“Do not dwell on the past, do not hope for the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
First time I cooked a meal myself in the new casa! It was delicious. I made quinoa with roasted garlic and pecans smothered in sautéed bell peppers, zucchini, and summer squash. I wish I had taken a picture! The colors were beautiful and the taste even better, I think I’ll add some lemon next time though. I’d also like to try it with some garbanzo beans, but I couldn’t fine that at Target!
I’ve been so busy! I’m so sorry for any disappointment, but I’ll be back to regular as soon as I possibly can. Being back in Boulder is perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I love going home and seeing family and friends, but once you’ve been in college for one year, it’s pretty difficult to live under your parents rules for extended periods of time. Anyway, Boulder. Mountains, friends, freedom, parties, school, my own house, cooking, creating, experiencing. What more could a girl ask for? Today I got so much done! After breakfast with my neighbors, I went to class and then got the rest of my books at the bookstore, then came home and made some lunch while I did my homework for tomorrow. (Yes, I already have homework, but it’s kind of refreshing to be honest). I made my final trip to Target for a while where I bought quinoa, pasta, veggies, eggs, lemons, spices, and nuts. That felt really good, those were some essentials I really needed. I even found a new type of pasta made of tomatoes and carrots! I then had another class, which I’m very excited about and will tell you about in the near future, and returned home only to leave shortly after to pick up some things I left at a friend’s house over the summer…
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
– Mae West
First of all, my current lack of posting is due to the fact that I do not yet have internet. Fingers crossed we get it today! Being back in Boulder is better than ever. I’m so, so happy to see everyone and be back, not to mention I get to live in my own house with six roommates which is pretty damn awesome because I’m no longer on campus being supervised constantly or in the dorms. I have so much more stuff I need to get still though, which is taking longer than I thought and is so tiring. Once I begin taking some photos I’ll be sure to put up some of the house, and my neighbors’ houses, too! I’m surrounded by all of my closest friends in Boulder, everyone living within about a five block radius. I have a lot of things to get done over the course of the day, and I’m sure I’m going to need a long nap by the end of it.
I can’t wait anymore! I’m so excited to be in Boulder and back with all of my friends, it’s almost torture at this point! My flight leaves tomorrow at 8:15 am and I’m so stoked. My cousin is picking me up from the airport and I can’t wait to see him. He’s my year and goes to school with me at Boulder which is great having him out there. I’m arriving at my house around 12:00 pm and I cannot wait to meet all of my roommates and unpack all of my things and set up my bedroom.
P.S. I haven’t had much time for this lately because I’ve been packing and organizing, but as soon as I’m all moved in regular posting will return!
“May the sun bring you energy by day,
may the moon softly restore you by night,
may the rain wash away your worries,
may the breeze blow new strength into your being.
may you walk gently through the world
and know its beauty all the days of your life.”
– Apache Blessing
“May the stars carry your sadness away,
may the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
may hope forever wipe away your tears,
and, above all, may silence make you strong.”
Chief Dan George
On my first trip to Burlington this summer, I took my GoPro camera with the intention of making a birthday edit for Nancy. Her birthday was in June, so the edit was a little late (I just finished it a few days ago), but I think it turned out alright. Have a look!
Om Mane Padme Hum
“It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast …. The first, OM … symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha….
The path is indicated by the next four syllables. MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the … altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassionate and loving….
The two syllables, PADME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom….
Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable HUM, which indicates indivisibility….
Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha….”
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama