About Alexa Janell

My mission is to create art that supports Vegan and Eco-friendly lifestyles through organic, timeless and sustainable products that will last a lifetime. Visit www.ajanellphotography.com to learn more!

Summer Wellness Tips!

After a long, cold, snowy winter…Summer has finally arrived! The time has come for short shorts, tanning, and cookouts.  Taking care of ourselves seems to be becoming an awesome fad in the year 2015, so Summer Wellness Tips seemed like an appropriate topic to touch on.  Remember, being healthy can and should be fun! Plus it’s a reason to get more creative!! There are so many natural resources surrounding us that are available to benefit our lives.

Herbs and flowers are an inexpensive natural resource that is beneficial, cooling and tasty!  They can also be used to heal your skin from sun damage or burns.  Aloe, comfrey, and horsetail (also a great beauty herb) can all heal skin damage according to www.bulkherbstore.com/articles/4-must-have-herbs-for-summer-skin .  Herbs can also be used in a variety of tasty drinks: non-alcoholic, alcoholic, and smoothies!  My mom was kind enough to share her delicious smoothie recipe with us 🙂 (1) avocado, juice from half a lime, (1)cup of berries, 3 or 4 basil leaves and (1)cup of coconut milk.  Hawthorne leaf/flower, yellow chrysanthemum, lemon grass, spearmint, peppermint, raspberry leaf, hibiscus and ginseng help cool the body and taste good in cold beverages.  Check out http://brigittemars.com/articles/herbal-natural-remedies/cooling-foods-herbs/ for some more specifics on the ways to use each herb listed.

Of course, you’ll want to eat some food during the summer…an excellent time to add some seasonal fruits,veggies and leafy greens into your day (and avoid the processed foods, grains, sugars and grains).  Berries, watermelon, pineapples, oranges are all sweet and delicious snacks to keep in mind.  Protein should be included in one or two meals a day.  Light sources of protein that need no cooking include nuts, sprouted beans, soy products and non-fat cheeses.  Meal planning is a great way to guarantee nutritional meals for you and your family.  Wellness mama gives some good guidelines to follow for meal planning in this article http://wellnessmama.com/5345/meal-planning-basics/  There are a bunch of fun ideas on Pinterest  under “Healthy Summer Snacks.”  Also, one of my newest most favorite resources is Thrive Market which is an online marketplace that sells the best natural brands at the best prices!  Not only are they awesome because of this, but they also help out families in need. I highly recommend everyone check out this amazing resource.

Summer time is an excellent excuse for spending some more time outdoors experiencing nature.  Whether, going for a quiet walk or run with just yourself, the trees, birds and sun or going on a camping trip with the family…being outdoors is fun and beneficial.  Outdoor activities are endless and non-activity works just as well too!  Whatever you decide to do, skin protection is always important as well as Vitamin D consumption. Most sunscreens sold have toxins and do not allow the absorption of Vitamin D.  According to Wellness Mama, some foods to eat that provide sunscreen from the inside out are healthy saturated fats, omega 3 rich foods, leafy greens and two or more tablespoons of tomato paste daily! Coconut oil can provide a small amount of protection and you can even make your own sunscreen with it in a recipe I found at http://wellnessmama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/.  Once your skin is safe, divulge in the endless outdoor activities available. Walking barefoot, also known as “earthing”, can increase antioxidants, help with insomnia and even reduce inflammation.  Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises and will keep you cool.  Yoga is my personal favorite and is even more fun during a sunrise or sunset!

Summer is a time for fun in the sun!  Grab your shades and your loved ones, put down your phones and splash around a bit more.  A cooler full of healthy goodies, maybe a sangria or mojito (Berries and mints!) and a blanket for a nap is how I’ll be spending my summer days. Remember to enjoy each little moment and laugh! Life loves you.


Alexa’s Stress Relieving Tools

I originally planned on writing about eating healthy on a budget, which I’ll save for another day.  But with my wedding being 9 days away, thinking about food shopping was a little difficult.  So instead… I thought, “what better topic to write about than tips for dealing with stress!”  Everyone experiences stress at their own levels; some people stress almost every second of every day, while others seem to not have a care in the world.  I am usually a pretty stress-free (or close to it) kind of person, until recently.  Planning a wedding in four months is no joke!  Make that a low budget-DIY wedding, the weekend of Mother’s Day and graduations (including my fiance’s), my day job as a server and my photography clients, life is just a little bit busy. I’m sure everyone can relate, whether it’s with children, work, school, diets, etc. Besides a couple short breaking points, I think I’ve been doing pretty well…  According to this stress meter, I believe at my very worst (about 2 or 3 meltdowns that lasted about 10 minutes long) I was at an “EEEEKKKK”.  Even at my most stressful moments, I have been able to quickly snap out of it and recompose myself before complete control is lost, thanks to a few regular techniques I like to use.

1.  Meditation- Most people think it is impossible to have 10 minutes a day to sit in silence, and allow your mind to clear.  Most spiritual teachers would say, “You don’t have time not to meditate.”  For those of you with little ones, I highly recommend this video of one of my role models, Marianne Williamson, explaining how to teach and practice meditation and mindfulness to children 5 and under.(42 minutes in).    I also practice meditation as I go about my day by remembering to focus on my breath and being present wherever I am (simple and life changing). Besides alleviating stress, by meditating you are learning to control your thoughts rather than the other way around.

2.  Step Outside and Be in Nature- After sitting at the computer or making decorations for hours, stepping outside for a few minutes is extremely restorative and rejuvenating.  Just a little fresh air helps give my mind, eyes and body a break; allowing space for new thoughts and ideas to flow in.  It’s also nice (and beneficial) to stand up after sitting for ever! This usually helps give a new perspective and refreshed patience for the task at hand.

3.  Yoga/Exercise-  Walking, jogging, lifting weights, Zumba, yoga…whatever works for you, is a great way to relieve stress!  A combination of endorphin (a natural pain killer) being released and the ability to sleep better definitely decreases the stress meter.  My personal favorite is yoga because while my body is stretching, I am regulating my breath and relaxing all at the same time! YouTube has tons of Yoga videos and is how I began my practice (I learned a lot from “Yoga with Adrienne”)  There’s also an app called Meetup, where local people host anything from “Sunset Yoga” to “Mommy and Me Yoga”.

4.  Focus on Good Things-  I’ve recently learned that I have the choice to feel good, which to me is exhilarating.  I love being aware that in each moment I have the ability to choose how I feel.  However, in those moments where my mind is racing, worrying, stressing, repeating itself over and over…I eventually catch myself, take a deep breath, and focus on something that makes me feel good (whether in my surroundings or in my thoughts) and I can feel the energy shift within me.

5.  Appreciation-  It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of excitement in life events and often lose control.  Stress comes from worry and feelings of lack. Appreciation comes from focusing on the Abundance in our lives and can be as simple as thanking the sun, the air and the water to your job, friends and family.  You can say thank you for your blessings out loud, in your mind or keep a gratitude journal and list 10 things your thankful for every day.  Instead of feeling worry or anxiety about something that is not actually happening right now, say thank you for the outcome you would really like to experience!

In addition to these five tools I use to keep my stress level low and my joy level high, I remember that things are always working out.  I do not have to, nor am I able to, control every single thing that occurs in my life.  AND these are all things that I’ve asked for that I now have to be thankful for! Great, wonderful, joyful and exciting things, experiences and loved ones to remind you that the “issue” your stressing over is really not that bad and will be over before you know it!

New, Good Habits

After many years of over indulging in sweets,junk food, alcohol, television, medication etc. our society is finally awakening to the necessity of living a life of wellness. So many people are aware that change is needed in day-to-day routines, but old habits are difficult to break. In certain situations, such as an illness, it is necessary to make strict and structured changes in order to survive. However, there is no need to wait for those moments before we start implementing some new routines into our lives right now. Rather than trying to completely change over night and then beating yourself up a few hours later for [messing up], just begin by making subtle changes.These are some tips to offer some guidance on beginning or continuing a conscious lifestyle that will expand your well being, helping you feel your absolute best!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  -Lao Tzu

A few changes that I have applied to my life that are simple, yet extremely beneficial and life changing are:

1. Using Natural Resources– Coconut oil is my go to for cooking, baking, and moisturizing. For 101 uses for coconut oil, check out http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/ Apple Cider Vinegar has numerous benefits and uses from balancing your digestive system to cleaning your house. Check out http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/jenessa/apple-cider-vinegar-uses for a ton of uses for ACV and some recipes! Himalayan Salt is my new table and cooking salt! Packed with over 80 minerals and many benefits including healing, visit http://empoweredsustenance.com/himalayan-salt-benefits/ for more info.

2. Practice Mindfulness Being mindful means to consciously bring your attention to the present moment without any judgement and with acceptance of now. It is a practice that has changed my life and my perspective of our world.  Try to be fully present as you wash your hands, take a shower, eat a meal or drive your car.  When your mind wanders, rather than judge or criticize yourself, thank yourself for noticing your racing thoughts and return your attention to your breath and the present moment. Meditation has helped me tremendously in this practice. Visit http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/06/09/7-easy-ways-to-be-mindful-every-day/ for more info on mindfulness and tips on applying it into your life.

3. Yoga– or any form of physical activity that works for you! Yoga has personally helped me reach a level of peace and connection that I’d never experienced.  It’s also a reminder of how the small changes and movements eventually lead to huge transformation. Starting off with 20 minutes of physical movement a day is a great way to begin a new good habit!

4. Join a Club/Spiritual Group– I joined my first club last year and it is one of the best decisions I have made. I found it by searching Google for local photography clubs. Today my network is growing, I’ve made new friends, I have amazing teachers and I can see the growth in my art and in my confidence!  If you don’t already know what your passionate about pick something that you’ve always wanted to try or have been curious about. Explore. Connect. Grow!

5. Be Open Minded– Being curious and open minded, makes life more fun and exciting!  Life has so much to offer and the diversity is what has helped create the magnificent, creative, expanding world we live in today.  Take a weekend to travel (Living Social has great Escape Deals) or explore your artistic side! http://www.craftsy.com has a bunch of awesome tutuorials for all levels.  My absolute favorite website full of tons of free education is http://www.creativelive.com

Change can and should be fun. We are capable of experiencing and creating anything we can think of!  What an amazing time it is to be alive, to have resources and answers available at our finger tips at any moment.  We are on this earth to co-create and are constantly expanding.  By choosing to live a life of wellness, all actions that follow come from our truest self and benefit the world around us.

Our Thoughts Shape our Lives

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of society today. Always on the go, too busy to relax, checking e-mails, answering calls, picking up so and so, work, school, kids, cook, clean, gym…anxious about what’s to come..are things going to work out? Thinking about something you said a few minutes ago or a few years ago..I should have…could have…what if…does he like me?..do I look cute?..Do I look fat?…the list goes on and on and on. The human mind creates between 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day. That’s between 35-48 thoughts per minute! The majority of those are thoughts from the day before, just plain repetitive, or mostly negative. The good news is you’re mind is like any other muscle on your body. You can become aware of your thoughts..practice quieting the mind..eventually silencing it..and in turn gain back control over your mind rather than allowing your thoughts to run around chaotically and run your show. Why are your thoughts important? Besides the obvious reasons, your thoughts create a feeling or an emotion. These emotions are our inner guide! By paying attention to our feelings, we can know if were on the right path, so to speak.

In the midst of our busy every day lives, the way we feel is the single most important factor that most people are missing. Today’s society has led us to believe that the most important things are the material…money, cars, homes, clothes…however, it is becoming clear today that even the people who have more of these material possessions then they could do anything with, are still something missing in their lives. Of course the idea of having more money, bigger houses, etc, seems like it would satisfy all of the desires we feel, those emotions would be temporary…Rather than feeling a sense of lack now, it is possible to achieve all of the feelings of satisfaction, aliveness, and fulfillment even before those manifestations are physical. And the manifestation of the emotion is key! All around wellness will guarantee the best feeling You and allow a smooth flow of life to flow through you and to you throughout your lifetime.

Wellness is an evolutionary process, that begins with becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy life that will allow your true You to shine brighter then ever. Wellness is significant to us as humans because all of our activities, thoughts and feelings affect our well-being. By feeling our best, we act out of those good feelings, rather than acting out through feelings of exhaustion, stress or worry.  Pay attention to how you feel and CHOOSE to feel good now!

Waitress to Artist

As a kid, most of us were told by our parents, grandparents, guardians, or just anyone we looked up to, “When you grow up, you can do anything in life you dream of…you can have anything as long as you work hard..”or something of that nature. I’m sure most parents now still tell their children the same things, “dream big”, “work hard”, “go to school” and “be successful”. Despite the truth in those statements, most adults today are not living the life of their dreams. Somewhere along the way, those dreams got pushed to the side…either to support a new family, to pay the bills, health issues, etc. My purpose for this blog is to remind everyone, no matter how old you are, that it is never too late to pursue those dreams you left sitting in the back of your closet or to even start dreaming now! God, the universe, the creator of all living things (whatever works best for you) did not put us on this earth to live plain, ordinary, difficult lives…to work 40+ hours a week just to barely “get by” and not live our lives with passion.  In each moment is an opportunity to learn a lesson. The difficult times, challenging people, tough situations in life, are the most important times to ask “What am I supposed to learn from this moment?” Everyday is a chance to live the life you’ve only imagined or maybe haven’t even begun to visualize yet, but deep down know is possible.

I’ve recently been inspired by a coworker and friend of mine. Diana is a woman that so many people adore. She has a personality like no other person I’ve ever met and is so easy to love. One of the first things I remember her saying to me when I started serving at IHOP was, “Remember, your not saving lives, your serving pancakes.” That statement helped me get through some of my toughest moments. When I felt like breaking down, I’d remember those words and give myself a huge reality check. I’ve even told some of the new girls those same words and watched the relief come across their faces. It became very clear to me that Diana is a favorite for a lot of customers.  Many people come in just to see her. She has a way of making people laugh and feel important. I would have never guessed that Di had lost a little boy a few years ago…a sweet little angel was taken from her life. His name was Mason, and when he was no longer physically in Di’s life, a big piece of her soul went with him. Even after this tragic loss, one that most mother’s wouldn’t feel they would be able to continue living with, she comes into work everyday with so much personality, love and appreciation.

After Mason’s passing, Diana discovered her green thumb and the soothing to the soul gardening brought into her life.  I had the pleasure of visiting her fascinating home.  From her “Gone With the Wind Room” full of antiques and Scarlett O’Hara pictures, to the hundreds of chickens and roosters in her kitchen , and the enormous yard full of Di’s unique creations.  Besides the fact that I had been planning to visit her house for months now, I could not wait to capture a sneak peak of her latest creation!  Diana recently discovered her passion in creating something that my words will do no justice.

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Her day job as a server, is an opportunity for her to use her most difficult time as a reminder to those close, that things could definitely be worse. Therefore, it is so important to appreciate all of the wonderful moments, all the loving people, all the laughs and even the tears.  Diana believes Mason is an angel.  A human body is our temporary home.  No physical thing is meant to last forever. We are the only living species, that is aware of our future death.  Therefore, we live in fear of the unknown…the when, where, how, is it gonna hurt?  I have recently become aware of the blocks, boulders and mountains fear has been putting in front of my life.  And I am aware that it damn sure is not serving my life for the better.  We all do this, it’s how society and our past generations have showed us to live but we know better now!  We live in a world of unlimited possibilities.  We are a part of a universe that is too vast, too grand for our minds to even begin to comprehend!  We exist because of the perfection and precision of the universe.  A universe that is aligned exactly as it should for us to be able to even be living on this planet.  Yet we think that we should be worrying and be afraid of things that are beyond our control. I am learning to release any fear in my life and replace it with love.  Magical things begin to happen when you live in a state of love and joy.  By releasing fear and worry you release anxieties and stress, which then releases illness and disease.

Being present in each moment gets you out of your head and into a state of gratitude, relaxation, acceptance, faith, love and joy.  By trusting that the Creator of this magnificent existence, created us, to be living in perfect alignment with our own personal galaxies flowing freely as long as we ALLOW it to, we can begin to experience the freedom of the planets floating through space in our own lives.  By doing things that fill you with joy, time does not exist, it is replaced with peace.  We begin to to make Art.  Art is created by emotions and feelings that are beyond something that can be described in words.  The liberation I feel from just writing these words is an incredibly joyous feeling.  The idea that others will read and hopefully take something or many things from this blog, fills me with feelings of love, compassion and reward.

Diana has found the part inside of her that is still alive, that has always been alive and will always be alive!  The part inside that we all have! I encourage you all to get to know that side of you.  Beautiful things begin to happen when you experience your divine self and the connection of the divine creations all around you every day.  As you learn and grow from this place, you can see the unlimited possibilities and opportunities that are here and have always been here.  It’s time to wake up, it’s time to feel alive!

Let Mother Nature Heal You

Earlier this year, one of my sisters was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It causes loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation. What seemed like a pinched nerve, eventually progressed to tingling and numbness on one side of her body. Her vision began to deteriorate to a point that she felt like she was looking out of a dirty windshield. Eventually her balance was off and she soon had to use a cane to be able to walk without falling over. When the MRI results finally showed that she officially had M.S. it was a blow to my entire family’s stomachs. This disease seemed to come out of nowhere and completely changed all of our lives, especially my sister’s. With a one year old, two teenage children, and a husband that had just been deployed overseas for one year, the timing couldn’t seem worse. Obviously, illness leads to doctors, which leads  to medication. Unfortunately, there is no official cure for M.S. There are certain medications that have worked for some people and not for others. Medications which can cause other symptoms to occur, and in some situations, even death…And none promising to remove this disease indefinitely. In addition to the uncertainty of the effects medication would have on my sister, she is a breastfeeding mother to my nephew. They have a bond that is indescribable and very dear to them both because of breastfeeding. If my sister were to begin a medication, she would have had to stop breastfeeding…this broke my sister’s heart, I believe, more than her actual diagnosis.

Fortunately, we have the resourceful internet to help receive any information we may need.  With a few clicks of the mouse, our mom fell upon Dr. Terry Wahls’ website. Dr. Wahls was also diagnosed with M.S. and unlike my sister, she tried all of the top-ranked medicines available.  Her condition worstened and she eventually was forced into a zero-gravity wheelchair.   She even tried chemo therapy. Dr. Wahls decided to do her own research and eventually thought of researching vitamins and supplements that would help any kind of progressive brain disorder. She soon had the bright idea to get these same nutrients through foods, which is how the Wahls Protocol was born.  Within one year, Dr. Wahls was walking without a cane and even participated and completed an 18-mile bicycle tour!

This golden nugget of information was enough to convince my mom, myself and my sister that this route was definitely worth a shot.  My sister learned to discipline herself to the following diet:

-3 cups tightly packed raw or cooked leafy greens, like kale, collards, chard, Asian greens, and lettuces.

-3 cups of deeply colored veggies and fruits, such as berries, tomatoes, beets, carrots and winter squash.

-3 cups of sulfur-rich veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes, onions and garlic.

I’m sure some of you are scrunching up your faces, sticking out your tongues and making disgusted sounds…But before you close your mind and your mouth, consider this…You Are What You Eat…All of these foods are natural, organic, grown from our earth.  These are the foods hunters and gatherers ate before we became addicted to processed, greasy, sugary foods that are causing harm to your body, your temple. The diet above is specific for people with Multiple Sclerosis.  You can create your own diet based on any issues you might have in your own body.  Just Google “natural remedies for …pain” or “natural foods to help with ….” You’ll be amazed at the information you receive 🙂 You can make delicious, flavorful, quick meals!

Within only TWO weeks, the improvement from my sister was unbelievable.  She was able to walk into the grocery store by herself, no cane, nobody to lean on.  A couple of months later, her vision began clearing up and she was eventually able to operate a vehicle.  This video below shows my sister running for the first time since her diagnosis.  Words cannot explain the joy and gratitude I felt when I saw this beautiful moment.

This was not just some miracle that happened over night.  Because of the dedication and sacrifices my sister made, the support and the love, she is living proof that there are more options to eliminate these diseases infecting us every day.

Leave the excuses with yesterday.  The only time to break old habits is now.  Prevent having to pay doctors bills and prescriptions for the rest of your life.  Be an example for your children and teach them a new way of living.  Turn it into a new adventure that will improve your well-being.  Nourish yourself! You are a precious being, temporarily living in this human form.  Cherish and appreciate yourself.  You deserve to live pain-free and happy.

Despite the bump in the road, my sister’s illness has truly been a blessing in disguise. It has brought our family closer and showed how much love we really have for each other. It was amazing to see how quickly everyone showed their support and worked together to make sure my sister had all that she needed. It has been even more amazing and inspirational to watch the strength and determination that my sister has had.  Healthy living can help with any disease, weight loss, and even longevity of our lives.  Combine a healthy diet with a little physical activity, time for silence, laughter, fun and gratitude and watch your life completely transform into the life of your dreams!

P.S. For more information on the diet my sister is doing, go to http://www.terrywahls.com

My Intention for Meditation

My intention for meditation

Is to feel oneness with the universe.

My intention for meditation

Is to feel free from this little me.

My intention for meditation

Is to feel love for all things.

My intention for meditation

Is to hear my soul sing.


My intention for meditation

Is to allow my soul to play free.

My intention for meditation

Is to allow my third eye to see.

My intention for meditation

Is to allow my light to shine.

My intention for meditation

Is to feel the one, the divine.

Overwhelmed With Joy & Gratitude

I am truly feeling so thankful for finding something I am passionate about.  Even though things still are not completely as I’d like them to be at the moment, I can see myself headed in that direction and it is so exciting!  The power of gratitude is amazing and I am having a blast watching life work it’s wonders. I can not stress how important it is for everyone to follow their joy because I promise it leads you to your bliss, true purpose, your dharma in life.  Do you truly believe you were put on this earth to work a crappy job, that barely pays the bills, leaves you unhappy and broke?! When I take a few minutes each day to really appreciate the magnificence of the earth we live on, the fact that we are living on a planet that is perfect enough for us to even be living on it…I understand better how I am a part of that perfection and that I have a grander role then I could have ever imagined. I know my life is more meaningful than a 9-5 job that doesn’t satisfy my soul.  I hope to encourage and inspire people to follow their bliss, take a few moments each day to be present, practice gratitude every day and just watch how magical life can really be.  Your thoughts create your reality so by choosing to focus on all the things you have to be grateful for, you are opening the gateway for even MORE things to be grateful for! I thought I was living life before, but now I see I am just starting to live 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Chakra Journey Contest

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A chakra represents a focus of energy in the body.  All together, there are seven chakras located from the bottom of your tailbone to the crown of your head.  I am participating in a photography contest where I get to display how I balance each chakra.

The first is the root chakra which is located at the base of the spine. Last week I entered a photo of myself, meditating on the ground.  The photo represented my root chakra connecting to the earth. I pictured my root connecting with the roots of the tree behind me. I chose to do a black and white photo with only the red that I was wearing displayed in color because red is a representation of the root chakra.

This week we are moving on to the sacral chakra which helps awaken sensual desire. I chose to do my photograph as a silhouette this week with only the sunset in the background.  Sunsets have a variety of colors but what stood out to me the most was the orange color. Orange is the color which represents the sacral chakra. I am also in pigeon pose which is a yoga pose that helps balance your sacral chakra.

Each week I have a chance to win a prize thanks to http://www.auracacia.com. The prize consists of an Aura Cacia Organic Chakra Roll-On for the chakra of the week, a selection of Aura Cacia essential oils and a recipe card to make the featured chakra balancing recipe of the week at home, a Chakra Journey t-shirt, a chakra candle for the chakra of the week, a yoga mat, and a surprise gift based on the blog theme of the week.  However, my MAIN goal is to win the Grand prize!! The grand prize includes a weekend retreat for two to the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, including travel and accommodations for two, a full set of seven Aura Cacia Organic Chakra Roll-Ons, and two Chakra Journey t-shirts. I appreciate everyone that has voted for me so far! I am so excited to have a challenge that combines my love of photography and yoga 🙂 Please continue to vote for me!! And enjoy my photos along this journey! I will be adding a picture each week for 5 more weeks! Namaste.



Update!! Here are all seven photos representing how I balanced each chakra. I did win the second week of the contest! Thank you to everyone who showed love, support and voted!! I truly am grateful and have had so much fun along this 7 week project. I am hoping to win that grand prize and it is VERY possible 🙂 Thank you, thank you!! Namaste.

My thoughts on the Beach

The wonders of the universe
Are starting to become clear to me.
I’ve been living life blindly
Now I can finally see.
I am amazed of the magnificence
Created by an unseen force.
A path layed out for all of us,
An invisible course,
That we can choose to follow
Or fight against because we think we know.
Try to do things “our” way,
But we’re going against our flow.

You see, everything that’s good
Is perfection at it’s best.
Compassion, Nature, Love
Give the answers to our test.
Today we look for answers
In the outside world.
We want more money, success,
The perfect boy, perfect girl.
We seek for happiness
In the material things.
The right clothes, house, cars,
The biggest, brightest ring.
We can continue to want
And keep thinking we need.
And we’ll continue to struggle,
Continue trying to succeed.

See what I have learned
Is that the answers are within.
We have everything
Underneath our own skin.
If we took some time
To take a break from the chatter,
A few minutes for silence,
We’ll watch the glass ceiling shatter.
Become aware of that voice in your head.
The one constantly talking
From when you awake, to when you’re in bed.
That voice is your ego
Who is blinding your sight.
Open your mind
Allow your light to shine bright.