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If you were to write my epitaph based on my Instagram feed, what would it say about me? She loved accent walls and dream catchers. Their windows were bare. She collected pottery and had a small but special treasure of rings. The light streaming into their home was lovely. She... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
cooking | sunchokes playing | Our frustrations have been brewing while climbing. We expect partner chemistry to have its ups and downs in any activity that requires cooperative interplay between two people. It's led us to focus on playfulness and the joy of the sport. Also, striving to improve communication... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
Oh how I'd love that. I think you'd enjoy Flagstaff, and I know I'd love Colorado. day, let's!! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on my writing process. at Colour Me Happy
Normally I don’t take part in blog challenges, but when Faith asked me to share my writing process the timing seemed fitting. In my morning pages, I had just scribbled out a page answering why I write. This was two months ago!! I didn't finish this post during summer because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
Ooh cinnamon - nice! You know, I include a little while food source of fat with every meal and don't really worry about it. It may interfere with some like B12, but then there are some vitamins which are only fat soluble. Always learning, and ultimately simplifying and tuning into my body's responses directly. Thanks for your comment! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2014 on food combining / the melon rule. at Colour Me Happy
My body is failing me. It’s broken. Why is it doing this to me? Whether or not I realized it, I was approaching my body this way: as if I was separate from it and not a part of the actions causing it discomfort or stress. My body was fighting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
I do not exercise because I hate my body; I exercise because I love it. In fact, I wouldn’t say I “exercise” at all. I climb. I do yoga. I move. I hike. I play. I train. It’s becoming less about setting aside a certain number of hours in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
The socks save my shins, or at least reduce the amount of blood and scabbing. This is the only outfit I wear: these black socks with the single, white stripe just above the knee, a ribbed tank, and a pair of matching split shorts, the kind runners wear, with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
We know true beauty comes from within. Physical appearance doesn't really matter, but let's face it: we are beings - human, spiritual, however you choose to define it - in a physical body. It's part of the ride. It's not separate. Perhaps the way we look really doesn't matter, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
I agree, and I LOVE your website, Michelle. What a beautiful message and mission. Hmm, do you already have an IG hashtag? #iambeautyrevived :)
You can read part one here. …………………………………………………………………………………… I hadn’t anticipated guarding my body image against a man I barely knew. I know how to defend myself against fitness magazines and blogs. I know I am more positively affected by those who promote performance and function rather than an aesthetic goal.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
Yes it makes sense and that is such a beautiful place to be! I know what you mean. While I still struggle through some ways of thinking, I embrace and look forward to this aging self as well. :) Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 30, 2014 on the beauty of aging // 30 x 30 at Colour Me Happy
I hadn't thought of this in terms of aging exactly, so I love reading your experience. Of course it's all interconnected, and it'll serve me well to keep this in mind. So thank you for sharing. Perhaps you answered your own struggle: maybe aging gracefully comes With accepting all things are ephemeral and un-attaching ourselves to these. Maybe we don't need to let go in the way we think though. Perhaps letting go of attachment can really be about celebrating our body as it currently is.
It is hard to keep those thoughts from creeping. I thought I was keeping them guarded on one side (perhaps the more common side of media and even "fitspiration"), but it's been interesting how they still crept in in the form of "health" and for the sake of "better performance." It's almost exhausting how much external influences and other people effect our aesthetic "standard". I think I wasn't prepared to defend myself or my body image against the subtle remarks of a man (especially one I hadn't known very long). It put me in a strange place. It's difficult to put into words, but trying to do so is helping me process it. Thanks for commenting. :)
The same year my mom let me start wearing makeup – just the tiniest bit of mascara – my friends began throwing up after lunch. In the same way that I didn’t understand my mom’s reluctance with the makeup, I couldn’t grasp why my friends were intentionally vomiting. I guess... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
Wonderful Analiese! I look forward to hearing your thoughts, struggles, and revelations. ☺️ Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 21, 2014 on the beauty of aging // 30 x 30 at Colour Me Happy
I noticed her hair; others saw her rope. Both were "excessive"; but I saw the experience behind the amount of slack she let sway from her ATC, understanding how her tall partner needed the extra arm-ful of rope to make quick, smooth clips. She was with him; he was safe... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
Wow, Analiese, looking over your blog - and even through your IG feed - is like a mirror of sorts..or perhaps the message I hope to see reflected. Either way, I know what you mean. Stay wild. :) And continue to share your beautiful words. Also, it's quite amazing your comment came on a day it was greatly needed in my life. Thank you for connecting with me. I hope we continue to do so. //xo//
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2014 on living // life architecture at Colour Me Happy
Hi Diana - This really is such a fun, creative way to dye eggs. I hope you like how they turn out! Your round up looks fun; thanks for including me.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2014 on diy natural dye easter eggs. at Colour Me Happy
You know that one thing you want to do. Maybe it's the book you want to read or the blog you haven't yet started. It could be that marathon you want to run or the deadlift max you want to beat. It could be as simple as spending more time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
"Journal writing is a voyage to the interior." - Christina Baldwin Quiet time spent scrawling mostly nothings with the occasional something gets to my bones. It is a form of meditation for me, except instead of trying to clear my mind through breath work and imagery, I can purge these... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
Aw yes, mediation has been calling out to me. I am not very dedicated or adept at meditation; Dave has helped me with some guided exercises recently. I'd like to strengthen my own though. Thank you for sharing your insight! It's helpful to have another suggestion as I'm going through this process. xo. Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2014 on i'm a pleaser. at Colour Me Happy
I fear I am driven by the need to be everything to everyone else. Even when I'm uninterested. Even when I'm uncomfortable. Even when I'm tired. Even when I'm overwhelmed. Even when I'm on the edge of burnout. A series of untimely and unfortunate circumstances (combined with poor management) at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
These darker days offer a punctuation, a pause as the light waits to expand. Quiet moments allow us to see ourselves from the inside out, as people who can "make an impact on the world", rather than simply "navigate the impact the world has" on us. (excerpts from Justine Musk) Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at Colour Me Happy
The morning we drove into the hills to a small lake to watch the sun rise, a fog settled in, washing away all but the palest palettes of slate. It matched the hues of my heart, austere and somewhat sullen - not bleak - simply quiet and contemplative. I know... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Colour Me Happy