People of Antigua

People of Antigua

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Little One yet her mom was close by being vendors

 

People fascinate me.

I love people watching and I am alway curious about who they are, what kind of lives they have etc

It was no different being in Antigua.

 

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They let me take this pic if I paid them – with pleasure I did!!

 

Other countries fascinate me – how they live, their cultures etc

It leaves me with many questions – which many will never or can never be answered.

Enjoy!!

These a just some of the photos I took of the people there!! 🙂

 

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Vendor in doorway

Many of the women dressed this way

 

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Walking the streets – Antigua

 

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Lady in Antigua

 

Curious – is she tired and taking a break?

Where is her husband or does she have one?

Is he too out vending or maybe home sick or………?

 

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Woman in the Square with her load

 

I saw so many women carrying such loads – on their heads and baby in tow – front, side or back – incredible!

 

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Taking a break – Antigua

 

What I have witnessed in other countries so far is the family works together and many times kids are young – yet they are together.

 

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Old Mayan man – Antigua

 

I was curious as to where he lived and how.

 

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Girls in Antigua

Caught a moment of joy and laughter – was there a good joke??

 

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Wondering??

This photo left me wondering much……

is she mad at her mom and this is her baby brother?

Or is she a single parent and having a moment?

Is she a tired single parent? (and young)

Or is she just tired?

oh and more………

 

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Beggars in Antigua

 

These 3 ladies were interesting.

There were about 50 ft from one another, hand out, eyes closed and just sitting and waiting.

I wondered if they were praying or just tired at life.

 

What IF I was 5 minutes later on any of these people……..maybe there would be a different expression to lead to a different perspective therefore different questions.

Just a thought!! 🙂

Jodi

A Taste of Antigua

A Taste of Antigua

 

Just a few of the many photos I took – enjoy!!

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View of Antigua and the Volcano behind

 

If you’ve never been then I highly recommend to go.

Antigua is about 45 mins outside of Guatemala City.

 

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Old Church affected by the 1773 earthquake.

 

It’s beautiful, different, very old and has some amazing history.

 

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Local buses – now how cool is that??

 

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An old Pharmacy that is now a great restaurant.

Not to mention great cafes and restaurants.

 

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Sunday Church Market – how they make slushies

One of the big markets here.

 

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Early morning when the street was quiet.

It can be busy during the day in Antigua.

 

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One of the street vendors

I didn’t see grocery stores yet there were many fruit vendors

 

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One of the buildings being refinished

 

So many old and beautiful buildings!!

It was just a short trip yet will be back to do more touring around.

Jodi

Old Mexican Buildings

Old Mexican Buildings

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Part of an Old Garment Factory in Mexico

 

 

Just took a 5 day little trek to the ocean for some fun in the sun – ok the beach!!

On the way there we went to an old as in 200 yrs old garment factory that the front has been restored on and an open theatre has been created.

 

 

 

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One of the Halls in the Factory

 

The rest of the building was a photographers dream – ok mine 🙂  I love old fallen down buildings especially brick and wood, this one had much character and history!.

 

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Parts Still Standing After 200 yrs…….or is it?

 

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Thru the Old Door

 

On the way back we stopped at a 150 year old hacienda.  I did not know that hacienda’s were sometimes 1000’s of acres big.

Both of these buildings were big.

 

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Just Part of the Old Hacienda

 

 

Yet, it was a form of slavery until the revolution in the early 1900’s.  It got me to thinking about history – or is there as in the quantum world everything is now.  So why does history keep repeating itself or does it?

Since we are multi dimensional beings, is it that all timelines hold the same energies, just different eras or themes but similar.

 

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The Second Building

 

As in slavery – this time line covers it up well yet it’s still slavery.

Just think about that for a moment.

 

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I’m Curious of the Stories Here

Yet, we can start choosing differently.

We are more powerful than that!

Jodi

xo

I forgot to mention, I took tons of photos, had fun and am excited about the stories I will be creating with them – this is only a taste of much more!!  I was in heaven!! 🙂

 

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The Back or Middle of the Main House?

My Eagle Story

Eagles

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The Eagle

In the Eagle, there is all the wisdom of the world.

  –  Lame Deer

 

I would like to share this little story because of my friend Sandra.
The last few times we’ve spoken, she has mentioned several times every time someone comes into her reading room they comment on my eagle picture you’ve got to share it  she says.
By the way she’s an awesome reader – check her out.
 I got thinking okay I’ll share it as I have a fascination with Eagles and I’ve been blessed many times in my life with amazing encounters with eagles.
Even the story behind this image yet I will share this one.
When I was getting married, my mom, who had past away 6 months earlier, I asked her for a sign that she was with me when I got married.
It was a simple wedding with a couple of friends on the beach on Vancouver island.
I said mom, please give me a sign through the eagle during the wedding.
While we were  doing our vows there was an eagle way high up in the sky flying above us.
I said to my friend well  she came but I was hoping for something else something more to be honest. Yet I was happy.
She said Jodi, you can’t you can’t have expectations of how it’ll show, how she will show you, yet she did let you know.  I said I know, I guess I wanted more.  I was missing my mom to be honest.
Anyways, we went for dinner.
At dinner both my brother and I both had ordered rice with our meals and instead we  got mashed potatoes.  I asked the waiter for rice.  Sandra asked me if I didn’t like mashed potatoes, I replied with I love mashed potatoes but my mom had the best mashed potatoes.  She said really.  So I asked the kids who had the best mashed potatoes and both replied together – Grandma Eve (as they called her).
Sandra replied with well, that’s how it works  – your mom is letting you know she is here but not in the way you expected or wanted.
hmmmm ok I said okay fair enough I get it!
The next day comes and my  husband and I drive out to Tofino on the far West coast on Vancouver Island.
We were staying at a hotel at the far end of the beach from Tofino.
We pulled up to this  hotel as it was set back from the water but it’s where all the fishing boats anchored. The big fishing boats that go out to sea.
 As we pulled into the parking lot there was at least 50 Eagles sitting  in trees all around.
I want okay thanks Mom that is awesome but wait, it gets better !!
The next morning I get up and  make my coffee,  we’re staying in a condo style hotel  on the second floor.
I make my coffee and go to sit on the couch as it’s has a great view out the window.
Right off  to the side is as big tree  less than 30 feet from the balcony and sitting on a branch is an Eagle looking at me.
Whoa!!
We didn’t leave till about 10 or so that morning  and the eagle was still there.
We came back about 5 or so to get ready for dinner and  the eagle was still there.
We came back from dinner about 9 or so the eagle was still there.
Wow, ok thanks Mom!!!!
Of course the next day when I woke up,  the Eagle was gone, but I knew my mom was letting me know she was there.
There is no division between the seen and unseen except what we allow.
What stops us is our fears, points of views and programs.
As Everything is Energy and just vibrates at different speeds.
Me, yeah I’m still working on heightening my skills yet it’s possible for any of us.
The marriage didn’t last but the memory did!!
Thanks for reading!!
Jodi
xo
PS – I don’t share this to brag about the Eagles as to loved ones are still near us many times.

Mexico Unseen

Mexico Unseen

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Guachimontones Pyramids near Guadalajara

 

A year of playing with different photography and learning how to use Photoshop – I finally gave in as my direction and creativity that is wanting to be expressed goes beyond a simple click or black and white.  I get to entwine it with diving deeper down the rabbit hole of Quantum Physics and life!!

Mexico Unseen is looking with a different perspective.

 

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Guachimontones Pyramids – this is the second biggest one – the biggest still needs to be cleared

I had fun creating these and they will be up for sale shortly on my Portfolio site.

Seeing these pyramids and the ‘history’ behind them left me with many more questions about our Universe and our history!!  Much of it is unseen to the every day person.

These are just a few of the images I am working on.

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What IS really out there?

Mexico is a beautiful country rich with culture and much unexplored – I will be doing much more exploring of it this year!!

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I couldn’t resist – for any of you that get it!! 🙂

Enjoy!!

Jodi

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

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Day of the Dead

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos form Mexico and what a beautiful opportunity to share some of the photos and experience I got to take in yesterday.

What an honouring and celebration of people who were very special in people’s lives and a releasing of their Souls.

Enjoy!!

xo

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Day of the Dead

One of the many beautiful alters for then that passed over.

 

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Day of the Dead

Several working on the alters before dark.

 

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Day of the Dead

The time, the focus, the honouring and the love shined through watching these being created!

 

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Day of the Dead

A wall full of these waiting to be lit in honour.

 

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Day of the Dead

One of the many Catrinas.

 

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Day of the Dead

 

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Day of the Dead

It was beautiful to see a wall lit up!

 

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Day of the Dead

Mexico

Mexico

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos of Mexico.

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Color Blankets at the Market

As I wander around some small villages and towns were is so much to see!

 

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Basket Shop

I have found Mexicans to be quite friendly, happy and even though some are very poor still smile and say Good Morning!!

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Guys enjoying a Saturday

No matter where we are in the world we all have our own struggles – yet on Sundays you can go to any park or centre square and it’s full of people enjoying life and living.

 

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Walking to and from the market

A lot of markets with fresh foods are in Mexico – yet processed crap and Coca-Cola have become popular creating much obesity in Mexico – so sad to see as their diet outside of that is quite healthy!

 

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Corner Stores

 

Stores are different than in North America – not in the cities but in towns and villages this is quite common.

 

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2 Women cooking outside

 

Many outside and roadside ‘restaurants’!!

 

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Older man selling his stuff at the market

 

Many street dogs – who can be afraid of humans – once they trust you they love you.  There are some great ‘Gringo’s helping dogs get fixed and find homes in North America  – if you want to adopt a dog – there are some waiting for a good home!

 

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Common scene of dogs taking it easy in the heat

 

What I love most so far of being in Mexico besides the sun and warmth is the food, ease, friendly people and it just seems so much freer and less stress than in North America – not for everyone but for some of us it’s great!!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share!

Jodi

 

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Enjoying a cold drink on a hot afternoon!

Back in Canada

 Back in Canada

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Fall Leaves

I am back in Canada and last week had time with a couple of friends to capture some of the beauty of fall colors and also some images of ourselves in the fall beauty and  pushing the boundaries.

Since starting to share my project Raw, Naked and Beautiful – people have been sending me messages of inspiration and also wanting to participate somehow – I see a road trip coming up in 2018!!

And I see much more energy focused in that direction – it is yelling at me that it is needed and wanted.

It has been fun seeing some beautiful spots of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia and also seeing some of the many trails I spent walking with my dog Spirit – who passed last December – this is the first time I am really back in this area.  I have felt like I’ve been chasing the light – tall cedars, fall, coolness and beautiful colors – much fun!.

After our first day of shooting – staying with my friend we uploaded some of the photos and started looking at them – it’s interesting – (good choice of words eh?) looking at photos of yourself, semi nude and nude.

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Contracting when feeling self limiting – Photo by Sandra Wagman

Seeing what comes up.

Surrendering to what is has become the new theme – waving the red flag – symbolizing love especially love of self and our body.

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Waving the Flag – Photo by Sandra Wagman

We truly do have that choice each day, each moment in all that we think and do – starting with ourselves.

It’s truly breaking free from the self imposed bondage and limitations of me.

It’s been an interesting trip back to Canada – grateful I am here but can’t wait to get back to the warm sun!

Jodi

xo

Shoot me a message or stay in touch as to how and where the Raw, Naked and Beautiful project unfolds – as many women are needed for it!

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Looking Back one Last Time – Photo by Sandra Wagman

Catching Up

Why We Do Yoga

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Why We Do Yoga

Wow what a crazy few weeks!!

Mercury is in Retrograde and I decided to go back to Canada during this time -flying – travelling not always a great idea as I found out on my way back!  Lets just say I would never fly United Airlines again and letting others know it!!  Rude customer agents and over priced baggage fees!

My time is in Canada and USA was busy – gathering things together to come back down to Mexico for a longer stay, packing up things, visiting friends, playing with my dehydrator and making lots of crackers, cereal and a few other goodies and shooting Yogi’s for the book coming out very soon Why We Do Yoga.

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Why We Do Yoga

It’s been an amazing venture to meet and be able to Photograph most of these Yogi’s – words cannot describe it!  I cannot wait to share the photos, the whys and more – it truly has inspired me even deeper – whether you do Yoga or not, or something that moves the body and bring you joy, awareness and a way to connect mind, body and spirit is what is essential.

We have become extremely disconnected and uncaring – I experienced it first hand at the Airport.

Now that I am grounded for a little while in Mexico I will be diving deeper into Yoga, consciousness, awareness, energy, manifesting, real and raw foods and more!.  I have no dehydrator here but I did an amazing deal on a juicer when I got back here and will be experimenting using the sun energy for dehydrating.

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Quiet Time

I’ve already started my sprouts, kombucha and tomorrow will be raw sauerkraut.

Whether it’s food, thoughts, feelings or intentions – it’s all energy and it all matters or will create matter!

I am realizing that people and the world are waking up – we need to – our health and the planet is headed in the wrong direction for many.  It does not have to be hard, boring, confusing or taste bad.

We are powerful creators – we create everything in our lives and we are live beings who need to be eating more live or real foods!

I joke with people now and say – once you take the blue pill and you actually swallow it – life becomes very different!

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Go for Peace as much as possible!

Can’t wait to share.

I hope you are having an amazing day and if not go find something or someone that brings you joy and move more into that vibration!!

Peace, Love & Consciousness

Jodi

PS – More info here on Why We Do Yoga

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Love heals much!

People in Cuba

Cuba

Cuba

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Cuba

 

As you may or may not know I spent the lat 10 days in Cuba!  I didn’t just go MIA 🙂

One of the places on my bucket list before it really changed as I so wanted to photograph there.

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Cuba

 

I don’t know where to begin with my experience – lets just say it was very eye opening and yes I did get to feed my photography appetite rather well!

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Cuba

 

At the same time there is not internet allowed in homes there, so if you can find a store to buy a card, actually you can find a card much easier not eh street but you will pay 2 – 4 times the amount of a card from the store.  You need a wifi card to get on the internet – it’s good for an hour (or so it says – I lost 4 cards for less than 30 mins in time) and you have to find a wifi park  – some higher end hotels will have wifi.

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Cuba

 

It is funny to see 100 or or so people all on their phones in one area – and when there is this many there is no chance of getting on the internet – i did well to log on and then check my email which in itself took awhile as it’s all dial up – OMG – won’t be taking wifi for granted any more!!

While in Cuba I met a guy who took me through all the back streets – places I am sure most people don’t go – he knew it well so I got to see lots and took many photos of Havana most people don’t see!

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Cuba

 

I am just sharing a few photos here as I have many – it was hard to choose and it may look like I took many cars photos – which I did – it was fun seeing so manifold cars but I took many other too and I will share more in upcoming posts!

I know my eyes got open in Cuba as I did not stay in an all inclusive place – I really got to see some of Cuba  – it is a third world country and at one time it was an extremely wealthy country.

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Cuba

 

It has opened my eyes up to have more Gratitude in my life and my daily choices of even some simple things.

What a way to start 2017 – Look out as some exciting things will be coming down the pipeline here!!

Create a Fantastic Day!

Much Love

Jodi

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Cuba