The Power of Time Off

Did I really let 14 whole days pass without writing? Whoops. You guys still there? Did you give up on me yet? You know it’s bad when Facebook starts sending you those little reminder messages encouraging you to post because you haven’t in so long…and I did so well last month! What happened?

Truth be told, I actually don’t have a challenge for June (gasp!). I had every intention of doing one, and well, life got the best of me. For the last few months I’ve been working 2 jobs with some freelance work thrown into the mix, and well—I’m pooped. Going from working 30 hours a week to 50 has been an adjustment, and while it’s all for the best (a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do), free time has been hard to come by and I just don’t have a challenge in me right now.

But things are about to shift in a better direction, and next week I’ll go back down to 1 job again (phew), finishing up my time at lululemon and heading back to doing graphic design and social media work. It’s been a wild ride with lulu over the past few years full of crazy-amazing experiences and some incredible people, but I feel complete with my time there, and something’s been telling me that it’s time to move on. It was nice—essential even, to have a break from my career and to take a breather (I’m all about Sagmeister‘s “time off” philosophy), but it’s time to get back to work, so that’s what I’m going to do.

So hang in there with me as this career transition takes center stage for the time being. My plan is to be back in blogging business for July though, so keep checking back. I may squeeze in a post here and there before then if I can too. I can’t stay away for too long…

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Yoga for Runners

I can’t go all month without mentioning how awesome yoga is for running, right? My goodness, some deep stretching makes a world of difference…

The other day I stumbled on this yoga practice by Goldie Kaufenberg, a Boston-based teacher who is lululemon’s SeaWheeze yoga ambassador this year. After this morning’s run—my 25th of the month, might I add—I rolled out my mat and spent 48 minutes stretching out every muscle that needed a little extra attention. In short, it was awesome, a practice that I’m bookmarking for sure, and one that I recommend to all you runners out there (and to anyone really). Enjoy.


p.s. WordPress just informed me that this is my 500th 12 Months of Lent post, ahhh! Crazy, right? Break out the bubbly!

Workout Clothes For Days

It’s borderline embarrassing to post this, but yeah, I could show up to the gym in a different outfit every day this month. This is what happens when you work for an athletic apparel company for 2+ years. At least I can be excited about cute workout outfits, right?

 

workoutclothes

And this is just the bra and tank section too, don’t even ask how many pairs of stretchy pants I have…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…Because I started my morning off with meditation and I’m currently having sliced strawberries and a banana for dessert (not a peanut butter cup with an overflowing dollop of whipped cream on top like I’d prefer). I’ve also already fit in one cardio workout, a Pure Barre class (bonus!), and a yoga nidra practice this week so I feel like I’m in good shape. If I can resist using my credit card at work today to buy this little gem that’s coming in I think I’ll feel pretty good about myself.

Tomorrow we fly back to the east coast for a little birthday trip home for me and to pick up the Fanster from the kitty-sitters (eee!!!), so hopefully I can keep up with all of my survival guidelines while we’re away—traveling always seems to throw in wrench in your regular routine. I already have a yoga date with a friend planned for Friday morning though and I’m sure I can talk my mom into going on a swalk with me by the ocean so I feel confident that I’ll be able to fit everything in.

This week’s mantra: I think I can, I think I can…

How excited am I to see this little smoosh after 3 months apart? eee!

How excited am I to see this little smoosh after 3 months apart? Can. Not. Wait. 

And in case anyone missed it, I had a post on the lululemon blog yesterday about this month’s challenge. Check it out!

Week 3’s Sweat Schedule

And here we are—week 3. Are you ready for this? I know I am. Here’s what last week looked like and what I’ve got planned for this week:

Week 2′s final tally:

  • 2 yoga practices
  • 1 run
  • 2 Pure Barre classes
  • 1 Barre-dio class

If you actually counted you’ll see that yes, it’s true—I missed a sweat (sad face). But hey, there’s no point in beating myself up, right? I will say that my plan was to double up on Sunday, but with the tornado watch and wacky weather we were experiencing here in the Midwest, I decided to stay put and play it safe. This week however, I’m vowing not to miss a day—and I expect all of you to hold me accountable. Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday: Home yoga practice.
  • Tuesday: Morning swalk and evening yoga class at Ita Yoga Studio
  • Wednesday: Kickboxing at 9:15am with a coworker (#sweatdate & new to me workout)
  • Thursday: Pure Barre
  • Friday: Pure Barre
  • Saturday: In-store yoga at lululemon
  • Sunday: TBD. We’ll be up in Traverse City for the weekend touring some northern Michigan breweries with friends so I’m not entirely sure what our day will look like. I’m hoping the weather holds up for a run on Lake Michigan. Fingers crossed…

Happy Monday!

Get Goal-ing

My daily intention yesterday was to “Take Care of Business”, and I’m happy to report that I spent my day doing just that. After #1 on my list, “Write a Blog Post”, I jumped right into #2, “Update My Goals”. Now to anyone who doesn’t work at lululemon, that might look like a funny sentence, but all my ladies and lads of Luon out there know exactly what I’m talking about.

The first thing that made me fall in love with lululemon is their passion and commitment to goal setting. For those of you who don’t know, you can walk into any lululemon store in the world and find a little section of the store devoted to showcasing the 1, 5, and 10 years goals of every single person who works there. Amazing, right? They aren’t just company-related goals either. They’re goals about marathon running, dream home building, small business starting, novel writing, masters degree earning, and everything in between. When I first started working for the company it blew my mind that they were legitimately interested in what my biggest life goals were, and it really got me thinking…wait, what are my biggest life goals? 

So now, I sit down a few times a year and review my goals. I remove some that might not interest me anymore, I add any new ones that have come up, I cross off the ones that I’ve accomplished (woohoo!), and I just spend some time getting clear on where I’m at vs. where I’d like to be, which is exactly what I focused on yesterday afternoon (because hey, you have to know what your goals are before you can really get down to business, right?).

Want some resources to get started writing your own goals ? Check out this video with lululemon founder Chip Wilson and download lululemon’s goal setting worksheet here to get started:


Want to know what some of my goals are? Well…in the next 6 months I’d like to have 1,000
Facebook and Twitter followers—which I could use your help with, share the 12MOL love! In the next five years I’d like to spend a summer living abroad in Europe (perhaps doing some sort of international lent?), and in the next 10 years, my BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) is to write a book about 12MOL—woah. 

What are your goals?

 

Lent Vacation: Weeks 2 & 3

Hello!

I thought I’d take a little break from my lent vacation to say hello and catch up before I disappear into the great moving abyss of 2013 (T-Minus 10 days, holy…). Here’s what’s been happening over in my world since I last wrote:

  • I had an awesome time at lululemon’s leadership conference in Vancouver last week. I met tons of amazing ladies and lads of luon from all over, listened to some pretty incredible guest speakers, like davidji and Scott Harrison of Charity Water to name a few, hashed out what my top 5 core values are with the help of my sweet new deck of value cards (for the record they’re: adventure, freedom, creativity, simplicity, and connection), figured out what my “Winning Formula” is (which probably means something totally different than you think it does), and ate lots of delicious local Vancouver-fare while taking in the beautiful views of the water and the mountains—which just so happen to be situated right next to each other. Amazing, eh? You’re a pretty city Vancouver, I’ll be back.
  • After my Canadian adventure, I took the Greyhound down to Seattle where I reunited with my long-lost west coast cousins for some seafood on the pier and some majorly-overdue catch-up and family time. It was so great to see them—and Seattle too, which I had never been to before. I’ll be back for you too, Seattle, you pretty little city, you…
  • Then my amazing cousins were gracious enough to drive me all the way down to Portland, Oregon so I could spend the last leg of my trip visiting one my favorite ladies, Miss Jess Powers (you may remember her from this memory). I had the best time on the beautiful farm she runs with her main-farm-man Brian, and I spent the weekend in good company, slowing down, soaking it all in, and taking a much needed pause—not to mention eating some of the best meals I’ve had all summer. Talk about farm to table…

And now I’m back on the east coast, keeping plenty busy wrapping things up at work, getting psyched about my new store (how awesome is this video they made btw?), planning and packing for the move, making the rounds to visit friends and loved ones, and filling all the moments in between watching this kitten live stream. Thank God for kittens, right?

So that’s what’s going on over here friends. I’ll update as much as I can over the next few weeks, but stay tuned to Twitter and Instagram for more frequent updates between posting.

I’ll leave you with a few shots from my trip:

Vancouver looks a little bit like this...

Vancouver looks a little bit like this…

The leadership conference in a  nutshell

The leadership conference in a nutshell

Pretty, pretty Seattle

You’re a fine looking city, Seattle

This is what greeted me at Working Hands Farm

This is what greeted me at Working Hands Farm

Floatin' down the Yamhill River...

Floatin’ down the Yamhill River…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory #9: Wanderlust, VT

Last June—through a magical chain of events that only the Universe could have lined up—lululemon decided to send me to Wanderlust Vermont, a 4-day yoga and music festival, to be their official blogger. Wait, you guys want to pay me to do yoga all day and write about it? Fine, twist my arm, I’ll go.

#hellodreamlife

For 4 days, I stayed in an amazingly outdated Swiss-style chalet filled to the brim with ladies of luon®, practiced more yoga than I knew was possible from some of the best teachers in the country, went on morning meditation hikes where Garth Stevenson serenaded us with his upright bass, drank kombucha from the tap (might I add, the best kombucha I’ve ever had), hit up the free hair-braiding station (every single day), and spent my evenings writing recaps of the day while drinking Wanderlust branded wine before heading out for the night’s musical entertainment. Wow. And did I mention that the weather was absolutely perfect and that I was getting paid? Yeah, I’d be depressed writing this if I hadn’t already bought my ticket for this year’s festival. One month from today I’ll be in Wanderworld, one of my favorite places of Earth…

Wanna know all the details? You can read my blog posts for lululemon here:

wanderlust vermont…live!
you know you’re at wanderlust when…
my so-called wanderlife
another day in wanderland
there’s no place like wanderlust

 

Morning meditation hike with Garth Stevenson

Morning meditation hike with Garth Stevenson

Free hair braiding

If only I could ever recreate this myself

The best kind of yoga studio

The best kind of yoga studio

That time I saw Ziggy Marley

That time I saw Ziggy Marley