greetings from Alaska: Gabrielle Bernstein video blog [6.28]

I adore Gabrielle Bernstein. Ever since I finished her book I’ve always been looking for ways to continually “add more ~ing” to my life. Her lectures are available for free on iTunes and they’re all amazing. I recommend: Love Wins: Lecture on Releasing Romantic Illusions, Knowing Your Worth, Clarity, InJoy, and I Believe. While some of the content is redundant, I feel it helps keep me focused on staying in touch with my inner guidance system and away from negative patterns. Changing your way of thinking from fearful and ego-driven thoughts is not an immediate process; it requires constant work. Gabrielle is fun and engaging and will inspire you to keep your ~ing work going. I also am tuned into Gabrielle’s YouTube channel where you can access her video blogs. Here is her most recent one, with a clip of Gabrielle in Alaska. (Who sings the song in the beginning? Love it.) Although I would have loved to hear about Gabrielle’s travels in Alaska, she mostly talks about giving up gossip, which is something I think all ladies need to work on. In my current job, gossip is practically nonexistent and I feel it does my inner self good. “InJoy!”

Eat, Pray, Love: the movie [trailer]

Eat, Pray, LoveI am wildly excited for this. I love when I can see a trailer for a movie I’m excited about in the theaters for the first time, which is what happened last Sunday when I went to see Sex and the City 2 (big thumbs down). I knew a movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s amazing true story was coming out, but when I saw that Julia Roberts was playing the (very ambitious) lead role my heart  fluttered. Who else could possibly be more perfect? Women everywhere clamor(ed) over this book and there’s a reason it was a New York Times bestseller for as long as it was: It’s an incredible book. It’s a spiritual travelogue that any woman who has felt lost in relationships (not just within them, but in the habit of being in them) and constantly probed for a deeper meaning in their lives will resonate with. “One woman’s search for everything.” It was one of several important books that profoundly healed me during the most traumatic breakup of my life to date over a year ago, and I can honestly say it changed my life. Originally a library book, I bought it immediately and took pleasure in the battering my paperback copy received from being borrowed and toted by friends soaking up its wisdom. Liz Gilbert is funny and heart-crushingly raw and honest. The book, in its three parts (Eat: Italy; Pray: India; Love: Indonesia) perfectly rounds a journey of insightful healing and unimaginable adventure that most of us aren’t lucky enough to experience firsthand. Gilbert is such a talented writer, you feel there; or at least I did.

The trailer left me breathless. I am always excited to see movies based on books I’ve read. Of course, it is generally true that “the book is better than the movie,” but I am thrilled to see Julia Roberts as Gilbert. Even in the trailer my belly does flip-flops. I. Can. So. Relate. I feel like no one else could take on such an ambitious role and honor it with grace (remember Erin Brockovich?) as Julia herself. My expectations are high.

Eat, Pray, Love is slated to hit US theaters August 13, 2010 (the day before my 25th birthday)!

P.S. This is my 100th post on this blog! Hooray 😀

destination: bliss

Not grappling too well with the Tuesday following a semi-long weekend. My boyfriend and I made our way up “The Kanc” yesterday for a scenic drive and some splashing in the river and sunning on rocks. We spent several blissful hours at Rocky Gorge and it was spectacular. We didn’t bring cameras, so I have no evidentiary proof of the fun that was had. As far as I’m concerned it was the perfect Memorial Day activity, blemished only (and literally) by dozens of black fly bites. Today I’m condemned to my cube itching up a storm, cold-calling Departments of Agriculture peddling ProLiant. Easy? I think not. As I grow to loathe my job more and more, my off-task time increases exponentially, so here I am daydreaming about some hikes I hope to make this year. Because although lounging riverside is well and good, but hiking is quite the workout and is such a gratifying experience from the top. Starting out with easy ones like Mt. Hedgehog via UNH Trail, Cove and Border Trails, Pawtuckaway South Mountain Loop, maybe we can work up to some bigger ones by fall.

colors of Oaxaca, Mexico

I’ve had this as a draft in my WordPress account for two years, no lie. This is a post filled with gorgeous images of Oaxaca (wa-ha-ka), Mexico. I’m so inspired by the colors, especially the breathtaking blue.

women preparing produce market day at ocotla‡n, oaxaca, mexico

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bartering for pots, ocotlan market, oaxaca, mexico

Oh, how I wish I could afford to go to Mexico. My grandparents live in Mission, Texas, which is at the southern tip of the state on the border. In case you were wondering, Oaxaca is its own state at the southernmost part of Mexico. Read more

Carlsbad Caverns, NM

On the “before-I-die” itinerary; my grandparents just went there and I’m sure that the postcard and National Parks maps & guides they sent my way don’t do these caves (300 million years in the making) justice…Carlsbad Caverns:

As you pass through the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas—filled with prickly pear, chollas, sotols and agaves—you might never guess there are more than 300 known caves beneath the surface. The park contains 113 of these caves, formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, creating some of the largest caves in North America.

roadside nostalgia

Since I absolutely love anything to do with Route 66, vintage road signs and ephemera, 1950’s diners and Americana…here are a few more pictures I’ve gathered. I think these are just so cool!

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Oklahoma

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Vintage ad for Papaburger (good ol’ A&W, it does not get better my friends…I miss the South!)

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Tad’s Chicken n’ Dumplings in Troutdale, Oregon 

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The Steak n’ Shake in Springfield, Missouri

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A cafe in Oklahoma…love the giant fiberglass figures, such an awesome relic!

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Tacoma, Washington

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Henry’s in Cicero, Illinois