Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember"
How much my Mom comes through when I need her. Maui and the yoga girls. How much Lauren makes me laugh when she does, well, basically anything. All of Tiana's crazy tales. Meeting Troy and falling in love. The sunset in Hawaii- drinking Coronas and eating ceviche on crackers. Boarding the plane with Troy to Australia-pure happiness. Meeting Jack Berry for the time. Celebrating Cairo's birthday. Leaving my bank job and starting something new. Seeing my sister in the airport after months away in Korea- seeing my Mom running to hug her. Reading in bed with my man next to me. The feeling of teaching yoga. All my crazy nights out... dancing at the Lamplighter. The inspiration I felt after watching the Ironman. Solo dinners with my Dad.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
"By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also"
"Winter has arrived and our Vancouver streets are filled with homeless people, many of these people are forced to stay outside in these winter months. Homeless people are sleeping outside right now in freezing cold and snowy weather, while we are lucky to have warm beds, with warm blankets. If you could look in your house for a spare blanket that you do not use, or an old jacket, or even scarfs, mittens, or toques. If you do not have any of these items, but you still want to help you can make a small donation by going to a thrift store and buying something cozy to donate. You are not only keeping these people warm but you are saving their lives since many die each year from the cold and the snow. We hope you find it in your hearts to help us help them! We will be collecting all items until Dec 12 2010, which we will then be donating to a church to be distributed out to Vancouvers less fortunate"
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
I will let you read the article for yourself, because at the end of the day, we all do this...
The Perils of Justifying Yourself
Me, you, or someone you know:“I don’t want to do it anymore. I’m going to …”Fill in the blank: Quit, sell it, leave, cancel, give it away, walk, resign.
That practical voice inside your head, well-intentioned friends, your granny: “Now, why would you do that?! It’s … (fill in the blank) good money, a great opportunity, you’ve worked so hard, what will you do without it? Can’t you work it out?"
And you bite the hook. In fact, your psyche’s been hanging on it for quite sometime, gnawing on 101 good, practical, and perfectly reasonable reasons why you have the right to make the decision that you’re making. You know, rationalizing.
Well how about this rationale:
It doesn’t feel right.
Stay there for a few seconds. It’s a very powerful place to be. It’s elegant. It’s clear. Declared feelings have sonic reach.
And... it can be very uncomfortable. Like the truth can often be before it sets you free.
I recently left a gig because it just didn’t feel right. I struggled with all of the yes, no, make adjustments, suck it up, expand your perspective, get more creative kind of options. A few people thought I was nuts to walk away. Great exposure, cachet, extra money… All true. The “facts” usually are.
I made the tastiest Excuse Sandwich about why it didn’t work for me. I need to find a baby sitter, it interrupts my week, it’s not what I signed up for, I need a haircut, I don’t like so and so or such and such, I need to focus on … All absolutely true. And in the grand scheme, in the greater gestalt of what I'm capable of, totally lame and absolutely surmountable.
If something felt right, I’d drive all night in a push-up bra to get there. When it really feels right, you go out of your way. When something feels right, you put inconveniences in their place.
THE CORROSIVE EFFECTS OF OVER-JUSTIFYING YOUR FEELINGS
-automatically puts you on the defense. When you’re on the defense, you burn more energy. Rationalization can be incredibly inefficient.
- over-complicates things.
- perpetuates cleverness. Clever is not a good word in my personal dictionary. It rhymes with slick, manipulative, covert. When you’re trying to rationalize something that is very often amorphous and insular you’ll reach for smooth answers that you think people - or your subconscious - want to hear. And that makes you a salesman.
- depresses your essential self. The more you load rationale onto your feelings, the more padding you create between you and your most powerful, unlimited resource. If you make a habit of keeping your instincts at bay, that tend to stay at bay.
- makes you look and feel like a victim. In an effort to prove and protect, you make up reasons that appear to be more important than your refutable instinct. You whine. You nit pick the situation. You start sounding like the whimp you don’t want to be - instead of the hero that you essentially are. When the passion is there, so is the solution. No problem looks insurmountable when you’re turned on.
Of course, sometimes your greatness demands that you explain your reasons in no uncertain terms. Taking the time to explain yourself can be a fantastically creative act. If that’s what’s called for, then explain how you feel. Hold the excuses. Stand by your heart. Make it matter."
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
That said lazing around for 8 days with the June Bug and Troy was pretty “awesome”… so I definitely can’t complain.