Sunshine Kir

On a daily quest for the eternal sunshine!

Back on the horse, back to the blog…

How do we know it’s summer? The Tour de France is in full swing, sunsets are extra pink and dropping around 7:30pm, my skin is getting nice and brown, my hair has a salty crispness to the ends, Luke and Lucy Bell – two of our Aussies in residence – can be seen out and about in Cardiff and the World Bocce Ball championship is kicking off as I type.

Aussie Invasion - Luk, Jo, Lucy, Jess - so happy you're here!!!

Sunset Aussie Invasion – Lukey, Jo, Lucy, Jess – so happy you’re here!!!

Life is goo-ood! Summer is my happy place. The beach is my happy place. The water is shimmering, beach parking is out of control and the line to Roberto’s burritos is consistently 6-8 teenage boys deep.

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My new mug courtesy of a lovely friend who gets me…

To me, summer is the world at it’s biggest and brightest. Everything is ripe, plump and drenched in warmth. This year June Gloom took the month off so we’ve been getting minimal fog and lots of sunshine. The water temp is already in the high 60s/low 70s – it’s not Hawaii warm, but we’ll take it. Usually, it takes until the end of August for this kind of warm weather streak. Fourth of July was hot and sunny with killer visibility for firework watching…Here are a few pics of summer so far. It does give a far better overview than my writing ever could.

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Snuggling and giggling watching sunset

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More snuggling and giggling – photo bombed by my nephew who’s looking a touch serious

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My beach HQ ~ tabletops

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Backyard in bloom ~ still amazed at the oranges, avocados, grapes and how cute M is

Too much perky sunshiny recap? Sorry, I’m sure I’ll be able to muster up a moody post soon, but for now. Life is wonderful. People around me are happy and blooming. And it’s a very good day! Now off to check out the 26th Annual World Bocce Ball Championship. Have a happy sun-drenched Saturday. xo

Wait to Worry

I was going along (trudging along really) my Monday. Super tired from a 6am workout, cranky because I didn’t eat enough food and feeling fairly lackluster b/c of the June Gloom. In summary, I was getting through the day, but really not doing anything in particular to make it special, light or fun. I’m leaving for Hanuman, a yoga festival in Boulder, for work and I was feeling a bit impatient and overwhelmed with all of the things that need to happen in order for my role in the festival to run smoothly.

If I were an outsider, let me count the ways that the above sentences are silly. Hmmm, you’re getting paid to go hang out at a yoga festival? What, it’s in beautiful Boulder, CO? But wait…your parents live there so you get to combine a work trip with an opportunity to see your family – arguably two of the best humans on the planet? And your role in the festival is to make sure your company’s booth looks good and everything/everyone shows up ok (alright, that is legitimately a bit of an operational undertaking so we’ll give you that one) You’re cranky b/c you actually dragged your sleepy body out of bed and made it to a really hard, incredibly toning Pilates class and even beat your super gung-ho, early riser friend, Kristin, to the studio. That’s really more reason to celebrate b/c you never do that!!!

Yes, it’s true. My attitude sucked. I admit it. Have you ever scrunched up your shoulders, balled up your fists and squeezed your eyes and mouth shut as tight as you can? I feel like sometimes that’s how I go through my day. And to see how silly it is to hold on so tight, I took a picture. I was genuinely curious.  And it wasn’t very cute, but it was even sillier than I’d imagined. And when I saw it, it actually made me smile. And then some cool stuff happened.

First, I wandered into a lovely Facebook post by Malia. Malia had a real cause for her mood and thankfully, it all turned out okay – such gratitude for Malia’s angels. Scrolling through her many comments was a picture from someone I don’t know with the phrase ‘Wait to Worry’. And poof, just like that, my perspective shifted. Something dislodged. Funny, one of my favorite phrases is, And Just Like That I love it b/c anything can change at any time. Shortly after, I wandered over the FreePeople blog (as I often do) and found this lovely post about making a gratitude jar. Still a touch grumpy, I read Miann’s thoughts around gratitude and they reignited my own.

I am grateful

I am grateful – image here

I made a quick mental list – no jar yet, but it’s on the list and came up with 10 things And Just Like That I was smiling and laughing at myself and feeling a bit warm and fuzzy instead of tired and fuzzy.

This guy makes me fresh squeezed OJ and built us an outdoor table. Swoon!

This guy makes me fresh squeezed OJ + built an outdoor table. And for once, smiled for a picture. Swoon!

Turquoise Adirondak chairs

Turquoise Adirondak chairs and freshly planted mint

Dreamy Vacations

Dreamy Vacations

What’s done is done. I prepped the best I could. I will continue to be diligent tomorrow and then I’ll let the rest fall to the universe. And I will set my alarm and board my plane and get ready to thoroughly, truly and earnestly enjoy my time in Boulder, my time at a yoga festival filled with love and energy and enjoy hugging my parents every day for a week – a true luxury i don’t get often enough. Gratitude costs nothing and it can make all the difference (paraphrased from Rhonda Byrne). Happy Monday xo

Dreamy, Beachy White

It’s that time…the optimism of summer is creeping in…It’s 7:20 at night and the sun is firmly planted up in the sky. Doors and windows are open and the smell of bbqs firing up is wafting down the street. My shoulders got a bit red from being at the beach Sunday afternoon. Now they’re a lovely bronzy shade and it’s time to rock my favorite white button down w/rolled up cuffs, cut-offs and bright red finger nails. Hello summer, you sexy, wonderful, beachy, beauty. I firmly believe one of the reasons we have Fall, Winter and Spring is so we can fully appreciate the full burst of summer goodness.

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