sensory overload. part 13.

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hi friends! it’s monday, again. time for a new week and time for my weekly sensory overload post! i find it pretty fun to go through my photos from the past week, and notice the things that were inspiring, amazing, and just simply nice.it really helps me to focus on seeing the beauty and amazingness that is contained in regular, everyday life. and that, i believe, is an important thing to practice.

we spend so much time wishing for this or that – always thinking that the grass is greener of the other side. these monday posts help me to focus and see that, no, life is pretty damn good exactly where i am. and it’s all these little moments that make me grateful for life, instead of wishing it away.

this past week i del like a drank a lot of coffee – and i was quite social. i worked on a coffee article about beans in the beginning of the week, and that gave me an amazing opportunity to have conversation with some seriously passionate people. plus, i am now wanderlusting about doing a coffee trip to a coffee farm overseas. how amazing would that be? i also had my regular fika meet up in a super funky, eclectic cafe in west asheville. battle cat is a definite favorite place to hang out. (i went twice last week!). and, during the weekend, i had two coffee meetings with panels i was chairing for two articles i am writing for and asheville eats & drinks guide that the local newspaper is publishing. so, yes. lots of people. lots of coffee. and that equals lots of fun!

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the winter weather just won’t seem to let up this year. it’s a crazy roller coaster ride, but i think we are in for some awesomeness this week as it will be in the 70s (20s celsius!). i’m keeping my fingers crossed – it is going to be april tomorrow, you know! time for a little spring!IMG_0579 IMG_0584 IMG_0719

i had my second book club meeting last tuesday, and it was so very great. there were about 12 women, lots of conversation and debate, glasses of wine, and a snowy evening all making it a perfect, cozy gathering. i just love meeting new people, hearing different takes on a book, and finding inspiration. plus, i get to channel my inner spiritual direction/teacher. bonus.IMG_0597 IMG_0602

here are a few more shots from the drive up north of asheville for that teaching interview i had. i’ll hear back something this week – not to determine if i got the job or not, but to coordinate my thoughts with the director = see where we both stand and what we are both thinking. i’l tell you what i’m thinking: i’m thinking that i want this job!

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my parents came to town, so we did quite a bit of eating out (nothing new, i know. hehe). yummy places, fun times, and good to be together again. they split their time between my brother’s place and ours. it was short and quick, but meaningful to me.IMG_0558 IMG_0639 IMG_0666

enjoyed a few things that i love to the max this week: bubbles to drink, snuggles with our favorite little american, girl time with her mom, and cozy nights at home.IMG_0670

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how was your week? any amazing moments? i hope that not only have you had a good weekend, but that this upcoming week is filled with joy and happiness and peace. sending you lots of love. xx

p.s. tomorrow is my belovelive anniversary! stay tuned for a celebration & april’s photo challenge! 

namaste.

sensory overload: part 9

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you know how some weeks are just regular weeks? well, that’s how this past week was. just regular life – not that that’s bad. but, it’s those weeks that seem regular, boring, mundane, and/or ordinary that are the ones that teach me to find the extraordinary within the ordinary. and believe me, if you look, you will find it.

so, even though there were not ground-breaking moments, i quietly moved through the week just doing what i do. and looking back, i can see just how amazing some of those moments actually were. however, if i am really aware, then i am present in the moments as they happen. that, of course, is my goal.

the past week was full of little things that, as i looked through my photos, reminded me that i am so blessed -just to live the life that i do. that there is inspiration all around me.

in fact, i dare say that inspiration was actually the theme during the week:

an evening beer and cozy lights.

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we rearranged our bedroom. a new perspective, and a funky loft feel. love it!bedroom

finished an amazing book: The Invention of Wingsthe invention of wings

Had my first book club meeting! so. much. fun.book club

my new favorite breakfast place: Biscuit Head & a great Fika meet up with incredible conversationsbreakfast

a lot of work/writing at home. ok. not as much as it should have been.work

sunrises, sunsets, and silent momentssunrise

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on saturday, I attended an amazing LGBT conference  – inspiration. networking. support. information. activism.
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sunday morning laziness with my little familysunday morning

and finally, the oscars on tv! it was a great show with (again, I use the word) inspiring actors, speeches, & moments

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i need to seriously be really productive this week. motivated. effective. and creating that paradise that i say is my own inspiration for 2014. perhaps all of that inspiration that i soaked up last week will carry me through this week.

so, i’m gonna try to be all about business this week – and also taking care of my family (who are sick and having a rough time) – because next weekend some friends from germany come to visit! so, time to get moving. here’s to wishing you a great week, friends!

peace & love. xx

sensory overload. part 8.

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hi everyone! happy monday! we’ve gone from from snow to spring since last week’s sensory overload. that’s right, this past week gave those of us who call asheville home a chance to get outside and have our first attack of spring fever. with the gorgeous weather,  though, came the challenge to soak it up and enjoy it as much as possible… because we ashevillians know that winter is not done with us yet. that’s just how the weather goes here in north carolina. there are at least two more months where possible winter storms can blow in at any given time. so, when it feels like spring, it’s time to act like spring. and i did just that!

doors flung open. driving with the windows down. fresh salads to eat. coffee to drink. adventures to be had. new places to explore. smoothies to sip. it was a great week.

monday morning coffee love

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smoothies all week long. yes.

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downtown asheville after the rain.

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spring birdie singing in the tree. love it.IMG_9305

fika meet up at biltmore coffee co. with 12 fabulous people. and the owner gave me a “free lunch for 2″ coupon for bringing my group in. score!IMG_9316

about to relaunch my fika blog. woo hoo!IMG_9324

more weekday, spontaneous wanderings & discoveries…IMG_9336 IMG_9346

yes. this is a laundromat and a bar. together. asheville awesomeness.IMG_9365

look at this adorable cat. she was in there when i opened the drawer. what?!IMG_9376

adventure saturday underway! cherokee & bryson city were on the list. (check back on thursday, when i introduce you to this amazing indian reservation only 45 minutes from us. a blast from the retro past).IMG_9388 IMG_9387 IMG_9389 IMG_9401 IMG_9406 IMG_9411 IMG_9421 IMG_9432 IMG_9435 IMG_9445

sunday morning moments in the sun. perfection.IMG_9471

brought home a dreamcatcher to hang on the wall. swoon. looking all springy at home!
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spent the whole entire day reading. amazing!
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wishing you a beautiful, fantastic, amazing, & productive week!

love & peace. xx