January 7, 2013 § 2 Comments
You might have noticed that I’ve made a few little changes around here. I had a blog epiphany several days ago. I realized that less is more. I have streamlined my post categories, pages, etc. I want to focus on quality over quantity and get organized in the new year.
I still hope to bring you podcast recs, fictional characters, and nifty art, but will do so under the series “Life is Better With…” I hope to post more about yoga and news on the studio on Capitol Avenue. And lastly, I want to use this space as a motivator to paint more! (Etsy shop, Etsy shop, Etsy shop) I will also continue to obnoxiously celebrate Fridays and share my Instagram photos.
And tomorrow I will start a new series: Camera Workout 2013. I am doing a weekly photo project that will FORCE me to use the Pentax more and more. Week one will be up tomorrow!
Meanwhile, if you read this blog, I would LOVE to hear from you. What do you like? What would you like to see? Would you be interested in sharing some of your favorites things?
December 11, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I am so excited to have a guest poster today! Carolyn Fallon writes a health and wellness blog and is passionate about…what else? Yoga! She’s sharing her thoughts on the benefits of my most favorite thing here:
Yoga: A Life-Changing Practice
The American Yoga Association defines yoga as a practice dating back more than 5,000 years to ancient India. It revolves around postures to increase flexibility in the body and breathing and meditating exercises to exercise the mind. Exercise, breathing and meditation work together to put pressure on the body’s glandular system and to improve overall health for people of all kinds.
Today, there are more than 100 schools of yoga practices. The most popular school is that of Hatha Yoga, which is based on physical movements or postures and on breathing exercises. Another well-known school is Raja Yoga, which combines the postures and breathing exercises with meditation and study. Tantra Yoga, another school, focuses on expanding all levels of consciousness.
The regular practice of yoga provides the practitioner with physical, mental and emotional benefits. Physically, yoga helps practitioners improve overall flexibility and balance. It can also help them increase strength and build muscle tone. For those practitioners suffering from pain, yoga can aid with pain management and even preventing pain, particularly for back pain sufferers. Another physical benefit of practicing yoga is better, deeper breathing since the breathing technique and exercises in yoga teach practitioners how to better use their lungs. Due to it’s many physical benefits, and the fact that it greatly increases joint health at every age, Dr. Glen Axelrod of St. Joseph’s Hospital Center for Orthopedics explains that many professional sports teams are now using yoga as a regular part of team training.
Mentally, yoga can also be very beneficial. Yoga provides stress relief for practitioners since the practice demands that people are “in the moment” while completing their exercises, which leads them to momentarily forget the stressors and provides the mind with a calming, relaxing break. Yoga also helps practitioners become more in-tune with their own bodies since they are required to be aware of their body as they adjust their exercises through the practice. This allows practitioners to become more comfortable with their bodies, thus building self-confidence and helping them achieve better posture.
Finally, a regular yoga practice also has emotional benefits since it can enhance a person’s understanding of life. The internal well-being that yoga practitioners develop allows them to be calmer about every day situations, to have overall peace of mind, and to get to know themselves better. Yoga practitioners tend to see the world differently – in a more positive way — and to feel more harmony with the world around them.
The physical, mental and emotional benefits that the practice of Yoga offers people can truly make an impact in the way they see, understand, and live their lives. With so many types of yoga available, and the ability for anyone to participate, it’s a wonder that more people aren’t practicing it and reaping the abundance of benefits that it truly does offer.
Carolyn is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor.
Check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com/!
October 3, 2012 § 2 Comments
Like the title of post says, don’t get me wrong I love Anne of Green Gables just as much as the next gal, but HOLY…
One of my fave bloggers tweeted this link yesterday and I found it so absurdly crazypants that I had to share. Also, I want to see how many repins it gets, all of which will most likely be in earnest….face palm.
I didn’t have a wedding when I got married, not my thing and I can honestly say I think since Facebook and Pinterest the whole thing is getting out of hand, but these folks take it to a whole new level. Bravo!
Ridiculous commitment to theme aside, I do think these are some nice photos, taken by Jessica Zais Photography.
June 15, 2012 § 2 Comments
my five favorites of the week! It was a stellar week for life in general and audio listening….really hard to pick only five.
Also, a short interview where they mention this:
“Joan Rivers hates You, Herself, and Everything Else”
Fresh Air with Terry Gross — June 11, 2012
“Favorite Music of 2012 (So Far)”
All Songs Considered — June 12, 2012
Every year I look forward to both this show and the year end’s discussion. I love the dynamic between the hosts and always discover a bunch of music!
My favorite discovery:
Also…some more heated debate over Carly Rae Jepsen.
“Great Summer Reads”
On Point with Tom Ashbrook — June 13, 2012
Joy the Baker podcast with Joy the Baker and Tracy Shutterbean — June 14, 2012
OMG — a verbal mention of this blog that you are like totally reading RIGHT NOW on one of my FAVORITE podcasts! hashtag omgdying.
I’ve been listening to lots of new music. At the beginning of every season, I make a new playlist on Spotify and just dump everything I like into it. Here’s what I’m listening to for Summer 2012.
March 1, 2012 § Leave a Comment
So I don’t usually get into those motivational posters that seem to pop up everywhere (ahem…Pinterest) lately.
BUT…this one kinda got me yesterday:
This resonated with me in terms of blogging, yoga-ing, cleaning, reading, cooking, writing emails, working, laughing, dancing, ETC.
Consistency and self-discipline seems to be the key and sometimes it is easy to forget.