Abundance ... A bun dance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What does abundance mean to you? To me, it means a life rich in experiences (not necessarily dollah bills). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I took this photo in Peru in April. An abundance bucket list trip with my family. An experience I’m so glad we took time out of our busy lives to have. Many days on the trip were way outside of my comfort zone. But I don’t need to always be comfortable. In fact, my most abundant life experiences usually require discomfort. So much abundance is just outside of my comfort zone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s on your abundance bucket list? Is it more stuff or more experiences? And when did you last get out of your comfort zone?
MAYhem ... It’s a crazy month in the mom world. Every dance recital, awards banquet, end of year everything seems to happen in May. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At times, May has felt even more stressful than December... 🌲 but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is for my sanity to do things for myself even during my second craziest month of the year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because, quite frankly, in this season of my life, it doesn’t really matter the month, I’m busy. I can give myself the excuse, I don’t have time for anything other than work and kids, or I can just stop making excuses and just make time for me too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This month I’ve printed, hung and hosted an art show, 🏞I’ve performed in 6 shows for our annual Cabaret (comedy/theatre show) 🎤and I’ve spent 4 days in LA working on my business. 💻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m not caught up on Game of Thrones or caught up on anything on Netflix. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m damn proud of myself that I’ve done more in 16 days to do what I love than i have in previous years. And I’m finally tired in a good way... not in the depleted/exhausted way of the past ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ok off to enjoy this outdoor swanky fireplace in LA with a fabulous friend, savor these past two weeks and plan out the next two months. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ and if you’re experiencing MAYhem wherever you are in the world, can you add in one tiny thing that’s just for you this month? Flip the permission slip obligation and write yourself one, too... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I love my people ... they definitely know the way to my heart. Cookie dough! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas... we are big hearted badasses and I love celebrating us! #happymothersday2019
It’s pretty much the best Mother’s Day gift that I give to myself ... Cabaret. Every year @dianneinsteamboat and I make funny parodies about ourselves and perform them at Cabaret. It’s my favorite week of the year. It’s exhausting, amazing, hilarious, fulfilling, fun, hard work. The cast is so fun to be around, the backstage crew, tech crew and directors are top notch. I am so glad that 4 years ago, I decided I would no longer sit on the sidelines of my life... btw, this is how we watch the show, projected onto a wall out back (or standing in the stage wings). I love my cabaret family so much. I love being home with my Larock family, today, but I also already miss the cabaret crew. Thank you to all of our PUC mamas from the past 4 years for being so funny and fabulous on stage. Thank you to all of my mama friends who give us funny ideas and inspo every year and who cheer loudly when we are rocking out on stage. If you know what a butter braid is, our skits are probably for you, for all of us! xo #happymothersday #thelifefeast #volunteerhell #cabaret2019 #rockstarmom
From The land of the snow to the land of the salt ... salt pans of Maras, Peru. This salt lover has found the mothership .... and catherine wants to have her own salt plot at home. She also learned how to make salty chocolate yesterday so dreams do come true ... Have you ever been to Peru? Would love to hear your stories....
It's amazing what you notice if you just look up ... I was doing a photo walk to show my life feast students all the ways that you can create art in the everyday. You don't have to live where I live to see beauty just about anywhere. Which one is your favorite? 🎞️ #thelifefeast #creativelife #creativepreneur #365larock
Well this was kind of a fantastic Monday. My podcast interview on the Getting Work to Work curiosity lab podcast debuted, today. I loved chatting @cmstudios ‘s ear off a few weeks ago about creativity, burn out, mindfulness and everything else but the kitchen sink. Chris is a fantastic human and a lovely interviewer (which was nice since this was my first ever podcast!). Link is in my profile to the interview ... I’d love to hear your insights, revelations or snarky jokes about my debut. Thank you! 👩🏻💻🎤🎧💃🏽🎈
Steamboat’s having a John Hughes kind of weekend. It’s pretty in pink around here. First photo is last night, second photo is this morning, this is Jacey’s kind of town (my twin who loves pink). It pays to pay attention ... these colors never last very long. After a long monochromatic - very white winter- it’s great to see some color. happy Sunday! How are the colors in your world, today?
Little prezzies going in the mail, today for a few lucky #gratitudegravy people who said they’d love a snail mail surprise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ yes, gratitude gravy was an online workshop I ran in November, but #gratitude can be a year round practice. It can last way beyond the turkey leftovers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m grateful I got these 3 good things cards done, today. I can’t wait for them to make their way to a few mailboxes. Tell me, what’s on your 3 good things list for today?
The prodigal yogi returns ...🧘🏻♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today I found my way back to yoga. It’s been many many months since I’ve been back in my old yoga sangha with my favorite teacher, @carrieaum ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I missed the chanting, the quiet contemplation, the big laughs, the enlightening discussion. A class where being present, not a pretzel 🥨, is the point. I missed my yoga family. My chakras needed a major chiropractic adjustment, apparently. My brain feels settled. Heart open. My headstand flopped, but I feel more focused than I have in a long time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have actually been practicing several days a week, alone in my house. With our doggie trying to play along. And as much as I love puppy yoga, I missed my yoga community. It’s so easy to be anti social these days and pretend that the digital connection is enough. But people are good for us. In positive psychology we say, other people matter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀. We spoke today about how people used to go to church and sing hymns, as one. We (I) don’t do that anymore. Made me think about communing not only with a higher power, but communing with our community. Joining up with others. Enjoying the connection and camaraderie. It was a new way to look at religion. I’ve lumped it into the dogmatic not for me category, but I used to love being in the choir. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s so good to be back in my yoga world. Thank you @dianneinsteamboat for the nudge this morning. 😊❤️🧠🤩 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Happy International Happiness Day! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I think I might need a do over for this festive occasion. I didn’t have the happiest happy day, today. Or yesterday. Or the day before. Ummm, this week has been more crappy than happy. And it didn’t need to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But my week pales in comparison to some people in my community. My heart is heavy with losses of several people’s loved ones. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I wasted 72 precious hours by just being in a crummy mood over taxes and credit card bills and sick kids and hormones. Life didn’t throw me any major curve balls this week. My fears were fabricated. Nothing real. Just total mind BS. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I’m using all of my tools to turn my mood around, to practice what I preach, even on the shit days. Especially on the shit days. Today, I hit the reset button on my morning routine. The one that I love and I’ve avoided lately. I restarted my nightly 3 good things practice. I did yoga the past few days. I put my tasks away and snuggled with my kiddo who has been home sick all week.I apologized to my husband for picking a fight. I stopped procrastinating worked on my taxes. And I’m signing off right now to go read my book. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some days happiness comes as easily as opening our eyes. And others it takes deliberate effort. I’m putting in the effort. Starting over. Hitting the reset button. Appreciating my life. Giving hugs of gratitude to my family, whom I adore more than anything. And I’m sending massive love out to those who are grieving right now. If your day was less than happy, because of some serious life-altering events happening, I’m so sorry. And I’m sending you love and prayers and hugs and healing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If your day was less than stellar because you’ve just been in a funk lately and you’d like to snap out of it, please know that you can choose differently, tomorrow. You can make the effort. And so can I. We can hug our dogs, give others the benefit of the doubt, get some fresh air, laugh with our loved ones and do some #happyacts for someone else. ......................Are you with me?
An absolutely gorgeous ski day with my humans ... and the sun is out!!!