When I am in tune with the start of the new day I feel more grounded, connected and whole.
Join us for week 4 of our cleansing series with the inspiring folks of S-Life Mag, Sakara Life’s official online magazine!
Adopting a “yes” attitude can generate unyielding gratitude and love.
DO: Plant something
It’s no secret that humans adore flowers and plants…we love being surrounded by this peaceful form of life. Today, or sometime this week, begin to expand your own oasis. Whether inside or outside, flowers can create the perfect environment for thought and creativity. Planting is also a fun project because there are so many ways to go about it. Scrounge for neat flower pots, add stones, display terrariums, drape viney plants over a wall – you’ll never get bored coming up with ideas. Even if you don’t plant it for yourself, you can plant a tree somewhere so it can be a joy for somebody else. By planting something you are making a dedication to beauty and tranquility, and doing something good for the earth =)
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Summer is the perfect time to plan those weekend getaways, and our country is full of great escapes to explore. Last week I headed up north to camp in the Adirondack Mountains – a perfect getaway destination. The mountains, rivers, and lakes are immediately relaxing. We set up camp in Wilmington, NY right near Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid. It was the perfect spot to explore the village of Lake Placid and to get in good hiking and fishing. The town is full of cute shops, Olympics memorabilia, nice people, and even a pile of snow they keep year round. We shopped local specialties to picnic and grill (look out for this weekend’s recipe!) You can even bring your dog into most places, so bring the trusty friend along if you go. I had Abigail, and she had a blast getting down and dirty in the mountains. One day we hiked Whiteface, the tallest mountain in the region. She made it the whole way =). I highly recommend the challenge if you’re up to it. The view and sense of accomplishment are surreal and invigorating.
My beer, the Ubu Ale, was named after a local legendary dog =)
Abigail, always thinking she’s the star of the show…
Almost to the top!
“climbing mountains is hard work, give me food!”
It’s not often you get to enjoy nighttime in the middle of the woods – talk about a getaway…
DO: indulge a guilty pleasure.
give in to something sweet
coddle yourself with breakfast in bed
enjoy a nerdy movie
lose yourself in a romance novel
laugh at bad reality TV
belt the words to a cheesy pop song
rock a knock-off
laugh at a completely inappropriate joke
waste time Facebook stalking (gotta make full of use of modern technology, right?)
revert to child-like games
treat yourself to yet another pair of shoes
I once asked my father if he was going to give up something for lent. He responded innocently through a thick Italian accent (in the way only he can do), “there are already so many denials in life – why should I choose to give up yet another thing?” I laughed. This is a man who wants nothing but to enjoy decadent meals followed by desert, to disappear for hours on a long walk, or to be a kid and play with his toy trains. Often what life requires – a trim waist, hard work, maturity – denies him of these simple things. Obligations can become laborious and exhausting. If you never let go to do what YOU want, you’ll go crazy. It’s good for the soul to lose the control and indulge once in a while. They say life is short, and at the end of it all, you want to be able to look back and know that not only did you work hard, but that you also enjoyed everything it had to offer.
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ever since i first heard about the site the burning house i’ve been completely fascinated with it. it’s based on this simple premise: if your house was burning down, what would you take with you? sure, it’s not a pleasant thought but it’s a really interesting way of seeing what possessions are most valuable to people. when i was growing up, this was my biggest fear- i would literally lie in bed thinking up a plan for what i would grab on my way out of the house (usually our cat).
the photos are beautiful and often quite touching.
to see more and read about the items these people pick, check out the site here.
so i was inspired to pull together my “burning house” items and it was really difficult but here’s what i came up with:
1. favorite hoodie that was my mom’s from back in the 70s
2. buddha that i inherited from my dad’s collection
3. my huge photo album that encompasses high school through college and is full of amazing memories
4. stack of vintage postcards
5. journal from my road trip a few years ago
6. favorite book
7. photo of my mom and her ring that rarely leaves my finger
8. favorite record of all time- an original copy of the white album that i found at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego
9. vintage film canister and loupe from my dad’s childhood darkroom
10. good luck charms: friendship bracelets, lucky lighter and case, handmade necklace with charms, pocket knife and little stone and turquoise frog that probably has more sentimental value than anything else in this photo.
what would you guys grab first on the way out of the burning house?
Some of our buyers have just come back from Brimfield’s one of the world’s largest flea markets. It’s in Massachusetts and happens 3 times a year May 8-13, July 10-15, and September 4-9.
Here are some pictures they took and wanted to share with you!
It’s unbelievable the amount of great things you can find there with so much history and stories behind them.
Have any of you guys been?
brooke dombroski is a photographer and designer who lives in hawaii, on the island of oahu where our may catalog was shot. the second i saw her tumblr, brooklyn hawaii, i was completely enthralled with her laid-back surfer girl lifestyle – and brooke was kind enough to share some photos with the blog to give us a little peek into her life in hawaii! needless to say, i am beyond jealous…
Location: North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i
A 7-mile stretch of the best waves in the world!
What I love about living in Hawai’i:
We are the most isolated island chain.
Life is so simple. Nature can keep us entertained for a lifetime!
Surf + Sand + ROAM + Shells + Waterfalls + Crush Sunglasses + Bare feet + Hand-sewn Bikinis + Coconut water + Fresh fish + Mountains + Ocean + Sun + Friends + Ohana (Family) + ALOHA
be sure to check out her beautiful tumblr here: www.brooklynhawaii.com
That’s right, we’re adding something to your Saturday to do lists, but don’t worry – we’ll always make sure it’s worthwhile ;)
DO: laugh too hard at one of your own jokes
Never hold back an opportunity to laugh – even if it’s at yourself! Laughter is one of the most important and powerful human abilities. It can dispel anger or sadness, bring people together, and even boost our immune systems. Self entertainment keeps life fun. So lose all embarrassment, let loose, make a bad joke, and cackle your head off. Think of it as the simplest way to keep yourself healthy – emotionally & physically. =)
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