Life Irony + Cool Bing Art

 It's funny when life plays tricks on you.  You know; when things happen (or don't happen!!) that are just plain wrong and you can't help yourself but literally laugh at life?  Sometimes it is not that big of a deal, sometimes it is.  I, personally, think that laughing at the worst times in life just helps me stay sane.  But, like recently, I have forgot to laugh and just let life get the best of me; stress, sleeplessness, lots of thinking....

Today, a pretty funny thing almost happened to me.  One of those things that it was like "well, that's what I get for having this really great situation happen..."  Almost a "rain on my parade" kind of thing.   But, luckily I just literally sat in my car and laughed at the irony.  It seems a lot of times in my life when things get really good, something messes it up.  What I realized, however, was what can you really do?  You can't change certain things, certain people, certain energies, but instead you can give that energy a 180 and just take a different outlook. 

What I have learned in yoga, reading spiritually based books, and just doing a lot of self-study is that I can literally make or break a situation with what I make out of it.  The more I associate with a problem, the more negativity I feed into it, making it worse than it is.  But, today I saw it change before my eyes.  Something that, when it came about, really freaked me out and sort of pissed me off, I brushed off and thought about the good side.  And, what happened?  It all worked out... That's right.  There really was no problem.  Ah... and the sound of relief.

With so much going on, sometimes we forget to just separate ourselves from a situation and look at the big picture.  We focus on the small little bits and pieces that just make up a small portion of what it all is about.  I mean really about.  It's not about a light getting broken on a car, breaking up with your boyfriend, having skin problems, losing something in the mail; none of that is truly important.  It's about who you are, what you are doing, and, ultimately, where you are heading.  Those minor details are just a part of the ride; details that entertain us along the way, kind of like those license plate games you played as a kid:  sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't.

Today I decided, that I am going to appreciate those minor bumps and bruises sprinkled in with the deliciousness of life.  It seems right that I start writing in my journal again five things I appreciate everyday.  You can never be too busy to appreciate and see things, especially those that are so often taken advantage of or over looked.

I am *sooooooooo* stoked about tomorrow night.  I have my outfit finished and practiced in it some today with my LED.  I refashioned a skirt and long sleeve t-shirt and I took a before picture so that I could post it with the after picture.  I am pretty happy with it.  Good especially considering I wasn't exactly sure how it was going to turn out, going into with out really any idea of what I wanted.  I just kept thinking "tribal rave faerie" and it seems to have come out like that.  My friend also put some awesome feather extensions in my hair on Tuesday.  She gave me one with UV pink feathers, black iridescent feathers, and blacklight white sparkly strands and another with just the black feathers.  It's pretty awesome.

 I also got off work early today (yeah!!) and so I came home, sat on my back porch, and painted a painting I have been contemplating on doing for a while.  At one point, I was watching the videos on Laura Hollick's site Soul Art Studio, and stopped at video 3 until I did my project.  So, finally, I took the time and messed around with it.  It came out great considering it had been a while since I have painted.  It is not quite done yet, but when it is, I will post it and give a little background information.  I recommend if you haven't been to Laura's site, that you do!!  She is an amazing, inspirational lady. 

On another note of art, the amazing pictures on this post are paintings from Franz Ackerman, an extremely talented German artist.  His fabulous trippy subway was featured on the homepage of Bing today.  I love Bing.  The fact that everyday they show you something super awesome, is just freaking cool.  Check out more of his stuff here.


Happiness, Mystical Creatures, and Cake

So, the next time I am depressed, I am going to make this Unicorn Cake!!  I mean, really?  What could be better than a freaking unicorn cake?  A *VEGAN* Unicorn Cake!!  Yep, that's right; this cake is vegan friendly.

The only problem I have with this recipe is you don't use a portion of the called for square cake.  Somewhere I would need to find a use for some random pieces of cake.  Or, maybe, I could just eat them.  **Looks around**  What leftover cake pieces?  -smile-

Find the recipe here.

Tonight, I am practicing with my LED hoop for my performance.  I actually have part of the day off tomorrow (yay!!), so I plan on dedicating a large part of my afternoon to trying to complete my costume for the performance.  It will officially be the first ever complete outfit I designed.  **Stoked**  Pics to come soon!!

Hopefully I can record some of my practice tonight so I can post a new hoop video.  I have been so damn busy lately, I haven't posted a vid in months.  I suspect, however, that I will have a little bit more time after next week because I am training someone to do my job most days of the week at one job, and at the other, we have hired a few new people so I can only dream that I end up getting a few days off on the regular.  Really need some time to dedicate to developing my hoop class curriculum and also just spending some time doing some internalized investigation.  Hey, atleast I get to go to my yoga class tomorrow!!


EDM. Hooping. Yoga. Art.

Any questions?  These four things, with the exception of hooping, have been an extremely important and influencial part of my being for a large amount of the recent years.  When I started listening to dance music, it was purely for partying.  But, then, it was as if a veil was lifted and I began to see the coincidences in my life, corresponding with the rhythm of the music.  Techno, as many refer it, became a part of my everyday living; the soundtrack to my life.  All of my favorite memories stem from listening to or attending an EDM (electronic dance music, for those who may not know) event.

Luke Brown
 Even the early stages of my yoga practice were scored by various dj setlists.  It seemed automatic, authentic and natural that my life should be accompanied by dance music.  I was drawn to multitudes of EDM related limbs, eventually leading to visionary artistry, astral body, chakras, and the astounding impact that music can have on the spiritual body.  This, ultimately led to my favorite genre, psytrance.  It is funny how one interest can lead to others, then, in an almost impossible way, make it self back around.  You see, it all really is connected.

Luke Brown
 Hooping accented this journey through expansion by EDM, by giving me a creative outlet to explore my soul with movement to music that has opened my mind since the first day it pounded through my ears.  I didn't even realize that a majority of the hooping community were ravers or were drawn to hooping at raves.  It seeme like a funny coincidence, for sure.  The hoop was literally making circles in my tree, leading back to the roots of my spiritual existance; EDM. 

Willow Arlenea
 Ah, if only I could get the high that going to a rave, dancing with a room full of strangers, feeling the bass thump through my core, and creating that almost inner connection I get with the dj when they drop the track that takes my breath away, in every day situations.  Yes, I can have spiritual experiences not at raves, but most seem to correspond with listening to music.  Yesterday, while hooping to some Crystal Method, I found myself frozen to the ground, watching the newly sprouted grass blades dancing along, carried by the wind to the beat of my music.  It was a purely nonchalant situation that gave me an intense feeling of interconnectiveness.  Spurred, in my belief, from the musical influence the rhythms and energies of the music created.
Michael Pukac
  Within all this babbling, there is a motive.  I have the complete pleasure of informing you, my dear readers, that I have been given an opportunity of a life time; I will be performing on stage with one of the biggest musical influences in my life: The Crystal Method.  The guys will be spinning at Chilkoot Charlies on May 27th.  It truly will be a soul-lifting experience that I will for ever be grateful for.

From LA Weekly
 I pour out the gratitude that I have inside to all of you hoopers, performers, fans, whoever, that *anything* is possible.  If you believe and you give yourself permission to explore, amazing things will come to you.  I also have the sacred circle to thank.  If it wasn't for hooping, I may have not gotten this chance.  Beautiful and inspiring things come when you allow yourself to be open to receiving.  Even through all the muck, nastiness, unfairness, and dissapointment that life can throw at you, believe that there will always be that gorgeous, hopeful lotus growing magnificantly in the mud.  You just have to get through the ugliness to experience the inner light.

Willow Arlenea
 TCM has been there through many hardships and good times in the last 10+ years of my life.  I have seen them many times when I lived on the east coast.  They put on a damn good show if I may say so myself.  Now, in this moment of what I believed was a sort of low point, I get the chance to combine all my past times together to complete that circle of my passions.  Hooping, art, yoga, and EDM, now uniform.  It should be a life changing situation to be able to express myself within the hoop to the beats of my favorite djs.

Here I leave you with some videos footage of the shows that I attended that TCM played at.

First time I saw TCM at one of the hottest clubs in DC- Nation Nightclub (RIP)

Saw this show with my boyfriend and our friends Mike and Heather.

I had to include this video from Virgin Music Festival in Bmore because, well, can you blame me?

This was an amazing day let me tell you.  Here is another amazing video from this day not related to TCM

Another favorite, Infected Mushroom with Matisyahu!!  Amazing!!  Ok back to TCM

Well, I have to say I was going to end this with a video from their show in Norfolk (my hometown) that I missed after I moved up to AK, but there is no video posted!!  I mean, really?  No one there even did one video?  Aaaahhhh!!  If I was there, I would have taken a video for sure!!

Oh well.  Anyways, more updates on hooping and this performance coming soon!!  Peace, love, light, and of course, hoops.


The Crystal Method in Anchorage!!

And I will be there for sure.  Bought my tickets tonight.  Can. Not. Wait.  First real DJs I have seen since I have been in Alaska.  I have been on a serious life high all day today over this.  Bubbly, giggly, and just plain ecstatic.  Ah...  I LOVE YOU SCOTT AND KEN <3 <3 <3.