Friday, May 28, 2010

Yoga Love!

I noticed that I haven't written much about my love of yoga. It's funny because I've been practicing for the past 7 years or so and it has truly become one of the things I most love to do. Recently I've been telling a few more people about it and I figured I should probably write about it on here as well.

Not exactly yoga, but ready to workout nonetheless!
{Image from my personal collection}

I started in high school practicing with a Vinyasa DVD after I quit swimming and water polo as a way to stay in shape. I continued in college by taking Iyengar yoga with one of the instructors on campus and it soon became the thing I looked forward to every week. Upon graduating, I took a couple classes at my gym, but craving more of a challenge, I started doing Bikram yoga. With Bikram, I definitely found a challenge and also a way to reconnect with that zen feeling I've been missing since college.

Partaking in my love of swimming
{Image from my personal collection}

Yoga has definitely changed my life. It's not only made me more aware of my body and the things it can do, but also given me a new appreciation for the things around me. Honestly, I think the world would be a much better place if everybody practiced yoga. I've been trying to get everyone I know to try it and I've even been considering getting certified as an instructor so I can share it with others. For now, I'm just excited to talk about it with anyone and everyone!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"I want someone. Not just anyone. For a while. And then longer."

It's funny being single. It seems like everyone (and their mom) literally, is trying to set me up with this great guy they know, whether it's a friend's son, their nephew, their stepdaughter's best friend's brother and so on. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the help, but is it so impossible that I'd like to do things my way. I don't want just anyone and I'm happy in my life. I'm happy enough that if I don't meet that someone, then I refuse to settle for just anyone.

"All is fair in love and war." ~ From Renaissance English poet and playwright John Lyly's Euphues (1578).
{Images from: Audrey Hepburn Complex}

And when I do meet a guy I think is worthy of my affections and it doesn't work out for one reason or another, I don't want to be comforted by someone telling me "You're a pretty girl. There's so many ugly people that find someone. Of course you'll find meet someone." As if that makes me feel better. It only points out that so-called ugly people are getting more lovin' than I am!

"The course of true love never did run smooth." ~ William Shakespeare
{Images from: Daydream Lily}

I also don't want to be told that I'm being too picky or that I'm looking for the wrong kind of guy. That just questions my judgment when I'm already down. I know that the people who say these things mean well and only want to cheer me up, but I know what I want and maybe it's not what everybody else thinks that I should want, but it's what I know will make me happy.

"Tis better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all." ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
{Images from:
Daydream Lily, So About what I said}

I'm sorry for the rant. Normally these types of posts are reserved for my private blog, but the quote I posted as my title (via Single-ish) really spoke to me today because it's exactly how I feel. So, I just want to say that I'm going to keep searching for that special someone and in the meantime enjoy my single-dom and be happy in my life until I do.

What would Angie do? She'd tell them all to take a hike! {Image from: Tomb Raider}

Friday, April 2, 2010

Have I Gone Mad? I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

So last night I finally watched Disney's new Alice in Wonderland. Although I'd heard some negative reviews, I loved the film! It was just sheer visual eye candy, and I loved the storyline.

My favorite part though was when Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter recited the poem "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. Of course, it might have helped that my movie companion also knew the poem and chose to recite it along with the Mad Hatter. ;) In any case, I had never heard the poem before and it was just so hauntingly beautiful.

Here's the poem in full:

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
{Poem from: Jabberwocky}

Isn't that lovely? I thought the cast was perfect with Johnny Depp as a phenomenal Mad Hatter. I also loved all the other minor characters like the Cheshire Cat, Rabbit, and Mouse.

Anne Hathaway was appropriately dreamy as the White Queen and Helena Bonham Carter was pretty perfect as the Red Queen.

My favorite characters were definitely the tweedles. Especially when the Red Queen called them her "fat boys." Hilarious!

And of course I loved Alice. Her clothing was to die for and I loved all the little details like calling Alice "Um"... priceless! Overall, I had a wonderful time and I definitely recommend it for children young (and old)!

{All images from: Disney}

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Yesterdays in the Making

I was reading a post from one of my favorite bloggers (Melissa from So about what I said) about enjoying the moment and remembering ourselves as we are right now (the title was borrowed from one of her songs). It's funny how we can get so caught up in things that we let life just slip right on by. Over the past few months, I've been so focused on my job and classes, that I feel as if I haven't devoted enough time to the things I truly love.

I can't always be looking out the window...{Image from: Audrey Hepburn Complex}

Thankfully, my current read (sent to me by a friend) reminded me about getting back in tune with myself. The book is called "Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl." Normally, I wouldn't necessarily read a book like this, since I'm an advocate of being comfortable with who you are, but that's the reason why this book is so enticing.

{Image from: So about what I said}

The whole concept of being a "French girl" is about being comfortable in your own skin, with your looks, taking care of yourself-- body and mind, and spending time with those you love. Seriously, while reading this book, I must have said "Wow, that's so me!" about 10 times within the first few pages. However, I also had to pause a few times and remind myself to be more in tune with myself and to be present during whatever it is I'm doing.

This girl is definitely comfortable in her skin... how very French! {Image from: Ms. Muse}

The book has also reminded me to be sure to devote time to all aspects of my life-- not just myself, but also the people around me. While I do spend quite a bit of time with my family and friends, I'll admit that I haven't exactly made love a big priority in the past few months and I've used my job and all my other interests as an excuse.

The post-it says it all. {Image from: So about what I said}

I think I'm ready to start dating again, but here's the thing-- I don't want to date someone just for the sake of it and so I only want to date someone with whom I can see a future. Period, end of story. Life is too short and I'm too busy to be with someone who is only so so.

{Image from: So about what I said}

And so, here is to making today wonderful so that tomorrow's yesterdays will only bring a smile to my face.

Live like there's no tomorrow...{Image from: That Unreliable Girl}

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Channeling Indiana Jones

Who is your favorite fictional hero? I actually have a few, but one of my favorites is Indiana Jones. He's incredibly smart (i.e. he can speak multiple languages and is a college professor), he spends his free time traveling the world in search of treasure, and he's saved humanity from evil threats time and again.

Indy always saves the day! {Images from: Indiana Jones}

I remember the first time I watched Indiana Jones. To me, he was the epitome of cool and ever since I've had a fascination with all things related to Indy. I think it is probably one of the reasons I love to travel and why I played so many explorer-type games as a little girl. I know he's not a real person, but Indy inspires me to step out of my comfort zone and turn life into one big adventure.

Indy can always get out of a scrape...

So, I've finally decided to go to Machu Picchu this summer! I've booked the trip, so that I officially can't make any more excuses for delaying the journey. I'm also going alone. Before you feel too sorry for me, this is a solo trip by choice. I've taken a few solo journeys in the past, but I've been feeling a little off center, and so I think that this will be the ultimate journey, both physically and mentally.

Hopefully I won't encounter any of these guys...

On the one hand, it's scary thinking that I will be fending on my own for a whole two weeks in a foreign country...

I know how you feel big guy...

But on the other hand, I know that this will probably be the adventure of a lifetime. Just to give you a little taste of it, I'll be sleeping in airports, rafting through some rapids, and then hiking for 3 days down the Inca Trail to reach the ruins. After this, I think I'll finally be worthy of wearing the infamous fedora... maybe.

Looking good wielding a whip, machete, or gun!

Let the planning begin! So tell me, are any of you taking any adventures or do you have any fictional heroes you'd like to tell me about?