Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Whenever I see a pink sunset, I like to think that it's my mom coming to visit me. Even if it's for a brief moment, I take the time to remember her. Her counsel, her embrace. Whatever it is in that moment that I miss about her. I learned a couple things about grieving most recently, due to reflecting and examining my own emotions in regards to moving. Things trigger other things all the time in matters of the heart. But what I learned is, during bouts of stress and great turmoil you don't have to pretend you got it all together when you're by yourself. Cry. Yell. Even assist it with allowing yourself to watch something sappy or listen to music that you can yell along with and/or cry outloud to. I realized this last season of immense stress that the outcome was sickness and icky things that come out when stress is dwelling within your body. I was even trying to find places of quietude and peace. Excercising. Eating right. It didn't help. One night as I was staring out at the pink sunset, the thought alighted on my mind like the lightest feather; God created us. He created the body's natural responses. Tears are okay. My mom had always told me I held everything in too tightly, and she would try to tell me that it was okay to cry, just cry if you need to. I always thought it was expressing weakness, and I wanted to be strong. But after that realization, that moment I felt God speak so quietly, that he created the ability for humans to cry. I also realized that for stress and anxiety in my life God created this natural outflow where tears could help you begin to heal. I wouldn't keep holding them in. And when I have cried, or yelled, since, I won't stop until I feel the sadness or badness has gone away too. This isn't something I've done with other people around of course, it's all very private when no one's around (ie driving in my car!). And it's not a bad thing either where I want people to read this and feel pity for me. My purpose in sharing these private thoughts is to maybe help someone else who is feeling overwhelmed by the burden of sadness or frustration. Stuff you can't help, but stuff you are forced to face. In my recent life the normally stressful move from one home to the next wasn't really the point of this overwhelmedness. It was the fact that I came here for my mom and although it's been a year and a few months since her last breath on earth, I'm leaving Prescott now. It shakes me to think I'm leaving the place I came to be with her, and now it's the end of a chapter.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Our Sweet Space. We'll really miss you
We love our tiny home. Last August we moved into this remodeled apartment in downtown Prescott, Arizona. The property owners / management were acquaintances of ours and soon to be friends. They took a year to re-do this flat through much blood, sweat, and tears. From taking down plaster walls to expose the beautiful brick, taking out old blue shag carpet to expose the beautiful hardwood floors beneath, remodeling the kitchen completely and giving it stainless steel finishes, and painting with just the right hues to make this place shine. We will be moving to the Phoenix area within the month and are very sad to say goodbye to this treasure. I wanted to take some photos to show off our cute little place, but to also document a home that inspired us and facilitated great memories.
Thanks Chelsea (Steve and Dylan too!)
Update: Thank you Apartment Therapy for featuring our little home! To see post: Rachel's Mountain View Studio Also for those of you who have sent inquiries, the space is already rented out after we leave. Thank you!
Labels: our home
Monday, June 23, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
I posted on how to get glowing, beautiful skin, naturally a few weeks ago. I mentioned using rice water as a toner so I wanted to expound upon that concept. I was inspired by the line Tatcha through one of my favorite blogs, Epic Beauty Guide. I absolutely loved what those products did for skin, and if I had more of a disposable income I would definitely be investing into that line. I noticed their products contained rice water. Curious, I researched the process and benefits of rice water and loved what I learned. So I created my own pure rice water.
What I Do:
When I'm going to make jasmine rice with dinner (preferably organic) I rinse the rice as normal per Thai/Japanese recipes, but do the method a little more meticulously when preparing to use it for a beauty treatment.
-About 1 1/2 - 2 cups rice, preferably jasmine and organic if you can
-Enough filtered water to cover the rice
Place the rice in a sieve over a bowl where it fits comfortably inside.
Pour the filtered water over the rice and with a clean hand or sterile spoon stir the rice about 10 times around the sieve and bowl. You'll notice the water become white and cloudy.
Let the rice sit in the water for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the sieve from the water and proceed to cook the rice. Reserve the water left in the bowl.
Sterilize a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Stir the water again to reincorporate the nutrients into the water from settling on the bottom of the bowl. Pour the just-stirred water into the glass jar. Close the jar and keep in the fridge up to 3 or 4 weeks.
Do not leave out at room temperature or it gets stinky, unfortunately I know this from personal experience.
Gently tilt the jar and pour about a tablespoon of the cold rice water into your clean hand. Splash it over your entire face (clean face). Tap around your skin and gently press into your skin. Don't rub or dry off. Keep massaging very gently until it absorbs.
Benefits I noticed:
Brightens complexion, clearer skin, less redness. Skin feels softer and smoother after use.