Monday, April 20, 2015

My weekend state of mind

Good morning, blog friends.
Welcome to the beginning of a whole new week.
What a lovely, busy, spring-time sunlight and allergies, shopping with my girl, yoga practicing, weekend I had.

My mind is all-kinds-of-jumbled this morning with things that I'm most likely over-thinking. Things that I know will work out fine but that require some purposeful planning on my part.

And while I'm busy thinking and planning and working things over in my mind, my sweet garden continues to maintain her steady pace.

This weekend recap is short and sweet - ha - kind of like my weekend. Time to hit the yoga mat and pull myself together. I plan to keep this quote in front of me over the next few days:

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Just a Quote for Friday

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mandalas in the sky

A rather romantic blog post title to introduce photos of some mandalas I drew on the airplane last weekend. :o)

Me + 3 hours in an airplane = need for distraction * 7 mandalas

I brought along a mini-mandala kit for our flight to and from Seattle last weekend. I used one of the many cosmetic bags I've received as a "free gift with purchase" and filled it with a small notebook, mini-colored pencils, a #2 pencil, a circle template, and a piece of heavy cardstock cut down to size to use as a straight-edge ruler. Oh - and a pencil sharpener.
I drew these two mandalas on the flight to Seattle, plus another really colorful mandala that I'll share with you in the future. And I drew four more on our trip home but didn't photograph them at the time.

I guess it goes without saying that I'm a little obsessed with mandalas at the moment, to which I will add that there are worse things to be obsessed with. :o) It's the ultimate form of doodling for me - so relaxing and enjoyable. I have some super fun ideas for some art projects using my mandalas, and I'm planning to have some notecards printed for my grandma with my designs.

Here's a link to an article about the relaxing benefits of coloring mandalas.
And a link for my local friends to sign up for my mandala workshop coming up in May.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Our anniversary weekend in Seattle

Good morning, blog friends!
Guess what Doug and I did this weekend... We flew to Seattle to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. :o)

There were lots of stairs to climb...

Flowers to enjoy...

Produce to covet. Man, I wish we had produce markets like this in Arizona!

Gorgeous scenery during lunch... The outside view wasn't bad either. ;o)




Art sculptures...

Hotel room view... (see the Space Needle on the horizon toward the left)

More art and architecture...

The Space Needle...

Ccccccccold wind at the top of the Space Needle...

Dinner with our friends on Saturday night. This is me with my friend and soul sister, Connie.

And celebration of 10 years of marriage to this awesome guy...

Awww...what an awesome weekend we had. All the sight-seeing, exploring Seattle, eating yummy food, relaxing, and celebrating with good friends we don't get to see often enough. We left Arizona on Friday morning, returned home last night, and I did such a smart thing by taking today off work too. :o)

Time to unpack suitcases and put things back in order around here...
Have a lovely week, my friends!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just a Quote for Friday

“It is tremendously important that we try to make something positive of our lives. We were not born for the purpose of causing trouble and harming others. For our life to be of value, we need to foster and nurture such basic good human qualities as warmth, kindness and compassion. If we can do that, our lives will become meaningful, happier and more peaceful; we will make a positive contribution to the world around us.”

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Where the mandala leads

About a year ago now, Carrie purchased some passes for the two of us to attend yoga classes at a local studio. It had been years since I'd stepped inside a yoga studio, and I remember feeling just a little anxious on our first visit. You know that feeling? Like there's a longing to do something but when it comes right down to it you're a little hesitant?

Well my hesitation didn't last long. In fact, as soon as we entered the door something unexpected happened to me. I had a deep sense of belonging in that yoga studio - like I was meant to be there and that it was the beginning of something really meaningful for me.
It was during our first class in that studio that a little vision popped into my head. I could see myself teaching there, in the beautiful "Ocean" room. In my mind I was already there - standing in front of students, windows behind me overlooking the lake, the word Breathe scrolled beautifully across one wall, sharing my love of yoga as students followed my lead.

As it turned out, Carrie and I both loved the studio that we happened upon with a simple coupon. Within a month I had registered for their 200-hour yoga teacher certification program, and now comes this...

I've had some ideas in my mind for teaching a yoga/mandala workshop. There's a series of yoga poses I want to lead, information I'd love to share about the history and significance of mandalas, and to teach students how to draw their own would be such an honor and a thrill for me. I picked a date and contacted our favorite studio to ask about renting space for an afternoon in May.

I half expected the answer to be no - there would be no space available. The other half of me figured that if there was space available it would be a small classroom at their "other" location. Imagine my surprise when the reply email came saying, Yes! There is space available, for the date I chose, at the time I want, and oh - I'll be teaching in the OCEAN room!

Now half of me is giddy with excitement and the other half is a little anxious. I cleared a big hurdle yesterday by pressing the button to send out information about my workshop. It's all over the internet now and there's no turning back! ;o) There's something about putting myself "out there" that isn't comfortable for me...yet...but I know it will be ok.

I've already seen it in my mind: 
Me...teaching in the Ocean room...

Local friends ~ You can read more about my workshop and register by clicking here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A weekend and a wedding.

Hello April, springtime, and blog friends!
So long Easter bunny, cool temps, and the weekend...
Our weekend was busy, happy, sunshiney, busy, fun-filled, busy. Happy.

Saturday evening found Carrie and I at the wedding of some good friends of ours. Kristin and Kandice were originally "married" in 2011 before Arizona had officially recognized same-sex marriages. And now that Arizona has stepped it up, K & K hosted "Wedding 2.0" where they officially tied the knot, signed the papers, and celebrated with friends. We had so much fun at their official wedding!

I made red velvet cupcakes for the occasion...

So yeah, Saturday was all about baking and frosting and getting dressed up for a wedding. I chose Sunday as a day to take care of a few things around our house and that ended up involving several hours of friendship quilt sewing. :o)

It almost felt surreal to finally be joining all the blocks together to form a quilt top. I loved revisiting every square and thinking about the amazing connection I've made with so many women from around the world. The whole thing really blows my mind sometimes!

I made great progress on joining squares but had to move on to other things so I will revisit this project in a couple of weeks. You know I'll share more about it as I go.

And now it's Monday morning and time to take on another work week. I wonder what kinds of wild and wacky things are in store for us in the next few days...

Here's hoping for lots of awesome in the week ahead.
{It's out there, you just have to look for it sometimes!}
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