Showing posts from February, 2011

Sunny Time Inspiration

Since were moving back to the land of blaring sunshine I thought some inspiration is in order!

BTW the whole wannabe minimalist lifestyle falls right in line with our move!
We've downsized to the point were only taking a 5x8 size trailer being pulled behind the Scion XB!
We've purged till it hurts! But there's no looking back and we can only take so much!

Feel warm breezes!

Luv the bright sunny vibe!

Coral luv

Wow bright!

Rainbow yum!

OJ infusion

Ohhhh punch kool-aid

This is just funalicious!


My Minimalism Life & the Balancing Act

There I said it!
I'm flawed, impurrfect, human...

I desire the minimalist lifestyle & sometimes fall into consumer addiction.

Addiction & Stuff..
What I mean by that is I occasionally purchase something for the "feel good" factor, period. No I don't require the item, don't need it, I desire it.
My emotion rules my intellect, my rational mind.
I may need a emotional pick me up, just a little somethin somethin to thrill me, divert me, escape from what I don't want to feel.

I know sounds like a addict? Bingo... Transparency is my truth.
I am one so it's not surprising I would transfer addictions, I do it often. Only now a days with legal stuff, food, spending, etc..
I've gotten mucho better at it, but as most things, I have vast room for improvement!

Spending this week:
-Black & silvery shoelaces
-Converse One Star Graymetal Glitter Tennis Shoes I got this week from EBay (I luv them!)
(I own five pairs of shoes & 2 flip flops)
-Betsey Johnson Clear…

One Hundredth Monkey Effect & Me!

The "average American" see's over 2000 ADS A DAY! Whether TV, Radio, Billboards, Magazines, etc. that is cr8zy!!

What I personally do to limit ads in my life?

I watch Hulu Plus & Netflix on my TV. Hulu ads are usually for non-profits, but they sneak one ad in during the show (my popcorn, bathroom, texting break) Its usually a short ad though.
Netflix on the other hand has no ads!
We now watch old 70's TV shows only @ nite. Usually one maybe two. Our Large flat screen in living room doesn't get used anymore but for Netflix movies!

As far as magazines go I choose to do digital magazines on my NookColor so I can just swipe past ads & go right to articles!

Web & Ads
I have Yahoo email & set up my home page to go right to my email page. Small amount of ads.

Malll & Ads
I rarely go to mall. 3 months of living in Long Beach I have no idea where the mall is.
With that said I do go recently when in LA.
We visited The Grove & Beverly center for …

Ram Dass Quotes

One of my fav spiritual teachers. A friend sent me the following quotes. Simpatico energy is awesome!

This book changed my perception of life! Be Here Now By Ram Dass

"We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them." — Ram Dass

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear." — Ram Dass

"We're all just walking each other home." — Ram Dass

"As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can't see how it is." — Ram Dass

"It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed." — Ram Dass

"In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight."
— Ram Dass

"Let's trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let's lay down our righteousness and just be together." — Ram Dass

"The heart surrenders everythin…

Long Beach VDay Artsy Fun

Come to Lyons Art Supply on Saturday February 12th from 4pm to 10pm to experience Lyons at Night – a showing of the best entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drink that Long Beach has to offer!

Over 20 of the best artists and artisans will be exhibition works and handcrafts for sale in our enclosed parking lot.

Korean Tacos by Sura Korean BBQ, raw food by Elevated Edibles and drinks provided by Cafe Ambrosia.

Nathan Hudson will be bringing BA Moto for a showing of motorcycles to be pinstriped by their own pinstriper, Scooter.

Live painting by Steven Kleindorfer, Pete Buchan, Anna Wooten and Alex Rios.

TWO very special performance by Sirena Serpentina. Watch them wiggle their hips with some hula hoop at 730pm and a very special performance not to be missed at 930pm.

DJ Travis keeps the night rolling with his tunes and much much more!

Lyons at Night!

441 E. 4th St

Long Beach, Ca

562 435 5383

- Shanti

Decluttering your life with a Ereader!

Cute Protective Cover! Stylin Kobo!

Wild Wild Life Protective Case
(no you don't need these, just cute & fun accessories!)

I know we minimalist aren't suppose to consume.

But what if you could buy a item that took boxes of your stuff out of your life?

Namely books, PDFs, magazines, comics! Dead Tree Reading Material can take up walls of bookcases, that not only take up room, but require upkeep & care.

Not only do DTB's add clutter they are also unhealthy for our world. The number of trees it takes to mass produce DTB's are astonishing & horrifying! I for one don't want to be part of that negative impact on our Earth movement! Say you care by purchasing a Ereader!

You'll be able to carry a huge library on your 13 0unce device, so you can let go off your DTB versions & create space in your life! Your Ereader can go anywhere & be your compadre when your waiting at the doctors, DMV, etc! You can feel good about helping the environment & enjoy re…

A beautiful Friday Sentiment

From ancient Chinese cookie?

- Shanti

Groupon for Barnes & Noble 1/2 off $20 Gift Card

Do this asap! Says limited number of coupons! I'm gonna get a few Ebooks!

Here's the Deal!
$10 for $20 Worth of Toys and Games, Books and More at Barnes & Noble
Get Groupon Now!

- Shanti

Why I Blog

For so many reasons but mostly....

To touch other peoples life & share my online self..

I hope you enjoy my journey & will share your comments here or on Twitter!
Follow me on Twitter

I also blog to enrich my life and those around me & it's my dream & desire that it includes U!

I named this blog Sunshine Bliss after my hubby said this line in reference to a Beautiful Day in Florida where I consider home, even though we currently live in Downtown Long Beach, California.

- Shanti

Cyber Self Minimalism!

Like most folx I find myself caught up in cyber living, *my online life* as well as of the world living life... I like to be balanced in both and really be more in the world living life..
So I wanted to give some tips on what makes my life as minimalist as possible in the Cyber world. I keep it fun but simple!

Blogpress app (requires a iPhone or iTouch)
The only app for Blogger... It also does Wordpress, Tumblr, etc! It is the best app out there and is only $2.99 I think I paid $4.99 for it a year or so ago! I do most all of my Blog posting from that app on my iPhone. I can upload pictures, links, and more. I really love it. You can add more than one blogger account if you need to and save your post for later, etc! It Rocks! Blogpress is that app for your blogger needs!!!

*Texting and Phoning
I do text alot, I talk on the phone not so much.. But there is a awesome app that rocks out called TextFree! IT is the most amazing phone and texting app! All texts are free (doesn't do p…

My Journey w Zeitgeist Movement

Zeitgeist Movement fits right in line w my minimalist beliefs.

Pay off debt, live debt free, minimize stuff, downsize & small living.

Under the wire livin I call it.

I live apt so growing my own food is limited, but I do buy locale as well as drive little as possible.
If I want to purchase something I wait on it, or make it. If I still want it a few weeks later & need it I buy it.
Then I take a item out of my house & donate.
I don't do Cable or TV, so I don't get bombarded w ads to get me to buy.
I live a simple life to simply live. I don't do it perfectly as it's a work in progress...
Or as my friend Keith says:
love the concept. Live the high life by living low...

For now thatz how I see I can embody this movement & thru participation!

- Shanti

Lay down the Hatred & Anger

In response to World Political Issues

Hatred and anger can not be a vehicle for change. Nor can guns or any violent behaviour. Be the change you wish to see. Lay down the guns, turn the tv off, and hug your childern, be present and mindful and realize we all share this planet. The time to get along and work together is now, at this moment can be a turning pont for those who are caught up in such anger, on either side of the political fence. Peace is the only way, Gandhi was a prime example of that

- Shanti

Simplify, Minimize, Rectify

So much of what I do & what I think is a reflex from my past. I know this to be true!
I am a product of my upbringing & surroundings! Yet I think I'm open to change..

But am I really? Or am I just reworking what I already know to be true for myself.
Am I really I mean really going out on the limb to get the fruit?

Am I living life to the fullest in the face of my fears? Fearless living?
No I'm not.

Am I ok w that? For today I am. I'm ok w being comfortable, cozy, knowing a bit of a routine. It's not my norm to live chaos, drama free. Nor routine like behavior. But I feel the value in living simply.

Do I want to live a Life of maximum high octane fearlessness? I gotta say for today no.
I want to be in my groove & live simply, live well, and live peacefully...

And maybe minimalist living means just that for me... Peaceful, simple living w a twist of cre8tif bliss....

Are u living Fearlessly or simply living?

- Shanti

Martha Stewart DIY Sew Repair Kit

I luv luv this idea! I do this w my Embroidery supplies!! So freakin cute & organized!!

Thank u Martha!
DIY MS Sewing Kit
Where's an extra button when you need one? Find sewing supplies fast in this three-ring-binder repair kit. Add zipper pouches and a felt needle holder (use spray starch to make felt sturdier).

Mini three-ring binder, $16, Zipper pouches, $3 each, (punch new holes as needed to fit binder).

From Martha Stewart Living, January 2011

Why I'm deleting my Facebook Account

I've been wanting to let this habit go for awhile now.. I kept putting it off felt guilty I rarely logged in & checked my wall, your wall, events, etc. I used it only to post my blog updates.

I finally pulled the plug on my 12 year Recovery bday, yesterday.

I feel free, as though I cleaned & organized a cluttered room. I'm no longer obligated to like u, or your comments. I'm not obligated to see the latest vides, photos or passages u share.
I'm free of thinking these 500 people luv me, and care for me. I'm free of little chit chat and useless conversation.

I will miss the uplifting positive vibes of my real friends! I am starting to have second, third & forth thoughts on deleting it.

Did I mention it takes two weeks to delete it & if u sign in within two weeks u have to start the process over again?

Ok this maybe a work in progress, maybe I am addicted to FB?

- Shanti

Nookbook of Week: Less is More

I'm reading Less is More
I luv it so far!

Passage from first Chapter I wanted to share luv it!

"I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like"

"If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet smelling herbs - is more elastic, starry, and immortal - that is your success. - HENRY DAVID THOREAU

- Shanti