I’ve been away from LoveDrives for some time because I have been working on establishing my personal website project, DiamariTorres.com; but I do plan to come back in full-effect with LoveDrives as my overall business plan develops. Finally, I hope you all enjoy the content that’s posted here, so feel free to contact me with any of your inspirations – you may be the next blog piece for LoveDrives!


Wisdom of The Ancestors

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

– Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813

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“Beauty Is All Around You; You Just Have To Look”


Some of My Favorite Instagram Moments…

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Spirit Junkie: The Miracle

“A miracle is a shift in perception. It’s the moment you chose to perceive your life with love. It’s the moment you chose to shift your mind and therefore change your experience. And when your experience changes, a miraculous outcome occurs. You can live a life beyond your wildest dreams.”

– Gabby Bernstein, Spirit Junkie

Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011

Typography: Diamari Torres — Image Source: TwistedSifter


We all know that images are important and impactful. Whether you are trying to create an advertising campaign or just inspire people to click a link — images are what pull people in. And to serve as inspiration, here we have some of the most amazing photos of 2011, courtesy of TwistedSifter. Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day, and in this post, The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011, they chose the most overall amazing images of the year. Below you will see some of my favorites from the bunch, but be sure to check out All of the images on the site. While you’re there, if you click any of the pictures you will be taken to the individual post to learn more about the photographer and picture taken. Enjoy & Inspire!


Protests in Egypt


The Blue Lagoon, Ecuador


The U.S. – Mexico Border


Awww Yeah Flowers!


Die for the Money


Vintage Daredevils


Epic Aerial of Barcelona, Spain


Festival of Lanterns in Chiang Mai, Thailand


The Craziest Illusion in Paris


The Stunning Glasswinged Butterfly


Lightning Show at the Grand Canyon


The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima


The Great Grey Owl


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