Sunday, March 20, 2016

daydreaming out loud

i had such a wonderful day yesterday.  a most needed day.

usually on a saturday morning you'll find fav daughter and i in the dance studio tapping away and then afterwards we scoop up my fav son-in-law and all have lunch together.  sometimes we wander a little more after lunch before each of us head off to whatever weekend errands need to be done.  it's fun and relaxing, and i look forward to it each week.  yesterday however, we did things a little differently.

our tap class had been cancelled due to spring break so we took the opportunity to have our feet pampered and our toes painted.  my feet were in desperate need of some tlc so this was perfect timing.  once our feet had been totally taken care of, we scooped up the other member of our saturday party and headed for lunch.  just as planned, like we do every week.  good food was had, even better conversation which led us to a spontaneous trip up the "street" (more like 15-20 miles up the highway) to the neighboring small town of boerne.

boerne, texas is a very cute quaint small hill country town founded by a group of german colonists back in 1849.  i've made many trips to boerne throughout the years.  it's an adorable little city with antique shops, bakeries, and many other independently owned shops lining main street.  the cibolo creek runs through the center of town making a great home for the many ducks.  there is lovely park further down main street where they hold lots of events such as market days and during the holidays dickens on main.  they've recently completed a renovation of veteran's plaza honoring those who have served and given their lives for our country.  the new library and the grounds that surround it are gorgeous.  a perfect setting to grab a book and read for hours on end.

like i said, i've been here many times, fav daughter and son-in-law have actually lived in boerne, but this trip was a little different.  we were totally spontaneous, not on any time deadlines, and played as if we were tourists!

the first thing we did when we hit town was to go by sugar belles and pick up a deliciously sinful cupcake!  can i just tell you that should you get to boerne you must make sugar belles one of your first stops.  you won't regret it.  the owner is super nice and very friendly (as you would expect in a small texas town).  what i LOVE about this shop is that in addition to the "regular" cupcakes offered like chocolate and vanilla, she creates such delights as texas sheetcake, brownie cheesecake, and banana pudding.  but even better than that, she offers a nice selection of gluten-free cupcakes. and just to reiterate, more than one flavor of the gluten-free.  on this day she had 3 different kinds.  fav daughter and i try to be a gluten-free as possible and this a big coupe for us, and if you're gluten-free you know what a treat this is, pun intended.  we picked up a texas sheetcake and a banana nut muffin, both gluten-free, and they were heavenly.  (no, i didn't eat both in the same sitting.  had one later that afternoon and the other this morning, ha!)  it would be total perfection if they were also vegan. one can dream and who could happen.  wish i would have taken a picture to show you, but sadly by the time i thought about a photograph all that was left were crumbs!

after sugar belles we roamed.  fav son-in-law works for the city so we got a private guided tour of some of the sites around town.  we checked out the new amphitheater behind the library, the newly renovated veteran's plaza, boerne lake, and in between these things we checked out homes for sale and some that weren't but were too cute not to check out.  we (daughter and i) have an obsession with older homes and boerne is filled with them.  i have always wanted to live in boerne in one of the older cottage-type homes in and around the city center and it was fun daydreaming about having one of my very own.  i had the privilege of meeting an old friend of theirs, a wonderful lady with the coolest house ever!  i wonder if she knows she's living in my dream house?  ;)

after roaming the nooks and crannies for about 5 hours, we headed back home.  it was dinner time by now and so we had dinner together and then we all headed to our respective spaces for the evening.  it was soooooo much fun.  we chatted, daydreamed out loud, and laughed A LOT, which we tend to do anyway, but seemingly even more on this day.  the weather was beautiful and it ended up being a very relaxing chill day.  it's amazing how getting out of your normal routine, spending time outside, and surrounding yourself with people you enjoy can create inspiration, motivation, and relaxation.  i highly recommend it and can't wait to do it again.

peace, love & cupcakes!

cindy :)

sorry for the lack of pictures. too busy living in the moment?! did get the one above of the lake, which was so beautiful.  had it been a little warmer i would've jumped in! well, at least put my feet in.  :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

it's question/answer day: how do you make that?

for the next few weeks and maybe longer who knows, i thought i'd take a moment to answer some of the questions i often get during class.  if you have any questions that you've been dying to know the answer to, please ask.  chances are there's someone else whose probably wondering the same thing.

a few years back, one of the lovely members of class coined savasana (corpse pose) as dessert.  as she put it, getting to hang out and relax in this pose was just like having dessert without the calories! i absolutely agree with her.

for some, they like to take dessert one step further, the icing on the cake you might say, with a spritz or two of what i'll call zen mist.  because i get asked quite a bit how to make it, i thought i'd share the recipe with you.  it's so easy.  the hardest part of the whole thing is finding the glass bottle.  the last one i found was at a local Vitamin Shoppe shop. :)

here's the supplies you'll need:

2-4oz. dark colored glass bottle
lavender oil (or any essential oil of your choice)
distilled or filtered water

the details:

fill the bottle 3/4 of the way with water
add 5-10 drops lavender oil depending on the size of your bottle
put the lid on the bottle, shake it up and you're ready to go. it's just that easy!

of course you can use as we do in class, spray lightly on a small towel, place over your eyes during savasana and enjoy.  you can also use it as a mist to spray on your pillow before bed or whenever you need a little zen. some members like to spray a little in the palms of their hands to carry some of that zen with them throughout the day.  feel free to experiment with different oils as well.  i often like to add a little peppermint in with the lavender for a more energizing boost.

enjoy!  :)


if you're interested in how to integrate yoga and holistic wellness
into your daily life, let me know.  i offer guidance and support.
email me and let's set up a time to chat over a cuppa tea.  :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

a book review: big magic

one of my goals in 2016 is to read finish at least 1 book a month.  an admirable goal though this is, i know there are a lot of those out there who have stated they want to read 2 books a month or even a book a week, which seems insurmountable to me. how do you do that?

i wouldn't mind working my way up to a book a week; heaven knows i have a looooong list of books i want to read, a ton of samples on my kindle to check out as well as all the books i have hoarded accumulated over the years.  one of my issues is that i am a bit of a slow reader and if i wait to read before bed, i tend to fall asleep before i can finish a page or two and then i don't remember what i've read! i don't know if i'll get to the point where i can read a book a week, but the plan is to definitely read more.

in the meantime, i have managed to finish one whole book so far, and that is, Big Magic, Creating Life Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

loved it!

i heard quite a lot about this book before i finally purchased it.  for a while it seemed every time i logged on to facebook someone was raving about it.

my highlighter had a field day with this book.  here are just a few of my takeaways:
  • do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?
  • the universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
  • a creative life is an amplified life.
  • argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.
  • you do not need anybody's permission to live a creative life.
  • if you're alive, you're a creative person.
  • your own reasons to create are reasons enough.
  • it's never too late.
  • the essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody:  courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust.
  • perfectionism is just a high-end, haute couture version of fear.
  • remember that you're nothing but a beginner - even if you've been working in your craft for 50 years.
  • you were born to create, regardless of the outcome.
this is a good one you guys.  it's one i'm sure i'll refer to over and over again and highly recommend. if you've read it, i'd love to hear what you thought about it in the comments below.

peace, love, and more books!

cindy  :)

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