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Thursday, January 22, 2015

mermaids & paddling: finding time for you

How blessed can one be to have such amazing people in their life? Is not the most important - and forever lasting - thing in this earthly time truly relationships? I believe so. Friends do come and go, but I believe that you meet certain people in life at exactly the right time. There are no coincidences.

Some of you may know that I recently became a brand ambassador for the boutique paddleboard company, Suplove. Their fast growing reach first started Down Under, but was then moved to California where they currently reside. I cannot say enough good things about this board, and I will share that with you another time. Today, I just want to share about the importance of finding time to unwind (which relates to paddleboarding for me).

That may seem  ironic coming from the girl who lives on a tropical island, but let's not forget that this very same girl is also a graduate student (can I get an Amen?). But for real, when was the last time you took a morning or afternoon off to spend with some good company - other than your spouse? Like.... a ladies day. It's science that women are naturally better at reserving this sacred time, and regularly scheduling it. I think we understand the importance of stepping away from the workplace, even if just for a few minutes. Subconsciously we know it's healthy, so subconsciously we seek it (i.e. flipping through Pinterest scoring travel photos while you daydream at the office). But ladies, let's be honest with ourselves, nothing beats swapping stories with your girlfriends while doing something you all love. 

For us, it's getting outdoors. I met these three beautiful, strong and encouraging women through yoga. Yoga brought us together, now our love for the outdoors and sharing experiences keeps us together. These photos are from a recent paddleboarding excursion on a beautiful day here in Rincon (thanks to Caitlin for all the underwater shots!). We paddled out to a great snorkeling spot, Steps Beach, then jumped in the water and messed around to cool off. Quality time. Time spent in nature, time spent stress free. 

And then how easy is it to truly embrace the beauty of the world around you. You're in the ocean, eyes wide open in the salty water, arms pulling yourself down toward the reef, body and mind working together, legs kicking you back to the surface and your first sight is a gorgeous palm tree lined beach, blue sky and smiles of the people around you. This is being present.

I encourage you to set aside this time. Get outside, go explore. Unwind!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

i want you: to join the team!

I'm putting the call out to all the bloggers, nature lovers, crafters, yogis, bakers and adventure seekers! I'm looking for an enthusiastic blogger to join me here at sea, field & tribe ! This blog has grown tremendously since its first creation, and I need some assistance now. If you can answer YES to the questions below, then send me a message at chelsea(at)seafieldandtribe(dot)com. I look forward to hearing from you!

1 |  Do you enjoy being outside? Do you travel often and love to share your travel stories and photos?
2 | Do you like to cook, bake or experiment with new ways to make wholesome foods, exploring options of sustainability and homegrown cooking?
3 | Do you love to take photos (and rather well too), sharing your thought provoking images with words of wisdom to inspire others?

If you said YES, then I want to hear from you! Experienced bloggers preferred, but anyone is eligible to apply. I want to expand this team to feature several bloggers, so if the response is great then I'll consider adding more than one person right away! There is no deadline, but I'd love to hear from you as soon as you come across this post!
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

new year

This year has started out in full sprint. The holidays blew past me like a whirlwind, with all my time spent wedding planning, diy-ing, constructing, cleaning, organizing and finding times to visit and enjoy family.  I got back to the island just a few days ago, and then started the usual list making of everything I need to do with my research before April. Time flies. My planner is filling. Sometimes I write things down just so I can immediately check them off. Instant gratification.

In just a little under 4 months, Evan and I will be flying back to Texas for our wedding. Two days later, we take off to spend a month long honeymoon in Bali. We. Cannot. Wait. We've done minimal planning for the trip, so far only booking our first six nights on the island. The rest we feel we can handle once we're there. We like the carefree travel style, although I can't say that I have really traveled much that way in the past. I like a plan. Did I mention that I do a lot of planning?

I want to tackle this new year without trying to reinvent myself. I think I'm where I need to be, I know I'm where I want to be, and I think I should really just focus on finishing one thing at a time. Something yoga taught me - stop multitasking, give my full attention to just one thing. One thing. I suppose that can be my resolution for the year? Does anyone else realize how challenging it is to just do one thing at a time?  I know I'm not alone ya'll :)

So back to blogging after another long duration away. I cannot commit to daily posts, but I will commit to weekly posts. As I've said from the beginning, I treat this personal space as a chance to share my findings, collections, recipes, diys, etc - things I do, experience, feel - in an attempt to perhaps reach out to others in the same boat. Life likes company. I like uniqueness, so I won't be sharing random things that don't hold a significant value in some way, just to fill a quota. I hope you can appreciate that. 

So blessings to you all in this year of 2015 - let's enjoy this trip around the sun with gratitude!
(Photo from Vagabond3)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

health & wellness: detox with ginger & turmeric

I love going down to our farmer's market on Sundays and getting myself a delicious vegan burger with organic, homegrown greens from my favorite local farm and then grabbing an ice cold lemon & ginger tea from the stall next door. I love this drink so much so that I've started making it at home (super simple). Then I stumbled upon a different version from Green Kitchen Stories (one of my favorite food blogs), so I wanted to share that with you today. 

Are you aware of the health benefits of ginger and turmeric? Ginger has antibiotic effects and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, circulation, nausea and motion sickness. Turmeric is a very strong antioxidant and has been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine throughout history. It is considered a herb that cleanses the whole body, especially the liver. It is used to support digestion, treat fever, infections and inflammations. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and has been proved to have similar effects as anti-inflammatory medicine.

So here is the recipe for one delicious health infused concoction: 

Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb
Makes 1/2 cup
1/2 cup / 120 ml honey (prefereble organic unheated)
2-4 tbsp freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger), depending on how strong you prefer
2 tsp ground turmeric (or freshly grated turmeric if you can find it)
1 organic unwaxed lemon, freshly grated zest
2 pinches ground black pepper

What to Do: Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more ginger or turmeric if needed. Aim for a really strong flavor, you’ll only add a few teaspoons to a cup of water. Store the Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb in a glass container. Boil a cup of water and let slightly cool (to keep the benefits from the honey intact), stir in a few teaspoons of the honey mixture and drink. You can of course also add this to your favorite brewed tea.

Image & recipe from Green Kitchen Stories, check them out! 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

6 reasons gratitude will change your life

I was reading Real Simple this month and came across a great article about gratitude. There is a lot more to being thankful than just saying thank you. I know we tend to focus more on the ideas of giving and feeling grateful as we inch closer to Thanksgiving, but I found this article to be really insightful and helpful for embracing the effects of practicing gratitude daily. Here are six reasons:

1 \\ You'll feel happier . Just jotting down something you're grateful for each day will encourage you to start looking at life from a different angle. You'll notice when you feel grateful, when you feel happy, and you'll document it. Practice writing it down physically to help you remember it mentally.

2 \\ You'll boost your energy. You will learn to appreciate each day in life as something special, rather than just some drudgery and routine. In fact, even the most routine things will become something you work hard at as  you feel a heightened sense of vitality. This reminds me of a series in a yoga sequence that we call vitality, in which you really start to feel your body working and moving, you're listening to your breath and your energy levels are at their highest. It's the perfect time to center your mind on gratitude. 

3 \\ You get healthier. Just like how "laughter is the best medicine", so is recognizing something wonderful in your life and allowing those feelings of thankfulness to wash over you. This reduces your blood pressure, lowers your stress levels and naturally improves your kidney function. Just a change in attitude can do all this? Amazing.

4 \\ You'll be more resilient. Once we start noticing kindness, blessings and gifts from others whether that's tangible or spiritual, our brains wire themselves to start finding the positive in all situations. This makes us better at bouncing back from trauma of loss or illness. We start to see the blessings, not just the curses.

5 \\ You'll improve your relationship. This makes sense, naturally couples and friends that are grateful for each other and feel appreciated by the other person are happier overall. We can learn to appreciate the things in our relationships that are going well, which allows us to work on the things that aren't without feeling a sense of discouragement. Everybody wants to be loved. And being grateful for those in your life who do make you feel that way will only send you down a path to share those same feelings towards others too. 

6 \\ You'll be a nicer person. You can't help but to pay gratitude forward. When you express appreciation, it triggers that feel-good hormone dopamine. That's why we all feel generous and empathetic during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. But don't let it stop there! Start including the words "thank you" to anyone who offers you anything to make you feel appreciated or cared for. Those words alone will trigger the same feelings the other person and there ya go, paying it forward.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

travel: barbados

Evan and I just recently returned from the island of Barbados. It was a work trip, seriously. No really, it was. We both presented our research at the Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute conference, and spent a little time exploring Barbados on the side. 

The island is so beautiful: clean water, clear and blue. White sands, no trash. Easy to explore, we felt safe and everyone was friendly. The food was expensive, but that was to be expected. The diving was expensive, but we expected that too. I do want to go back. 

Here are just a few snippets of our week, which including sailing through the late afternoon, touring the oldest rum distillery in the world, snacking on soursop while getting lost through Bridgetown, entertained by a monkey on the beach, trying their local flavor Mauby as a vegan ice cream, and site seeing the other Caribbean islands as we hopped back up to Puerto Rico.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

engagement photos: isla y mar

Session Dos: engagement photos with D.S. Photography. Just because I think we're cute! Thanks to Duane for the use of his colorful boat and Renee for letting us borrow her paddleboard. Cheers to love! Evan and I will very soon (Sunday) be leaving for a scientific conference in Barbados. Get ready for lots of Instagram pics of this gorgeous new-to-me island, and some blog posts thereafter! Check Facebook and follow the trip virtually!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

diy: passport security

As the month concludes, I'm sharing another upcycling DIY inspired by Real Simple Magazine's challenge to readers to find new unique ways to repurpose common household items. Let's review the DVD box. We probably trash these, or have thousands of them somewhere completely unorganized. But why not take advantage of that and utilize them for something other than dust collectors and trophies for your ever-changing interests in movie genres. Enter: passport security. 

Especially if you have a larger family, each with passports you want to keep safe and secure. Everyone picks their favorite movie, tucks the passport inside, and places the DVD back on the shelf, or back into your cultured pile. Hey, if there is a method to your madness then more power to you. Of course, you'll need to obviously remember which movies you did this with - but at least your passport won't just be mindlessly left inside a purse, stashed in a drawer or neatly tucked away in the oh-so-obvious passport organizer clutch. The idea is for security, naturally. I mean, who breaks into a house nowadays and goes for the DVD stash? That's like saying, hey let's steal all these VHS tapes and 8-tracks. What with Netflix, Hulu and online downloading to all our devices, when was the last time you actually bought a DVD? Be serious. 

Ok, I will be serious though. I have a stash of The Office DVDs next to my nightstand, because we watch a couple episodes every night (yup, all seasons even the last two). I would never think to hide my passport in this collection, because clearly it's a valuable treasure to me and everyone wants to get their hands on all seasons of The Office. But maybe that Jaws DVD..... who hasn't seen that a million times? No one would be interested in taking it... Of course, this is completely subjective, but again be serious.

So next time you look at that pile of DVDs resting neatly next to your TV, computer, bookshelf, kitchen island.. start to evaluate their potential as home security devices. You're welcome.
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