Wednesday, May 22, 2013

wednesday well-being: experiences

peony love affair
fragrant fresh lilacs
farmer's market salad later topped with walnuts

bonjour from paris. retreat number one begins this afternoon with an "impressionists of paris" boat cruise on the seine departing from the eiffel tower. ooh la la. i'm over the moon about this brand new offering and can't wait to bask in the many sensory experiences paris will offer our yoga, art + shopping retreaters {and moi}.

while waiting to board monday night, a fellow retreater and friend asked if there was anything i wanted to purchase in paris. i responded that i wasn't seeking a thing. she proclaimed, "oh, you're focusing on experiences." indeed i am but i hadn't put two and two together before she stated such.

experiences, isn't that what life is all about? and parisians tend to do this very well. i hope to take a page from their book. i couldn't wait for the farmer's market at the end of the block to open today so i could pick up fresh fleurs {hello lilacs and peonies} and fresh produce for an afternoon salad. the above pics capture my finds.

my writing view

while i sit here writing with the above view, i'm filled with gratitude for this experience. the opportunity to work and write in paris. the chance to fill my body with fresh food. the ability to hit pause and practice savoring. {ironically, i just downloaded the book savor: mindful eating, mindful life.} as i approached the farmer's market today, i felt like a kid at christmas. while washing the fresh lettuce, same feeling. while placing the flowers into vases, ditto. 

life is about creating experiences, not accumulating things. we know this, but do we practice this? over the next few days i'll be art journaling and sharing my goals for this paris jaunt. my plan is to have a large focus on experiences. and it began yesterday as i sipped my first pot of tea at a sidewalk cafe in the rain {pic below}. make today an experience. bisous. x

first cuppa tea in paris


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5 comments:

Ginger said...

What a beautiful post, Kimberly! Such a fantastic bit of clarity to have at the beginning of the trip!

-Nicole

Tammy said...

Thank you for the summary and soft photos. Makes me want to go to Paris! :)

regina said...

you're making me miss Paris! hope you have a wonderful time there this year and look forward to reading your posts :)

Lisha said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Sweet Little Miss said...

Such a beautiful post! i can't wait to follow your journey as i also tend to focus more on the experience rather than "things". Seeing when others do the same just warms my soul. :)