Thursday, October 30, 2008
Here is your yogathought for the day:
"Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible." ~Bob Harper
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
"Suffering the consequences of living according to someone else's wishes doesn't make any sense; rather, you need to oppose the external opinions that try to force you to be what you're not intended to be."
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A few summers ago when I took a graduate class in career counseling, we learned that a good question to ask when trying to help people figure out their interests and possible career ideas, is what magazines they get or purchase regularly. When I think about it, my subscriptions are a pretty good indication of my interests and passions.
I currently subscribe to:
Body + Soul
Simple Living (this one was a gift, and I love it)
Inside Columbia (this is a community magazine)
People (this one I'm most embarrassed about, and I do plan on letting the subscription expire)
I really enjoy each of these magazines for different reasons. In fact, I got my newest issue of Instyle today, and I'm looking forward to beginning to read it tonight!
Here is your yogathought for the day:
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." --Maya Angelou
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I would encourage you to take the test--even if you have taken it before. It's also important to understand exactly what the descriptions mean. On the surface, the J (judging) type wasn't something I was pleased about, but after further reading, I learned that judging did not mean judgmental, but instead indicated that I prefer order, organization, structure, and I am responsible--which I would agree with completely. This is one of the many, many reasons yoga is so good for me. It has helped me learn to be more flexible and go with the flow!
When I took the test this last time, the results showed I am an INFJ's (the I--introvert--actually won!):
"INFJs, making up an estimated 1% of all people, are the most rare type (males even more so). They are introspective, caring, sensitive, gentle and complex people that strive for peace and derive satisfaction from helping others. INFJs are highly intuitive, empathetic and dedicated listeners. These traits tend to act as a "tell me what's wrong" sign on their forehead, hence the nicknames Confidant, Counselor or Empath. INFJs are intensely private and deeply committed to their beliefs.
INFJs tend to be devoted to what they believe in and seek work where their needs, values, and ideals can be deeply engaged. They move on the wave of their inspirations and are determined to see that their values are worked out in their lives. They will work toward their goals individually and, when needed, will put together a team of other highly dedicated people like themselves."
Overall, I would say this is an accurate description of my personality. I would love to hear the results of this test for all you lovely ladies out there in blog land...
Have a blessed day!
Friday, October 17, 2008
soup on the stove simmering
hubby making pumpkin pie
chill music playing on xm radio
stemless wine glass with a little pinot noir
beautifully manicured nails drying as I type this post
I have to admit--I have a problem. Maybe even an addiction. I cannot stop buying finger nail polish! Truly, I probably own at least 30+ nail colors. I actually haven't counted because I'm not sure I want to know the real number. I have almost every shade you could imagine. Even when I treat myself and go to get a professional manicure done, I typically want to take my own polish, so I can touch it up throughout the week. I love how I feel when my fingernails are beautifully manicured. Tonight, I gave myself a manicure. It looks fabulous, if I do say so myself. I used a gorgeous color called Autumn Berry. It is a rich, reddish, purplish, bronzy mixture. Almost the color of my glass of wine with a little bronzy, gold added. I purchased the color last year, and it is still one of my all time favorites--especially for this time of year.
For those of you who also enjoy beautifully painted fingers and toes, here are the steps I used to give myself tonight's manicure (I always like to know what other fabulous ladies are using):
1. Filed nails so they just barely pass the edge of my finger tips. I like a mostly squared, with a little round tip. (Once my manicurist said the tip should match the shape of your cuticle. I make mine a little more square.)
2. Applied OPI Chip Skip
3. Applied Revlon 480 Autumn Berry nail color--GORGEOUS color
4. Applied Sally Hansen Mega Shine extended wear top coat
5. Finished off with OPI Drip Dry drops
I hope you, too, are having a fabulous fall evening.
Here is your yogathought for the day--from Julia Cameron on the necessity of carving out alone time when we need it:
"We strive to be good, to be nice, to be helpful, to be unselfish. We want to be generous, of service, of the world. But what we really want is to be left alone. When we can't get others to leave us alone, we eventually abandon ourselves. To others, we may look like we're there. We may act like we're there. But our true self has gone to ground."
Craving some me-time? Find it, even if only a few minutes--it's your responsibility to yourself and others!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It read, "Women Are Paid Just 77 Cents for Every Dollar a Man Makes."
Then, when I turned on Oprah I saw today's show was about Women Who Changed the World, including Gloria Steinem and Maria Shriver. I took these as signs that I should post today about being woman...what I wouldn't give to be able to sit down around a large round coffee table with a cup in hand and have a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, and Maria Shriver. While I'm dreaming about it, I would probably also add Madonna and Seane Corn to the list.
Gloria Steinem has paved the way for women to live the fabulous lives we lead. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that life wasn't always this way for women. And let us also not forget, as women, we still have a ways to go.
Here is your yogathought for the day from Steinem herself:
"It isn't about women having to do it all. It's about women not having to do it all."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
To tell you the truth, I didn't even know asparagus pots existed until this past summer when I discovered them in Target while shopping for wedding gifts. For those of you not familiar with this type of pot, it is tall and allows you to cook asparagus standing straight up. I really like asparagus, and we eat it frequently, so I showed it to hubby and said I'd like to purchase one. We decided to wait, as it was definitely a want rather than a need. However, many times since then when cooking asparagus, I had thought about how handy having the special pot would be. I never mentioned it again to hubby or his parents.
I always find it so interesting how sometimes we get exactly what we ask for...so I am always very careful in what I ask. I also try not to second guess things when I don't get exactly what I want--at times, this can be incredibly challenging. Instead, I try focus my attention on trusting that there is a force (God, Allah, the universe, Spirit--whatever you use to describe it) who has much bigger and better plans for me than I can ever imagine. Perhaps some would say this is a naive way of thinking. To me, it's all about faith.
Here is your yogathought for the day:
"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want." --Margaret Young
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
"I’m a farm boy who grew up here in the hills outside Yamhill, Ore., raising sheep for my F.F.A. and 4-H projects. At various times, my family also raised modest numbers of pigs, cattle, goats, chickens and geese, although they were never tightly confined.
Our cattle, sheep, chickens and goats certainly had individual personalities, but not such interesting ones that it bothered me that they might end up in a stew. Pigs were more troubling because of their unforgettable characters and obvious intelligence. To this day, when tucking into a pork chop, I always feel as if it is my intellectual equal.
Then there were the geese, the most admirable creatures I’ve ever met. We raised Chinese white geese, a common breed, and they have distinctive personalities. They mate for life and adhere to family values that would shame most of those who dine on them.
While one of our geese was sitting on her eggs, her gander would go out foraging for food — and if he found some delicacy, he would rush back to give it to his mate. Sometimes I would offer males a dish of corn to fatten them up — but it was impossible, for they would take it all home to their true loves.
Once a month or so, we would slaughter the geese. When I was 10 years old, my job was to lock the geese in the barn and then rush and grab one. Then I would take it out and hold it by its wings on the chopping block while my Dad or someone else swung the ax.
The 150 geese knew that something dreadful was happening and would cower in a far corner of the barn, and run away in terror as I approached. Then I would grab one and carry it away as it screeched and struggled in my arms.
Very often, one goose would bravely step away from the panicked flock and walk tremulously toward me. It would be the mate of the one I had caught, male or female, and it would step right up to me, protesting pitifully. It would be frightened out of its wits, but still determined to stand with and comfort its lover.
We eventually grew so impressed with our geese — they had virtually become family friends — that we gave the remaining ones to a local park. (Unfortunately, some entrepreneurial thief took advantage of their friendliness by kidnapping them all — just before the next Thanksgiving.)
So, yes, I eat meat (even, hesitantly, goose). But I draw the line at animals being raised in cruel conditions. The law punishes teenage boys who tie up and abuse a stray cat. So why allow industrialists to run factory farms that keep pigs almost all their lives in tiny pens that are barely bigger than they are?"
Just something to think about.
Today's show is a Lisa Ling Report: How we treat the animals we eat. To be honest, a part of me doesn't want to watch...that part of me that knows it's easier to remain in blissful ignorance. However, I will be watching and learning, and know I'll have more to think about after it's over.
If you happen to be near a television when Oprah is on today, perhaps you will tune in, too.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I have purchased a few black wraps and throws--at discounted prices, of course--gotta love TJ Maxx and Marshall's. I also purchased a bunch of inexpensive cami's in a multitude of colors. I have mustard, cranberry, black, and white. I purchased two light-weight scarves--one in charcoal grey and one violet and silver striped. I already have a drawer full of black bootcut yoga pants that can look dressed up or down. Then, I start to mix and match. I also throw in different earrings, bracelets, and rings. Viola'--I'm feeling good, looking good, and ready to go: creatively chic!
If you haven't lately, perhaps it's time to explore your own style. What makes you look and feel fabulous? Fall is a perfect time to begin mixing and matching and layering your clothes and accessories for beautiful looks.
Here is your mantra for the day:
"I am beautiful inside and out and deserve to be dressed beautifully."
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
A few years ago while attending a workshop with Kest, he said something that has stuck with me, and I often use in my classes. (This will be paraphrased.) So for all you yogis out there, imagine you're in the middle of an athletic and challenging yoga class, perhaps even imagine being in one of your most difficult postures. Now, imagine hearing this:
In all postures we should be challenged yet at the same time relaxed and calm. If I were to take a photograph of your face right now and send it to a loved one, they should not be worried about you. If they would be, perhaps you're trying too hard.
Saying this always gives people permission to relax and even smile or laugh while practicing yoga. Sometimes we take things a bit too seriously--and as a recovering perfectionist, I am definitely guilty of this much more often than I'd like to admit.
So, next time you're in half moon, revolving triangle, or even in an uncomfortable or challenging life situation, take a moment and think of Kest's words. Ask yourself: Am I trying too hard? Am I taking this situation or myself a bit too seriously?
If the answer is yes,
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Speaking of my day, I think it is so interesting I just yesterday posted on equanimity. My equanimity was sure challenged today--way too many things going on at the same time. I made it though and did remind myself on multiple occasions to try to stop the incessant chattering in my mind and JUST BREATHE!
Now that I have returned home and back to my state of equanimity, I need to get down to business and pass this award on to others, so I will proceed with the blogging award rules:
Mention the blog that gave it to you and comment on their blog to let them know you have posted your award. Share 6 values that are important to you and 6 things you do not support. Grant the prize to 6 people.
6 Values important to me:
*Gratitude--recognizing grace in my life daily
*Creativity--knowing we are the co-creators of our lives
*Truth--knowing truth, speaking truth, living in truth
*Love--spreading it to everyone we encounter
*Acceptance--of self and others
*Compassion--for self and others
Six things I do not support:
*violence in word, thought, or action
*judgement of others when we haven't walked in their shoes
*silencing our inner truth to appease others
*a sedentary lifestyle
(On a side note, I must say coming up with the 6 things I don't support was hard. I really try to always focus my energy and thoughts on the positives and all that I want to create more of in my life!)
Now...here are my 6 blogging award recipients (drumroll, please):
Naturally Nina at http://naturallynina.blogspot.com/
Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Blog at http://crazysexycancer.blogspot.com/
Kimberly Wilson at http://www.kimberlywilson.com/blog/
Pink Heels at http://pink-heels.blogspot.com/
The Skeptic Yogi at http://skepticyogi.blogspot.com/
Dirty Footprints at http://dirtyfootprints-studio.blogspot.com/
Hope you enjoy checking out these wonderful ladies' blogs as much as I do! Thanks again, Caroline.
Here is your yoga thought for the day:
"Yoga does not expect us to flee from the world and retire into the Himalayas. It assures us: the refuge you seek you will never find in the outside world. It is within you. Leave the stormy world of the senses behind you, raise your consciousness to the central point of your being and realize that here alone is the force, here alone is the peace and here alone the refuge you are seeking." --Selvarajan Yesudian
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
baked sweet potato french fries
fabulous fall weather
comfy and cute clothes
Paul Mitchell straightening iron
Leaves scented candle from Bath and Body Works
fabulous french press decaf coffee
grocery cart filled with healthy, wholesome food
Wishing you a gracious, wonderful day.