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Delray and DeerField Beach

(and running back to Miami, and running back to Delray) a collection of firsts !

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"There's nothing like returning to a place unchanged and realizing it is you yourself that has changed."

Although I had been to Delray and Deerfield before in 2013, there is always something new to experience especially when with new people.
It's easy for me to go on autopilot and go places I have been to and feel comfortable navigating, but to try new places and things is to grow. It's easy to get stuck in our patterns, trying new things and going to new places scares our ego, which is why it's important to do so. The ego may scare you into never doing something you've always wanted because you're too scared to try. My dad has always told me a famous quote by Wayne Getzsky "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." This can be applied in your yoga practice or anywhere in life, traveling to a new city, or finding new adventure in one you have already seen.

So in a traveling sense Miami was a new location to me , these two next towns wouldn't be , but that didn't mean it couldn't be a new experience. Even at home in the same place, there's something new to see and learn every day.

So when we got into delray, Aunt Mindy met us for a Santana cover band concert. The night began with reunion tequila shots and ended with excellent pizza and sublime music. So great to reunite with old family and introduce new friends. ❤️
Delray is super cool and happening. The word for it might be, festivity or 'The Avenue'. Every week there is some kind of event going on. Seafood and wine festival, art festival, garlic festival. Always live music, always poppin clubs and bars, and lots of fancy food. The avenue itself is even a little too much for my liking.
So we found our favorite street in Delray - Swinton Avenue; a cross street by the avenue with The Sunday House and Shaffers Tea House on it.
Shaffers tea house is a rad cluster of all wooden little buildings and outside seating. Awesome live music, Henna tatoos, and the purest homemade healthy teas and treats is what you can expect here on a Friday night. Great vibe and staff.
The Sunday house is one block down, is a beautiful botanical garden and fancy restaurant and bar with random private seating throughout the gorgeous gardens . We walked through and found out that it also is a hotel. It even has an all natural pool with a water filtering system that doesn't use chemicals, a big green grass area, and bananas and other exotic plants and fruits growing randomly throughout the place. It is breath taking.
So we decided although it is not in our budget, we must experience this place at some point, perhaps with false identities.

When Delray became a bit much we headed to Deerfield but first ran back down to Miami to take some yoga at Kino MacGregor's studio. I was surprised at how small and humble it was. She and another teacher we wanted to see were absent but we took a great ashtanga class and it was cool just to be there . The guy who taught the class got both of my hands to bind to my feet behind my back in a lotus forward fold. This is something I've always wanted to do! And another first! And one day I will be able to sitting up and on my own after enough hip and shoulder work haha :). It always feels good to accomplish something new and different.
In fact Miami even seemed a new experience the second time around. I had only been there less than a week earlier, but that trip was about seeing the city beaching and partying. This short visit was about yoga and driving around coral gables to see the Banyan Trees. These trees are the national tree of the republic of India but can also be found in Florida. They are epiphytes (a plant growing on another plant) when its seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices on a host tree. So they end up looking like one crazy big connected tree with a bunch of roots. They're quite interesting and very pretty and it was my first time climbing on one !

It didn't even feel like I was in Miami. We also found a small street art fair and ate a very reasonable lunch at 100 Montaditos. Which is a cafe that sells small Spanish sandwiches and on certain days offers specials where select sandwiches are 1$ or 1.50$ . We happened to be there that day! Which also included 1$ sangria.
And so I could have not driven back to Miami because I had already been there, but that Sunday afternoon gave me a completely different view of the city it was cheap, healthy, fun and filled with beautiful nature.

That evening we arrived in Deerfield to stay with Mindy in her awesome little complex, the sandy pebble. Super chill people, super chill town. Got to bum on her couch for a few days and reconnect with Mindys neighbor Rasta who happens to live with a friend of mine Katie from high school. We rented paddle boards, did some yoga, ate some ice cream and enjoyed simple slow placed days and long walks on the beach. Deerfield is so chill with a stoner surfer vibe, and they have a great location. Everything I needed in walking distance from jazz music and side walk dance parties to uptown funk, and rockin reggae music a block down. I found myself thinking this is quite a nice set up they have down here... Our last day there we were blessed with some nice little waves. I didn't even plan on surfing, we had rented paddle boards and I was out at the end of the peir doing SUP yoga with Katie, and decided I would try riding in a wave. I've never surfed on a stand up before so I thinking Id wipe out. I successfully rode in several nice long lefts, making turns and digging my paddle in the water. It felt exhilarating and I kept thinking I wish my dad was here to see this. Another first experience. I also did forearm stand on a paddle board and handstand for the first time, even if I fell on my board a few times. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take .

After surfing, Derrick and I journeyed back to the ever so fancy 'Sunday House' in Delray. (On a Tuesday) . After I made Derrick put up his long hippie hair and leave the guitar in the car, I put on some make up and we walked in pretending to be guests of the hotel. We successfully sauntered right past the from desk and swam around in the pool with live fishies and moss everywhere. Once again beautiful, is an understatement. Used the cold outside shower like the squatters we are and stayed for an epic dinner. It was awesome, and we totally pulled it off, even though Mindy said we wouldn't... Again you gotta take the chance :)
My last day and evening couldn't have been more perfect. The scenery and food was fantastic, and took the place of the fancy over priced meal in Miami, that we'd be making up for with PB and apples ever since. ;) (It may seem like I'm being wined and dined and am a total brat, but those meals are complimented with nice healthy cheap meals for traveling like fruit, pb, cereal ect. Keeping costs lower.)

So all in all, Even in places I had visited before, I experienced so many new great things :). Because I decided to take the chance.
So no matter where you are, take a minute to ask yourself if there's something you've been waiting to do. Why haven't you done it?
How can you look at somewhere you are all the time, with a new perspective?
And When was the last time you did something for the first time??





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When I walked around the city of Miami, it suddenly made sense to me why certain people I grew up with moved there. It just fits them. In Eat Pray Love, Liz says that every city and person has their own word to describe them. Rome is sex, NYC would be ambition... Atlantic city, idk degenerates? Just kidding ❤️AC. Anyway Miami to me feels like a city of glamour, money, and partying. Any of those words would do. So You can't really just be in Miami and have a glass of wine and call it a night, even on a Wednesday...
We planned to soberly do a cool acrobatic trapeze training but it was shut down this week because of the Miami marathon. So we had no choice but to go get drunk and party it up in the city. I mean it's Miami... So we went out, hard. Not even our car getting towed in then middle of the evening could slow us down, picking it up was simply just another stop on the way. In between Ceviche dinner and a bar with a French band , and the Punk Rock bar. (Don't worry family we had a DD and I was safe and smart,not too drunk, just having fun)

I tried ceviche for the first time and felt like I was eating a cold seafood soup. I would recommend 'Ceviche 105' for sure , it started as a mom and Pop shop and was so good it has grown into the fancy establishment it is now with one location downtown and one in south beach, but still keeps very affordable prices. The idea is cool and I was happy to try something new, but I could never see myself craving it for dinner, sorry ceviche lovers. I was much more excited about sushi with potato instead of rice, celery ginger pisco sour, and an entire bottle of wine.
Next while watching the French band over craft beers, we decided we wanted to goto a local punk rock bar with more live music in the art district near our place. But we were a bit intimidated, I wasn't sure that I was hard core enough to go. That's when I realized I just happened to have two fake mustaches in my purse. These gave us the character, confidence, and acceptance we needed. The bad ass punk guys loved it .
Next we went to another awesome bar with life sized Jenga and lots of new friends and shots . Ayayiyi .??

Thank god the next day my 365 days of living your yoga book told me to take it easy and do restorative poses. I didn't feel bad about sleeping in,going to breakfast alone, and then laying out on south beach all day because I have been running, surfing, and practicing yoga about twice a day the whole trip.
The ocean is just as cleansing in Miami as it is in Jersey and was just what I needed to bring me back to life. I felt like I could stay in that crystal blue water forever and just kept thinking to myself I will NEVER ever be able to live somewhere permanently without an ocean.
Post beach mojitos and a fancy over priced Italian dinner on espana way was all our bodies, or bank accounts, could really handle at that point. So we walked around, watched other people buy expensive things, and headed home to bed before 1030 at our Air BnB in the art district, which was actually very cool.
Checked out some of the awesome graffiti on our way out of town, grabbed a Miami Cuban colada, and hit the road.

On to the next city on our Florida road trip; Delray Beach. Stay tuned to find out what it's 'word is'.
Mozzarella cooked with beet juices or an Animal organ?

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Rocket Power

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Yesterday my family left and Derrick and I decided to stay another night in Melbourne beach (thank you mike grant for allowing us to be squatters ??) when we heard there was a Sattalite being launched near by that evening.
After some afternoon Acro yoga and slacklinning we headed down to Cape Canaveral to watch the Atlas 5 launch from the Kennedy Space Center.
We at a pull off on highway 520 on the Banana River which seemed to be a favored local spot as we were surrounded by cars, rvs , and bonfires.

We opened up a bottle of wine, laid out a blanket and watched the launch over the APA (water) from the PRITIWI (earth) into the AKASA (sky) .
You could what looked like a giant ball of TEJO (fire) rising through the sky, and the loud rumble didn't come until about two minutes after. Ahh the speed of light ;) truly a beautiful thing to experience.
Followed by a delicious Italian dinner in CoCo Beach and of course more wine. Had me feeling like a lucky girl.

As you can see I'm still working on practicing my words for Indo.
Today's word shall be the phrase ; Thank You. - Terima Kasih
Because I am just filled with gratitude today.
Thank you to friends all over the sunshine state opening their homes to me, thank you sun for shinning again, thank you for all of the abundance I am experiencing.

After a short run, some beach yoga/workout, and a dive in the atlantic, we are headed down south. Soon I will meet the city of Miami.
Thanks for checking in if anyone's reading, wishing you all love and abundance ????



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Greetings from Florida

Gators, Bon Fires and Palm Trees. Oh my!

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Exploring the beauty of Brevard County. :)
Melbourne beach, Sattalite beach, & Indiatlantic

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Aquarian Dreams



Good news! My search for astrological answers shall be explored! The local yoga studio that I absolutely LOVE in Indiatlantic FL, 'Aquarian Dreams' has an astrology workshop Saturday. I have already sent in my info and they're working on my birth chart. Fantastic.

Surf is choppy and weather is chilly so this morning I woke up, did my meditation, and headed down to Aquarian Dreams.
I've been feeling awfully indulgent and heavy lately so a super ass kicking ashtanga class with Deanna was just what I needed this morning.
Yoga friends: if you are ever in the Melbourne Beach area check her out she is amazing. This woman gets my body into shapes I never thought were possible and really makes me clean up my practice and work hard whilst keeping an incredible focus on breath. This studio is filled with so much community, love, health and offers a free light circle and healing circle every Sunday and amazing yoga classes from ashtanga to kundalini for only 10$.


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