My Favorite Things: These S’well Bottles


After some internal debate (mostly due to the price), I finally broke down and bought these S’well bottles from Amazon last month. It was worth it. The left bottle is stainless steel, it holds 17 ounces, and it’s Aquamarine. The right bottle is stainless steel, it holds 16 ounces, and it’s Teakwood. The Aquamarine bottle keeps cold stuff cold and the Teakwood bottle keeps hot stuff hot, so you won’t need to throw away half of your drink everyday because it lost it’s intended temperature (speaking from personal experience). Aside from their exceptional functionality, they also look amazing; especially when bought together. The Teakwood really brings out the Aquamarine doesn’t it? I have them displayed in my room when I’m not using them. If you’re interested here is where you’ll find the Aquamarine and here is where you’ll find the Teakwood. Stay hydrated. 

Zen Teachings – Feat. Dogen Zenji

“We discriminate between life and death in order to affirm one and deny the other and as we have seen our tragedy lies in the paradox, that these two objects are so interdependent. There is no life without death and what we are more likely to overlook there is no death without life. This means our problem is not death, but life-and-death.”

– Dogen Zenji, Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

The Crystals Of Pisces

The crystals and stones that are believed to enhance the empathy, intuition, and imagination of the Pisces zodiac (“The Fish”) are Aquamarine, Clear Quartz, and Angelite

With it’s sparkling ocean-like color, Aquamarine acts as the ultimate physical representation of Pisces soothing nature, providing us with the compassion necessary to empathize with people from all walks of life.

Clear Quartz, sometimes referred to as the “master-healer”, is known for strengthening physic abilities by neutralizing background radiation, thus revitalizing the soul and creating a gateway between the spiritual and physical planes. 

Because Angelite’s vibration is said to be in touch with higher realms, the stone awakens a powerful form of imagination that can result in exceptional artistic achievements.

Whether you want to buy the three crystals representing Pisces for mystical purposes, or you just think they would look cool lying around your house (the reason I buy them), you can find them here. 


Zen Teachings – Featuring Shunryu Suzuki

“When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.”

 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind

The Full Moons of 2018

Tuesday – January 2, 2018
2:25 AM
Full Wolf Moon
Wednesday – January 31, 2018
1:27 PM
Blue Moon
Friday – March 2, 2018
12:52 AM
Full Worm Moon
Saturday – March 31, 2018
12:37 PM
Blue Moon
Monday – April 30, 2018
12:59 AM
Full Pink Moon
Tuesday – May 29, 2018
2:20 PM
Full Flower Moon
Thursday – June 28, 2018
4:54 AM
Full Strawberry Moon
Friday – July 27, 2018
8:22 PM
Full Buck Moon
Sunday, August 26, 2018
11:58 AM
Full Sturgeon Moon
Tuesday – September 25, 2018
2:54 AM
Full Harvest Moon
Wednesday – October 24, 2018
4:47 PM
Full Hunter’s Moon
Friday – November 23, 2018
5:41 AM
Full Beaver Moon
Saturday – December 22, 2018
5:50 PM
Full Cold Moon

Zen Teachings – Featuring Alan W. Watts

“Zen Buddhism is a way and a view of life which does not belong to any of the formal categories of modern Western thought. It is not religion or philosophy; it is not a psychology or a type of science. It is an example of what is known in India and China as a “way of liberation,” and is similar in this respect to Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. As will soon be obvious, a way of liberation can have no positive definition. It has to be suggested by saying what it is not, somewhat as a sculptor reveals an image by the act of removing pieces of stone from a block.”

― Alan W. Watts, The Way of Zen

The Crystals of Aquarius

The crystals and stones that are believed to enhance the honesty, intellect, and originality of the Aquarius zodiac (“The Water-Bearer”) are Turquoise, Amethyst, and Jade.

Turquoise is a bold stone that aims to facilitate open and honest communication without being confrontational, allowing us to resolve petty disputes and sustain meaningful relationships.

The violet-colored crystal Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer used to effectively relieve the body of stress and irritability, thus clearing the way for the powerful intellectual revelations that come so naturally to the water-bearer.

Jade, a soft stone that’s symbolic of purity, stabilizes the personality, promotes self-sufficiency, and encourages us to discover our original nature. 

Whether you want to buy the three crystals representing Aquarius for mystical purposes, or you just think they would look cool lying around your house (the reason I buy them), you can find them here