My kind of day …

I took a carefree run this morning. Then I enjoyed some much needed yoga. Later I had some creative fun in my kitchen. And I even had some time to sit down and write from my soul. It was THE BEST.

Well, I hope you all had my kind of day!!!

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Smooth sailing …

Have you ever had a day where you just glided through it? One of those days when everything went calmly and without even a ripple? Well, today I am having one of those days. I woke up energized, had an easy run and enjoyed yoga immensely. I got my housework done quickly and then I was able to purchase some things that I wanted at a Young Living Essential Oil flash sale before they ran out. I breezed in and out of my car dealership picking up my car in less than 10 minutes. I had no traffic heading out to meet my cousin and my aunt for lunch. And NONE on the way back either! Before I realized how my day would continue to unfold I had picked up a meal kit from Whole Foods for an simple dinner. What a perfect way to end this definitely NOT rough and rocky day. Whoa!

Well, I hope you all have a day where it is smooth sailing!!!

Happily interrupted by the Sunday snuggle factor …

I forgot to factor something into my Sunday morning. It wasn’t a guarantee being so early so I proceeded with my plan. I wanted to wake up before everyone else, do some yoga and some serious stretching and then go for a short run. I don’t normally run on Sunday but I felt I needed it. I thought it was all A GO, but then my favorite 9 year old, who went to sleep really early last night, woke up. I know that Reese is mine, but there is absolutely nothing sweeter than seeing this messy-haired, tired-eyed peanut drag all of her favorite blankets (there are three of them now) and her heavy rice-stuffed lamb, Kellie, into my room to cuddle. My world stops for her. I don’t even know how to not stop it. It just happens naturally and all of my heart and intentions turn to her. Nothing else seems more important. Nothing.

Well, I hope you all have a day where your plans get happily interrupted!!!

Rise …

My chores were done yesterday. I got a good night of sleep. I woke to beautiful blue skies. And EVERYONE here is healthy. If that doesn’t motivate me, nothing will. My mood has lifted. After last week, I feel renewed. Restored. Ready. I am grateful to be worry-free. Well, at least for the moment. This kind of energy feels INCREDIBLE after the despair I felt last week. It was dark. I felt our skies agreed. We had more rain falling than I had seen in years. I honestly felt like I was in a pit deep with fear. When your child is sick you feel so helpless. And that feels horrible. But Reese is fine now. GOD IS SO GOOD. And I have climbed out of that hole. I am back standing in the light. And I am THANKFUL. So, so THANKFUL.

During yoga this morning, I stretched my body taller and reached high into the sky so that I could physically take in as much of this day as I could. I have taken so many deep breathes today. In relief and to absorb this easiness of this day into my soul. I don’t want to waste one moment of how I feel. The weightlessness of this day is a gift and I will treat it as such. I choose to be present. To balance. To enjoy. To serve others. To love. To chase my dreams. And to bravely wear my purpose. To me, THIS is living my best life with all that God has given me. I don’t have to, I want to. I choose embrace this day and to be open to all that it brings me.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you rise!!!

Yoga …

Stretch. Reach. Bend.
Stretch. Reach. Bend.
Stretch. Reach. Bend.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Don’t forget to breathe.
Balance (tipping over is OK).
Sweat. Lots.
Meditate.
Relax.
Exhale.
Namaste (used as a verb).
Feel AMAZING.

Well, I hope you all have a day that starts off with some yoga!!!

YAY … ish … AGAIN …

I woke up at 3 am all on my own. AGAIN. At 3:30 I realized I wasn’t going to fall back to sleep without a fight. A few years ago I created a little yoga stretch sequence that I can do in bed. It either wakes me up or stretches me out enough so that I can relax and go back to sleep. Today it worked like a charm and I fell back to sleep before 4 am. YAY … ish. I then proceeded to have a crazy dream about my ceiling falling down from a water leak. I woke up in a panic at 4:30 searching my ceiling for any bulging and dripping water. Luckily it was fine. But I was wide awake. AGAIN. I tried my hardest to fall back to sleep but this time it wasn’t happening. So I got up and went on an early morning walk. I surrendered to the idea that God was just going to give me more hours in my day to enjoy. YAY … ish. AGAIN.

Well, I hope you all have a day we’re you rise, stretch, dream, freak out and give in!!!

There is no plopping pose in yoga …

Let’s discuss Chaturanga Dandasana. Chaturanga is a yoga pose, otherwise known as, a low plank where your elbows are held at a 90 degree angle. Not your typical low plank! It’s used in a yoga flow usually to connect poses like downward-facing dog to upward-facing dog or cobra pose. It all flows together beautifully in the sun salutations. But it is SO HARD when you are doing your BAZILLION-TH one for the day. I have been practicing yoga for 8 years. EIGHT. And no matter how many chaturangas I may have under my yoga mat at this point (there has to be 1000s by now) they still EXHAUST ME. During yoga this morning I did A TON of them. By the end I was shaking so badly that my last three were not very … um … flow-y. Grace had completely left this body of mine. My inner peace was replaced with just hoping that my arms wouldn’t fall off. My ability to gently float down to the floor and to sweep my core elegantly into the next pose was replaced by a grunting sound fueled by my natural instincts to survive. It wasn’t pretty but I basically did what I had to to finish, HA! In the middle of all of that misery I convinced myself that I had created a new pose for all of us wiped out yogis. I’m not sure if it will ever catch on. But it sure made me laugh.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you went PLOP!!!