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iSpy with my Little Eye a Trailer Throwback- Thankful Thursday

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Lovely citrus from our neighbors! Working on dream catchers for our Etsy shop
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Our small and sacred altar that we kept at the back of the trailer
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Someone rear-ended my Camry and didn’t tell me. I walked outside and found it this way, but looked cute.
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Thanks mom for the really cute Free People Jacket! She found it for a really good deal, I never took it off my entire trip to NYC 2017
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Our lovely sleeping space, 2016. It has changed so much since then! Lovely seashell dream catcher hanging above us was clunky and divine. Seashell from Carlsbad CA
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Fresh lavender from our garden, Nag Champa incense, and Ganesha blessing our essential oils

Every week on Thankful Thursday, I take time and reflect on what I am truly grateful. When you get into the practice of turning to gratitude, you may start to realize that your laundry list of gratitude is starting to feel a little insincere. First, be proud of yourself if you have noticed a lack of oomph in gratitude! This is part of the journey.

Keep searching until you truly resonate with something that you are grateful for. I always tell my student/teachers in Yoga practice- Yoga is finding what you don’t like, what doesn’t work for you, what won’t work. Once we get comfortable in this uncomfortable feeling, we start to listen to our intuition and tap into what does work for us. This is a daunting task, as you rid yourself of limiting beliefs, preconceived notions, and the guilt trips that may have lead you to yoga, to buying that gratitude journal.

Yoga accepts us as we are. And so, during this wild week of pandemia and anxiety, I turn to my coping mechanisms that help me most! One of those is nostalgic, looking back to times in my life when I really felt grateful.

Sit down and reflect on a chapter in your life that you loved. Yes, we glorify these chapters, as they all come with their ups and downs. I take my mind and my gratitude to 5 years ago, when Josh and I bought our travel trailer.

Little did we know, this travel trailer would be a lovely oasis for us during this week! Completely isolated, respecting the quarantine, and honoring the hermit within, we are back in our trailer, back to simple pleasures.

Enjoy these pictures from when we lived in our trailer in Spring 2016, and when we were working on the trailer, at home, in 2016.

There are so many similarities to our time living in the trailer, and this current chapter of our life surviving and living with the hysteria of COVID-19. Why?

Isolation! When we first started living in the trailer, we realized what was the most important to us. We wanted to learn more about medicinal plants and invested a few hundred dollars in essential oils. From there, we made out own laundry soap, body soap, conditioner, and bug spray.

The BUG SPRAY IS what started it all. Remember this, Kelli! Bugs were eating your body alive, and you were so sick of it that you decided to figure out an herbal remedy to keep the bugs away. Gallons of melaleuca, citronella, and sage oil to keep those bugs away. The real trick to keeping bugbites at bay, in the deep wilderness, is to STAY INSIDE DURING GOLDEN HOUR. Our mosquitoes only attacked while the sun set. Cheers to paying attention.

And so, I rattle off my gratitude- I am grateful for our trailer, the best investment we have ever made. I am grateful for essential oils and that I now have almost 5 years of experience working with, and falling in love with, oils! I am grateful for my husband and my parents and the awesome job that we did remodeling the trailer and prepping it for us to live in for over a year. And lastly, I am grateful for the bug bites.

Just like I say in yoga practice….

Your pain and unhappiness led you to Yoga. BE grateful for it.

Love and light as you embrace all of your emotions that you are feeling right now, they are VALID.

Xoxo Kelli

All Things Yoga · Chair Yoga · Curb Your Anxiety · Desert Travels · Muse Monday · Trailer Time · Youtube

Long Overdue Chair Yoga for my OMies – #MuseMondays

And all of a sudden, I started living the life I always dreamed of…

Welcome to chair yoga! 🙂

Greetings, OMies! It’s Kelli here, surviving the pandemic like the rest of us, in quarantine. I am loving that I have a routine to rely on. As a full-time yoga teacher, I drastically made a shift in the way that I work only one week ago. Last Monday, I had finished teaching two classes, in person, and had to assist my beloved yoga studio close down, for now, for the next few weeks. Wow, what a week in the collective consciousness and in myself!

I always planned on uploading my yoga content to youtube, but sometimes, it takes life-crisis, a pandemic, or the true NEED to be the catalyst. I am a fire sign, and when I have a fire lit under me, I will not stop! I am currently engrossed and invigorated by the practice that virtual yoga is bringing me.

As you can imagine, I am used to teaching dozens a classes a week, and taking a few weeks off of this is not great for my mental health. I have a community to serve!

Many of my Yoga videos are accessible through Hapa Yoga Ohana Online, which is a Facebook group that is designed for our clients and members.

I have also been recording content for my private clients! My office yogis still need their yoga, and my family has been requesting tons of different styles of yoga. It is amazing that despite how tragic this situation can be with COVID-19, we are able to rise together as a community and I have been able to create this avenue.

If you would like to watch my YouTube videos, Click this link here.

Free Little Library · San Diego · Trailer Time · Upcycle · Well Read Wednesday

Free Little Library Induction Ceremony- #WellReadWednesdays

It has been a dream of mine to own a Free Little Library! Where did it all start….?

In 2016, Josh and I traveled the PNW in our travel trailer and spent a few nights at a very fancy RV/Trailer park near Lassen. Looking back, I believe this was the nicest accommodation that we stayed in during our travels. Normally, we camped primitively with the trailer. This trailer park, however, allowed us to use the AC, toilet, shower, and heater in our own trailer while parked up to hook-ups. I remember sticking my sweaty face up to the air conditioning, while cooking in the cast iron and watching movies with our Wifi thinking, THIS IS THE LIFE. I would happily live in a trailer park! Or own one….
We tended to do a few nights fancy, then a few nights primitive. When we ran out of clean water, solar panel juice, or clean clothes, we plotted our next stop accordingly.
This trailer park had a very cute laundry room that Josh and I spent quite some time in! I was an avid reader on this trip and was fiending for a good book. Inside the laundry room was a FREE LITTLE LIBRARY. This is where I found Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (you know what I mean)- and I FLEW through this book in one sitting. I wondered- who left this amazing book in the library? I felt like I wanted to keep the book forever, bound to its memory, and was humbled that someone donated a book they liked. I know this revelation sounds small, but this is a huge lesson in APARIGRAHA, non-attachment. I learned non-attachment through the avid stewards of FLL that continue to give their favorite and most treasured books to the community. They want nothing in return! On the last day of our stop at this trailer park, I dropped off a few old murder mystery books and some Maeve Binchy before our journey continued.
Josh and I proceeded to find FLLs all over Northern California, Oregon and Washington. To this day, I keep copies of old books in my trunk so that I can stop, drop and FREE LITTLE LIBRARY whenever I randomly find one. Some days, I find a book that I want to read. Some days, I am plumping up an empty library. And some days, I am smiling at the magic of seeing a book that I have already read and enjoyed, leaving it for someone else to pick up.

This past weekend, I had the first of many FLL Launch Party! Josh and I hosted friends and family at the house. In addition to the wonderful pictures that everyone took of me while I talked about my love of FLL, I took a moment to take a picture of my audience 🙂
I will cherish these photos forever! Thank you husband, my pupper Pinecone, my uncle, my sacred grandmother and MAMA, aunts, cousins, neighbors, best friends, mentors. I baby sat all of those cute teenagers when they were babies, by the way!
In addition to this magnificent event, I also received inquiries for others that want to install a FLL in their home.
Get ready for a FREE LITTLE LIBRARY CIRCUS TENT, YURT, and BIRDCAGE! Think I’m kidding? See you in a few months!


Thank you, thank you friends and family for coming! Super shout out to Josh, my favorite person to look at when I am public speaking. Thanks burb 🙂

Keep READING OMies,

K

Desert Travels · Thankful Thursday · Trailer Time

A Very Thankful Thursday

Desert babies! There’s nothing that we love more than a weekend out in the desert. San Diego is such a magical place, and very few travel to the outskirts of town to discover and roam. On a beautiful Sunday during a three-day weekend, Josh and I were the only people out on the trails. No soul to be sighted! The sound of nature and the present moment pulses through our veins. We spent the weekend looking at rocks and ancient plants, hunting down the whereabouts of our dog, and eating ice cream cake!

I had never made ice cream cake before, but Josh has been wanting one forever. The irony of it all is, that I, I alone, really ate all of the birthday cake. I have a much stronger sweet tooth than Josh, and I feel so shameful that I need to make him another one- haha. This one was a gluten free brownie base, Soy Delicious salted caramel cashew ice cream (melted and poured over the brownie), and crunchy brownie bits wedged into the cake after chilled for 30 minutes. It was very easy to make, and even easier to eat. Next time, I’ll be using Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream! It is no small feat to drive 2 hours to the desert with an ice cream cake!

Another great weekend in the books, we have been daydreaming of being in the desert ever since we left. Next time I’ll: make two ice cream cakes, remember to bring my fanny pack, and stay a little bit longer 🙂

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Hannahammers

 

 

Another productive trailer day…I had the opportunity to bust out my new toy that Josh’s sister got me for Christmas:

 Wait for it…
 So handy, huh? Naturally, I paced around the trailer to look for something to unscrew. The next week will entail gutting, scraping, & patching as we prepare for THE SPRAYER. We are primering (totally a word) the inside white for a clean slate before we commit to a wall color.

Alas, I found something to unscrew:

 Gorrrrrgeous velour paneling and a cassette player to get the mood going. This bad boy has got to go; we want a new music setup.
 😂😂😂 I took off one panel. My work here is done! Although I think at this pace, we aren’t going to get very far….

And lastly, here’s my most recent thrifting find. Anyone have insight into this item’s purpose or origin? It looks like it belongs in a meditative space….I think it’ll make a fantastic replacement for the current dinette pillow!

  

Aparigraha · Desert Travels · San Diego · Trailer Time · Upcycle

Meet Darlene 

After avid searching, we finally found our perfect mate! We purchased our newest addition to our family, a 1998 25” Sandpiper. We can’t wait to spruce up the inside; we have been plotting and scheming over laminate tiles, paint swatches and DIY websites. Check out our velour fabric panel inlays, valances and curtain tracks! Yikes.


   
  


We can’t wait to convert the bunk beds into a storage area for cordercollective shenanigans. Time to get our hands dirty 😈