Backyard Oasis – Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC: Ambience

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This is my backyard, believe it or not. I still can’t believe it. My husband did such an amazing job designing our personal oasis. We enjoy the pool every day in the summer and the fire pit every night in the winter (Florida winter, that is). Since this photo was taken, we have upgraded to a larger gas fir pit and eventually, we will build an outdoor kitchen. Every time I look out to my backyard, I see and feel the definition of an amazing ambience!

am·bi·ence
ˈambēəns/
noun
  1. the character and atmosphere of a place.
    “the relaxed ambience of the cocktail lounge is popular with guests”
    • background noise added to a musical recording to give the impression that it was recorded live.

 

Sharing My World with Cee and Friends

Share Your World – January 9, 2017

Sharing My World with Cee and Friends…

If you lost a bet and had to dye your hair a color of the rainbow for a week, what color would it be?

That would be purple, of course. Purple has been my favorite color for almost my entire life. It was pink when I was very little but I must have instinctively known how much purple would fit my personality and lifestyle. 

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From Sensational Color:

HOW THE COLOR PURPLE AFFECTS US PHYSICALLY

  • Uplifts
  • Calms the mind and nerves
  • Offers a sense of spirituality
  • Encourages creativity

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If you could choose one word to focus on for 2017, what would it be?

ABUNDANCE

This year, I am hoping for abundance in all sorts of things. Yoga, laughter, joy, peace, money, parties, success, love, health, travel, and celebrations. In February, my daughter turns five. In July, I turn 50. We plan on celebrating all year long!

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What was one thing you learned last year that you added to your life?

I learned to defend myself in a calm, rational way. It’s a work in progress and I need a lot of practice, but the skill has definitely improved. Bring it on!

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If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?

I would be an apple. Crisp, yet sweet. Tough core. Polished to a shimmer when necessary.

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Promise to tell the truth, the whole truth…

Promise to tell the truth…

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Quite often, at the end of my yoga class, I recite the Namaste prayer. It includes a line that says:

“I honor you in the place of love, light, peace, and truth.”

Love, I understand. Light…got it. Peace – no problem.

It’s truth that gets me every time. What is truth? Who’s truth are you referring to? Isn’t truth relative? Doesn’t it depend on your perspective? No matter what you say is absolutely true, someone will come up with a reason that it’s not. Nothing is always true, in every situation, according to every person.

Well, the truth was put to the test in a big way in my life the other day. I was involved in a minor car accident. There were no injuries. The damage to my car is fairly significant. The damage to his car is barely noticeable. From the outside, not that big of a deal. Then, why does my stomach tighten every time I think about it?

Because the guy who hit me LIED. A lot.

He backed out of a parking space and hit me broadside. I didn’t even see what had happened. I just felt and heard the impact. It wasn’t until I stopped the car and got out that the story began to unfold in a disturbing way.

He immediately began yelling and flailing his arms, blaming ME for hitting him. I engaged in this ridiculous exchange until he got even more agitated, throwing F bombs, and then I did the smart thing and got back in my car, locked the doors, and called the police. On top of being in disbelief that he was actually blaming me, I was afraid of the guy, who, by the way, had his little girl with him.

But here’s the kicker. This guy lied so beautifully that he had the cop convinced that it was my fault. So cop #1 had to call in cop #2 to help him make the decision. It was truly unbelievable. An hour later, they called in their sargeant to make the decision.

After talking to cop 1 and 2, he stated the obvious. I had the right of way. He hit me and was charged with improper backing. Hallelujah!

Almost two weeks later, this is what I say about truth.

Truth feels right. Truth comes out easily. Truth isn’t agitating. Truth happens quickly, with no argument. Truth is easy to identify. Truth is calming. Somebody always knows the truth.

Truth wins.

Just tell the truth. It’s so much easier.

 

 

Merry Christmas from Shanti Mom!

Blessings to all for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Get ready to make 2017 a year of love, light, peace, and truth as we stand together as one. Thank you for the opportunity to share my inner most thoughts with you.

JOY TO THE WORLD!

shanti mom

 

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Merry Christmas to Me! My Book is Beautiful!

Merry Christmas to me! My book, In So Many Words, which has been through so many trials and tribulations, is finally available just the way I want it!

What a learning experience this has been…patience, tolerance, assertiveness, confidence, clarity, forgiveness, professionalism, friendship, emotions, and first and foremost…how in the heck to self-publish a book! The key word in that phrase being SELF.

I can do it! I did it! And I will do it again!

Once you learn a lesson, it isn’t a guarantee that you won’t need to learn it again. Check out this excerpt from my book. A journal entry from almost 10 years ago. It says it all.

Journal Entry * January 2007

I am sure getting a lot of experience in being honest and protective of myself. I don’t really like it. I wonder when people are going to stop pushing me around. I suppose it will take some time for people to realize that they really don’t get anywhere by doing that and then they’ll stop. I still have to be firm, honest, and confident and stand up for myself. I hope I can do it without turning into a bitch.

The only difference now…I don’t think I really care if I’m a bitch, as long as it gets the job done.

Yoga and Mimosas for Mamas

Once a month, I will do something I’ve been dreaming about for almost four years. I will open my back patio to mamas who want to do yoga. I will provide a baby sitter. And I will serve mimosas.

These are photos from my very first one. Thank you to Becca and Sonya for joining me. Even little Adelaide came along and sweetly slept in her stroller while mama relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored.

This is important to me. This is part of my mission as Shanti Mom. To provide free yoga to moms in a beautiful space with child care, if needed. They need this. I know they need this. I need this.

The next one is December 7th at 9:30 am.

 

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Be Thankful Anyway

Be Thankful Anyway…

If I’m going to listen to anyone, it ought to be Mother Theresa. This day could find me feeling really sorry for myself.

My daughter is sick. She’s been sick for over a month now. A few days after we took her to the doctor, she actually got worse. She’ll be going back to the doctor tomorrow.

My husband is recovering from a back spasm. He literally couldn’t move Monday morning and was in bed for two days. He’s up and about now, but certainly not back to normal.

My in-laws can’t come here for Thanksgiving because my daughter is sick. My father in law is recovering from pneumonia and of course, his health can’t be compromised.

I am completely exhausted after having been on duty 24/7 since Monday morning. It’s what a mother does. It doesn’t matter to me what we do today. In fact, I think that turkey in the fridge should go to a homeless shelter.

This can be just like any other day, in my opinion. Any other day, I would be thankful anyway. And I am reminded of Mother Theresa’s suggestions.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

 

Jingling All the Way Back Into My Studio

Happy to be jingling all the way back into my Oh BaBee! Originals studio to make these unique Christmas cards. Joy to the world!

Really Crafty Link Party

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Thank you to Keeping It Real for inviting me to the 43rd Real Crafty Link Party. I created these Christmas cards this week for anyone way ahead of the game, ready to buy unique cards to go with their gifts. They are made with card stock, up-cycled fabric, straws, ribbon, embellishments, and pom-poms. Each has its own whimsical theme. They come with a large envelope and a protective wrap. Sold through Oh BaBee! Originals on this website. $7 each. Joy to the world!

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Disappointments Outnumbered by Smiles

Disappointments Outnumbered by Smiles…

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My big book launch day (which wasn’t) included quite a few disappointments, but an infinitely larger number of feel good moments. My friends and family gathered and celebrated my accomplishment in a beautiful way! I already have 17 pre-orders for when by book is finally produced. That day will be soon and I will be shouting it from the rooftops! In So Many Words will be available in paperback and as an Ebook on Amazon and on this site. Stay tuned. You will be the first to know.

Visit my other site, Creative Blog Mom, for my post about dealing with disappointment: Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men.

Here are a few preliminary photos from the party which make me smile from ear to ear!

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One for All and All for One

This famous phrase, One for All and All for One!, from The Three Musketeers, inspired my choice for the name of my new business. Shanti Mom has been my code name for about 5 years. That came easily when I was pregnant with my one and only child and regularly practicing yoga. Shanti, in Sanskrit, the language of yoga, means peace. My goal was to be a peaceful first time mom at the age of 44. I’ve done a fairly good job of that. There have been bumps – big ones and small ones – but the journey has been interesting.

Shanti Mom for One has a two-fold meaning.

1.) Always my priority, I am the mother of one beautiful, intelligent, spirited, and open-hearted  4 year old girl named Emma Grace. She is the center of my life. I have slowly learned to balance motherhood with a business and I want to help other moms do the same – peacefully.

2.) I live my life as best as I can with the belief that we are all one under our higher spirit. I convey this often in a Hindu prayer at the conclusion of my yoga class:

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Peace. Peace. Peace.

I honor you in the place in which the whole universe dwells.

I honor you in a place of love, light, peace, and truth.

When you are in that place in you

And I am in that place in me,

We are one.

Namaste

Namaste means, I bow to you.

I speak these words to a wide range of people – all ages, races, ethnicities, abilities – but I speak it most genuinely to other moms, especially new moms. Because I am one of them, I am one with them. I have a great deal of respect for them. I want to honor and celebrate them through my talents and abilities as an Author, Artist, and Educator.

On this site, you will learn about the three components of my business and get a first hand accounting of how it all came together under one umbrella. I’ve never been the type to do just one thing, live in one place, or have just one job. My father told me something when I was just out of college, working a few part time jobs. He said, “This is really perfect for you. I picture you doing lots of different things.” He was spot on. But what I did have to do was organize it all – discover the inspiration and intention for it all – make sure that it aligns with my life and brings me joy. And I had to wait until I felt confident enough as Emma’s mother to step out of the mommy box to accomplish it. I stepped out and didn’t fall down. So here I am to tell you about it.