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Grateful for my home

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Cin on the road

I went away for Thanksgiving, to Colorado, to share the holiday with my mom and sister, and her extended family. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but that, of course, applies only to things of which the heart is already fond. The other day, I discovered just how fond I am of my new home. While I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, I was so thrilled to cross back into Texas. I have not felt such a sense of home and happiness in a very long time. It feels good :)

I brought my dog, so we drove. It was a lot of driving. I love it when she rests her head on the back seat and looks out the rear window :)

I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving, and has much to be thankful for :)

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Posted by on 11/30/2014 in Musings


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Adventures in expansion

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool

Man, life really is good :) I finally made it out to Hamilton Pool, I’m getting involved in numerous social engagements, and income is starting to flow from all the seeds I’ve planted. I got my doggie nail trimming gig all lined up; I completed my first dog training session; I started a meetup to support established – and encourage prospective – solopreneurs; I’m getting the hang of couriering; and I get paid to be happy!

That’s right: I have decided that the belief, “I have to work hard to make lots of money” (and the corollary “truth” that if I don’t want to work “hard”, then I won’t make lots of money), is more limiting than empowering, so I rewrote it. A couple years ago, I established my personal mission statement as “spreading joy, with integrity”, and I have come to consider that my cosmic duty – for which the Universe employs me. In fact, the very next day after I embraced this new belief, I received a payment from the sale of my prior business :) I have also made efforts to enhance my karmic flow by affecting an increase in giving. The day after I let go of my resistance to giving something that was presenting as somewhat of a hardship, I received that dog training gig. The feedback I’ve been getting from these decisions has been pretty remarkable. I’m more motivated than ever to strengthen my blissipline!

I find it invigorating to have things to look forward to, and right now, I’ve got a few goodies lined up: I’m taking a trip to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with family :) A dear friend of mine is coming for a visit in December, and will be staying with me through Christmas morning :) A great friend and inspiration is facilitating a workshop in which I will (again) participate (it was, in fact, the stimulus to start this very blog), which begins in March :) I also have a job I have to do, that I am very excited, anxious, and nervous about: I must approach – as in go and knock on the door of – this house near my home, and charmingly explain that I am on a mission to support community and sustainability by way of an eco-hostel here in Austin, and that their property has captured my attention, and I am interested in discussing its future, perhaps over coffee or tea sometime… Ughhh! What if they slam the door in my face?? That house is so perfect, and so neglected. I have to try (I’ve asked Omni to let me know, sometime before the end of the year, when it’s the best time to do it), but I have all my hope right now in that one basket. Alas, if it does not go as I desire, the better route lies further ahead. Anyway, great things in my near future :)

Those enriching social engagements I mentioned include a philosophy group on Integral theory, a discussion group on spirituality, a women’s group for fun and support, a networking group for solopreneurs, a happy hour for the local couchsurfing community, and more opportunities than I’ve had since I got here to take people up on random outings. Good things :)

Life is better when it operates on your terms. Fer sure.

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Posted by on 11/09/2014 in Action, Plans


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Austin Anniversary

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The good life, indeed – Austin is amazing. (I actually photographed that mural, myself.) I have been here for one whole year, today – it’s my Austin Anniversary! I’m even throwing a little party for myself to celebrate :)

It’s crazy how a year can simultaneously feel so brief and so vast. I suppose when it’s a year unlike any other – one in which I moved halfway across the country, with just my dog and what fit in my car, and I went through all the trials and tribulations of getting situated in a new town, stumbling along a new career path, and struggling to make new friends – such a year can seem like a good chunk of a lifetime. It’s interesting, though, how it can also feel like only yesterday that none of this had happened. Mostly, though, it seems nuts that it’s only been one year.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how much good fortune has befallen me – most notably, my remarkably ideal living situation. It can be challenging, though, as I am faced with the numerous defeats I’ve encountered on my various quests. Nevertheless, I am daily reminded of my blessings, and the beauty of Austin is a major factor in that attitude. There is bountiful natural beauty here, as well as a beauty of spirit among the inhabitants. Although I am still getting my life in order, I am just so tickled to be living here, and thoroughly excited to make the most of all that this splendid locale has to offer.

As for my latest developments:

I have been trying to find suitable alternatives to my less than desirable employment situation for many months, and have come up rather short. And yet, I have decided to leave, despite lacking a solid alternative. October 10th will be my one year mark at that job, and I find it a fitting date to make my last; I’ll be making the official announcement within the next week. I do have the dog training thing lined up, but it seems to be developing at a painfully slow pace, and I don’t know how long it will take to become fruitful. I’m thinking I will take on some side work with a delivery service, as well. In any case, I refuse to stay at that hotel, in such discontentment, any longer. In addition, I am going to try my hand another small business…

I hosted my first couchsurfer, who turned out to be an awesome chick, who shares much in common with myself, and is actually a new Austinite and friend. Her endeavors have inspired me to (among other things) pursue a passing fancy I had a while back, to make a small business out of my skills with whipping up websites and business cards. I would seek to encourage folks to take on solopreneurship, and hire me to help them do so. I had created a site for it previously, and recently embellished it a bit, and drafted business cards and promotional post-card flyers, which I just ordered today :) Check it out.

I’m also making greater strides toward establishing a good social network of friends and mentors. It feels good :) I am very anxious to have more time for more of this after the hotel. I’m finally feeling a sense of community with the meetup I’ve been attending most regularly (on the subject of Integral Theory), and there are some really amazing people in that group. I see positive things in my future :) Based on this experience, I would certainly advise anyone moving to a new city, to definitely give it at least a year before making a judgment call on its success or failure.

Mars in Austin = WIN!

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Posted by on 09/04/2014 in Musings, Plans


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1 year a Texan


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Posted by on 09/03/2014 in Musings


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Birthday retreat

I took my dog, and we went and met the Gulf :)

She LOVED it!

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Cin at Padre

I found peace in the experience, but I’ve confirmed my suspicion that I’m just not one of those people who thrive on interaction with the beach / ocean / seashore. I do, however, find comfort in a relatively close proximity to a coast. Austin satisfies that, and this trip solidified it for me, as well as my drive to greet certain geographic features.

This was my first use of airbnb, and it treated me quite well.


Blew Pony Bunkhouse

The Gulf Coast is very patchy, and there are many water ways in between land ways. To get from Aransas Pass, where we lodged, to the end-of-the-line true coast, we crossed by one of many little ferries that run a short little jaunt over to Port Aransas, or “Port A”.

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Port A ferries

First things first: we greeted the Gulf waters. Hello Gulf.

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Next, we hit the beach and enjoyed the Gulf’s warm waters and cool breezes (both in the 80s) for a spell, then headed further south, to check out the beach at Padre before returning to the bunkhouse after much time on the road.

Sadly, I had only the one night’s stay in my budget, but it served my purpose, nonetheless. I awoke in the morning, having completed another trip around the sun since birth, and we packed up to head home, but not without a final farewell to the Gulf at Portland.

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Portland, TX

Cin frolicked some more, and we hit the road.

My favorite pic was the first I snapped, when Cin first ran the shore. It’s a fitting finale :)

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Port A Cin



Posted by on 08/07/2014 in Action


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Adventure returns!

Port Aransas

Port Aransas and Aransas Pass

I’m going to the Gulf! :D

I was very pleased to have met the Med (aka the Mediterranean Sea), and now I get to greet the Gulf (the Gulf of Mexico, that is), by way of Aransas Pass, Texas. I just booked a night through Airbnb, for me and my dog to stay at a beautifully rustic ranch near the beach – as a birthday treat to myself :) I actually got four days off from work next week, and I’ll use the first day to relax, maybe run some errands; day 2 I’ll drive down to the coast, check into my digs, go get acquainted with the 80 degree waters, and explore the town a bit; day 3 I’ll awake to warm sea breezes for my bday, have a nice breakfast, and drive back to Austin, then probably hit up a favorite dive or maybe a new watering hole; and day 4 will be a bonus day of ease. Ahhh, I do enjoy a leisurely pace ;)

I am stoked to be exploring again! I will try to get a couple good photos, and I’ll be sure to share the adventure – stay tuned!


Posted by on 07/28/2014 in Plans


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Battle of the Burrs

So… there are some fiendish little seeds down here that have made their way into the number 2 slot for my least favorite things at present (number 1 being mosquitoes): burrs. The way in which these devil dots are affecting me negatively has to do with my dog. She has a grand ol’ time frolicking through the bushes, then comes out with a blanket of green mats, and when we get home I spend 1 to 2 hours de-burring her. The other day was the worst yet, and after an initial go at brushing her out on the kitchen floor, I found myself too daunted by the task at hand, and made the heart-wrenching decision to surrender. I took her to the groomers… and… I had her shaved :( I almost cried. She loves it, but I feel like I just butchered a work of art.

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Unfortunately, shortly after this pic was snapped, she collected a new burr coat. It took 50min to remove at home. Fortunately, it was much easier, but I’m hating these things with a renewed passion.

Here is a poor photo of one of the shrubs that bear the burrberries:

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Here are a few of the demon spawn:

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Here is a sea of them:

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And here is Cinnamon after a swim:

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I wish I had taken a photo of her with these covering her full coat.

So, now she’s got her summer cut, and I’m bummed about my dumb looking monkey-deer-dog, while I get to continue raking these hellions off of her multiple times a week. Thank you, Texas. (Overall, I really am still happy to be here.) I’m planning on acquiring my own grooming clippers so that I can take care of the trim next year myself, and shear her coat to a more moderate length – before she gets matted to emergency.

Hopefully, I will find a way to live in peace with this native plant. At least it only goes to seed a couple months per year. I suppose I can learn to just push through the Texan summers, with their intense heat, voracious mosquitoes, and pesky burrs. There is quite a lot this fair city has to offer in return :)

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Posted by on 06/14/2014 in Uncategorized


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