Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Black Mountain here we come!
The other day I took my daughter to find Black Mountain for hiking. I’d heard it was steeeeeeeep and a great workout.
We found it. We took some pics. We started our ascent. (Buns of steel here I come.)
This was just the beginning.
But, about 15 minutes in, my head was pounding so we turned around. We declared it a reconnaissance mission and went for oatmeal at the local coffee shop.
Grotto Cafe in Cave Creek AZ
Today, I told my husband that for date night we’d go hiking and this time I’d make my way to the top. The promised 360-view was calling me.
We did it! Hard as heck as our hearts pounded in our chests (I’m a bit out of shape) and our legs burned as we climbed over jagged rocks up and up and up.
But wow what a workout!
We made it!
The view. Carefree, AZ
After we went for burgers.
I never would’ve seen this beauty if I hadn’t started walking.
I’ve been walking lately. A lot. And, it’s so fun.
My draw to walking came as the result of some life changes I’m making:
- To chill out.
- Hear and follow my intuition. (Like, wow, it’s amazing what happens when I listen to my intuition after quieting down my friggin’ cray-cray mind.)
- Overall, do fewer things in my day. (Fewer things on the schedule, go with the flow.)
One of my favorite quotes in Taoism is…
To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
My intuition told me to walk, which would help me do less of other things, because walking a great distance takes time. My intuition told me I needed it. I’ll be honest… It helps me clear my mind, and a clear mind is a powerful mind.
So, I started walking. And, I walked a lot.
I found that being out in nature, especially during the season of spring was extra special, and I couldn’t help but stop to notice and feel all of the colors and life surrounding me outside in nature.
I found myself looking at plants as they were about to blossom, excited to come back the next day and see the full bloom. Tracking the progress with pictures became an adventure.
(day 1) Hello, pretty.
(day 2) “And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful then the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
A chair begging to be read in with a cuppa tea in mom’s back yard.
I’m lucky that my mom lives only about 38 minutes from our home which makes for frequent visiting. That’s especially great when my mom is one of my daughter’s favorite people – Nana is big fun. Part of that Nana-fun extends beyond Nana to include her house with four dogs and a crazy yard of colors and imagination. The backyard is of decent size and filled with rocks, flowers, bird houses, bird feeders, bird baths, windmills, tons of wind chimes, tinsel on the trees, holiday lights on the trees year round, and what’s turning out to be an organic citrus orchard.
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Here are some fun eats and pictures from our recent getaway to Sedona, AZ.
The red rock is all around and draws you in.
One of our first stops was New Frontiers health food store, my favorite, and then to Chocolatree restaurant (organic, mostly raw, all vegan, gluten free, non gmo, soy free… you get the picture).
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Friday, November 2nd, 2012
I am super thrilled to announce that there is a new juice delivery (and store!) in town – Kaleidoscope Juice. And, the best part is… my near and dear gal pals opened it.
Alexandra and Andrea dressed up for Halloween.
Meet Andrea and Alexandra, a mom and daughter team who have two of the biggest hearts and coolest energy
in town on the planet. Seriously. If you’re not making your own juice because you’re too busy or don’t have the proper juicing equipment, then let me tell ya… You want these women making your juice. Why? Because you won’t just get ordinary juice… you’ll get something along the lines of ethereally-magical juice. All organic. All fresh. All filled with mega love. They don’t get the nickname “Juice Angels” for nothing.
Alexandra does look angelic. :) She’s a beauty inside and out. She fills her body with goodness and it shows.
They don’t just offer juice though. They have a whole menu! Check it out here. The first time I saw it, I was like, “Whoa. What am I going to get? Probably one of everything.” Almost. Here are some things I grabbed on my first visit to their little store.
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As I mentioned last week, I was blessed to have a visit from an online buddy of mine after some 2-3 years of virtual friendship. Robyn (Girl On Raw) came to visit me, and what an awesome time we had. My only complaint? She didn’t stay long enough! But, hopefully she will come back SOON so I can enjoy her sparkling personality and show her more of Arizona.
I would write the details of our weekend, but she beat me to it (and did a fine job at that!)… so, please, hop on over to her blog and check out the amazing weekend we had. Kristen-n-Robyn’s visit