10 Good Things Happening Today

I’ve been thinking it’s Thursday since about Tuesday afternoon. You could say it’s been a long week. I’m tired. It’s raining.

Still feeling kinda crappy since I wrote my last post, I decided to make a list of 10 things happening today (or in the very near future or in the past few days) that are upbeat and positive. I’ve been really focusing on a lot of “should dos” and “must haves” in my life without really paying attention to what is already here.

  1. I start my new part-time job at Barnes and Noble today! Talk about a high-school dream finally coming true. 😁
  2. I’m probably going to get a quesadilla this weekend from my favorite Mexican restaurant.
  3. I went to THE BEST Halloween themed yoga class Tuesday night. It was incredible. We listened to classic rock and Halloween music (think Ghostbusters theme and Thriller) and did some fun poses.
  4. I’ve been challenging my creativity into sewing projects and pottery projects, two mediums I generally don’t work with but still love.
  5. I found a really cool pattern to make a floor cushion out of fabric scraps and I’m mentally planning it out.
  6. It’s pizza day at school today which means I’ll probably get leftover pizza.
  7. I’m going to try to go to bed early tonight.
  8. I beat my old high score in Color Switch this morning.
  9. I’m seeing my college friend this weekend! It’s been about two months since I’ve seen here, but two months too long!
  10. I made a new Instagram account about a month ago focusing solely on books and reading in the hopes to get me to read more. I’ve been really enjoying taking pictures and engaging with others. Usually my projects kind of burn out after a while but I hope this one stays around for a while.

Honestly, this was a lot tougher than I thought. I got stuck around 6 and really had to think through my day to see what I was excited for. It was hard to keep out “although” and “however” and other condescending words.

What would your list of ten good things look like?

Here’s a photo of the quesadilla I’m really craving πŸ˜‹

Excelencia Mexicana

Productive Ways to Relieve Stress

I’ve reached a point in my life where I can claim to be a professional procrastinator. I have big goals and dreams and ideas but very little motivation.

I write it off as anxiety, nerves, and stress. Sometimes my ideas are just too big for me to accomplish, but sometimes I’m just too stressed out to even make a dent.

When I’m feeling stress or anxious, the first thing I want to do is climb into bed and scroll through the same three apps in my phone all night. This however, makes me feel worse, not better. I’m even further behind in whatever it is I was supposed to be doing, and I have nothing to show for all the time I just wasted.

Instead, I’m working on more productive ways to reduce stress or nerves or anxiety. Here’s what I came up with.

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Centering

Centering

Last week I talked about some tips to meditating.Β Since then I’ve been thinking a lot about what meditation really means, and how we practice it in our everyday life.

I’m taking a pottery class at a local potter’s studio. I spent my final semester at college in the pottery studio every morning from 6am until my first class at 10am throwing and trimming on the wheel and trying to get my pieces to look nice. Then, I spent the rest of my day beating myself up over how I never managed to take the class until my very last semester.

I bit the bullet and shelled out about $300 to sign up for this class and I sat back down at the wheel and covered my hands in clay and felt a sense of ease.

The act of throwing clay on a wheel is difficult, no matter how many YouTube videos make it look painless. You have a pound lump of clay on the center of a spinning plate and your main goal before you start pulling on the sides is getting it even and in the very center of the wheel.

This is called centering. You physically center your clay by using your two palms to squeeze the clay together into a perfect ball.Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

Beginner's Guide to Meditation

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for the better part of ten years and one of my favorite (and most challenging) parts of each practice is savasana. I’m not alone in feeling this way, but in the past year of so I’ve been more purposeful about practicing meditation. I’m still very much a beginner, but here are some things helping me to be more mindful.

Practice meditating consistently (even in unusual places).
Obviously lying in savasana after a sweat inducing yoga practice is sweet and relaxing. When we step on our mats we often practice being present in the practice which is a meditative measure in itself.

But do we meditate while walking to work in the morning? While cooking dinner? Getting dressed? Folding the laundry?Read More »

My Rocky Romance with Running

Hi, my name is Seal and I’m currently in a Complicated Relationship with Running.

Running and I have this weird on-again/off-again thing going on. Currently, we’re on-again but I’m not entirely sure how long it’ll last for.

My Rocky Romance With Running

Running and I have the same interactions every time we meet up. It usually involves me struggling to get out bed and hitting snooze for twenty minutes. When I get dressed I’m feeling better and although I hate wearing sneakers I like the satisfying sound they make on my hardwood floors.

I’m usually driving to the river with my windows down and blasting music. I put on my running playlist and I start warming up with a brisk walk. I like the way my ponytail swishes against my neck and I’m grateful that I live within spitting distance of the Hudson River. The river water smell wafts through the air and it’s always a little cooler.

For the first ten minutes, I’m feeling really good. I try to keep my breathing steady and even, exhaling and inhaling for the same amount of time. Sometimes I run in tune with the tempo of the song if I can.

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A Response to Kelsey Miller’s Real Fitness Challenge

Rational Fitness Challenge

It seems like every New Year’s Resolution list of mine includes “work out more” or “get in shape” or the horrid “lose x amount of pounds.” But surprise, I’m not very good at working out.

It’s probably because I go through hot and cold phases aΒ lot. I throw myself passionately into participating in something, whether it be reading, writing, any creative hobby, studying for an exam, researching for a paper, blah blah blah. The list covers ultimately everything I’ve ever done. Then when I’ve exerted myself from whatever activity I’ve poured myself into, I quit. For months.

This is me and exercise.

I go to the gym for a month straight, and then take the rest of the year off. Life gets in the way and I use a busy schedule as my excuse.Read More »

3 Personality Traits I’m Proud Of

I working on seeping more positivity in my self-acceptance. We constantly say negative things about ourselves on a daily basis. I think that’s mostly because we spend the most time with ourselves out of everyone else, so we have enough time to pick out the mistakes or things we’d like to see change.

However, because we spend so much time focusing on the negative, we forget about the things we like about ourselves that we don’t want to see change.

Today I’m talking about three personality traits I’m proud of. I won’t like when I say this was difficult for me to do (I don’t like to sound like I’m bragging! This is also something I need to work on). All of these three traits have things that could be tweaked, but overall, I’m glad these are part of my genetic make-up.

Personality Traits I'm Proud Of

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How I Started My Home Yoga Practice

Three months ago I joined a yoga studio and it was one of the best investments in my post-grad life. I was a hesitant to dish out that much money each month ($75 for unlimited classes each month) but I convinced myself it was going to be worth it in the long run. Now, I go to a yoga class four or five times a week, so the membership pays off within the first week and a half.

One of the main reasons I was so wary of paying money to join a yoga studio was because I felt like Β yoga is something I could practice on my own at home without spending money. I had taken yoga classes before (four different long term classes with two different instructors) so I already had a foundational knowledge.

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Mantras for Stress Relief

I’m sick and I’m stressed. When I say May is my least favorite month, I really mean it. It feels like everything falls apart at the same time.

Recently I started to appreciate chanting in my yoga practices. At first it was really weird and made me slightly uncomfortable, but after a couple times I really feel more relaxed.

Now, I’m starting to repeat mantras in my head, or write them down on scraps of paper, like songs lyrics stuck in my head. Here are a few of my favorites to get me through a significantly more stressful phase.

Mantras for Stress Relief

  • “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” –Vincent Lombardi
  • “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” –Lao Tzu
  • “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” –Oscar Wilde
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau
  • “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” –Elizabeth Gilbert

Wordless Wednesday: My Morning Runs

I’ve started running. It’s been an experience. I honestly wouldn’t be going every week if it wasn’t for the location. These are some photos from the last run I went on, unedited, straight off my phone.