“And so today, my world it smiles, your hand in mine, we walk the miles…” -Led Zeppelin

Kaleo is back on tour, after many months of being home. I have so enjoyed having him around this long… Recording his new album, helping me open the yoga studio, moving into a new house, having amazingly good times filled with laughter and love as well as helping each other through the hard times of losing Bella, Delta, and most recently, Sweet Maria. Even though we have been together 9 and a half years, we have grown even closer than imaginable in these past 6 months. I am so grateful for you, my love, and I can’t wait to see you on the road soon. We have recently been taking advantage of our close proximity to the ocean by going for long walks on the beach. Wow, that sounds so cliche… Actually what we have been doing is taking the train down to Carlsbad to watch the World Cup and then walking back home via the beach. But really, it is so beautiful and serene, and necessary. Did you know that just by being near the ocean, you can replenish yourself of the negative ions your body needs to stay balanced and healthy? It’s true. And by being near something vast and open such as an ocean, lake, mountains, etc., will have a positive effect on your mood, emotions and outlook. Ok, off the subject, sorry. My point is that I have been enjoying our time together immensely. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am teaching a Restorative Yoga workshop with Danielle tomorrow at the studio from 2-5. It will be three hours of bliss… What a wonderful way to spend my day. Taking a yoga class in the morning, and then teaching a workshop in the afternoon where everyone will leave feeling peaceful, relaxed, and… happy. I love that my line of work makes people feel good. It’s hard to believe that a year and a half ago I was in a job where I was so stressed that it made me feel physically ill, working for people who didn’t appreciate what I gave to the company, and at the end of the day, did what I do make anyone feel happy and healthy? That is a resounding NO. Funny how things work out…

I’m excited to head out to Red Rocks soon to visit Kaleo on tour. It’s such a beautiful venue, I recommend everyone seeing a show there once in your life if possible. (bucket list, Linda) It is a natural amphitheater built into the mountain. This time I have to try to make it out to the seats to see what the view is like. I’ve heard it is gorgeous, but I have only seen everything from the view on the stage. Even the greenrooms down below are built into the natural topography of the red rocks. And I get to see some friends who live there and of course my cousin Jasmine! It’s a good time all around. Aaaaand, the other girls from Girls Gone Global are taking a road trip in a Prius to meet me out there! How crazy fun is that?? Makes me feel just a teeny bit guilty for flying out in a big bad airplane, but hey! I have limited time with my sweetie, so there. And he will be flying from Tennessee to meet me so I have to be there faster than driving allll the way in a little. teeny. electric. car. Boom. Ok I’m done and guilt-free.

Red Rocks at night. The stage is waaay down to the right of the photo.

Well it is way past my bedtime and I’m getting sleepy. My sleep has been slightly getting back to normal as of last night, so I’m hoping tonight is a good one so I’m well rested for tomorrow. It always take a couple of days to adjust when Kaleo leaves for tour. Especially in our new house and with no Bella around to snuggle with. I guess have to be a big girl. With jammies, warm almond milk, and a big baseball bat next to my bed. Ha.

Life is good. Really, really good. Right now, make a list of five things that you are grateful for on a piece of paper. Anything, big or small. Maybe you like your feet. Or you have the day off. Or you’re in love. And keep that little piece of paper with you all and day look at it whenever you need to or just want to. Update the list whenever you feel like it. Maybe every morning, or before bed. Just try it and see how it feels for a few days. There are no rules, make your own. Here’s mine for the night:

1. I am grateful for my loving, sweet, kind, beautiful husband
2. I am grateful for my supportive, loving, family
3. I am grateful for my health and the health of my loved ones
4. I am grateful for my big, cozy, fluffy bed that I will be floating on in about ten minutes
5. I am grateful that I make a living by doing something I love, and so does Kaleo

Anyone want to share their list?

Ok, good night all…

~Melanie

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“You want to be a writer, don’t know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.” -Paul Simon

Since I rarely have the time to sit down and blog in entirety, I have decided to just mini-post when I get a moment and of course blog-fo-real when I can. So since my last post this is what’s been up in Wassman World… A la Carte and Pupu-Style. ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. Kaleo and I celebrated our 8th year of being married! Time certainly flies when you are having the time of your life. Can you believe our humble little wedding on the beach at Makalawena was 8 YEARS AGO?? And things just continue to get better and better. Life is good. I am so grateful for you, my love. Always Underwater, always in love, always my best friend.

2. We adopted a pig! Well, actually we are sponsoring her so she doesn’t live with us. She is a rescued pig at Farm Sanctuary. Please check out the link, they do amazing work and save a lot of animals. I will post an entire blog about them someday soon. For now, here’s a photo of our rescue, Blossom!

Blossom...

3. We went to Vegas for Pepper’s 4th annual Hard Rock Pool summer kick off party this past weekend. It was tons of fun as usual! Ron Jeremy was there for a porn convention of some sort and Yee ran into him and put him on the list. Then it came time for the concert and he asked Coach if he could introduce the band on stage. He was great, and it was hilarious! I was on the opposite side of the stage from him and it was fun to see the legendary Mario Bros lookalike jamming out to Pepper with his bevy of ladies. Ha! Never a dull moment…

4. Kaleo’s hair is so long that he can put it in a ponytail. No joke. I swear. Dad, you would be proud. And if it isn’t in a ponytail (alright, it never really is unless he is joking around), it is a huge ‘fro that is IN CHARGE. Uncle Danny would be proud.

5. Yoga Oceanside has been open for almost six months! I can’t believe it has been that long already. We just hired another teacher who is going to be starting an active, Ashtanga based class in July, which I am SO excited about. She is a amazing teacher who has been studying with Tim Miller for many years. Everything about our studio makes me happy. From our space to our students, our teachers and our classes, it’s all incredible and I am so grateful. I know, I always say that but I AM!! It’s true!

6. Kaleo is getting ready to head back on tour with 311 next week. And the new songs for the new album are GREAT…… I am really excited, this is going to be the best album yet. I can feel it.

7. I taught my first Ayurveda workshop for the Yoga Teacher Trainees last week! I’m still taking courses in my program from the Ayurvedic Institute, so I haven’t received my certification yet. But this was just an Introduction to Ayurveda so we didn’t get too much into diagnostics and practice. I love life, there is so much to learn! It’s never-ending….

So that’s about it for now. I suppose a few short updates are better than one long one a month, right? Sooo that means I will be back very soon. Enjoy this gorgeous day!

~Melanie

She looks like a five year old who just found out there’s a pony at her party…

Hello everyone! I had such an amazing birthday… Thank you to Kaleo for organizing the most incredible, action-packed, surprise-filled, it’s-all-about-me-because-it’s-MY-birthday-Bitches!!!-birthday-week EVER. You are wonderful and thoughtful and and I love you so much! And to everyone who helped him and celebrated with me… I love you! I still can’t believe you pulled off the big surprise of Leyla flying in from Belize and pretending she worked at Roy’s to pour me some champagne at my birthday brunch…!!?!?! You are all awesome. I will post some photos soon, I promise. It was an entire WEEK of non-stop fun. And I am so glad it’s over because I am exhausted. I secretly think that Kaleo did this whole birthday week thing on purpose so that I would learn my lesson and not want a birthday month next year. By the time the last day of BDW (birth day week) came around I was like: “Do we HAVE toooo?? I’m so tiiirred….!” But of course I had a blast every minute of every day. He wouldn’t tell me what was happening until the morning of the day we were to do whatever activity he had planned. And we ALL know how bad I am with surprises. Me: “But, Lovvve! How am I supposed to know what to WEAR?! Pleeease telll meee!” But as usual, he was a rock and wouldn’t budge. Ugh, he slays me sometimes with his will power to say no to me! Even though I can be the Biggest Brat. With or without Monster Face. He just looks at me with that (ok, ok, adorable) smirk on his face and says nothing. Ugh. Anyway, so on one of the days of BDW, Remy and Whitney hosted a lovely party at their house on the beach (thanks guys!!) and for a girl who loves to be the center of attention in theory, I really have a hard time to actually BE the center of attention when it comes down to it. Weird? Maybe. But I just felt so humbled and grateful that everyone was there to celebrate with me. And the next day as we were heading down to SD to have a birthday brunch at Roys, Kaleo said he had to make a quick stop in Solana Beach. He had the map app on his iPhone set but he kept missing a turn to wherever he was headed. Something caught my eye… Me: “Um…babe? Are we looking for… CUPCAKE LOVE!?!?! (my eyes and smile huugge at this point in anticipation because I lurve me some cupcakes)… By the way, they were really delicious. Cupcake Love in Solana, check it.ย And then we get to Roy’s and Remy and Whitney are already there with my other brother Haj and his lovely lady Kezzie. How cool! Brunch at Roy’s with Kaleo and family. I’m such a lucky girl. Then the waitress comes up next to me and – Wait. I recognize that -voice… from..somewh…. LEYLA??! ARE YOU WORKING HERE NOW??? Everyone of course started cracking up as I lost it and started to cry tears of joy. Of course she wasn’t working there! She came in from her trip to Belize to surprise me for my BDW! She even wore the Roy’s waiter outfit and everything. It was all so thoughtful and way too much. The card that Kaleo wrote to me was so sweet and loving that I don’t any other gift from him will ever compare. He is such a talented writer with a gift for words, but once again I was blown away by his ability to put beautiful thoughts into even more beautiful words in a card. *sigh* Again, I am humbled and grateful to everyone for making this the best birthday. Thank you all! And Kaleo, you especially Rock my World. I love you.