Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

June 11th, 2014 by Celia

Spring Emergence: How to Come Out of Hibernation




Spring is almost over in Portland!
It’s only fitting to burst out of the bubble of winter conservation mode and be an active part of the world around us. Everywhere I look, I see insects waking up, flowers blooming, trees leafing out, rainbows across the blue-grey rain clouds, birds signing their spring song.
This winter was a major time of hibernation and rejuvenation for me, where I completely turned inward and made my inner life, my health and my home the highest priority. As soon as March came around, I knew it wouldn’t be long until that feeling of cocooning transformed into cabin fever. Through April and May, these feelings just multiplied!
Here are some things learned to help me get into spring mode.

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November 22nd, 2013 by Celia

The Unexpected

Things associated with autumn:
  1. fallen leaves
  2. colder days
  3. longer nights
  4. rain and coulds
  5. plants dying back
  6. hot cocoa
  7. hearty meals shared with freinds
  8. turning inward, self-reflection
  9. feeling sleepy
  10. picking up crafts like knitting or drawing
  11. chickweed, cleavers coming back to life
  12. hayrides
  13. apple cider


Things you DO NOT associate with autumn:

  1. cherry blossoms
  2. rhododendrons blooming
  3. crocuses
  4. violets
  5. dalhias
  6. roses


And yet, all those plants are flowering right now! Read the rest of this entry »

October 2nd, 2013 by Celia

Reflect and Appreciate; Strategies for Daily Life



It’s crazy to think how much has changed in the last 4 weeks.

I am transitioning away from being a student, although I can’t yet say that into what exactly. It’s still a while until I’ll be able to practice Chinese medicine. So until then, I am making the most of my ‘vacation’ and adjusting the best I can to life after school.

It’s quite different on the other side of school. Time moves oddly, for one. For some of my graduated classmates I have talked to, these past few weeks found them aimless and accomplishing seemingly little with our unstructured time. There were definitely times when I almost went down that rabbit hole of thinking I haven’t done enough, but I made a concerted effort to avoid those feelings of doubt and uncertainty and embrace the freedom that surrounds me.

Clear intentions and reflection has been the key. I start my day with a hearty breakfast, then curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and my notebook. Talk about luxury! Read the rest of this entry »

August 10th, 2013 by Celia

Goodbye to Onyx, the Sweetest Neighbor Cat Ever


Yesterday I broke the news to our next door neighbors: the sweetest cat in the complex moved away a couple of weeks ago.

They were out of town when it happened and were wondering where she went. All the neighbors I talked to were sad that she and the other black cat at her place left. Even people across the street and people walking their dog through the neighborhood wondered where she was and were sad when I told them she had moved. She was the best. I first talked about her here and she made it in this photo shoot, too. Read the rest of this entry »

August 6th, 2013 by Celia

4 Weeks ‘Till Graduation and the Art of the Pre-Vacation


Technically I have 4 weeks of school until I graduate. But the vacation state of mind starts now!

Post-graduation time isn’t really a vacation. It is the start of the next chapter of my career and life. There is a bureaucratic loophole for all of us students which I intend to apply full therapeutic advantage to: it takes about 3 months for our license to practice acupuncture and East Asian medicine to be issued. I am going on 2 actual vacations during that time, so starting a part-time job isn’t feasible. It has been declared by every ounce of my spirit to be a vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

August 1st, 2013 by Celia

30 Posts, 4 Months Later – Looking Back on the Birth of Fall Into Place



What were you doing this past March?

I remember March as a very stressful yet meaningful time. It was the most stressed I had ever been, and I had also never been so enthralled with the beauty around me. Soon I began to look at and be with beautiful things as a means to escape from the worn-out feeling I felt daily. If I were in graduate school for another subject, like neuroendocrinology perhaps, I would research how said beautiful things reduces stress hormones…because it is quite curious to me. Read the rest of this entry »

June 29th, 2013 by Celia

Posting Away on Instagram

I wanted to share another way to connect with me…on Instagram! I have been posting photos of flowers, plants, the beautiful and strange city of Portland and an occasional feline. Search for user name Celia_Jean.

Here are some of the latest pics of the flowers I foraged this morning for a bouquet. More on that to come!

Are you on Instagram? I’d love to see you there!



April 16th, 2013 by Celia

Invitations – When to Connect and When to Not?

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 12.44.52 PMLook around you; you will see a plethora of invitations to participate in the world and community around you. Just in one inbox I received 5 news of local events, classes, baby showers, professional associations, gatherings, workshops, and it’s not even 1 o’clock. How do you know which invitations are a worthwhile chance to discover yourself in the company of others, and which are competing for your precious time and energy? Read the rest of this entry »