🎃Halloween is coming! And apparently that also means a bunch of super creepy animal heads.
Fall is quite possibly my favorite time of year. I'm finally living somewhere where the leaves and weather change (as opposed to Florida's rainy and hot versus just humid and hot. Took a stroll through the Target Halloween aisles the other day, came across these things. Not sure what I'll dress up as yet though I think William is set on being a race car. How about you? What do you want to dress up as? Or your kiddos (if you got em)? I wanna hear about it 🍁🍂👻
Strawberries and cream (OK, more like yogurt, but still). ---------------
It's been a hectic week with family over, a hurricane threatening my home town, a sick kid and all, but I'm determined to start climbing out of the mess again today. So, first off is a healthy breakfast. Then, clean all the things! I've been on a big KonMari kick that got put on pause but I want to get back to it. And then write all the words, because I've basically got too many deadlines for tomorrow that I'm determined to meet. I've also got some potentially exciting news coming up so we'll see how that goes (travel-related). How's your Thursday going?
"She struck gold!"
Saw this somewhere online a few days ago and it took me a while to come up with my story. I don't necessarily mean striking actual gold, although gold is certainly useful in helping one obtain joy (don't believe those who say money doesn't buy happiness. It buys stability and freedom and TIME so yes, it can buy plenty of things that can help you live a happier life.) I do agree that happiness comes from the inside first. All some of us need is for what's on the outside to be happy or help it along. ----------------
Can you write your own happy story in just 3 words? I'd love to read it. ☺️
Morning Reflections: Spent yesterday exploring some mountain towns with family again. My folks are only here for a brief while longer so gotta show them what Colorado's all about. ----------------Took a moment to capture our reflections in a shop window in Historic Downtown Idaho Springs. Also stopped in Georgetown later. What other mountain towns should we visit?
Love this gentle reminder. I'm still working on my list of 33 things I'd like to do, experience, commit to, quit, or accomplish in my 33rd year. I am and will always be a work in progress. We're all masterpieces in our own rite, and part of that is due to the fact we are constantly evolving. What are some things you would add to your life to-do list if someone asked you right now?
Tag a friend who could use this reminder 💗☺️✌🏽
📸credit: @refinery29 FB page (I believe--please correct if wrong)
I've spent the past week unable to focus on anything other than the coverage of Hurricane Irma. Not being in Miami, I feel I was more worried than I've ever been of any storm heading to SFL. Have especially been worried over the Keys, which were right in my backyard when I lived in Homestead. I hope that the destruction is minimal and that I'm able to visit again soon. Love you, Florida 💗☀️🌊
Tomorrow marks my 33rd year on this spinning rock we all call home. It's so odd to look at candid photos of yourself and see yourself from the perspective of others. To see you in action: as woman, as mother, as writer, as lover, as friend, as child, as wife, as so many things. I think if I've learned anything in the past three plus decades, it's that we are all just so many things wrapped into one, and that choosing one path doesn't mean we can't also choose 5 or 10 or 50 others. I like seeing myself as a mom in this photo, my little one clinging to me (he has a cold, with my parents by my side, how I must have clung to them just like that at some point. But while I think a past version of myself would have felt like motherhood meant giving up so much of my life, I see not how much more complex and layered life can be. I'm so much to this little person but I'm also so much else to so many others. It's not something most of us learn right away, and I'm still learning, too. Anyway, happy birthday to me, just as Mercury retrograde ends and new adventures begin. ☺️🥂
The first time I took a yoga class was in college, 2004. It was there that I took the first steps to what I know will be a lifetime practice. Yoga helped me to realize I was in a toxic relationship. Later, it helped me connect with my pregnancies. It pulled me out of darkness at the hardest intervals of my life. And these days, it's made me stronger, fitter, happier (a little Radiohead nod there), and has even helped with my sacroilitis (I can finally lay in shavasana again!) ------------------------Living in Denver, I have the option of some 50 yoga studios to choose from, but I've found my home at Samadhi. I try to practice at least once or twice a week. The energy is what draws me, I think. They have 3 studios, and I took this one at their Golden Triangle location. Whenever I'm feeling like I'm about to fall, like my limbs are going to give, looking up at this goddess gives me strength. This is definitely my happy place. -------------------------
Do you have a studio you love? Do you practice at home, or just thinking about it? I recommend yoga to everyone. It's life changing. -------------------------
If you have any questions about yoga, feel free to ask away! 🙏🏽
How do you normally start your mornings? I'll be honest. Being a mom and a freelancer, I'm often biking a breakfast burrito and then not even eating it for another hour or two till after I've dropped my kiddo off at preschool. But I'm trying to do better, for my general well being (and especially since finding out my hormones are not at proper levels). So this morning, I hit up @wholefoodsco and was delighted to find some heavily discounted prices on produce (thanks @amazon!) and had a nice fruit salad. Not pictured: avocado toast later on. Hoping to hold myself a bit more accountable in the days to come.
a spell to start over,
and one to begin again.
first, let go of that which hasn't served you in a long, long time.
next, burn it to the ground:
dance in the smoke of your regrets and mistakes
blow on the horrors that once held you captive
pour water from something that has been blessed
just put out the damn fire
before you singe your hair
dust yourself off
and begin again
Switching up my Instagram a bit. Maybe it's the insomnia. Maybe it's the need for change. The recent eclipse, or Mercury retrograde or my upcoming birthday (hell, fellow Virgos!) Whatever it is, I'm feeling it. The pull of creativity, magic, energy, and the need for some change. So don't mind the night sky. It's just marking a new chapter. ✨