Friday, July 11, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
This stunning new building greets visitors right when they get off the ferry. It has quickly become a cornerstone of the community. The architecture and landscaping are stunning and inviting. I couldn't wait to get inside!
I was greeted by volunteers who informed me that the museum is free thanks to generous benefactors. Wow, what a treat! Then they informed me that they were in between major art exhibits, which at first bummed me out, but I made the most of it. There was still ample art to see and it was also fun to observe the museum director, artists and volunteers installing the art for the exhibit that was opening two days later.
I really enjoyed the varied collection of regional art. From colorful serigraphs by Romson Regarde Bustillo (top photo above and also below) to flora and fauna acrylic panels by Fred Lisaius (below) to sculpture and oil paintings, the museum is beautifully curated.
Even the bathroom is art-filled!
I have a thing for bees, so this is one of my favorites by Fred Lisaius.
After filling up on art, I had a wonderful lunch with Lee catching up on all things color, art, travel, health, nutrition, family and life. Then I headed north to Suquamish, where Geoff's grandfather lived for many years and his family is selling his final property. I soaked up the view, read a magazine (Coastal Living, in fact, so appropo!) and enjoyed the sound of the waves and the nice sea breeze.
Before boarding the ferry back to Seattle, I stopped for an iced tea at one of my favorite Island hangouts - Pegasus Coffee. This lovely patio made me feel like I had been transported to Europe.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
School is out and summer is almost here! How are you feeling about summer "break"? I'm really excited!
Finding time for ourselves during the summer months can be tricky, so I wanted to recommend one of my favorite books for you to read throughout the summer to make sure you are finding time to nurture your body, mind and soul.
It's called The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health. It is jam-packed with really practical ways to bring more joy, balance and vitality to your life.
Here's an overview of the 10 sacred practices. If you focus on one each week of the summer, I guarantee you will feel great! And you'll still have time for some fun, brainless beach books!
Practice #1: Set the bar high
Practice #2: Act with kindness
Practice #3: Celebrate the child in you
Practice #4: Resonate to the music
Practice #5: Exercise - fast and slow, alone and together
Practice #6: Deepen your relationship with yourself
Practice #7: Nourish yourself with living foods
Practice #8: Experience ecstasy
Practice #9: Seek opportunities for service and stillness
Practice #10: Savor balance in all things
Summer is awesome but we need to remember to take time for ourselves and to fill our cups so we're not counting the days until school starts again in September!
Happy summer everyone! Joy to you.
Friday, June 13, 2014
This is a postscript to my love note to Jamie Joseph...
I wanted to share the beautiful ring that my friend Heidi chose with our winnings from the Silverado Jamie Joseph contest (see aforementioned blog post!).
Heidi's ring literally glows - just like the picture - and it is so beautiful just like her! I was thrilled that she chose this sparkling turquoise stone with a tiny diamond embedded in it. For those of you who know Heidi, she's a fancy gal! She loves her ring as much as Heather (Heidi's twin) and I love ours.
Heidi sent me the following text when she first got hers: "I love my ring sooooo much! I have a cramp in my wrist from holding my hand up to gaze upon its beauty."
I can totally relate. There is something magical about the beauty and energy that emanate from Jamie Joseph's rings.
We gathered on the Oregon Coast a couple of weekends ago to spread Scott's ashes at Pacific City, one of his favorite surf spots. It was a very special and sacred time (more on that at some point). Here are a few pictures of our rings together for the first time, and so happy!
We were there on Scott's 43rd birthday and Sofia and Chance wrote him this message in the sand!
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I regularly eat a rainbow of colors at every meal, and I try to eat foods as close to the way nature made them. I feel better and have more fun preparing and eating delicious, healthy, colorful meals! The energy vibrations from colorful fruits and vegetables make cooking -- and eating -- more enjoyable.
When I have a rainbow of colorful, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables on hand, meals and snacks are actually pretty quick and easy to prepare, especially on Wednesdays when I eat raw (i.e. no cooking!). More on that in a future post.
Have I convinced you yet? Here is a delicious and easy recipe to try from Recipes for Health Bliss, my favorite! I made this spinach and sweet potato salad for dinner last night and it was SO GOOD - even a huge hit with my carnivorous husband!
"In order to bring sacred balance into our lives,