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Saturday, May 28, 2011

life + healing | alma desnuda

operation 'rest + recover' i called it. a trip i took last year.

i had been very sick and the process of recovery was slow. it was hard for friends and family to understand. or maybe it was just hard for me to tell them yet again i couldn't go out.

i was exhausted most of the time. i never knew how much energy i would have on a given day. even simple conversations were unthinkably too taxing. my diet was extremely limited. and i had a schedule of supplements to take that made being away from the house difficult.

all this made life in the 'real' world a bit tricky. i was tired of fighting, i wanted time to just be...to allow my body and mind to rest. to not have to explain to anyone why i needed to go sleep for 3-4hrs in the middle of the day, or why i couldn't eat.

and so i retreated. nine days in carmel valley.

during my time there i slept a lot. listened to deepak chopra recordings on healing + meditation. lay in the sun for 2hrs a day. cut off my internet and cell phone communication. and spoke as little as possible.

even with all that, i was feeling worse each day until 'hell day' in which i wished for death. thankfully it didn't come, and praise choirs of angels...i began to feel better.

next morning i slept in till 10, sunned and ate, took my meds, showered and headed into town.

as i drove thru the streets, windows down, enjoying the salty air, i was surprised to hear a cluster of sweet sounds coming from the library. i parked immediately and tromped over to investigate. when i got there i was greeted by this amazing joy-filled troupe of musicians {alma desnuda}. their music was jazzy, smile inducing, and delicious. in fact, it seemed to be infecting all who stopped to listen with waves of happiness.

when the song was over, i introduced myself and asked if i could post a few photos on my blog. best intentions aside, a year later i am finally posting.

if you haven't heard their music, please give a listen. it is sweet. www.almadmusic.com {latest happenings here -- almadesnudalive.tumblr.com}

because they have said it best, this is from their website:

'Four talented and tightly-bonded musicians strive to connect with their listeners to expand the reaches of their own songwriting while inspiring everyone they encounter to radiate positive energy. Their individual and combined works in spiritual exploration, natural healing, world travel, and volunteerism contribute to a sound that extends well beyond the music itself. And their showmanship leaves no crowd untouched.'

and i heartily agree.

everyone who passed that day was touched and uplifted by the music they shared. shopkeepers came out to listen, children tapped their tiny feet and life was a little bit better than it had been before.

thank you chris, tony, joe and paul for sharing your gifts.

peace and radiant blessings to you.


and then .. i went to the beach :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

family | cathedral park

i'm playing catch up this week...

this is a shoot that we did back in oh...i'm gonna say oct? :)

as you can see we had sun, warm weather and a rolicking good time. i LOVE a family that plays together and brings on the silly.

nate was a charmer and totally FULL of amazing kid energy. he pretty much ran non stop the entire shoot.

i think i collapsed in a heap when i got back to the car.

Happy days to all!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

heidi ho organics | vegan cheeze deliciousness

Smoked Gouda

Chipotle Cheddar

Monterey Jack


I met the founders of Heidi Ho Organics right as they were about to dive head first into vegan cheeze glory.

To say that their product has launched is an understatement....it has rocketed!

The cheezes are local/sustainable/plant based and DEEElish. If you are Vegan, they fill a void that other vegan cheezes have not quite filled. If you love the planet, awesome flavor and good healthy food, they will fill your tummy.

Require more knowledge about the cheezes?? Click on over to Heidi Ho Orgnaics and get fully learned.

Need to taste? Come to the PSU Farmers Market on Saturday or...

They are currently available at the following locations:
with many more on the way!

* Whole Foods Portland, OR (SOON!!)
* Food Fight
* Peoples Coop
* PSU Saturday Farmers Market
* Pioneer Square Farmers Market MONDAY
* Montavilla Farmers Market (Soon!!)
* Jazzkats Coffee