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  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 11:13 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 4/52, fundraising, Indo Jax, Ocean Cure, surfing,   

    4/52: Holding a beach-inspired yoga fundraiser for Ocean Cure 

    This is an adventure with a history and a purpose and a future … my most exciting one to date.

    It all started with a long-awaited adventure in August 2009. After years of saying I wanted to learn how to surf, I decided that I was really going to learn how to surf. (You know how sometimes you get so obsessed with a dream that you forget that all it takes is, um, just doing it?) I chose Indo Jax Surf School, based in Wilmington, NC, because of its commitment to providing charity surf camps through its non-profit, Ocean Cure. I was happy that my tuition for the camp would support future charity camps.

    After an amazing week of surfing with some fantastic instructors, I returned to Ohio knowing that I wanted to contribute more than just my week’s tuition. I felt inspired and excited and called to act. After brainstorming with the director about how a land-locked Ohioan could help, I decided that I would attempt to raise enough money to fund at least one charity camp in 2010 by holding beach-inspired yoga classes in Ohio and Kentucky. I’d never attempted anything like this before.

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    • jeindeer 2:43 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      Wow, that is great! You’re right to feel proud. How are you thinking of promoting your next event?

    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 10:17 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      Thanks! I think the yoga studio will draw more people because there’s already a good base of students, and it was promoted through a newsletter this week. I’ve been creating and mailing posters to studios and businesses that may cater to yogis, plus contacting newspapers and radio stations. And, I’ve been letting people hang flyers (this is an accomplishment — i usually have a hard time accepting help) and shamelessly inviting everyone I know. It’s a lesson in assertiveness for me … one I definitely need. But, it feels easier to ask for money when it’s not for me, and also when I feel like I’m giving people something in return.

  • Berton 7:03 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 4/52   

    Week 4 – Lifestyle 

    I wouldn’t say that my life is going in the wrong direction.  I wouldn’t say that I am out of shape.  I wouldn’t say that I am lost in the world, that I am misguided, that I have my priorities mixed up, or anything of the sort.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t try to improve my life and lifestyle.

    That cliche saying, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” is sometimes just bullshit.  My life isn’t broken.  But parts of it, I feel, should be fixed.  For example, as I said, I am not out of shape. But that doesn’t mean I am in shape.  I can do something about that.  I can easily adjust parts of my life to work towards getting into shape.  My relationship with my fiance isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination.  But I can make it better.  I can be a better man for her.

    My week 2 adventure of looking at my relationship with my fiance made me think about doing that with my life in general.  My life is drastically changing in front of my eyes.  Sometimes, I need to pull a Ferris Bueller and just look around, enjoy the things I have and love the fact that I am a very blessed human being.  But at times, I need to keep chugging along with it so I don’t get left behind in the dust.  I need to adapt and change so that I can continue to grow, so that I don’t become stagnant.  And if I start making the changes now, at the beginning of the year, the rest of these adventures will be more meaningful to me.

    This week was another thoughtful one for me.  I put many, many hours into thinking about how I can change as a person to make not only my life, but those around me more fulfilling.  Not very exciting at the moment, but if I can stick with my plans, the excitement will grow in my everyday life.

  • AG 10:32 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 4/52   

    Adventure #4: Taking the long way home 

    In the hustle and bustle of life in Seoul, I typically take the shortest route possible to and from the subway station. However, on Saturday afternoon, I decided to practice patience and take an alternative route. I actually got lost in the moment or maybe I was so fully present in the moment, so alert, that it was as if I was rediscovering the neighborhood that I’ve lived in for the past 8 months.

    I actually experienced a quietness in my mind that is foreign to me as I, like many of us, am constantly absorbed in the repetitive thoughts that pollute my brain. I felt content with my surroundings and the new discoveries I had made in this spur of the moment stroll. Some things I stumbled upon were two apartment buildings side by side, one titled Romeo, the other Juliet. How perfect for a culture that is marriage obsessed! I also found a small Mom and Pop grocery store, which made me happy because it’s closer than the chain that I usually visit. Other things I spotted were a few small coffee and sandwich shops and a lingerie store, which was random but classy. Throughout the duration of this trip, there was a meowing cat who followed me almost to my destination, home.

    I have been wanting to practice meditation and yoga for some time now. And while these things are healthy and beneficial, I realized that I can find the stillness that I seek through meditation by simply taking a walk in my own neighborhood.

    • yearof52adventures 6:14 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      I feel a very real need to go explore my neighborhood now. Way to live-it-up lady!

  • jeindeer 12:30 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 4/52, , italian food, kitchen, pasta, recipe   

    #4: Cooking Spaghetti al Limone 

    When in Rome, when it’s summer, try the spaghetti al limone.

    My younger sister and I were lucky enough to visit our father in Germany last summer. I’d just graduated college, and the chance to think in travel itineraries instead of real-world milestones was almost as enchanting as the landmarks I could see. I’m thankful for that amazing opportunity. Rome was an absolute dream. I wanted to take it all in at a fever pace, but as a redhead with a German-Canadian’s cold weather constitution, no amount of gelato could keep me cool enough for unbroken touring. My heart was in the Coliseum but my body temperature was at Mount Vesuvius.

    Just after Aventine Hill, we stumbled into a cafe for some mineral water and a fortifying dose of carbs. I couldn’t face a hearty Bolognese with my pasta; even marinara was out of the question. So I chose something that seemed tart, summery, and–prophetically?–adventurous: a creamy, lemony pasta.

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    • Kelly Smith 4:18 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink

      mmmmmm! When i was in Sienna I had the best pasta ever. Spaghetti with Garlic Olive Oil infused with pepperoncini peppers. It was absolutely amazing. It was hot, like I drank a whole bottle of water myself hot. But the olive oil was so amazing. I bought a bottle from a local store in Sienna and tried to make it at home. It never came out right. I’m going to start looking for a recipe online to see if I can find something similar.

    • Anonymous 4:08 pm on January 30, 2010 Permalink


  • Kimberly Hula 10:32 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 4/52, psychic   

    Going for the Ghost 

    I’m a sucker for a seer.  The more heightened the experience, the better.  And I have no shame in admitting that I would align myself with one psychic over another based on the buzz words found in an internet ad.  I want crystal balls, and tarot readings and auric charts.  I guess, at the end of the day, I want desperately to disbelieve in something I do quietly believe in.  The more campy the psychic hideout, the less likely I am to believe a word of foretold fortune.  And, I suppose, I’m really most afraid of hearing bad news.

    Psychics have always held a special charm for me.  They are paid “professionals” who emulate my nervous tick emotions.  And these people are good.  If you are hunched and nervous, they are hunched and nervous.  If you’re bold and unbelieving, so are they.  It’s offsetting to see your very demeanor reflected in another, and I’m chiefly of the belief that people are more willing to confide and believe in a replica of themselves then they are something illusory.  And I think I’m one of some who understands the ruse.  That is the ruse of the flowery robe wearing, crystal ball consulting seers that masquerade under the guise of “Madame Helena” or her equivalent.  That’s just child’s play.  But there is something to be said for people of sound intuition.  People that just get it, get what has, and get what will be. These people scare the crap out of me.

    And, to some extent, I am one.

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    • marika 11:14 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink

      you are a beautiful writer and so honest. i love it.

    • Berton 12:58 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink

      Spectacularly beautiful prose.

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