[Self Discovery] Spring Clean Your Scene

Buds are blossoming, birds are chirping, the sun illuminates a larger portion of the day, the cats are lapping up sun showers while I’m able to leave the windows open at night and gallivant around in a tank top and shorts during the day.  That’s right, it’s absolutely irrefutable, Spring has sprung with all of her glory in Southern California and I can’t help but sing her praises. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been inundated with a variety of Spring weather – from the smoggy gloom, to the idle threat of April Showers and full blown sunshine.  As of 4/20 – the Sun, Mercury and Mars were a firmly planted hat trick on Taurus, which will be joined by the beautiful Lyrid meteor shower borne from the cosmic debris of the Thatcher Comet, while Venus twinkles in full force with the waxing crescent moon residing in the background in a subdued sliver.

Sure, Spring Cleaning is a great blanket term for getting your pad back into social shape after a winter of hibernation but I’ll be the first to let you know that Spring Cleaning is for much more than just your house! Spring provides the perfect backdrop for cleaning our internal, emotional and spiritual selves as well. As we’ve shifted away from the Spring Equinox, commonly referred to by it’s traditional Pagan name Ostara, this past month has been a perfect time for personal self reflection and beginning passionate projects; solidifying your romantic relationships and laying the solid foundation for your imminent future.

Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, which we’ve all come to know as the Goddess of Love thanks to classical mythology, Taurus is a perfect time to focus on creating stability in your life, through the pursuit of your personal gifts as well as solidifying intelligent interpersonal relationships relationships.  From your office and your closet, to your arts and crafts supplies and social circle – there’s certainly no time like the present, and trust me when I say you’ll feel better when you know that yours isn’t being wasted.

Take a deep breath and repeat with me: I am the best version of me because I’m the only version of me; my life is richer because I passionately pursue my own dreams instead of chasing the tails of others. I stand taller, because I can raise myself up.  Now, that said – Winter is always an interesting season for me socially because I spend 75% of my time in happy hibernation with my feline friends and the other 15% figuring out how to get out of social requirements and 10% actually out on the town enjoying myself.  And during my downtime? Well, I’m trying to get my mental ducks in a row so when I re-emerge in the Spring, kind of like a swan from an ugly duckling – I’m primed and poised to take full control of my personal life. In the process, I’m pruning the underbrush from my life and making way for flourishing flowers at the top. our closet, your bedroom, your apartment, and your social life all deserve some passionate purging. So, let’s start externally and then let’s refocus this internally, on ourselves and our own personal well being.

Your Pad

I don’t know about you guys, but over the last seven years in Los Angeles – I’ve packed, moved, unpacked, rearranged, reorganized and readjusted my surroundings more than I’d care to admit. In that same amount of time, I’ve amassed countless items from around Southern California – including furniture frivolously left by friends moving across the country, a stack of movies from Disney that I never watch and a closet that somehow manages to grow exponentially in size every season.  To counteract, take good notice of what you use and what items typically just fall to the wayside or become clutter.  If you follow the guidelines ‘a thing for every place, and a place for everything’ – over time your physical imprint will shrink, but the worth of your collection will grow.

Your Closet

This gets it’s own section because let’s face it, after a certain point in life – you’re not going to be shrinking. I’m not saying you’re about to expand, in an eat this-drink that ‘Alice in Wonderland’-esque dystopia; but take a good hard look at your closet and it’s time to trim the fashion fat. Step one, which sounds a little funny – get as far into your closet as you can without doing laundry, and then examine the clothes still hanging.  My reasoning? The more often I don my favorite duds, the more frequently they end in a pile on the floor instead of planted within my closet – leaving the residual to browse through, like an inverse goodwill.  Now, the tedious part – one by one, go through each item and figure out what it is that you’re not into! Are you over bearing your belly? Time to remove the shirts that shimmy about your mid-drift.  Taking a plunge into leggings and tights? Maybe you should rethink your collection of pants.  Living in a new eco-climate?  Toss out some scarves and make way for bikinis!  And remember, the more stuff you eliminate from your closet….the better excuse you have to fill it with things you like!

Your Social Circle

The way I like to clean, goes from the outside in. First comes a comfortable abode, next is a clutter free closet – and last but certainly not least, a simple social circle with all the frills, minus all the drama.  I have a predictable social habit; sometimes a beautiful one – other times, it seems to give me both head and heartache.  I love people who are unapologetically themselves, coming at you like a freight train of honest emotion at 100 MPH.  But over time, it seems I’ve amassed a small quantity of nonquality individuals in my life. They’re the people that you feel reserved around, you find you’re double and triple checking your words instead of relaxing your inhibitions. I wouldn’t call them toxic, but I’ll go as far as saying you have people to invest your energy in.  Learn to trim the friendship fat and set boundaries in your life, you’ll find your friendships and relationships will become passionately more pleasurable and richer than you could even imagine.

Wednesday Watercooler

 “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” 
Groucho Marx

We’re down to the tail end of yet another month in 2013 and it’s left me sitting here, shaking my head while staring at my computer screen while I wonder where the time effing went.  Sure, February’s the shortest month of the year but it was pretty stacked socially and, let’s be honest for a second, entirely exhausting!  I’m looking forward to a few weekends of good R&R with the kitties, catching up on a few good books and getting my life back together.  Well, until I’m threatened with a good time…and we all know how I react to fun 😉  There’s been so much exciting stuff going on in the past few weeks that I’m just going to get down to it; it’s the last Wednesday of the month – let’s go!

The Olympics Just Got A Whole Less Manly

The next Summer Olympics will be unlike any other – but primarily because one of the sports that can be traced back to the 18th Olympiad all the way back in 704 B.C. , has been eliminated: wresting; to put it in perspective, we’re now entering the 4th year of the 697th Olympiad.  It’s not that I’m a huge fan of the sport, but I’ll agree that it’s both a graceful and powerful endeavor, and to boot one I’m surely not equipped to take part in.  And the Olympics without Wrestling?  That’s like the Bulls without Jordan, the 49ers without Steve Young, McDonalds without hamburgers…you get the picture.  It’s just plain wrong – and upset fans, competitors and coaches agree; Japan’s Wresting Foundation has launched a petition to get it back into the Olympics, Las Vegas has already decided to bring the cash cow on home for some good old fashioned sports betting and some have even gone as far as returning their gold medals.  First it was Bulgarian medalist Valentin Yordanov who returned his ’96 Gold Medal from Atlanta and now it seems that Russia’s Sagid Murtazaliev has followed suit and returned his Gold from the Sydney Olympics in 2000.  Now,  in the wake of it’s untimely Olympic exile – there’s a new question on the table: what sport is set to replace it?  There are seven sports currently competing to take it’s place – baseball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wusho; if it’s not baseball or karate, I say nay.

We Want to See The Light

Even though I was just in that city of sin, I’m ready to head back – but there’s a whole new reason that I have that Las Vegas itch!  Mandalay Bay has paired up with Cirque du Soleil and host of A-List DJs.  Earlier we knew that Skrillex, that saucy minx, was in talks with the Cirque du Soleil crew but now we have confirmation that acts like Zedd, Alesso, Baauer and Sebastian Ingrosso will also be on the bill. Not that we needed it, but this elite pairing is further evidence of the staying power, and commercialization, of EDM – but knowing the caliber of the cast associated with LIGHT, there’s no doubt that this will be a top notch production.  Mark your calendars because LIGHT is scheduled to open April 26th – just in time for the pool parties!  For an all encompassing look at the talent LIGHT will boast  – check out out that stacked lineup below the video!

Pluto Gets a Friend

I don’t know about you guys, but when Pluto’s planet status was demoted I was a little sad – I grew up with the guy, he was part of my dioramas, part of my science fairs.  But then, in 2006, Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet.  Since then astronomers have discovered several new moons that rotate Pluto with a strange orbit in addition to Nix and Hydra, discovered in 2005, and Charon, discovered in ’78.  Until now, those moons have simply gone by P4 and P5.  Their names were put up to a vote the other week through the SETI Institute and the winning name is …drumroll, please…. Vulcan.  That’s right, Trekkies everywhere rejoice – William Shatner entered the name late in the game, but it somehow still ended up on top.  Live long and prosper!

In Russia, Moon Lands On You

To the complete shock of basically everyone, a meteorite broke through our atmosphere and decided to land itself on Mother Russia, the only country with dash cameras in every car. The meteorite broke apart over central Russia injuring approximately 1000 citizens, and the resulting shock waves rocked the infrastructure of the city and blew out windows like the big bad wolf on steroids.  Scientists have been working to trace this meteorite back in time – and it seems that the meteor (which is what you have before it enters our atmosphere), originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.  In turn, this has inspired NASA to team up with the Air Force to search for a way to prevent more detrimental asteroid attacks; anyone else picturing a real life Armageddon?

Welcome Back, Daft Punk!

I can’t tell you a time where there wasn’t a hot and heavy rumor about Daft Punk making a comeback – every other week we would hear something new but the sources were few and far between and we just couldn’t seem to catch a break.  Well, the other night while we were all sleeping sweetly and our computers were dreaming of electric sheep – something was a buzz over at Daft Punk HQ: the famous french DJ Duo has not only ditched Virgin Records to join Columbia, but among the rumors they’ll be releasing a new album in May it seems that they’ve updated their logo. Should we take this as a sign? I say HELL YES; it’s been too damn long!