Landlover to the Sea

Blue skies and turquoise h2o called me this afternoon. Standing up and riding a wave…there’s just nothing quite like that feeling. Even if I only caught 4 waves of whitewater…just being out there and paddling around equals connection to nature, connection to the self.

And after a few weeks of terrible rainy weather, loving Hawaiian springtime…

(Surfing was fun, but I’ll be sticking to the land πŸ™‚

Homes and pups

Going back through old pics…actually looking for some design inspiration for a potential new endeavor…came across this photo of my pup, Rio (who’s now hanging out with “Grandma” back in California. Β Miss the lil’ guy, and miss you, Mom!) and my old room. Β 
After the economy tanked in 2008, my parents welcomed me into their home, allowing me to redesign a bedroom while I got my feet on the ground. Β I worked hard to convert that room from a dark, cluttered space to a welcoming, light-filled, beach-themed bedroom. Β How exciting it was to re-do that room…the painting, the shopping, finding deals at thrift stores, my arms feeling like jelly after hours of painting… Aww memory lane.Β 
My folks now use the space as a guestroom and extra workspace.

Fall 2009, with Rio cuddled up. Β Right before leaving for Asia. Β 

p.s. I painted the sailboat painting in high school πŸ˜‰