A wanna be musician

Like most people I know music is a huge part of my life; weather it be live music, in the car, on vinyl- the list goes on. Espicially having my boyfriend play in a band I am surrounded by the sounds of various instruments all the time and I could not be any more greatful for that. In the past I never really had any desire to play an instrument, it might have been since I am a dancer and was just used to dancing to the sounds I heard but these days I have really been into wanting to play music- specifically the drums.

I have no idea why this is something I am so into at the moment. Watching how intense they get while playing is the coolest thing to me and I admire it so much. I have been learning some things using my super classy air drums but this past weekend I had the pleasure of using a real kit thanks to my friend Mike of Trophy Wives (check em’ out!!!!) and let me tell you it was the coolest thing EVER.

Sitting at the chair with all the pieces in front of me felt amazing. I will admit that I was nervous about hitting things to hard and it took a hot minute to get comfortable but once I did I loved it. Hearing the sounds I was creating together and getting into a rhythm felt so good.

Hopefully I can pursue this new found passion for learning to play with the help of my extremly talented musician friends, they inspire me each time I watch them practice or play a live show. Keep yourself thirsty for new things to learn and staying inspired by your friends surrounding you. Each person you know houses so many unique talents and being able to learn from someone who loves what they do is the best.

 

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Making new friends

For a really long time I felt really comfortable and happy with the group of friends I had. I just felt like they knew who I was and was myself around them, so why find new ones? I felt that I only needed to maintain my current friendships and even though that was great, I was limiting my network and growth.

When I moved to Rhode Island I didn’t know anyone. I mean like I knew my cat and husband, but that’s it. I was pretty homesick for a while and only talked to my friends back home. I was excited to meet new people but I never ever imagined that I would make such strong friendships and bonds like the ones I now have. I think that the older you get it just becomes more difficult to make new friends and make time for friends. Life is more complicated and more complex. There are careers to juggle, family, children, more animals, etc!

I’ve allowed myself to let go of any expectation when I meet new people and it’s been a beautiful thing see friendships unfold in a way that I would’ve never expected. I think that it’s difficult to make new friends. When you’re feeling down, you just want to talk to someone that knows you. When you’re feeling like having a random excursion you want to call a friend you’ve known forever that you know will take a mini-roadtrip with you on-a-whim or go for coffee just because. What I’ve found, is that after now several years of living in Rhode Island I have cultivated some of the most beautiful friendships without even expecting it. And that’s been the best gift this Ocean State has given me.

 

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xo,

Olivia

Carl Sagan and Cotton Candy Sunsets

Famous Astronomer, Physicist, Cosmologist, and Science Communicator Carl Sagan was way before my time but I am now relishing in all of his contributions. I feel lucky to look back on his writings and quotes and feel super inspired by his love and passion of our Universe. He was extremely talented at describing the world around him with such eloquence and beauty.

I leave you with some of his beautiful quotes and a Providence sunset….

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” 

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”

“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”

“We are star stuff harvesting sunlight.”

“The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.”

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There is an immense amount of beauty in our world. Never stop wondering and wandering.

-Olivia

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My pineapple dress

Hands down one of my favorite stores here in Providence is Bananas located on the West Side of the city. Lizzy, owner and creative mind behind the shop does an amazing job choosing the best items to have in stock and her personality radiates throughout. Did you catch her previous interview Olivia did a little big ago? Check it out here.

A couple weeks ago I made my way over to her to check out what she had in search of a cute dress for no particular reason. If you have never been believe me it is very easy to find something to love while shopping around the peter pan collars, cat shirts and fabulous jewelry. I wanted to share with you the item I bought, the pineapple dress! The fit of the dress is exactly what I have been searching for. With my body type you have to take into consideration various elements while choosing items and this covers all of the needs! Check Lizzy out online here and in store at 381 Broadway, Providence.

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(Vintage bag from Carmen and Ginger.)

 

 

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WAYLAND SQUARE POWER YOGA *Interview with Owner Sharon Marie*

As I shared in a previous post, I have been getting back into my yoga practice and it’s been awesome rediscovering my love for yoga as well as the studios here in Providence.

Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you an interview with the Owner of Wayland Square Power Yoga, Sharon Marie. One very, very early Sunday morning I arrived at Sharon’s beautiful lofty studio in the heart of Wayland Square. She welcomed me into her studio, as if it were her home, with so much grace. We talked about yoga, Providence, our pets, it made me feel as though we had been friends for a long time. When you meet her, Sharon welcomes you with a big smile looks you right in the eyes and makes you feel present. It was quite beautiful being in her yoga studio getting to know her, the business, and what she’s learned over the years.

I hope that you are able to walk away from today’s interview feeling inspired and ready to take on another challenge in your life whatever that may be.

Ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu…. Sharon Marie.

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where are you from and where do you live now? 

“I was born and raised right here in Rhode Island. I speak the native tongue.”

describe Providence in a few words. 

“Providence is a smart, eclectic, charming, and amazing little-big city. It has EVERYTHING a fit, foodie, spa-shopaholic, nature lover could want.”

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when do you feel the most creative? 

“All the time.”

what is one thing you can’t leave your house without? 

“My books.”

when do you feel your best? 

“After my morning coffee.”

what is the best place you’ve ever traveled to? 

“Maui”

what kind of yoga do you practice? 

“I practice Ashtanga and Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga”

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when did you realize you loved yoga? 

“2008, I introduced myself to Baptiste Power Vinyasa. It was love at first breath.”

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what inspired you to have a yoga studio? 

“My entrepreneurial spirit! I wanted to create a simple space, a sanctuary for yoga practice, for yoga teachers, a space for transformation and healing for myself and the community.”

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why did you decide to open a studio in Providence?

“I almost didn’t! I was prepared to sign another lease elsewhere, but something didn’t feel right about it. My mentor, Joan Dwyer, was the one who pointed me to the East Side. The space we thought that was available was already taken by Alex and Ani! So, my husband and I were walking around, had lunch at L’Artisian, saw that a space was available right across the street, called Ken Dulgarian, and things just happened really fast from there! It felt like a perfect fit.”

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where in Providence are you located?

“We are in the heart of Wayland Square on the East Side at 13 S. Angel St, Providence, RI 02906.”

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what would you say is your big vision for WSPY?

“My vision for WSPY is to grow our teaching staff, which begins this September with our RYT 200 hour training program, expand services to students and clients with my reflexology practice, create life changing opportunities for students and teachers, create some exciting yoga retreats, and be in service to our community always.”

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what would you say is the best business advice you’ve received?

“Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.”

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what have you learned from having a business?

“The failures are the lessons. There isn’t any room for fear. There isn’t any other way to be but kind. Trust your gut, always.”

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besides practicing yoga, what else do you enjoy on your time off?

“I enjoy spending time with my family, my friends, and just as much, I love my solitude. I love to read anything that will expand my mind, to write, and to ride my Harley any chance I get. I love being outdoors.”

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Favorite quote.

Love came first. ~ Michael Eigen, Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis”

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Us gals here at winter moon live our lives by inspiration; tell us, who or what inspires you?

“Wow, how to answer that? It’s limitless for me. Yoga, my practice, inspires me every day. Spiritual studies inspires me. My husband, Bob, my daughters, Katie and Christy, my rescued fur children (Rudy, the dachshund, Rebel, the shepherd-husky, and Skipper, the cat-lion. They are the truest yogis, living in the day and in the moment). My friends, teachers, mentors inspire me. I love them all dearly. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today without them. Teaching yoga, helping others find serenity in their lives inspires me. Positive, successful people inspire me.  If I had to sum it up, Life inspires me!”

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any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a yoga studio or wanting to become a yoga instructor—or even start yoga?!

1. Follow your heart.
2. Practice yoga.
3. Fall in love with the practice.
4. Share the practice with others, become a teacher.
5. Hold space for others, open a studio, maybe.
6. Do your homework.
7. Ask for help.
8. Make mistakes.
9. Practice yoga.
10. Be kind to yourself.

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You can follow Sharon’ journey and Wayland Square Power Yoga on instagram, Facebook, and twitter!

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Thank you Sharon for being so honest and transparent with us about your life and journey of owning a business in Providence. I wish you so much success!

XO,

Olivia

// photography & interview by Olivia //