29 years

29 years ago today, I was born into this wonderful, crazy world.


Birthdays have been stressing me out since I turned a quarter of a century old.... but I'm trying to embrace entering my last year of my twenties! I'm actually pretty excited to see what this year will bring... finishing my permaculture certificate, implementing the lessons I'm learning, and getting 2 semesters closer to graduating!

A big giant thank you to all of the people who have inspired, encouraged, and supported me throughout the last 28 years on my journey to where I am now... I can only hope for continued love and support throughout the rest of my journey!

and a big thank you to Taylor Lynn of Perfectly Sensible Nonsense for passing on this lovely award to me :) If you don't follow Taylor's blog, you should! She's a wonderfully talented writer and also has an Etsy shop! Thanks Taylor!


1. Thank the giver and link back to the Blogger who gave it to you!

2. Reveal your top five picks, and leave them a comment telling them you've awarded them!

3. Copy and Paste the award to your own blog.

4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers!

5. And most of all...have Bloggity-Blog Fun!!!
and the nominees are........... 
Katie of Katie's Karma

Thanks for taking the time to write lovely posts that I enjoy reading very much :)
I hope you all have a beautiful day and take a few moments to stop and truly enjoy it!
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monday morning motivation

Yesterday I returned from an adventure that most certainly has and will continue to change my life.

As most of you know, I enrolled in a 4 month, weekend course on Permaculture Design. To better explain, Permaculture is a design system based upon observations and principles of nature, applied to the human environment. I'm in the process of reading Gaia's Garden, which was recommended reading material for the course, and I highly suggest checking it out from the library. Permaculture is taken from the the words permanent agriculture or permanent culture and first used by Bill Mollison. Scott Pittman, my teacher, actually was taught by Bill and worked with him for many years.

There's no way I could write about everything in one post, so I'll try to sum up my first day and include a few pictures.

I woke up early and drove an hour and thirty minutes north of Oklahoma City. I knew I was in the country when I turned onto a gravel road. I followed the directions to the Pond House and was greeted by Ann, one of the sisters who runs the farm/retreat. She directed me down the road about a 1/4 of a mile to the centennial farm house where her sister, Pat, lived and where I'd be staying.

I was surprised at how at ease I felt. The day was already warm but it felt as though my body, unaware, had been going through a nature deficiency and was eagerly absorbing the sounds, smells, and sights around me.

the farmhouse front porch

I pulled up to the farm house and was welcomed by Pat. She showed me the house and I took my bags in. The farm house has been in their family for over a hundred years. It has a beautiful wide front porch and as I walked up the path to the porch, grasshoppers leaped in front of me like syncronized swimmers. Being inside the house reminded me of the house I grew up in and I immediately felt at home. But I didn't have much time to look around because I needed to get back to the other house and prepare for class to begin.

one of many grasshoppers

At the pond house, people and cars were starting to pour in. There were 28 people in our class, of all different ages and walks of life. Most were living in Oklahoma City, but some drove as far as Dallas/Fort Worth to be a part of the first ever Oklahoma Permaculture Design course. After we all gathered our waters, coffees and teas, we took seats around a long rectantgular table. I was immediately impressed and shocked that not a single person had a bottle of water. Everyone was drinking out of a mug or a stainless steel or plastic container they had brought  with them.

We took turns going around the room introducing ourselves. What was unique about this process is that Scott didn't want to know the typical, who you are, where you live and what you do. Instead, he asked us to share our name, where we were born, where we live now, our job, our passion, why we were taking the course, and one thing we hoped to learn. I thought it was interesting and fascinating listening to the passions and reasons for taking the course. Here were a wide variety of people who shared one major passion... caring for the earth and trying to find a way to live harmoniously without damaging our home. It was deeply touching and as the weekend went on, I was able to have conversations with most of my classmates and each time, I could feel their passion through their actions and words. It's not often that you get 28 people crammed in a room with a large wasp flying around and no one screams, freaks out, or tries to kill it.

The first day we learned about the principles of Permaculture. I'm going to save this for another post, because this is already long... After class, a group of us went to a mexican restaurant in a neighboring city. The food was delicious and I had the opportunity to listen to Scott talk about his ideas and adventures in some of the 28 countries he has taught permaculture to.

morning sun shining through my bedroom window
After dinner, we went back to the house and I settled in a little cozy room upstairs that was filled with books. I set up the cot I was sleeping on, which takes me back to my childhood, and talked to my housemates. There were 3 of us staying with Pat, I had my own room, Shauna and Christine were friends and sharing a room. They both volunteer and organize Sustainable OKC and I immediately felt comfortable around them.

I know this isn't my typical monday morning motivation post, but I hope that by sharing the beginning of my journey inspires you to take the first, or another step, in the direction towards something you're passionate about. As I continue sharing my weekend and things I learned, I hope I can convey the feelings of excitement and passion, as well as share with you very valuable information, in the form of lessons, books, videos, and inspiring leaders/innovators.

You know that feeling... when everything clicks and makes sense? When you have this peace within you and everything feels, for a lack of a better word, 'right'? That's the feeling I've had since the moment I heard about this course. I wish I could bottle that feeling and share it with others because it's so powerful, yet so calming at the same time.

Thanks for letting me a share a tiny part of my weekend... there will be more to come and more pictures, too! I'll probably be revamping my blog, too. I want to slightly change directions but I haven't quite figured out how I should go about doing this. I'd like to shift my art slightly, if I can find time for art in the middle of a two page reading list I acquired over the weekend, and find ways to make it more sustainable. I'd also like to share permaculture information and thoughts as I experience them and apply them to my current situation. My ultimate goal is that I would like to teach permaculture design. I feel that's the best way to utilize the information my brain is absorbing... to pass it on. I'd also like to apply it to graphic design and possibly get a degree in environmental science once I complete my graphic communications degree. The more knowledge, the better equipped I will be to help others, which has always been a goal of mine. So those are just a few of the thoughts bouncy around in my head. It feels good to get them out and share them... like one more step closer to accomplishing them.

Thanks so much for reading this, I know it's unusually long! I hope you have a beautiful and fulfilling Monday!


thank you thursday

Today I am especially thankful because I am on my way to Turtle Rock Farms in Red Rock, Oklahoma to attend the very first Oklahoma Sustainable Design certificate course! 

My bags are packed and I'm ready to check out my room in the farmhouse...

and get settled in before class, which is from 9-5. I'm not sure if I will have cell phone reception or internet access, but I packed plenty of notebooks and my camera to I can record everything and share it with y'all! I also packed a few books and I'm definitely looking forward to those nice, quiet, relaxing evenings after class! I haven't been in the country for a while and I'm so used to all the noises of the city... this will definitely be a nice break from the hustle and bustle.

I hope that you all have a beautiful weekend... I will catch up on all of your blogs when I return to civilization :)


what i'm into

So I'm back after a little blog-break. My posts might be kind of sporadic over the next couple of weeks as I try to relax during my summer break and sort out the millions of thoughts in my head.

I would like to thank all of you for your supportive and reassuring comments on my last post regarding my grade freak out....
The day after I posted that, my professor emailed me back and said that my essay must have accidentally been deleted off of the system and said if I submitted it before Friday that he would grade it without taking any points off. Ready for the best news? I checked my grades yesterday and I received A's in both English Comp 2 and US History :) all that freaking out for nothing... at least all my hard work paid off! Thank you again for all your support and listening to me vent... I so so appreciate it!

what i'm listening to... Safetysuit has stolen my heart.

what i'm reading... I just finished reading To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal. It is a beautifully written book about the power of first love and it completely captured me. I read it in a few hours. Now I'm reading The Next Eco-Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who Are Saving the Planet by Emily Hunter. It is full of inspiring stories about how people around the world are making a difference. When I'm done with that I'm going to start on The Urban Homesteader by Kelly Coyne & Eric Knutzen.

what i'm craving... peace and quiet. cooler temperatures so I can actually enjoy being outside. a hammock, lazily swaying in a cool breeze, where I can read and nap without a care all day long.

what i'm watching... I've been a little tv obsessed lately, which is abnormal for me. It's just been so easy to stare at the tv, only half watching, and day dream. I've been catching up on all my DVRed shows... So You Think You Can Dance, Big Brother, Criminal Minds, True Blood, Real Time with Bill Maher, Project Runway, House Hunters International, and Design Star.... out of control, huh?

what i'm dreaming about... jeans and sweatshirt weather, an ice cold Tecate with a lime slice, & being on a boat.

what i'm looking forward to... It's birthday month!! On August 11th, I will turn 29. I'm looking forward to seeing what my last year in my twenties has in store for me!