Counting My Blessings 4/14/12

Hi everyone!  It’s a beautiful spring morning in Brooklyn.  Here’s a view of the beautiful sunrise over the tree tops and brownstones.

Obviously I doctored the photo a bit with Instagram but it didn’t look much different.  The sun was so bright and fiery that I had to take a picture and share.

Anyway, I hope all your weeks were lovely.  Mine was short and sweet.  Easter was last weekend and it was lovely.  As you all know we took a few days off for the holiday and went to Pennsylvania because my husband’s family lives there.  The weather was beautiful and we got to spend a lot of time with our nieces and nephew and siblings which always makes for tons of fun. So without further delay, here are my blessings this week:

  1. Caitlin – your jewelry is beautiful and congratulations on your hard work, now for sale, at the Brooklyn Museum! You’re an inspiration to me and I’m so happy and blessed that you’re my friend! :-)
  2. Taco bars for Easter Sunday lunch;
  3. Vacation days that make for short work-weeks;
  4. Beautiful weather in the Northeast;
  5. Best friends;
  6. Green Juice;
  7. Coconut Oil (an ayurvedic remedy for eczema) – check out this post, Coo-Coo for Coconuts by adkjerseygirl at the LBG, Living Inside Out blog about the wonderful health benefits of coconuts;
  8. Being able to successfully stay away from potato chips after spending a few days writing about them;
  9. Yoga Cures by Tara Stiles;
  10. Finally, in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the night the Titanic struck and iceberg and sank, Hearty Barley Soup – one of the best soups that I have ever tasted.  It was served at dinner to the first class passengers on the night of April 14, 1912.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend wherever you are.  Any fun weekend plans for you?   :-)  I’m off to make some juice!  xoxo!  See you soon!

Counting My Blessings and Meditation 4/6/12

Hi everyone!  This week was a short one for me with one less day of work!  It was quiet in the office which made it nice for everyone. So I was able to sit quietly, focus on breathing and turn my mind inward.  I’ve always loved to meditate, it was actually easier as a child and teenager.  But once I became an adult with adult worries and issues, it became harder to tune out the noise in my head.  My sister-in-law also practices yoga and she’s mentioned that she would like to have note pad to write down her thoughts and grocery lists while she’s lying in savasana.  I think we can all relate to this at one point or another.  Sometimes meditation comes easily and other times it’s hard.  But it’s a constant practice and it will eventually become easier to shut out the world, focus inward and just be.  Meditation is great for inspiration, provides energy and creates a bond between the mind and the body.

Also, the highlight of the week is that my “yoga guide,” Tara Stiles released her second book, Yoga Cures on Tuesday.  The iBook launch was celebrated at the apple store in  SoHo, Manhattan on Tuesday.  Tara has a really down-to-earth approach to yoga.  Her goal is to make it accessible to everyone.  Even the “average Joe” who lives in the middle of nowhere.  Yoga can remedy many minor ailments and her book focuses on some simple yoga poses and routines that can help things like PMS and headaches, etc.  I strongly recommend getting a copy.  It’s available on Amazon and iTunes as well.

Anyway, over the major holidays it’s always nice to reflect, remember, appreciate loved ones.  So here is my list of gratitude for the week.

  1. My parents
  2. My grandmother
  3. My husband
  4. My in-laws
  5. My nieces and nephew
  6. The MegaMillions! Thank you for giving me an extra $10 this week!
  7. The Pennsylvania countryside
  8. Beautiful sunrises
  9. Vacation days
  10. My Banana Republic credit card ;-)
  11. Modern technology
  12. Having the means to take a vacation!  Going to Puerto Rico at the end of the month!!  :-)  Anyone ever been?  Have any suggestions on where to stay and what to do?

That’s about it for now.  I hope you’re all doing well.  Off to lunch in Hershey!  

Counting My Blessings

What seems like a few years ago (could have been much longer though) I remember my mother telling me that she heard Oprah keeps a journal of everything that she’s grateful for and writes in it every day.  Since then, I have made an effort to at least remember a few things that I am grateful for a few times a week.  I think of it as “counting my blessings” because most of the time I  remember these things just before I fall asleep; I literally “fall asleep counting my blessings.”  This practice brings positivity into our lives and regardless, it’s always nice to remember and appreciate moments that can forever change our lives.

At the beginning of this year I began tweeting things that were highlights in my day and called them “happy days.”  One “happy day” (more of a moment really) took place on a cold night just after the new year.  My husband and I found ourselves at Max Brenner in Union Square enjoying some really decadent hot chocolate (our favorite way to enjoy chocolate).  Even though it was just a quick hot chocolate it turned into a spontaneous little date and it was really nice.  Sitting there enjoying my chocolatey goodness made me think about how lucky and grateful I am that we are together and that he is my best friend and husband.

Anyway, I decided to use my blog as way to express the gratitude and spread the love I have for things, people, moments, etc. that I encounter throughout the week.  It’ll be a weekly post and I hope it will inspire others to do the same.  If anything, it’s great for mental health.  So, without further ado (in no particular order):

  1. My job, even though it’s taking years off my life, ;-) I want to express gratitude for giving me such a strong motivation to “go confidently in the direction of [my] dreams.” To “live the life [I've] imagined.”  (quote by Henry David Thoreau);
  2. My blog followers, friends and loved ones who support and given me some great feedback this week;
  3. My husband and cat (Nimbus) who are always ready with hugs when I get home;
  4. Tara Stiles;
  5. Wishful Chef;
  6. Mental health days;
  7. My Breville juicer;
  8. Fruits and veggies;
  9. My Spotify playlist of favorite tunes that gets me through the day; and
  10. My Anatomy and Physiology teacher and lab partners (98% on the bones/integumentary system test!).

Okay, that sums it up for this week.  We have family visiting this weekend.  I’m excited to see them!  And I have my Anatomy & Physiology class tomorrow…learning all the muscles.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  :-)