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Summer is just starting to hit me! I was starting to worry I wasn’t going to be able to get into the summer spirit, but luckily my seasonal enthusiasm came just in time. I love putting together images of what is currently making me happy. So here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to and are inspiring me this summer.
-Watching Noah and Allie’s complicated, summer romance in The Notebook for the gazillionth time-
-Reminiscing of sunny days in Catalina-
-Tulsi mala beads: believed to have strong healing properties that bring peace and harmony to one’s life-
-Old-timey circus photographs-
-I like to imagine I’m in Bali when I’m practicing yoga-
-Eating mint-chip ice cream; my favorite!-
-Wishing I owned all of Reese Witherspoon’s costumes/outfits from Water for Elephants–
Annual Silver Lake trips started with Sam’s family when he and his sister, Sara, were very young. Somewhere along the way the trips came to an end, but three years ago they decided to bring the family vacation back to life! It’s been amazing in the last three years to sort of experience what Sam’s childhood vacations were like in Silver Lake. And it seems that with each year, the trips get better and better. I’ve known Sam and his family for nearly five years now and we’ve been very close from the beginning, but I am constantly in awe of how lucky I am to be a part of this family.
This vacation was really special for me–maybe even the best of my life, so far. I felt like I was in this calm and spacious mind-set to fully appreciate every ounce of what happened during our trip. There were so many moments that I loved and I was usually right there to capture it with my camera. I realized on this trip how much I love to document the awesome moments of my life. I wrote in my journal of all of the great experiences of the day and I had two cameras with me: my new Nikon SLR and my smaller Sony camera for situations when I couldn’t take my bigger SLR.
I think I have this drive to capture moments that I love on camera or in my journal because I always want to remember them and hate the thought of letting those little things–and even the big things–dissipate into my life’s history without remembrance. To be able to have something to look back on and remind myself that this small, yet incredible, thing happened one day when I was in Silver Lake, is very important to me. Ergo, I’m a serious moment captor. Some of the highlights of the trip: the Supermoon, celebrating my 25th birthday, Sam and Sara dancing to “Billie Jean,” Sam and his niece, Ella, playing spy, boat fishing, mornings at the cafe and beautiful sunsets on the lake.
I’ve been really enamored by the sky lately. There have been so many interesting cloud formations and beautiful gradations of blue in the sky each day. I find myself “oohing” and “ahing” every time I look up. I think I’ve been paying more attention to the air above me lately because I know I will be leaving this sky for a completely different sky in Portland. So I’m doing my best to soak in the mostly sunny, California days. And now that today is officially the beginning of summer, I will appreciate all that the sun has to offer–with sunscreen, of course.
Saturday, I will be making the drive, with Sam and his family, to Silver Lake–a gorgeous lake next to June Lake, in the Eastern Sierra. I didn’t realize that I would be going on vacation the day after Summer Solstice and I don’t think there is a better way to start off my summer! I’m really looking forward to unplugging for a week and allowing myself to relax in such a breathtaking environment.
I hope all of you celebrate the beginning of your summer in your own way! And I will see you in a little over a week!
I don’t have a place to call my own yet, but when I do I would really like to surround myself with lots of color, plants and natural light. This gorgeous house knows what I’m talking about. Oh and I would love stunning hardwood floors like these. I know, I have high expectations for when I move out. But it’s good to have lots of inspiration like this for when that day comes.
Photos by Sean Fennessy, styling / production by Lucy Feagins of The Design Files
I’m just now realizing how powerful mudras can be in my yoga practice and even in my everyday life. Mudras are hand postures that help direct prana, one’s life energy, throughout the body and evoke certain emotional and mental qualities. Particularly, I have been focusing on and experimenting with the Jnana Mudra, or the Knowledge Mudra, in which the tips of the thumb and index fingers come to touch, as the rest of the fingers gently extend outward. It is considered the mudra of concentration and mental peace, but I had never noticed any effects it had on me until I had a paper to write last month and decided to strike a mudra during my morning pranayama (breathing) practice, in hopes of sharpening my focus for my task ahead. So I softly concentrated on the way the energy flowed through my fingers and hands for about 5 minutes, all the while breathing. And honestly I’ve never experienced myself so focused, yet so calm during the day! It was shocking that I was capable of that. I usually have a subconscious fist-fight in my head, while trying to get things done and by the end of the day I feel exhausted, like I was literally fist-fighting somebody the whole day! So I want to choose a more sane way of going about my everyday life (no more metaphorical black eyes and bruised fists) and this mudra seems to be doing just that for me. I now sometimes strike this lovely hand pose while driving (with one hand, of course). That’s what I like about this mudra; it is accessible anywhere I go, when I’m in need of a bit more focused and calm energy. It’s all right there in my hands.
I love finding a new movie that instantly becomes my new favorite! But last week I found two new favorites, possibly three, with the Before movies: Before Sunrise 1995, Before Sunset 2004 and the newest one, Before Midnight 2013, which I haven’t seen yet, but very antsy to. I’ve loved watching the beautifully complex relationship between Celine and Jesse (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) and how each of their wonderfully developed characters relate to one another.
This trilogy happened by accident, as the second and third films did not come out until 9 years after each previous film! If I had seen these movies when they originally came out, I don’t think I could have kept my cool. They leave you hanging at the end! But it’s beautiful that Richard Linklater, the director, made no plans for the first film to be a part of a series and the audience has had the pleasure to follow Celine and Jesse during the 18 years of knowing one another.
I can’t say enough about these characters, but I won’t say much here. I will tell you that the connection between these two characters is amazingly real. Delpy, a brilliant French actress, and Hawke made me forget that they were acting. I’m ecstatic to have discovered such great films. My heart flutters for these two.