Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Year two...

I have spent the last couple of weeks, deciding in what direction I wanted to take this blog.  

Last year I needed to focus on smiling and finding joy in my life, but I am ready to take on a new journey.

There have been some huge changes in the last year, and I now have the opportunity and desire to really transform my life.  This is a really intimidating path for me, to step away from my previous goals and walk differently.  To be able to find what I love and what doesn't drain me, I need inspiration.  The last couple of times I have sat down to create something, I just feel blank and I withdraw from the project.  I need to find inspiration in my daily life, I am going to reconnect with my heart.

This blog is going to take on a different shape, since I have a different goal.  I may not post pictures everyday, I may post articles or links to blogs or videos.  But I do intend to write more, not only to tell you what inspires me but what specifically it inspires in me.  I also may just post pictures of some new creation or project while I find my way on this path.  

A number of years ago I was obsessed with the show "Ghost Hunters."  Adam could not understand this obsession, and was pretty frustrated that I was sitting at home watching a TV show instead of being out in the world.  We had a number of discussions about why I liked the show so much, and I came up with a lot of reasons.  I find the supernatural intriguing, I like hearing the history behind historical sites and seeing old properties.  None of those reasons really answered the question though, I finally figured out that the show was inspiring to me.  These were individuals making time to do something they really loved, something they were so passionate about.  It was an expression of love. 

The moment I realized that is why I was watching the show, I lost interest.  My future is not to become a ghost hunter, though I would still love to go on a ghost hunt sometime.  

I also hope that some of my readers will become involved in the discussion about inspiration and will walk this path with me.  On May 1st, 2014 I will have become more aware of daily inspiration in my life. 

Question to consider: What is a TV show that inspired you, and what did it inspire?  






Monday, April 29, 2013

Dinner time

It is so wonderful to be able to sit down with Adam on a Monday, and have a leisurely dinner. So thankful right now.

Stay tuned for a little announcement tomorrow.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Irish potato magic

We shared the Irish potatoes with Adam's family. Since his father is a magician I think he should put the two halves back together.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fruit salad

I am still deciding if I want to add a peach. But I think it looks awesome. My mom has fruit salad in ABQ and I didn't get enough, so I just bought what was on sale.

Looks like there will be plenty for company!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cookies

I ordered some Italian cookies for my Grandmother, and they were amazing. My grandmother told me my grandparents visited this bakery in New York right before they moved to New Mexico. She was so excited to have this little piece of her past.

If Adam and I ever find ourselves in New York I know one place we will be visiting.



Sunday, April 21, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Flowers

Sometimes a flower is so vivid, it glows. Sometimes a family together is so powerful, it heals. I hope my family continues to draw together.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Butterfly day

Today was a butterfly class at the museum! We even got blessed with a butterfly outside in the garden.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Last day

Today was my last day of work, my coworkers made me feel very loved today. I am going to miss them; but I am excited to see where my new path leads.



Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 15th, 2013

Wow!  I really can't believe that this date is here.  It seemed so far away when I started with blog, with the goal to find something to smile about everyday and change my focus to be a more positive person.  

I have been thinking about this post a lot.  I have recently read a lot of blog posts about what you would say to yourself a year ago or five years ago.  What words of encouragement would you tell your younger self.  

Here is what I would tell myself, and I continue to tell myself every day.  "It is going to be okay, no really, it is going to be okay; it will change." 

This past year has had so many heartbreaking moments, the kind of moments that make me feel choked up just thinking about them.  Honestly it causes a physiological change and I feel like I am suffocating.  But this year has had some huge growth moments and totally awesome moments.  

I am so much stronger than I ever thought. 


My thoughts and prayers are with Boston this evening.

Sterling Sunday



Saturday, April 13, 2013

Yoga workshop


Here are the things to remember

1. Paradox
2. Humor
3. Change

And also

1. Notice your breathing
2. Notice your posture
3. Walk with grace and refinement

Adam and I had a very intensive yoga day, but we took a break for some lunch. The hot chocolate was AMAZING!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Be still and shut up

Guess what I got in the mail today....

I got a meditation cushion; and I am so excited about it. I really hope this will help me continue to keep my spine long, for longer periods of time. Yoga blocks get really hard after a while.

I am such a yoga nerd!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Back bending

Back bending helps to open your heart, at this moment I am working to find the beauty when a heart is hurting.





Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Experiments in the kitchen

I learned how to cut up a mango; and I made some cookies with almond flour.

Honestly the mango tastes better, we have such generous friends.



Monday, April 8, 2013

Max Monday

Sterling made a friend on Saturday at our board game night. It was so much fun to watch him play with another pup

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy birthday Chi Omega!

Get ready for a long post...

This is my all time favorite shirt from my college days and unfortunately its time has passed.  So I wanted to take one last picture of it with my badge. 
 

I read an interesting article today about how watching the "perfect" moments of our friends on facebook is affecting society in an interesting day.  How this can push our envy buttons because we only are watching facebook when we are alone or bored.  The article ended talking about how life's happiest moments can't be photographed or captured in 140 characters.  Life's happiest moments require us to be fully present. 

This article got me thinking about my blog and how I am trying to find happy, beautiful moments everyday, which is awesome but it is not the whole picture of my life.  This week has been amazing and difficult all at the same time.  I didn't include pictures of my back locking up, I didn't include the picture of me working up the courage to hand in my resignation and I didn't include the picture of me walking out of yoga class yesterday upset and frustrated.  But all of that and more happened this week.  

I am going to discuss my yoga class because I find the experience very interesting.  Monday I had the most amazing class, I walked out of the studio feeling alive and present and wonderful.  I realize now that the class was so amazing because I was fully present I was able to come back to my breath and my body even when the poses were difficult, plus my teacher has amazing magic!   On Thursday my regular teacher wasn't there, and a different instructor was teaching the class and a different style of yoga.  I was really excited because I was curious about this style of yoga.  I left the class sore and frustrated and angry with myself.  Last night while I was describing the different style of yoga to Adam, I figured the style was not for me.  But today I realized the problem, my body was there but my mind was not present.  I had no focus and no intention.  I learned something very important, the mental and spiritual practice is important to me. I am writing this down so that I can refer back to it, the next time I think I am too busy to take five minutes for meditation.  

While I consider my intentions for this blog and the focus for the next year; I know I want yoga to be an integral part of the blog, because it is an integral part of my life now. 

 

The Chi Omega Symphony

To liveconstantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before socialobligations and character before appearances; to be in the best sense, democraticrather than "exclusive",and lovable rather than "popular"; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to actsincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and consciencedemand; to be womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyalunder any and all circumstances to my Fraternityand her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may bea symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordantnote.
 
Written by Ethel Switzer Howard, Xi Chapter, 1904

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Parachute time

The pre-schoolers love this moment in the class! They had so much energy, today.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New shirt

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this shirt right now, but more on that later....

For the moment, I love that it is so bright! It adds spring to my closet!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Trinity knot

It has been a long time since I drew anything but today I got an idea.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Home

Such a beautiful sight to come home to, we always get one red rose at the beginning of spring.