Weirdness

Today my boyfriend says to me “You know whats awesome?…No matter what I do with in life, you will always be a little weirder than me. I like that!” I laughed heartily and replied, “It’s funny because it’s true!”

What is it that makes you “weird”? Me, personally, I think my weirdness is mostly silliness and they way my mind works. I can be totally random and flip a switch, be suddenly completely rational, though I admit, I love being random and silly. I like to believe I have allowed the little girl in me to survive adulthood and I have allowed her to be with me all the time. For example, when the music is on in my house and I will be cleaning or whatever, if a great song comes on, I drop everything and sing at the top of my lungs while dancing until the song is over! To flip the switch, I will do Yoga and then meditate; feel like my soul has touched my spirituality with feather lightness. I will sit and read a book for hours or swing on a swing set and feel completely free! Allowing my hair to take flight I wonder what it would be like to fly like a bird! To see how the world is from a bird eye would fascinate me! (Told you, weird..my mind wonders to all sorts of places)  I am also a weirdo who likes nutella and peanut butter on a spoon…hahaha…

I am curious what other peoples weird tendencies are…care to share them with me?

I enjoy and embrace being what I prefer to call quirky…I hope you all do too!

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“The world has it’s way to quiet us down…”

Getting ready for work yesterday morning, I was listening to Jack Johnson’s “Losing Key’s” and one line sort of flowed out of the speaker and danced through my ears and a beautiful thing happened in my mind. “The world has it’s way to quiet us down…” was so penetrating  since I love nature and Yoga, both of which make me supremely happy.

It really hit me how much the world is our mother and is there for us like our mothers. The rain, like our Mom’s gentle hugs, washes away what needs to go from us. The sun warms us and energizes our spirits, walking through the woods gives us clarity and sanction! All things our parent’s do for us. Mother Earth is our original Mother and she loves us!

Where I am trying to go with this is that we don’t need to look far for inner peace & happiness! You don’t need other people to be responsible for your happiness nor do you need many material things. You just need to connect to the world in a way that you let it show you love! I always knew that going for a walk on the path here by my house made me more clear minded and taking a minute to stand in the direct sun to let it shine on my face were things that made me intensely more calm and happy. But it just clicked yesterday morning why! I am connecting with our Earth!

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The picture above was in Oregon from a few years ago, but fitting to my topic. You can ask my friend, I was in love with all the nature everywhere! This was me under a waterfall, taking it in and breathing in the moment. I closed my eyes and let the mist penetrate my skin, giving me life and love. I felt so connected to everything around me and gave it love in return. All in about 3 minutes. I am pretty sure my friend wondered a little bit about my sanity. I often think about how wonderful it was to be so up close and personal with nature while there. But you don’t have to travel too far to find nature and her beauty. Flowers, the sky, trees and the earth you walk on. Pay more attention!

All this connecting doesn’t cost you a thing but a little time. You don’t have to pay large sums of money to find it or to obtain the calm that comes with it. Yoga and meditation are both divine additions to doing this as you become more mindful of your surroundings and your own actions.

As I walk on a path, I feel the earth under my feet, guiding me. Find an open patch of land and stand in the sun to let the warmth enter and allow it ignite my soul. Join the trees in a tree pose feeling their strength and realizing that as a tree sways, it “goes with the flow” in a most natural way. I smile and continue on to sit by the lake for a while to observe the ducks, the people walking by and the children running with their hands in the air, glad to be outside. They too know that the adventure outside is far better than the one on a hand held electronic device!

I hope all of you find ways to appreciate the bounty Nature has to give us if we allow ourselves to accept it. Just remember it is magnified when you return that love and kindness!

Wish everyone an awesome day!

Finding Calm and Forgiving Myself

The last few days have been a bit of a roller coaster of emotions. I had no reason to be down but I found myself in a dull mood nonetheless. Does that happen to anyone else? I mean, life is actually pretty darn good these days so I just decided to blame it on the fact that the sun hasn’t been shining in a few days. Since I haven’t a reason in the world to be blue, I had a hard time forgiving myself for having these feelings. I didn’t understand it. Still don’t really but no matter. I couldn’t understand that I was down without reason and couldn’t seem to shake it off. Yesterday, I decided to do some Yoga before my boyfriend came over. This calmed me down but I was still not in a good mood, as a matter of fact it felt a little like angry Yoga. But it worked partially and it was definitely good to see my boyfriend when he got here with a smile on his face. This morning, I still had a hard time slapping on a smile and being ready for the good times. Throughout the day though, I was noticing that I was a little bit cheerier as the time went by. So after work I went to buy some plants for outside and that really put a smile on my face, not so much for the wallet though. (Oops!) As my fingers were in the dirt planting and watering, I took a step back and realized that something so simple and wonderful as planting some plants made me feel calm and peaceful. It was a lovely feeling to come back to. I just finished Yoga and am now feeling back to my normal self, even smiling while I write this! Isn’t it awesome sometimes how the really little things in life can make you so happy? Too often people forget about those things in life that are able to so simply remind us how lovely a life it can be. I wish for people to stop and smell the flowers more! When my hibiscus plant starting blooming this year I almost exploded with joy of seeing it come to life! (I should mention that I am usually not so good at keeping plants alive. only recently I have been better at it. I believe it is the Yoga that has improved my green thumb)

What makes others happy? Are there little things that bring you out of a funk or give you a little boost of joy? To take it back to “The Sound of Music”, a few of my favorite things are, my mom smiling, my boyfriends kiss, plants that I keep alive, the sun on my face, laughing until my cheeks and stomach hurt, we all love the silly am I right? Good night world, bring on tomorrow!Image

Oh What a Day

So, do you ever resolve to have a good day and realize 20 minutes later that everything seems out to ensure you do NOT have a good day? Today was that day for me. I woke up in a pretty relaxed mood ready to begin my day. Yoga got me off on the right foot and on my way to work, I was still pretty sure it would be a good day! Until I walked into the building and my mood went immediately south. I have no reason why other than, it was a dreary day and it hit me that I really didn’t feel like being at work. I called my Mom, who is usually pretty good at putting me back in a good mood without trying but I didn’t even give her a chance, I was rude and irritated with her. So I hung up and tried to get on with work. But, I had a guilty conscience and decided to call her back. I pretended to be my “Better half” and apologized for my “Evil half”‘s behavior. Feeling better we talked and I hung up again ready to get moving. For real this time. Met with my boss and then stepped out of the building to check my mail…For some reason I checked if I had my driver’s license with me and lo and behold, I do not. I just changed my wallet the other day and of all things to miss, it was my license. So I went to get it. Driving slowly of course! Anyway, later on I am meeting with my associates trying to get some things sorted and a customer did a good job putting me in another sour mood. I tried to brush it off and move on. (I am generally very kind, even to difficult customers, and good at not taking anything personally at work) I was agitated for a while about the customer but eventually was getting into a better mood when my knee started to act up. (I recently had knee surgery, which went really well and I have been healing fine but on days that I walk around a lot and fast, it gets very tired and sort of “sticks”) I didn’t mind it too much but everyone felt it necessary to remind me I was limping. Ok people, I noticed…I am walking on it and all. (Again, I am pretty patient and this is not something that would get to me but I seemed to have left all my patience at home.) Well, I finally arrive home and I decide before I sit down to go online and then go to bed, I will do some house work. Putting dishes away seems to be the last thing I can do. I dropped a few dishes. Yep, the wackiness continues. So, here I am whining about it on here. I wonder, is it as difficult for others to get through a day that is so bound and determined to drive you bananas with positivity and calm? I put in a daily effort these days to stay calm even on days like today but I really was struggling to keep smiling.  But what does “venting” really do? Shouldn’t we still try our hardest to focus on the good even on a day like today? Isn’t that what makes a person strong and willful? Does it make me weak since I couldn’t pull myself together for a day, even when it really wasn’t even all that bad of a day?Image

To try to turn the day around before I head off to bed, I will tell you that I am grateful for the family and friends in my life as well as my boyfriend who is my best friend. They all make days like today easier to get through and I can look forward to tomorrow knowing they are there. I wish everyone a lovely day!

My Favorite Color

I recently finished a couple of books that have motivated me to start this adventure of blogging. In hopes of finding some new aspects on things I think about, I look forward to meeting new people through this and finding a way to really express myself. One of the books I am talking about is Conor Grennan’s “Little Princes”. I discovered that he had a blog after reading his book and found it inspiring, funny and the most remarkable thing about it was, he answered a comment I left on his post! It felt wonderful to connect in that way! Also, I read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin and it convinced me to give this a go even though I was always sort of intimidated by the thought of a blog.  I am not a writer by anyone’s standards even though I always wanted to be one.

A quick intro to me, I am in love with Yoga and reading. I live in Germany but I am American. Being outside on a beautiful day is one of my favorite things in the world. I try to treat everyone with kindness and make an effort to make people smile every day.

Anyway, my thoughts today went to my favorite color. Generally, it changes from day to day or season to season and usually I will tell you it is Green (I love Nature) but currently, I love Yellow! The sun shining on my face, Organic Lemons in my water, and for some reason, when I think about Happiness as a color, I think of Yellow. What is your favorite color and what connects you to it?

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