Monday, May 12, 2014

Lush Lunes: Awake!

I woke up this morning with the sun streaming through my window and I felt at peace.

I   s t r e t c h e d.

 I smiled. I thanked God for a new day. I felt really AWAKE.

This is odd because I only slept six hours. Usually, I’m an 8-hour sleeper. But today I remembered a Schwarzenegger speech about how you only need 6 hours of sleep. With this in mind, I just smiled because I actually felt good about it – not the two hours of extra sleep that I could have, but for the full six hours of deep sleep that I was blessed with.

Too much rainbow-talk for a Monday? I hope not!

Even though I intended to start my day with Pilates, I was sore from my last workout, so I didn't push it. I woke up, just to be. Just to stop rushing out of the house. Just to be mindful of the morning.

How can I express how amazing this feels? I guess it just feels like flowers and puppies and unicorns, but like for real.

So this Lush Lunes, as sporadic as they've been, let's be mindful of our day. Let's just take it all in: the weather, how your body feels, and then remember to breathe deep, long breaths and above all else, smile!  Smile because feeling really awake, alert and just present, is truly something to gush over on any Monday morning.

[I’ll do my best to remember all of this by 2:00pm today when the caffeine comes-a-calling!]

Have a great one my deep thinkers!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sharing My Story

Blogging is so very personal.  I share my life experiences as I grow as a person – definitely nonfiction – so there is an expectation that it will be personal. 

But even fiction is personal! There is truth in it that propels the story forward. And when that kind of truth is exposed, a sort of protective mode kicks in and threatens to take over. If you’re not careful, the story may never be told.  This is when you have to remember why you began sharing in the first place. This is the turmoil that I experienced when I was taking my first steps. 

Of course I didn’t do it alone. I had an amazing crew on board, and the unwavering support of my family beside me (family and crew at times became one and the same, mind you). 

It took me two years to find the courage to share this story. And it’s just a little story – a short film. A drop of my truth in a pond that rippled into a sad tale about love, tradition and letting go.

Monday, March 10, 2014

LushLunes: A Change In Routine

Sometimes we need a change in our routines to shift our attitudes.

My change began with my clothes.  I was in a rut with my wardrobe. I know it sounds trivial, but truly, it is not.

The routine that needed to change was this: roll out of bed, throw anything on, put my hair in a pony-tail and I'm done. Sounds harmless enough, right?

Well, on one particular morning, I put on an outfit very carelessly. The sweater was pilling. The pants didn't fit right. My boots really needed to go.  But I didn't really see myself.

Before I walked out of the door, I looked at myself in the mirror and I realized how unhappy I was. I didn't take the time to take care of myself; not just my clothes, but my own feelings about how I looked. I acted like it didn't matter, so long as I got dressed and got out of the house.

As I walked outside, snug in my coat, I was very aware of the clothes underneath. I kept looking at my boots, fidgiting with my pants, and obsessing over my blouse. I knew I wasn't going to take this coat off.

Have you ever felt that way?