californiasoulshine Day 15: we were asked to #sweat for the #yogagirlchallenge . No worries @yoga_girl , I've got this down. For hours upon hours, I did just that while I glazed my pottery & then tackled weeds in my neglected for months garden. I'm tired, I have a headache, but my kiln is firing & things are looking good. Tomorrow will be a repeat of today, except I will drink more water. 19h

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californiasoulshine Tomorrow is my dreaded & least favorite component of my ceramic work... glaze day. To make this process flow more smoothly, I #cleaned & #organized my studio. I also managed to get a little ahead of the game by glazing the small pieces that I usually save for last. This preparation work will ultimately save me a few hours & a lot of headache tomorrow. #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl #californiasoulshinedesigns 2d
  •   lovedelaluz I would be in heaven 2d
  •   ofhandstudios Looking good girl!!!! 1d
  •   soozinstar I want to buy some amazing mugs from you. I wanted to see if I could find your booth at Thursday night farmers market when I was in Chico in July, but my son got sick and we couldn't leave the hotel. I'm in Utah, but I thought you said before you can ship? 22h
  •   soozinstar I saw one of your mugs at @beachluvnmama 's house and was blown away by how gorgeous your work is! 22h
  •   californiasoulshine @soozinstar thank you so much! My booth is actually at the Saturday morning year round rain or shine farmer's market! That is always the best place to find my work. This is where you can pick it up, hold it in your hand, make sure it feels right... However, because I have so many requests from people far away, I've got to get better about posting my finished work online & make it more available. I will post some photos here, but most go on my Facebook business page, California Soulshine Designs. If you follow along there, I'll be posting photos. If you ever see something you'd like, message me & we can discuss details & get it shipped off to you! Thank you so much for your interest 10h

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californiasoulshine I love thrifting. I love giving new life to discarded, unwanted items. I am #fearlessly expanding my line to include upcycled treasures & more. I've dreamt of doing this for so long. Today, I bring this dream to fruition. #californiasoulshinedesigns #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl 3d

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californiasoulshine For day 11 of the #yogagirlchallenge I committed two #randomactsofkindness. Saturdays are market days... A little girl, probably 9 or 10, wondered into my booth alone. She seemed fine & I felt sure her family was nearby. Anyway, she was friendly with a touch of sweet shyness. I asked if she had come to the market with her parents & she explained that she was spending the summer here with her aunt & uncle. She really liked my wares & complimented me so. My rings were of particular interest to her. So, I decided to let her have her choice of them. It was fun to surprise her with a special treasure, perhaps one that will always remind her of her summer spent in Northern California. Bobbie's Coffee Cart is both a Saturday landmark & tradition here in Chico. I just love Bobbie & Bobbie, husband & wife team running this show. Someone, unknown to me, enjoyed a coffee payed for by a stranger @yoga_girl 5d

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californiasoulshine Day 10 #getcreative of the #yogagirlchallenge. I like to have a plan, a list. My day all laid out, organized & efficient. Today, I let go when my husband came home early from work due to a computer system failure. I put my studio work off until this evening & spent most of the day with him on the river. He fished. I sun bathed, hooped & practiced yoga on a beautiful beach. We saw a bald eagle, great blue herons, white egrets & mergansers. @yoga_girl 6d

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californiasoulshine Not only is this my answer to @_meg_amor_ 's #stopdropandhoop nomination It is also my #yogagirlchallenge belated post for days ? & ?. I've been so busy #manifestingmydreams that I have to #trulyforgive myself for falling a little short of my intentions to post every day of @yoga_girl 's 21 day challenge & for holding myself to some impossible standards both personally & professionally. Now that I know I don't have to be perfect, I can be great! I can honestly say that I am doing my best to make the changes that I've committed to & am truly enjoying this amazing life 6d

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californiasoulshine This girl right here, this is my Roxy. Each & every day I thank her for sharing this life with me. She brings me such a pure & profound joy. #crazycatlady #yogagirlchallenge #gratitude #thankyou @yoga_girl 1w

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californiasoulshine #californiasoulshinedesigns is pottery & more. I'll share what else I've been up to over the coming weeks #stiritup 1w

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californiasoulshine Day 6: #startaroutine #yogagirlchallenge I am going to remember to eat early & throughout my day. All too often, I flat out forget or just don't eat enough. By dinner time, I'm ready to eat my arm & then the whole house. I'll graze on what you see here & more. I've got to balance my eating habits. @yoga_girl 1w

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californiasoulshine BALANCEDay 5 of the #yogagirlchallenge is to #breakabadhabit ... I'm actually working on two. The first is to drink less tequila. The second is to eat more during the day. Like I mentioned before, life has been rather intense lately... So, I'll often get going with my day & literally forget to eat. By the time dinner rolls around I am usually ravenous. If it's been a particularly difficult day, I'll sometimes drink one too many shots of tequila to escape reality for a few hours in the evening. Which then equates to me waking up hung over Doing this makes me incredibly disappointed in myself & much less creative & efficient throughout my day. So far, I'm doing quite well with not drinking. I haven't had or missed tequila for five days. I did alright with eating a little more earlier today, but still not enough to healthily sustain me so that I don't want so much in the evening. I'll use tomorrow's challenge theme to continue working on this, #startaroutine @yoga_girl 2w
  •   nicolecomer_ Girl I am with you with the whole eating more thing! I tend to forget to eat until lunch or dinner, which just isn't healthy! Let's focus on big, healthy breakfasts 2w
  •   dunlapjay Ok. Since we're being honest, I lol'd when I got to the first line - but laughing with ya not at ya! Keep it up keep it up. I've missed 12 consecutive days of yoga and am suffering for it. Self induced suffering is the worst kind - but it's the best too as only I can stop it. Control freak that I am, I like that. Sigh... Keep it up :-) 2w
  •   californiasoulshine It's true though! @dunlapjay ! Get back on your mat, even if for just a few minutes. 2w

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californiasoulshine Every Saturday I spend most of my day at the Farmer's Market. This is where I peddle my pottery. My booth space is located next to a Hmong family that sells gorgeous produce & flowers. Sometimes, they don't sell out & the matriarch of the family gives the leftovers to various vendors. Today, day 4 of the #yogagirlchallenge, @yoga_girl asked us to commit a #randomactofkindness. I decided to give this generous woman a small token of gratitude, a piece of my pottery. Although she & I cannot communicate with words, her smiling eyes say it all. I'd have liked to photograph her, but that just wouldn't have felt right. 2w

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californiasoulshine Day 3: #riseandshine
I took it pretty easy on myself for the first two days of the #yogagirlchallenge . I stepped it up a bit on my mat this morning. For a few moments, I felt a little frustrated not being able to do what I use to be able to do. This only lasted for a few moments, my voice of self love quickly rang through & told me to honor where I am at. Here. Today. Now. I've been working so hard on other areas of my life, it's ok. I'll get back there & quite possibly even further than I was before. I will use this @yoga_girl 21 day challenge to create new & better habits. My #farm #fresh #local #organic eggs are pretty darn #tasty with my green tea after practice this #beautiful #morning
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californiasoulshine #yogaeverydamnday Today I got back on my mat. @yoga_girl 's 21 day #yogagirlchallenge came at just the right time for me. Life has been exceptionally difficult for the past few years. While growing #californiasoulshinedesigns has been incredibly rewarding & my dream come true, many other aspects of my life have suffered. Weeks often pass before I feel it's possible to take a day off. Things have been intense. Close friends, family members & my sweet kitty, Ava, all died suddenly & much too early. I totaled my car when I was too exhausted to be driving. I ran a red light. It was my fault. Thank goodness everyone was ok. Relationships have been stressed.
I haven't felt able to properly take care of myself or my home. It's been hard. However, my hard work & sacrifice has begun to pay off. I can finally feel things beginning to level out. I am & will continue to be successful because I did not & will not give up. I love life. I am grateful.
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californiasoulshine Mesmerizing jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I could watch them for days. 3w
  •   msleslie Agreed! It's so entrancing! 3w
  •   dunlapjay And the tuna.... Magical place 3w
  •   californiasoulshine @dunlapjay the tuna in the million gallon tank were among the most impressive sea life there, in my opinion. Giant silver bodies, so efficient... With just a few small flicks of their tails they glided through the water so fast & smooth! The narrator at the feeding said they can swim in bursts of speeds up to 55 mph. & the sunfish! It looks so awkward, yet awesomely prehistoric! Such a great place! 3w
  •   dunlapjay @californiasoulshine exactly! I can sit there forever just watching. Mesmerizing..... 3w

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californiasoulshine I've just come across a box full of old journals, letters, cards & such from my last fifteen years. Oh my, what an amazing trip down memory lane. I am so glad that I've written these things down, so grateful that I have these mementos from my past & present relationships. I've lived & loved so much in my 37 years. It's so incredibly awesome to reflect on where I've come from, where I've been, my hopes & dreams then & now. So much remains the same, yet so much has changed. Life is so beautiful, so precious... Live it! 4w
  •   siouxzeeque beautiful sentiment 4w
  •   iamunzer Agreed. Life is beeeeautiful! 4w
  •   dunlapjay Always a good sign when you can look back with gratefulness vs regret! Thx for sharing 4w
  •   _soul_shine Love this!!! And I am amazed that you are 37!! Of course, that is still extremely young, but you look fantastic!! 4w

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californiasoulshine Rocking out to some G n R, in my living room, by myself. I always have a good time 4w

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californiasoulshine Out on the town tonight. Found this old gem at J.O.E.S Bar! 1mon

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