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Great Expectations

Thursday, March 31, 2011

There is something magical about spring. You can feel it coming, smell its new life and get a feeling of great expectation. I find myself looking forward to planning and planting my gardens. Seeing the beauty of the flowers and tasting the nutritious organic vegetables. I become excited about biking on the trails and hearing the birds chatter and my favorite little fox running across the trail. Yes, spring is the reward of the long cold winter months.
I think about the long "winter"months of being overweight and sluggish. Blurred by too much sugar and refined food. I think to myself this is what spring must physically feel like! I am now more energized by proper nutrition. My hair and skin are not so dull and I have a longing to live life more fully. Yes, I am SPRING! Together we make a colorful beautiful garden Sparklers! Reach for the sun and share your beauty!

  
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CREATIVEJOY39 4/1/2011 8:16PM

    Definitely time to start planting those seeds! I love to garden and can't wait to get started...

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JSPEED4 4/1/2011 2:09AM

    Yes!

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Pick yourself up and start again

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I had my first true test last week. My daughter was home from college on spring break. That meant cooking all the foods she loves, eating out, late night ice cream runs, staying up too late and you guessed it weight gain. Now for the good news....before I would have berated myself and thrown in the towel. Thank goodness I have actually learned through Spark that it is bound to happen and you just acknowledge it and keep going. But, being the analytical person I am I had to study the whole thing. Did it really make me happy to eat when I really wasn't hungry-no. Did my desire to exercise go away with more and more junk food-yes! Did I feel my best when I was sleep deprived--no! Was I setting a good example for my daughter--NO! And that is why we learn to keep on the path even after we fall----we crave the good habits we have developed!! I am back on the path and moving swiftly with a smile on my face and a happy tune swirling in my head! Thanks for all the lessons you share dear Sparklers, I am listening.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 3/22/2011 9:11PM

    emoticon Great insights! Like you, it seems to help me to see what happened and whether what I was doing even made things better while I was doing them. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes not... but it pays to ask myself!

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MTULLY 3/22/2011 9:01PM

    You have found the secret of success. It is all about not giving up. You will reach your goals not based on how many times you slipped-up, but, instead, on how many times you got up, dusted yourself off, and kept going. emoticon

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MMAVAB 3/22/2011 9:00PM

    it's great you learned from this! it's hard re-adjusting your schedule & diet to accommodate college kids, family & friends visiting etc. it takes a while to figure this out!

i don't work out as much as i'd like to when my youngest is at home. i do invite my girls (all are grown & live somewhere else at least part of the time) to exercise with me when they are home & sometimes they take me up on it, sometimes they don't. but i do three things while they are home: really enjoy spending time with them, making time for minimum daily exercise & stocking the house with healthy but tasty foods.

good luck!

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CLAYARTIST 3/22/2011 9:00PM

  good info...

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KIMCAHILL 3/22/2011 8:57PM

    We had a family event at the local school and I found myself questioning the sucker tree. That sounds silly but I think it is more about craving the good habits as you say. Now your daughter can learn new ways with you. Go You

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MISSY0009 3/22/2011 8:54PM

    emoticon looking at what went wrong and how it made you feel was definitaly the right way to look at this!!

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The lessons you learn along the way.....

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

It 's official. I am a Sparkler! Yep, it has seeped into every part of my life. I find myself applying the same spark philosophies to the rest of my life. I think something at work will take me days to finish and now instead of feeling panic, I know that if I focus and apply the slow and steady wins the race attitude it gets done without the stress and worry. I have always been a push over at home with the kids and now I can more firmly say NO because I have learned saying NO in my sparklife makes me stronger. I have learned to hold people accountable whether it is at home or work because I have learned to be accountable to myself everyday. I have decided to look for the positive in everyday life and have FUN along the way! Yep, Sparklife is pretty amazing.

  
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HERE2PERSEVERE 5/4/2011 6:13PM

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SPaRk On!

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CREATIVEJOY39 3/9/2011 12:39PM

    It certainly is working for me! I can't agree more!

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JSPEED4 3/9/2011 12:05AM

    emoticon Agreed.

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BEACHBUMCRY 3/8/2011 11:39PM

    emoticon What a great outlook!

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Joy

Sunday, February 20, 2011

One of my goals was to meditate 10 minutes a day. It has been an awakening experience in many ways.
I decided to select a word a week and really meditate on what it means to me and where in my life it is or should be. This week's word was JOY.
I want to share some of the things that I discovered:
Joy is not a project or a vacation thing. JOY is endless everyday.
Joy is all around us as a daily gift. Often I don't pause enough from my constant state of "busy" to even notice. This week I noticed that it gave me joy to hear the birds singing in the warmer weather. I noticed how it gives me joy to walk by my cat and have her look up from her nap and give me her cat smile. It gave me joy to shout out loud -"Thank you for the beautiful sunset"! It gave me joy to give compliments to people at work giving notice to things about them I had not taken the time to notice. I still got everything done that I did before I just became more aware of the world around me.
What a revelation that I don't have to accomplish some great feat or go miles away on a vacation or even search for JOY. It is always right there! For me, it was a matter of becoming more aware and living more in the moment. Noticing the JOY put a spring in my step and a smile on my face all week. What a gift!
Continue to light up the world dear Sparks--JOY radiates from a person and brings out the best in all of us!

  
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KASEYCOFF 2/21/2011 4:07AM

    I like your WOW (WordOftheWeek) concept - and I think I will borrow it. I'm a real amateur when it comes to meditation, but like you, I am finding it does me good in some very subtle, but profound, ways. I hadn't really decided what I might want to do in terms of even a loose structure, tho, and this is an experiment worth trying. Thinks me.
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Excuses Excuses

Friday, February 11, 2011

Isn't it amazing how when the going gets a bit tough the excuses start to fly? I am noticing whenever I have a tough day (feel a bit under the weather, challenging day at work or with the kids etc) the "I deserve a reward" thoughts start popping into my head. BUT let's examine what is considered a "reward"! I want to turn to chocolate or other sweets. Shouldn't a reward make you feel good??? I am now discovering that my old rewards leave me feeling sluggish and bloated. My challenge this month is to listen to my old habits and turn them around to true rewards. It is hard for me to find time in the day sometimes to exercise but when I do it surely feels like a reward. I feel happy, invigorated and proud of myself. Shouldn't this be how you feel after a "reward"? I am also going to reward myself by using positive and optimistic phrases and words to describe my life and actions. No more I can't, I shouldn't, It's hard, .....it will be I can, I will, I am! Good night my dear Sparks everywhere...you are all amazing!

  
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KASEYCOFF 2/11/2011 11:07AM

    Every " n't " has a NegaTive in it somewhere, thinks me.
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/11/2011 6:37AM

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PURESTILLWATER 2/11/2011 1:00AM

    Great post.

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SSGTE6 2/11/2011 12:49AM

    YOU CAN, YOU WILL AND YOU ARE!! SAYS IT ALL!! emoticon

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