Elephants are my favorite animals. They are an extremely intelligent species whose women live in packs all together while the men live primarily solitary lives. The women are extremely maternal towards their young and often are on the outside of the packs while the babies are in between all of them. An old female, the matriarch, leads the packs that can consist of anywhere from 5 to 1,000 members. Besides the noises audible to human ears, elephants also communicate using infrasounds. After their 60-80 year life, they are one of the only species besides humans that hold a ceremony for their dead. This often consists of placing the deceased in a shallow grave and covering him/her with dirt, leaves, and branches. They are known to stay at these grave sites for a few days before moving on, both literally and figuratively. How can you not love and respect this intelligent and compassionate beast?
I’ve been practicing so much hooping! My favorite music to do it to is Beats Antique. Please, if you guys have suggestions of more music to flow to, let me know! So far, I’ve got down a few tricks on my right side, and tonight, I’ve been working on learning those with my left. It’s so hard, but so, so much fun! I’m literally addicted. I have ordered two hoops from hoopsupplies.com that glow in the dark and collapse for travel, and have made three of them myself! I’ll make sure to take photographs of the next one I make and post a DIY so anyone who wants to can make their own. They’re very simple to make, and each one costs about $5 or less. Not only is it a blast, but a great workout, too! I hope I inspire at least one of you reading this to pick up a hoop and give it a shot. If you do, don’t get discouraged when you can’t get the tricks right away! They’re difficult to pick up and you really need to work at it. Let me tell you though, it’s so worth it when you do! Happy hooping!
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
– Thich Naht Hanh
Work on remembering this every day, and the world will once again gain a novelty that most often is experienced by only a newborn.
Everyone should try hula hooping. It doesn’t matter if you can do it or not, it will still put a smile in your face. In fact, if you bring a hoop with you somewhere, not only will you find joy out of it, but so will everyone else present. I’m just beginning to learn, but I will certainly keep you all posted on how it’s going. Right now, I’ve got about three or so moves down. If you want to watch someone who’s really good at it though, check out this video I made of one of my closest friends, Alli.
From May 25 to June 3 this year, I sailed through the British Virgin Islands with my family. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever laid eyes on. Traveling along on the 47 foot catamaran, we exited Tortola and sailed on to Peter Island, Cooper Island, Virgin Gorda, Necker Island, Anegada, Guana Island, finally finishing off in Jost Van Dyke, and returned to Tortola to fly back into Logan Airport. For those of you who want an idea of what that trip looked like, you can trace it out here (hint: start in the middle and move right, then loop back again). I can’t figure out why I haven’t posted about this yet, but I will write more on it soon. For now, I’ll upload some shots before heading off to bed.
first night: hotel room view
Momma taking in the view
inside, so luxurious!
- Captain Maurizio!
Daniel filled our tank
This man’s name is Daniel. He filled our tank with gas before setting out on the trip. We chatted as I sipped on a painkiller and I found out he’s lived on Tortola his whole life. He asked me if I liked it there, and when I replied of course he offered to let me stay with him forever. How sweet an offer, but I had to decline!
On the first day out on the water, we sailed by this storm. I thought it was absolutely beautiful the way it powerfully engulfed half of the mountains on the horizon. Stunning.
Hope you enjoy the view as much as I do!