This was sent to me by my mother-in-law this morning, and I had to pass it on…

WILL YOU DANCE WITH ME

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they
haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it
was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up
dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then
on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t
suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the
word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you
watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to
lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have
clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had
a late breakfast, It looks like rain.’ And my personal favorite: ‘It’s
Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our
headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when
all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained.
We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet… We’ll go on a
second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college..

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and
the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and
all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan
on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and
available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm
for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re
ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an
elevator for a bungee cord..

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s
just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and
eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the car and bought
a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have
died happy.

Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to……not
something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only
one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the
rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly’s erratic flight or
gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the
fly? When you ask ‘ How are you?’ Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores
running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’
And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good
friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened
gift….Thrown away….. Life is not a race Take it slower. Hear the music
before the song is over.

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I personally feel the earth should be celebrated every day, and we should treat her with the respect we give our family, friends, neighbors, etc. I do feel “we” are starting to become more aware, but I am still baffled by the choices people are making these days…or should I say lack of choices. I do believe we are the ones causing Mother Earth to suffer, however I also feel it has been out of ignorance rather than laziness. My sister recently gave me Ismael to read, and it was life changing. It opened my eyes to the fact that humans can keep thinking they are the center of the universe, but that is exactly what is causing all the problems. It’s funny because now that I realize this, I can’t even look at a little spider the same. Rather than thinking, “that spider is invading my space”, I think I hope my “shit” isn’t getting in the way of his home. I am sure this sounds ridiculous to some of you, but it is amazing at how one book can change your perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I am still using electronics all day long, I have yet to start composting ( something I have wanted to do forever ), and we still buy paper towels because sometimes you Just Need Them. I am by no means perfect with the way I treat Mother Earth. I am conscious of it though. I am making daily efforts to improve our relationship :) I have listed some ways below that Jer and I have been able to do our part for this beautiful place we call home. If you have any ideas on other things we could do, please leave a comment and share them with the rest of us!!! Every little bit helps!

1. Recycle anything and everything possible
2. Reuse Reuse Reuse!!! Jer and I try and reuse as much as we can. Our new favorite is mason jars. We use them as drinking glasses and for storage :) We also use Pyrex instead of Tupperware because it’s better for us and the environment.
3. We share a car and I walk/ride my bike as much as possible.
4. I work from home and Jer’s commute is only a couple miles, so that saves on gas!
5. We shop at the local farmers market for several reasons. One, it is always good to support your local farmers! two, why waste fuel shipping food across the globe, when you can eat the tomatoes grown in your own back yard? three, they are usually organic and pesticide free, which is Way better for you and the environment!!!!
6. We only eat meat that is free range, natural and organic!!!! This is a biggy!
7. I have stopped giving out folders to potential clients with pricing, etc. Instead we view it on the laptop during meetings and I give them one piece of paper to take notes on.
8. All of my business cards and mailers have been printed on recycled paper.
9. We use skoy as much as possible instead of paper towels!!!
10. I just recently switched to a paperless format so I will no longer have to print out contracts, etc.
11. We use refillable water bottles instead of buying plastic.
12. We use canvas grocery bags, rather than wasting paper or plastic ones.
13. Joined the Plan a Bulb project. Check it out here.

These are just a few ways we are cutting back on waste. I would love to hear your ideas! I know there are millions of ways to take better care of this beautiful planet, and this is just the beginning!

Let the sharing begin :)

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Katrina is my cousin-in-law, aka Soul Sister :) She is young, beautiful, smart, fun, wise beyond her years, a teacher, a student, and a very old Soul!

Like every other woman that walks in the door, Katrina was a little reserved and shy at first. My favorite part of every boudoir session is when the Switch happens. It is very instant and you can see it in her eyes. It’s the moment she goes from nervous to OWNING IT!!!! Katrina is a great example that no matter how beautiful we are, every woman has her insecurities! If we could only see ourselves the way others do!!! That is what I try to accomplish during our time together. It is my hope that you will leave the studio feeling as gorgeous as the rest of the world sees you!

I am sure Katrina’s b-friend will LOVE these, but more importantly she will have them forever to remember this experience…

…and few teasers

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I love how Janean’s personal style shows through in these photos! That’s what it’s all about. Embracing YOUR INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY!!!!! The time is now!!! :)

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I have decided as a little spring cleaning to commit myself to a 30 day Yoga Challenge! I have been slacking a bit in my practice and also indulging in too many cocktails and cookies and this winter :) I know what makes me feel good. I know how to stay present in the moment, how to not let small things get to me, and how to keep my energy high to attract more positivity into my life. For me, the answer is Yoga! I discovered this about two years ago when I found my “yoga home”. They practice in mild heat and the class is very meditative. No music, which allows you to be in complete mediation the entire time. They encourage you to practice everyday, even if it’s only a little bit at home. I started noticing how blissful I felt after leaving a class. More so, I realized how much more balanced I became the more I practiced. I soon discovered that when I practice regularly, all the good stuff in my life comes into focus and the other stuff that doesn’t really matter anyway…just fades away…

I have found through MUCH EXPERIENCE that when Stress starts to take over, we have too options, Re-Act or Surrender. When you surrender you let things work out, when you re-act your persist which only makes the resolve that much harder. For me, Yoga helps me to Surrender to the things that I have no control over. When I practice regularly I am much happier, calmer, grateful, balanced, patient, more peaceful, and pretty much live a more rounded life…

I woke up on my birthday last Tuesday with a Renewed Feeling. You know that feeling when you are just Ready?! Even though I hadn’t made any physical changes, I made the change mentally and emotionally and that made all the difference!!!

So, today’s the day and the challenge begins! I will do yoga everyday for 30 days, no matter what!!!! I hope this inspires you to do something for yourself that you have been putting off! Remember we are no good to others, unless we take care of ourselves first!!!!

Happy Spring Cleaning :) !!!!

P.S. If you are interested the place I practice is.. Encinitas Yoga :)

And I’ll leave you with a photo of Jer and I during my birthday celebration (taken on my iphone :)
I love this man :) !!!

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  • Kellea - April 28, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Aww, you look so pretty (and HAPPY) Susie!ReplyCancel