Today I am grateful for:
  • having successfully continued to be a non-smoker.
  • having the support of my husband who has also successfully continued to not smoke.
  • REALLY enjoying our hikes. They are a lot easier on our lungs now. Ha ha... and soooo beautiful.
  • being so much more inspired these days. One thing that I'll have to say has occurred is that I now feel a sense of urgency when it comes to my art. I am now really confronting things. I can't believe how great it feels to be connected again to my vision. I am at a place that is allowing me to work towards the ultimate goal and at the same time be okay with where I am at in the process of getting there. But, I do feel like it is urgent that I continue on the path and not be stagnant.
  • having the time and space to be inspired like this...

Some shots of our favorite hike ( top of Commonwealth St. ):

DETAILS-Jan'11-Walk to Park 1st St

I will be photographing details of areas in which I experience in my life.  Above are details of a walk from my house to the park. They sort of stand out and scream "Mid-City/ Miracle Mile/ Hancock Park"...to me... These are of course shot on the iPhone. I was particularly intrigued by the gorgeous shadows cast. Man-made elements and nature collide behind a shadow. I've always been obsessed with shadows. Other shots are meant to document and bring forth a feeling of the area I am in. This is an ongoing project intended to document my perception of where I am "literally" in my life experience. The shots will not have people, unless of course it "really" calls for it, and the details do not "have" to be close up. They are just details for my own fancy documented with my polaroid app and not altered in any way. I'm not sure what I will do with the project as it is ongoing, but it is inspiring to me, and I'm very excited about it.


A Few of My Favorite Things...

I designed a vision board last night from the inspiration given in "The Law of Attraction" by Esther and Jerry Hicks. Now I'm reading "Ask and it is Given" by the same authors. I really am loving the theories. So, I thought I'd share some of my excitement. Last night I created the vision board, wrote myself some checks from the bank of The Law of Attraction, and woke up to some unexpected income and good news. Our daycare situation is all worked out, and I'm excited to keep working and moving towards my ultimate goal of being a photographer in the avenues I really WANT to do as opposed to just shooting all of the jobs that come in. I'm excited about the future, our new clean life ( no smoking ), the prosperity, the freedom, the traveling, etc. So, here is a little pic of a few of my favorite things right now..

My notebook in which I write down my ideas, dreams, immediate goals, etc., the Life book of 100 Places to see in your lifetime all in America ( sooo inspiring ), the checks I wrote myself last night representing prosperity, my bank statement showing affluence, and of course the book I'm reading...


On Quitting Smoking...

Well, I've officially made it one week without even a puff of a cigarette. I'm creating this particular post to share some of the amazing things I experienced throughout the week due to quitting. I'm thinking it would be cool to do a weekly post on further wins as well... I would love it if people who read this would comment with any sort of encouragement or further inspirations to keep me on the right path. I want this one to stick...

The other day, probably about day 4 of quitting, an amazing aroma of dried eucalyptus in my office found me... this wouldn't normally happen, this renewed sense of smell, and I'm enjoying really embracing it. I've felt a sort of expanded array of senses, almost like more dimensions of senses that I forgot even existed providing an open floodgate of memories of childhood and innocent exciting dreaming. I'm sure this is the restoral of the natural release of dopamine spoken of on the quitting smoking site I've been reading. I came to a point of not even wanting or needing a cigarette by about day 5 which was amazing. I've just been embracing the flow of happiness or exhilaration that comes to me naturally and the reminder cues ( such as someone being gritty and cool in a movie and smoking or a nostalgic song ) are like a challenge I love to go through without the via of the false sense of breathing in some sort of havingness ( the cig ). I've realized that the true havingness comes from having all of this non- dependent joy & freedom from the never-ending addiction of unfullfillment. I love being alone and in present time with no need to inhale smoke:))). I keep getting aromas that before would go unnoticed by me.. The star jasmine we planted outside of our window... The smell of either paint or drywall in Starbucks... These things are attached to more feelings that flood in of happiness and newness... Richie also mentioned the feeling of being young again. I feel that too. We both feel like we are on some rad drug that is just healthy for once. We are high due to our own body's ability to create dopamine when we meditate on something exciting, productive, and expecially creativeness as opposed to the release coming only from nicotine and no real emotion attached to it other than maybe just negative ones such as " we're broke, we're tired' we take care of kids all day, wa , wa, wa.... Now, we are becoming more and more appreciative for what we have. I'm LOVING the smell of my baby not diffused by cigarettes. Well, if you have any positive encouragement, I'll take it. This is a really tough addiction to break as great as it may feel...


Chicken Cutlets with Herb Sauce

I made this the other night from a cookbook I LOVE. It's called "Meals Made Easy"
This dish turned out amazing. This was actually about a month ago now. Don't forget,
I'm not drinking in 2011 anymore...

1 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 lb potatoes, cut
2 tsp kosher salt
1 lb chicken cutlets
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tbs butter
2 tbs fresh chopped herbs, ie. rosemary, chives, parsley, etc.

heat oven to 425˚
heat oil in skillet ( medium high heat )
add potatoes, cook 15 min stirring occ
transfer to a baking dish and season w/ salt
bake for 10 min
meanwhile, rinse chicken and pat dry
season both sides with salt & pepper
return skillet to medium-high heat
add chicken and cook 3-4 min/ side
transfer chicken to platter

add wine to skillet, reduce heat
simmer for 2 min, constantly stirring
scraping bottom
add 1 tbs of butter and stir or whisk
repeat with remaining butter
remove from heat
add herbs, salt, & pepper

combine platter ingredients and spoon sauce over it all


Eat, Pray, Love

This was my favorite book I read in 2010. It was a pleasant surprise. At first I thought, "sort of a chick flick book"... but then, as I read every exciting page, I realized that even if it is a chick flick book, it's pretty inspiring and I highly recommend it to everyone.


New Header- 2011

This is a year of health and prosperity. No more alcohol for 2011. But maybe for 2012 I'll decide to become an alcoholic. But, thus far, it's been pretty great. If it wasn't for having been sick for a few days, I would be feeling great I bet. I plan to read a lot, learn, and be extremely productive. Enough of the "Eat". ref. "Eat, Pray, Love". It's time for spirituality, knowledge, and progress. I hope this makes sense.