Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!


Wishing you peace, love, and happiness in 2012!!

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, December 30, 2011

What Goes Around Comes Around

{picture taken 12.25.2011}

You know that saying; "A picture is worth a thousand words?" Well, this picture of {from left to right} my brother Barrett, me, my Dad, my brother Elliott, and my Mom, is "worth" way more than "a thousand words" to me. 

Flash back 17 years {wow}, I was adjusting to my new life as a boarding school student, living thousands of miles away from my family and friends, and feeling very much like a "fish out of water." But I was settling in nicely, had made a few good friends, and was excelling both academically and athletically. It was "Parent's Weekend" and I couldn't have been more excited for my parents to come visit me, meet my new friends, and see the place I now called "home." They arrived, watched my field hockey game, and walked around the campus, remarking how impressed and proud they were that I was in this place. I was equally impressed and proud to show them off; because in my mind, we were a "perfectly normal" family, full of love, comfort, and support. I always knew, in my heart, that I could count on my parents for anything and everything.

But what happened next, was something I never could have counted on: My parents and I went to their hotel room so that they could "get ready" for our impending dinner with  my best friend and her parents. We were all sitting around, still reflecting and commenting on the wonderfulness of my new "home," when my parents sat down on the bed across from me and told me that they had something they wanted to "talk to me about." Immediately, I thought that my Mom was pregnant. Sadly, the "conversation" began very differently than I could have ever imagined: "We are getting a divorce." 

Tears were shed, feelings of anger, confusion, and shock were too overwhelming to digest, and promises of "we are still best friends" and "everything is going to be ok," were thrown out there in quiet desperation. Ultimately, these feelings and thoughts wouldn't be the firsts of the heartbreaks and disappointments I would experience over the next 10 years because of my parents' divorce.

Many journals, prayers, wishes, and dreams were created and imagined over the years, with the hope and intention that one day, my family would be all together again; laughing, loving, and enjoying each other, while celebrating the special and unique bond we naturally and organically share as a family. 

When I became a Mom, many of the feelings I had suppressed for so long about my parents' divorce, rose to the surface. I wanted {so very much} for my boys to share special moments with both of my parents together in the same room, at the same time, sharing in the same magic of the holidays and the every-days. And most importantly, I wanted my boys to believe that no matter what happens in life, love conquers all! 

17 years later, December 25th, 2011, love proved to conquer all!! My Mom, Dad, brothers, husband, and two little boys, were all together . . . . the 8 of us. It was a rare and special moment; and one that I am not really sure will ever happen, ever again. 

But what I do know for certain, is that I will cherish that moment forever in my heart: A constant reminder to always BELIEVE in LOVE and a lesson on knowing that the most valuable things in our lives are truly PRICELESS.


In gratitude, 

Samantha





Scenes from a Magical Holiday Season









From the holiday inspired arts n' crafts to the most gorgeous Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, our holiday was filled with peace, love, and happiness!! And while I am feeling a mixed bag of emotions with the ending of the season, I am incredibly grateful for the memories made and super excited for the New Year ahead!!

I would love to hear about your holiday season? And also what you are looking forward to most in 2012?

xoxo
Samantha

ps. All of these pics were taken using Instagram. {my fav app} If you are on Instagram, come find me @samantha_savage

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

happy holidays


Wow! It is official! The holidays are here! Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. We celebrate all of the holidays in our home; so I am looking forward to eating yummy latkes and matzo ball soup, playing dreidel, lighting the candles, watching our boys open one present each, and telling the story Hanukkah. 

Speaking of stories, {and why i have been mia} On Saturday, I taught two Mindful Octopus, storytelling yoga classes, at the AR4T gallery in Laguna Beach. It was amazing! I taught a total of 20 wonderful kids. I told the Native American story of "How Raven Gifted Light to the World." After I told the story, the kids helped me re-tell the story using yoga poses. After the asana practice, I lead the kids through a mindfulness meditation, reminding them of the light that shines within themselves. I also emphasized the importance of taking the time, especially during the busy holiday season, to give the gift of presence. Presence is the ability to be here right now; for when you are present you are naturally in a relaxed state. 
To further emphasize the meaning of the story within themselves, they each created an art project using pine needles. We all had so much fun! I can't wait for the next Mindful Octopus class! 

Here are two photos that really capture the moment and the energy of the day! 



"The more light you allow within you
the brighter the world you live in will be."

{Shakti Gawain}

xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Post Marked

Today I am "Post Marked" on my new favorite, collaborative blog, The Post Social. The Post Social is "a place where blog posts get social. Fun and inspiring posts from all over the blogosphere are hand picked by The Post Social team to be shared." The Post Social team of Haydee from Happenstance, Heather from La Feem, and Julia from San Diego Songbird, is a magical trio!

The Post Social represents exactly what this blog world is all about; sharing the love! So I was incredibly honored when these lovely ladies asked me to put together a special bohemian inspired gift guide for the holidays. Check it out HERE!

And be sure to give them your address; because you just never know what will end up in your mailbox! I can only promise that it will be as inspiring, creative, and fun, as the ladies behind the scenes.

xoxo
Samantha

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama



My inspiring Mom posted this remarkable video on her facebook page the other day; and I have been watching it over and over again, as if it is my daily meditation or prayer. Directed and produced by award winning, visionary Louie Schwartzberg, "The Happiness Revealed Project" is a beautiful message of imagination and gratitude, by a child and an elder. {note: begins about 4 minutes in but the introduction is magical}

It is a simple message of truth that in today's world is almost forgotten. It is my hope, that as we look back and reflect on the events and lessons of 2011, we will be reminded of all we have to be grateful for; and in return, how important it is to open our hearts and live life to its' fullest! 

Gratefulness, mindfulness, and happiness are the nirvana of nouns! We learn them as a child and we teach them to our children. But as we enter into 2012, I believe it is time to turn these nouns into verbs! We have been "talking the talk" but now is the time to "walk the walk." For as the narrator in the video so eloquently says: "Open your heart and Have a good day!" 

I am ready for some {very} good days! How about you?


Peace, Love, and Happiness

Samantha


Monday, December 5, 2011

Scenes from a Hospitable Weekend

photo by torrey cook of ar4t


We kicked off the weekend with an artists reception at {our favorite creatives gallery} AR4T: Artists Republic for Tomorrow, in honor and celebration of their amazing collaborative exhibit and event: THE STORYTELLERS. THE STORYTELLERS is "a holiday show for kids and the kid inside all of us." A curated partnership of artists and writers, THE STORYTELLERS is a collection of pieces that will inspire, humor, and delight us all! {Check out a sneak peak here.}

We were so impressed and intrigued by THE STORYTELLERS that we couldn't wait to share it with James and Oliver; so the very next night, we stopped in again for a magical evening of art and ornament making with some of the cutest, coolest, and most creative kids "on the block." But we were hardly surprised because this special "Hospitality Night" event was part of a larger collaboration with Mini & Maximus, the raddest clothing line designed for kids and largely by kids. Every year, Mini & Maximus organizes a kids' art show and fundraiser creatively called Milk & Cookies; and this year they are hosting it with AR4T, at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, is this Saturday, the 10th. {Check out more details here.}

And, on Saturday, December 17th, AR4T, in further celebration of THE STORYTELLERS, has graciously invited Mindful Octopus to create a Kids Pop-Up Yoga Studio. I will be offering 3 storytelling yoga classes at AR4T, from 11-12, 1-2, and 3-4. {Check out the official flyer here.}

I am truly grateful to be aligned and partnered with such amazing, creative, and inspiring people - THE DREAMERS.

xoxo
Samantha

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Birthday!


One year ago today, December 1st, 2010, my journey began here, on the pages of Vintage is for Lovers. I was a stay at home Mom, caring for two very special baby boys, but all along, desperately searching for a spark of inspiration and connection, in between feedings and diaper changes. I have always loved to be creative and share ideas. But what started out as "following" the trend of home decor blogs, {it was the nesting period i was in} has ultimately turned into a life changing discovery of who I AM! 252 posts and counting, 229 of the best "Lovers" in the world, and 1 decision later, Vintage is for Lovers represents a personal journey of LOVE. 

From "Lovers Lane" to "Love Links," to "The Love of a Bohemian Mama," and everything in between and beyond, I am forever grateful for the freedom to express myself and the special people who have taken the time to listen and share the love right back to me. 

What I have learned over the past year is that blogging is not just about social medias and creative outlets - It is about giving back to ourselves and to each other! It is all about LOVE. 

Here is a little round up of my favorite blog posts from the past year:

The Vintage Guesthouse - I came home one day to shockingly see that over 300 people had looked at my post just that day, and over 2,500 to date! Thanks SF Girl By Bay

Lovers Lane - My very first in the series that I love so very much and wish that I had more time to showcase.

Love Links - Sharing the love is a magical part of this process. I love this particular post because it links to people I am so lucky to now call my friends, 

The Love of a Bohemian Mama - This post says it all! 

Two Boys and a Ice Cream Cone - And this is what it is all about! 


Happy Birthday, Vintage is for Lovers!




xoxo
Samantha




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