Sharing Tea

Hello BeLoveRs! It’s been awhile since I last wrote. More than a year, actually. And since I just renewed my blog subscription for another year, I thought maybe we could share a cup of tea, some thoughts, and to start fresh again, you know at the almost end of February…a perfectly imperfect place to start again.

This year I thought we’d share some tea and the little things. Everyday I enjoy drinking yogi tea because I love opening the little package and reading the paper attachment tied to the tea bag. It makes me smile. I usually take a picture, detach the paper from the string and save the quote to share, to store in my journal, or to post up in my kitchen or on a social media post like this one. I like these little positive living reminders, and don’t we all need a little self-compassion? How have you been taking care of yourself? I’m curious. ūüėČ

I hope that you are well. xoxo

Day 30: Summer

Simple joys.

I had to go into Anthropologie just to see the creative art displays.  


This one was made out of balloons and cupcake liners, tied together by string in such an artistic way. I love simple things like this. How about you?  And how do they come up with these crazy and beautiful ideas?  

Tomorrow is a new week. What do you have planned?  I hope you have a great week! 

xo Adriana

 

Sunshine 

The sun came out briefly today before the rain and clouds returned. The earth looks so differently with sunshine upon it.  

The flower petals were heavy with raindrops in the morning and opened up as the sun dried them off.    

 

I enjoyed feeling the sun on my face and being outside, feeling warm and dry.

Today was another beautiful day. I hope you had a good day too.

art shared by juliana

Quotes and Sayings

Sometimes when I’m tired and don’t want to really think about something meaningful to write about, or if I had a blah day, I look for inspiration from quotes or sayings that resonate with my day. 

For example, yesterday I was tired after our week of vacation (so ironic to be tired after vacation, isn’t it?) and I was admiring the full moon.  There were several things I could have shared, but I didn’t have the energy to formulate and articulate my thoughts, so I chose the simplicity route, with a quote about the moon that connected to my one simple image.  

Simplicity was what I wrote about the other day and I’m sticking to it again tonight.

One of my favorite sayings came from a little delft blue tile, that my mom used to have with a Dutch saying. I didn’t really understand it until I grew up, but basically it said (more beautifully) in Dutch,

“In the concert of life, no one receives a program.”

Think about that.

We don’t know when our concert will end, or when the intermission will come and whether there will be one or two or none.  Maybe there will only be One Act. Or maybe there will be ten! We just know that we should be enjoying the show.

Hmmm…put that in your pipe and smoke it!

That’s all I have for tonight. It’s been a long and good day.

Time for my intermission. 

Good night.

  

Simplicity

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

  
 

I am so happy to be home. We had a great, family vacation in Yosemite and I’m still smiling. However, after spending 3 nights in a small hotel room with five of us plus snow gear, suitcases, coolers and visitors, I am really appreciating being back home in our own space and am ready to sleep in our own beds in our own rooms again.  It’s the little things…

It’s Sunday once more. I hope you enjoyed your family today and got to rest before the week begins again tomorrow. Wishing you well… have a great week!

 xo Adriana

 

 

Cooking Dinner

  
I still love cooking dinner for my family. It makes me happy to slow down and to slice and dice and provide for my family this way.  

Tonight I enjoyed cooking this beef, green bean and scallions with garlic and ginger stir fry over rice.  As I was cooking in the kitchen, all the kids were studying together at the kitchen table and Juliana was helping to prepare our Christmas cards.  I loved that we were all working together in the same space and I was happy to be off my computer and to have her help.

This was one of the highlights of my busy and fulfilling day.

What was the highlight of your day?

Keep breathing and enjoying this one beautiful life.

xoxo

Light and Laundry

My family room has become my laundry room. I was hoping to have all the laundry done before the end of the day, but of course that didn’t happen.  I was just caught up two days ago, and already the piles are high! How does that happen so quickly?

I don’t really like seeing piles of laundry sitting in my living room, but today I saw it in a new light. Literally.  

I was having fun in the kitchen making all kinds of messes and interesting dishes, and the beautiful light shining unexpectedly in the room caught my eye.

  

The sun was setting after 7:30 pm and this light should not have been piercing through this room that way.  I was curious. 

It actually was reflecting off a neighbor’s mirrored windows and reflecting into our room.  I loved how it caught my eye and I was able to snap a quick picture with my iPhone 6.  (I just felt like I had to add that camera type in the details as Apple is advertising their photos in magazines and billboards everywhere touting the excellent photos their phones can take and I agree!) 

Sometimes we find something interesting and beautiful in the not so interesting simplicity of repetitive laundry.
What did you find interesting or beautiful today?

xo Adriana

Love is Louder – The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Success

If you want to see love in action, just take a look at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


We, as a community, are speaking up. We are accepting a challenge to connect, to raise awareness, to be giving, and loving and supportive and playful, and grateful.  We are creating compassion and we are doing something good that feels good and right, and not just for ourselves or our families or necessarily something close to home.  We are helping others and that helps heal us and creates happiness despite the pain and suffering that exists in its many forms. And ALS is just one of them.

Love wins.

There will be haters and nay-sayers, but when we are loving and authentic and share from our hearts, love and goodness wins.

ALS Awareness is also winning through our social media online campaign. ¬†Just look at the numbers… over $42 million dollars has been raised in a month by thousands of new contributors. ¬†That is CRAZY good. ¬†I hope this sparks giving all over the place.

We as a society are winning by communicating and connecting and bridging the gaps between our humanity, across religious and political and financial and age differences, one at a time in our own little way.  Woohoo!!

It is amazing to be part of this wonderful movement, and not just for the awareness that our participation and sharing is bringing to ALS, but also to the connection and compassion and kindness we are sharing with one another.

What if we can learn from this successful social media online campaign and apply the lessons to other causes?

What has made this so successful?

Here are my takeaways, in no particular order:

1.  It started with a SPARK.  Pete Frates, a patient with a need, had an idea. He dared someone to take a fun, goofy challenge to create awareness and to raise money and gave them a specific time period to respond, within 24 hours, and asked them to spread the love by challenging friends, creating a personal connection.  He created an inferno!

2. A DARE. ¬†When we are dared to do something, it’s like challenging us to step up. In this case, it was a fun dare that is possible and easy to do, and most everyone can participate without getting hurt (if you’re careful!! – of course there have been injuries)

3. A quick turn around TIME, within 24 hours. The challenge was action oriented, dump ice water on your head and/or donate to the cause within 24 hours. People can’t put it off to do later.

4. Social Media – we have the means to connect quickly via Facebook and Twitter and Email, etc. ¬†People want to be part of something fun and good and it’s catchy. Sharing is caring. ¬†We are connecting communities and feel like we can do something to create change by participating. We can be seen and we can be creative and we like those things.

5. It’s FUN. ¬†It’s fun to be play and be silly and with all our busyness, it’s great to stop in a 24 hour period because we “have to” and to just be goofy. ¬†We are given a pass to play because we accepted a dare. ¬†It’s fun because of the anticipation of ice cold water being thrown on our head and waiting for the cold to chill and shock us and make us laugh and make those around us laugh. It’s like that carnival dunk tank game that makes us laugh every time the ball hits the target and the volunteer falls in the water. We laugh at this. We love the anticipation and clean, safe, fun that surrounds us and we want to play, participate and watch.

6. It’s POSITIVE and we can all connect and share and create community across communities. There is a lot of negative news and we’re tired as a nation of all the terrorism and racism and any other -ism. We need to laugh. We need to connect. We need to share some love and laughter, as a nation and across nations. We’re hurting as a society and we need to love one another. LOVE doesn’t see age, sex, fat, politics, religion, etc.

7. Happiness comes from GIVING. We give each other a challenge. We give each other a laugh. We give a little bit of money to help others. We give ourselves hope. We give each other some lovin’ and that’s a good thing. ¬†Giving is a secret to creating happiness, not just for the receivers but also for the givers.

8. ¬†It’s ENTERTAINMENT. ¬†We use humor to lighten the stress. We use humor to connect with one another. And watching people dump ice cold water on each other or themselves is funny. We can laugh and connect with one another in this simple way, through a smile and a laugh. ¬†And most everyone can participate in this challenge – young and old. ¬†And we’re using humor to create awareness, love and compassion. ¬†And we’re playing first, learning second, and giving third. Play is important.

9. It’s SIMPLE. ¬†It’s easy to do and it’s engaging and quick. We maybe spent 20 minutes between finding a bucket and filling it with ice and water, rehearsing for a minute and recording the challenge. And then going online afterwards to http://www.als.org to donate. ¬†It was fun, easy, quick and simple to do with my kids. ¬†As a family, we played first, watched a video second and learned about what ALS is really about, and then donated money next. ¬†The dare/challenge from a friend is what got us involved and interested in participating and we didn’t want to miss the 24 hour deadline.

10. The intention is AUTHENTIC and by participating and sharing, we make it PERSONAL. We thrive for authenticity and for what is real. This is a real need. There are real people dying and suffering with no cure.  ALS is a horrible, terrible disease that affects the patient and his/her family and community. And we all know someone that knows someone that is afflicted by this and we can feel empathy by sharing in the pain and feel like we can make a small difference.

I hope what this challenge does is helps to raise enough money and awareness so that a cure can be found for ALS and the conversation continues and those affected feel the love and compassion from all of us. I also hope that we continue to engage with one another, play with each other, focus on the positive, and continue to think of others and give money and time to those causes that need our attention, as often as possible.

We can make a difference. We can be the change we want to see in the world. ¬†I dare you to take the challenge and play along and donate to¬†www.als.org¬†and to any other group or organization that needs some lovin’. ¬†I dare ya! ¬†xoxo

Namaste