Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ Don't Think Too Much

I stood there, contemplating. It had just started snowing. I thought,
'Do I really want to go run in the snow today?'
It suddenly hit me - if I stood there any longer, I would talk myself right out of running. 
So without further thought, I went. And it was a good run.

Don't think about it. Just go do it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Walking on Wednesday ~ Duct Tape

Duct Tape. It should be on the list of greatest inventions. Why is it so great? Because you can use it for a seemingly inexhaustible variety of things. 

I am not the first to mention such, nor will I be the last. I also cannot possibly find bunches of great stuff made out of or done with duct tape. Just do your own search and you will be amazed at the genius uses of the stuff. 

No, today I will simply share a couple 'light bulb' moments in our house that involve duct tape. Very cool duct tape I should add. We each got one roll for Christmas from my ingenious sister, who wrote 'You can always use duct tape' on each roll.
Got a binder that has seen better days? Duct Tape!
Did those plastic thingy's at the end of your shoe laces come off?
Duct Tape!
Just a couple examples. I didn't get the chance to take a picture of my duct tape moment - using it as a guide on my sewing machine to mark where the wide bit fabric I had to sew had to line up. 

I am sure we will think of more, and if we get stumped, we can just go to Tape Brothers (yes, a facebook page and blog dedicated to duct tape) and get some great ideas. There really is nothing you can't do with a bit of duct tape. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Music Monday! Two For Tuesday ~ Dropkick Murphys

Well, I did it. I signed up for my second 5k run - 
Every time I go out and run, I find myself mentally preparing for the next run, and now I am committed.

I know I have mentioned the play list my oldest son made for me for Christmas, so I won't bore you more with how much I love it, but I do want to feature one of the songs that really gets me going. And because it's Two For Tuesday you get 2 awesome songs by Dropkick Murphy's.

I am in the process of figuring out the order of songs for my race playlist, and this first one is definitely on it, probably in the middle or end somewhere because it really boosts me. Also, it is fitting to feature in celebrating the Shamrock Run!

What a kick-ass band. There is just something about the toughness, go for it all attitude of this Irish Punk Rock Band. This next song is not currently on my run playlist, but may get added for the end of the race......

A wee bit o' bagpipes is also good. And with lyrics like, 
I could really give shit, I'm going out in style
it makes me think the rest of us take life a little too seriously.

We should all take note of the lead singer's words about their concept album Going Out In Style :
It’s all about family and friends for us. No bullshit here… we don’t like to convolute things.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Music Monday! Say Hey (I Love You)

I don't know about anyone else, but today started off as an incredibly bad Monday.

It was after only 6 hours of interrupted sleep that I had to get up, and then deal with missed bus, grumpy kids, and icky weather. I am on my 3rd week of working straight, so the thought of going in to work was less than positive. I am mentally exhausted, and physically lacking sleep. (yes, I didn't open the shop some days, but those days were completely filled with working from home.)

After dropping off the kids at school, a sink full of dirty dishes from the night before was staring at me, most unpleasantly. And I REALLY didn't feel like running, but I hadn't run for the past 2 days, (and had much more ice cream than I should have!!) so knew I would totally regret not going.
Well, as runners know, a run is a great way to change that mood. And that it did, I was in a much better mood after my run. When a friend of mine suggested this song to help raise the mood this Monday, it was perfect. Just the thing to tip the scale to good. (thank you Dana)

It is a song that completely warms my heart, makes me smile, and want to dance. It is also nice to see the video, beaches and people dancing in the streets, showing love to each other. 
So, Say Hey, Monday you can't keep us down!
Say Hey (I Love You) and you will feel better too.

It helps that when I was doing the dishes I saw the beautiful mountain across the way and remembered how beautiful life is. Even when things aren't going your way, when you are having bad day, just seeing nature's beauty reminds me just how small our little problems are, and how thankful I really am. 

It seems like everywhere I go 
the more I see the less I know, 
but I know one thing
I am so lucky to have people that I can say to, 
I love you

That brightens ANY day.

Have a great Monday. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Featured Artisan from the On Fire Team ~ Caty Ann's Creations

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Music Monday ~ Now for a Moment of Zen

Take a moment, take a deep breath. 
Let yourself relax, 
let yourself get out the headphones, 
plug them in, 
and sit back 
for a full 25 minutes of Zen. 

How a zen moment should be.