Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Endings

Really this is just the beginning, I go to sleep, I think about this list throughout my day and THAT is something I'm grateful for. Pulling me back into the moment and seeing the goodness around me-even if it's a learning experience that can be the most beneficial.

So today I'm grateful for...
1. Be Peace
2. The distance learning portion of my training
3. Halloween. The ability to be creative and powerful.
4. The joy of carving pumpkins
5. Seeing children dressed up and excited for life
6. Candles in jack-o-lanterns
7. Working as a team to set up the Food4Kids event
8. Creating pitches for the play
9.Listening to my body and heading to bed at a decent hour
10.Appreciating the weather for what it is.
11. Tasty dinner
12. Milk for when tasty dinner was tooooo spicy
13.Live blogging with the rest of the TVD fandom
14.My parents safe arrival to their trip destination
15. My heart-literally and figuratively

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Day before the end

Today I'm grateful for...
1. Waking up with breakfast
2. Tea-herbal, green, black
3. Moments of breathe
4. Productivity at work
5. Snack time
6. Warm socks
7. Cozy boots
8. Circle scarves
9. Creating time for work outs
10. Setting goals
11. Time away from the computer
12.Watching Criminal Minds
13. Spending time with Bobbin
14. Creating determination
15. Working with vices

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gratitude flows

Today I'm grateful for...
1. My friend Emily
2. Sleeping deep
3. Only having to work one job today
4. Building relationships with co-workers
5. Finding time to breathe
6. The "record" button
7. My brain
8. My writing ability
9. How fully I'm beginning to feel again
10. Going to bed early
11. No line ups at the gas station
12. Crisp mornings
13. Hot and Sour Soup
14. Cozy pajamas
15. A soft place to lay my head

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass... get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.” Steve Maraboli

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Monday!

Today has been busy!

Today I am grateful for...
1. Waking up before my alarm
2. The students I haven't seen in a while
3. Picking up another class
4. Showering after teaching a double
5. Easy traffic
6. Getting everything organized for the event smoothly
7. Leaving work early to get dinner and change
8. Leftover turkey dinner
9. Arriving early to set up for the event
10. Pretty dresses
11. Finding my Marilyn Monroe lipstick
12. Having chamomile tea
13. Clients having a good night
14. Getting a copious amount of pens!
15. Cuddles with Bobbin before bed

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Thích Nhất Hạnh

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sometimes the best thing is to just sleep

Hitting the hay early tonight but first, today I am grateful for...

1. Morning classes to get my up and out of bed
2. Feeling stronger in yoga with weights
3. The song "Benny and the Jets"
4. Being able to read
5. Being able to write
6. Turkey dinners without any turkey business
7. Being able to step away from the internet to take mental breaks
8. Being able to catch up on business/personal work after mental breaks
9. Beads being on sale at Michael's
10. Creativity through mala creation
11. My dad being able to play Sunday hockey
12. My mum being able to visit with her parents
13. Soft rain
14. That break in the sky between storm clouds and white bliss
15. Having the knowledge that sometimes all that's needed is sleep.

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. Lionel Hampton

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Who ya gonna call?


Halloween season you are my favourite!

Today I am grateful for...
1. Teaching a double
2. Students who support me as a teacher
3. Silent Moksha classes where I kick my own ass
4. The breathe and movement created in silence
5. Allowing myself to cry in pigeon/savasana from the experience
6. An evening with Bobbin
7. Ghostbusters
8. Fitting into something unexpected
9. Not attaching to that 'ideal'
10. Finding motivation inside myself
11. Letting each day bring something new
12. Drinking water
13. Helping friends
14. Creativity
15. Desire

Friday, October 25, 2013

Find the peace

Today I'm grateful for...

1. That it's Friday
2. The start of Dracula
3. Halloween photos
4. Halloween candy
5. Quiet time by myself
6. Letting myself feel
7. Listening to those who care about me
8. Listening to sad songs in excess
9. Memories from a week ago and a year ago.
10. Dressing Bobbin up in faerie wings
11. Getting to bed at a decent hour
12. Perspective
13. Growth
14. My eyes
15. Slowing down

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. A.A. Milne

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thumpin' Thursday

Throwing it back to Teacher Training in the title. ;)

Today I'm grateful for...
1. Short Days
2. 2pm Yoga classes
3. Finding my breathe in practice
4. Laughing as I fall out of poses
5. New inspiration to study for the GMAT
6. The Vampire Diaries
7. New followers on tumblr
8. My ability to type quickly
9. Seeing the beauty in the world-natural and constructed
10. Socks
11. Infinity scarves
12. Alarm clocks
13. 10 minute savasana's
14. My teachers
15. MYH

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Happy Hump Day!

Sometimes it's just easier to jump right in.

Today I'm grateful for...
1. Having a job to go to in the AMs
2. Messaging with friends to get my through my day
3. Following my heart
4. Giving myself a break
5. Teaching a class full of energy
6. Replenishing my store by taking a class
7. Challenging myself with yoga with weights
8. Coming home to dinner
9. Being greeted by Bobbin
10. Catching up on tv shows
11. The chance to take a step back and breathe
12. Advice and support from friends
13. Warm showers
14. Hot tea
15. Internet access

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Really feel the gratitude

Just keeping today simple.

Today I'm grateful for...
1. Long sleeps
2. AM classes
3. Seeing students so strong in their practice
4. Liveblogging with Emily
5. Catching up on TV
6. Buying Bobbin fairy wings
7. Having the ability to chat with friends all the time
8. Coming home to dinner being ready
9. Green Tea
10. Working with awesome people
11. Being able to laugh at myself
12. Taking risks
13. Wise advice
14. Quinoa
15. Clean rooms

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hello Monday...

Sometimes Monday's seem extra long when you've had a great weekend.

Regardless, everyday is a new day, and today I am grateful for...

1. Easy waking up
2. Bobbin in her bed
3. Turnips
4. Water
5. Green Tea
6. Schedules
7. Catching up on work
8. The potential for the next job posting to be "the one"
9. Online banking
10. Bobbin cuddles
11. Tasty eats
12. Happy memories
14. Motivations
15. Determination

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Peace

A long and amazing few days so today I'm grateful for...

1. Waking up with a smile
2. Ease of packing
3. Brunch's and storytelling
4. Finding the perfect necklace
5. Giving myself permission to treat myself
6. Walking in the sunshine
7. Exploring the market
8. Seeing my old apartment/home
9. Soothing lake waves
10. Making wishes
11. Photoshoots
12. Hanging in the ARC
13. QP's great service
14. Being so tired and still so happy
15. My own bed

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Home is where the heart is

So many great things today.

Today I'm grateful for...
1. Kingston, ON. It's food, it's vibe, it's everything
2. Queen's University, campus, people, friends, education, social life
3. Football games
4. Crisp leaves to walk through
5. Trikonasana after a homecoming win
6. Tricolour everything
7. Bagpipes
8. Grant Hall
9. The "Welcome Home" sign in a ghetto house on Union
10. Laughing with friends
11. Laughing by myself
12. Being connected
13. Time travel
14. Smiles and smirks
15. Polka-dot dresses

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on a Friday

That's only being used as a title because it was popular during Undergrad. ;)

So that being said, today I am grateful for...
1. Lemon and Ginger tea
2. Naps with Scout
3. Gluten free and local food
4. Sunshine on Fall days
5. Generosity of friends
6. My own legs for walking Princess Street
7. Problem Solving skills
8. Deep Breathes
9. Naps before dinner
10. Seeing Old Friends
11. Meeting new friends
12. Dancing
14. Coincidences
15. Confidence

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Homecoming for insight

Sometimes you need a mini-escape to reconnect.

Today I'm grateful for...
1. My mum and her effort to help when I need it
2. My parents overarching generosity
3. Teaching a class full of beginners, reigniting my cues and why I come to the mat
4. New "moon" lights at the studio
5. Being able to let go of those pet peeves through breathe
6. Tears of joy
7. Using my brain to study for the GMAT
8. Being met by friends Skyping with friends
9. Inexpensive taxi rides
10. Drinks with friends
11.Cuddling with TWO cats at once!
12. Letting myself feel the sadness of missing Shrimpy
13. Down pours
14. Reconnecting with friends
15. Cozy blankets for sleeping

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Short Week brings gratitude

I've been up since 5am, taught 2 Moksha classes and worked 8 hours, as well as practicing myself, so jumping into this and BEDTIME! :D

Today I'm grateful for...
1. Easy rides to teach
2. Quick sign-ins
3. Chatting with students
4. Projects at work
5. Long savasana's
6. Letting the feelings rise and fall
7. Challenges with those I work with-teaching me patience and other life skillz
8. Friends from around the world
9. Technology to connect to those I need
10. The movement in my joints
11. Tea breaks
12. Teachers to guide my practice
13. Seeing my Sangha blossom
14. New favourite songs
15. Enjoying silence

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Grateful for sleep

I slept poorly last night but have a wonderfully cozy bed so that is just wonderful.

So I can get some good sleep tonight here is my list of what I'm grateful for today...
1. Comforters
2. Traffic moving well
3. Finding a single gummy worm in my purse
4. Pay day!
5. Saying 'I love you'
6. Being mindful of each task
7. Time moving at a steady pace
8. Time aside for editing
9. Mowing the lawn
10. Gilmore Girls
11. Cut up peppers to snack on
12. Sleep Tea
13. The feeling of purring on my belly
14. The Originals, Emily and our bi-weekly chats
15. Sharing with Bobbin

Monday, October 14, 2013

Long weekends say THANKS!

Let's get to it.

Today I'm grateful for...
1. Sleeping in
2. One less day of work
3. Teaching classes full of bodies breathing together
4. Being inspired by students
5. Laughing at the studio
6. Painting
7. Watching movies
8. Snuggles with the kitten
9. Paint under my fingernails
10. Old Cheddar cheese
11. Alarm clocks
12. Critical thinking
13. Determination
14. Check-ups with friends
15. Intuition

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

I celebrate today so tomorrow you can rest, digest, and eat left overs in peace.

Today I am grateful for...
1. Rainy days
2. Long drives
3. Sun-showers
4. Cousins
5. Turkey
6. Mashed potatoes
7. Being an aunt
8. Hugs from aunts
9. Messages from friends
10. Playgrounds
11. Deep sleeps
12.Kittens sleeping on my chest
13. Warm toes
14. Good cries
15. True Authentic Self

What are you grateful/thankful for?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hey, hey, it's the weekend!


Things I'm grateful for this fall day...
1. Fresh apple cider
2. The crunch of colour under my feet
3. Watching Bobbin explore the world
4. Crisp, fresh, sweater weather
5. Sunshine warming my face
6. Dad's traditions
7. Grandma's spirit
8. Gluten-Free pies!
9. Cozy fire places in Second Cup
10. Friends to keep my sane
11. Friends who understand the writing process
12. My books on style
13. Pumpkin Spice Lattes
14. Laughing
15. Silliness

Friday, October 11, 2013

TGIF (Too easy?)

Seriously, TGIF...even if I have so much work to do tomorrow.

SO today, I am grateful for...
1. Waking up to kitten cuddles
2. Teaching my ladies at the Salvation Army
3. Laughing at the studio
4. Letting go of the stories
5. Guided practices by friends
6. Long savasanas
7. New music loves
8. Voxing with friends across Canada
9. Being a part of teams like Memory Ball
10. Writing more daily
11. Sunshine-Fall Days
12. Pumpkin pie
13. Nights alone
14. New tights
15. Crafts!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

One of those days.

You know the ones I'm talking about. Little things that compound until you just need to step back. Breathe and give thanks for the things that you have to put it into perspective.

My heart goes out to the person who lost their life today in a car accident that literally stopped the city I am in from moving so fast.

Yes, it taking almost 45 minutes to get home from the studio was an annoyance but I am alive, my loved ones are safe, I was able to see the beauty in the city I usually drive through without blinking. The architecture, the older lady waiting or watching while the leaves changed.

So in spite of today being one of those days, today I am grateful for....
1. My life, the breathes no matter how shallow, how hard, each one in and out.
2. The history of my city
3. Being able to slow down without stressing about work
4. Eating a pomegranate while stuck in traffic
5. Slow flows
6. Reconnecting with my body
7. Swimming
8. Colleagues/Teachers/Friends who care
9. Feedback (negative/positive) so I can grow
10. Being able to feel deeply
11. Canadian Healthcare
12. Opportunities to travel the world
13. Pre-dinner naps
14. Smiles from wee-babes

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.
     John Henry Jowett

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hold onto to the child within

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  
       Thornton Wilder

Today I am grateful for...
1. Alarm clocks
2. Changing colours in the leaves
4. Sleeping through the night
5. Access to food
6. WunderUnders
7. Moksha Hamilton
8. Small miracles and big dreams
9. When people take the time to teach me new skills
10. Silly chuckles on the phone with strangers
11. Realizing as much as things change, things stay the same
12. Love in all it's realms. 

                                Happiest day on the Merry-Go Round in Disneyland. #selfie

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Peace moves mindfully

Things occur day to day. This week is testing me so coming to look at all I'm grateful for at the end of each day helps but things in perspective.

So today I am grateful for....
1. Tea-green, black, white, flavoured.
2. Heat in my house
3. Funny internet memes
4. Eating meals with my dad
5. My ability to think critically
6. The opportunity to work in various industries
7. My friends french bulldog named "Kitty"
8. Sunshine-y Fall Days
9. Scarves
10. A satisfied belly
11. The movement in my joints when I type
12. My Moksha family

Monday, October 7, 2013

New Week. More Thanks.

Know those Mondays that make you want to throw the covers over your head and cuddle in for the day?

Yup. Today I am grateful for...
1. Waking up.
2. Teaching two classes
3. Being able to drive
4. Helpful EE's
5. Smiling students
6. Water
7. Market Salads with Iceberg lettuce
8. Friends who let you vent
9. Chamomile and lemon tea
10. Fireplaces
11. Knitted blankets

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Slow Progress is Progess

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.      
Melody Beattie

Those days your body is just so tired. Today I am grateful for...
1. Rainy days
2. Blankets that wrap around me
3. Knowledge from within
4. Sushi lunches with new friends
5. Enjoying a leisurely walk in a new neighbourhood
6. Potato pancakes and baked apples for breakfast
7. Socks
8. Dinner in the oven
9. Bobbin cuddles
10. My own bed

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Gratitude Day-by-Day

October 5th. Doozy of a day!

With each day brings a little more peace. Today I am grateful for...
1. Waking up before my alarm
2. Cozy hobbit hole apartments
3. My friend MoMo
4. Training to connect more easily to Seniors in Practice
5. Pomegrante season(!!!!!!!)
6. Dad's texts and phone calls
7. My Moksha training
8. Sushi lunches
9. Green tea

When you cultivate gratitude, you become a happier, more fulfilled person.  The more you're grateful for, the more blessings will come to you.             
Susan Santucci

Friday, October 4, 2013

Peace isn't a trend

October 4th. You took me by storm.

Gratitude resonates always. Today I'm grateful for....
1. Public transit running on time.
2. Fun-time diners with friends
3. Learning while I teach
4. Practicing at my home studio
5. Bobbin snuggling with Dad
6. Having so many options to pack
7. Taxi-Cabs knowing where to go
8. Two seats on the bus

What's on your list?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

On the way to peace

Day 3 of Be Peace.

It completely started as "One of those Days."

Spilling my entire water bottle, into my boot, sopping wet sock, losing my phone, hitting every red light on the way to work, etc.,

The funny thing is I recognized it, stepped back and let it roll. I can't control traffic lights, I can't control computers, and well, it was probably a much needed break from my mobile.

So here's to day 3. Breathing deep and finding the Things I'm grateful for...
1. Warm Apple Cider
2. Bank Tellers being helpful
3. The return of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals
4. Practicing
5. Laughing while falling out of dancer's post
6. Homemade potato chips
7. Plans with friends 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gratitude Spreading Peace

Let's just say today was a struggle but, here I am. Because creating peace in the world starts with creating peace in oneself. And that begins with gratitude.

Day Two, Today I'm grateful for....

1. My bed, my blankets, the combination of firm and soft.
2. Opportunities to learn-be it through work, family, friends, nature
3. That my phone battery seems to be holding a charge. :D
4. Having glasses to be able to see the world around me
5. Naps.
6. Texting/Connecting with friends time zones apart

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Be Peace

I think for Be Peace I'm going to do a Gratitude Journal for the next month and slowly try to incorporate a meditation practice.

I've already begun coming into my yoga breathe during stressful times in my day-to-day life so I hope I'm ready to tackle this!

DAY 1: I'm grateful for....

1. My cozy red blanket from S&R I bought in 3rd year on suggestion by Donut
2. Bobbin, her furry snuggles and feisty attitude.
3. Being able to teach-the experiences each class bring me.
4. A water bottle that is easy to drink from so I stay hydrated
5. Having an available pool to go and swim for hours while forgetting the world.