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Philosophy Inspiration!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On my last trip to Ottawa, the hotel offered cute toiletry items... I threw it in my suitcase, and now that I am about to use it, it is almost like it is talking to me… so here is a short reflection based on the little things that can inspire me


"Shampoo: CELEBRATE LIFE! Philosophy - Everyday is a gift awaiting to be unrevealed."

Here is how the story goes: Yesterday, I went to a yoga class, a morning class because I took the day off... I change my habit to try something new. It was a great way to start the day and I was trilled with the experience. The problem: the class started and ended late. Result: Let's say that my apologies to Jeff made things worse… because he thought he might be late for his hockey game right after - we carpool. I think sometimes, things happen for a reason. Coincidentally, the instructor spoke about anger during the savasana… which is unusual - typically you hear about positive energy or deep breathing.

She mentioned to recognize the emotion, to observe it from a distance without judgment and to create space, to let it go... At that particular moment, I was very far from experiencing anger - I was very peaceful! My therapist said to me the same thing a few months back... and we discussed about compassion... Have you tried to smile when you are angry... It does not work… But when you let go of the "angry thoughts" you can actually smile... and laugh! So, back to the story, in the car, I was trying not to get overwhelmed with bad emotions but is was almost impossible. That is why - I run to smile! I went for a run at the gym when Jeff was playing his game and it made me feel good. Let's say that the mood was not perfect after that but it was bearable. The positive side of this is, I did not skip my workout and it turned my frown upside up!
Today was an other day… another day awaiting to be unrevealed. Things were still not 100% and I needed some space, personal space so I went for a bike ride alone (again very unusual - Jeff and I always go for bike ride together). I also took a very different route. I mapped it before going and memorized the streets name but a wrong turn made me go a few extra miles (10k to be precise). When I arrived back home, I "jumped on" the scale and was surprised to see that I am making progress. YES!!! It is moving down despite the cheat days and cocktails last weekend! I need to keep this going - it feels good.
Finally, Jeff and I went for a walk at the lake after my bike ride and we were holding hands! We also went for 9 holes of golf. I am still shock at what happened. Last week I lost one of my gold earrings playing golf - I felt it coming off and I spent a good 45 min looking for it in the grass and rocks. I had to give up. Well, today, I went back beside the bush to pick a few raspberries and started looking for my earring again… and there it was!

Unbelievable! Broken (looks like it got crushed) but all pieces are there.

The lesson: start fresh and if things are not going the way they were planned, look for the positive.

"Conditioner: CELEBRATE LOVE! Philosophy - celebrate those who fill your cup and love you unconditionally."

(a virtual chai tea with flowers - my daughter sent this pic to me to light-up my day… I love how supportive we can be to each other)

"Body Lotion: be SOMEBODY! Philosophy - The headlines you make in this life will be based on the difference you made in the life of others."
(I posted this picture of me and my daughters on my Sparkpage - this is what is the most important to me.)
And as I look back (collage of old pictures here), family is my core.

"Body bar: CELEBRATE DREAMS! Philosophy - When you need to feel like your heart has wings, dream big."
I guess that is why you get married - you dream big!

(January, 2012)... I love you... more today ...

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A quick note:

I am very forgetful lately... I lost my garmin forerunner watch! emoticon Hopefully I will find it back soon. If not - it might be a sign that it is time to get a newer one...

One more week in July - Keep it going!

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BOILHAM 8/8/2014 9:21AM

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/25/2014 11:41AM

    Love, love, love this blog! SO many great thoughts and wonderful inspirations! I am going to remember some of them as we continue to paint our whole upstairs and the tensions are running high. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/25/2014 9:07AM

    Nice philosophy...actually, I love their shower gels :-)
Boo for lost Garmin!!

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KAYATLANTA2010 7/25/2014 5:17AM

    I really enjoyed your blog!
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Kay


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GABIBEAR 7/25/2014 2:39AM

    Great blog Julia! Love you idea and pictures! You look like you are doing fantastic for July! Let's make this last week count!!!
WE CAN DO IT!!!! emoticon

Gabi
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KONRAD695 7/24/2014 11:06PM

    Julia,

I think you have an amazing grasp of life and the reality it gives us. Your blogs always give me something to think about. Many times while running I relate part of these thoughts into my own life. You know- observe, relate, and implement, that's how we grow (I think). Anyways, thanks for sharing with us.

Thumbs Up, Konrad

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