Tidbits of inspiration

Hello friends 🙂

It’s Friday. Last night I climbed for a bit and I’ll be honest I’m fairly wiped out physically today. Mostly to being out late/lack of sleep, but it was worth it no doubt. Good news, hiking tomorrow! All I really want to be doing today is gallivanting up a mountain, so in response to that I’m choosing to write a short and sweet post this morning with some inspirational quotes, and mountain pictures.

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“Some people survive and talk about it. Some people survive and go silent. Some people survive and create. Everyone deals with unimaginable pain in their own way, and everyone is entitled to that, without judgement. So the next time you look at someone’s life covetously, remember…you may not want to endure what they are enduring right now, at this moment, whilst they sit so quietly before you, looking like a calm ocean on a sunny day. Remember how vast the ocean’s boundaries are. Whilst somewhere the water is calm, in another place in the very same ocean, there is a colossal storm.”
―  Nikita Gill

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“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” ― Viktor E. Frankl

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“It’s a beautiful thing to have lungs that allow you to breathe air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and it’s a shame that sometimes we don’t realize that that’s enough.” ― Honalle

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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Rumi

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“There’ll always be something else. Another obstacle to overcome. More danger on the horizon. That is life. But there’s more to living than conquering mountains and coming out victorious in every fight. Enjoy the view. Relax once in a while. Your success is meaningless without joy.”
― Beau Taplin

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“Because we have such a deeply grooved conditioning to reject and condemn ourselves, particularly in this culture, I find that emphasis on the word “acceptance” is central in healing. It brings our attention to the possibility of saying yes to what we are experiencing in the moment, and counteracts the conditioning to push away what feels unpleasant or intense or unfamiliar.” — Tara Brach

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“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” ― Beau Taplin

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“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” – Ram Dass

Go get em’ tiger.

XO, S

Inspirational musings

Hi all! I just wanted to share a quick post this Wednesday with some of my favorite motivating words to keep you all inspired as you go on with the rest of your week! And for the record, all of these are currently very applicable to my life. All about self-motivation, and sharing 🙂 🙂

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“Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.” – Unknown

 

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“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross

 

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“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” – Pema Chodron

 

Cheers!

xo, S

Inspirational tidbits

… because WHY NOT. Enjoy 🙂

 

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“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson

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“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.” – Richard Bach

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“Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

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“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.” Rainbow Rowell

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“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” – Roald Dahl

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“Let go of the idea of what is normal, and go live your life the way you really want to live.” – Shanti

 

Happy Tuesday! Namaste.

Bliss and a healthy dose of inspiration

Hi there! I’m back and it’s only been a week, this is a step in the right direction.

It’s been a good week for the most part. Full of work, yoga, lifting, some social-life activities, and much-needed sleep “catch up”. A group of co-workers and myself went out downtown to celebrate one of their birthdays, the eighth anniversary of her 29th. Don’t you just love that? Because I do. I’ll be staying around 24 forever thank you very much. I just need to get there first. We went out for dinner and drinks and then more drinks. Side note: if you’re celiac and actually want beer, Green’s makes a fairly decent one.

In other news, I’ve increased my time spent practicing yoga weekly and I feel pretty darn great. I had been sticking with 1-2 classes per week for the last year and have bumped that up to 3 classes and then spending an additional hour or so on my own with a basic flow. Both my physical body and mental clarity are benefiting from this change. With yoga there is so much variability in the poses and the practice. One day I will have a really good flow, everything feels smooth, and I’m hitting some of the more challenging poses with ease. Whereas other days I’m not focused and my body is tight/worn-out and I spend half the class in down dog or child’s pose. It’s definitely taken a considerable amount of time for me to be accepting of spending half a class in child’s pose because I’m so used to pushing myself physically and not allowing my body what it’s asking for. Each time I step on my mat it’s a whole different experience and a constant learning process which is just awesome. For me it is just as much of a practice for self-awareness and allowing myself to get in touch with my body and how it is feeling and doing, which is exactly what I need right now.

I’ve never finished up a practice on a bad note. For me, yoga helps me re-focus and energize my body. It helps me tap into a higher power. That sounds a little crazy but for any of you who regularly practice I can guarantee you know exactly what I mean by that. I ended up dropping into a class I don’t usually attend yesterday morning and I was so completely blissed out the remainder of my day it was insane.

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of lifting and lifting decently heavy. I’ve been lifting weights in one form or another since I was around fourteen, so seven years. In comparison to competitive power lifter’s and olympic lifters, it’s really not that long. But, to not compare myself, it’s a third of my life which is considerable for sure. Recently I just haven’t been feeling it most days. And I’m respecting that which is totally not like me and outside of my comfort zone which is a good thing because we only grow outside of our comfort zones. Ding ding. Progress is a process and I am just telling myself that there is a reason I’m not motivated right now to lift as often and that I need to respect that and what is meant to be will be. If I’ve learned anything over the years it’s that our bodies are machines but they also need maintenance, love, and respect. They give us signals which we can either choose to ignore or listen and for once I’m listening. Soooo, in the meantime you can find me on my mat. 🙂

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Let’s be honest here, we all know I’m a sucker for quotes and motivational passages (see above). Well, I recently came across a series of quotes by Rumi on Mind Body Green and absolutely needed to share! I’ve seen these time and time again, have them all down in my journal, and thought that it would be a good ending to a post. Enjoy 🙂

  1. CHALLENGE FEAR. Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
  2. BE BOLD. Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.
  3. HAVE GRATITUDE. Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
  4. TAKE ACTION. Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?
  5. HAVE FAITH. As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.
  6. EMBRACE SETBACKS. If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
  7. LOOK INSIDE. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
  8. LEARN FROM SUFFERING. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
  9. DON’T BE CONCERNED WITH WHAT OTHERS THINK. I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
  10. DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.

-RUMI

Go out and find your happy.