It’s pretty in…

It’s pretty incredible how a pair of running shoes can make you so incredibly happy. Not to say a pair of shoes can transform an experience (although this female can certainly bashfully agree with that statement in several cases!) but they can truly alter one’s perspective on an activity. My last pair of “gym shoes” were awesome, and still are, but my personal routine is to wear the shoes ’til they have assumedly reached their “mileage limit” and then turn them into my outdoorsy hiking shoes. Then I invest in a new pair. Having been a Payless Shoe Source gal as a kid, it still kidn of shocks me the amount of money I will put into a pair of good running shoes. Particularly considering I am not a “runner.” I find with these personalized Nike Frees (yes, I said personalized, my inner princess reared her head upon ordering and insisted I have my nickname scrawled across the shoes’ tongue and manufactured in colors of my choosing, oopsies) that the moment I put them on I have a hop in my step. I’m a self-professed “non-gym-goer” after six years working in a health club, followed by several years with various gym memberships. I had found I was dragging myself out to the car, sitting in traffic to get to the gym, and then mindlessly watching time tick by as I sweated on a stair master or jogged on a treadmill, and then monotonously went through my weight routine. Effective? Yeah. Enjoyable? HARDLY. I was like, why am I spending time INSIDE doing something I could really and truly be be doing back at home/in my neighborhood/on my bedroom floor (don’t lie, you’ve seen the US Weekly cover photos while standing in the grocery line of Matthew Mcconaughey jogging outside and doing pull-ups/push-ups/abs on kids jungle gyms. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw those, thinking how much better shape this individual is in compared to the “gym rat” celebrities who even work out with trainers! People who make fitness and physical activity a part of their lives are the healthiest of all. Some people adore the gym and it works for them, and I say more power to you, if that’s the case. I found the gym to be detrimental to my sensory well-being. The monochromatic color scheme, the germs crawling all over everything, the suspenseful dread of not knowing whether your favorite machine would be free or drowning underneath a middle-aged man’s attempt to seemingly burn off yesterday’s pie eating contest. 

I digress. I suppose this post is an attempt to shed light on incorporating health and fitness into our daily lives. For me, my pair of shoes greatly helped. I see them sitting there and calling to me and I WANT to pop them on and go bouncing around outside! No, I may not jog for 45 minutes, I might even power walk the entire time. But I get outdoors. When I get a burst of energy I run for a few blocks and sometimes I don’t stop until I am back up my hill – sometimes I just prance all over in my excitement, stopping to do some yoga on the park’s grassy knoll. Whatever my heart desires, I do – and you know what? My heart is pumping the whole time. Not just because I’m enjoying myself but because I’m moving my body, getting my blood flowing, getting my heart rate up. And I can tell you one thing, it’s a heck of a lot more enjoyable outside with my goofy hat, sweat and sunscreen mixing, and close to home than it is a drive away locked up in some gym. 

What’s your next pair of shoes going to look like?

Just plain Karma… KONY2012

http://vimeo.com/37119711

I want to use every single social platform I have to share this video and spread the word about the inconceivable crimes that have been committed by Joseph Kony for decades.

Who is Joseph Kony???
Watch this video. See his face, hear his name and SPREAD it, make him FAMOUS “not to celebrate him, but to bring his CRIMES to light.”

The goal is to have Joseph Kony captured and arrested THIS YEAR, 2012, while Obama’s support and deployment of U.S. advisors remain active. While we have the attention of the U.S. government. There is no more time to waste! 30,000 Ugandan children have been ABDUCTED from their homes, forced to MURDER THEIR OWN PARENTS, turned into sex slaves and gun-slinging soldiers, been made to mutilate the faces of others and brutally murder. These are CHILDREN. “Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live.”

 

http://vimeo.com/37119711  

 

Please, watch this, please take a moment and be enlightened: what else are were here for, on this planet, on this earth, if not to protect our fellow human beings??? Let’s use our VOICES and make this CHANGE!

 

After you’re finished watching it please sign the petition at KONY2012.COM

 

An Ode (or Praise Poem) That I Wrote to my Yoga Mat :-)

Ode to a Yoga Mat

 

Portable haven, textured shelter from chaos

unroll boldly. Ready for me, whenever I may call on you.

Magic carpet of serenity

I step onto you, sink into you

my body conversing silently

with your surface, the rise and fall of

my breath the only music to which we dance.

 

Bedroom, airport, lawn or beach

you’ll let me take you anyplace

unroll your length and make a quiet space

for just us two.

 

My mind whispers as I flow, hands

gripping you, muscles tightening.

Arcing, bending, stretching

to an edge. The physical delight of a new pose is

euphoric, a moment I share with no one but you.

Letting my body fall, and surrender

energy trickling from my limbs,

 

I press into you. A cascade of windless

energy arrives, one only you can understand.

I inhale my earned tranquility…

before stepping off of you, and back into the

mayhem of reality. In my armor of calm

I carry the promise of another yogic escape tomorrow.