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Sayonara, Seattle

Power Yoga this morning at 6:30. It was awesome. I did some new poses! I did (successfully):

Crow Pose:  I stayed up the entire time! It felt great!

Headstand:  I also stayed up for the entire time, after taking a couple attempts to straighten my legs. (I’d like to think I looked as good as the woman in this picture, but I can’t be sure).

Today was class number nine out of the ten I purchased. I have one more class to use by September 8. That is the day I get back from my trip (well, late the night before), so I will be going to yoga! Then I need to scout out the next yoga studio.

So, tomorrow morning, I leave on my road trip to celebrate my birthday. I have a lot to celebrate. 🙂 Sayonara, peeps.

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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Happiness, Yoga

 

New chapter

6:30 yoga this morning. I am really starting to enjoy this class. I woke up with a scritchy (not quite sore) throat. Baby H is sick, and so are his mom and dad. All the stress I have been under, and lack of sleep and not eating the past few months, and I have escaped sickness. NOW is NOT the time to get sick! I have a big trip coming up. A big birthday to celebrate. I have things to do! I have no time for sickness. So, when I woke up feeling slightly less than 100%, I knew going to yoga was the best thing for me to do.

It did feel awesome to be in the hot room, to stretch and to breathe. It is such an amazing way to start the day. I am tired right now (5 1/2 hours sleep, ugh), but I don’t feel sick. Yay.

4 mile run yesterday, which felt amazing. I could have run further, but didn’t have time.

I have begun a new chapter in my life. The Universe is paving the way for me. It is showing me what I am ready for. It is exciting, fun, and new, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2010 in Children, Happiness, Running, Yoga

 

The timing is perfect

I just had the most amazing weekend. How is it they keep getting better? AND it was a four day weekend. Ahhh.

The weekend started with an old and dear friend reconnecting with me.

Then, Pablo and I headed east of the mountains for a party at my friend’s cabin on Lake Kachess. Fun times.

Then, as we were heading back over the pass the next day, ANOTHER old and dear friend called me. Someone I haven’t spoken with in years, but have known a long time. He was making a quick, last-minute trip up to Seattle! For the past year, he has been traveling around the country filming for a project he is working on. In Seattle, among other things, he needed to film someone doing yoga. (More on this later).

Then, another old and dear friend of mine who now lives out of the country was in town, and had a get together with all our old-school friends. This was a group of friends I partied hard with 15 years ago. It was amazing to see everyone, and see much everyone has grown up!  A couple of them haven’t drank in a while either, 7+ years, so it was great to talk with them about my accomplishment, and to hear how it’s been for them.

Then, I headed back over the mountains to go climbing. We went to Vantage. It was amazing. The weather was perfect (upper 70’s and a slight breeze), and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I practiced my new tricks (cleaning the anchor and rappelling) on some short routes on the small wall. I did it all by myself! Each time got easier and easier, and when I was comfortable, we moved to the big, bad, long routes on the big wall. It was incredible! I felt…cool! 😉 I was up there all alone, clipping gear, knotting the rope, feeding the rope through the chains, unclipping gear, and then rappelling down. It was exhilarating! I am very proud of myself, and it feels great to take climbing one step further. We climbed all day…until I got blisters on my fingers (that has never happened before). I can’t wait to go again!

I came home, and rushed to the airport to pick up my friend. We had a nice dinner, and caught up on each others’ lives.

Then, this morning, I woke up (earlier than I wanted) to be a model! Yes, me, a model. My friend filmed ME as the person doing yoga. It was so much fun, and a great way to start the day. I did yoga, outside in the beautiful sunshine, with the Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier in the backdrop. So, watch for me in a few months, people, I may be famous. 😉 I then spent the rest of the day with my friend before I drove him to the airport to say goodbye. 😦

After the airport, I went to yoga. There was a male instructor, which was a first for me. It was really, really hot, and pretty relaxing. Almost too relaxing? I got some good stretching, but it was a tad boring at times. I am used to intense Bikram, so this may take some getting used to. Or, it may just not be the yoga for me. I think this was my fifth class? Maybe 6th? I will try to go a few more times before I leave next week for my big trip. I am going on a week-long road trip for my birthday. I am VERY much looking forward to it. More details later.

This long weekend was a nice reprieve from the intensely emotional memory-filled week. I finished up the weekend feeling loved, lucky, blessed, inspired, relaxed, hopeful, and happy. All of these special people are entering (and re-entering) my life at a perfect time, and I am in a place to welcome them with a warm heart, and open arms. I must have done something right in my life…

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Climbing, Happiness, Outdoor fun, Pablo, Yoga

 

Bookworm

I have a new addiction: reading. I can’t stop reading! I am on my fifth book since I finished Eat, Pray, Love. And I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my choices.

In the past, I would have a difficult time focusing. I would start a book, then come across another one that piqued my interest, start that one, then go back to the previous one, and soon I would forget what was happening in each book. I would get confused. Then, I would go days, maybe even weeks without picking up either book. When I resumed reading, I had no idea what was going on and would have to go back and re-read a chapter. That doesn’t sound like very much fun.

Now, however, I am breezing through books. I mix up the genres. I will read a (semi) self-help book, then the next will be a semi-mindless novel (not too mindless…I choose books to which I can relate: relationship woes, caring for a dog, etc.), then I will go back to a self-help book, then another novel, and now I am reading, “The Female Brain.” www.thefemalebrain.com. So far, it’s interesting.

Most of my reading is done while Baby H is sleeping, but I also have opted not to get cable at my house, so I fill my quiet time with reading instead. I like it. 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2010 in Books, Happiness

 

31,536,000 seconds

One year. 12 months. 365 days. Lots of minutes, and lots of seconds. It has been one whole year since I have drunk any alcohol. What was only intended to last 4 1/2 months (which seemed like a really, really long time at the time) lasted one whole year and counting. It’s surreal. It’s not that it was difficult, because it really wasn’t. I never found myself thinking, “Man, I wish I could have a drink right now.” I wasn’t tempted. I didn’t crave it. I felt too good. It was painful at times because I was doing it all alone, but that, I believe, made me even stronger. Everything was crystal clear, and everything made sense. It was stupid for me not to continue not drinking. But now that I’ve made it to one year, what now? I do not have an answer. I do know I will not be drinking tonight to celebrate.

The past few months have gone by really fast. Summer is nearly over. Where did the time go? I have a birthday coming up, which will cap a year of major changes. I have made some of the most difficult choices I have ever had to make, and taken on the most responsibility I have ever had. What will the next year bring? The unknown is exciting, albeit a little scary. I look back on this time last year, and I don’t even recognize the person I was…who I had become. I don’t ever want to be that person again. She is gone. I buried her, but I will not forget her. She taught me a lot. If I ever am feeling lost again, I will think back, and remind myself I don’t want to go back there…ever. However, without her, I would not be who I am today: strong, on the road to complete and utter happiness, more comfortable in my own skin than I ever have been, hopeful, loveable and likeable, loving, clear-headed, healthy, mature, secure, confident, and determined. No matter what decision I make about my future drinking (or non-drinking), I have learned more about myself in the past year than I ever have. I finally know who I am, what I am supposed to do, what I really want, how to go about it, and I truly like myself. Thank you, year, for being a great teacher. 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Happiness, Uncategorized

 

Climbing!

Yet another fun-filled summer weekend. There was a good mix of everything this weekend, and a weekend where plans just fell into place. This weekend consisted of: relaxing time on the lake with Pablo, time with quality people, time alone, and exercise. Climbing, to be exact.

Yes, I went climbing in this heat. It had been a couple of months since I went climbing, and an opportunity arose, and I jumped on it. We ventured out pretty early, and where we climbed was mostly in the shade, so the heat really wasn’t that bad. It was awesome. It felt SO good to climb outside. I also learned some new stuff! I learned how to clean the anchor (the top chains of the route where the rope goes through), and I learned how to rappel (lowering oneself down the rock, instead of having your partner lower you). I was nervous. My climbing partner went through the steps with me on the ground, before I tried up on the rock. Doing it up high after you’ve climbed a difficult route, is much different from doing it on the ground, but I did it. Luckily, my climbing partner was up on the ledge with me to help me.; he was also very patient. We climbed some multi-pitch routes, so instead of him belaying me from the ground, he belayed me from up top, so he could walk me through the steps. Next time, I am going to try myself on an easy route.

So, Pablo and I are over the heat. Done. The poor guy just wants to lie around, and I don’t have any desire to go to hot yoga, but I am craving yoga. Two more days of this. Wednesday is looking good. Wednesday…will be one year.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2010 in Climbing, Happiness, Outdoor fun

 

Now, THAT is dedication

I was talking with someone last weekend who commended me on my dedication, and how inspiring I am, which warmed my heart. 🙂 I have always been pretty dedicated. When I commit to something, I commit. It usually takes something pretty major for me to back out of something I have committed to. I absolutely proved my dedication this morning. I committed to a 6:30AM yoga class, and nothing was going to keep me from going, not even three measly hours of sleep.

I didn’t get home until after midnight last night, which put me in bed close to 1AM. And I got a nice wake-up call at 4AM from Pablo. He had to poop. This has become pretty regular (yes, he is regular). I need to poop-train him. 4AM is not working for me for him to poop. I have tried taking him for a short walk before bed to get his poop out, and that seems to give me a few extra hours, but last night I didn’t have time nor the energy. So, 4AM is when he had to poop. I drifted back to sleep for about 15 minutes before my alarm went off at 5:15AM. Ouch. But, I dragged my tired self out of bed and off to yoga I went. Actually, I didn’t feel too bad.

The warm room felt really good. I was expecting a high-energy, fast-moving, cardio class, but it was much more relaxing. It was semi-challenging, especially since the room was hot (it hovered around 100 degrees), and since most of the poses were new to me. Some of them were familiar to me because of the Vinyasa I was introduced to in CA a few months ago. But, I did feel like a beginner. And, I was extremely tight: my hips, my right shoulder, and my hamstrings. The 60 minute class felt very short, and weirdo that I am, when it ended I actually felt like I needed to go for a run or something. Now, however, I do not have the energy to do anything. I am beat.

I didn’t love the class, but I didn’t dislike it either. I will definitely go to another power hour class with a different instructor to change it up. Now, I just need to get through my day…

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Pablo, Yoga