September 7th

Shiny and corporate

Living in the present can be a challenge for me. I’m always working toward something and need to take more time to enjoy the moment at hand. Being present, enjoying the journey and not just the result, is a new practice. (Ha! A new goal. Oh, I’m hopeless.)

Notebooks ready for some jazz

I have read and re-read your visions for the future; unexpectedly, they’ve given me so much to smile about. Your words are a sweet reward for being honest about my dreams. Thank you again. I love that many of you are wishing for babies, traveling, going to school and being perfectly content with who/where/how you are are right this moment. You have much to teach me about living in the present.

fun to put together

In that thought, a few current observations:

~ An ugly downside to waking up early to workout during the week is that when I should be sound asleep, enjoying a lazy Sunday morning, I’m blogging at 6 am. You know you are up too early when one of your first thoughts is, “Can I nap today?” Why yes, yes I can.

Earthy greens

~ I rode Ruby 30 miles yesterday and am walking like a cowboy today. It was worth it. Being on my tri bike reminded me how much I love to ride distance. Scooting around town on Olive is much more comfortable, but nothing in comparison to clipping in, pushing through heart-racing mile after mile and being truly disappointed when hitting a yellow light and having to break the ride. I think my city rides are making me a more comfortable cyclist in general. I wasn’t nearly as nervous yesterday. While I can still hear the thud of hitting that damn sign — my body hasn’t entirely recovered still a year later — it feels good to just get back on the bike.


~That veggie class I took yesterday made me wish I’d studied horticulture. It also made me realize there is only so much I can do with my limited space and tiny condo. I’m going to plant a few container veggies this Fall with the hopes of planting their offspring in a lovely garden in a nice Tempe backyard next Spring. Have you heard of sunken beds in lieu of raised beds? Apparently the way to go when trying to grow veggies in an oven. Phoenicians, if you are looking for a sweet gardening blog, check this out. Also, the local Urban Gardening movement is rad. (If anyone is interested, I’ll share the details of what I learned yesterday. It was the first in four classes I’m taking this month in designing a successful veggie garden in Phoenix.)


~The documentary Axe in the Attic? Really bad. Watching it in a tiny art studio in downtown Phoenix with 50 other local movie folk? Really hip. Being eaten by bugs in a hot, stuffy art studio while watching a movie about Louisiana? Interactive.

cheetah buttons

~Other downtown Phoenix loves from the weekend: Blue cheese and malbec at Cheuvront, vintage Ts at Conspire, Kim’s margaritas at Mi Patio.

Baby journals

Loving the present,


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16 Responses

  1. Our days go by too fast. You have to enjoy the present Wonderful post. Are those journals covered in paper or fabric? I want to do that get prep for my craft night! hehee! Sounds like you’re having a wonderful weekend. ~D

  2. I really enjoyed this post Kelli. Enjoying the journey each day while you work to get to the end of your goald brings much satification, beauty and peace. Love how you decorated the front of the journals. Very clever. And yes, to every season there is a purpose. A very nice addirion to my morning. Thank you!

  3. Hi,
    I found my way here through Zarah’s blog. Thank you for the links to gardening in the desert. I also live in the PHX area and always love learning about desert gardens and plant life.

  4. Believe me, I too am awake at 4:30 or 5 am every weekend day, even if I have been up late or want to sleep in. Stayed in bed until 6:15 today but didn’t get a lot more sleep.

    I am going to have to look at the sunken bed thing…not sure I have enough sun on the side of my house but maybe. I would like to have a few things from a garden.

  5. Where are you taking that class, Kel? We are buying a house and one of my main goals is to grown my own veggies and have my own compost in the backyard. Let me know!

  6. I could do with you living next door, to “motivate” me to walk and bike………..

    by the way reading your posts makes me feel you are in a good place in your life right now?

    Gill in Canada

  7. Tina in Duluth September 7, 2008

    It feels like I’m right there with you as you’re crafting these lovely journals, thinking and talking as you go. I love the internet, but a craft night sounds like loads more fun!

  8. your journals are lovely. And I have really enjoyed your earlier post on living with intention and this post on living in the present. I think I so often worry about creating the “right” future so much that I forget to fully enjoy what is happening right now. Gosh, so much to think about.

  9. Right on, girl – now is all there is. Beautiful journals.

  10. Gorgeous journals! And way to go on focusing on the present. That’s where the juicy part of life is after all. 🙂

  11. I would love to take one of the Phoenix Permaculture/Gardening classes…those people are awesome! I’ve never heard of a sunked bed…you learn something new every day…thanks!

  12. Like your ordinary notebooks you made into something extraordinary and beautiful… you approach life in the same way. You inspire me, Kelli!

  13. THe journals are beautiful! i LOVED your post today. It inspired me more than you know!! By the way. Getting up earlly is for the birds! Seriously! I get up at5:30 am to send off my daughter to school. I work out at night. Then i get my nice hot shower and relax before going to bed. Sleep glorious sleep!

  14. Wow Kelli, love the way those notebooks turned out. You’re truly an inspiration! I always feel motivated to craft after reading your site!

  15. What a beautiful transformation! I need to follow your lead and spruce up some of the old notebooks lying around my house. (since I didn’t win one, boo hoo!)

  16. Great post Kelli. I completely understand the living in the present dilemma. I always seem to be getting ready for something coming up. And our weeks are planned in advance. Although that has it’s merits.

    This weekend hubby and I did live in the present, it was spontaneous, and awesome. We ended up going away for the evening with his parents and spending the day in Victoria. It was totally spur of the moment, and all the more fun because it was totally unexpected.