“I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As I head out the door to school, I wanted to leave you with a post I wrote two years ago on MLK Day. There cannot be enough said about this brilliant, peaceful man. Please take a moment today to engage in an act of peace in his honor and in honor of his efforts. Have a beautiful day!

Read POST here….

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“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela

Well hello there, stranger. It’s been a spell, yes? Life has been amazingly full of love, travel, work that I love, family and friends, quiet times at home with my boo, and happiness. It’s a new year, with many new exciting adventures on the horizon. But once again, dad says I need to blog more. So here I am. 🙂

Just a quick one today to say hi and to announce that I am starting school today! I woke up before my alarm went off, got my bag packed with all my supplies, made my lunch and now I’m waiting to leave. So excited, but so early. I was afraid to be late and now I have time to kill. I can’t wait to get there and receive all of my books! Eek! I’ve been waiting for those damn books since I enrolled. I wanted to take them with me when K and I went home to Hawaii for the holidays, but they weren’t in yet. Drove me crazy. So today I will hold them in my little hands. I. Love. Books.

Hope everyone has been enjoying life, enjoying love, and enjoying this new year. Talk to you soon. Fo’ real. XO

Rock the Vote!

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Today is a very important day for our country. Kaleo and I woke up early and headed over to our new voting location to make our vote count. What will you do today? 🙂

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~Barack Obama

 

Keep Calm and Rock On

Hi friends! I promise to blog soon… Until then here are a couple of nuggets of what’s been going on lately. 🙂

This song is off Bobby Womack’s new album, The Bravest Man in the Universe. Kaleo and I are OBSESSED with it. You will be hearing this in my yoga classes. It needs no further introduction, just turn it up…

{ the underbelly of Red Rocks Amphitheater}

{at the recording studio. My favorite version so far}

{BFF Eden and I at the Pepper show on Catalina}

{hanging out at the studio}

{my lovely friend, Jack. I see him on my walks}

{new line of rings I made}

{I. Just. Love.}

{yummy vegan cheesy kale chips. recipe below}

{K & I at the studio with the amazing Ronnie King and his lovely wife, Lisa}

{500-hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Graduates. Thanks Mary for the temp turtle tatts!}

Below is a link to an awesome blog from Brasil, Musica e Surf. The guy who writes it, Marlcon Junior Mascaro, is really sweet, and has done pieces on many of my family and friends back home in Hawaii and of course, Kaleo. He features Surfers, Musicians, Artists, hot beach babes, Yoginis, and more. I have been lagging on the interview he sent me to complete, but he did a write up of Yoga Oceanside. Very sweet. Please check out his blog!

http://www.musicaesurf.com/2012/08/yoga-oceanside.html

So many fun experiences, travels, quiet times, love and laughs have been keeping me away from the blog, but I will be posting more soon. Thanks for your comments of encouragement to keep writing, whether they be funny or demanding, ha! Enjoy this beautiful day…

Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips Recipe

(As ORGANIC as possible, people!)

1 bunch curly kale

1 cup cashews, soaked for a few hours
1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers with garlic OR 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Method: Preheat oven to 225 degrees F., and lightly grease a large cookie sheet. After washing thoroughly, remove the stems and tough parts of the kale, and rip the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Add the torn kale to a large bowl. Combine all ingredients (except for the kale) i a food processor or blender, and blend for 1 minute or until smooth. Add the cheese sauce to the kale,  massaging the cheese into the kale without drowning the kale with sauce. This will ensure your kale has a nice crunch after baking. Place the kale pieces on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 – 60 minutes, or until the kale is crispy.
Raw Version: Prepare as above, then place in your dehydrator at 100 degrees for 8 – 10 hours. I know this is a huge window, but you just need to keep checking for desired crispiness. 😉

My secret: Be sure to double the recipe. These yummy morsels of goodness go far too fast. AND- they are packed with Vitamins A/C/K/B’s, loads of potassium, protein, and minerals… too many amazing nutritional benefits to list!

Dear Yoga: A love letter…

Dear Yoga,

I remember when I first met you. I was just a little one and less interested in you than I was the lady on the TV show, Lilias, Yoga and You. I think it was her long, pretty hair in a braid, and that badass purple unitard she wore. I wanted to be her when I grew up. And I’ll admit, I liked to show off to my mom the poses that I could do, but that’s as far as our relationship went at that time. I was much too young to realize how awesome you were.

The next time you showed your face was when I was a teenager, trying to make friends in a new school and decide who I was going to be at that impressionable age.  I’ll admit, I loved the physical practice, and the relaxation made me feel great for the moment… But I was far too self-concious to let my guard down and really explore what you had to offer. None of the popular kids were into you, and I really wasn’t sure if I should be either. Was I hanging on to my hippie roots? Would I be judged for it? I figured we should just take a break for the time being, and soon you were forgotten.

A few years later, while I was still trying to figure out who I was and what my place was in this world, you came back (although, I now know you never really left me.). You showed up when I needed you most but never imposed on my life. You were just there, waiting, allowing me to discover you on my own time. I saw you on my travels through Europe, and again when I moved to California. You intrigued me. You never judged, you never told me what to do. Even though I was quite the handful at that age…
I felt a connection with you that I had never felt anywhere else. It felt like coming home when I was with you.

When we began to see each other steadily, I felt like you had always been a part of me. I looked so forward to rolling out my mat everyday! But in true Yoga fashion, you never said anything if I didn’t show up for a few days or even weeks. You always welcomed me back with grace. When I tried different styles and tried to decide where I fit in, you let me explore and whispered in my ear: Trust yourself. Wherever you land, is exactly where you are supposed to be. Besides, I’m much more than the physical practice. So much more…

Our relationship now is so honest and beautiful, Yoga, and I thank you. You’ve helped me to find my truth, to find love, and to be happy. Through you I have come to accept my body- how it looks, its limitations, and its amazing capabilities. I’ve learned to love myself unconditionally, and to honor myself as a Divine being. Though I have my off days, you are always there to remind me to REMEMBER who I am. Through you, I have fallen in love with myself, which led me to find and marry the love of my life and have a truly healthy relationship. You’ve given me the tools to always strive to be a better person. Trying to be more loving, more compassionate, more willing to see the good in others. Of course it’s not always an easy, smooth road, but you make it easier for me to make good decisions on a daily basis. To make choices that serve my well-being and that of others.
I began to realize that once peace, beauty, and joy is found within, it’s so much more visible on the outside!

Thank you, Yoga, for all the wisdom you have shown me, and all that there is still left to learn! There are lifetimes of knowledge yet to discover and I am so grateful to be on this journey. Thank you for teaching me to choose Love over fear… To always try to do no harm to myself or others… And most of all, for showing me how to LOVE & BE LOVED.

With the greatest respect,
Namaste.

{Lilias Folan in the 70’s in her awesome unitard}

“Maybe I’m amazed at the way you love me all the time.” ~ Paul McCartney

I just want to say Happy Anniversary to my love.

10 glorious years of marriage, and I am So So grateful.

I love you Babe, Underwater Forever…

XOXO

 

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

Hello friends!
One of my fellow bloggers that I’ve actually met in you know, real life, has nominated me for a few blogging awards! And since I dropped the ball on two previous ones by not posting them, I’m making sure I do this one right. However, I did ask her to break the rules and write me different questions. No, I’m not high maintenance. Yes, I like to make my own rules. So, many many thank you’s to Kate over at her amazing blog The Phoenixplains! Please do yourself a favor and visit her blog. Her writing is inspiring, her stories are fun and so relatable, and her photos are beautiful.

Ok, so here goes. I hope I’m doing this right…

The rules for the Sunshine Award are as follows:

Include the award Logo(s) in a post or in your blog.

  1. Answer 10 question about yourself. Thank you for writing me new questions! 
  2. Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers. Eek! Do I know 10-12 other bloggers?? I’m kind of a loner over here…
  3. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award. Whaty-what-what?? Ok, focus, Melanie.
  4. Share the love and link the person who nominated you. That’s the easy part! 🙂

The Questions: Ooh boy, these are good. 

What one ‘need’ and one ‘want’ will you strive to achieve in the next twelve months?

Need: I really don’t feel as though I ‘need’ anything in my life right now. I’m very content. 
Want: More travel this year. Short list as of today: Hawaii to see family for the holidays, quick weekend to Sweden to see Ulrika, El Salvador surf trip with Kaleo and the Osicki’s, and maybe a new place to discover! 

What three words would you use to describe the last three months of your life?

Happy, loving, fulfilling

What makes you weird/interesting/different?

Hmm, that’s a difficult one to answer myself. I think you would get a much better answer from K or one of my friends. 😉

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

If you would have asked me this question about twelve years ago, I would have said yes. But I’ve come to realize that every experience, every decision (whether good or bad), has brought me to this very moment in my life, and I am probably the happiest I’ve ever been. Everything in life is an opportunity to learn and grow. So, today, I say no. I wouldn’t change a thing. 

What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?

I try not to forget any small act of kindness that I’m shown. They are all appreciated! Recently, however, a young mother came up to me in the market and told me that her little daughter saw me in the produce section and said, ‘Wow, mommy, that’s a really pretty lady!’ and when she saw me again elsewhere in the store, said, ‘There she is! Can we tell her how pretty she is?’. She must have been 3, and it totally made my day. You know me, dressed in yoga clothes, messy pulled back hair, not feeling so ‘pretty’… It was really sweet.

If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?

Well, that depends on the circumstances. If we were in an emergency situation, I would have to bring my bug-out bag that Kaleo has put together for me. I can fit some clothes and other essentials in there and I’m good to go. 
Otherwise, I would bring my iPad/iPhone and charger so I could keep in touch with the world; my camera; passport; a couple of changes of clothes and toiletries; journal; wallet.. that’s about it. Wait, can I strap my yoga mat to my backpack??

What have you read online recently that inspired you?

Our President finally making his stance clear on supporting gay marriage. Even though it hurts my heart that it’s even an issue in 2012, it’s big steps like this that will pave the way for equal rights for all humans.  EVERYONE should have the right to be married. Period. 

If you could take a single photograph of your life, what would it look like?

Just one? How about a collage of travel, love, yoga, music, and loved ones. 

What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for the people in my life. My husband, my family, my friends. Each one gives me love and encouragement on my journey of being me. It’s so important to surround yourself with honest, loving, people who lift you up and reflect back to you what you shine towards them. Im very grateful for my peeps. 

What is the simplest truth you can express in words?

“Where there is love, there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

OK, now to nominate the other bloggers….

1. Of course, The Phoenixplains, as I mentioned above. 🙂

2. Ruth Anne Photography: Ruthie is a dear friend of ours from Australia/Hawaii who is an A-maaazingly talented photographer, gorgeous fashionista, and just an all around bad-ass chick.

3. Julie Anne Art: She makes the cutest cards and has a lot of great DIY projects that I’m going to try someday. And her new bangs are adorable.

4. The Domestic Princess: Another great friend (in real life) who has had the most heart-touching journey with motherhood. From trying to conceive to giving birth to her beautiful baby boy who spent his first two months in the hospital… she courageously blogs about it all.

5. Green Bottles: I met Simi in downtown San Diego a few years back after a Pepper show I think. She told me her and her husband were preparing to embark on an open-ended journey around the world. How awesome is that?? Her blog documents the entire adventure. And yes, they are still going!

I’m going to leave it at 5 for now. Thanks to Kat for re-writing the questions, and being oh-so-patient with me. I’m not very savvy in the whole blogging world…

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Peace,
Melanie