The air is cold, crisp, and foggy, but the weather forecast is sunny. My husband and I added extra layers in the clothes and headed to Fremont, a popular area for shopping , dining, walking, and jogging. When the sun comes out in winter Seattle, many people go out for sunshine and fresh air. We are one of them.
We love walking around the city as well as nature. There are cute small shops, restaurants, and cafes in Fremont. There is a beautiful ship canal and people enjoy jogging, biking, and walking by the canal. We started our walk from a local chocolate factory where we can also buy some chocolate in a small shop there. We took some pictures of bikers, joggers, and kayaks over the bridge. We went to our favorite bakery where we usually need to wait about 15 minutes to get the best croissant but that is worth it.
The icy fog was disappeared and the sky was blue and some white cloud like cotton candy floated. The air was still cold but I felt the warmth of the sunshine on my face. My husband found some hummingbirds chirping on the trees. It’s Saturday and sunny! There is a fresh croissant and coffee in my hands. I felt free and happy walking by the canal with my husband. I love this moment, small happiness in sunny Saturday morning.
No matter how old I turned, flowers from family or friends make me happy. I am not so interested in the present anymore. I value more how I spend time on my birthday. Yet I still want have flowers and a cake, a very good one.
My husband and I started making a cake for a special occasion like my daughter’s graduation, Mother’s Day, or birthday. It’s always same cake, a simple sponge cake with berries and whipped cream, but it’s super delicious just like a cake sold in my home country, Japan. My husband baked a sponge cake and I helped the decorations for my birthday cake.
I took a day off and enjoyed a photo walk with my favorite camera. Later my husband and my dogs joined and we had a good time at the park in warm sunny winter afternoon. There was no present because I didn’t want anything. However, I was so happy spending my special day with my husband, my dogs, flowers, a cake, and my camera. My favorite things. 🙂
I was never able to control stresses from work. My teenage child was out of control. My body was changing and lost a balance of hormones. In the end my health was dramatically deteriorated. That was a few years ago.
I always knew yoga is good for our health but I really didn’t know what it meant until I happed to find my old friend was a yoga instructor. We reconnected on Facebook and I learned she shares her class on Facebook live. I never took an in person yoga class before. It didn’t last after third day when I tried to do yoga looking at YouTube. That changed when I started my friend’s yoga class.
Her class is once a week in the morning. I am not able to participate in live because I work from home full time, but I jump in my friend’s yoga class right after I finish my work. All stretches and the poses make me feel so good and I can feel my body gets relaxed and feels more energy. The breathing makes me feel calm and release my stress. Since then I have continued to do yoga almost twice a day.
This is a discovery to change my life more or less. Because of yoga, I am able to disconnect myself from work and refresh myself every day. Doing yoga, I can focus myself and found the more important things in my life.
Our family had a trip to Oregon coast this summer. One of the things I wanted there was a yoga in the beach in early morning. The sky was clear. The air was fresh. The sound of the waves was soothing. I enjoyed yoga in my dream place.