December 2015

Picture this: You on Your Deathbed?

By |December 13th, 2015|

An old man, in the final days of his life, is lying in bed alone.  He awakens to see a large group of people clustered around his bed.  Their faces are loving, but sad.   Confused, the old man smiles weakly and whispers, “you must be my childhood friends come to say good-bye.  I am […]

November 2015

Unique as a snowflake.

By |November 29th, 2015|

Don’t be afraid of being unique. It’s like being afraid of your best self.     — Donald Trump

You are obligated to understand that you are unique in the world. There has never been anyone like you because, of there were, there would be no need for you to exist. You are an utterly new thing in creation. Your […]

Manners Do Matter and the Mere-Exposure Effect

By |November 19th, 2015|


The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. The more we expose our youth to good manners, behavior and how to act socially the better prepared they are for life. Let’s […]

The Amazing Cauliflower

By |November 9th, 2015|

Photo by Blumenkohl on Flickr. Used by permission.

The Amazing Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables. It contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. Try cooking and eating cauliflower in new ways to minimize carbs and to increase your nutrients. Try making cauli-wraps in […]

February 2015

Creative Love

By |February 15th, 2015|

Creative Love

Creative Love was a Pitaiyo affirmation from early February 2015.
Pitaiyo’ers were to express their love creatively.
This love could have been a romantic gesture or a kind neighborly gesture.

My creative love came back to me on Valentine’s Day and here’s how it started.

I had the idea for creative love while looking at the many jackets […]

October 2014

“Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

By |October 17th, 2014|

“Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

Everyone’s been there — that period of time where absolutely nothing goes right. It feels like the world is working against you, that you’ll never get to where you want to be. For some of us, it happens more than once. What we need to remember during these […]

Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life

By |October 9th, 2014|

Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life

One afternoon, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across this image:

Typically, I absent-mindedly sweep my thumb across the face of my iPhone, just glancing at the images as they float off the top of the screen. This particular image caught my eye, though. My thumb stopped sweeping, holding […]

Mindfulness and Meditation in Thailand

By |October 5th, 2014|

Mindfulness and Meditation in Thailand

This summer, I had the privilege of participating in a contemplative practice study abroad trip to Thailand. The course consisted of practicing mindfulness and meditation while learning about and experiencing a culture saturated with both concepts.

We landed in Bangkok early in the morning of July 3rd, I’m talking 2:00am. Drowsy and […]

September 2014

She Wore Leopard Leggings

By |September 29th, 2014|

She used to wear basic black leggings.
Now she wears leopard leggings.

When given the opportunity we all have the potential to open ourselves like a rose.
Petal by petal we get comfortable revealing a part of ourselves we hid.

In order to open up you must feel confident.
Confidence feels secure, powerful, and energetic.

She used to wear basic black […]

January 2014

Mommy Mondays

By |January 28th, 2014|

Mondays are mine.
I have declared that Mondays, thanks to the help of Alona in the boutique, Vanessa for suggesting and Sandy & Phil for the gentle push, are Mommy Mondays.  Meaning I will not set foot into the PITAIYO boutique.  I left my 9-5 job so that I could actually get to know my three […]