Contemplate Something Beautiful

I was inspired to start a movement. Perhaps a mini movement, or maybe something that builds like an avalanche, or maybe something even bigger. The idea is to simply contemplate something beautiful, then take a picture of it. Tag your photos with the hashtag #contemplatesomethingbeautiful, so we can all see and appreciate the good things in each other’s lives.

Here is my first entry: my ikea orchid plant roosting in my lime tree.


I was inspired to begin this movement, after I watched this video on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.

Just like Hollye, I am guilty of rushing around, and not slowing down to appreciate life’s small beauties. Join me in slowing down to contemplate something beautiful each day.


Today marks the day that, 17 years ago, my dad transitioned from this world to the next. I used to mark this day with sadness, or finding ways to pamper myself because “he would have wanted me to be happy,” or eating lots of chocolate. Now, I choose to mark this day with gratitude.

I feel as though I was given a gift, because, for 25 years, I had the most loving, kindhearted father a girl could ask for. I had a dad who quietly taught me about the world. I had a father who loved me, and let me know that I was loved; that I was important. Because of him, because I knew I was loved and cherished, I never “settled” for the wrong man. How can I feel sad, when, for 25 years, I had my wonderful father in my life?

Unfortunately, so many friends of mine never had this connection. I was supremely lucky.

As I get older, I’ve had to watch my friends lose their parents. One of my good friends lost her dad to cancer a few years ago, and still mourns him deeply. I would love to wrap my arms around her and squeeze-because one of the truths that I’ve learned is that our loved ones are never really gone. Truly. All we have to do is just talk to them. They will let us know that they are with us in so many small ways, if we just open our hearts and minds and talk to them.

Here’s a clip from one of my favorite movies, illustrating just this. Peter Falk’s chatting to an angel!

So dad, just to let you know, I’m doing great! I’m filled with deep gratitude, for everything. And-you would have loved Chris, my husband. Kindred spirits, you two.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, lovely people! How was it? Are you watching football? Sleeping it off? It’s overcast and chilly here; so I’m curled up, watching a movie, and sipping on a green smoothie.

I’ve been cocooning for quite a bit, it seems. Meditating. Determining my personal style and “who I want to be in the world.” I’ve also been paying special and close attention to pinpointing the work I am meant to do here (in this life).

One thing is for sure: any roadblocks I have, are only because of me. As a rule, I don’t “do” resolutions, but this year, I have only one: limit the amount of time I spend online; specifically, Facebook.

My addiction to this all encompassing social network has limited the time I see my friends socially, has limited my creativity, takes me out of the “flow” of daily life, heck, I don’t even read books any more!

Instead, I will post here more often, and, other than that, any time I feel like updating my status, I’ll write it in a regular, old fashioned journal.

In the upcoming months, I’ll be working towards my 500 hour yoga teacher training, and slowly adding new offerings to my etsy shop, Rising Persephone. I hope to do and be part of lots more blog giveaways. I ADORE giveaways.

My word for this year is “align,” and my ultimate goal is to bring my yoga practice, my offerings, and my teaching all into alignment.

What are your goals/resolutions/dreams for 2014?