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Hello, lovely readers!

I am starting a new craft project to have a creative outlet while wrapping up my Master’s. I’m going to be embroidering images of tattoos onto cloth to show how tattoos in the wild, so to speak, are beautiful. 

If you have a great tattoo, or are proud of your ink, I’m looking for image submissions. This project will not be sold, just created, photographed, and possibly put on Instagram and this blog. I am also willing to give you the piece I create from your ink as compensation. 
So, if you have ink, talk to me!

~J

New Journeys

Hello, lovely readers!

So, I meant to post this earlier, but man. My mind is just full of new information and I just couldn’t put the words down.

7 days ago, I started my newest journey of 2017. I began my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.

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Here’s to a New Year

2016 had been a year. It’s been hell for many, especially the entertainment industry and those belonging to minority group. 

But I’m not blogging to talk about that. 

This year had been full of ups and downs for me. But I’m also not here to blog about that. 

I’m choosing to only look forward now. 2016 is now behind us. Learn from the mistakes, yes, but don’t let them keep you from living. 

2017 is here. A new year, a new start, a new journey for us all. And I can’t wait. 
2017 will mark the end of my master’s degree. I will graduate in May with my Masters of Science and I couldn’t be happier.

2017 will mark the beginning of my PhD work as well. I begin that in the Fall, and I am so excited for that. 

2017 will also mark the beginning of my journey to becoming a full yoga instructor. In fact, I start my training in 5 days with some of the most kind, loving, and inspiring individuals I have ever met. They are truly beautiful, in every way, and I can’t wait to share the journey of becoming a yoga instructor and delve deeper into my practice alongside them. 

In 2017, I want to focus more on my art, my crafts, and of course my research. I’m going to dive deeper into my yoga practice, and who knows, maybe even get the chance to work in a studio before the year is over. I’m also going to try living a little more minimalist, and love a little more. I’m gonna try to give a little more this year, and see what I can do to make this world a little better. I also have a whole nother year to live and love with my wonderful partner-in-crime. I can’t wait to see what the year brings us. 

2017 is going to be good. I know it. I can feel it. And I’m going to keep that energy with me. Light breeds light, love breeds love. Words to remember and live by. Be the light, be the love, and make 2017 the best it can be. 

It can’t get any better if no one works at it. So let’s all work at it together.Share your good vibes, your love, your kindness, with those around you. Let’s make that the legacy of 2017. Share the love. Be the love. And it’s going to be okay for us all. 

Namaste, wild ones, and let’s all make this year fantastic. 💜

I remember the when the stack fell like it was yesterday. We all woke up, just a few hours later, and everything was different. I knew it from the second I got up. I didn’t really understand, I was too young. But I knew you were there, at the stack, like you had always wanted to be, and they hadn’t found you yet.
I can still hear the sound of the dial up Internet as my sister refreshed the page over and over again, for what felt like ages, waiting for your name to go off the list of the missing, waiting for you to be found. I was supposed to be in bed, but I couldn’t sleep. That awful sound will never get out of my head. I hid behind the door, because when you were found, I didn’t want to miss it. I was so young. It never occurred to me that you wouldn’t end up okay. You were family. In my mind, nothing could happen to family. I’m pretty sure mom and dad knew exactly where I was, too. But I didn’t get in trouble for sneaking out of bed this time. 
I remember when your name moved from the missing column. The last refresh of the page. That awful dial up sound. No one had said anything, so I knew it was bad. Even though you’re family, your name moved to the wrong column. 
I was too young for funerals. We were cousins, but not close enough family-wise to be invited to the campus memorials. Maybe that’s why I’m still not over it. Maybe that’s why I’ll never nor be sad. Every year, on this day, all I can think about is you. How kind you were, how much you loved to write, how you liked to play small harmless jokes on us. I guess it was a blessing and a curse to be related to you. Yes, I am actually allergic to Christmas trees, and was not making up an excuse to not attend church. You always joked about that around this time of year. I’m pretty sure I pretended to be irritated with you, but you know I liked your teasing as much as you did. 
Somedays I still wonder what kind of man you would be today. Though, to be honest, I already know. You would be kind, gentle, and still tease all of us about silly things. You were my favorite part of CCD. You always made me smile. You were like a big brother to me, in a way. You always looked out for me and my sister, and made sure we were a part of everything going on. You were always concerned with making sure everyone was having a good time. 
I could never attend or be a part of Bonfire. I tried, but every time it was like something was keeping me from it. It’s probably just psychological, but I like to think it’s you trying to protect me, because you would know that I couldn’t handle it. You would know I care too much for people, especially people like you, so I took or as a sign that I’m just meant to admire from afar. And that’s okay with me. 
To me, you are the embodiment of the Aggie Spirit. Kind and brave, selfless and loyal. You will always live on, and forever will be a part of the university you loved, of the tradition you loved. I know you’re sitting up there with your dogs, writing poems and playing harmless pranks on those around you, and helping guide the flame of bonfire. That I have no doubt. That is what made you proud. 
And I just hope that I make you proud, too. 
I love you and miss you, Lucas. #here

Election Day Thoughts

Normally I don’t do political posts. I don’t like how people react. Sure, I can be a crass individual myself, and I pretty much think people are inherently self serving and suck, but at the same time I want to think that people are good. That they’ll do what’s good for themselves as well as those around them. I want to think that people will go out and donate items or service to charities, or local homeless or women’s shelters, volunteer at hospitals and soup kitchens, and do good. 

But when people start talking politics, that tiny hope that I have goes completely and utterly kapoof.

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Homemade Nut Mylks

Hello again! I am back to share a couple great nut mylk recipes with you!
I just love using “mylk” for non-dairy milks. It looks fancier, and it makes me happy. I saw it one time and loved it. Malk is cool too. But. Mylk. Yo that’s awesome.
Anyways, I’ve made several nut mylks lately. Here are the ones I’ve made, the recipe, and how I thought they went! Continue reading “Homemade Nut Mylks”

Peace

Today is International Day of Peace. What a notion that is. Can you imagine a day without war, without chaos, without senseless murder? Where people work together to create a better world? It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. What could humanity accomplish if we weren’t so busy trying to conquer, one up, or oppress others? Would we be able to explore more of space, cure horrible diseases, find new energy sources? It’s an interesting notion, for sure. 
Last night I kicked off International Day of Peace with a beautiful yoga session by the pond. We spoke about peace, and one thing that stuck with me is something so small that Lexi said. “Peace does not come from how you treat others. Peace starts by how you treat yourself.” Today, that is what I am going to focus on. There is so much evil, so much hate in the world today, that International Peace seems impossible, like we’re stuck in a dystopian fiction novel. But, there is always hope. And where does that hope start? With one individual. 
I challenge you all today to spend today not thinking of things you hate, like your job, the election, or the senseless acts we see portrayed in various lights due to the media. Instead, take some time to think about the good. What are some things you are grateful for? 
I’m grateful for a loving family, having two jobs I love, being able to study and research something that I’m passionate about, and the ability to pursue new dreams, like becoming a certified yoga instructor. 
What are you grateful for today?

Zero Waste – What is it?

Hello again!

I said I would be back in a few days to talk about my new journey, and here I am!

What is this awesome lifestyle Julie is trying out? Well, Zero Waste! Continue reading “Zero Waste – What is it?”

Teaser Post!! 

Recently while wasting time on one of my favorite social media sites, Pinterest, I came across something interesting. I was looking at pins on sustainability, since it’s kind of a big deal with those in my major, and I grew up on a farm, so yay sustainability! One thing that kept popping up on my feed was this thing called Zero Waste. All these pins on refusing plastic, banishing it from your home, and having hardly any trash to throw out. 

Needless to say, I was intrigued. 

I may have gone a little crazy and liked or pinned tons of pins. I wanted to know everything. One of the pins led me to the YouTube channel of a girl named Lauren Singer. She runs the blog Trash is for Tossers, and she can fit her trash from the last 4 years in a quart sized mason jar. What? How is that possible? Well, not counting reusing, recycling, and composting, yeah it’s totally possible. 

I had a whole post planned for this, and I completely got bogged down with my trip home and my trip to Dallas for the Brooke Hester Hustle. So, the post uh didn’t get made like I planned. BUT. I will get it ready and post it in a few days! 

I just wanted to get something out today, and get you all excited about my new journey!
I’ll see you in a few days! 

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