Sunday, April 27, 2014

To discover a space that frees the mind and inspires the soul, one must take note, to visit this space and relish in the energy it brings.

May we all discover this space and be able to have a piece of it daily.
That space for me is the Chicago Botanical Garden. Being surrounded
by natures beauty calms my soul and inspires me.
CBG, English walled garden


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Am runs inspire

Was on my am run with my cousin, discussing goals I want to accomplish while in Chicago. And before I came, I wrapped up this package of what I wanted from Chicago and it is not unwrapping the way I wanted which I makes me frustrated. But, I need to remember that Gratitude is the Attitude! Also that things don't always unfold the way you want. However, it is important to stay open to these different packages and the ways they unfold. So by shifting my perspective I can rid myself of this frustration that is preventing me from learning and enjoying the time spent here.

So reframing is essential to my success here. I am not disregarding my goals, I am merely reconstructing my attitude. Would love to hear how you deal with unfolding packages.

Back off Waterfall at one of the Multnomah falls trails.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I am currently reading a book by Gabrielle Bernstein called May Cause Miracles. It is a 40 day workbook with a focus everyday so todays is Gratitude is the Attitude.

So, I awoke to some am meditation on gratitude and wanted to share of photos of  beautiful Chicago and the gratitude I feel for being able to experience it. I welcome you to share your gratitude with me could be a place, picture, situation, event, etc.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Yoga studio

I found a new yoga studio which is 2 blocks from where I am living. The space is small and perfect. The studio focuses on Dharma yoga which I am new to and excited to experience. So, the class was full and students here in the Midwest are talkers giving the teacher feedback while yoga is going on and I love this.

I had not done yoga for about 3 weeks so I was sore after class which is good and makes me want to get to doing more classes. I wanted to share that at the end of class the teacher read from Meditations on the mat. She talked about home and that we seek things outside of ourselves in order to become fulfilled, and experience happiness. So, the teaching was to remind us that you always have a choice to go home and this resides within all of us.

I feel that yoga for me has helped me to realize that I am enough, and shifted my perspective of myself to a positive light. So, I ask what has yoga helped you realize?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chicago my temporary home

Loving my am runs in Chicago and this morning there was snow on the ground but the sun is coming up and the city is quiet, love fresh air in the morning.

Off to discover a yoga studio called Dharma yoga which is close in the area to where I am temporarily living. So, I'll let ya know. Also going to check out new meditation spots. Exploration is fun.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014


I have been home visiting family and took advantage of the wonderful hikes in Central Washington. We also attended the Leavenworth Outdoor film festival and it was a real inspiration to watch these documentaries.

The take away for me was that we all need to be true to ourselves and push our limits. And MOST of all ENJOY the JOURNEY!

Sagebrush buttercup, spring plant in Central WA

Warrior 1 between Ponderosa pines

Friday, April 4, 2014


Confidence, it has always been something I struggle with. And, I realized that without confidence how can you fully engage in life. So, when I am feeling less than par I do a Warrior sequence to aliven my inner confident Warrior.

Warrior II

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Watched a really great show last night and the person being interviewed talked about being mediocre. This made me sit up straight and realize that times of transition for me when I don't have a goal become moments of mediocracy. I do not have time for this because when I am not being my best, challenging my norms and comforts I am disempowering myself and these moment of mediocracy turn into days, weeks, and months of this behavior, so I say STOP!

My mantra that serves me right now is, Don't BE Mediocre!!! BE Extraordinary!!!

Yoga poses on Badger Mountain