Sometimes I think my iPod can read my mind.

Today is more beautiful than yesterday, if it’s even possible! Spring is finally here. I am reading a wonderful book called The Heart Speaks, and since it’s so gorgeous out I decided to take my reading out on my deck for some vitamin D. Which, we all know, is a nice way of saying getting some sun. So I brought out my iPod deck, water, sunscreen and relaxed into bliss. I put the music on shuffle and every song that came on was perfect for the moment. No fast forwarding at all! And I have a LOT of eclectic music. Some of which would not go together whatsoever. So I rewinded a bit and wrote down the songs to create a playlist for you. Each one of the songs brings back some great memories. Hope you enjoy some of them…
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“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.” ~Cree Indian Proverb

{ Happy Earth Day! }

Greeting Earthlings! I hope you are all out achieving acts of kindness towards Mother Earth or at least hugging a tree. I am not kidding one bit. I know it’s a silly name for hippies, but  HAVE you ever really hugged a tree?!? It’s amazeballs, as Perez would say. I recommend each and every one of you find a tree, wrap your ams around it and come back and just try to tell me that you felt nothing. Side effect are sure to include, but are not limited to, the following: Incredible ancient energy, negative ions, love for nature, a peaceful feeling… Guaranteed you and your new friend will have had a moment.

{Try it, it's fun!}

The theme for this year’s Earth Day is  A Billion Acts of Green. Click on the photo below to check out their website and  get some ideas on how to be of service (Seva). Of course, I believe that EVERY day is Earth Day, but if it takes setting aside one day a year for people to pay attention, get excited, and educate themselves on how they can make lifestyle changes and intelligent choices that will reduce the harm that we inflict daily to the Earth…? Then sign me up, I’m all for it.

{ Click Me! }

In honor of today, I put together a few ideas on how we all can make simple, yet effective choices to do our part:

  • Stop using harmful and extremely toxic chemicals, in your daily life. This includes bath and body products, home cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. There is a natural choice for everything you use, and these days they are really good! We are all so used to using the name brands we see on TV, but they are poisoning our environment and ourselves. Your liver works hard not only to filter out toxins that you ingest with food and drink, but also has to work even harder to filter toxins ingested through your skin. And yes, that includes air-fresheners, cleaning products, pesticides from non-organic foods, etc. Give your liver a well-deserved break.

    { A great natural company. Click the photo for their website. }

  • Change all your lightbulbs to eco-friendly CFL’s or LED’s. Not only are they energy-saving, but they will save you money in the long-term.
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth, washing dishes, anytime when you do not actively need the water on.
  • Grow your own food, or shop farmer’s markets to buy fresh, organic, local fruits, veggies, even eggs from happy chickens. If there isn’t a farmer’s market near you, then try as much as possible to buy from local, sustainable, and organic farmers. All it takes is a little research. Keep the local little guys in business! If you have any questions on this topic, feel free to ask me. I’d love to help. Not only is it green, but you are supporting your town by buying locally, and by going organic? You are supporting your own health and longevity. Kaleo and I are unwavering on this topic. We buy ONLY organic, as local as possible. And I mean everything, even down to the peppercorns in our pepper grinder. 🙂
  • Contact your local City offices and see if there are any events that you can volunteer for, such as tree planting and beach clean up. Better yet, organize your own! If you live in a city or in the mountains, you can still host a trash clean up day. Local businesses will want to get involved and provide refreshments or supplies, and the media would love to report about good things happening right under their noses.
  • Check out a movement by a dear friend of ours: FIRN (Fight Ignorance Represent Nature) is a lifestyle collective dedicated to promoting awareness and taking action. They are on the verge of a huge evolution of inspiration and change, so get acquainted and intimate with Firn now, so you too can be a part of the movement! Click the logo below to learn more…
    {Click Me!}
  • Eliminate the use of plastics! We don’t even buy ziplock bags. If we come across one somehow, we will use and re-use it as long as possible. We only buy glass mason jars and glass containers for our food, juice, etc. We both use a great water bottle by Klean Kanteen, that goes everywhere with us. Once you get used to using your bottle you will never want to be without it. Drinking water from a plastic bottle will feel so weird, trust me. By eliminating plastics, you will do your part to slow the contribution of plastic to the disgusting Pacific Gyre. You will also reduce the amount of BPE’s that you ingest by eating or drinking out of plastic containers.

{ The bottle that we never leave home without }

There are so many ways that you can help not only yourself, but your community, and our Mother Earth as well. What are some ways that you are committing to today to do your part? I would love for everyone to share their ideas! Have a beautiful day, and send some love to your Mother.

Peace,
Melanie 

“I never lose sight of the fact that just Being is fun.” ~Katherine Hepburn

We are back! What a fun trip it was… I have uploaded (downloaded?) all my photos and videos and will be posting them soon. I promise! This time I really will do it, I’m super exited to do it. I just have three classes to teach today and a bunch of other catch-up stuff to do and then I am immersing myself in blogland.

A couple of lovebites to keep you busy:

{our bungalow suite for the week}

{under the Rancho looking at the beach}

{yoga space for future Yoga Oceanside Costa Rica retreat!}

And last but not least, my new love. This is Lolita. She is beautiful, and sweet, and… I swoon. Kaleo and I were almost choked up because she reminds us of Bella. A huge version, but all love.

{Lolita}

We are happy to be home, but really? We could have stayed for another month. It’s that beautiful. More to come…

Peace,
Melanie

“Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.” ~Bill Rohn

We are leaving in the AM! I just finished packing, repacking, and then taking about half of my clothes back out. I realized that I never wear everything I bring anyway, and I usually end up just re-wearing a few things. Besides, we are headed to a quiet beach with surf, yoga, and delicious food. I have about 5+ bikinis, some yoga clothes + mat, my camera, a couple of good books, sunglasses and I am good to go!

I won’t be online for the next week, so I will leave you with a couple of  things to check out:

  • I recently did a quick post on the Girls Gone Global blog, and so did the other Global Girls. Check it out!
  • I am a huge believer in the Law of Attraction. Let’s think positive, people! Ask for what you want and you will get it! Each and every one of us is deserving of all the good things we could ever want in our life. We just have to truly believe that we are worthy of all good. I stumbled upon a great website today called the Receiving Project. Please check it out and sign up, it’s free! I also wrote a very brief post a while back about this, Trust in Good.
  • I promised a photo of my tattoo. It’s in Sanskrit, so extra points if you know what it is:

  • My sweet Ulrika from Sweden is in a music video for Adrian Lux…

I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you get inspired, sign up for the Receiving Project! Photos and stories about our trip to come…

Xoxo,
Melanie