a horse with no name...

i've had a few pretty amazing days recently and it's only natural it's gotten me excited for what's in store for the warmer months ahead :) and with that mindset comes attached the nostalgic medley of my past summers... horse with no name by america.

after a chill day jamming to it in my car while running errands yesterday... i woke up with it still on the brain and immediately put it on the turntable this morning. i would be lying if i said it wasn't the sole inspiration behind the day's accessories to accompany a simple outfit to sum up my current mood.

♩ ♪ ♫ the ocean is a desert with it's life underground... and a perfect disguise above.
under the cities lies a heart made of ground, but the humans will give no love...  ♪ ♩ ♫

happy valentine's day... a post on self-love.

today, i am committing to self-love. i whole-heartedly believe it's only when we truly love ourselves that we are then able to exude positive energy outward... and rather than searching externally to fill that deficiency we have to first direct our focus inward. by no means am i claiming to be a yogi or saint... but positive vibes attract positive tribes! :)

“love yourself. accept yourself. forgive yourself. and be good to yourself... because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” leo f. buscaglia

as with any young adult growing into their own skin, i was confronted with many challenges in regard to who i was, who i wanted to be, and who i was developing into. and it's only been within the last 4-5 years that i've been able to really embrace my shortcomings and appreciate my strengths, to the point where a sense of peace has naturally surfaced enabling me to spiritually grow and develop a more compassionate love for myself and others.

symptoms include, but are not limited to:
  • a tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
  • an unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
  • a loss of interest in judging other people
  • a loss of interest in judging self
  • a loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
  • a loss of interest in conflict
  • a loss of the ability to worry
  • frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
  • contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature
  • frequent attacks of smiling - sometimes even through your heart :)
  • an increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen
  • an increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it

oh - and yes... kind gestures help me sustain health in my heart, while gentle thoughts allow love for my outward body. om. _/|\_

lana del rey - born to die.

here's a song that's been on repeat, lately! actually, this entire album is amazing. i love everything about it. every. thing. this in particular is just another one of those songs whose lyrics invokes real emotion for me personally; and deeply resonates :) plus, it doesn't hurt that i absolutely dig the sound of it, too! definitely an ep i need to snatch on vinyl..!

♩ ♪ ♫ don't make me sad, don't make me cry. sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough, i don't know why. keep making me laugh, let's go get high. the road is long, we carry on, trying to have fun in the meantime... ♪ ♫