Monday, June 18

self portrait challenge ~ environment

me in my kitchen, canon digital rebel xti

This months self portrait challenge is us in our environment.

Today has been a divine day. I walked for a long while on the beach listening to the Weepies on my iPod. Then I laid down a towel, sat up and watched all the kiddies learn how to surf with a cool organization called Surf Diva's. I know...only in Southern Cali.

I then took leisurely strolls through the aisles of Whole Foods Market to get some organic goodies for our next few meals. I usually run in and out and rarely take time to discover all their sweet funky products. Today I spent over an hour in there and stocked up on some healthy munchies for our camping trip next week.

I then came home and before I showered all the sand off, prepared for our dinner tonight. Anyone that has known me a long time knows that it is crazy that I am doing this. I never used to cook. Didn't enjoy it and never once thought about preparing a meal hours in advance!

I am a whole new me in the kitchen nowadays. I enjoy the process of cutting up and marinating...and taking my time. I know I am keeping our bodies alive and well with the special foods we prepare. It's sacred to me now. A way of being grateful to our Mother Earth and the nourishment provided for us.

Up above is a portrait of me today. If you were standing near me you'd smell ocean in my hair and see sand all over my skin. I worked hard all weekend and it felt good to play today.

I love where I live.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cooking is an Art. Welcome to my world of creating tasty meals!

June 18, 2007 at 3:07:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I've only ever commented once or twice but this post got me...andrea told me something once that I reaized I see so much in you. I was having a hard time and asked her how she seemed to get through all this stuff and she said just show up. That's it. So I said you mean be willing to do the work and she said even more simple than that. by just showing up we allow ourselves to be in that moment and something shifts within us and that is when the work starts inside of us without us having to do it or make ourselves do it. so somthing gets going even when we think it's too hard or too painful. Since I started reading your blog I get that from you each time I read and that is so powerful you allow yourself to just be in the moments and you aren't afraid of the work that things take. I admire you a lot and am always always inspired to get to know myself a little more each time I visit so thank you.


June 18, 2007 at 3:10:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never been a fan of cooking but soon, we'll have a new kitchen and I find myself ordering cookbooks and watching cooking shows, dreaming.

Nice photo - your linky on SPC links to whole foods, thought you'd want to know. xo

June 18, 2007 at 3:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ma'Darling sister ...

Have my "cooking seeds" of love taken over they hearteth?...

Viking Womyn

June 18, 2007 at 4:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Georgia said...

What a wonderful day!

I had a dream last night of the ocean... I can still smell the crisp sea air... I can still see the moon reflecting off the water, and feel the water licking at my feet... I love where you live too.

Oh, and Whole Foods... yum!


June 18, 2007 at 6:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kelly barton art + design said...

mmm...whole foods, isn't it amazing what nutrition will do
for the soul. enjoy....

June 18, 2007 at 7:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Darlene said...




i love where you live too ;)
i want your food
can i smell your hair?
how about a sister snuggle?

lets get Wam's and have a sister sandwich!!! THAT would be dessert!

DPD (group squeeeze)

xOx dar

June 18, 2007 at 7:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Deirdre said...

I didn't like cooking until my late thirties and then it all clicked into place. There's a sweet contemplative rythym to cooking that is almost as good as the end product. So glad you had a relaxing day.

June 18, 2007 at 8:44:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love where you live too! When we visited your part of the country last year it was fantastic. Lucky you!


June 18, 2007 at 9:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger --erica said...

sounds like such a dreamy day!!
I visited my FIRST Whole foods last week.. [if you can believe it] oh my gosh.

Love this selfportrait..

June 18, 2007 at 10:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger amelia said...

Where you live sounds fabulous...*sigh*

I adore Whole Foods!...they are building one "near" me about 40 minutes away...closer than the 1.5 hours I have to drive now.


June 18, 2007 at 11:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Silvia said...

Love reading about people's days! Sounds like you had a marvelous one.

Also, I've been reading through the comments and Jenn's one got me thinking...maybe I'll email you about it later today.

Love to you!

xxooxx silvia

June 19, 2007 at 2:16:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Hi love....hmmmmm I love this shot of you-your kitchen-imagining the yummy smell of your hair, the food.
You are so beautiful and I love how well you are taking care of your body and soul. It is delightful and inspiring.

I always want to frolic with you when you describe your day.

Miss and love you
toe to toe

June 19, 2007 at 5:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

what a perfect day!!

June 19, 2007 at 6:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

it's inspiring to see how you take time to actually savor the moments in life. to be fully in the present moment. i really enjoyed this post.

June 19, 2007 at 6:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

you are so yummy, in every way! xoxo

June 19, 2007 at 7:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Miriam said...

Very real. I love it!

June 19, 2007 at 9:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

That's awesome that you're comfortable in the kitchen. Great light in the photo and the tilt is perfect.

June 19, 2007 at 10:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger all over the map said...

Love the foto. Good for you that you have taken a whole new outlook to food preparation. It is great to be so kind to our bodies, and fun along the way isn't it?
Getting sand all over is like a gentle exfoliation don't ya think?
Whole Foods is a yummy place to wonder, I agree.
Thanks for sharing the inspiration and reminder to enjoy and take care of ourselves.

June 19, 2007 at 11:31:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kathleen said...

what a lovely day!

i love the weepies "gotta have you".

would love to know what it is like to LIVE so close to the ocean all the time.
my family has a beach house that i visit as often as i can. but it is a 2 1/2 hour drive to bethany beach...so i get it in doses. sigh.

lucky you.

i love your view on food. i am with you all the way.

lovely spc!!!

June 19, 2007 at 1:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lady Prism said...

I googled the place where you are..and that definitely is going up my vision board...

Your pictures are very soulful...Please do consider publishing a coffee table book...

You never fail to inspire...

June 20, 2007 at 12:56:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Intrepidflame said...

This is the happiest I have seen you in awhile. It shows. Great shot! I love the tilt...

June 20, 2007 at 3:38:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Vedrana M. said...

beautiful day & photo :)

June 20, 2007 at 4:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can so relate...I love perusing around La Jolla taking pictures and listening to the waves...the last few days San Diego has been absolutely perfect!

June 20, 2007 at 1:02:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great photo of you. It's amazing how when you think of food as nourishment, your perspective changes and it becomes a joy to take the time to prepare it. Food always tastes better when you put love into making it.
Oh.. and yes.. I love where you live too.

June 20, 2007 at 3:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

you're the cutest!

June 25, 2007 at 9:44:00 AM PDT  

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