Feelin It!

INSPIRATION (3)

So yes, the cold is back in a big way and this latest freelance project is more than I bargained for. Yes, it’s Monday and the week is stretching out before me like a cold, unending arctic tundra. Yes, I am sitting in Starbucks right now adding tags to a 300 page document which basically amounts to hitting alt + c and alt + v like eight thousand times. But you know what? I’m feelin it anyway!

Maybe it’s because my kids were rolling down a muddy hill and finding worms and climbing tree stumps on Saturday afternoon. Maybe it’s because I watched a bunch of 2-to-4 year-olds dance to Let It Go in my neighbors’ living room yesterday, complete with hand-holding and twirling like little revelers at a ball. Maybe it’s because I took my very favorite yoga class yesterday and rocked a kick-ass headstand (with some spotting, of course). Maybe it’s because, after years and years, I wrote a new poem and showed it to other people.

Maybe it’s because, despite the frigid temperatures, the sun is shining and the flowers insist on sprouting anyway. Maybe it’s because Florence and the Machine keeps coming up on my playlist as I sit here or because I’m getting paid by the hour to cut and paste over and over again. It’s definitely partly due to the fact that, after having a stomach bug Thursday, I finally was able to drink my full allotment of coffee this morning. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because I was able to recognize and hold onto all of those good things today.

I couldn’t help but share my sunny outlook today. So go find your yoga and poetry and coffee combo. Watch some cute kids dance. Look at the sun. Find a little bit of happy today. I’m feelin it and I hope you are too. If you don’t have any of your own, here’s a little of mine to share.

And if that didn’t work. Go listen to and watch this. Makes me happy every time.

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So, That Was Cool

After a long, and very trying week including family health scares, work deadlines with no childcare, preschool drama bombs, and more friggin cold weather I was more than ready for the weekend. By some miracle I managed to actually do enough before Saturday that I made my deadlines and didn’t have to work. We were heading up to the in-laws’ house to get out of the city for a bit and stopped at Starbucks before we went to get the car. As we were walking in a man was ahead of me and saw that I was carrying Declan so he stepped aside and held the door for me. I looked over at him to say “thanks” and lo and behold it was Geoffrey Zakarian! If you don’t watch Chopped or Iron Chef America he is a chef and restauranteur. He is often a judge on Chopped and I am more than a little addicted to that show. I was psyched. I was a good little New Yorker and went on about my business. But after we left I tweeted him a thank you and he favorited it! That was pretty damn cool.

We had a very nice day up at the husband’s parents’ house and even stopped quickly at the mall where I got an awesome dress that I can wear for Easter and the Spring school auction. Score! We had a nice dinner out and a relaxed evening. I really didn’t think today could add much to what was already a pretty sweet weekend. Then I went to yoga.

The instructor who first got me into tittibhasana at Lululemon recently started teaching Sunday afternoons at the studio I belong to. She is seriously the bomb. I’ve done way more cool poses in the last few months. But there is one that I have been dying to achieve. Today, as my head dangled about an inch from the floor in prasarita padottanasana (wide leg forward fold) my instructor came over to me as she explained how to come up into a tripod headstand (sirsasana II). She put her arms out and motioned for me to lift my legs. My head wasn’t down and I said so and she told me to move my feet a bit further apart. I did, my head easily hit the ground, and I then lifted my legs into the air until…I WAS STANDING ON MY HEAD! I did a tripod headstand! I was wobbly and very happy that my instructor’s arms were there to steady me, but I held myself upside down on my head! I am still so giddy I feel like I’m floating. I basically fell to the ground when I came out of it. My core was a little spent and I could see part of myself in the mirror which was kind of disorienting. I have informed the husband that he will now be spotting me in practice until I’ve got it down.

I know yoga isn’t about “winning” and it isn’t a competition. But today I feel like I won. I beat my fear of falling, my fear of not being strong enough, my fear of people seeing me try and fail. Plus it just feels really good to stand upside down! So how’s that for a good weekend? Family time…check. Good food…check. Celeb encounter…check. Super sweet yoga moves…super check.

Project Optimism: Cute

Yep, I’m still on the Project Optimism thing. Today’s will be short and sweet. 

First of all, see my earlier post. I’m super excited about this. Not only did I think up something new for my blog, but I’m way excited to see everyone’s photos on Thursday. I can’t help it. So please don’t be annoyed while I promote the heck out of it until Thursday.

Secondly, I had the following conversation with Brady on the way home from soccer today.

Brady: Mommy, when you look at my face, do you think I look cute?

Me: Of course I think you look cute! You have the cutest face ever.

Brady: Well, I don’t want to look cute.

Me: Why? Did somebody say something to you about looking cute?

Brady (turning away shyly): Yes, a girl at soccer called me cute today.

Me: Silly, that’s a good thing. She meant it as a compliment. Cute is a good thing.

This got a smile out of him and then we talked about how he doesn’t have to like her calling him cute, but she meant it to be nice so he should be nice about it. Then I had a moment of panic when I realized that a girl called my little baby cute. But then, really, can you blame her?

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Project Optimism: Firefly

Seems like all I write is my PO posts these days. Well, I suppose if I’m only writing a bit, spreading some happy is a good use of what I do get out there.

Anyway, I’m back to yoga this week because in yesterday morning’s class I did this pose…

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From yogajournal.com

Well, it didn’t look exactly like that, but I did it. I take the free class at the Lululemon near us pretty much every Sunday morning. It’s free and they get really awesome instructors from nearby studios to come and teach. It’s very cool. 

Anyway, yesterday morning the instructor was leading a great class and I was super happy to be there. I wasn’t planning on trying anything major since I had just been sick (again) while I was away. But she had us in a wide-legged forward fold and then encouraged us to try slipping our shoulders behind our legs. (Sounds crazy right? Also looks crazy.) 

Then she demonstrated shifting the weight to your arms and lifting your legs and swinging a bit and said to try straightening your legs if possible, showing us a perfect tittibhasana or firefly pose. So I shimmied my shoulders under my legs and tried balancing a bit.

The instructor caught my eye and I shook my head thinking I was doing it all wrong. But she ran over to me saying, “No, you’ve got it!” She kneeled beside me and, as the whole class watched, walked me through each step into the pose, legs straightened and everything! 

As I came out of the pose, I turned to her and said “That was awesome!” and she high-fived me! I felt amazing! I did that! For real. Me. 

And that feeling has stayed with me since. Yoga rocks!