Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today is for...

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Today is for...

-making a trip to Costco. I've been avoiding this for the past couple of weeks and this morning my procrastinating self realized we are down to four diapers. Oops! So we are off to one of my least favorite shopping stops. I'm not sure why I dislike it so much- when I was younger I used to love it actually. Huge carts, those magical free samples, and that $1.50 hot dog/soda combo? Count me in! But now the people who push each other out of the way to get those "magical" samples kind of stress me out, and my boring, adult self would not enjoy eating a hot dog, and definitely not drinking a soda. My, how times have changed. But Costco-complaining aside, today's first order of business and taking a little trip there.

-finishing up my summer reading list to share with all of you. Last night I got lost on Amazon, down a worm hole of "recommendations for you," then "people who bought this, also bought this," clicking around for a couple of hours. I found SO many great books I can't wait to read this summer, and I can't wait to share them. So look for that post later tonight or tomorrow evening.

-spending all our time inside. Due to the fire up here in Northern Arizona that is continuing to grow, our air is full of smoke and it's just not feasible to spend time outside. We have to sleep with our windows closed and the second you step outside you can even see the smoke in the air. It's so sad to think about our beautiful forests being destroyed. Here's to hoping they get it under control soon.

-setting my intention and following through. Every hot yoga class my instructor encourages us to set an intention for our practice. I usually work towards being kind to myself- doing the best I can and just letting it be what it is. If I'm really shaky or have trouble with a pose or flow I try to accept it and move through it. Sometimes in class I'll find my inner critic speaking up and letting my mind wander, but lately I've been doing so much better at just being and doing, rather than analyzing it. Other times my intention is to relax, to focus on my breath, or to simply just enjoy. I love the idea and have been implementing it into my mornings also. My alarm usually goes off at 5am, and while I lie in bed I set an intention for the day. Lately I've been really working on loving others- accepting people rather than making snap judgements, trying to see the best in people rather than the worst. Sometimes I find myself being judgey in my mind and it's upsetting- it's something I'm working on and I've found that really focusing on it as a day-to-day intention has been great. This morning for example I woke up and decided that today my intention is to be loving, both to myself and everyone around me. Simple and a wonderful thing to focus on.

So that's my day today! Henry is finishing up his breakfast, and then we are off to Costco to get those diapers. Wish us luck so we don't come home with a 100-pack of frozen waffles or a new leaf blower. Or worse, a pack of two leaf blowers. Because you know how Costco is- suddenly a huge bulk bag of this or that seems like a good idea when blinded by the florescent lighting and lost amidst the giant shelves! And on a side but related note, we've tried so many different kinds of disposable diapers and the Costco diapers are really the best. I love them. Just had to throw that out there.

Happy day to you!

24 comments:

  1. I absolutely love that about hot yoga. When you set your intention and clear your mind, it totally does wonder for your practice and for the rest of the day! :)

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    1. It really does! It's been a month and a half and I can't even tell you how much it's been changing my life. It's awesome. <3

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  2. I feel like I could benefit from everything you mentioned about setting your intention. (As well as doing yoga again. Why did I ever stop?)

    Also, I just watched a whole news thing about Costco and how they don't use signage for the sole purpose of making you stroll the whole store so that you WILL go home with two leaf blowers. And it's so true. My husband and I were just there and I'm all "Let's just hit every aisle." and he's like "Okay."

    I'm pretty glad they had samples of their yogurt covered acai berries, because had I not been to satiate my craving, I'd have left with four bags of them.

    Sorry 'bout the fires. We had some here in SoCal back in Oct of 07 that really ruined the air for us in the same way. Some days, at sunset, if the smoke was blowing closer to us, it looked super apocalyptic and scary!

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    1. Oh wow really? That makes total sense though. We do find ourselves wandering around and around until we find what we need. Those sneaky Costco store-designers!

      And yogurt covered acai berries?! Whoa! I will be on the lookout today.

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  3. Our closest Costco is a 45 minutes drive away so going is kind of a treat! My daughter LOVES it, all those samples and we still love the hot dog/soda combo's! Lol! I'm not a hot dog person but Costco's are really yummy!

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    1. Growing ours was so far away too, and it was definitely a treat! I always got one of those hot dogs too :)

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  4. i love making reading lists! can't wait to read yours!

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    1. Aww! I'm so happy you're looking forward to it. It's been fun to make.

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  5. Two leaf blowers! Hahaha costo tricks you that way, it's so sneaky.

    And the worm hole of amazon book recommendations! Glad you found your way out of there! It's like pinterest. Time sucker. But a good time suck. =]

    Good luck shopping! <3 I hope your day is wonderful!

    Ps. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the idea of setting an intention for the day as the first thing you do in the morning. Starting that right now. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Larissa thank you so much for commenting! :) I hope you have a wonderful day too.

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  6. Very much looking forward to your Reading List post! The idea of setting intentions, rather than *goals,* is a very neat idea... goals are attainable, and once they're done, they're done. But intentions? Intentions are a bit more difficult, and may require maintenance throughout the day, so the achievement I imagine would be more rewarding. Saying "I was accepting of others to the fullest of my ability today," or something of that sort, seems more satisfying than saying, "I cleaned the kitchen today."

    Some great food for thought; thanks so much for sharing!


    - Kayla ☆ http://www.kaylanaut.com

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    1. Right? I thought the same thing when I first starting taking these classes. I was always a very goal-oriented person and I love the idea of intentions.

      Have a great day!

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  7. I can't wait for the book recommendation post! I am always looking for a good read. Nevermind the fact that my current book stash is currently piled sky high!

    Good luck with following through on your intentions. This reminds me of something I have been wanting to accomplish and haven't started in over a week--beginning to write in a blessings journal. Everyday you document little blessings from your day. It makes you focus on the positive instead of the negative and makes you thankful for each day. :)

    Such a shame about the fires. Be safe! And about Costco's...I believe you can order from them online through your membership. I'm not sure if the shipping costs would be worth it though. It could save your sanity and those impulse purchases!

    - Jessica V.

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    1. Hey Jessica!

      I didn't even think about ordering online! Such a good idea. Our Costco is 5 minutes away though so I would feel way too silly doing that. Plus Hank loves going! ha.

      I also love your idea of the journal. I used to do something like that in my livejournal and miss it. You've inspired me to do something similar again. Thanks!

      Thank you for stopping by- I hope you have a great Wednesday!

      xo D.

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  8. Fires really aren't a shame. They can be healthy for an ecosystem that needs rejuvenation. Native Americans practiced controlled forest burns for thousands of years before white men made them stop. Sometimes humans just need to suck it up and let nature take its course. I am not saying the damage that can occur isn't devastating but humans disturbed the biosystem and now the biosystem is disturbing the humans. Makes sense right?

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    1. It definitely makes sense- unfortunately though I'm pretty sure this fire was started by a careless human, which is pretty sad.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment <3.

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  9. I am really sorry to hear about the fire in Arizona. I live in london now but i grew up in Southern Spain so i know about these horrible forest fires. Hope is all well....and on another note. I have a love/hate relationship with costco. Not many in london though..I love their birthday cakes with their divine frosting, but i don t understand why you have to buy everything so big and in twos!!!!
    goodnight xx

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  10. I completely understand about costco! I wouldn't want to deal with all that either!!! Well good luck and I'm sorry about the fire.

    Marja,
    xoxo

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  11. I love the idea of setting an intention for the day. I might have to try it out myself. Thank you for such a thoughtful and realistic post.

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  12. I was just thinking about getting back into setting an intention for the day. I had a spiritual mentor a few years ago that advised me to do something similar, and I miss how prepared for the day it made me feel.

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  13. Sorry to hear about the fires! That is such a sad/scary feeling. I live in Austin, and we had some pretty out-of-control fires just about 20 miles from my house last summer. In the mornings when I would leave for work if I looked out east, the sky was a beautiful bright orange color, and I would think "oh, what a pretty sunset!" and then remember it was the glow from the fires! Very eerie feeling. Now, they are slowly repairing and rebuilding the forests; I just hope it doesn't happen again this summer. :(

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  14. I laughed out loud @ "a pack of two leaf blowers." That is the trap of Costco and stores like it. Everything seems like a great idea AND a great bargain in the store. I'm sorry to hear about the fires. That kind of news, even when no homes are affected, is always sad to me.

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  15. i love your intention for today! i usually do something like "stay present" in class, which has always been helpful during the class & helped my mood throughout the day....but i love the idea of having your intention be loving others (and yourself) whether you're in class or not. i can be very judgmental without even realizing it. :/

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  16. It really is amazing how you can get so caught up in the "people who also bought this purchased" clicking phenomenon. Hope you found some great things!!

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