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Wash Away

Life changes the way you look at life. ~Matt Heldman 7 6 5 4 3 2 1I’m sitting on a plane heading to Boise, ID sorting more images from my San Diego trip. I still have more to edit and I don’t mind that it’s taken me weeks to do so.  I keep surprising myself with the changes I’m making. My time away seemed to wash away old habits and I’m excited about the new ones that are forming. Did you know that if you start a new habit on a trip it’s easier to do it and stick to it? I need to finish reading ‘ The Power of Habit’ to remember why .. something about your brain being more open to new things when you’re not in your comfort zones??

I’ll brag a bit about my new habits, it will help me keep them …

New habit #1 GET UP EARLIER – I’m becoming a morning person! This morning I was able to get up at 5AM and feel rested & ready to start my day! I rarely take morning flights because I have a tendency to worry about getting enough sleep which actually keeps me awake all night and my travel day can be horrible, not today! I’ve always admire people who open their laptops on the plane and get something done, I’ve never had energy to do that, until now, what a treat to write a blog post on the plane.

New habit #2 GET OUTSIDE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. My days go better if I get out and go for a hike/walk first thing. I prefer to sit … have a cup of tea … catch up on email, facebook, blogs, etc. but this does not get me in the state of mind that hiking does, so most days I make myself get out the door ASAP cup of tea in hand, dog biscuits in my pocket and were off!

New habit #3 HAVE A MORNING GREEN DRINK. One of the energy boosts that seems to be helping me get off to a good start are my green drinks filled with ‘super’ foods. My sister got me hooked on the routine during my visit. I don’t like ice smoothies, so I was sure I would not want a morning smoothie, but my sister explained that a blended drink can be more of a juice than smoothie, she showed me how to mix water with kale, spinach, chard, orange, berry, celery, carrot, cucumber, lemon or lime, parsley and anything else in the fridge that needs to get used up. It’s fun to play around with different combinations. I also add nuts, ginger, turmeric, maybe some plain yogurt, and the thing that really seems give me more energy during the day is the dry super food powder that I added. ( Garden of Life - Perfect Food Raw Organic ) And I highly recommend the Ninja blender with single serve cups, so easy to use and rinse off. You’d think I was making a commission the way I’m going on and on. I’m NOT! just happy to pass on my research & results : )

I wonder if I’ll create any new habits on this trip? I’m sprucing up our rental house, we’re ready to sell it. And, I’m so excited to connect with friends I haven’t seen for years :)



P.S. Another weird trick that works to help me sleep is to have my husband wake me in the morning rather than me setting an early alarm. He does not tell me what time he will wake me for the morning flights or any other early days, so I don’t have a time in my head any more, which has been so helpful. If you struggle with thinking too much at night, try this. I’m amazed how well it works for me.


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Apr 21, 2013 | Post by: Christine 6 Comments

Soft Winged Things

I was always a lover of soft-winged things. ~ Victor Hugo 1 2 3 4 6 7 10 12

I am teleporting myself back to the beach as I edit and sort my seaside shots … I prefer the white water over the white snow falling outside my window!

Before I put in an order this week for some new photos on glass I’d love to know which are your favorite beach shots from this batch of birds above and/or from the still life’s or these seaweed shots. I always wonder if the ones I love match the ones you love : )

Thanks for visiting,


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Apr 13, 2013 | Post by: Christine 9 Comments

Swami’s Beach Cat!?

You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.  ~Proverb 1

I was a bit bleary eyed when I was descending the steep stairs down to the sand, it was the second day of my new early morning routine. When I turned the corner and looked up from my hot cup of tea, at first I was wondering if I was seeing things … which sometimes happens … do you hallucinate — did you know 30% of us hallucinate!? oops off on a tangent. Okay back to the coolest cat I think I’ve ever met. He let me scratch his neck and take his photo. 2

I asked him to be careful climbing back up the handrail, it’s so high off the ground and I was scared he might fall, but he had other ideas. He turned around showed me how easy it is to walk on a 2″ balance beam, following me down to the beach. It was so weird and wonderful to be on the beach with a cat! He was very social and playful; tossing around stones, relaxing and watching the birds I was photographing on the shore … 3 4

I chatted with a local that said he was Samson ~ Swami’s Beach Cat. He comes down to the beach often, his owner lives in one of the houses near Swami’s SRF retreat. It was hard to say goodbye to my new friend but I was getting hungry and decided to grab an egg & bagel sandwich.

Instead of eating in the cafe, I walked up to the overlook and had my breakfast looking out on the ocean. When I finished, I wandered amongst the big beautiful homes with the stunning ocean views. I stood for a bit staring at one of the last lots for sale dreaming about building a beach side home. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a tail signaling and was again surprised to see another cat! 5

Our eyes met and he wandered my way. Look at those beautiful eyes. I think this guy is named Pete?? He had a similar collar and tag and was just as friendly as Samson. 6

I think these two are siblings, what do you think? 7If you ever get to Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, CA I hope you get to meet these two cool cats.

Did you know today is National Sibling Day?

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Apr 10, 2013 | Post by: Christine 6 Comments
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