Okay. Yeah I remember that board.
The one that has sweet edges. The one I haven’t rode yet? My board.
I feel that every time I go out. Do you? No. That’s not the rush you get. That’s not the feeling that pushes for a perfect Set
It’s my flow.
My ridge. What I wanna do
So come with me and I can educate you.
you have only
taking a picture
and looking at the
image and staring
in the mirror and
looking at your
you don’t get to see
the way your eyes
light up when you talk
and you can never
see how beautiful
you look when you
it’s really is kinda
sad that never
actually seen yourself
but I can promise you
I will be here everyday
to tell you what i see
(Source: thechildofstyle, via lovely-little-lesbian)
Photographer: Phil Sutherland of RevPrint
Model: Me (Lyssclarke)
Test shoot for a workshop. Lots of playing with lights.
Black backdrop with no backlighting, cross light from the right.
White backdrop with heavy lighting from behind, small spot from the front.
Open your Third Eye Chakra.
Sit cross legged - hands at your heart centre. Thumbs point toward you, touching together. Middle fingers point away, touching together. all other fingers are bent and touching together at the knuckles.
Repeat “OM” as you breathe deeply, in and out.
Imagine your third eye opening and the blue light it emits.
Relax. Feel your body’s energy flowing through you as the blur light washes over your body.
Think about what your third eye means to you. How it connects you to the universe and your mind. Let go of confusions and step into profound cerebral knowledge about you and your life.
(This is best with headphones.)
Im making changes.
Changes to better my life and those around me that are constantly affected by my moods.
I’m going to love deeply.
Get in touch with my spirituality.
Get fit and stay healthy.
Laugh every day.
Stop sweating the small stuff.
On the topic of loving deeply:
I am in love with the one man that means the most to me in this waking life. I want him to be happy more than I wish myself to be happy. I will sacrifice anything and everything to see him smile every day. I will open my communications and let my heart and mind work cohesively so that I may be a better listener, lover, friend.
On the topic of spirituality:
My root chakra is under-active. I need to open my root chakra so I may have a sturdy foundation on which to set my life upon. My third eye chakra is also under active. To be a better listener, conversationalist, decision-maker I will need to open my third eye chakra. Lastly I need to open my crown chakra and get more in touch with my spirituality. Only once I have a sturdy foundation in my root chakra may I open my crown chakra. Guided meditation is working.
On getting fit and staying healthy:
Less sugary drinks (very hard to do for me). Less drinking alcohol. Less processed foods (including cheese and breads). I will start working out more to re-attain my once muscular and slender figure. Running does wonders. Dancing does as well.
Research shows that laughter (even when you are feeling down) will make you happier. Happier people tend to live longer, more wholesome lives. To make myself happy, I must believe I am happy. I must realize that I am the solution to all my problems. I can fix what I have done wrong. By simply being in a happier state of mind, the universe will open up many possibilities to me.
STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF:
Everyone gets a little upset at the driver who cut you off, or the time you got someone elses order at the drive thru. DONT WORRY ABOUT IT. Realize that people make mistakes. Some people make more than others, but it is not up to you to try to correct them. If something goes wrong, look for the positive you can get out of it… That driver cut you off - since you had to slow down, that cop up ahead didnt pull you over.. GREAT! The wrong order in the drive thru - So you had to get out of your car to walk back inside and get your order correct.. EXERCISE!
"You may only be fully able to love and receive others once you have learned to love yourself" - A.Clarke
Memories of childhood.
It seemed so carefree then.
We worried about the sun going down.
Now we worry about it rising again.
Days were worth more than nights.
Now we’re all nocturnal in this stage of life.
Run by who we know instead of what.
I didn’t sign up for this plight.
Growing old is getting old.
Staying young at heart will get you through.
Remember, if “the grass is greener on the other side”…
The ocean is all blue.
I realize that by writing this I may get some hate mail, I may get un-followed and I may even get praise..
But I’m going to write about it anyways.
Im not sure how many of you know about a ‘documentary’ premiering on CNN this Thursday called Blackfish.
“Blackfish traces a 39-year history of killer whales in captivity leading up to the 2010 killing of Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau by the 12,000-pound orca, Tilikum, a whale previously associated with the death of two other people. Blackfish chillingly shows that this incident of violence is hardly an isolated one, along the way exploring the extraordinary nature of orcas, thought to be one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom.”
Being a marine mammal/wildlife trainer myself (I have worked at Marineland, Safari Niagara, African Lion Safari) reading even just the synopsis of this movie is heartbreaking..
When a ‘documentary’ is so one-sided and has biased views, it is hardly watchable. Although I will definitely watch.. and criticize.
Sea World had this to say about the film:
"Blackfish is billed as a documentary, but instead of a fair and balanced treatment of a complex subject, the film is inaccurate and misleading and, regrettably, exploits a tragedy that remains a source of deep pain for Dawn Brancheau’s family, friends and colleagues. To promote its bias that killer whales should not be maintained in a zoological setting, the film paints a distorted picture that withholds from viewers key facts about SeaWorld — among them, that SeaWorld is one of the world’s most respected zoological institutions, that SeaWorld rescues, rehabilitates and returns to the wild hundreds of wild animals every year, and that SeaWorld commits millions of dollars annually to conservation and scientific research. Perhaps most important, the film fails to mention SeaWorld’s commitment to the safety of its team members and guests and to the care and welfare of its animals, as demonstrated by the company’s continual refinement and improvement to its killer whale facilities, equipment and procedures both before and after the death of Dawn Brancheau."
I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. I have been to Sea World. I have been behind the scenes of many of their facilities. I have read their papers on rehabilitation. I have spoken with trainers from Sea World at conferences (IMATA - International Marine Mammal Trainers’ Association). I worked with so many great people over the years, some who were even close with Dawn and were deeply saddened by her death.
BUT DAMN IF I LET ANOTHER FUCKING DOCUMENTARY PAINT ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY LIKE WE (THE TRAINERS) ARE HURTING AND KILLING THEM.
According to many Zoological institutions in North America, ONLY ANIMALS BORN IN CAPTIVITY CAN NOW BE BROUGHT TO NEW FACILITIES. That is to say, that any park wishing to have a certain species of animal (ex. orca) can only get the animal from another facility WHERE IT WAS BORN.
Many Zoological facilities around the world take in wild animals.. for the sake of REHABILITATION. An then return them to the wild. Sea World alone has done some amazing things for beached marine mammals.. See this link.. http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2013/images/10/11/blackfish.seaworld.27-03_stewart_papers.pdf
I’m not talking about dreams of what you want your life to be..
Sure I dream of one day living in paradise, owning my own interactive sea mammal aquarium, living with the one I am in love with, with child(ren) and the house we built with our two hands..
Im talking about the dreams you have while asleep.
I don’t remember mine all too often, which makes me feel as though I don’t dream at all..
But lately (ever since I got reunited with my now boyfriend) I’ve been having dreams.. and being able to partially to almost fully recalling them.
Last night I had a dream that made me feel so great. Happy. Truly.
It was Halloween time and I was getting ready to paint myself like a robot (or Tin Man) and my Father was helping me.
In my dream it wasn’t weird that he was there with me and my Mum, helping me paint my face and pick out shiny silver things to wear..
It was as if he had never passed. I didn’t have the feeling that he ‘came back’..
It was only after I’d woken up that I realized how I had seen him, alive and well, in my dream..
That I realized how commonplace our interactions were.. Bickering, joking, laughing, yelling, being perfectionists.
I want that back again.
I miss the yelling, the teasing, the bickering, the head-butting..
I want my dreams to be reality.
Love you, Dad. 08/31/1946 - 10/30/2010 <3