Monday, January 1

Happy New Year: The Year of Prosperity and Letting Go

"Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response." - Mildred Barthel

That is so true and I've certainly been happy recently. Perhaps I lost it long ago and have now finally reclaimed it in many ways. I love to watch the world, so in that way I've achieved all of last year's resolutions. I don't have to strive for anything though, because if I say I am, then I am. It is more about focus and belief. I see that. I have for awhile, and because of that Aaron and I are more alone than ever. That's okay: it's peaceful.

Last year was such a beautiful year. Ever since Aaron's been by my side I feel like I can transcend at any moment. Life is. God is. We are all a part of that. Have a happy New Year.... Create yourself, focus on what you would like to explore, and evolve. It can be fun. I promise.

My New Year's Resolutions:

Mind: To know myself. Truly and simply. Goodness, and it has always been that simple. Easy... perhaps not, but I am ready now. That is my focus this year. I wonder who I'll become.

Body: I'm going to love and take care of myself even better. Longer fruit cleanses, healing herbs, more fasting, purified water, warmth, beautiful rest, staying light, joyous play, and lots of self-respect.

Spirit: To act on my greatest joy in every moment to the best of my ability. I feel like I've been doing that a little bit already, and it's life-changing, but I'm excited to focus more on it in the year to come.


Now Aaron would like to share a few words:
 
Like the previous year, the time hitherto has conferred upon me dizzying altitudes of self-awareness whence comes a keened resolve in my preferences: there has been considerable expansion and significant improvement withal. Thus, from similar metaphysical scenery begins the counting of new adventures upon which to reflect a year hence.

As always, here are some thoughts regarding my direction in the new year:

Mind: Create expressions guided henceforth by excitement, the energy of conscious manifestation.

Body: Fulfill my genetic potential in addition to solidarity in our nutritional lifestyle.

Spirit: Exemplify gratitude for all abundance thus far and thence cultivate prosperous experience.

We wish you well, and may you have a fantastic New Year. 
Good luck to you with your personal resolutions. May this year be the best yet.
♡ Aaron and Claudia

Monday, December 18

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It's been two years since the last main installment in the Star Wars saga, and although Rogue One varied on the customary production time by occupying the interim and filling in details of the overall story, this series of films has fundamentally remained the same throughout its lifetime. Spectacle sets the tone for lofty lines delivered with operatic fervor and accompanied by scores of emotional, explosive tonal poetry. How wonderful indeed.

Star Wars draws from a formula that was seeded and cultivated by the earliest of recorded stories, and has always held fast, for merit or criticism. In its final moments, The Last Jedi laid within my heart an impression akin to a suspended chord waiting for resolution. The last time I felt it, it was after the conclusion of The Empire Strikes Back; however, this impression was begging the question of when this conflict might finally end.

In this venue is portrayed the concerns regarding the future of humanity; however, upon becoming a major contributor to pop culture, the spectacle of Star Wars has continued the cultivation of a society entertained by warfare. Granted, there was far more exploration into the human spirit than combat, but the audience cheered on its preferences of humor and violence withal. The commercials and following trailers playing before the film's orchestral fanfare began catered to the contemporary Roman sensibilities.

The philosophical voice within The Last Jedi is worth heeding, but even this quality faltered at times, eventually charging the wise to portend a dawning of rekindled war.

There is conflict within the pages of the Star Wars saga, and this chapter has been a collage comprised of many diverging points of view. The Last Jedi bids us to "look closer" at the layers of life. Between the film's moments of spectacle await deep messages for those who are ready to receive them.

Happy movie watching!

Monday, December 11

DIY Beauty: Stubble Trouble

Shaving can be a bother, especially when one wants to look their best for holiday parties and the like. Try this tip next time unwanted hair is a problem: always shave your legs sometime during the day instead of in the morning or at night.

Why is this? It has to do with swelling. During sleep, and also at the end of the day, our legs swell slightly; because of this, hairs pull back into their follicles so we'll never get a close shave during this time. Also, it's ideal to wait in the shower or bath for about 15 minutes before you start shaving. Doing so will help soften up the hair and open the follicles. Be sure not to wait any longer though, because once again our skin will swell and make it hard to get that perfectly close shave. Give it a try next time, and see how it goes!

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.
~Claudia

Friday, December 1

Sagittarius Stone

S A G I T T A R I U S

A polished goldstone commissioned for Carla Sutton, representing her zodiac sign, Sagittarius. Selected and carved by Aaron. Designed and hand painted by Claudia.

Thursday, November 30

Art Prints and Originals on Sale for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and what better gift to give than an art print or an original one-of-a-kind piece of art. These would all make lovely gifts. Of course you can always treat yourself as well!
  
Give them a new home, they need an awesome wall to hang on.

Go take a look:

Please let me know if there's anything you like by emailing me at claudia sutton at gmail dot com ASAP. They're all first come, first serve, including the prints because I will not be reprinting more.

♡ Claudia

Friday, November 10

We're Going to Play Final Fantasy XII

Surprise! Surprise! Well, of course it was only a matter of time: FFXII is one of my favorite games in all of existence, and I'm so very excited to finally be sharing it with Aaron.

It's his first time ever, and it couldn't be more special to us. We're going to start playing it tomorrow on our original anniversary, 11/11 at 11:11am.

Speaking of elevens, it is interesting that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age came out on July 11th. Even the double IIs in XII look like an 11, and it's also been 11 years since I've first played it when it came out around this time in 2006. That's crazy spooky... us and our elevens!

So, we best be off on our grand adventure, and we'll take our time. I kid you not, my first playthrough took 111 hours (serendipitously), and then throughout the years I added over twice that many hours to my save file.

Happy gaming,
~Claudia

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