Slowing Down, Speeding Up, and Solid Nutrition saved this year (and will right up until December 24th, 2012 when I return home to Canada).
Slowing Down – Yoga Bliss
“Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.” ~ Baxter Bell
Yoga, meditation, Om, what a crock! Or so I was firmly convinced. Then Joan and an inbox full of Deals! Deals! Deals! came at me. How do you pass up 20 yoga classes for $20? Seemed like a tolerable investment to give it a shot. And boy am I glad I did! That first class (which Joan deemed ‘boring’ and I might too at this point in the game) was a mind-blowing experience. It’s possible that was the very first time in my life (at least the part of my life that I have memory of!) that I didn’t have 17 different thoughts, ideas, daydreams, storylines, conversations, and so on going through my head. Somehow, it worked. I was completely dumbfounded and didn’t even know what to do with myself. For an entire hour, my mind was E.M.P.T.Y. Forevermore, sold on yoga.
I borrowed a very basic yoga DVD from Joan and CRIED at the end of the first time I did it in my living room. What a release, a revelation, a BREAK. I had discovered how to give myself a break from myself. Besides Isagenix, yoga is now the longest “new thing” or plan or fad or whatever, that I have tried and stuck with.
I’m now in the routine of doing yoga at least five times a week in my bedroom just before crawling under the covers to go to sleep. I start looking forward to it from the minute I get home from work. I started it (and have become SERIOUS about it) for my mental health – brain breaks and better sleep. As I continue to practice regularly and explore different types of yoga and find amazing videos online I am also coming to see incredible physical benefits as well. I am more flexible than I’ve ever been in my life (even after only two weeks I could reach farther to my toes than in my previous 20+ years) and I even have some triceps now! Thrilling!
From scoffing skeptic to beautiful believer. The world is a calmer place after yoga. Thank you, yoga, for quieting my mind and body.
The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more.” ~ Liza Ciano
Speeding Up – Risk Taking and Acting on a Dream
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.” ~ C. J. Cherryh
Twenty years I’ve denied and hmm’ed and haw’ed (what a weird expression) and put myself down about writing for an audience other than myself. Finally, after six months of my travel blog that got some loving comments, I started a personal blog. Not such a huge deal, I know, as there are about a zillion and one out there already with about a zillion better than mine. But for me, it was more about the RISK than anything else. Putting myself out there open to criticism and comment. Though any “thing” put out on the internet is instantly lost among the sea of other “things,” the possibility of someone else reading what I wrote was terrifying to me! But here I am, two months after “purposefully” writing and already I’ve had a piece “published” in an online magazine. No money, of course, and even less fame, but I’m excited anyway! And ANYTHING that makes my heart beat with exhilaration, my legs do a little dance of joy, my lips turn upwards to the sky is enough for me.
Thank you, writing, for being a goal to work on that keeps me moving forward.
“Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.” ~ Harlan Ellison
Solid Nutrition – At Least ONE Ultimate Meal Each Day, Guaranteed
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley
I was happy when I discovered I could still have Isagenix delivered to my door when I moved to Australia, but I had no IDEA how important it would be for my physical AND mental health. I’m not sure why I doubted its importance during this life-flipping year – the shudder-worthy horror of simple lunch-packing was what prompted me to go for it in the first place, two years ago.
Not only do I experience daily relief each lunch hour when I realize delicious chocolately goodness is waiting to tingle my taste buds with just a splash of water added; but I’ve never felt so grateful for my morning Ionix boost and all the “sticky” products like the Fibre Snacks, Slim Cakes, and IsaLean Bars. Who wouldn’t enjoy a tea and chocolate bar for breakfast that just happens to have a better nutritional balance and more “fill” potential than nearly any meal you could create yourself?
I promise, I am not an infomercial, it’s just that share-worthy and magnificent. Every day I smile when I know Isagenix has got my back. That no matter how many Reese Peanut Butter Cups I indulge in (Thanks Andrea, for finding them at the specialty candy store!) in an hour of misery, or the fact that I occasionally eat nothing but “snack food” for dinner, I can rest assured that my lunch was packed with protein and nutrients. That each morning I load myself up with iron and Vitamin B and more to kick start my day full of energy. That I have the ability to flush out all the crap that the peanut butter cups and life has hoarded in my system every now and again. That its goodness motivates me to continue to work at keeping the rest of my day full of goodness too.
Thank you, Isagenix, for creating real food that is easy, affordable, SO SO SO good for me. Products that support my mind and body on the days I have to – and/or want to – go, go, go, or on the days that I have no drive to even put food together. And thank you most of all, that I can share my new knowledge and help to improve the lives of others I care about around me in whatever ways they need!!
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to yoga, writing, and Isa love! Just five more months! I can do it! Be home soon, Canada!
Please, please, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ANY questions or would like any information about Isagenix or the terrific yoga I am currently in love with! Or leave a comment! Love comments! Have a grateful day everyone.
*** Added note! Just danced a little jig and turned the corners of those lips of mine skyward as another fellow blogger (third one!) mentioned me and a link to my blog for her readers! THANKS Kirsten!!