Cleaning up my neighborhood.

As some may or may not know, I live in Berkeley, CA.  There are many reasons why I love living in the Bay Area; it is quirky, liberal, beautiful, full of small businesses, great food, and  there is a real sense of community.

The downfalls of living here are: there are a lot of homeless people (which I think we should work more diligently to help), a little more gun activity than I would like, and there is a lot of garbage on our streets.

Lately the garbage issue has been agitating me more and more.  I take my dog for walks everyday, and everyday I notice the abundance of trash everywhere.  It’s gross and makes our cute neighborhood full of Victorian and craftsman homes look like a slum.  This has led me to carrying an extra bag (in addition dog’s poo bag) and picking up pieces of garbage as I walk.  Simple, easy and my neighborhood is looking much better.  My good friend and neighbor is now doing it too.

I hope this inspires others to take the time to pick up garbage as well or just avoid littering all together.

Do you have this issue in your neighborhood?



I have forgotten to go on my rant this year about how we should all try and support local and small businesses during the shopping season (yes, I said ‘shopping season’ not ‘holiday season’).

Anyway, it’s a good idea and most likely your gifts will be more fun and personal.  And you are helping out other people that you can relate to, not some massive corporation.

If you are in a bind and can’t find what you are looking for, there is always … it’s pretty cool.

Happy shopping!

End of the world.

December 21st, 2012 is only a week away.  Get ready for a bombardment of Facebook posts and tweets on the matter… then we will go back to “normal”.  Sigh.

It reminds me of the Y2K debacle in which my Mom freaked out and made survival kits for everyone but me.  Note to readers: never make fun of your Mom when she is making emergency kits because if shit goes down, you are going to have to share with your sister.

(love you mom)

Love Letters.

Hannah Brenher writes love notes to strangers.  It may sound a little strange to some, but I think it is such a wonderful thing to do.  Sometimes people just need to hear something lovely and positive, even if it is from a stranger.

I am a firm believer that any sort of energy a person puts into the world, whether it be in words or written on paper has a ripple effect.  The more positive energy I put out into the world, the more positive vibes are going to surround me and others.  If everyone made a conscious effort to be more positive and helpful/caring of others I think we would see a massive change in the world. As I have mentioned before on this blog, random acts of kindness (including love letters) are a great thing to get in the habit of doing.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~Mark Twain


Breath.  It is an important thing.  We come into this life with a first breath and we leave with our last.  Many don’t realize the importance of breathing and that the more control you take over it, the more conscious you are of it’s rhythm, the more control you have over your being.  If we control our breath, slow it down, make it purposeful, we can control our mood and our reactions/interactions with others.  We can calm ourselves, feel at peace and tune ourselves into the present moment free of all the noise that interrupts our relationship with self.