It's time.....

on 30.1.15

It's here......it's time. Yesterday was day one of eleven for the Volcom Pipeline Pro surf competition that takes place on Hawaii's North Shore.  So why am I posting this on my blog?  I may live in the mid-west, but I am obsessed with the ocean, the tropics, and of course surfing.  Where I live, people make the comment that this is God's country.   Now I am a nature lover, but that statement doesn't really resonate with me here .  When I look at something like the Grand Canyon, it's beautiful, and it's amazing when you think of its creation, but...............it doesn't impact me the way the ocean does.  When I see the ocean up close and personal,  that is when I feel in awe of my Creator, and His creation.  I don't know how you can have a bad day when you live near the ocean, when you can walk the beaches, hear the waves, smell the salt, feel its spray.  I love the ocean, its power, its might, its stories, it history, its gifts. It demands respect.  As much as I love the ocean, I am also terrified by it.  Not having grown up near it, even just playing in the waves, can turn ugly. There is a lot to know about it, and even those who do, still find themselves in dangerous moments, some even lose their life doing something they have done for years. It demands respect. This brings me to surfing, what an amazing sport. So fun to watch and you can't say that about a lot of sports!  I have never surfed, but it is on my bucket list.  It is a high priority on my bucket list, like if I don't do it, it will be a huge regret. But I am afraid.

If you have never heard of Banzai Pipeline, it is what they call the surf reef break that creates amazing waves that hit the North shores of Hawaii starting in December.  The waves are enormous, up to 30 ft, and because it is so close to the shore, the water is shallow with razor sharp lava reef. Pipeline is considered the best waves in the world, but also the most dangerous. They say that this is where surfers come to die. Many a professional surfer has lost their life there. The sound of ambulance sirens are a regular occurrence during this time.  Pipe Masters is held there every December, and a few others that follow. Volcom is one of those.

With today's technology we can get live cam feed of what everyone there is seeing.  Now I would so rather be there, and one day I will, but for now this is all I have.    Volcom Pipe Pro Live is the link for the live feed.  The video below is actually from a few days prior.  Enjoy, I know I will!


NOW YOU :: cooks :: What Katie Ate

on 6.1.15

NOWYOUcooks :: 
nowyou is a tribe of creative women that i belong to. we are going on our 3rd year, and it just gets better and better.  we are picking a different cookbook of our own choosing each month to cook from, photograph, and share our successes and failures with.  i am so thrilled to do this. 

the book i chose for january is what katie ate.






  this book is so beautiful, the graphic designer in me fell in love with the font, the mixing of fonts, the lay out, and the amazing photography, and i suppose the recipes aren't bad either.  here are a few examples.











 actually the recipes are out of my scope of practice, but that will be a good stretch for me.   The author of the book (who does both the recipes, and the photography) also has a blog, What Katie Ate, with more beautiful photography. she is from dublin, ireland, but lives in australia.  that might explain why some of the ingredients are foreign to me. anyways i am so excited to get cooking!










the new year

on 2.1.15

A new year,  new beginning, a fresh start, a second chance, a redo, a do over, a do different.  all of this i love. for all these reasons, i love the beginning of a new year. it is one of my most favorite things! love. while there are times that i don't like change, like when a friend moves away, or people you like change jobs, i also embrace change. i crave change.  i will drive miles out of my way to go somewhere i have been many times just to change the scenery. i love/hate change, it just depends.  a new year represents good change to me. i look forward to doing new things. meeting new challenges. looking forward to the new me at the end of that year. and if there is one thing i have learned in all of these years of mine is that we grow, we change, we are similar but not the same. this is one of my favorite new year quotes. 


Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. ~ Benjamin Franklin

one of my biggest downfalls is i want to do everything! now. you could say i am an overachiever, but it is in theory not reality. i can not help myself, years of experience have done nothing to change me in this area. i simply can not help myself. and so this year is no different.  i am taking part in a lot of different things.  i know, i know.  i know all the things you are thinking, but it is what it is. i am an optimist. i can do this. i want to do this.  so here is a list of this projects i am participating in for 2015.  

1. my word :: give ::
    i want to give,  
    give away,
    my money,  my time,
    my thoughts, my ideas,
    my finds,  myself,
    maybe even my secrets. 
    to my God,
    my neighbors, my community,
    my church, my family, my blog, 
    my tribe, myself. 

2. NOWYOUcooks :: NOWYOU is a tribe of creative women that I belong to. we are going on our 3rd year, and it just gets better and better.  we are picking a different cookbook of our own choosing each month to cook from, photograph, and share our successes and failures with.  I am so thrilled to do this. I will do a separate blog post on the book i chose. 

3.  creating time capsules :: i signed up for a year long course of creating time capsules using video and photography.  i have taken the 6 week course, and so i loved the idea of doing a year long course.  and several of the ladies from our tribe are participating as well, making it that much more fun!

4.  shooting with soul :: this is a book that contains 44 thought provoking photography prompts.  I am joining Tracie and possible several others to spend a week on each prompt, sharing on our blogs, and then posting our favorite on a collaboration blog.

5.  losing weight :: well this an ongoing project.  i am hoping to participate in a few different challenges to motivate me. the thing that will bring real change for me is understanding my own metabolism, working with my thyroid, and finding things that work for my body dynamics. 

6.  i have a several classes that i have signed up for either recently or a year ago that i get to work on. several of those are art classes through Jeanne Oliver. love.

7.  speaking of Jeanne Oliver, she has a new class that is free. free. free. called Becoming: the unfolding of you.  if that sounds interesting to you be sure and check it out.  

can i say i also want to blog more, sew more, knit more, do more art, read more, learn more, i could go on and on...... 

oh, the excitement is building, i am off to get busy!