Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dharma Tree Pics!

Hey ya'll.

Just a quick post to let you know I posted picture of my new massage space, Dharam Tree, on my other blog.

Check it out HERE.

It's very exciting and so far it is keeping me very busy, which makes me even more excited!

And if you haven't already, you should subscribe to my other blog. It is going to be jammed packed of great things and also, the more public subscribers I have, the cooler I will look :) I only want that to happen because I plan on using this blog to help me get a writing job with holistic health publications. So yes, it would help my career if you subscribed, but you won't regret it. It's going to be BIG!

Peace and Loves.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Playing It Safe. Or, Up With Failure!

Well, it's that time of year again.
The slight chill in the wind makes us reach for longer sleeves. The buzz of knowledge floats around as many head back to school for another eventful year. Halloween candy and decorations start to creep into the grocery stores. And we say goodbye to another Summer that, yet again, slipped through our fingers.

But change is good. Change is inevitable. We know it comes and goes with the seasons, so why not embrace it? I don't know about you, but that's what I've been trying to do lately. My lack of blog posts attest to that. It's a hard, busy thing to let go of old, clunky baggage to make room for the new, more space efficient bags.

In my last post I talked about the Summer of Randi. I am happy to report that I feel I fulfilled that Summer theme. More than ever, I am feeling more and more comfortable in my own skin and have allowed myself to evolve. Which is pretty dang neat. I even bought skinny jeans! I always thought that Randi could never do skinny jeans. But I can, even though my hips don't lie.

And now school has started, yet again. This past week and a half has been insane trying to get everything in order. Not only did I start this semester with 17 credits, but I also just opened my own Massage space downtown and I auditioned for two shows!

Thus leading me to the whole point of this blog post.

Newsflash: I'm deathly afraid of failure. I know, I know, so is everyone else, but a lot of the people don't let it stop it from doing things they love. I do. In a bad way. I have perfectly orchestrated my life in such a way that I don't majorly fail at anything. And that means I don't majorly succeed at anything either. Well, I've had enough of that. So, I decided to put myself out there and get involved in theater again, because for all of my fellow thespians out there, I ached for the stage.

Long story short, I auditioned for two different shows that Utah State is putting on this semester. Having got a lead in a previous USU show a few years back, I figured I had a pretty good shot. I made calls backs for both shows; I got rejected for both shows. Pain was had, tears were shed, feeling like I was 18 again and getting rejected for my dream role in a production at Fargo South High that led me to not do a show for five years was felt. I was ready to crawl right back into my play-it-safe shell.

But amongst the pain and tears, I felt a twinge of joy. There was a part of me that loved feeling failure and rejection. It had been so long since I had done anything to feel a major anything. And I found comfort in knowing that feeling this pain now will make it easier when I feel it again. It will also make success that much sweeter when the time comes. Oh, and it will come. It was like I was challenging myself to step it up instead of sheepishly backing down in the game of life. And in my own, still depressed about it at the moment way, I said, "Bring it on!" Isn't this great news??!!

I also learned a lot about preparation, getting my pride bubble significantly popped, working hard for the things I want and all that jazz, but we shall have to save that for another post.

In conclusion, I share this with you because a) posting about the things I learn and go through is very therapeutic for me, and b) perhaps someone out there in the blog-0-sphere is going through something similar and can find comfort in knowing that we are meant to feel all emotions. The good, the bad, and the ugly. All can serve us to our liking, whether we believe it or not.

I shall leave you with a brilliant quote from my favorite Genie:

Until next time.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Theme 2010

It's the middle of July. In case you haven't noticed. I recently realized that summer is half way over and had a mini freak out.

As some of you may recall, I have a tendency to label my summers. I blogged about it HERE last summer when I announced the theme of 2009. I regretfully have not been present enough to declare a theme for this summer and now the summer is almost over. What is to be done? Dare I declare a theme halfway through? I dare say that I do.

I am very tempted to name this summer Slacker Summer because that is what I've felt like done all summer. Nothing. But really that is not true. I was really burned out after Spring Semester was over. And when I say burned out, I mean Burned. Out. May consisted of sleeping and going on climbing trips that I may or may not post pictures of someday. June was full of cooking, taking more naps, and starting to train for a marathon. And both months were sprinkled with mini quarter life crisis's that led to complete laziness and confusion. Who knew that turning 25 would make me all reflective and indecisive on what I want to do with myself.

Now I'm half way through July and I finally feel like I'm back. I learned long ago that breakdowns equal breakthroughs. Can't have one without the other and finally the breakthroughs are shining their bright little lights at the end of the tunnel.

::Warning. Cheesy self discovery rant begins now::

For most of my life I have let things define me that were not really me. My happiness came from other people being happy with me. As long as I was making everyone happy, I was happy. Over this past year I have made some personal choices that a huge chunk of people in my life disapproved of. And even though it made my soul happy, it crushed the rest of me to know that I had made others sad. I have also lost myself in being a "good wife" and trying to figure out what that was. Turns out what I thought I "should" be isn't me at all. Combine that with a handful of other things, I was torn. Torn between creating a fulfilling life for myself, while still revolving my life around everyone else. I have been learning the hard way that those two things can't live peacefully together. Long story short, I'm done with that way of being.

Since I have never lived a life fully confident of my own decisions and not worrying about what everyone and their dog will think, I don't really know how it looks to not be like that. So that, my friends, is what I am devoting the rest of the summer to. I call it......drumroll please......
The Summer of Randi. Has a nice, epic, Chinese new year ring to it, don't you think?

I could sit here and feel all guilty for wasting the first half of my summer, but really, I don't think it was wasted. It's all part of the master plan of creating happiness. Can't have the good without the bad. Can't have the yin without the yang. And there are signs everywhere reminding me of that. Including the oil and vinegar plate at dinner tonight. I kid you not, it made this shape all on it's own.

So there you have it. Let the Summer of Randi officially begin! And I must add that I feel insanely blessed to have a husband like Chris. He has created such a loving space for me to do what I need to do feel fulfilled and he supports me creating a life where I can pursue my goals and find the balance of being independent and in a relationship. I hope to do the same for him, even though his head is on a little straighter than mine.

Please feel free to share your wise insights on finding this balance with me if you have had similar feelings and experiences.

In other news, I started another blog! It is my professional blog where I write about yoga, massage, and other holistic things that I love. Please read, subscribe, and comment. The more people interact with me on that blog the more I can use that blog as part of my resume to hopefully write on this subject for larger publications. So check it out at

Ok. Thanks for reading. Loves.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Note to the Public

To whom it may concern,

My apologies for my absence as of late. Life is overwhelming me, and I have had no time to devote to this here blog. This post won't be anything to get too excited about, but I just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive and well. But I do have some news.

Item One: I am sad to report that Project 365 is no more. I know, I know... it was one of the best things to go on in 2010, but I lost my camera charger and got way behind. That, and having to take a picture everyday kind of took the fun out of taking pictures. It became annoying instead of exciting. So why do something annoying if I don't have to? Also, because of my 18 credit semester, blogging every week about some pictures I took got low on the priority list real fast. My apologies to those that care. But, I will still post lots of photos because that's what I like to to.

Item Two: Many changes have been happening in the life of Chrandi (Chris and Randi). We made our first move as a married couple to a great little house so we could get this:

She is an Australian Shepherd and we named her Maeby. Yes, after the Arrested Development character. I love her more than life itself. She has made my life crazier and more sane at the same time. It's magical really. But I have been aching for my own puppy for over five years and I can't believe I actually have one now. Expect to see many more posts about her.

Item Three: On April 17th I turned 25 years old. 25, people. I still feel like I'm 18 or something. Pictures from the Birthday Party will be posted soon. To celebrate the fact that I can rent a car, Chris and I bought a washer and dryer! The fact that I actually want my own washer and dryer is proof that I am getting older.

Item Four: I got offered a fatty scholarship by the English Department. I don't know why I feel the need to share this. Perhaps it's because I never thought I would have the grades to deserve a scholarship, and I can't brag about it to many people because I have smarty pants friends who are surprised if they don't get scholarships. So this is me letting myself brag.

In closing, much has happened, little has been shared. I will get back into the blogging world after this week when I am set free from my mother of a semester. I am even starting a new blog dedicated to holistic health, so stay tuned for that.

I wish you all the best in your endeavors,


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Project 365: Weddings and Whatnots

As usual, life is craziness and posting Project 365 is not the priority I would like it to be. But here are some times that were had.

March Eighth
This is a really good book that I get to read for my Medical Anthropology class. I encourage all to read it.

March Ninth
I have a new addiction. Popcorn cooked with coconut oil topped with nutrition yeast. It is the best thing ever and I really can't get enough. I bring it on campus with me and munch on it all day.

March Tenth
More popcorn. Thank you whomever got us a Whirley Pop for a wedding present.

March Eleventh
Adam and Chelsea got little chickies for their coop. They are the dorable.

March Twelfth
My cute mom with her cute brothers and sisters sang a little ditty at Matt's wedding dinner. This is them rehearsing. It was a grand night for all. I love my family.

March Thirteenth
This is a dance party that was had on the lawn of the Baird's house the morning of Matt's wedding. The boys went for a run, but before, dance party USA. It was an awesome day and Matt married one of the best girls I know. But more on that later.

March Fourteenth
This is my uncle's house in Sugar House. I love it. But more importantly, I love my uncle. We just chilled here all day with the fam.

March Fifteenth
Matt and Rachel let us hang out with them before they went to Europe. Cafe Rio never disappoints.

March Sixteenth
To celebrate the Springtime Chris, Paul, and Jer put on spandex and went for a bike ride. Devin was also there, but he had no spandex.

March Seventeenth
Happy St. Patty's day! Here are the lovely Sarah and Dione helping us celebrate.

March Eighteenth
Behold. The first banana bread I have ever made. It was delicious, if I do say so myself.

March Nineteenth
Huzzah for Chaco weather!

March Twentieth
Sad times. My orchid I got from Kelly for Christmas has lost all of it's flowers. But it still looks kinda cool. In a naked kind of way.

March Twenty-First
This is a result of Spring cleaning. Our DI pile is getting bigger and bigger.

And there you have it. Pretty exciting, eh? I think so...... Or do I?......

Friday, March 12, 2010

Project 365: From Nuckett to The Big Apple


March First
Team Nuckett rides again! About two years ago, Chris and I were on a curling team with Devin and Jer. We called ourselves Team Nuckett. Today was a magical reunion of our glorious team.

March Second
This is a curious painting in the HYPR building at USU. USU is having The Biggest Loser competition on campus and I got asked to teach a Yoga class for them. It was way fun and I wanted a better picture to represent it, but this is the best I could do.

March Third
This night I stayed at the Baird's house in SLC because I had to catch a flight to NYC in the morning. They are an incredible family that I have known my whole life. I forgot to take a picture this day, so I shot this picture of the nightstand right before I went to bed.

March Fourth
This is my dear friend Rebeka. We met at my Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and I haven't seen her since. She lives in New Jersey and I got to stay with her. This is us at her Yoga studio, Pink Lotus.

March Fifth
Meet David. He wrote the song "Midnight at the Oasis" and is one of the nicest guys I know. Rebeka and I Yoga Studio hopped around NYC and ended up at OM Yoga for a meditation workshop taught by David. It was really wonderful and that is where Chris met up with us.

March Sixth
While Chris was stuck in a conference all day, I went to Yogaworks for a class and then strolled around Central Park. There I saw these guys putting on a break dancing show. This guy was the comedic relief. I gave him a dollar.

March Seventh
We are on Times Square! This is right outside of our Hotel Room. The university invited Chris to a conference in NYC and paid his plane ticket and put him up in the Mariott Marquee on Times Spare. So, I tagged along for the good times. It was a great weekend that I will post more about later.

Things have been way crazy this past week, and now I am a week behind in my postings but don't you worry, I will get caught up eventually. And stay tuned for a full New York update and my brother Matt's wedding!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Project 365: Recap

So, I've been a little overwhelmed with life lately, which has led to no Project 365 updates for a few weeks. Things have slowed down a bit, for the time being, so here are the latest snid bits of my life.


February Eighth
Aggie Blue Bikes had this little number on sale. I needed a commuter bike to ride around on when the weather is too harsh for my nicer road bike. I plan to spruce it up a bit, but this is the before pic.

February Ninth
I walk by this snowman at least once a day on my way to campus. Sadly, I have watched him melt away into nothing. Today he looked like he had been incarcerated by the sun.

February Tenth
Meet Panda. He is my USB port. I love him.

February Eleventh
Some Indian girls on campus were doing Henna tattoos to raise money for their club, so I got one. And I bought a real nice scarf.

February Twelfth
Yet another Spoon Me visit. I'm an addict.

February Thirteenth
Some of you may know of the infamous Violent Times Day party. It has been put on by my brother-in-law and his friends for years. It's another option for people to celebrate something other than Valentine's Day. Here is Chris reading his Emo poem by candlelight.

February Fourteenth
The pic didn't turn out that great, but Chris surprised me and took me to an awesome sushi place in Ogden on our way down to Salt Lake. It was oh, so delicious. Thank you, Chris. He is the best Valentine I have ever had.

February Fifteenth
We spent the night up in a cabin in Big Cottonwood Canyon with the Brewerton's and their family. It's where Chelsea grew up. We just walked right up to Brighton Ski Resort, enjoyed a great powder day on the mountain, and boarded right down to the front door of the cabin when we were done. Good times were had by all.

February Sixteenth
You should be able to guess by now that we spend a lot of time with Adam and Chelsea Brewerton. Well, this night we took advantage of a party of four coupon at The Indian Oven. That's Adam sneaking into my photo.

February Seventeenth
This is a one of the desks in one of my English classrooms. If you look closely you can see a Lord of the Rings theme. It's pretty amazing.

February Eighteenth
Chris had to work this night, so I invited Kelly and Casey over to help me get caught up with Project Runway. Originally I just watched the show to keep Casey company, but I got addicted. I'm a sucker when it comes to reality TV, although I hate to admit it. That Heidi Klume... she's so hot right now.

February Twentieth
Speaking of addictions... I heart Cafe Rio salads.

February Twenty-First
Just a typical Sunday in Logan, Utah. A man riding a hot pink BMX bike in a suit through a snowy field. Classic.

February Twenty-Second
I love that "family time" consists of hanging out with Chris, Devin, and Koo. I think I married into the best family ever. Don't worry, Koo isn't a violent person all of the time. Just when she plays Carcassone.

February Twenty-Third
This was in the yard of a house we are thinking of moving into. It comes with a pancake tree! That's what I'm talkin' about.

February Twenty-Fourth
Olga got a makeover. We have been looking into getting a roof rack for a while now, and we found a sweet deal on good ol' Craig's list. Olga looks so hardcore now.

February Twenty-Fifth
Behold the eye of a tired college student.

February Twenty-Sixth
This is the coolest part of Chris's new commuter bike. We are now owners of four bikes. I never thought I would be the type of person that would want more than one kind of bike. What is happening to me?

February Twenty-Seventh
USU has this thing going on where you trade in an old sweatshirt for this sweatshirt. The sweatshirt you trade in goes to the people of Haiti. Isn't that neat? I guess it's part of Traditions Week on campus. I don't even know what that is, but I got to help Haiti and get neat hoodie out of it!

February Twenty-Eighth
I started teaching Yoga two Sundays a month at Chris's work in Brigham City. It's really cool to teach Yoga to at-risk teenage boys. We had a lot of fun today. I love my job.

Well, there you have it. Don't you feel better now that you are up to date? I know I do.

P.S. Did you notice I gave my blog a makeover? I dig it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Winter Blues

Well kids,

It's that time again. It's the end of February and springtime seems to be eons away. The winter sunshine seems hopeful, until you walk outside and feel the sting of a cold breeze.

This time of year lends itself to the lazier days of Randi Martin. For whatever reason, I am quite unmotivated. You may have noticed that there hasn't been a Project 365 post in a while. Don't worry, it's coming. Whenever I get around to it. I hate this feeling because my mind is constantly racing with things I need to do right now and things I need to do in the near future, but my body just lays there on the couch getting caught up on The Bachelor.

It doesn't help that I am taking 18 credits of upper division classes. Lesson learned on how much school I can handle each semester.

My house is a mess. I finally went grocery shopping yesterday but then ate out again for dinner tonight.

It's almost midnight and my body is begging me to do some night time Yoga and go to sleep, but I feel guilty for sleeping when I have so much to do.

I'm not even sure why I am blogging about my winter woes. Perhaps it's because I think if I vent about it, the funk I'm in might go away faster. Or maybe you are also experiencing the downfalls that the end of February brings, and reading this might make you feel like you are not alone. Or maybe it's because I am sick of just having Project 365 posts.

Chris is not as prone to being as moody as I am (or moody at all), but he is also feelin' it. We both skipped school today to be lame. It was fun, I guess. We deserve a break sometimes. It was nice cuddling on the couch together, eating a big bowl of pasta, and watching Arrested Development.

The good news is that I have been in this funk before, and I will probably be in it again this time next year, but that's ok. If any of you knew me back in my "glory days," you know that I was in a funk for years at a time, so this isn't so bad. It's just annoying. This too shall pass.

I have just decided to declare weekly goals that will aid in my seasonal recovery.

This week's goals:

*Don't skip anymore class
*Do yoga everyday (even if it's just 10 minutes)
*Clean and de-junk just one room of the house...let's say the kitchen.

Ok. I feel good about that.

Thanks for listening. Maybe, if I feel like it, I will return and report on my goals for the rest of the week.

And good luck to you all as Springtime creeps ever so slowly into our lives.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Project 365

Another week another dollar... or something. So, I realize that this may be boring for you guys. I had the intention of doing this project thinking that my life would be a lot more interesting to share. Ah well. Get used to it because we got a whole year of this, baby!

February First
For date night this week we made another delicious recipe from The Moosewood Cookbook. I bring you Southwest Black Bean Burgers. We topped them fresh spinach and mango salsa. It was pretty much the best thing ever.

February Second
I am not ashamed to admit that I am a huge LOST fan. It started last semester when I watched all five seasons in a month and a half. It was epic. This day was the season premiere of the final season! Chris and I made these amazing "healthy" cupcakes and decorated them to the best of our ability. We gathered with some friends and they provided "Dharma Beer." Don't worry. It's just Apple Beer in Dharma Beer clothing.

February Third
Arrested Development must be one of the best show ever made. Ever. Chris had never seen the second and third season *gasp* so we decided to just watch them all. We just started season two. So. Good.

February Fourth
I love my little sister-in-law more than life itself. We went to the oh so fabulous Spoon Me for some good eatin'. I know I have bashed Spoon Me in the past, but it has grown on me.

February Fifth
Meet Todd. He is our whale. He usually hangs over our front door protecting us, but as of late he had joined us on our bookcase. Everyone deserves a change of scenery every once in a while.

February Sixth
I recently started teaching a beginner yoga class at the Whittier Center right across the street from my house on Saturday mornings. I absolutely love it. My students are really great and we just have a good time. It's also a great old building to do Yoga in.

February Seventh
Extreme close up! Can you tell what it is? I will give you a hint. My husband named it Madeline, it is one of the coolest things on the block, and it rhymes with lypewriter. I really hope these things make a comeback, but for now it will serve as a cool decoration.

Welp, that is all for now! Until next week!