YIN:YANG

THE POWER OF BALANCE

Find a balance... they said, it would be fun they said. Balance is a beautiful thing. However, It's not something that comes easy to me.  

For example, when I work, I have to do ALL THE WORK. When I clean my apartment, I have to clean THE ENTIRE apartment. When I have a pack of peanut M&M's, I have to finish ALL THE M&M's.

It's a commitment thing. I grew up in a super structured and disciplined household, which has some positives, however it's lead me to be overambitious. Overambitious in that I find myself forcing myself to overwork which inevitably causes me to burn out, not a habit that I want to hold on to. I'm working on this seesaw effect. Life has taught me that too much of one thing causes another to suffer. Which is why I'm working on creating a new organizational system. Working from home has amazing benefits (I highly recommend it for people who love their yoga pants and never want to take them off) but it definitely has it's challenges. Like the struggle of wanting to finish up just ONE more assignment, meanwhile dinner is getting cold or you're going to be late to your yoga class. 

The image above is a photo I created in college. I studied Fine Art with a concentration in Creative Photography. It was a very conceptual program. At the time, this photo meant something so different to me than it does now. Then I was about transitioning from one person to another, teenager to young adult, holding on to something that was fleeting. Now it's about how two sides of a coin fit together. It's about duality, and how balance is constructed of opposites working together to make something work. We all need this balance in life. Without this we have imbalance, unnecessary stress, an confusion. I thought I would share this to remind myself that moderation is key. My action plan is to have a green smoothie before the M&M's. 

Namaste, all. Here's to a productive more week! (and equally restfully... cuz..YIN:YANG). 

 

TREASURE HUNTING

I... am a hunter. Hunting is my favorite part of shopping. I chase the feeling of catching something that's one of a kind, old fashioned or slow fashion. Older is better... better quality and made with more thought. 

Although I do participate in consumerism and online shopping on occasion, I have been trying to be more thoughtful in the way that I participate in the world. Sometimes that means buying things that are second hand from thrift stores. I've found the most amazing gems from these kinds of places. It's like the gem was waiting for me to find it, pick it up and love it!  I think that objects can take journeys, too. Someone's old wooden chair could easily become my new-old-magical-thinking-chair if I'm lucky enough to find it. 

I found these lil lovelys at a Goodwill. Do you think these yoga models are still doing yoga and have Instagram accounts with 10k followers?!  

Anyway, I appreciate these gems.

 

LOOM WEAVING WORKSHOP

Loom weaving and tapestry are ancient crafts. I became obsessed with these thangs after seeing them on Instagram and around vintage stores. I've seen some crazy, unique designs and became really inspired to start making them! I had no idea where to start until a dear friend invited me to a weaving workshop. We attended a work in Pasadena that happened to be just minutes from my home. I loved that I was supporting a local small business and got to meet other creative crafters. 

The workshop was incredible (and super affordable-$$$)! The instructor was so much fun and completely non-judgmental of my beginner questions. Ha! 

Our little workshop took place at a little store called LulaMae in Pasadena. The shop is FILLED with the cutest decor, gift, geodes, keepsakes, and the most hilarious handmade cards. 

I've already made about about 10 little creations and have a new appreciation for yarn... call me a granny, I don't even care. It's the perfect thing to do when I want to keep my hands busy or need to mentally detox but feel productive. It's meditative and also slightly addicting. It forces me to step away from my beloved computer and change my focus so that I can stay creative in a different outlets other than photography. Thanks LULAMAE!

To visit their website click here: lulamae.com