Wednesday, March 31, 2010

visual journal

here's a sneak peak into my visual journal that i've been doing for kimberly's tranquilista lifestyle e-course. i'm having a wonderful time creating. i have so many more ideas & can't wait to create more. just love it when the creativity starts to f-l-o-w!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

monday moment of zen

"if you don't like the way the world is, you change it. you have an obligation to change it. you just do it one step at a time."
~ marian wright edelman

what can you do to change something you don't like? what about simply changing the way you react to something? this simple step can make all the difference. namaste

image credit ici

Friday, March 26, 2010

ay chihuahua

i just got back from an impromptu visit to my parents to see their new puppy. i'm sure you all remember the heart break when they lost popcorn. while this pup is certainly no replacement it does help to fill a big void in my parent's hearts. this is her... big ears and all :)

now dear readers, i have a favor to ask... this little sweetie needs a name. any suggestions would be much appreciated. :)

update: i appreciate all of the suggestions for the little one (i especially loved pepita), however the parents have decided to name her lucy. i think it's pretty fitting :)

so, how's it going?

just wanted to give an update on my morning routine & cleansing. some days have been good and others not as much.

tuesday - the day i started the morning routine and cleansing and both went wonderfully.

wednesday - all chances of my morning routine were thwarted by a massive headache. so needless to say, i didn't get up at dawn but when i did make it out of bed i preformed my morning routine as best as i could due to the headache still being around.

thursday - morning routine wasn't as strong as tuesdays but was much better than wednesdays

today - got up on time, did my mantra, took a child's pose for about 5-6 mins & did a short seated meditation before heading right back to bed. got a bit of a headache again today - boo!

as far as the cleanse it is going well over all.

i have been taking the tiao he cleanse as recommended and i've had good results so far. i've been watching what i eat. cutting down on my portion sizes & eating more veggies, fruits & whole grains.

i do have to confess, i've had a little bit of dark chocolate with cacao nibs. it's been my indulgence for sure.

a dear friend & blog reader send me a copy of marilu henner's food combination chart which is pretty easy to follow. i also have been pursuing through the copy of eat - taste - heal: an ayurvedic cookbook for modern living which i really love. if any one else knows of any good food combination information out there please share.

have a wonderful weekend!!

image credit ici & ici

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

morning routine

morning rituals are so sought after. well, today i started my very own.

~ i rise just before dawn

~ i light a candle

~ i repeat my mantra 108 times using my mala beads

~ i drink a mug of warm water w/ a slice of organic lemon

~ i do some yoga to get my body awake

~ i do a seated meditation

~ then i eat a healthy breakfast and sip on some green tea

it really makes for a zenful start to my day.

today just also happens to be the day i started my cleanse. no, nothing crazy like the master cleanse. my body just doesn't handle extreme cleanses well. i am keeping it simple...

~ tiao he cleanse (the only supplements i am currently using & according to the box it is supposed to last 15 days)

~ drinking more water with lots of organic lemons

~ eating more sensible meals (watching portions)

~ cutting out red meat, coffee (maybe a sip or two here and there but i'm more of a tea drinker anyways), alcohol, sugary & processed foods, and fried foods.

~ eating more fresh fruits & veggies and more whole grains

~ learning more about combining food - specifically in ayurvedic tradition (if anyone can suggest anything here i'd be most grateful)

~ getting more exercise

~ and taking better care of me

i will be sure to keep you all up to date about how my morning ritual and cleanse is going. tell me, have any of you ever done a cleanse, what were your outcomes? also, how about those of you who have a morning ritual... do tell :)

image credits ici, ici & ici

little lovely melita

introducing the little lovely melita

this amazing piece of art was done by a chica very close to my heart. connie, i love you!! you are the coolest chica i know!!

watch the making of the little lovely melita

check it out on her blog


you can get a little lovely of your own

i truly love my little lovely and i know you will love yours too!

Monday, March 22, 2010

celebrating 11 years

happy happy birthday to the love of my life
(ps ryan is aware of this haha)

you have always been there by my side. i love you more than words can say. you've tolerated all of my antics over the years and are such a good boy. dooty, i love you!!

here are 11 pics for 11 years

monday moment of zen

"may peace and peace and peace be everywhere"
~ the upanishads

may you find inner and outer peace today. namaste

image credit ici

Friday, March 19, 2010

i'm SO excited...

and i just can't hide it!! today i'm grateful for:

today is friday

i got my little lovely melita in the mail

(more to come on this later, i promise)

although i don't graduate until april 3rd, today is MY LAST CLASS!

it is absolutely gorgeous outside today

i am teaching happy hour yoga at blissblissbliss

ryan & i are having friends over to grill out for the first time this year!

have a wonderful weekend, i know i will be!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

just around the corner

ah spring, how i've longed for your deliciously sunny days, your warm breezes and letting your fresh air in my apartment.

i welcome you and all of your glory

photos by moi

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


my how time flies. today i celebrate my 1 year blogiversary! i originally started blogging as a creative outlet and it has grown into more than i ever imagined.

what i've learned since i began blogging:

  • never give up blogging - keep on keeping on :)
  • you will eventually find your niche even if it takes you a while (and if you never have a niche then that IS your niche)
  • it is AMAZING the connections you will make with like-minded kindred spirits
  • getting to express yourself is awesome!
  • you can find out so much about yourself
thank you all for coming along for the ride of my blogging experience. if i could give you all a big hug, i would. thank you for cheering me on, patting me on the back, and getting me through the tough times. i couldn't have done it without YOU!! i HEART you all!!

"i've learned that what people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel." ~ maya angelou

image credit ici

Monday, March 15, 2010

monday moment of zen

"you can cut all the flowers, but you can't keep the spring from coming."
~ pablo neruda

happy spring everyone!! take this time to go outside and enjoy the fresh spring air. namaste

image credit moi

Monday, March 8, 2010

monday moment of zen

"to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
~ josephine billings

what have you done recently to make a difference in one person's world? namaste

image credit ici

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

kittehs vs girl scout cookies

dooty takes on the samoa

sanjay has a turn

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

tranquil tuesday

cadyn helps make my tuesdays more tranquil by giving me some snuggle time on the couch.

Monday, March 1, 2010

monday moment of zen

"the questions asked at the end of life are very simple ones:
'did i love well?'
'did i love the people around me, my community, the earth, in a deep way?'
and perhaps, 'did i live fully?'
'did i offer myself to life?'"
~ jack kornfeld

what simple thing can you do today to live fully? namaste

image credit ici