Curated Collection: Beach Day

Its beach season! A few weeks ago, I was desperately in need of a beach day, or maybe just a day off. Fortunately, I’ve gotten a handle on the things that were stressing me out and I’ve been able to relax. I’ve also gotten my beach days, with more to come as I still have most of the summer to enjoy them.

Check out my collection of pretty, beach day inspired artworks (including a few of my own photos) on Society6

Sunny or Cloudy?

The last time I was at this beach, Rexhame in Marshfield MA, 3 years ago, I really wanted a bright, sunny day to take photos. I didn’t get one. Instead I got cloudy, overcast skies. I ended up really loving my photos from that day anyways.  This year, I went back for a family cookout, and I got my beautiful, sunny days! With bright blue skies and warm brown rocks. I honestly can say I’m pretty happy with my photos from both days, and I love the subtle differences between them. Its amazing how the weather and time of day can give such different results.

Which one do you prefer?

Curated Collection, Sunflowers

I’m working on a sunflower in my sketchbook right now, I’m not ready to share yet, but I did find these gorgeous sunflower artworks on Society6, check them out here.

These all reminded me of driving though Kansas several years ago. There really were sunflowers on the sides of the highway, and I would have loved to find a park to stop at, but we were just passing through and didn’t have time. Maybe someday…

Getting Ready for my Yoga Teacher Training

Finally got my Beach Day!

I’ve really been needing a true day off lately. One of the downsides to working from home is that it can be difficult to take time off. Checking email real quick can very easily turn into a few hours in front of the computer. I’ve decided that Saturdays, will now be our days off, and that means no yard work or projects around the house either. With Jon that means I have to take him away from the house or we’ll end up working. I love that he has such a great work ethic, but projects around the house are truly never ending, and sometimes you just need to let it go.

This is my home yoga studio, its also the spare bedroom. I love having this space where I can practice my yoga undisturbed, at least until my dogs lose their minds because the fedex man is here.

I’ve wanted to complete my training to become a yoga teacher for a few years now, and I’ve finally signed up for a program starting in July. I’m very excited, but nervous too. I’m worried about the physical part of the training; I know I’m flexible, but my strength and stamina, for potentially long days of practicing and and learning the postures, could definitely use some improvement. I’m also concerned about the classroom part of the training, its alot of knowledge to absorb in a three week period.

But after a set back this winter, I’m now doing yoga almost everyday, even if its just 15 minutes of stretching. I’ve also added a few guided meditations and strength training sessions a week. I feel like I’m definitely seeing improvements. Which is good, because I only have a month left to get ready. I’ve also downloaded some of the text books so I can get familiar with them and not be so overwhelmed when my training starts.

Have you done any intensive yoga study? What was your experience and how would you recommend to prepare for it?

Curated Collection: Ocean Waves

I would really, really love a day at the beach right now, but I am just so busy. I’m getting ready for my yoga teacher training next month, getting ready to be away from home and my business during my training, trying to get as much of the never ending yard work done before the summer heat makes it impossible. I guess I’m feeling overwhelmed right now. But here are some beautiful ocean pictures, in my Ocean Waves collection on Society6 that I can at least look at for a few minutes before getting back to my to do list.