Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first local hockey game.  Our minor league team is called the Ontario Reign (probably a subdivision of the Kings).  We started the night at the Lazy Dog Cafe, which I'm sure is a corporate chain restaurant, but they seem to treat each location with enough thought for design, menu, & details that the corporate part of it is hardly noticeable.  Jonathan & I got there a bit late, so our friends had already started on a table's worth of appetizers.  The main courses were perfectly portioned, & you could tell that a good amount of thought was put into each plate.  After chowing down, we headed over to the arena & watched most of a hockey game.

Remembering to take my camera with me everywhere is something new for me, it doesn't come quite naturally yet.  I also found out that I have to carry the biggest purse I can so as to not have my life overflow out of my purse & spill out everywhere.  I've downsized my purse's contents quite a bit in the last year, so having room for a camera is coming a lot easier than it did before.  

In other news, it's supposed to be almost up to 90­°F here in Southern California by Wednesday!  Once it feels remotely like Spring time here, Summer comes up & pushes Spring & all it's bugs & flowers out of the way to begin the process of drying out the native grasses & covering our land in gold.  We are the golden state for a reason.  (If you haven't seen this, I'd recommend a road trip up the California 101, or a look at the book The California Surf Project.)  Hopefully I can take a mini road trip & get some photos up on the blog so you all can enjoy this warmth with me!  

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Earlier today, in a fumed rage, I began writing a post about how unjust my place of work is.  I wanted to rant about things that don't really matter in life.  I was seeing red, & it didn't feel good.

You see, I was blessed with this job about 5 years ago.  This was & is my first "real" job, & I am lucky to call one of the owners of this company Dad.

The downside to working here is that despite my love of environment & this mother earth we live on, the company I work for sells their product to oil companies.  Lately, they've been tossing around the word "fracking," & it's really taking it's tole on me.  This is exactly what I am against.  The contamination, the harm, the ridiculousness of all that has to do with Big Oil still being a thing that is alive, well, & thriving.  But I digress...

One reason that I mentioned my opposing views from my company is that despite them, I still work there.  For now, this is simply a job.  I am lucky to have a job, to be able to pay for rent, for my car (which is an entirely different subject about that whole work-car circle I got myself into), & I am lucky to put food not only on my table, my in the bowls of my cats & dogs.

Family is what I live for.  Health, wellness, peace, enlightenment, happiness, among many - but what it all comes down to in the day to day, is family.

This is my family (minus the cats).  This is who welcomes me home every night, this is who puts a smile on my face, & this is who makes me a better me.

I've been thinking a lot lately about who I am, & if I am living up to my full potential.  Outside stimuli are always there, waiting to distract me from what really matters.  Am I at peace?  Is my family at peace?  Are my dogs?  Is there harmony in my household, & within each of us?  & honestly, personally, no.  I, myself, have been wrestling with my ego for quite a while now.  Material objects can provide a temporary distraction, a stimulus to make me forget about what really matters.  With blogging, there's always the idea that you have to look a certain way in each post, that you have to be blog-ready, photo-ready.  But what does that do for me inside?  Although I do love to dress up (I love to dress my home up, too), is it something that is really meaningful & beneficial to my life right now?   With having a car, a rent to pay, & bills on top of that, I have to learn that this life of comfort isn't easy for most people.  I am lucky to have a job, despite how much I might loath it.  I am lucky to have health.  I am SO lucky that my dogs, my cats, & my boyfriend are healthy.  I am so blessed in so many ways.

The thing is, is that I simply need to step out of my own way, & let myself breathe.  I need to slow down, take everything in, be appreciative, & truly grateful.  Practicing yoga helps, meditation helps, breathing helps, but I feel that what would help more is to reflect on each moment.

I was going to write this in one of my moleskines since it would have been immediate gratification, but I think waiting to write this down on my blog really helped me think about it more.  I'll have more on this subject when I can really formulate a complete, organized though for a blog post.  For now, I'd just suggest that you listen to this song, enjoy a good cup of tea, some deep breaths, & deeper thoughts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring must be near.

Lately I've been feeling a strong sense of inspiration.  This feeling has been focused on cleaning, organizing, getting rid of clutter, on getting healthy & fit, but also on style.  I've been so inspired to focus my personal style.  To get my wardrobe to a point where everything fits, matches, & works with each other.

While getting back into blogging, I want to make my life fit a certain standard I hold for myself.  It's not that I want perfection, but inspiration in every day.

During lunch today I went on a walk around the industrial block we work on.  This entire city is built on industrial manufacturing.  The king of which, is the California Speedway ... surrounded by impoverished homes filled with dreamers, lovers, & doers.  As I was on this walk, backed by the noise of a passing freight train, the grinding of steel being cut, & the beeping of a forklift backing up, I stopped to pick up a roly poly.  As it crawled around on my hand, I was struck.  This was my childhood in a pure moment.  Something about this little pill bug brought back the sense of wonder that comes with being a kid on summer break.  While putting it back in the grass, I picked a dandelion that had gone to seed - & I made a wish.

I wished for everything I've ever wanted in life - beauty, truth, happiness, inspiration, wonder, simplicity, & excited anticipation.  More importantly, I wished for this for everyone.

This is probably why I love the art of blogging.  By combining the written word with imagery, music, & inspiration, you are able to bring a specific mood to your blog.  You can maintain an atmosphere based on your content.  By being yourself, you are gaining an audience, readers, friends.

So, after all that rambling, I'd just like to thank you for stopping by my little place of inspiration.  Thanks for listening, & for being a friend - even if for a single post.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Recently Jonathan & I jumped on the juicing bandwagon.  The perks are just too good to pass up:  good calories without the chewy fiber of simply blending the fruits & veggies, the vitamins - oh, the vitamins, flavors you'd never thought you'd become addicted to, & the ability to pack it all up in mason jars & take it with you wherever you go.  I cannot tell you enough how in love with the idea of juicing I am.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you'll know how into this I am & have probably seen all the posts on this subject alone.

Anyway, here's a sample of how that looks on the day to day.  The varieties are endless, the flavors are just ... wow!  If you have any juicing stories, or recipes please share in the comments!  Have a great weekend!

If you want more info on the benefits of juicing, check out Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead on Netflix.  Also, Breville shared this book of juice recipes for getting started.  Enjoy!