Monday, January 20, 2014

February Meditation Challenge

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I'm going to do a meditation challenge in February. Wanna join me?

Last year I was inspired to learn more about acceptance and mindfulness. What do I mean by acceptance and mindfulness? The ability to accept life as it is. To let go of grudges. Accept myself and others as they are. Be in the present moment instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. I dabbled in meditation (i.e. I sometimes listened to guided meditations on my phone before I went to bed), but I'd really like to step it up this year. I think meditating regularly will help me immensely.

After having multiple conversations with other friends who are trying to incorporate meditation into their lives, I thought to myself, 'Maybe I should do some sort of meditation challenge where I commit to meditating every day for a month and see how I feel.' That very same day I saw a tweet about Sharon Salzberg's 28-Day Meditation Challenge in February. Bingo! Just what I was looking for. It looks like you can practice the meditations provided online and then share your experiences with others on the site. I plan on also attending various meditation groups throughout the month just to get some different perspectives.

Anyhoo, I'm posting this online to keep myself accountable. Once February rolls around I'll write a few posts on how things are going. If you want to join me, I'd love to hear about your experiences with meditation.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Little Halloween Joy

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Contrary to popular belief, I don't think about Halloween year round. Even though I refer to November 1st as the saddest day of the year, my brain actually needs a respite from all that Halloweening. Usually a good two or three months will go by before something comes along to get me excited for Halloween again.

That time is now!

I was milling around on Pinterest the other day (procrastinating, as usual) when I saw something that inspired a costume idea. Then I got SUPER excited about this potential Halloween costume idea. Like ridiculously excited. It's still too early to commit to a costume now, so I won't reveal this idea just yet, but it did get me incredibly pumped for Halloween. AND Halloween is on a Friday this year, which makes it doubly awesome! I'm telling you, when Halloween is on a Friday or Saturday the general public gets way more excited about it, and that just adds to the Halloween spirit. And we need that collective Halloween spirit to help make the Great Pumpkin's sleigh fly. Or something.

If that wasn't exciting enough, I got an email from Scare L.A. announcing this year's dates for the Halloween convention (August 9th and 10th). I may even volunteer this year. So stoked already!

THEN yesterday morning when I walked my dog, I discovered my neighborhood covered in a thick layer of fog. I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture now. It was so spooky and wonderful. Very Halloween-y. While the polar vortex has the rest of the country covered in snow, California has remained very sunny, so yesterday's misty morning was an unexpected surprise.

Now I'm just going through all my Halloween Pinterest boards and working out my 2014 Halloween budget. Nothing like a little Halloween joy to break up the January blues. Do you like my new countdown clock?! 290 days!!