Friday, September 30, 2011

breaking open...

open the window, originally uploaded by fragglerawker_03.

“I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that it break open and never close again
to the rest of the world.”

~mary oliver

things on my mind....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


i am starting a 21 day plan....schedule...habits....whatever you want to call it.

it consists of basic things, things i intend on doing everyday but i forget. so i have a schedule for myself. things as simple as start your day of with a big glass of water instead of coffee or wash your face are on it. also, don't start your computer or get online for an hour after you wake up are on it.

all it takes are simple changes. i am inspired these days to make small changes....although my no-meat challenge isn't that small. last night i almost broke down....all i kept saying was "i'm so going somewhere and getting a big ole' juicy steak". today i woke up and felt stronger....i will continue on with it as long as my body feels able to.

i'm still feeling pulled, more and more as each day passes, towards more simplicity. less making things, and more earthy, grounded, back to the basics kind of pursuits. i like simplicity and i'm finally okay with accepting that.

p.s.  go look at this ridiculously yummy recipe - Black Bean Patties with Avocado and Tomato Salsa

Friday, September 23, 2011

and we'll be swinging....

Tire Swing, originally uploaded by AlysonUnAverage.
random thoughts....

~still not eating meat. this is proving harder than i thought....ESPECIALLY when i dream about freezers full of meat every night.

~not buying any more jewelry supplies has proved to be very freeing and making me feel at peace.......also clearing out the Etsy shop is also proving to be freeing and making me feel that much more headed in the right direction. time for change.

~open windows and doors keeps me from feeling boxed in while i'm indoors. i'm just not an indoor kind of girl.

~it turns out 3 pillows are just right....what was i thinking with using 5??? oh silly me.

~how does one get over their bacon cravings? you tell me this and i will think you are genius.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

here ya go stomach...i'm all yours....

Vegetables, originally uploaded by kamomebird (very busy).

FACT: i spend most of my time thinking about my stomach. growing up and even into recent years i have worried about what i eat and how it will affect my stomach / body. actually i take that back....when i was younger i didn't worry about in turn i always had stomach aches.....ALWAYS. eventually i learned i had to pay attention to what i was consuming.....i learned what not to eat when....i could drink milk but not first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach...and only one glass, any more would surely send my stomach into knots and twists and make me feel ill. sweet tea was a no-no unless i was eating a meal...then no more after the meal was done. it's pretty ridiculous. no spicy foods at tummy can not take the heat. one bite is all it takes. ...and so the story goes ....

for no apparent reason my stomach still turns at various things....but i'm learning the more earthy and natural, the better. stick with vegetables, fruits, and simplicity and i'm good. so begins my food journey into vegan and vegetarian recipes. my goal is vegan, but realistically vegetarian is where i can find common ground with the part of me that craves bacon almost constantly.....errrr constantly.

i am of the southern variety, so flavoring with bacon is a this will be hard habit to change. i start a lot of meals off with sizzling some turkey bacon and garlic and then the rest of the meal begins.... not *always*, but a lot of the time bacon is a staple ingredient in my meals. (and don't even get me started with cheese)

i'm headed to the farmers market today to grab up some goodies and we'll start this journey. i feel like i need a life coach whispering sweet nothings into my ear "your stomach will thank you, your stomach will thank you, your stomach will thank you reality, my organs/skin/arteries/mood/energy level/etc will all be thanking me.......but it's too soon to take a bow and congratulate myself now.....but don't you worry, i am already practicing my acceptance speech.

Friday, September 16, 2011

what makes me happy....

Happy Kids Kites, originally uploaded by ►CubaGallery.
what is making me happy this morning.....

~coffee with some cinnamon sprinkled in it and french vanilla sugar free creamer

~waking up and immediately playing Southern Culture on the Skids music......if you don't get happy listening to them, then you should start questioning your judgement about everything.

~cooler temps which means open windows and doors!!!

~cooler temps which means building a fire outside this evening and roasting marshmallows!!

~a call from my grandmother to tell me she loves me and to see how i was doing :) sweet sweet woman.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

i want.....

Greenhouse @ Noordwijk, originally uploaded by wot nxt.
i want to live in a greenhouse. with grass, lamps, a kitchen, flowers-herbs-plants as my decor, and a bed. that's what i want.

i made this yummy slow cooker steel cut oats, apples, cinnamon, walnuts, cranberries breakfast.....put it on last night and ate it this morning. mmm. simplicity.

also, this is on my list of things to do.  I love these girls and Andrea Scher is someone who inspired me to follow my creative path oh so many years ago.   Dream Big with the Mondo Beyondo class .

for your listening pleasure!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

what's on my mind....

Live Simple, originally uploaded by Katie@!.

1. sometimes it's easier to wash the dishes by hand than fool with the dishwasher.

2. i'm thinking about not cooking with meat at all for two weeks.....(two weeks is more of a realistic goal)

3. has come to the conclusion that there isn't anything much better than a garden tomato sandwich

4. slicing vegetables and fruits is by far one of the most calming and fulfilling things i do on a regular basis

5. i LOVE water and think it's odd when people say they don't.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

what's inspiring me these days...

what's inspiring me these days...

1. this blog entry by Becoming Minimalist 

2. always Pixie Campbell ...  go check out her Soulodge class....fall session starts soon, don't miss out!

3.  Pinterest .....oh me oh my.  it's a visual journal of sorts.

4.  cooking, cooking, cooking.....i have experimented with a gazillion new recipes.  yes, a GAZILLION.  i love adding to my list the ones that i just know i will be making again and again.  this "list" is getting longer.  a major source of contentment and bliss.

what's been inspiring you?