make a WISH …

The difference between a flower and a weed is judgement.” -unknown

Came across this fabulous quote on Instagram recently. Nature is beautiful in every shape and form and color … ok, in every single way.

If you can see beauty in this photo, you can see beauty in you. No judgement necessary.

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man AND nature …

This is a good time to connect to the beauty that exists between man and nature. We could not exist without the other, and why would we want to anyway?! Soak up some of that nature and feel what happens inside your body …

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.

shamFUCKINGpoo …

Last night, I had my first stab at making shampoo. I bought what I needed (most of the ingredients I already had…most? There’s like 3 ingredients, Dawn) over a month ago, and thought way too much since then about the fact that I haven’t yet made the shampoo. Then finally did it last night and it took Five. Fucking. Minutes. Literally. Do you know how much mental energy I’ve wasted thinking about how I need to make this shampoo? … Shit, I’m running out of store-bought shampoo so I really need to make the shampoo … I need to make the shampoo before I use up all my cans of coconut milk … I wish I would set aside some time to make the shampoo … I even journaled about it for Christ sake … I stared at the empty old shampoo bottle every day as I got ready in the morning and then ready again for bed … It’s like it was looking up at me saying fill me, fill me, pretty please just fucking fill me already.

Well, I fucking filled you with all of the lovely ingredients shown above: coconut milk, castille soap, olive oil and essential oils (I chose lavender and chamomile). (Recipe c/o Wellness Mama.)

I haven’t yet used it so I can’t report on that today. I was just very excited that I made it and wanted you all to know. And in case you are worried about me, I really don’t have any anger toward myself for not making it, it just makes for a way funnier story ;) My point is though that we can waste so much time and energy on things that just really don’t matter in life, which ends up making that “thing” (i.e. making shampoo) so much less enjoyable than it could’ve been. Life really isn’t hard … we just make it that way. 

Natural shampoo, fuck yeah!!!

orchiDELIRIUM …

  delirium. noun. 1. a more or less temporary disorder of the mental faculties, as in fevers, disturbances of consciousness, or intoxication, characterized by restlessness, excitement, delusions, hallucinations, etc. 2. a state of violent excitement or emotion.

Orchidelirium is the name of the orchid exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. From the definition above (c/o dictionary.com), I should have had a rather intense experience and possibly hurt people while I was there. That is not exactly what happened. My self-definition would be a temporary disorder (disorder? … that word sounds so negative!) of the mental faculties, through intoxication (sensory – sight, smell, touch … I totally ignored the “do not touch the plants” signs), characterized by excitement. Hmmm, I kinda like the dictionary.com definition better …

And here’s some other magical plantness we saw amongst the tropical rain forest of the Bronx. So much natural beauty and detail to observe and ponder …

. all creation comes from love .

to soft skin + loving YOU …

Last night’s creation – lotion bars! Aren’t they pretty? And the scent is chocolate peppermint. If you could smell them, you would want to eat them too. Which is not completely out of the question, except for maybe the beeswax part ;)

They are super easy to make – equal parts of cocoa butter (or shea or mango), coconut oil and beeswax; plus 20 drops of your essential oil of choice. And then some other stuff happens … if you want the complete recipe, I’d love to share it with you!

My goal is to make all of my beauty products, ok maybe 90% cause I ain’t making mascara and eyebrow makeup. Good thing I’m just naturally beautiful and don’t need to use a lot of them ;)

You are all naturally beautiful too. Look at yourself in the mirror today and find one – just one, however big or small – thing about yourself that you love. Trust me, I know it’s not easy. It’s taken me 38 years to be able to do this. And you can too!

 

yin AND yang …

 

black AND white . light AND shadow . sun AND moon

Welcome to this week’s black and white photo series. All shot with my iPhone. All seen through my eyes. All natural images from my various life experiences. All exhibiting my love for extreme contrast. Opposites are essential to the universe. Balancing these opposites is essential to a peaceful life.