Friday, June 21, 2013

{this moment} - and the weekly {Smile-Up}

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"There are no ordinary moments." ~Way of the Peaceful Warrior

{this moment} - a Friday ritual. A photo (or few) capturing moments from the week. Simple, special, extraordinary moments. Moments I want to pause, savor and remember.

Served up with the weekly {Smile-Up} - gratitude practices to love and appreciate your life. 

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' and 'smile up' in the comments for all to find and see.
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my moments are entirely from my Portland trip with my wifey! :)

{Smile Up}:

 First Downtown Summer Market!
Portland road trip with my bestie! 
Amazing Vegan restaurants and food! 
Vegan chocolate candy bars! 
Getting to watch the Pride Parade in Portland!  
New tattoos! (first one in over 2 years--been much too long! And getting it done at a Vegan Tattoo Shop!!)
Singing badly in the car! 
Girly road trips!  
Laughing and smiling and being silly with friends.  
Finding new music to listen to. 
Coming home to my loveable kitties and loving husband.
Internet that works (after terrible internet in our hotel that took ten minutes just to load a page I am very grateful!). 
The sound of rain and the coziness of our home. 
Writing and Drawing more of my book!

Loving: Summer Markets • Creating • Portland • Tattooed people everywhere • Kitty cuddles •  Good Laughs • Rain • Our Garden • Living in Nelson • Dancing in the rain • Balance • Tattoos •  • Writing and Drawing again •

Interests for the week:
Reading "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman  
Watched the new Star Trek movie--on our movie theatre we finally have back! 
✯  Watching Anime shows! Woot! Currently still watching D.Gray Man. 
✯  Finished Game of Thrones! New True Blood episodes back!  
Music Playlist: Brand New, Breaking Benjamin, Red, Paradise Lost. And 90s grunge hits on our road trip! 
Food Faves: Kale and Spinach in my smoothies every morning Go Max Go Foods chocolate bars Portland's restaurants Sjaak's Hazelnut chocolate bites Vegan Pizza!   

Lessons of the week: 
Don't judge and don't take it personally when people judge you--it says more about them than you. Balance, balance, balance! I'm a woman, I have tattoos and piercings, I've had dreadlocks, but the thing I'm discriminated most for is being Vegan. It doesn't matter, again, it's a reflection of the discriminators and not you. Remember the spiral: bad mood=bad events; good mood=good events! When you get stressed you resist the current, but when you go with the flow, things turn out much quicker and perfectly. Smiling turns your mood around!   Take time every day for the hobbies you love. Everything is going to be alright!  

Hope you're all having a beautiful wonderful blissful week! Tell me about your lovely weeks! Tell me about your 'Smile Up' and 'this moment!' Pretty please? :)


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  1. That is awesome! Vegan tattoo shop, what's that like?

    All of that food looks sooo good too! >_< It's no surprise that this is a "this moment" type of day. Very very lovely!

    1. They're called Scapegoat Tattoos, and all their equipment is vegan and a lot of the staff are as well :) It was lovely, wonderful group there and full of talent :) They're also part of Portland's "Vegan Mini Mall" it was adorable.


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