to my favorite yoga pants.

I was inspired to ditch these much loved, much adored, much used yoga pants by Kacy Paide of The Inspired Office. Her series on minimalism goes through a items one by one and explains why it is time to part ways. If she can part with 31 items, I can too.

I am not someone who has a tough time tossing things.  In fact, in 2016 I got all of my keepsakes down to a single box. [Read about it here!] Where my issue is when something has to be replaced when I feel like what I have is good enough. And replacing something you love so much is a challenge. Each time I’ve tried, I’ve talked myself out of the purchase because the pants could see just one more day…or one more week. OK, another month.

Last night, I made the executive decision my yoga pants must move on and I from them.

 

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It started a few months ago. The in seam started to separate and I sewed them up. I’m not a great sewer so it is not sightly. These pants have been splattered with vacuum cleaner dust. They have had face wash dropped on them. Toothpaste, dog slobber, and I am sure some coffee has made its way on to the fabric at some point. They have been washed and washed and washed. I love them and keep them because they are so soft and so comfortable! They are well-worn to say the least.

Last night my husband noticed the poor sew-job on the inseam. He pointed to the exposed loops – yes loopS – and laughed. Then, last night, I went to pump out some of my face wash and a huge spray of it squirted right onto them. It is a gel cleanser so it got right in. I wiped them down with a wet rag in an attempt to salvage them for the night, but alas…. I decided it was time.

So goodbye, discontinued Victoria’s Secret classic yoga pant. We’ve spent a lot of good times together and a lot more messy times. It is time for us to part ways. Thanks for the memories….

Hello Readers!

The last quarter of 2016 was an odd one for me and I did not do much reading at all. I had lost my passion for it – along with other things – due to reasons I’d rather not discuss on the internet. ha!  Let’s just say I was taken out and lost a lot of the joy I usually find in many things. I am back to it and in January I culled my To Be Read (TBR) list and decided to begin the Re-Read Project to ignite the bookworm in me once again.

All 3 below are so different from each other and makes for great, diverse reading.

As a bonus, queued up is :

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. 

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The 3 Books I am Excited to Read

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth…But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand

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Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)

When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.  

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Pachinko

follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

I must admit, Christmas is not my favorite of holidays. There I said it.

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I am more of a Thanksgiving and Fourth of July kind of lady.  The biggest reason why is because there is so much comfort, joy, and excitement buzzing around and then come January 2nd – or whatever work/school day follows – the magic in the air fizzles and vanishes, never to return until next year. So many of us forget that comfort and joy should be with us all year! Why reserve it for 25 days out of the year? It got me thinking what brings me comfort and what brings me joy throughout the year.

 

Below are just 3 of my seasonal comforts throughout the year. What are yours?

 

WINTER COMFORTS

  • Homemade soups
  • Leggings and sweaters as lounge wear
  • Dinners and Gatherings with family & friends

SPRING COMFORTS

  • Opening the windows in the house for fresh, spring air
  • The end of daylight savings time – Spring forward!
  • The start of baseball season

SUMMER COMFORTS

  • Cookouts
  • Ceiling fans
  • The option for my hair to air dry

FALL COMFORTS

  • Backyard firepits
  • Root vegetables
  • The scents of cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin….

Not to sound cliche, but this Fall has been one of transitions. At the end of September, there were some things churning in my brain and spirit craving a reformation. I hit a point of feeling like a failure and without any map to tell me how to get out of the detour.  And I did what I usually do: [pit]bulldoze past it on the outside, but on the inside there was a nagging voice, tugging at my heart saying, “There’s got to be more…”

After a few weeks of trying to ignore that voice thinking it wasn’t worth listening to, I had an intervention with myself. I signed up for an 8-week Mindfulness & Stress Reduction Class, I set out a goal to find a new job by December 31st, to really take my meditation seriously, in order to get out of this funk. One of the sources of my funk was being turned down for a role with my company. I was told I was perfect in every aspect but missing a key piece of experience.  Needless to say, I was bummed. My goal of December 31st was ripped out from under me and I had to redirect. After about 2 weeks of that usual self-pitty, I picked myself up and kept going.

I dedicated more effort to my mindfulness practice – on and off the cushion or yoga mat – and really worked hard to know and believe that being turned down for this role was opening the door to another. That my “job” was to be happy.

A few days later I got a call from a person within the company who I was working with on a project. He said he suggested me to another person for an open role. After 3 interviews and a lesson in patience, I am happy to report I was offered another, even better position at my current company that I start December 16th.

Which leads me to my first favorite; Kundalini Meditation and Yoga. I did the following meditation every day for 40-days and it really helped me mentally. It wasn’t about me “getting something” but more about getting to feeling good in general. I highly suggest you try it. It is only 11 minutes and I swear you will feel so much better.

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Speaking of Feeling Better, I also listened to the reading of Just Be Glad. This was written and published in 1912. Here is the audio reading that I used. It is so inspiring and reminds you that “all things gather where life is a song.”

 

As the 40-day Kirtan Kriya came to a close, I wanted more. I searched and found some excellent You Tube channels and play lists of Kundalini Yoga. Below are my current favorites. I am doing the 40-day program with Kundalini Lounge: along with Kimilla’s.  Both are excellent!

On another note, in 2016 I discovered the phenomenon of Minimalism and Simple Living. Now, I’m not a huge fan of the empty room, white walls and all white furniture, dishes and rugs, but I do love the idea of only keeping what you love and keeping a clean open space. It’s more of the lifestyle rather than the decor that I like so much. With that I have culled my makeup routine down to 4 steps. Yes, four.

my favorite foundation is IT Cosmetics CC cream and the powder to set. i’ve been using this since early this year and it is by far the best I have ever tried!

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What are your current favorites?

One of my favorite YouTubers, Melissa Alexendra, recently posted a video on her Top 10 Feel Good Favs for a Bad Day. I was inspired to share mine. Be sure to leave a comment to let me know some of yours!

 

  1. Movie  It goes without saying that anything with Jim Carrey in it is my feel good go to. Image result for jim carrey 2016I remember when I got an expander (a hunk of metal put in the roof of my mouth to expand it….yeah…) to prep for getting braces, I called my dad crying about how much it hurt, how uncomfortable it was and he said, “Go watch a Jim Carrey movie; you’ll feel better.” So I popped in Ace Ventura 2 in the VCR (Oh yes…) and it took my focus from my mouth discomfort to Jim. He has been my hero since his days on In Living Color and I still love and admire him to this day. He is a talented artist, always gives me a rush of excitement when I see him on TV, and he is also a deep thinker. This talk alone will show you how deep his mind and spirit goes and his amazing talent in painting.  My others are: Weekend at Bernies, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Tommy Boy. Anything that makes me laugh out loud.
  2. Item to Wear: Fitted Tees and tank tops are super comfortable. I also like that I can dress them up for work by wearing a blazer or cardigan, clean, go out and do shopping or tasks. They are not binding and I feel free!
  3. Beverage Cabernet Sauvignon and Coffee. These need no explanation!
  4. Music I listen to a lot of instrumental music that are New Age or international. Right now, my favorite CD (yes, I still use CDs) is Land of Gold by Anoushka Shankar. It is so lovely. I also love Native American flute, Spanish guitar, and house music. My guilty pleasures are still the Spice Girls and Geri Halliwell, No shame                     Image result for anoushka shankarImage result for geri halliwell 2016Image result for native american music
  5. Book When I need a spiritual pick-me-up I go to “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Is is so detailed and thorough yet so manageable and inspiring. I also recently discovered and love Mindfulness on the Run by Dr. Chantel Hofstee. A very user-friendly guide to daily mindful actions. She really breaks it down in a way that is perfect for everyone. There are drawings and charts and great for all ages                                     .Image result for the heart of the buddha's teachingImage result for mindfulness on the run Image result for just for the record geri halliwellImage result for how to be parisian wherever you areImage result for messages for lightworkers patricia hawse       Others are: “For the Record” by Geri Halliwell; Lessons from Madame Chic / At Home with Madame Chic by Jennifer Scott, “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are” (this is a tongue-in-cheek book that really made me laugh), “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work” by the late Richard Carlson, Ph.D.  Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (puts my problems in perspective! What a beautiful spirit she was…); Some brain/science books: “The Mood Cure” and “Your Brain at Work” and “Messages for Lightworkers” by my friend and spiritual mentor Patricia Hawse. As for fiction, “Chocolat” is a book I read every year around Lent/Easter. if you know the story, it will make sense why. 🙂
  6. Activity Drawing and sketching. it puts me into a place of quiet and concentration like nothing else.
  7. Food Cheesecake. That is all. 🙂
  8. Quote I’m not really a “quote person.” I will hear them and think, “That’s nice” but I don’t keep a collection of them. My inspiring quotes are more like mantras or daily thoughts to have a good day or little reminders when things get too “heady.” One is when someone is annoying me I think, “That is THEIR lack of mindfulness.” it reminds me that I am not responsible for their behavior and it should have no direct impact on my mood or thoughts. This isn’t to say people do not piss me off or get on my nerves, but once I realize someone is annoying, I try to remember that.
  9. Candle Anything unscented.
  10. TV Show “Castle” (duh); Poiroit, and Frasier

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