30 Aug 2013 1 Comment
Nothing like an awesome scarf to complete your outfit…I am a fan of a chunky scarf, here are some cool looks to experiment with.
Because I can, I made a scarf into my camera strap…real simple. Cut your scarf to length perfect to hang your camera over your shoulder. Pinch ends, slip on D ring and glue leather piece on (then I stitched). Attach metal lanyard hooks…Voila, something no one else has!
30 Aug 2013 1 Comment
29 Aug 2013 Leave a comment
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Photo above shows a strange natural phenomenon that occurs when heavy, sediment-laden water from glacial valleys and rivers pours into the open ocean. There in the gulf, the two types of water run into each other, a light, almost electric blue merging with a darker slate-blue.
28 Aug 2013 Leave a comment
A darn good read…..
By Dr. Lissa Rankin
You know that when you’re getting chased by a tiger, you’re almost in a car accident, your “to do” list is overflowing, and you’re burning the candle at both ends, your body’s “fight-or-flight” stress responses are going to get triggered. But you might not know what else will trigger stress responses in your body, and it’s important that you do!
As I explain in Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, the body has natural self-repair mechanisms that can fight cancer, prevent infection, repair broken proteins, protect your coronary arteries, and retard aging. But whenever the nervous system is in “fight-or-flight,” the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms are disabled!
The amygdala in your primordial limbic brain is your danger alert signal, and it hasn’t evolved to keep up with modern society, so your amygdala can’t tell the different between dangers that threaten life and limb and perceived dangers that are merely thoughts, feelings, or beliefs in your mind. As a result, your amygdala may be sabotaging your health, and you may not even know it!
So how can you avoid chronic repetitive stress responses? Here are 10 surprising “fight-or-fight” triggers to avoid:
1. Feelings of loneliness
As a species, we are tribal people, so from a survival perspective, being alone too much can signal the amygdala to trigger stress responses. Makes sense, right? If we’re dependent on the tribe to keep us safe, forebrain feelings of loneliness can activate the amygdala’s danger signal. Scientific evidence suggests that people who are part of a supportive community have half the rate of heart disease when compared to lonely people, and this may explain why.
If you feel hungry, the message you’re sending your danger-seeking amygdala is “Houston, we have a problem! There’s not enough food!” Of course, your fridge is full of food and maybe you’re 50 pounds overweight, hungry because you’re trying to diet. But your amygdala is not smart. It can’t tell the difference. So boom: you’re in stress response, and your self-repair mechanisms are flipped off.
3. Selling your soul for a paycheck
You know that your job can be stressful. But it’s not so much being busy or working hard that will trigger your “fight-or-flight.” Sure, even a job you love can stress you out. But you’re much more likely to wind up in chronic repetitive stress response when your integrity is on the line.
4. A pessimistic world view
If you’re a glass-half-empty kind of person, your forebrain is communicating all kinds of scary messages to your amygdala on a regular basis, thoughts like There’s not enough money, or Nothing ever goes my way, or Nobody really loves me, or other Eeyore sorts of thoughts that stimulate stress responses in the body. In fact, optimists have a 77% lower risk of heart disease than pessimists, and this is probably why.
5. Toxic relationships
While loving relationships and a supportive community are calming to the amygdala and healthy for the body, you’re better off being alone than being in the company of people who stress out your nervous system. When you feel threatened in a relationship- not just physically, but emotionally- your nervous system interprets that as danger.
6. Being a worry wart
Anxious thoughts make the amygdala go ballistic. If you’re filling your brain with worries about the kids, the state of affairs in politics, whether or not your lover is going to break your heart, or how quickly the glaciers are going to melt, you’re certain to trigger stress responses.
7. Childhood traumas
You know those old childhood issues that stick around if we don’t heal them? You may not even realize that subconscious thoughts arising from old traumas may be triggering your amygdala when you don’t even realize it. Triggers such as places, scents, songs, or other sounds that remind you of the trauma may trigger “fight-or-flight,” even if you’re completely unaware that it’s happening.
8. Unforgiven resentments
When you harbor resentments—against your ex, your mother, your boss, whomever—you fuel your amygdala. Resentful thoughts are interpreted by the amygdala just like thoughts of food scarcity or a tiger on the loose.
It’s not just rage that will flip you into “fight-or-flight.” Even thoughts like Someone just spilled red wine on my white carpet can trigger your limbic system.
10. Feelings of helplessness
The amygdala likes to feel in control—after all, it’s the amygdala’s job to protect you from danger! So feelings of helplessness can land you in “fight-or-flight.”
If reading this list sends you into “fight-or-flight” just because you’re feeling all 10 of these things right now, don’t despair. This is where you get to be proactive! Awareness is key. Once you start to cultivate awareness of what triggers your own stress responses, you can be mindful about how you tend the garden of your mind so you can keep your amygdala calm and keep your self-repair mechanisms doing what they do best- keeping you healthy!
28 Aug 2013 2 Comments
I took my niece on a 16th BDay adventure the beginning of August. One night we stayed in a Trapper’s Tent on the Kananaskis River…was very similar to below tent minus the electricity, bathroom, glam bedding…ok it wasn’t as glam as below but was very cool. Below is definitely going on the Bucket List…you might put it on yours as well. Take a read…
It was on a Kenyan safari that the owners of Cresto Ranch in Cresto, a tiny town in southwestern Colorado, figured out a new use for their historic property: they’d pitch African-style canvas tents in an alpine clearing and introduce full-frills resort camping to the Rockies.
A year later, the original 19th century log farmhouse has been turned into a base lodge and dining room. And eight canvas tents have been fitted with cast-iron gas stoves, writing desks, teak lounge chairs, en-suite bathrooms, and, most notably, king-sized beds made up with glam-rustic linens. Days at the ranch are spent horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, doing yoga and pilates—and recovering in the spa tent. As Vogue put it, “At Cresto Ranch the only survival skill one needs is the ability to book a massage.”
Above: Each of the eight tents comes with views of 14,000-foot Wilson Peak or the rushing Dolores River. They rest on 16-by-40-foot wooden platforms and consist of a steel framework hung with heavy cotton duck that is water repellent and mildew resistant. Inspired by four-star African safari accommodations, they were custom designed by Reliable Tent & Tipi of Billings, Montana. The resort is open in the summer only; off season the canvas is removed and stored within each tent’s weatherproof bathroom.
Above: The tents sleep two in king-size beds or two twins. Laura Aviva of l’aviva home masterminded the linens: she cloaked the beds in crisp white cotton duck that echoes the tent fabric and is squared off to fit crisply over the sheets and blankets. These slipcovers were designed to work well in a rugged setting and to provide a clean backdrop for l’aviva home’s frazadas, vibrant traditional blankets handwoven in Bolivia. Frazadas were also repurposed as pillows backed with Belgian linen. Yes, the tents are electrified and have hot and cold running water.
Above: The tent platforms extend 10 feet to form a covered deck. The teak steamer chairs were sourced from Golden Teak.
Above: L’aviva home’s frazada throws are reimagined versions of age-old Andean designs. They’re made of alpaca, a miracle fiber that’s hypoallergenic and as soft and luxurious as the best heavy-weight cashmere.
Above: The bathrooms are shed-like structures within each tent. They’re built from Zipsystem’s weatherproof roofing and wall sheathing and are clad in corrugated tin with beadboard ceilings and slate floors. Each has twin vanities (with towel warmers), as well as 6-foot-long, extra-deep bath tubs that double as showers.
Above: Cresto Ranch’s owners, businessman Christoph Henkel of Canyon Equity and old master art dealer Katrin Bellinger, are German and love biergarten tables and benches for outdoor dining. The ones on Cresto’s farmhouse deck are made by Roost from pine and steel and are available from Scarlett Alley.
Above: The farmhouse tables are surrounded by foldable canvas and wood safari chairs imported from Kenya. The tin ceiling panels were purchased from an antiques dealer in Pennsylvania for $5 a sheet—a bargain until it was discovered that they came with lead paint and had to be stripped and repainted.
Above: Cresto Ranch’s sister resort, the equally luxe Dunton Hot Springs, is just four miles down the river. A restored 1885 mining town that’s open year round, it consists of 12 handhewn log cabins, no two alike, in a spectacular mountain valley. Elevation: just under 9,000 feet.
Above: The cabin furnishings are far ranging. Forge, shown here, has Mexican antiques and a low arched doorway that leads to an expansive bathroom.
Above: Dunton was built around hot springs and retains its original, now fully restored bath house, which offers indoor and outdoor dips. The resort is so picturesque that Ralph Lauren and the Sundance Catalog recently staged holiday shoots on the premises. And the food and wine (from Dunton’s own vineyard down valley) are first-rate, too: Bon Appetit magazine ranks it the No. 4 getaway in the country for food lovers. All of this, of course, comes at a cost: both Dunton and Cresto operate as all-inclusive resorts priced comparably to the best hotels. For the full details on each, see Dunton Hot Springs.