Call Me Crazy

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I just got my haircut yesterday – was very much needed.  And you know that glorious feeling you have right after you get a fresh cut?  Well it is lingering into my today.  And then I thought, hmm… maybe it is because my hair got SOOO much love from my crazy hair dresser.  Literally.  The whole time while he was cutting my hair he said: I love your hair, you have such gorgeous hair, it is so thick, what an incredible color, it is natural? wow, you are so lucky, is your family’s hair like this?  I love your hair, so nice, or thoughts like this – for the WHOLE time.  I must have said thank you at least 10 times.  My hair NEVER gets love like that from me.  It is never good enough.  I learned something from that crazy man, (even though maybe all he was trying to do was keep a customer) – I’m going to love my hair every strand all day long.

Another, crazy thing I have been doing the past few days is washing my face with oil.  Yes! Can you believe it?  Can you believe I think it has induced a glow?  It has! Castor oil + olive oil + a few drops of eucalyptus (or add in your own essential oil).  Rub it in, put a warm wash cloth over your face for 30 sec, and wipe away.   I am really loving it.  I was inspired by this article, check it out.

So now I will be writing love notes to my hair, and going to my kitchen cabinets for my face wash – crazy what some people do for beauty.  What do you do?

 

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Sage

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Today I burnt sage to clear the space of our apartment.  Out with the old, in with the new. I felt like I was back in 5th grade burning incense at my BFF’s house – it was awesome.  I picked up a bundle of sage at a very cool store downtown on Christopher St.  and the woman showed me a ritual to clear the energy.  I opened all the windows and lit the bundle of sage.   I moved through each room and made circles in all the corners of the apartment and then directed it out the window.  The woman said the corners are where it is believed the lingering energy gets stuck, so by making circles I gathered what was remaining and sent it out on its way.  While thinking: release this stagnant energy so new experiences can flow freely throughout all corners of this home.  It was fun. Kind of quirky.  Something new.

 

So things are coming along.  Furniture is arriving, we are prepping to paint, (well, Aaron is), and only a few boxes remain unpacked.  It is a blessing to create and fill this space mindfully and with love.  Since this place is our base, where we recharge, and regroup – I find it important for it to be as welcoming and orderly as it can be.

 

Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,

A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.

~Robert Montgomery

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The Sky Above Us All

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I am pretty sure I have felt every emotion there is to feel over the course of this past week, while processing everything that came with Hurricane Sandy.  We remained safe in our little apartment in Brooklyn.  We weren’t directly impacted by her wrath, other than not running 26.2 miles as I thought I would, we were spared destruction… but I still feel connected to the heartache.

The feelings started with relief + joy to have an unexpected day off from work, which then transformed into shock, and disbelief which opened the doors to:  sadness, discomfort, gratitude, helplessness, relief, internal conflict, selfishness, guilt, directed, unfocused, faithful, & questioning.

There was a lot to process and I still find myself working through different emotions & thoughts.  I wonder what I can do, and I feel ridiculous worrying about being productive and setting myself up for a good week, while others are dealing with massive destruction and figuring out how to put the pieces back together.

This storm brought perspective.

I feel incredibly  fortunate & grateful.  I will move on, just like everyone will – some maybe quicker than others.  I will do what I can to lessen this traumatic event for others and I will go on to set myself up for a great week back at work.   So I can connect myself back to my purpose so I can serve and be present to others.

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Starting the Day in a Deliberate Way

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I used to start the day by waking up and immediately reaching over for my phone.  I would automatically and mindlessly check my email, Facebook, and whatever else.. all within 1 minute of opening my eyes to a brand new day.  I began to realize I could start my day in a much more thoughtful way, and now this is what my mornings looks like:

  • Wake UP
  • Wash up
  • Drink water
  • Get down on my yoga mat and wake my body with some cat/cows + down dogs + cobras + childs pose
  • Sit and breathe for 10 minutes
  • Set an intention for the day

Then I am free to check my phone…

In order to feel grounded and ready for my day, I need to take this time to get clear about the day.  Lately, I have been meditating for at least 10 minutes before I move on with the rest of my day.  And don’t think when I say the word ‘meditate’ I am sitting with an empty mind, completely enlightened, watching my breath… haven’t gotten there yet!  My mind normally is a big swirl of thoughts, and I just work on watching them and observing rather than reacting.  A definite work in progress.  But from that quiet comes my intention that I create for the day.

One of my favorites from this week was:

‘I greet this day with fluidity, moving into the spaces of my day – present and clear.’  

 

How do you get ready for the day?

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Raccoon + Leaves + Acorn Squash

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We just moved into our new apartment and I am falling in love with living here.  You can’t beat waking up with sunlight streaming into the bedroom, doing yoga and watching the birds bounce around in the trees, and meeting our new neighbor who lives right outside our window. (no joke)

I went on a run in Prospect Park this morning, where I marveled at the trees and all their brilliant colors.  Then I stopped at the farmers market for some ingredients for our first meal at home.

        

I made acorn squash, a kale + apple salad with toasted pecans, with quinoa piled somewhere.  It was minimal prep, and super tasty and healthy.  Here’s what it looked like:

And here is what I did:

ACORN SQUASH:

Preheated oven to 450

Cut acorn squash in half, removed seeds, drizzled olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper (or you can make it sweet with brown sugar / maple syrup)

Baked it for an hour

(So easy!)

GOT QUINOA READY

KALE + APPLE SALAD:

Tore kale off the stem

Massaged with dressing: combination of  olive oil, lemon juice, sherry vinegar, salt & pepper to taste

Toasted chopped pecans

Cut Apple into bite size pieces

Mixed and Viola! Dinner is served.

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Clarity

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‘Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful.  Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

Clarity is something I search for every day.  When I get clear I become efficient, I get things done.  You may have experienced moments of clarity where everything seems aligned.  It feels magical.

When I am clear I move towards the life of my dreams.  When I take the time and space to arrive into my body, into my breath, and into my mind, I am able to create clarity and I find my intention.  When I nurture and feed my body the best food that I can, I feel light and aware.  We have this body that we use as a vehicle daily, but how often do we take the time to maintain it?  Check in with it? Really be in it and feel what is going on?

There are many ways to get back into your body but I have found there is something so powerful about yoga, about its ability to align the body and the mind.  As I move my body in a meaningful way, I am able to connect to my breath, which opens up space in the mind and leaves me feeling clear.

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