All posts filed under: Refueling Mind

Filling Your 2017 Jar

  Awhile a back I shared I have a worry jar. A place where I write down my worries and place them in a jar so I can let go of them (especially the one’s out of my control). And in doing that, it helps free me  of that worry. I also recently came across an idea from my friend Dawn that I am going to do this year as well. Todd agreed to do to it with me too so I’m excited. We are going to do each month so it is more realistic that we will complete this. Here is how it works: Each month, we are going to write down a memory of that month that we love. And put it in the jar. And then on New Years Eve of next year (2017), we are going to open them up and read the great memories. And celebrate the last year. I hope to make this an annual tradition. Does anyone else want to try this?! You can do every week or …

2017 Sunrise

* Sunrise in Wyoming during a hike (picture from my iphone) As you start 2017, I suggest trying my annual exercise reflecting on the past year. Look back, to learn from your success and failure and set some realistic goals for the year to come. It is a great exercise and highly recommend doing it. Start the year by refueling and re-energizing for the year to come! A sunrise to the year….a time to start over or redo or repeat. Here is the link: http://yearcompass.com/  

Restorative Yoga: Great during the holiday season

Every Sunday I go to a restorative yoga class. And it transform me to another place for 60 minutes. A place of calm, serene, and total connection to my body. You stretch, mediate, and re-set for the week. It creates a calm and overall peace that is a wonderful way to both end and start the week. So today, as you are looking to refuel your mind, body, and soul….check out a restorative yoga class in your neighborhood. This is a great activity amongst all the noise and excitement of the holiday season. It allows you to escape for those 60 minutes to a different place, away from stress, food, shopping, and all the hustle and bustle. What other things do you do to re-charge in the holiday season? A good book? Cooking? napping?

Joyful Moments (bonus blog today)- Making sure you identify and appreciate when things are good

So as I was journaling today, I realized how darn good my life is in this moment.  I know what bad times feel like. We all do. Between illness, death, depression, bad jobs, bad luck, break ups/heartbreak, money issues, etc…..most of our life we always can remember the dark times and tend to wallow in them. But how often do we acknowledge and really celebrate the high moments to? Like really stop and be joyful during them. Close your eyes, soak the feeling in, and make sure you have these memories to get you through the dark times. Life is so amazing too. And no matter how dark it gets, you can always find light and joy again. That resiliency and excitement of the unknown is what keeps us going. So today, I am joyful for this moment. It may not last long or it may be a long moment in time. But regardless, I know what it feels like and I am so thankful and joyful for it. I hope if you are going …

Holiday Dress Up- Party Dress, Party Shoes and Dance

I realized today as I sit in my favorite nook of the house drinking tea/eating xmas cookies and reflecting on the week that I really love dressing up. And how much it affects your mood.  And for some reason on these cold winter months, dressing up is more important at certain times (other times a good warm sweater and a blanket are perfect). Even if you don’t have a fancy party to go, it made me realize, we should all have more dinner parties that require dress up. Dressing up really does change your mood. It gives you more confidence and sass. Think about how your favorite party dress and heels just makes you feel better. And for men too. A nice custom suit totally gives you a different attitude. So my advice today is….find a way to dress up this holiday season. It really will allow you to feel good about yourself and makes for a more festive season. I know this one is a superficial post but yet so true. Taking pride in …

Refuel: Moving past the election

I am struggling, admittedly. I am struggling to escape social media, the news, fear, ignorance, and the balance of not putting my head in the sand vs. not being so angry that is ruins relationships.  Trying to unite us yet make it clear I do not believe in hateful words spoken by our next president.  I go from being fucking pissed off, to being accepting, to being hopeful, to being scared, to being exhausted….and then wanting things to go back to normal. As I have written many times, it is all about balance and perspective. So, I do believe that time will answer a lot of the questions. Yet, I don’t know how to balance this with a need to act in some way. I have people I care about that voted for Trump (and Clinton). And while I love those individuals and I don’t think you are racist…..it is hard for me to imagine anyone ignoring such hateful words in order to see a different America. I have so many questions yet I don’t …

Changing of the Season

Time change last night and I look outside and see the season changing as well. And I wonder, what else should I work on changing as we end 2016? What changes did you make this year? Which changes do you wish you could take back? Or do you wish you would have done? I think how much I have changed in this last year. Living with my boyfriend (a first for me), really settled into a new job, settled into a new apartment, visited lots of new places, and made some memories. I’m thinking it is time to add a new addition to our house. A puppy. A big life change for me and I hope one of many to come. Should I do it? I’m a bit nervous. Still trying to convince Todd. Change is the only constant. It keeps us young, open minded, and re-energizes you. It is also exhausting and scary. Are you holding back from a change you know you need to make? Or did you take a leap? You still have …

Control

* Courtesy of my iphone during a hike in Hiketober Control is so interesting to me. According to many things I read, people’s basic psychological needs include the need to feel secure, to feel good at what they do, to be loved, to feel connected to others, and to have a strong sense of control. (quoted in my happiness journal as well). And often times when we are out of control, our life is spinning and we lose ourselves. Yet, if we control everything, often your life spins as well. Control can destroy things too.  It is a very fine line. The newness of something or the unexpected is often what renews us, excites us, and opens our hearts and minds. Yet in order to have those unexpected moments you have to let go of control. You can’t be a perfectionist or you miss the unexpected non-perfect joys. If you try to control your partner, friend, family, or loved one, you lose them. If you let them control you, you resent them. Yet our nature …

Showing Up….

As I was on my long hike in the woods today….I was thinking about how often we just don’t show up in our day. We are preoccupied with tomorrow or focused on something in the future. I read a great quote this morning as I started my day that got me thinking while I hiked (are you hiking in Hiketober by the way?!!) “It is one of the saddest facts of human nature that we commonly only learn their value by their loss….There are times in the lives of most of us when we would have given all the world to be as we were but yesterday, though that yesterday had passed over us unappreciated and unenjoyed.”- Williams Edward Hartpole Lecky I loved this quote because it is so true. How often we have regrets or miss something from the past, yet while in that moment, we didn’t fully appreciate or enjoy it. And this really applies to anything in our life. For example, our weight. We are always worried about weighing less verse appreciating …

Embrace a rainy day……Refuel. Get lost in your daydreams, Read, Snuggle, Nap…

Rainy days can be the perfect day to refuel. Embrace them!! As I sit here on this rainy Saturday I am so incredibly content. And I forget that rainy days can be the best (as long as it isn’t for weeks straight!). Rainy days are perfect for your most comfortable clothes, a blanket, hot tea, a good book, and catching up with good friends via phone. Today I slept in and had a good cuddly lazy morning with my man. Followed by brunch, my one chore today…grocery shopping…., and then a comfy couch. With football on in the background, I have gotten lost in architecture magazines (I escaped to CA, beach houses, country cottages, and city living), InStyles, and pinterest. Pinterest is the best. You can really get your creative juices flowing, enjoy escaping into so many different things, and day-dream for hours. I love it!! I love the idea of reading a good book on a rainy day. Watching a good movie. Cooking something warm and flavorful. As I sit here, my candles fill …