Monday, August 22, 2011

Home Practice- Yoga



Today I did my very first yoga home practice session. I've done yoga sessions with videos before this of course, but this time I attempted to do some poses and vinyasas without guidance. It's so hard to do this without a teacher. I know I still have a lot to learn, but it was fun experimenting with the things I remember. 

I put on some calming music, lit some incense and rolled out my yoga mat. It may not have been the most focused because I had 2 dogs playing around me the whole time, but after a few positions and some attempts at the wheel pose I had worked up a sweat and was ready for shavasana. I attempted meditating for as long as I could, but of course the dogs got all excited above me while I tried to not think of anything. I did starting "oming" at one point which actually totally calmed the dogs down!

I did achieve that feeling you get after doing a yoga session where you feel refreshed and calm afterwards. It's my favorite feeling!
Namaste!



Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Headstands and backbends

I am so incredibly excited and proud of myself! I went to a yoga class today that was challenging and awesome. I learned how to perform a headstand against a wall, and I did it!!

 Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)

I was so proud of myself for being able to do these poses. It's the first time I've ever even done a headstand! 

I did one of these also!
 
Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow or Wheel Pose)

I'm very excited about my yoga practice. I plan to keep it up!! I'm going to go to another class tomorrow with my sister. I love it!!


Sunday, August 07, 2011

Lemon Meringue Pie

So, yesterday was my first attempt at making Lemon Meringue Pie. It came out OK, but not exactly how I would have liked it.


It tasted pretty good, it just didn't quite look as good as I had hoped it would have turned out. I don't think I beat the eggs for the Meringue long enough and Jeff was impatient to eat it so the lemon portion was still kind of runny. So, will know better for the next time I make it!

I've decided that I think I'm going to try and cook something new each weekend. I think I want to make things I've never cooked or baked before, as well as something challenging would be fun. So, still deciding what I will cook next weekend. Maybe Red Velvet cupcakes? Is making Red Velvet cake hard? I feel like I've heard it's a little challenging. We'll have to see what happens!!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Lazy Saturdays and Breakfast

Yay for weekends! I love lazy days. I get up, take my time making breakfast and then just sit and chill with Jeff. I love sitting down and slowly eating and enjoying breakfast. I really think breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Here is the breakfast we had this morning. We made poached eggs, so yummy!!


I've changed up my hours at work recently so that I don't have to be there till 8 am. I used to start at 7am so I always felt rushed out of the house since I'd have to get up so early to take my time in the morning. So, now I can get up at a more reasonable hour and make breakfast. I love getting up and making lattes with our fancy espresso maker and coming up with an easy delicious breakfast. I sit and eat my breakfast, drink my coffee, and read the news on my ipad. Jeff and I love talking about current events, which has mainly been the debt ceiling. 


Last night I went for a girls night with some of my friends. I got to wear this super cute green dress my mom got me. I also dyed my hair last night cuz my greys were looking bad!!!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Thursday... It's OK

Its Ok Thursdays


I love participating in other blogs "thing of the day" events. So, I stumbled across this one via someone's recent comment that lead me to this blog.

Thursday's It's OK....

.... to be obsessed with turning a bunch of your normal photos into instragrams




....to have more magazines than you'll ever read in a life time

.... to really start loving the "far out" and "hippy" aspects of yoga practice


...to be excited for another weekend, and the end of another work week


Happy early weekend!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

August Goals

I thought that if perhaps I put my goals on my blog I would stay more accountable to them by the end of the month to cross off the ones that I accomplished! We'll see what happens!!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Decisions...

There always comes a time when you have a huge decision to make in your life. I know that I haven't had to make too many huge decisions in my life. I guess the biggest decision for me was deciding to take a chance and fly all the way out to Boston to meet my now husband Jeff. This was after about 3 months of talking online and via the phone (we met on match.com). It was a pretty easy decision.

When I decided on colleges I only applied to one, Cottey College. I got in, no problem!


It was only a 2 year school so I had to transfer and by the time I had to do that I had decided on my career, Physical Therapy, another easy decision for me. I again only applied to one school, Saint Louis University.

When I graduated with my degree I only had to apply to one job, and got it straight out. My life has been pretty easy with big decision.

For my husband though, he's had to make some tough decisions. I always say that deciding to marry me was one of the fastest decisions Jeff has ever made. He proposed to me within about 6 months of meeting me.

But, he was living in Colorado at the time going to the Air Force Academy. He however decided to leave that school and join me in Saint Louis. This was an extremely hard decision for him. He felt so passionate about eventually becoming a fighter pilot until he came to the realization that it was not the career path that he wanted. He realized that it would not be the best for a family that he came to realize he valued more than anything. It was a pretty big deal to leave the academy and to change career paths.
Now, he's faced again with a big decision that affects our future so much. He has been job searching for the past 7 months. Unfortunately he hasn't had much success with finding a job that suits his career path now. He's only found 1 in Saint Louis that has potential.

He's finished interviewing for it and we're waiting to hear what the results will be. However, we have been discussing whether if he does get an offer to stay here. He would really love to move back to the New England area where he is originally from.

I would like to move there too since I've been living in the midwest for my entire life and had always loved the New England area. So, this is the time to consider moving, even if he doesn't have a job lined up, but I could easily find a job. He's been having trouble making network opportunities there while being so far away, so moving would help improve his chance of finding a job out there. I know it might not be ideal, but what if in a few years we have children and it's even harder to move? We still don't know what to decide if he gets this job here in Saint Louis, should he take it? Or should he not? Will the decision be made for him? Will he not get the job?
These are all things that have been rattling around in my head for the past few weeks. I suppose Jeff makes the ultimate decision because I'm just along for the ride with his career. I have my own ideas for my career, but luckily what I do can go anywhere. I guess my career path is pretty easy when it comes to making decisions, Jeff however has chosen a more challenging career path, but hopefully things work out.
So, what might you do? Stay where you are, or take a chance and move to the part of the country/world that you've always dreamed of living someday?

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