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Sherri Chien

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Haiku for Life: Connect with Nature. Seek contentment. Happiness and peace will find you.

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YEAR OF THE EARTH DOG  Happy Chinese New Year!  I would've shared a photo of my pups, but that will have to wait.  In the meantime, my yogini pal Crystal took this picture for me.  At least we are surrounded by happy dogs everywhere we go!  These gorgeous Labradors are Kimba and Leyda again, at Playa Bluff, Bocas del Toro. . . . . . #dogs #dogsofig #dogsofinstagram #timetoplay #chinesenewyear #happychinesenewyear #yearofthedog #itsadogslife #lifesabeach #lifeisgood #islandlife #yogaretreat #sandandsea #surf #ocean #oceanlover #tropical #panama #bocasdeltoro #bluffbeach #islandplantation #wherewillyogatakeyou @islandplantationbocas
No matter where you go in the wide wide world, there's simply no place like home.  Here's a lucky snap from a few weeks ago from our hillside.  What appears to be an orange leaf or flower is actually a bee I was following around, hoping I would catch it at some point on my side of the bushes!  #santacruzmountains #sunset #calistyle #beautyiswhereyoufindit #beautiful #sunsetshots #rebels_united #potd  Day 16 #hdr #rebels_hdr #rebels_nature #bee #bumblebee #sweetdreams #californiadreaming #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd #sunrise_sunsets_aroundtheworld #thegirlwhofollowsthesun
In downtown Panama, the beautiful, old historic district showcases its share of graffiti and fantastic art by the waterfront -- in addition to its colonial architecture, amazing churches and interesting bars. ūüď∑: @danielniclas  #lovetotravel #sanfelipe #cascoviejo #panamacity #panama #unesco #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #rebels_united #potd Day 15 #urban #urbanart #art #creative #colorful #travel #travelthursday #explore #traveler #travelnotebook #travelshot #travelpanama #travelphotography #neverstopexploring #smartphonephotography  #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd #allwhowanderarenotlost #hey_ihadtosnapthat #travelersdoitaroundtheworld
VALENTINE'S DAY . "That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful." . ~Jalaluddin Rumi . . . . . #rebels_nature #rebel_pureimages #nofilter #noedit #rose #redrose #rosesofig #rosesofinstagram #happyvalentinesday #potd Day 14 #love #valentine #bemine #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd
For @breathetogetheryoga's #sixtydaychallenge I missed the entirety of Week 5.  This was the week leading up to the retreat in Panama, and my main priorities were taking care of people and responsibilities at work before leaving.  While some harm may have been done to my physical body (lack of sleep, fighting off a cold, stiff muscles and joints from tension), I knew it was short-term, and release from the tightness and pressure would happen this week.  Which brings us to this week and the first "session" we had with @jennprugh on a beautiful yoga palapa high in the sky, overlooking the rainforest and ocean.  Jenn has been talking about the first two Yamas lately, ahimsa (non-violence) and satya (truth). Ahimsa is not just "do no harm" or "do unto others as you would yourself." It is a practice of mindfulness that eliminates harmful thought and speech, as well as actions.  It is believed that one who has mastered this approach in life is someone we always feel at peace with in his or her presence.  To me, it is the essential element of compassion.  Beyond the entity that we give to compassion, lies the governing practice of ahimsa.  Therein lies no negativity, no ill will, and a limitless capacity for love.  Trust tends to happen automatically in the presence of ahimsa.  Circling back to my workaholic, Type A personality, I am so driven to take care of others before me that I often have to remind myself that the only way I can perform that desired role really well is to take care of myself first.  I shall rejoin you online in Week 7, the day depending on when I miss my next yoga class or trip to the gym!  #bekind #bekindtoothers #bekindtoyourself #weareallone #weareallconnected #breathe #breathefirst #rebels_united #yoga #yogachallenge #hybridchallenge #buddha #yogalife #yogaeverydamnday #yogicwisdom #rooting #grounded #connectwithnature #connecttotheearth #loveoneanother #thoughts #goodthoughts #jennprughyoga #bty60 #60daychallenge #breathetogether #betogether
Trying to capture these two young labs on the beach with my outdated smartphone for #rebels_united #potd theme #together.  Perhaps the luckiest dogs in Bocas del Toro, they get to play fetch-the-coconut on the beach all day!  I can't quite catch their names due to the accent here, but I think they are Kimba and Leyda.  While I write this, Bob Marley's One Love is playing on the resort's boombox. "Let's get together and be alright..." Seriously, can't get more perfect than this!  #vacation #vacationtime #timetorelax #ocean #oceanlover #travel #explore #traveler #neverstopexploring #travelpanama #bocasdeltoro #islandplantation #islandlife #tropical #paradise #vacationhasstarted #wherewillyogatakeyou #beach #beachlife #happydogs #timetoplay #mansbestfriend #dogstagram #dogs #dogsofig #missingmyfurbabiestho Day 12 #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd
FIVE YEARS AGO  This week we're in an area of limited Wi-Fi connectivity and I'm also limited to the few random photos saved to my phone since I'm unable to download from my camera.  For today's #family theme, here is one of several attempts to capture all four of the #furkids during the last holiday when Red was still with us.  The pile of gifts, by the way, are for the entire extended family, not just the pups! . . . . . #itsadogslife #itsagoodlife #dogmom #dogmomlife #puppymadness #redbarn #saimi #mali #tesla #hubby #ourfamily #hey_ihadtosnapthat #rebels_united #potd Day 11 #love #lovemyfurbabies #rescuesrule #sammiespack #holidays #howwedoit #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd #sammiespack
My two 14-year olds when they were babies.  #rebelpops #rebels_united #ru_love #whpwithlove #rescuesrule #lovemyfurbabies
THE KńęLAUEA LIGHTHOUSE  Standing on top of Kilauea Point, 180 feet above the ocean, is a beautiful, historic lighthouse.  Since it was built on this high peninsula, it didn't need to be as tall as other lighthouses and therefore was also the most cost-effective option.  After years of exposure to salty air and harsh winds, intense sunlight and humidity, the structure was in serious disrepair. Rust stains streaked down the sides of the tower, while its metal railings and fixtures were disintegrating into rust.  We happened to visit the lighthouse before its 3-year restoration.  Today, the white tower gleams and the unique Fresnel lens, a complex array of lens and prisms, focuses light into a powerful beam that reaches 22 miles across the sea.  However, though it had a crucial role in Hawaii's history for marine and air navigation, we no longer rely on its light and the lens no longer rotates.  If you're lucky, you might see the lamp lit on ceremonial occasions.  #rusty #lighthouse #rebels_united #potd Day 8 #ourplanetdaily #ocean #pacific #exploretheworld #lookup #seethelight #travel #explore #traveler #travelnotebook #travelgram #travelthursday #travelhawaii #neverstopexploring #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd
NEGATIVE SPACE  Coming soon to a tree near you!  Tender young leaves of a river birch from a few Springs ago.  Taken with my old smartphone at the time, which might have been an M8. . . . . . #happyhumpday #isitfridayyet #rebels_united #rebels_nature #potd Day 7 #negativespace #trees #igshotz_trees #nature #natureshots #naturelover #ineednature #naturehippys #gameoftones #lookup #skycaptures #fiftyshades_of_nature #ourplanetdaily #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd  #wednesdaywonders #wonderlust
THIS LITTLE PIGGY... . Went wee-wee-wee all the way home!  The little piglets were popular on Day 4, so I thought I'd share these two as they stepped out of the grass that was twice as tall as they were!  #rebelpops #rebel_pops #two_ru_18 #rebels_united #rebels_nature #hawaii #hawaiilife #travelhawaii #explore #neverstopexploring #hey_ihadtosnapthat  #brighteyedandcurlytailed #animalsneedlovetoo #animalphotography #connectwithnature #nature #mayallbeingsbehappyandfree
I needed a bit of pink in my gallery.  Hope you enjoy it, too!  Chasing away the #mondayblues with a shot of an especially impressive evening in January. . . . . . #rebel_sky #rebels_united #potd Day 5 #sky #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd #nature #naturelover #nature_perfection #peace #planetearth #santacruzmountains #sunset #calistyle #sunsetcolors #sunrise_sunsets_aroundtheworld #thegirlwhofollowsthesun #sweetdreams #whyiliveonahill #amazingearth #splendidearth #mothernature's #art #cloudart #chasingsunsets #explore_skies #earth_shotz #fiftyshades_of_nature #fireinthesky #ourplanetdaily
PUPPY BOWL XIV  Mom asked me to help her with yesterday's theme for "everyday item out of place." Other than putting my food bowl on my bed or burying my treats in HER bed, the only everyday items I can think of are my toys!  Since it's #superbowlsunday, let's go with another theme:  #timetoplay!  I'm not into football, but I do like all kinds of chewy and squeaky balls.  Mom thinks the #patriots will win, but says the youngbloods' energy may upstage experience -- whatever that means.  I didn't even know eagles could play football.  I say, make sure you tune in to the #puppybowl!  Thirty-five rescued puppies compete for the "Lombarky" trophy in about 15 minutes.  Go #teamfluff!  #happysunday #sundaze #rebels_united #potd Day 3 #outofplace #itsadogslife #itsagoodlife #lovemyfurkids x3 #tesla #mylittlegirl #australianshepherd / #chowchowmix #rescuesrule #adoptdontshop #puppies #whatsnottolove #animalsneedlovetoo #psa #puppybowl14 #superbowllii #superbowl52 #weekendvibes #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd
Led by their fearless leader, a litter of cute piglets came a-squeaking towards us during an ATV ride through historic plantations!  #peekaboo #piglet #rebels_nature #rebels_united #potd Day 4 #hawaii #hawaiilife #travelhawaii #explore #neverstopexploring #hey_ihadtosnapthat #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd
COSMOGYRAL  Today's theme is #smoke, but this is actually a fog machine at the Exploratorium.  There's something mesmerizing about changing states of matter.  This image makes me think of all matter swirling around the universe.  Did you know there's a word for that?  #cosmogyral!  If you think about it, we are all in a state of cosmogyration.  Luckily, we have #planetearth to keep our feet on some kind of ground, even if only illusory.  #thankfulforgravity #tgif #happyfriday #friyay #feelingfunky #whirlingaroundtheuniverse #almosttheweekend #ponder #explore #exploretheworld #rebels_united #potd Day 2 #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd
BLUE HOUR  Thought I would follow up yesterday's spectacular blue moon show with a blue hour capture of the #santacruzmountains from the hillside.  The weather has been so nice recently -- like an Indian Summer resisting the change to Autumn, but more like an "Indian Spring" in winter giving us a taste of what's to come.  Apparently, we're going to be having record high temps this week and next.  #twilight #lheurebleue #roomwithaview #amazingview #beautiful #beautyisallaroundus #rebel_sky #sunset #chasingsunsets #peace #solitude #eveningwalk #sweetdreams #calistyle #californiadreaming #nature #ineednature #goodnight #rebelsunitedfeb2018potd #rebels_united #potd #landscape #rebel_scapes #thursdaythoughts #happyfebruary #firstoffebruary #everydaymagic

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