pumpkins make life BETTER …

You may remember I said I would post more beautiful pumpkin pics. Well, it is Halloween after all. I hope everyone and their kiddos had a safe and Happy Halloween full of not-too-much yummy sugary crappy candy. I admit that I had 4 tiny pieces myself as we had candy at work for mall trick-or-treating ;) My favorite little munchkin to come into the store was a tiny 3 year old Chubaka. O.M.G. BE-yond adorable. What was your fave costume of the night???

shine BRIGHT …

It’s been a gloomy cold emotional day today. If I don’t have real sunflowers to brighten the day, this beautiful photo will surely work (at least partly)! I am very grateful for days like this as they teach me a lot about what I have to continue working on in my healing process. And then I am grateful for recognizing the beauty in things that can change my mindset from gloomy to bright(er).

I just found this rather cute appropriate quote, and it made me chuckle:

“It’s ok to be a glowstick; sometimes you need to break before you shine.”

even if you have to FAKE it …

Your brain doesn’t know the difference between fake (or faux) and real smiles/laughter. So when you do these things, your brain releases endorphins and other happy hormones throughout your body. And then your body will want more and more of this happy feeling, cause we all know it likes it better than the opposite emotion, so you’ll start to “automatically” feel happier in your life. Smiling also reduces stress and improves immunity. So come on, show me some of them fake smiles, or laugh your ass off for no reason at all!!!

shit, I really need to take my own advice on this one ;)

new and old, AS ONE …

I took this photo from the top of Hook Mountain on the morning of my birthday. It was a gorgeous day, a perfect day really, and not just because I was born on that day. (Although, let’s be honest, the world became a better place when I joined it.) The weather was glorious. As you can see, the sun sparkled on the Hudson River, the sky was clear blue and there was stillness all around me. And this view, OMG. I could sit here for hours, however, on this day, my desire was to move my body around outside! The bridge in the background is the Tappan Zee Bridge (this description is of course for the many non-New Yorkers that follow my blog). There are actually 2 bridges there, one old and one new. The new is currently under construction and makes for really fascinating, and dangerous, site-seeing when driving across the old bridge. It is pretty damn cool to see this 3 mile long bridge go up though!

Might seem weird to compare my birthday to this bridge, but this is what came up for me around this observation! As I view the old and the new together, I think about my life and my being. Per the numbers, I am getting “older” … yet I feel “newer.” Newer is a better adjective, for me anyway, than younger. When I came into this world, everything was new. I was innocent and observant and fearless and open and loving. I knew no different and had no way of knowing any different … YET. I am still that person, that is all still inside me. However, I am having to relearn it all and reclaim my beautiful open self. I am aware of it and work on it in some magnitude every day of my life now. So, each day, I really do feel newer. New to how I view things. New to how I accept and embrace things. New to how I feel about myself. New to how I feel about others. When you live in the present moment, every moment is new. Doesn’t that sound way more exciting than living in the painful past or having expectations for a future that may never come? Trust me, I know it’s not easy, but it’s absolutely possible for all of us. And it starts with awareness. Come on, let’s do this together … can you say TEAMWORK!?!?

gourdeous PUMPKINS …

Ok seriously, who doesn’t LOVE fall and all the shit that comes with it? If you don’t, we need to talk. Message me! ;)

Look at these piles of beauty. I went to 2 farms within 2 days and took 2 million photos of gourds and corn stalks and pumpkins ranging from tiny to enormous and specialty pumpkins that look like they belong in Cinderella and green ones and ones with warts and ones that look like giant squashes and … shit, I can’t even list all of them. You get it, if you get that fall is the bomb. I may be posting these photos all the way through winter cause I got some pretty good shots. Although, I can’t take full credit for how good they are, because pumpkins make pretty fabulous models even without much airbrushing or filtering.  Yes, I may be biased because I am an autumnal baby (as in I was born today 39 years ago). But let’s be honest, I know you all want to relive the beauty of this season along with me for the next few months. So get ready for a whole lot of orange in your inbox ;)

as GOOD a place as any …

Just put those anywhere. Oh, here’s some lovely bushes and trees. That’ll be a perfect spot to throw a bunch of broken down crates. This isn’t a typical place for these objects, but if we did everything “typically,” life would be really fucking boring. Plus they add some serious character to those plants!

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer

the FRUITS of our labor …

A pre-birthday celebration with my city family (brother Matt, cousin Kat and her hubby Dan, friend Sara) in the country. They journeyed up to these parts to go apple picking, eat BBQ and drink beer. The day started with some hiccups (train delays, traffic, change of plans) and ended up being exactly what we wanted (or at least, what I wanted!). It was a fabulously fun fall day of climbing apple trees, laughing at stupid jokes, shoving loads of meat in our mouths, and washing it down with pumpkin ale. Go ahead, you can borrow our day plans cause everyone should have a taste of this ;)

Have a Happley Monday!!!!

 

ARTumn leaves …

Who needs art stores when you have nature? OK, not really, cause I kinda love my drawing pens like A LOT. On this day though, nature was my canvas and my medium. Nature allows me to free my mind in order to create. And not just create pretty pinwheels of autumn leaves…create ANYTHING. (FYI I’m an arteest outside the woods also.)

Almost one year ago, I took a lovely art class on ‘nature sculpture’ when I was living at Omega. We walked around the woods and made art with sticks and leaves and moss and rocks and broken glass (if it’s there, you might as well use it). I had never looked at nature in that way before, and it was extremely calming and meditative to create in this way. So, as I was walking among the colorful fallen leaves the other day, it seemed the exact perfect time to make something beautiful.

SHINE on …

We’ve had a bunch of gloomy days here lately, and look what today brought! A beautiful sunshiny day. On days like this, I like to take myself to the woods and soak up some nature and feel the sun peering through the leaves. Today was a day of ‘shining on’ for me. I mean, honestly, what day isn’t? … however, the trick is to actually acknowledge it. Today, I went to the gym and the chiropractor to continue healing my body, then went to the woods to continue healing my soul, then went to the library to continue healing my mind. I took test #3 for school … 3/4s of the way through my program!!! Major accomplishment. And I’m acknowledging that. For those that know me well, you know I’m not so good at that acknowledging part. Without acknowledging and celebrating those accomplishments, the things we do in life are kinda pointless. So, I’m working on changing that. One accomplishment at a time … shit, I’ll be praising myself all the time then ;)

Guess what, Dawn? You’re awesome. Now accept it.

What wonderfully small or large thing have you accomplished in the past few days that you haven’t brought awareness to and praised yourself for?? Please share your awesomeness!