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Weekend on a magical Georgia Farm :-) 06/13

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I am a beach girl by nature.  A true mermaid, it pains me to be away from the ocean.  Although my winters are spent in the mountains of Vermont (which I adore) if the choice ever had to be made, its ocean all the way for me!! This weekend I learned a valuable lesson of appreciating magic wherever it is….

Photo: Magical wide open spaces inspire me!!!:-) Mal's Georgia farm..:-)

 

One of my bestest friends Malissa has a farm near Alma, Georgia.  She has invited me countless times to visit there with her and I never have until this past weekend.  The idea of leaving the ocean and timing just never allowed it to happen.  But this weekend all the planets aligned and we arrived on Friday to one of the most magical places I have been.  The farm has been in her family for years, it was her beautiful, sweet grandmothers home and the minute you walk in the door you can feel the love of the home.  Another wonderful thing is that it feels like you walked into a time warp, with nothing changed inside the house since years ago.  Its true magic.   We spent our days harvesting the organic blackberries and blueberries that were ready for picking…rain or shine, we talked and picked and just enjoyed the nature we were so blessed to be a part of.  I did yoga early in the mornings on the edge of a beautiful freshly plowed field surround by big trees and forest.  The sound of birds, frogs from the nearby pond and just silence filled the air as I breathed in the fresh air and did my practice.  The cotton and peanut plants were just breaking the soil and the endless view of farmland around you literally takes your breath away.  Wide open spaces…they are the same, peaceful, calm, uplifting, inspiring…whether its the ocean, or a vast canyon, or mountains, or this beautiful farmland.   All amazing…all a blessing of peace and serenity.  We saw buildings that her great grandparents  were born in, tobacco sheds- and found a random Georgia peach tree just waiting for us to pick it!  Such rich, priceless history.  I am so grateful to have been able to share this experience.  And even better, after all the blueberry picking, we made delicious jam with honey (no sugar, no pectin) for my very first jam making experience…so much fun!! Photo: Sunset blueberry picking...:-)

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend make me think a lot about farmers- Salt of the Earth people that farm because it is what they do. My Grandma who is 93 was a Nebraska farmer.  She tells me countless stories about hard work and sacrifice and simple living  just to put food on peoples tables.   They must have a connection to the Earth, otherwise they wouldn’t do it.  There is no major profit in it, and its really hard work, and risky… And even worse, these days they are fighting giant corporate monsters just to grow natural food the way it always has been.  (Read up on Monsanto and GMOs) Sad things are happening to small farmers.

So, that being said, please support your local farmers…if they are still willing to put in all that hard work and dedication for small rewards, they deserve our love and support.  Buy LOCAL when ever you can…spend the little extra money if you have to and remind yourself that you are investing in peoples hard work and spirit…That is a valuable investment.:-)

 

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Do you love your beach???:-) 06/13

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Sunday June 23rd,  the Supermoon showed itself to all of us…and it was a beautiful, amazing thing to witness.  I was blessed enough to do my evening meditation under the moonlight on the beach in Florida.  Its times like those that I feel closest to nature and so grateful for all of it that surrounds us.  It helps me to remember what is REALLY important to me.  Time.  Time is important to me…if I had to choose time or lots of money I would choose time.  The ability to sit, comfortably, peacefully and without that feeling that you should be doing something is so priceless (to me).  So, if you have read my other posts you understand that it does require sacrifice, but the sacrifice holds great rewards.  Your mind seems to calm, your body feels peaceful its hard to describe really but when you feel it,  you feel it! I am digressing but trying to encourage you to TRY it.  Even if its giving yourself 10 minutes of solitude time a day.  TRY it.  You will begin to like it..and with practice,  it will grow and flourish.  I promise.

So because of the Supermoon, the tides were super high and super low, which enabled the ocean to deposit a lot of garbage on the beach.  As I walked down the beach to go surfing, I noticed so much garbage.  It really started to make me sad.  And I thought the ocean put this here, we need to pick it up before the tides take it back out…I know I don’t want to surf in water with all that in it!!  So after my surf session, I grabbed a bag from my car and proceeded to walk up and down the beach collecting trash.  After probably 2 hours, I had collected over 50 plastic bottlecaps, tons of cigarette butts, 7 shoes-mostly flip flops, plastic bottles, cans, kids plastic toys, socks, shirts, countless plastic bags and straws and Capri sun packages, kite strings and plastic, bags, and other trash.  I passed several people who commented and asked if my bags were all trash from the beach…I said yep.  But what made me a little disappointed was that no one offered to help.  I didn’t mind because I was doing it for me, but I don’t understand either the lack of motivation to DO SOMETHING even if its an hour of your beach sun time… But it was a successful venture and I was able to clean up one of my favorite beaches for yesterday and that made me happy.  I am not under any illusion that more trash wont come up, but yesterday, that beach was sparkly clean, and if sand could smile, it would have been smiling ear to ear!   So although the trash island that you hear about in the Pacific isn’t as huge as one would think, please think about the potential of that happening in the future if we don’t limit our consumption, recycle and be mindful of our waste.   Those adorable sea turtles don’t know the difference between plastic bags and their normal lunch of a jellyfish, and the colored caps trick them into thinking that its colorful marine life snacks….same with fish…so help them!!!

 

Creative ideas to help:

Buy a Klean Kanteen -(www.amazon.com/sports) (www.REI.com/Klean-Kanteen) they are stainless steel refillable water bottles- the insulated ones  will keep your cold beverages COLD for hours on a beach, and you can save money and refill them in water fountains and restaurants…That would help eliminate extra plastic.  They also can hold your hot beverages…look for the interchangeable hot/cold lids. They are by far my favorite.

Buy a Nalgene – Better for not so hot area, but it really helps you measure the amount of water you drink.  Also refillable and BPA free so even if your water gets heated up, its still safe for you!

Use plastic containers for snacks instead of baggies…you will most likely not forget them, and they don’t blow away with the wind. Bonus, they are reusable!

Bring a bag and plastic gloves to the beach and make a fun adventure with your kids of cleaning up…boys especially love treasure hunts…give them a prize for most gathered or weirdest find……teach them young to protect and preserve nature.  They will remember who taught them these lessons later in life.   :-) I do! Thanks Mom.

Check these peeps out…they are MOTIVATED…http://www.projectkaisei.org/goals_and_objectives.aspx  and cleaning up the oceans..

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Thoughts on being a nomad…:-) 06/13

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As of April 1, I could be considered homeless, well, if you took away the amazing people in my life who continually open their homes to me like they are my own.  Thank you Donna, Malissa, Kristi, Stacey, Mom & Gram, Dave and everyone else who has offered me a place to crash.  Special thanks to God, Mother Nature, the Universe (whatever you call your Divinity) because I have found a special love for sleeping in the outdoors as much as possible.   This decision was a conscious one, I like to travel and even trying to keep a “place” for security seems like a ridiculous waste of money-which I don’t have, and even if I did, I do not want to waste. Helen Keller says, “Security is illusion, it does not exist in nature.  Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” One of my all time favorite quotes that I’m sure I will reference again in another post. :-) So, after a month of organizing my stuff and giving away a lot of unnecessary belongings.  I took a deep breath and felt good about the step toward simplicity. I must thank my friends Donna, Tony, and Eddie & Betsy for allowing space in their places for the stuff I did leave behind.  After sorting through years of accumulation I found myself becoming so much more aware of the word, attachment.  Why do we keep the clothes that no longer fits?  Or the gifts that we really don’t like or use.  I found pleasure in giving, giving, giving away stuff.  In fact it became fun to send random things to random friends that I thought could use or appreciate a certain item.  And I hope that was a much of a blessing to them as it was to me….because it felt great, really great.  Cleaning the clutter out of your life has some profound emotional impacts.  For me, it seemed that it was like a snowball down a hill.  I began to clean up my eating habits more, my fitness, and even more than that, my THOUGHTS.  With lots of meditation and thought, I began to clean my mind and gain clarity of my path, my direction in life….my MISSION and purpose here on this Earth.  I believe we all have a purpose, some of us rise, fight, work and grow to reach it, and others may never even figure out what their path is.  All I know for sure is that I am aware, I am rising, I am fighting for, working and growing…..growing exponentially at this moment.  And SMILING, I am really SMILING at this moment too. Nomadic life can be challenging, but with this new found organization, its been a fun adventure.  (Organization greatly inspired by a very special person who came into my life a few months ago…thanks Dave:-)) This guy should be teaching people minimalism…he constantly inspires me with his ability to live happily with very little.  Im still working on that…hahahaha.    I have realized that you can put a small dresser in your car and have an outfit for just about anything you need on the road.  I have a crate with the kitchen necessities-smoothie maker (thanks roomie Sam for forgetting that:-)), a small expresso machine, a cutting board and knife, a fork/spoon/knife, bowl, plate, & cup.  Seriously its all you really need. I carry a bin of food, with rice & beans, granola bars, nuts,& dried fruit. I have a small cooler bag that I bought in Hawaii that seems to keep my fruits/veggies/drinks all good when Im going from place to place.  Theres a couple of small baskets with my toiletries (I am a girl afterall) with all the things I need.  I brought 2 surfboards, 4 hula hoops, a yoga mat, a djembe drum-which I really need instruction with, and my newest adventure-a Native American Flute.  I have always wanted to be musical, but well, with my lack of dedication my guitar is on Craigslist if anyone is interested.  I figured the flute is travel friendly, an amazing instrument related to a culture that I love and admire, and I seem to have a 2-5% natural talent with it. hahahaha.  I am an air sign, and I guess a wind instrument might be well suited for me.  I brought one suitcase with varied clothes (warmer hiking clothes for the Fall months, not know where I will be).  It all fits pretty neatly in my Honda Element-which I LOVE!!  So, there that is my lifestyle choice for now and its working out good, I’m feeling free, with unlimited possibilities and happy, and to me that is priceless.

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Florida :-) 06/13

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In Florida visiting family and friends…fun times!!!! Yesterday I tried to go to the library to do some work.  The public library is closed 2 full days a week with limited hours during the other days.  Mc Donalds is open 365 days a year from 6am-2am –  some 24 hours!!  What is wrong with our country??? I understand digital books have taken over, but, seriously,I challenge you reread what I wrote and really think about what it says about our nation’s priorities.

GMO’s have been on my mind a lot lately and I do my best to encourage people to do some research on what this really means for our food supply and how its impacting our salt of the earth, hard working farmers.  If you read this and do not know about Monsanto or what exactly GMOS mean, please, please, please take a few minutes off Facebook (I know Im guilty of it too) and do your own research about what is going on with this.  Its really important to know what is going on globally while we are working hard with our busy lives.

But there is a bigger picture, a HUGE picture that will impact all of us.  :-)

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