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Wintry

December 9, 2015

Wintry // journal de jaluneWith Christmas creeping up on us and snow in the forecast for this weekend in Colorado, I am going to go ahead and declare winter has begun already even though it doesn’t officially start until the 22nd of December. This winter I am trying to embrace the season by being koselig, which is a Norwegian word that has no direct translation in English, though the closest word would be cozy. It is much more than that, it’s all the things that bring you warmth and comfort during the long, cold, and dark times. It could be lighting candles around your house, sharing a warm meal with loved ones, or even a simple but great conversation. So along with being koselig, here is a roundup of what I am looking forward to this winter (originally inspired by this blog post).

Wintry // journal de jaluneEating / soups, sweet potatoes with every meal
Drinking / hot mulled wine
Practicing / not procrastinating (it all goes downhill when its dark at 4pm!)
Mastering / the perfect over-easy egg
Learning / Ayurveda (I think I am mostly Vata!)
Trying / to embrace the lull in work that comes around the holidays when you freelance
Playing / Pictionary (great throwback game!)
Finishing / Christmas shopping/crafting
Reading / Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and feeling bad I didn’t love as much as everyone else seemed to!
Remembering / to practice gratitude around this very materialistic time of year
Wearing / big scarves, striped shirts, and worn in blue jeans
Cooking / well baking, Christmas cookies!
Working / on a new secret project for the new year!
Traveling / to the mountains for skiing and snowshoeing
Wanting / to focus on experiences and not things

 

What are you looking forward to this winter? How will you be koselig, share below!

 

Here’s a look at past seasons: fall ’15 / summer ’15 / spring ’15 / winter ’14 / fall ’14

 

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Winter Warm Up Yoga

December 2, 2015

Now that it is December, the cold weather is in full swing in Colorado and my instincts are telling me to go into hibernation mode. I get cold easily, so any little tricks to warm me up are key to surviving winter. One of the easiest ways to generate heat is to get your body moving. Enter this super quick 10 minute yoga routine that can be done anytime you need a quick warm up, whether that be first thing in the morning or getting home after work to a cold dark house. Wind down with a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate after and you have the perfect winter warm up.

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Here is the sequence along with some helpful links about each pose:

cat cow

plank hold (1 min.)

downward facing dog

vinyasa to downdog

a. warrior 1 (right side)

b. warrior 3 (right side)

c. standing split (right side)

d. utkatasana

vinyasa to downdog

repeat  a-d on left

side plank (right side)

vinyasa

side plank (left side)

pigeon pose (both sides)

 

Holiday reading list

November 19, 2015

Holiday reading
As the chaos and fun of the holiday season officially begins, it can be hard to find moments to yourself amidst all the planning, prepping, and partying. Check out our post on surviving the holidays from last year for some great tips to get you through. One important thing is to remember to take time for yourself. A great way to have a moment away from it all is to escape in a good book, whether its while you wait for travel connections or to stop thinking of to-do lists as you wind down for bed. We are excited to read some of the books that came out this year featured on Oprah’s Best Books of 2015. First on our list is Patti Smith’s new memoir ‘M Train’. A quote about her newest book from O Magazine: ‘The book feels like a long, poetic letter directly from the brain of your smartest, oddest, bravest friend, the one who has ventured so much further than most of us dare to. ” Cannot wait to dive in!
What are you reading now?

Meditation Inspiration

November 17, 2015

Meditation Inspiration // journal de jaluneAfter a heavy weekend like this last one, getting back into the daily grind can seem a lot harder. Fitting in a short meditation in the am or pm can help you reboot and shift negative energy into positive energy. If you have never meditated before or it’s been a while, check out our post about Demystifying Meditation for some great tips. The Chopra Center has a number of different free guided meditations in varying length as well that are great to help ease yourself into a meditation practice. Taking just a few moments to completely disconnect and reconnect to a deeper sense of self can help to calm your mind when feeling overwhelmed or stressed. I did the Gratitude Meditation this morning and feel much more centered today than I have in the past few days. Do you have a daily meditation practice?

 

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5 Women We Admire on Aging Gracefully

November 4, 2015

You know you are getting older when the bad fashion you wore in high school has come full circle and is now on trend, or when you hear an old song that was your teenage anthem and realize it is classic rock (here’s looking at you, Nirvana). Aging, of course, is a natural part of life, but women tend to have a greater sense of pressure to not wrinkle, to not go grey, to simply not age. It is something we are surrounded by both in the media and the beauty industry, and while this could be a lengthy discussion in and of itself, there are some women in the spotlight who are aging gracefully and for which we admire. Here are some of our favorite leading ladies and a roundup of their thoughts on aging.

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Oprah:

“One day I literally woke up and thought ‘My god, these knees have been with me for 60 years. Wow! I’ve had these elbows for 60 years. My heart has been beating for 60 years. The feet I stand on have carried me for 60 years.’ And when you think about it that way, you can be nothing but grateful.”

Oprah refers to each passing year as “a brand new journey,” and encourages her readers to do the same.

“Think about it: You get one chance to be 25, 38, 44, 61 and every age before and between. Why wouldn’t you want to experience all the wonder in each step on your path?” she questions.

“If you’re blessed to enough to grow older, there’s so much wisdom to be gained from celebrating the process with vibrancy and vigor and grace,” Winfrey shares. “One day I literally woke up and thought ‘My God, these knees have been with me for 60 years. Wow! I’ve had these elbows for 60 years. My heart has been beating for 60 years. The feet I stand on have carried me for 60 years.’ And when you think about it that way, you can be nothing but grateful.”

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Jen Aniston:

“When am I supposed to freak out? When am I supposed to feel like, ‘Oh, my knee! Oh, ouch!’ I don’t feel any of those things! I feel like our aging marker needs to be rejiggered. I heard Halle Berry refer to her pregnancy at 47 as a ‘geriatric pregnancy,’ which is ridiculous! It’s insulting. Obviously, as women we’ve evolved.” She laughs. “My eyesight is shit, though. I already was nearsighted, but now I can’t see anything.”

“I’ve had more fun post-40 than I can remember,” Aniston says. “From a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.”

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Drew Barrymore:

On turning 40 earlier this year: “When I was a kid I felt like I should be older, Then when I was in my twenties, I was like ‘No, I want to be a kid,’ finally.” “It’s the first time in my life my age has met up with where my life is,” said Barrymore. “I love being 40.”

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Diane Keaton:

“…Every day for the last few years I have a little chat with myself. “Okay, Diane… your hands still wash your face. You can still feel hot water. See’s Candies peanut brittle is still your favorite dessert. The wild parrots on the telephone wire outside your bathroom still sing to you every morning, and just like them, you’re still a live animal. Be grateful for what you have, you big jerk.”

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Frances McDormand:

“Looking old should be a boast about experiences accrued and insights acquired, a triumphant signal “that you are someone who, beneath that white hair, has a card catalog of valuable information.”

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Five Ways to Get out of the Comparison Trap

October 29, 2015

Five Ways to Get out of the Comparison TrapWith social media constantly at our fingertips it has become so easy to follow along with the lives of our friends, family, celebrities, and everyone in between. I know that sometimes I feel like when I scroll through Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, all I see is the perfect body, the perfect house, the perfect vacation, basically the perfect life. An exaggeration of course, but I don’t think I am the only one that falls into the comparison trap from time to time. Comparison of yourself to others can happen outside of social media as well, in the work place, among friends or family (definitely siblings!), or any new encounters. When I find myself feeling that little twinge of envy, I have found that taking a step back and doing the following things have helped to remind myself that we are all on our own individual journey (plus, if we all had the identical lives, the world would be a boring place!). Have you ever fallen into the comparison trap? What have you done to snap out of it?

 

Reframe – Let comparison become (healthy) competition. Let it light a fire to accomplish your goals, wherever you may be in your journey to accomplish them. Make what they are doing inspire yourself by asking what you admire about them. You may see how you are already embodying these qualities or that you may want to put more focus on them.

 

Be happy for them – I love this quote by the Dalai Lama, “If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!” Supporting other people and their accomplishments can help you feel more connected to other people. By celebrating others, it always works like a mirror, helping you to hone in on your own values that are required for your own happiness.

 

Meditate – This was bound to pop up on this list, but meditating can help to quiet the inner critic that creeps up when we start comparing ourselves to others. It makes you become aware of those negative thought patterns and help to bring yourself back to the present, to what is real and right in front of you.

 

Get offline – This may be the easiest physical thing you can do to get yourself out of the comparison trap. If mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and seeing other people’s perfectly curated lives makes you start to compare yourself to them, just shut it off! There is no need to add fuel to the fire if you find you are already in a negative place. Being online is inevitable, so rethink who you follow and how filling your feeds with the positive can make a big impact on your day to day.

 

Celebrate our own journey – It is easy to compare the beginning of your journey to someone else’s middle. Wherever you are in life, trust the timing and don’t rush the process. Look at what you have done and celebrate yourself for what you have accomplished. It may be hard to congratulate yourself, but try it – stand in front of a mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are (I promise, as cheesy as it is, it works!). Taking a moment to practicing gratitude can have a huge impact if you find yourself falling into the comparison trap.

 

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Inspiration // Elizabeth Gilbert on Fear, Authenticity + Big Magic

October 8, 2015

Inspiration // Elizabeth Gilbert on Fear, Authenticity and Big MagicWe mentioned in a previous post that we are doing a virtual book club on the blog, featuring Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Have you started it all? Well if you haven’t yet, the following video will give you a taste of the goodness that is in this book. The video, Elizabeth Gilbert & Marie Forleo on Fear, Authenticity and Big Magic, is a candid talk with the Gilbert and Forleo (another big name in the live-your-best-life arena) that just sounds like two friends talking over a latte, instead of being overly preachy. It is so refreshing to hear a no bullshit conversation about living a creative life and its (long, messy, fun, hard) process. As both a creative person and a perfectionist, I was instantly drawn in to the part where Gilbert calls out us perfectionists as not being able to even get started on a creative project, or once getting started, the project is never done (i.e. perfect enough). This is only one of the little nuggets I took away from the talk, I highly recommend watching the whole thing! It is a bit lengthy, but grab a cup of coffee and settle in.

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Five Ways to Embrace Fall’s Shorter Days

September 24, 2015

Five Ways to Embrace Fall's Shorter DaysYesterday was the fall equinox, meaning the amount of daylight was equal to that of night, and now the daylight hours are slowly decreasing. While I am not ready for it to be dark at 4:30pm, I do love the way this time of year does makes you slow down. Along with the shift in daylight, the air gets cooler, and activities inevitably move indoors. While I am a summer person, needing the sunlight and warmth, I thought I would consciously try to make the most of the change of seasons this year instead of complaining about how dark it is each day. Here are a few ways I am going to try to embrace the shorter days of fall. What would you add to this list?

 

Cook seasonally – there are some many great warming recipes that use all of the root vegetables that are in season right now. Make it a point to try a new recipe for a soup, curry, or noodle bowl that will fill your house with amazing smells (and last the whole week!).

 

Find a good book to read – there is nothing better then finding a book that you cannot put down and fall is a great time to get back into reading (after those guilty pleasure beach reads). We even are having a virtual book club if you want to join!

 

Find a new craft or hobby – it is so easy to become a Netflix addict when you are seemingly at home all the time, but break out of that rut and find something new to learn or do with your hands. Maybe it is something you loved when you were a kids, like coloring, or maybe it is that thing you saw on Pinterest that you are finally going to to do. Whatever it is, let yourself get away from screens and get a little messy.

 

Cozy-up your place – indulge in making your place a comfortable sanctuary that you want to be in. Add some candles (hello pumpkin spice), hang some globe lights, or add some soft blankets to make being indoors often more inviting.

 

Have a game night – or potluck or wine club, really anything that gives you the excuse to get people together. It is easy to lose motivation when it is dark upon getting out of work, but having a recurring gathering gives you something to look forward to!

 

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Fall-like

September 3, 2015

Fall-like // journal de jaluneWith Labor Day coming up this weekend, I guess summer is officially coming to a close (even though it is still 90 degrees in Colorado!). The days are sneakily getting shorter and the urge to break out the cozy layers is getting stronger. Fall to me always seems like a time to recoup from the summers adventures and to refocus on any projects or goals I have had for the year (it must be the strong back-to-school vibe that is in the air!). Here are some more things I am looking forward to this fall if you’d like to read. (inspired by this post).

Fall-like // journal de jaluneEating / curries, oatmeal, last of the summer corn (grilled, of course)
Drinking / pumpkin beer, pumpkin spice lattes (with real pumpkin!) basic, I know.
Practicing / meditating consistently, I have fallen off the wagon!
Mastering / how to say yes (cheesy, but eye opening!)
Learning / French
Trying / to give myself real downtime (no screens allowed, for real)
Playing / in the kitchen (and getting out of the food rut we’re in!)
Finishing / Orange is the New Black (anyone else have a tough time this season?)
Reading / My Notorious Life
Remembering / to take my vitamins
Wearing / summer dresses with boots and chunky sweaters
Cooking / ahead, trying to actually food prep for the week
Working / on too many different things
Traveling / to Taos, a truly magical place
Wanting / to become a morning person, I feel so much more productive getting things done early in the day!

 

What are you looking forward to this fall? Pick 4 prompts and share in the comments!

Here’s a look at past seasons: summer/spring/winter/fall

 

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Inspiration // Pep Talk Generator

August 18, 2015

Inspiration // Pep Talk Generator
Last week we talked about ways to be more confident and how we all have our off-days. Well, I just stumbled across this Pep Talk Generator which is oddly addictive and motivational. While inspirational quotes may be a dime a dozen (thanks, Pinterest!), this generator is chock full of wisdom from real women doing great things which makes it feel so genuine. It’s like having your best friend right by your side when you need her most! Give it a whirl here and let me know what you think!Inspiration // pep talk generatorInspiration // pep talk generator Inspiration // pep talk generator

 

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