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Borderline Stalker Obsession

When I try a new activity, I become borderline stalkerishly obsessive about it.

I just can’t help it.

It started at a very young age of 4, the first time I ever sat on a horse. That led into a lifelong love filled with lessons and competitions.  Then asking my parents for art supplies. Then surfing lessons. Then of course I desperately needed to learn how to snowboard. You get the picture.  I tried everything as a kid, and I’m so grateful my parents allowed me to do so.

Coming to adulthood, things did not change.

After my first trapeze lesson, I went home and researched how to join the circus. Yes, really.

After my first ballroom dance lesson, I went home and researched how to become a dance teacher.

I’m sure you know what happened after my first yoga class.

And last night I took my first Mysore class. Something I’ve been wanted to do for years but have been pretty nervous to try it.  Mysore follows the Ashtanga Yoga sequence but the teacher gives you a series of asanas to do and you don’t progress to the next series until they tell you to do so. You are also moving at your own pace, not like a normal yoga class where you all follow the sequence together as a class.

It was amazing and I’m buzzing from it today even still.

More than trying new things I love the way it makes me feel, the whole cycle. The nervousness, the anticipation, the not knowing what will happen and then doing it and feeling completely charged afterwards.  Riding the wave of emotions and ending on a high.  Because I’m always nervous in the beginning to try it. Always. Sometimes I’m even physically shaking with nerves (i.e. ballroom dance).  But the feeling when it’s all done, completely surpasses the nerves in the beginning.

I can’t imagine my life without having tried these things. And while I don’t snowboard or trapeze or even horseback ride routinely anymore, they are still a part of me, have taught me something and will come and go with the passing of time throughout the rest of my life.

So I ask of you to find something new that makes you excited but completely nervous to try. Then despite your nerves, do it.

Ride the wave. You’ll never ever regret it.

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My very young self at a riding competition.
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8 Ways to Live the Simple Life

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  1. Go somewhere and don’t tell anyone. Ever. We live in a society where we take pictures of our food, every experience we have and post it instantly online. I’m guilty! But when was the last time you experienced something truly for and by yourself? Put the phone in your glove compartment, drive somewhere adventurous, get curious and explore. And don’t tell the world about it. I want to live my life; not record it.” Jackie Onassis
  2. Limit tv. Read, play with your children/nieces/nephews, paint, make an elaborate meal, learn, explore. Find something else to do besides the tv.
  3. Speaking of reading. Hide your kindle and get the real deal paper and ink. Let the pages fold, rip and crease, grab a pen and make notes in the blank spaces, let it live and let it be raw. That is what reading is all about.
  4. Respect boredom. Everyone is always so dang busy and declares it like it’s a badge of honor. Busy is a trap. Busy is not honorable. Busy means you lack knowing what is and is not important. Clear your calendar for a day and do nothing. Get bored. Get really, bored. And see what comes up. I bet, almost without a doubt, it will spark creativity and inspiration like you’ve never experienced before.
  5. Do one thing at a time. Multitasking is so 2015. If you’re working on something, turn everything else off and just do that one thing for 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
  6. Stop buying plastic. Fo’ real. And if you walk by trash outside, pick it up. Be kind to the world.
  7. Look up at the stars as often as you can. It will put everything right into perspective.
  8. In all ways possible, choose outdoors.
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Over Coffee Project: Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart – Sarah Hart.Ca

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Sarah is a designer who creates beautiful websites, brand designs and e-books.  She offers a huge amount of free stuff on her website as well as e-courses and of course design.  What I love about Sarah is her ability to think outside the box — like this interview for instance.  She suggested we do a video rather than written and it turned out absolutely perfect.

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bonjour beautiful: slowly savor

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I recently witnessed an around 10 year old boy eating a piece of cheesecake with such relish and pure delight, I couldn’t stop staring.

Every single tiny bite he took his face would be filled with awe and amazement over how wonderful the cheesecake was. He ate it slowly and deliberately like he was drinking a glass of fine wine or driving a luxury one of a kind car. He was savoring slowly. 

If you have kids or have ever been around kids, that is a hard thing for a 10 year old boy to do!  But there he was, slowly eating this delicious piece of cheesecake.

It reminded me of times when I loved something so much I never wanted it to end.  A great book, a weekend at the beach, an evening surrounded with your favorite people.  It reminded me of how many times I rushed through something good because I was too busy to slow down. All the times I didn’t stop and enjoy something because too much was going on around me.

And even though this little boy was in a loud, crowded restaurant, he was in his own little world eating that cheesecake.

This week’s focus will be on savoring slowly.  Not just food, but really everything we do throughout the day.  Finding the delight in everything and fully being completely in the present moment no matter what is going on around you.

Find your inner 10-year-old-eating-cheesecake.

Happy Savoring,

Brittany