Thursday, September 30, 2010

lions in your home

Wired for Joy is one of the books I'm currently reading. It's written by Laurel Mellin, and while interesting, quite honestly, it has a bit too much of a text-book type feel for my personal preference. With this being said, I continue to read it because the topic is fascinating, and I'm learning. Essentially it's about rewiring the circuits in our brain to be joyful rather than stressful.

I do believe that being "stressed out" is almost celebrated in our culture today. Even as I write this I am thinking of how ludicrous that statement sounds, but I personally believe it. Seriously, if a person isn't busy and stressed there must be something wrong with them or missing in their life, right? We can become completely identified with our "stressed out" selves and our brain can become wired to be habitually stressed. Being stressed is a bad habit--period.

So, I'm working on's a process, that's for sure. While Laurel Mellin wrote an entire book on the topic, so far I think there are two poignant statements that sum it all up quite simply:

"'Stress is optional. There are no lions in your home.'"

I'm going to try to remember this next time I'm feeling like there are!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

changing names

I've been thinking about changing the name of my blog to I haven't decided for sure just yet, but I have been feeling like that name encompasses more of the direction I want this blog to go. So, if I decide to take the plunge and change the name, I invite you to follow.


Friday, September 24, 2010


Today I'm thankful for:

*the upcoming weekend (& much needed downtime)
*perfect football weather tonight for Homecoming
*my home
*fresh, new pair of contact lenses
*hot pink wool to knit my first pair of slippers
*light classical music station on tv

What's on your gratitude list today?


Sunday, September 19, 2010

sleeping in a wine cellar

This weekend my Sweet Husband and I went to a B & B in Hermann with some friends. This was my first trip to Hermann, and we had a great time. The Bed & Breakfast we stayed in was Murphy's B & B (Murphy is a sweet boxer pup). Our room was actually a converted wine cellar. When we booked the room, I was just a little hesitant about sleeping in a wine cellar, as I thought it might be dark and gloomy; however, thankfully, that was not at all the case. It was bright, charming, and very cozy. Here are a few photos from our trip:

Hope you had a charming weekend, too!

Friday, September 17, 2010

iphone and yoga apps

I LOVE my iphone. Before I had an iphone, I'd never been "into" phones, and the phone I had was old and one that I'm pretty sure I got for practically free with my plan. When I purchased my first iphone, I felt like such a diva, it prompted me to change the name of this blog! Now that I've had an iphone, I don't know that I could ever turn back!

One of the best things about the phone is definitely all the apps. This afternoon, I just purchased two new ones: Yoga Quiz & Yoga Deck. I haven't had a chance to use them, but I'm hoping to find them both useful.

For all you iphone users out there, I'd love to hear what your favorite apps are. Please share the iphone app love!

Happy Friday.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

another one

Emiliana Torrini...check her out!

I LOVE Pandora.

What are your favorite stations?


Saturday, September 11, 2010

fall wardrobe must-haves

I love everything about fall...the leaves turning colors, apple cider, pumpkins, the cool, crisp air, bonfires, hayrides, and mostly--fall clothes. Today, I moved my fall clothing from the spare bedroom closet into my closet. Here are some of my fall wardrobe must-haves:

Comfy Black Pant (I got this exact pair at Target).
Jewel Colored Cami's with lace (deep fuchsia, dark plum, & turquoise blue).

Love me some arm warmers...and scarves!

Great, funky-cut sweater to wear over the cami's. (Layer, layer, layer).

CND Shellac Nail polish in Fedora.

Fun, extra long silver necklaces.

This is what you'll find me in this fall!

Have fun. Express yourself. Get creative with your fall wardrobe.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

good news challenge

Today I had a student stop by to tell me good news. (Gotta love this!) Essentially, earlier in the week she came by because she was very frustrated with a situation with a teacher, and she reacted to the situation in a not so good way. We talked about how she could approach the teacher and have a mature conversation to try and right the situation. Today she came in and told me she talked with him and it went very well. This is a HUGE deal for this kid. She said the entire time she was talking with him she had my words in the back of her head (Double love this!).

When I first started my counseling program, I felt a lot of pressure (from myself) to "fix" people and "fix" situations. I remember one of my favorite instructors and mentors saying there is no such things as "fixing"--all you can do is plant seeds...just keep planting seeds. It's so exciting to see seeds I've planted over the last 2 years with my students starting to grow.

This incident also got me thinking about how glad I was she came back to share her good news with me. It seems people share complaints and frustrations much more readily than good news (and I'm not talking about in a counseling situation here--just in daily conversations). At times, I believe complaining can almost become a habit--and a not-so-good one, at that. Although I did have many situations today that wouldn't be considered "good news," that one small victory is what is really standing out in my mind and is most important. Oh how the world would be different if everyone shared at least one piece of good news with everyone they encounter...

So, that's my September challenge to you--share a piece of good news (no matter how big or small) with at least one person a day throughout the month of September.

Spread the goodness.


Monday, September 6, 2010

home photos

I always enjoy seeing shots of other people's homes. Overall, I think our home is a good reflection of us and is starting to feel very cozy. One of the ways I find to express my creativity is through decorating. I am a bargain shopper (love me some TJ Maxx, Marshalls, & Gordmans), and I love when I find the perfect accessory.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

voluntary simplicity

"Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more...Slowing everything down is a big part of this. Telling my mind and body to stay put with my daughter rather than answering the phone, not reacting to inner impulses to call someone who 'needs calling' right in that moment, choosing not to acquire new things on impulse, or even to automatically answer the siren call of magazines or television or movies on the first ring are all ways to simplify one's life a little. Others are maybe just to sit for an evening and do nothing, or to read a book, or go for a walk alone or with a child or with my wife, to restack the woodpile or look at the moon, or feel the air on my face under the trees, or go to sleep early.

I practice saying no to keep my life simple, and I find I never do it enough. It's an ardous discipline all its own, and well worth the effort. Yet it is also tricky. There are needs and opportunities to which one must respond. A commitment to simplicity in the midst of the world is a delicate balancing act. It is always in need or retuning, further inquiry, attention. But I find the notion of voluntary simplicity keeps me mindful of what is important, of an ecology of mind and body and world in which everthing is interconnected and every choice has far reaching consequences. You don't get to control it all. But choosing simplicity whenever possible adds to life and element of deepest freedom which so easily eludes us, and many opportunities to discover that less is actually more." --Jon Kabat-Zinn Wherever You Go, There You Are

I'm going to practice some volunary simplicity this Labor Day Weekend! Want to join me?


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

welcome september

September Intentions:

*Spend a weekend in Hermann w/ Sweet husband and friends
*Playdate w/ Hayley at Summit Lake Winery
*Finish reading Fly Away Home and Women, Food, & God (didn't happen last month, as I had hoped....I just read too many books at one time!)
*Teach 3 donation yoga classes at work in honor of National Yoga Month
*Play piano at least 1 time a week (went down from 3--I think this is more do-able for me right now)
*Learn 3 guitar chords (hoping Sweet Husband puts new strings on his guitar soon, as one is broken)
*Final summer pool party at my Momma's new pool
*Morning hike through the woods w/ Sweet Husband
*Start reading Yoga Adjustments book again

What do you have planned for the divine month of September?