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If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive. ~ Eleanora Duse

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May 04, 2013 | Post by: Christine 12 Comments

Looking for Fairies

And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know.  There are fairies everywhere:  under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day.  So listen, touch, and look around – in the air and on the ground.  And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing.  ~Author Unknown


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Apr 26, 2013 | Post by: Christine 7 Comments

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
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