$436.50 Flight Credit to…

As result of totally switching gears last Fall, I have a flight credit with Hawaiian Airlines for $436.50. It expires on September 4 of this year.

Grounding myself in tadasana, mountain pose, during today’s early morning sandy stroll before a juicy-full day, I visually absorbed the pure beauty of a school of dolphins and wetsuit-clad dapper dudes alike surfing the morning glass waves.

Contemplating the thought of an upcoming trip to the islands, an unfamiliar thought crossed my typically gypsy-footed mind:

I don’t need to go anywhere right now.

I’m pretty darn content. My life is bursting with the simple pleasures that keep Beach Girl Abroad happy: family, friends, community, sharing my passions with the world through teaching yoga and writing, enough space when I need it, intellectual stimulation, daily communion with nature and it’s expansive ocean only a block away. I’d say I’m on a good path towards santoshacontentment as described in Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutras.

A warm, strong Santa Ana wind kicked up during my block-long walk home, gusts not unlike the warm Fall tradewinds that’d breezed along my skin in on Oahu, Maui, and Big Island. Ah, the perfection of a California morning like today’s. On a day like today, I don’t particularly feel like going anywhere.


The wheels are turning.

One last island, Kauai, that I’d left unexplored.

Oh, and my birthday is coming up during the first week of June 😉

Unexplored Territory: Kaua’i

What a nice way to feel.

Just the possibility of taking a trip.

Getting quiet and listening to my intuition on how to proceed from here…



Beach Girl Abroad

California Dreamin’ Turned Reality…

Did a little just for fun shoot last week with my talented, lovely, and one of my dearest friends Stacey Millett.
check her out @ http://staceymillettphotography.blogspot.com/

Quoting Stace:”Best part of the day, was when the palapa collapsed on Elisa, and all I could see was her smiling-laughing face surrounded by palm fronds and sticks. This moment has been deposited forever in my bank of laughs”. When it rains palapas…it pours giggles. Amen 🙂
Okay, major shout out here:
Stacey is not only a world-class photographer, but she is an awesomely creative, and inspiring all around fabuloso person–when not out taking pretty amazing pictures of places, people, and delectable food, plus designing for her and soon-to-be hubby’s boutique graphic design businessshe’s endeavoring on even more creative pursuits, like home decor (especially with the color turquoise) and taking up sewing just for fun, and is always out n about enjoying the California sunshine, vino n cooking, dancing through life to the sound of folk tunes (and Shades of Day, hubby’s band), oh, and doling out amazing men advice (to you-know-who..)
Oh and p.s., she rocks as care-package-maker. Remember this? Ya…that was in Seoul, a far cry from the California dreamin’ that is the reality of today.  A Sunset postcard made in Ventura and some tunes from her boy, Rick O’Shay, who drums in one of Ventura’s finest bands, Shades of Day

So what else am I up to while I’m at it with this blog thing?  
Well, I’ve been on a bit of an internet/facebook detox for sure since Korea.  

There has been a lot of beachwalking, yoga-ing, tan-ning as it’s Spring, running round catching up with folks, a little try at surfing, and just a general trying to figure out where I fit in to this beautiful mess called life.  

Starting a pre-school yoga teaching thing this week, been subbing in for a couple local gyms.  Namaste.  

Oh, and btw, these men of Ventura are gorgeous!  Why did I not realize this so much before going abroad?  We really have some hotties.  Just going grocery shopping is like looking at a modeling agency’s catalog.

Ups, downs, reverse culture shock a bit (I’m really excited to talk to the Korean apple guy and his Mom every Sunday at the Farmer’s Market…”anyeong haseo”, every Sunday).  

Family, friends, Trader Joe’s, avocados, beach, Rio the family pup, feta and goat cheese, clean air, car, beach cruiser, the English language, I love you.  

🙂 ~ ❤ ~ peace

beach girl goes home…t-3 weeks

so…beach girl won’t be abroad come 3 weeks.

this blog has really been an awesome outlet for me…my last couple posts will be about what i will and won’t miss about korea.  to wrap things up.  (and actually complete a project for once–us gemini’s, we always start and never finish our projects).

but in 3 weeks…it will be history.

so read up.  because proof of this [my] crazy journey, will become a little file on my mac.  to be viewed later as a personal reminder of 2010 in korea.

maybe ill start a “beach girl at home” blog.  focused on health, wellness, living well.  whatcha think?

treinte y cinco dias hasta…(35 days until…)

35 day countdown!

and it’s already bikini, flipflops, short shorts weather back home in California (yes, in January…this is NOT normal, the weather is so laughing at me right now).  It’s about 25 degrees as a high in seoul, about 4 or 5 as a low.  

I’m forcing myself to not be lazy, get outside, get fresh air…bundle up and take walks…teaching yoga as a nice warming flow rather than a slowish class…of course, in the vain fear that my body will turn to mush within the next 5 weeks and I will, heaven forbid, disappoint my 50 or so swimsuits, surfboard, and eternal springtime California wardrobe waiting in storage, that all have patiently waited for me the past year.  Past year! It’s been a year, holy crap.  

Seoul, it’s been fun, it’ll be bittersweet…but I must bid you adeiu shortly.  

Dad wrote: 
there is a special ticket, for a special seat, on a special plane, waiting to take you home.