building four winds with my beauty-FULL energy worker, Kevin up in the creek. sending dreams to the world through graffiti. treating myself to blooming tea (and believe me, roses really don’t smell like poo, pooo, poo – though i do love you Outkast!). reading words of inspiration from my beautiful yogi community each day on the chalkboard of LOVE. surrounding myself with friends capable of painting that beautiful all-seeing tree pictured above. exploring the mountains that honor me with their powerful presence each and every day.
the universe constantly sends out love and blessings, but you also must seek them out. don’t expect everything to simply fall in your lap – in order to find the light, you must begin to seek the light. if you listen closely, the universe alwaysresponds to those calls for love. it’s just a matter of hearing which directions it points you in, walking, gliding, or flowing down that path, and trusting in its ability to carry you through.
it’s all inside of you already, you’ve just forgotten. unlearn the linear manifestation, relearn your divine nature. you are the universe; listen to yourSelf, bless yourSelf, love yourSelf. BIG love.
Burlington, VT is one of my favorite places in the world. It is full of inspiring people, beautiful nature, and is overall a blessed space. Some of my best friends in the world live there, and I visit every chance I get in order to hang out with lifelong brothers and sisters. This is the video I made of my most recent visit. It makes me miss the water! Definitely going to have to journey up into the mountains and hop into Gross Reservoir as soon as it’s a reasonable temperature! Big love.
I just got a new job! Officially my first “real world” job, I am now a sales ambassador for MM Local, a company based in Boulder, CO that buys local, organic produce from farmers along the Front Range, cans it with minimal additives, and sells it all year round. Essentially, their mission is to become the leading national brand for authentic local food and inspire other communities to adopt the same values. I’m very excited about this job, as I will be doing demos at places like Whole Foods Market and get to spend days at farmer’s markets when they open back up for the summer!
I’m really excited about this job for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I think one of the most accessible ways to help not only our planet, but ourselves, is localizing food production and consumption. This would significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels at multiple levels, including those of production and transportation of goods. It would also cut the majority of processed foods out of our diets because we would be eating fresh, whole foods rather than packaged foods high in sodium and saturated fats. This is what I hope to teach people in my life, and I want to help our global society move towards sustainability, which starts at the local level. On top of that, I get free samples to eat! I just got jars of pickled beets, curried beets, tomatoes with rosemary, two different types of applesauce, and our mild pepper blend. I’m starting to cook with them and learn which ingredients go well with other things, which is not only fun for me but will help me with my job when I get questions about how to use the ingredients! I’ll keep you guys posted on the recipes I find and come up with. Wish me luck!
Flow: to move along in a stream, to circulate; continuous progression.
There are many reasons hoopers are said to have “flow,” the above dictionary definitions included. However, one of the biggest parts of flow to us includes being one with the universe. Everything that exists was created from the same original piece of energy, and explosions and friction created matter. This means we were all born of the same substance, at the same time, in the same place; so were our hoops. Becoming one with the universe will allow for a more open mind that is able to accept the hoop as a part of the body. Once you reach this point, there are hardly limitations to what you and your hoop can create together.
So here’s the story behind this new toy I’ve recently discovered. One of my neighbors, Carlo, has one. So many people surrounding me have the gift of music to give and frequently do, and one night during an acoustic Phish solo session by Ryan, Carlo brought out his orbit. (That’s the website he bought his from). They’re an inexpensive, endlessly beautiful, easy to use, personal light show. It’s so much fun! Alli loved it so much, she ordered one right away. Obviously, I had to get some pictures…
Do things you love to enrich your life. Create beauty, and be beautiful.
Living in my own house has given me so many opportunities to become more creative in my culinary endeavors. Although I eat out probably about five times a week, I cook quite often and really enjoy it. I don’t always have all the ingredients I need to make specific recipes, so I often just look at what I have in my pantry and mix things together that sound good to me. Today, I really needed to use up some lentils I cooked last week, so here’s what I came up with!
1 can Campbell’s Tomato Soup
approx. 1 C cooked lentils
~ 1 handful of spinach
1 C diced tomatoes
Make tomato soup according to the directions on the can. Pour in cooked lentils. Set to side. In a pan, pour a little olive oil and add crushed garlic (~ 1/4-1/2 clove, depending on personal preference). Add diced tomatoes to pan and sauté for a few minutes until almost cooked to desired softness. Add spinach to the pan and sauté until just wilted. If there is a lot of olive oil in the pan, drain out. Otherwise, add everything in the pan to the tomato soup. Heat again to desired hotness and enjoy!
As you can see, I used the soup as a base and added ingredients I already had. You can do this with anything, though! I was thinking next time I might add garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and broccoli (and maybe cheese?); or maybe even a little chili powder, some black beans, and corn! The possibilities are endless, comment with your brilliant ideas! 🙂
P.S. It’s always yummy and even more wholesome to crush up some whole grain crackers on top. 😉
I just spent my whole long weekend at Phish in Commerce City! It was the best weekend I think I’ve ever had. Since Phish only does true festivals every two years, this was technically not a festival, but there were camp grounds and many of the people attending camped out, along with myself. First and foremost, the music was absolutely out of this world. These were basically my first Phish shows, and I couldn’t have asked for them to do it better. The first night was the Fuck Your Face show, which was historical because of the setlist; night two they nailed it with some of their best songs ever, and night three was super jammy and transcendental. My closest guy friends from home are total Phish Heads, and prior to attending these shows, I really didn’t get it. Now I’m ophishially hooked. I completely understand. The music is out of this world, the crowd is phantastic, and the vibes are all around happy and loving. Best money I’ve ever spent… now I just can’t wait for Furthur at Red Rocks Amphitheater!