Thursday, November 25, 2010

Owl Crush

Last night as I was searching for potential holiday gifts I stumbled across the sweetest little owl filled illustrated calendar by Etsy Seller Gingiber. It is so adorably quirky that I may have to purchase one for myself!

UPDATE! Don't miss out on a special "Gingiber Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale! Receive 20% off all purchases on Friday, November 26th and Monday November 29th by using discount code "CYBER2010" during checkout

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No worries, Be Happy

Because it's been one of those days (more like week) where I've needed an extra large glass (or four) of wine and a few bubble baths. 

Because I know first hand how hard it is to pull yourself out of a funk and what a lonely place it can be.

Because I have amazing friends who support me when I find myself weary and an incredibly gracious husband who loves me unconditionally and believes in me at times when I don't believe in myself

Because I truly believe that these things should be payed forward and because there's no such thing as too many inspiring talks, I'm passing along another TED Talk for you to bookmark in case you have a bad day/week/month in the future and need something to pull you out of your funk.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspiration Monday

beautiful, touching and incredibly moving TED Talk by Steve Jobs titled "How to live before you die". I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

-Stay Inspired

30 day challenge

This past Friday I signed up for a 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge. In case you were wondering, Bikram Yoga is a 26 posture sequence developed from Hatha Yoga that lasts 90 minutes and is performed in a special studio heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (otherwise known affectionally as a "Torture Chamber").

Now you should know that until 4 days ago, I hadn't worked out in over a month, am still recovering from a sprained ankle, can barely touch my toes and had only tried Bikram Yoga a handful of times years ago to less than satisfying results (read: I was not a fan).

I'm not sure why exactly I decided to do it. Going into day 4 I am sore and tired. Classes leave me feeling broken and frustrated, not to mention overheated. (Holy mother of pearl I never thought I'd long for the cold Irish weather as I do when I'm in the middle of a class!). And yet despite it all, there is a constant whisper somewhere deep in my soul that says "You can do this! Keep going!".

Have you ever had those days (or weeks) where you feel unmotivated, lazy and a bit of a waste of space? This has been me of late and I've been having a hard time shaking it. Maybe it's the weather, maybe not....I just hate how often I seem to feel as though I haven't accomplished anything, been creative, seized the moment, etc. I think this challenge if nothing else, will force me to take matters into my own hands. To be productive, face my own shortcomings and prove to no one but myself that I can succeed once I stop standing in my own way.  Because let's be honest, that's what Bikram Yoga is - a hot sweaty 90 minute meditative practice.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


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