Even masters have to start somewhere…

Over the last few months I’ve been hearing more and more that masters of a certain craft were students once. Everyone has to start at the beginning, some have to try harder than others. Now, I’m what some might label as a perfectionist. I absolutely EXPECT for me to get it right the first time. No practice, no excuses. I should just be able to envision myself doing it and then do it. PERFECTLY.

Sound familiar to anyone? Well if it does, I’m going to have to burst your bubble. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE! You can’t possibly pick up something and be an expert at it right away. It just can’t happen. It takes time and patience and persistence. Now, there are some things that we are just naturally good at and will pick up right away, but it will still take practice to fully know everything there is to know about that particular thing (which can go on into infinity, ever evolving, ever growing).

This weekend hubby and I went to Delfest, an all bluegrass music festival in the mountains of Cumberland, MD (which turns out the mountains themselves are actually in West Virginia!). IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!! There was so many amazing and talented musicians there. There were many many bluegrass legends and really kick ass new bluegrass bands. We had a fantastic time (even though at night it would get so cold I thought I wouldn’t make it through! LoL) and I know that we will be back for many more years to come.


One of the musicians there was 22 year old Sarah Jaroz. Saying that she is talented in a huge understatement. I have no words. I was lucky enough to see her in an intimate venue on the lower east side in Manhattan 2 years ago and she has done nothing but grow even more in her craft since. She played a lovely set on the main stage and then later on that day she did a workshop else in the festival. Not wanting to miss that hubby and I scurried over there. Little did I know I was about to get a HUGE wake up call.

Sarah and her band answered audience questions and played songs in between. They played originals an covers and they were all fantastic. Towards the end of her set someone asked her if she was learning any new instruments. This isn’t a very far fetched question, Sarah is a multi-instrumentalist playing mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar and banjo. Sure enough she was working on a new instrument, the violin, and once the audience found out the urged her to play a song.

Tentatively Sarah picked up the violin and played a little nursery rhyme (or something along those lines) and I was amazed at her courage. This is a hard instrument to play and one that she’s just learning and she played it in front of a few hundred people. I thought that she was a rock star and I realized that this is a girl that has mastered SO many instruments, but she still had to start somewhere. She still had to learn how to play it, she didn’t just pick it up and know.

If there is something that you are trying to accomplish and you don’t get it right away, or after a few tries or even after a few months – DON’T GIVE UP! If it’s something that you love to do and it bring you joy just keep practicing! Remember, the master was always, ALWAYS once a beginner.

♥ xo


No money, no problem! Self-care doesn’t have to cost a lot!


Most Sundays my hubby goes away for the day to teach Bikram Yoga all day. I usually take the time to pamper the crap out of myself. Now, I am not much of a girlie girl, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to feel pretty. I still like to take care of myself and clean up a bit. So, on Sundays, (after letting myself sleep in!!) I take myself the “the spa”. I put on the spa station on Pandora and make a yummy smoothie or juice for breakfast. Then I make this fantastic home-made body scrub (which I found on Pinterest and you can find here) and I take a nice long shower, shave, wash my dreads, just get really nice and clean! Sometimes I even like to do a little sage cleansing, just to move into the next week with an open mind and heart.

After the shower, I take the time to moisturize. Arms, legs, face, feet, back, stomach, everything. All these parts of your body help you get through the week, carry you places, hold stress and tension – so give them a little love! You can even do a little self-massage while you are at it. My moisturizer of choice is Jojoba oil. It’s a fantastic natural oil that is almost equivalent to the oil we naturally produce as humans. Just remember, a little goes a loooooong way, so don’t use too much and it won’t break the bank either. I pick up a little bottle at Trader Joe’s for a few bucks and not only will it last me several months, it’s organic too!

Now the next part is essential. Get into your comfy clothes! Pajamas, sweats, yoga pants, whatever it is, comfort is key! I like to wear yoga pants with a t-shirt and a sweater or my fleece pj’s with a hoodie (although it’s getting a bit warm for that). Then I take care of fingers and toes. I have a little manicure kit that I picked up at CVS ($10 I think) and it’s great. It has a big and little nail clipper, emory board, cuticle cutter, cuticle pusher-back thingy, and maybe something else. It’s a great investment and then I get the look I love for barely anything and I didn’t have to leave the house! I don’t really care to have my nails painted, but you can do that too if you’d like!

Now that I am clean and relaxed and polished head to toe I make myself a spa-like lunch. This could be a big salad, a yummy soup, or maybe a stir-fry, you get the picture. Something with lots of veggies and lots of connection to Mama Earth. After lunch I usually watch inspiring videos on Youtube and listen to talks or lectures while I colour in a colouring book (I particularly like Mandalas). Sometimes I might go for a walk or hula hoop in the sun. If it’s rainy I might stay inside and do yoga, or read, or maybe even take a nap. I also try to play a little music too. Whatever you choose to do, let it stimulate and fuel your creativity and passion.

This usually brings me to the early evening when hubby comes home! The rest of the night is spent watching movies, maybe ordering some take out and otherwise just relaxing and enjoying each other and the lovely end to another week.

So the next time you have some time off and have the house to yourself (or send the hubby and kids elsewhere :D) take some time for self-care. It may not cost a bunch, but I promise it will make you feel like a million bucks!

P.S. If you’re interested in more DIY self-care tips and recipes Pinterest is a fantastic resource, just be careful not to get sucked in!!!

♥ xo


I am such a boof-ball!


No, that’s not a typo. I mean it. Boof-ball. It’s a silly word that my husband came up with to explain my antics one particular night. Boof of boofy is a combination of the words goofy and beautiful. An action that brings love, laughter, and bliss all together. We liked the way it sounded and needless to say, it’s stuck ever since.

I believe that life is about FUN. There are times when you have to be serious or times that aren’t really all the best, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good time at all. It’s easy for us to get sucked into the pity vortex. I know first hand, I’ve been there plenty of times myself. Then I realized something. I am in charge of my life and how I feel. I can choose to be part of this sadness or I can choose to overcome it. Now I make sure to always include an element of fun in everything I do. If I am working, I take little breaks to hula hoop or sing or jump. I make sure that there is still plenty of playtime and time spent with others doing the things that I love. We can get wrapped up in what other people think of and treat us, or we can let our awesome-ness shine and be the best we can be. I think being ME sounds a lot more fun that being someone else’s version of me, don’t you think?

How are someways that you can bring some “boofiness” into your life or the lives of those around you? Leave a comment below!

♥ xo


Feel the fear…and do it anyway!

This is probably one of my favourite quotes from school. I say it at least once a day and just this little phrase has helped me overcome A LOT! If you’re like me your “scary stuff” can be REALLY intimidating! Your first inclination might be to run away or look for another alternative (ANY alternative) just to avoid said scary stuff. You know what I realized though, it’s not going to go away just because you took a right instead of a left. The more that we run away from our fears the harder they will be to overcome. By ignoring them, we make them MUCH bigger than they already are.

When I think about fears, I am always reminded of this one scene in Harry Potter. The class has to face a Boggart, which is a creature that will turn into your deepest, darkest fears. Scary right? Each student has to face it head on and turn it into something funny. Neville, one of the students, is terrified of Snape (a professor) so when the Boggart appears as Snape, he imagines Snape wearing his grandma’s clothes and look what happens. Not as scary anymore is he?


What if we looked at our fears the same way. Just F E E L the fear and do it anyway? It can be something big or small. Yesterday while I was on a hike, I came to a stream that had to be crossed in order to continue. It wasn’t moving very fast and it wasn’t too deep, but the path across was a lot of little loose rocks and I did not want to end up in the water. It was scary for me, but I decided to feel the fear and do it anyway and I made it across, in one piece – DRY! I took the path that scared me instead of trying to find another way around – and let me tell you – I felt SO much better because of it. I felt like I could take on anything else in that hike!

Once you can over come the thing that is holding you back, so many more doors will open for you. So, what’s holding you back? Can you take it head on today? Can you look your fear in the eye and say “Not today, mister!”. It’s ok if it’s too much all at once. Just take one step, one step towards facing your fears. I’d love to hear how it goes! Please leave a comment below. What was the outcome? How did it feel?

♥ xo