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Zihuatanejo, Mexico

2 Mar

On Valentines day weekend Brian and I went to Zihuatanejo, Mexico with his parents to celebrate a family friends 10th wedding anniversary. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been to this part of Mexico before but sadly I never left the resort that trip- how lame, huh? So it was fun to explore more of the area this round. The highlight of the trip was most definitely the day we spent on a boat- complete with a stop on an island for a fresh seafood lunch & a whale sighting. The only unfortunate part of the trip was that it remained overcast most of the time. I have to admit I was a tad bummed because I planned on getting an epic tan. But at this point, I have learned to just go with the flow when traveling and enjoy what is instead of what I thought it should be. Here’s a glimpse of our trip!

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Cheers to a great trip!

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happy list

4 Feb

20 things that have been making me happy recently…

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20 things that have been making me happy recently…

1. as I write this post I am sitting at my favorite neighborhood coffee shop with a warm latte and my trusty computer. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a whole afternoon to myself

2. hard but honest conversations that make you instantly feel lighter

3. Mexico in T minus 7 days! I’m so ready for the downtime, hot sun, tacos & margaritas

4. that Frankie is ok after his health scare last week

5. all the inspiring women who have been answering the project 30 questions recently…as well as the ones coming up- there’s a really good one coming up tomorrow!

6. the desk Brian built us from scratch – total. office. game. changer

7. crossing things off my to-do list

8. building our new business- most definitely one of my favorite things about 2015 thus far

9. a saturday night date with Brian involving take out from Sunny Blue, a yummy bottle of red wine & catching up on our recorded television shows while cuddled up on the couch

10. pinteresting

11. listening to Brian crack up when he watches “Californication”- I can’t help but laugh too

12. planning our LA -> Seattle road trip which has been moved to the fall. California coast in the fall? Yes, please

13. I’m taking a twelve week course at Cal State Long Beach which started this past Saturday. It’s been a looooong time since I was in school. It was so fun- it made me very happy

14.  2015 in general

15. daydreaming about babies

16. my morning walks with Frank. It is most definitely my favorite way to start the day

17. Monday afternoon dates with Melissa

18. my family

19. It’s “love” month and Bri guys birthday month.

20. this quote…

“Love yourself enough to create an environment in your life that is conductive to the nourishment of your personal growth. 

Allow yourself to let go of the people, thoughts, and situations that poison your well-being. Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose.” 

– Dr Steve Maraboli

travel 2015 : Zihuatanejo

14 Jan

 

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Going into the new year there were not many travel plans on the horizon. Well, other than the road trip I am still manifesting/planning from Los Angeles to Seattle with Brian at some point this year. That was until Brian’s parents invited us on a last-minute trip with them to Zihuatanejo, Mexico (a tiny fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific coast) in February. Clearly, we said yes. Brian has never been to Mexico before! I still can’t believe this- between the surf, margaritas & food…Mexico was made for that boy. I on the other hand have been to Mexico, quite a few times. I’ve visited Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, San Miguel de Allende & Zihuatanejo. The last time I was in Zihuatanejo was many years ago and only for a short period of time. Just enough time to fall in love with the idyllic scenery and crash into a row of palm trees while trying to land on the beach after a parasailing adventure. I blame the wind and the fact that I might have pulled the wrong cord- the jury is still out. I guess it’s not fair to say that I went into the trees because that gives the impression I slammed into the trunks. I instead went through, oh I don’t know, maybe six rows of palm fronds. Let me tell you they are not as soft as they look. Not only was it a physically painful experience but it was also one of the most embarrassing moments of my life considering the row of palm trees happened to line the resort I was staying at. I can still hear the screams of the people below as I made my way through the fronds. When I came out the other side and face planted into the white sand, the screams turned to gasps. I imagine they were all surprised that I made it out the other side. I now find this story funny (it’s also great for parties) but it took me a while to get there. I’m definitely hoping for a better Zihuatanejo experience this time around. I will ensure this by keeping my tush firmly planted on the beach with a book, cocktail & my handsome husband.

Have any of you been to this part of Mexico before? I barely left the resort last time I was there so I would love any tips you may have!

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project 30 – cicely

30 Apr

Meet Cicely. Brilliant artist, brave soul, beautiful yogi, loyal friend, joyful human & one smart cookie. We became friends in Jr. High but we really became two peas in a pod in our mid 20’s when she moved into my West Hollywood neighborhood and oh, attached at the hip did we become. Seriously, it wasn’t a Friday night if we weren’t drinking two buck chuck in one of our living rooms while laughing hysterically. I love her. It’s as simple as that. She’s a beautiful bright light in my life. Enjoy getting to know her through her answers. My favorite line…”When I catch myself approaching situations with my child-self, I acknowledge and pause. I then ask my adult-self to turn on and lead the way . I TRUST in Me and Divine guidance.

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Cicely, 30

What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?

Take a deep breath. Trust YOURSELF.  You CANNOT live to fulfill other people’s ideas of who Cicely is.  Follow your heart  and intuition because even if your mind is telling you to go in a different direction everything circles back to your heart’s desires- the universe knows…

What do you wish you took less seriously in your 20’s?

The consequences of being me. I let a lot of people disrespect me and I disrespected myself because I didn’t feel I was worthy of love.
I began living by the ideas of what other projected onto me (who I am, what I should be doing with my life, what I should be focusing on for the future) rather than living my truth.  I would play myself down often because I thought that would be less intimidating and make me more acceptable to others. Lets just say some people I kept close in my high school years and around the time of my mother’s passing had a profoundly negative affect on my self-worth. Thankful for the harsh lessons because that allowed me to learn what it is to love ME even more now.

Favorite memory from your 20’s?

Yoga teacher training, 23… And meeting my partner, Louis, age 28 🙂

In your early 20’s where did you think you would be (work, live etc) by 30?

Honestly, I had no clue… Everything was so unclear. When I look back at my journals, I have many entries of wishing to live, paint, travel and teach yoga in a foreign country where people spoke spanish. When I was a teenager, I didn’t think I would make it to 30. Very morbid, I know. I just couldn’t see that far into the future… I hoped to be married, have dogs and children.

 And where were you by 30? What did your life look like?

I am 6 months into 30. I am living, teaching and painting in MEXICO!! I have a beautiful home that I share with my wonderful partner, two crazy dogs, no wedding ring yet  or children ( I trust it WILL come) and traveling.

Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place?

I am a yoga practitioner/instructor, but that doesn’t by any stretch of the imagination mean that I am cool and calm 100% of the time. Actually, I worry the nonsense out of things more often than not. When I catch myself in the moment of worrying I say, “STOP”, take a deep breath, sing “everything’s gonna be alright” a couple times, recite the serenity prayer, and then gayatri mantra. This is a DAILY practice- believe it or not. hahaha! I thought things would never fall into place, but then I began writing daily notes when there was evidence that even small things would work out i.e getting the parking spot I wanted and then the meter was BROKEN so I didn’t have to pay; a friend inviting me to tea; a nice interaction with a stranger; A surprise invitation to move to  Mexico with Louis,… All  these things- past and present- negated my daily anxieties.

What is the greatest gift about being a woman in your 30’s?

I don’t feel like life is happening to me- I feel like am a deserving co-creator of my life. I own my power, stand in my truth and show up for MYSELF. When I catch myself approaching situations with my child-self, I acknowledge and pause. I then ask my adult-self to turn on and lead the way . I TRUST in Me and Divine guidance.

When you look out onto the horizon. What do you hope your life looks like at 40?

Oh man! I want to have a fulfilling marriage,  abundant family life with our children, an explosive and prolific career ( I want to be the Oprah of Fitness and Kandinsky meets  Frank Ghery of art), live in a beautiful home near a body of water, have a vacay home for retreats and family getaways, continue to have opportunities to travel, be surrounded by loving family and friends.

What’s a quote/ saying you try to live your life by?

Don’t make me choose!!! I’ll give you my 3 most favorite:

“Whatever you can do or dream, you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

-Goethe

Fave since 10th grade: “…envy is ignorance; Imitation is suicide.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“… Thoughts become things, dreams do come true, and all things remain forever possible.”- The Universe

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