National Trail Mix Day

Who doesn’t like trail mix?  Lots of different flavors to quench your hunger when you’re out on whatever trail of life that you’re being led on!

What if you treated your life like a handful of trail mix?  Just put your hand in and enjoy whatever you don’t like–and if you don’t like it, toss it back in the bag!

If we didn’t plan or expect things, we would enjoy life more.  If we don’t project our ideals onto our life, it is so much more enjoyable. Maybe if you do, you’ll fall in love with the Messy Middle.

 

LL

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Goals 2016 #33 LL

As this week begins I’ll be back at my Ayurvedic specialist. Unfortunately, I am back to where I was before I worked with him. It’s only been two weeks and the first started off much more promising than anything else. The GI system is an interesting beast. So, I’m staying as positive as I can and not giving up yet.

Business wise I have had some amazing strides this week. The saying the best time to plant tree is 20 years ago and the second best is now…so freaking true. I have been planting seeds for three years and they are finally sprouting. I cannot wait to announce whats blooming!

Financially I was able to give back last week. I taught for charity and it felt so good to do something I love in an effort to help those in need. I hope to be able to do it again soon!

Which makes me wonder what do you love to do that you can do one hour this week to help someone else?

xx~L L

Goals 2016–#32 Clare

Oy!  A friend posted on Facebook 3 resolutions she wants to accomplish by the end of the year. Ooof. I started to look at this years goals and how far I’ve come, but how far I have yet to go. And really–it’s all me. I just have to buck up and do some things. 

I’ve committed to my daily sun salutations. That, albeit a small task, is actually probably the best and biggest. 

And I’m continually auditioning, but I got a little discouraged early on with the agent finding mission. 

The book–I asked for help and got some, and then help sort of evaporated. So I guess I need to get back out there and ask for more help. 

Finances–I still bury my head in the sand when one of my two friends who said they would help me with this ask about it. I really have to just be a big girl and make a decision. 

Organization–ooh, this one I feel I’ve done well on. Well some weeks I’ve done well. I’ve cleared a lot out. I’m going to, in the next few weeks, clear out my summer clothes. I’m going to make two piles–things I love, or wear all the time. And things I didn’t wear or don’t care as much for. I’m going to take the second pile and keep half of it–as in make hard choices and get rid of a good amount. My drawers are just too full. 

Thankful Thursday

Each week we encourage you to tune in, join the discussion and pass on your own thankful thoughts!


We are thankful for second chances–its interesting that today is National Kiss and Make Up Day and its also National Second Hand Wardrobe Day, National Banana SPLIT Day and National Whiskey Sour Day–maybe the “national board” whomever they may be know something we don’t… because they want you to give a second chance to clothes and the ones you love by sharing a banana split–all after having a Whiskey Sour?  Ok its a stretch–but to finish up our National Holiday theme this month, we thought it was interesting that four things that could be connected were crammed together all on the same calendar date.

We are thankful for knowing that love exists.  We hope you see that you are loved as much as you deserve!

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Celebrating National Waffle and Peach Pie Day

I’ll admit this is a crazy one… but who doesn’t love a sweet treat?  National Waffle Day made me think of not only the actual waffle, but the idea of “waffling” of sitting at a cross roads and making a decision.  I’ve been at may cross roads.  Many took me in a great direction that lead me to where I am, and made me a stronger, better person.  Some left me bruised and hurting–not unlike a peach.  It reminds me of the movie Sweet Home Alabama when the woman playing Reece Witherspoon’s mom is making something with peaches or maybe it was plums, and she says that it is the bruised ones that make the best jam.  Its true… bruised or not–once a decision is made, you’re better for having made it, like I said in my blog about Greatest Mistakes.  Go be sweet to someone!

And if you’re “waffling” over something…. go ahead, take chance and a leap!

LL

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Goals 2016–#32 LL

WOW August is flying by so fast…and yet so slow. It makes me think of a quote Gretchin Rubin once said, “The days are long but the years are short.”

This month I have had people visiting me every weekend. So, my goal for August was to work and play. So far I have succeeded in this. This week while LA is going back to school I am throwing myself back into my work goals.

Here we go:

Health wise my venture to the Ayurvedic specialist is helping. I’m feeling about 30% better just one week later. I’m hoping each two week check in gets closer.

Financial: being an entrepreneur is unique. I have never made so much money and had so little. Staying positive about it is this weeks goal.

Business: I’ve got a few deadlines approaching and a couple calls this week. Fingers crossed I make it past stage two and my creative content rocks as much as I want.

Enjoy the last weeks of your summer and I can’t wait two see what the end of summer nights brings. xx~LL

Goals 2016–#31 Clare

Ooof. Summer is hard, y’all!  

I’m gonna admit it, I stopped doing my sun salutations because it was 90 degrees in my apartment in the morning. And since we don’t have air conditioning, I said no. And I’m the worser for it. My back and legs hurt. So today I started doing them again hopefully tomorrow I won’t hurt as much! 

I booked a show–so that is exciting. No agent yet. But a show is good! 

Money is still the same. I’m ignoring it. 

Organization has gotten as far as it can for the moment. I’ve cleaned out everything I can.  I’ll exit a few more things from my wardrobe at the change of seasons. 

Book–getting closer! 

Thankful Thursday

Each week we encourage you to tune in, join the discussion and pass on your own thankful thoughts!


We are thankful for peace.  It really takes unrest in the world to really appreciate peace.  Fingers crossed that it will resume soon.

We are thankful for cool and refreshing things that make summer more bearable: watermelon, cold adult beverages, cold beverages in general, ice cream pie… Its National Ice Cream Pie Day!  Go make one or have a slice and cool down! I’m headed to get the ingredients for this Margarita Ice Cream Pie I found on AllRecipes.com now!

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Celebrating National Love Your Feet Day

HA!  This one made me laugh… Its also National Thrift Shop Day, but the feet thing… I’ll admit it: at first I thought “EW!  Why a whole day to celebrate feet?!?”  And I’m not even squeamish  about feet… but then I thought–you know, some people love feet, and some people can’t stand to look at or even think about feet…

This made me liken this thought to that about weight –I’ve been dealing with weight issues my entire life, but I like to eat, and coming from German and Norwegian stock–I’m f*cked.  So, I gave in and bought fat shorts–if you missed that goals blog, you can laugh with me here!

I then went to write a blog about just enjoying the things you enjoy.  For me, its coffee.  But ultimately, its not just about loving your feet–its loving your whole self for exactly who you are in this moment, you beautiful snowflake!  Revisit one of my all time favorites about loving the skin you’re in right now.

Clare

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Goals #31–LL 2016

So last week I finished the third portion of “The Work” and thoroughly enjoyed all the lessons (both Pilates and life), time with my “work” buddies and seeing what is needed to get to the final portion of this journey.

This past weekend Jeni Del Pozo and I had our 2nd “Pilates Day Retreat.” It was a blast! Bigger than our first one and we announced our 3rd one!! The Jumpboard. One of my business goals was to begin doing retreats. I thought I would have to wait until 2017 but the truth is you don’t have to go to a far away land to have a retreat!

Last week I also announced my UK Pilates retreat with Julie Driver. Save the date London! I’ll be making my first trip your way 12/5-8.

It’s been the busiest of work goal weeks so this week I am going back to making my health the focus. After lame news from all those medical test I am going EAST! Bring on the energy healers and acupuncturists. I can’t wait!

Sometimes you can work all your plates at once and other times you have to spin some hard enough they can spin themselves while you focus on others. This summer has been about balancing the plates. These check in’s mean I don’t forget to go back and check on them. Love a good system.

Have an amazing week! xx~LL