Here at the half-way mark of my 30-day meditation challenge, familiar instincts and patterns are kicking in, tempting me to quit or give into my complacency. I am reading Rachel Hollis' "Girl, wash your face" and I feel like Chapter 2 titled "I'll Start Tomorrow" was basically written for and about me: "Your subconscious knows … Continue reading The half-way mark: Ramblings of a reforming quitter.
I must confess, I had this idea for the first time when I was turning 30. I needed a way to start hacking away at my rolling "bucket list" of things I always wanted to accomplish, in a way that combined some sort of structure and accountability (two things I have learned are key for … Continue reading Why a year of 30-day challenges?
Holy crap. I have officially sat down to be silent with my own thoughts for 10 full days of meditation. Although it may not seem like a big deal, it's a damn big deal to me! So here is a quick wrap-up of some of my observations from the first week. (I'll follow up at … Continue reading What I learned in my first week of meditating.
...and I'll keep having more as life goes on! Maybe not as catchy as the original version, but definitely more accurate! On Day 7 of my meditation challenge, the short lesson prior to the actual meditation (using Sam Harris' Waking Up app) focused on Solving Problems. Have you ever listened to or read about something … Continue reading I got 99 problems…
This afternoon, following my meditation (Day 6, huzzah!), I read for a full...uninterrupted...glorious...cell-phone free...60 minutes. *mic drop* I know. I know. This doesn't seem like a big deal. But I want you to take a moment to think about when the last time you did this was. I would wager to bet that you're scratching … Continue reading I did something amazing today I haven’t done in a LONG time…
Did you know that every single day, your big toes assist in maintaining your balance while standing? Not to mention, they also provide additional leverage to your foot every time you push off the ground. I must admit, I had not pondered the importance of my big toes until a recent skiing "incident" involving boots … Continue reading Have you thanked your big toes lately?
There are countless meditation apps I sifted through to land on the one I will be using throughout my 30-day meditation challenge. Headspace. Calm. Insight Timer. Simple Habit. Aura. Brightmind. 10% Happier: Meditation. Waking Up (Sam Harris). I downloaded and tested out each one, and ultimately landed on using Sam Harris' app for two key … Continue reading Which meditation app should I use?
Every January 1st, I resolve to make monumental changes in my life with no clear roadmap or plan, and inevitably find a variation of this sad, crumpled up list years later, scratching my head about where it all went wrong (or rather, why it never started!). Luckily, the items on my list more or less … Continue reading Hello, 2019!
As part of my New Year's resolution of being impeccable with my word (to myself!), I committed to an alcohol-free January. Why subject myself to this torture, you ask? Well...after quite a boozy holiday December, I wanted to prove to myself that I don't need to drink wine to have a good time AND I … Continue reading A dry January update…
I've recently received two gifts that have quickly become the cornerstone of my morning routine: a vintage vinyl record player and an espresso machine. Every morning, I crawl out of bed 30 minutes earlier than usual, and stumble sleepily into my living room to strategically select a record from my quickly growing collection to set … Continue reading Slowing down automated living with rituals.