You may say I’m a dreamer… But I’m not the only one.

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The picture above was taken on the Girls Gone Global travel show shoot. I was going through my iPhoto library today to find pictures to put on the studio website and I found it. I thought it was interesting how serene the photo looks even though I was being filmed by two cameras and photographed by another, with the sound man to my left and the rest of the girls chatting and putting lip-gloss on (Kim) to my right. And the funny thing is, I’m not pretending! I do not consider myself an actor. However, at one time in my youth I certainly tried my hand at it, as many of us did, haha. But my point is… you can go within and find peace and calmness and clarity no matter where you are or what tempest is swirling around you. It is such a refreshing and comforting feeling knowing this. Now, I am not going to give a mini-meditation class via blog or anything, but I would like to offer all of you this little ‘peace’ of mind: Find a small space to sit. Get comfortable and close your eyes. Observe any surrounding noises and then just let them go. Tune in to your heart and witness your breath.   Just BE with yourself for a few precious minutes…

Go ahead, I will wait….

*s.i.g.h*   Welcome back. Check in and see how you feel. Perhaps a little more patient, or calm, or focused. Or it might have brought up a feeling that you have suppressed but needed to let out. or maybe you felt nothing. It’s all good.

So where did this all come from, you may be wondering? Well, I am getting ready to go on a weekend yoga retreat in the mountains at the Zen Mountain Center with 12 other yoginis, and I am SO excited. I’m going to be doing a lot of yoga, meditation, hiking, eating yummy vegetarian food, and just being with myself. It is so important to check in with yourself every so often. And the fact that Kaleo comes home from tour the following day…??  What perfect timing! I’m jumping up and down on cloud 9 right now! Yay!!!

So have a wonderful weekend, and try the above practice if it sounds fun. Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Melanie

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Wild Thing… I Think I Love you.

I wrote awhile back about how truly excited I was that Spike Jonze was making a non-animated movie of the most awesome children’s book of all time. Welllll folks, it’s out in 12 days! The movie looks FABULOUS, and we all know that I am going to be a babbling cry-baby because I have a feeling that there will be some sad elements to it. Just a hunch. But sad to me and sad to the rest of the world is not always linear. Ask my husband. I don’t know how many times he’s had to fight back a little laugh when he sees my lower lip start to quiver because I see a sad fish in a tank or something. But he is always there with open arms no matter how silly I am.  Awwwwww. But anyway- This book seriously spans like 30-40 years of bedtime story hour. Even little ones today know this book, it’s timeless. Am I the only one who wanted my bedroom painted as a forest so I could imagine my Wild Thing friends coming to get me  for an adventure or an exploration when the lights went out?? I think not. However, I knew a girl when I was a kid who actually DID have a forest mural painted in her room. I think her name was Jennifer Williams? Mom, you can probably remember more than me. Anyway, she had this awesome mural that spanned three walls of her room, stretching allll the way up to the ceiling and when the lights went out there were sparkles or glowy-things that were supposed to look like eyes from the forest peering at you through the trees. Well…even though I considered myself a big girl, I got super duper scared and freaked myself out and her mom had to come in, and so we slept with the lights on!! Ahhh! I was so horribly embarrassed, because I had to be about 9 and probably totally thinking I was this like, cool 4th grader or something… But NOW?? Oh man, I would be so psyched if I was a kid with a forest mural now. Hmm. No, that’s not true, I still occasionally check my closet for monsters and once in a while run from the light switch to leap onto my bed juusst in case there’s something lurking under there hoping to catch my foot. Secret’s out. Whatever, we’re all friends, right? And it never happens when Kaleo is home because DUH, monsters only want to get me when I’m alone and my big, bad husband can’t fight them off. *sigh*        Oh! My! Gosh! I almost forgot! I came across the most amazing thing EVER.

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HOW UNBELIEVABLE ARE THESE??? They are just like the ones that little Max wears in the book and now the movie only way cooler because they’re my size! And I want them!! I know you are supposed to be all sexy or whatever for Halloween, but come on! These are the BUSINESS! I would so totally rock these on Halloween. However, I would probably pass out from heat stroke or something, and I would look just a WEE bit silly next to all the sexy pirates, sexy doctors, and sexy teachers. Oooh! I could be a sexy Wild Thing! I just need to wear stripper shoes and a red bra under the fur with the zipper zipped half way down. Hahahahahahahahahaa…….. I am SO kidding.  It has buttons, not zippers silly goose. But really. I would absolutely wear these on Halloween if I was going to maybe Sweden or Canada, somewhere cold. Nope, I will be on a cruise ship heading back from Mexico. Not ideal furry costume weather. But I will wear them in the comfort of my own home, watching movies with Kaleo, who will also be wearing them, he just doesn’t know it yet. Ok, I’m all talk because guar-an-teed he is going to read this blog and call me going: ‘Um, love? You know that I will never wear that thing with the ears, right? Like, seriously. Never.’ Oh but a girl can dream…

Girls Gone Global

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Without saying too much… These are our cartoon characters for the intro for the travel show pitch! Eden, Angela, Kim and me.  I had jokingly asked that they make my butt smaller… so they drew me sitting down, ha! That works too, I guess. 🙂  Much more info to come, when I am given the OK. Woo-hoo!