Happy Anniversary to ME!

Today I have been married to my best friend for TWO YEARS!

So to commemorate the happy day, here is a glimpse into Rhed and Schofie’s happiest day of their lives:

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And just because it makes me happy, here’s a photo I took of some incense we purchased at Earthbound Trading Comp. (happiest place in the world!) while we were celebrating this weekend.

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Peace and much Love!
Rhed

I drink your mowed lawn grass clippings.

Ok, not really. Although I’ve tried some teas that taste like it.

On my year-long road to health, I learned to fall in love with the benefits of tea. I spent about two weeks detoxing from an average of five cups of disgusting “work-coffee” a day. Five cups. Seriously? Of ground-ridden, cheap, nasty coffee? Why?!

It was free.

It was free and kept me going. What a terrible reason to drink something. Now, I’m not going to get into the coffee vs tea debate, (Really, can’t we all just be friends?) however, when I decided to invest in some Jasmine Green Tea from Earthfare I found that I loved tea. There are so many different flavors and it can be delicious served hot and cold. I also found out there were too many benefits I just couldn’t pass up. (Special thanks to these guys for the info)

  • Tea keeps you hydrated
  • Packed full of antioxidants
  • Can greatly aid weight-loss
  • Improved bone mineral density and strength
  • Green tea’s antioxidants may help stop the growth of cancer!

Not to mention it can come in really adorable teacups.

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CAUTION: Do not Google “cute teacup”. It will result in millions of Teacup Yorkies, and death-by-happiness.

My “Jump Off the Ladder” Challenge, and a POLL!

A few of you may know that I am working on my

Jump Off the Ladder challenge.

I have decided that for the month of June I will challenge myself to go running for at least 20 minutes a day, three days a week. A challenge which, so far, is going alright. The greatest obstacle so far has been the weather. Naturally, since I decide I want to do a challenge that requires me to be outdoors, (I don’t have a gym membership) Murphy’s Law kicks in and it pours rain all week.  However, since I don’t like to dwell on failure, only lessons, I am deciding to see the positive in this.

This weekend, Schofie and I made HUGE headway in the “get rid of your crap” department. For me, living off of nothing but the land in a tree house or Hobbit Hole would be amazing. For him, the idea is fun, but unrealistic. He doesn’t quite understand why I need to seasonally (ok, sometimes monthly) do a massive purge and donate a ton of things. It’s cleansing to me, and with less stuff I find it a more peaceful atmosphere. I would love to jump on board the ‘minimalist’ train. For him, it’s stressful, and an emotional experience. There are memories associated with each item, and after all, we may use it in the future.

After many a discussion and frustrated tears, Schofie decided that since it made his wife happy and healthy, she could get rid of whatever she wanted. (Excluding things explicitly his i.e. clothing)

Seriously, how did I get a guy like that?! 🙂

So I went to town in our kitchen, and am throwing a massive garage sale. I’m not anywhere close to finished with my purge, but here is a start:

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Seriously, who needs all this stuff?

So needless to say, I sort of have two challenges this month. I am so excited to see where this’ll take me! Also…

I’m working on a project and need your help!

Please fill out the questionnaire below. If you think of any answers not listed, let me know!

Conviction.

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I started doing some asanas this evening, and got a big smile on my face.

I felt free again.

I felt peaceful.

I felt open and ready to embrace life and love.

Then my husband (we’ll just call him Schofie from now on) smirked at me.

“I knew you needed this.” He grinned.

“What do you mean?”

“You have been…”, he cautiously searched for a delicate way to phrase it, “You have been a little irritable lately, and I noticed that you haven’t been doing your yoga as often…I just knew that you really needed to do it.”

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Because it’s not my job to tell you. It’s my job to love you… Also that would’ve been your sanity and my life on the line.”

I love Schofie. He knows me better than myself. He know’s when I need to be told, “Baby, I think you should work out…” and when to keep his mouth shut.  But now I know. I know just how much doing consistent yoga affects my life and my loved ones. I could feel that I’ve lost some flexibility in both my muscles, and my mind. So here I sit, showered and clean, and convicted. I have been focused more on the nutrition side of things, and less on the fitness, and Lord knows they go hand-in-hand.

Thanks to my best friend though, I’ve been reminded of finding a balance.

I have found my breath.

Live Raw.

I don’t know if you’re eating your fruits and veggies only when you’re forced to.

I don’t know if you only eat them when you’re trying to drop a few pounds.

Or maybe you’re like me and working towards 100% Raw…

Wherever you are in your journey, just take a moment to look at how exquisite health is:

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Sonance Moments (Or Music Monday, if you like.)

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for spa music.

Today’s Sonance Moment is dedicated to Liquid Mind’s “Journey to Peace”. I happened upon this gorgeous piece while listening to Zen Garden radio on Pandora.The Zen Garden station is a must for me when I do yoga.(Or go to bed. Or wake up. Or pretty much just do life.) This song is full of rich keyboard synthesizers, and reminds me of Enya. Liquid Mind is incredibly calming and makes me very nostalgic and peaceful, which is quite apropos, I think.. 😉

Alright my hippies, the following video only shows the front cover of Liquid Mind’s album, so let’s get stretching…

Take this one for a spin while in tree pose! 

What is your favorite relaxation tune? Is there a song you just can’t do yoga without? 

Peace! 

Rhed

COMING SOON: The American Diet: A Vegetarian’s Take

Oh, Minnesota, how I’ve missed you!

As a few of you may know, I decided to surprise my mother on her 50th birthday with a flight back home to see her for the first time in a year. Boy did she lose it. 😉 It’s so frickin’ cold in the Great North, but it’s wonderful home, sweet home.

Growing up in a family of hunting, gun-loving carnivores, everyone seems very cautious and curious about my eating habits. There are a lot of “rub some bacon on it” jokes happening. I’ve also been eating a lot of food I don’t normally eat because I’m not the one cooking. Pretty much everything is canned and the typical American diet of startch and more starch. This change is definitely effecting my body, and it’s less than thrilled.

I’ve been asked a lot of questions about being a vegetarian,

“What DO you eat every day?”

“But… WHY?”

“Do you do it just for health reasons? Or is it the whole ‘animal rights’ thing?”

So I will be doing a segment, when I return from MN, on the mainstream American lifestyle and how to travel and still stay true to health and wellness choices. (Sorry, WordPress, this app just ain’t cuttin’ it. 😉 )

Peace!

Rhed

WE’RE STARTIN’ TO SMOLDER – RENOVATION STYLE!

Sometimes, you just need a little lift. 

Something that pushes you. Excites you. 

It’s like when I was a kid and my mom would re-paint her bedroom, and re-tile her bathroom, and  re-decorate every month… or when she’d hold out for the Estee Lauder deal where she buys foundation and gets the extra crap included. Sometimes, we all need to feel a little extra sparkle. So, welcome to the new Incense and Sounds. It’s sharper, hopefully a little more organized, and quite frankly, I love it.

What do you think? 

Like the layout? Hate it? Comment below. 

Got a new Vegan/Vegetarian recipe you want to share? Hit me up! Rhed’s got her renovatin’ pants on and things are gonna get interesting…We’re about to make some changes around here folks, so stay tuned!

PEACE, LOVE, and of course, Estee Lauder freebees.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend…

I am becoming a consistent writer.

There. I put that positive statement out into the universe, so it must come to pass eventually… right? I haven’t  posted anything in quite a while due to the flooding of my apartment resulting in a dead laptop. (May he rest in peace.) I am typing this on my husbands laptop that I was able to snag some time with. Bloggers, please tell me I’m not the only one who gets to the computer and thinks, Man. I’m boring. I have nothing to write about except how my fish’s eye is cloudy , and though he’s on meds he keeps running into the tank wall ’cause he can’t see. And though I really feel bad for him….it is kind of a little funny…Then I contemplate what a terrible person I am, and search for a new subject, Well, this is mainly a health and fitness blog now, so I could talk about my new Orange Julius protein shake I concocted…Naaaa…. Today it’s all about the MUSIC.

That’s right folks, welcome to the newest segment of Incense and Sounds:

Sonance Moments

“Sonance” as in “a sound”. Pretty catchy eh? It is here that I shall dissect gorgeous (and not-so-gorgeous) sounds and give you my thoughts on such. We’ll talk about artists, lyrics, redeeming qualities, and why I think a song could perhaps be improved (or just why I flat out hate it haha).  So, without further adieu, I give you:

Simon & Garfunkel- Sound of Silence

Ahhh, this should be on the favorites list of every free-spirit out there. This beautiful classic was written in 1964 by Paul Simon in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The raw beauty of these two gentlemen never gets old. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are excellent storytellers, and in this tribute, they do not disappoint. Every time I hear this song I cannot help but get quiet and simply listen. I didn’t always grow up appreciating folk music, but as time went on, I couldn’t help but fall in love with modern Rock & Roll’s roots. The acoustic guitar gives such a raw, earthy quality to this song, mixed with Paul’s raspy, vulnerable voice and Arts incredible harmonizing, it’s no wonder this song helped propel them to international stardom.

I leave you, dear ones, with this quote by Simon after it was mentioned he had some difficulty writing the lyrics, “The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run — I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me — and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.”