Quote #11

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

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Yoga for Bloggers: Now Take a Deep Breath…

Before we begin, the tip of the day here is to clear your mind…

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p90x yoga

P90X like? Well, I’m no photographer.

I’ve never been into yoga.

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of all the garbage prior to starting…

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Bending my body at awkward angles and listening to an ocean wave replicated on a CD have never really been activities of choice for me. Though I’ve tried, I’ve never quite mastered that calm, weightless relaxation that generally seems to don the faces of practiced yoga-doers. I always imagined my face looking more like a showcase to my pain as I struggled through yet another sun salutation and floated less-than-gracefully back into downward dog.

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and all the things that you’ve got to do after you’re done.

 

But I must admit, there’s something about slowing down your breathing – taking at least three times longer to inhale and exhale than you normally would – that really calms the mind. Or maybe my brain was just oxygen deprived.

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I want you to focus on the present moment.

 

I’ve been trying to slow down a lot more lately, as you all know. It’s been almost two weeks since my last real post, and I can’t say that I haven’t missed you guys. It felt odd to let Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays pass without writing my customary post. But at the same time…I really liked it.

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Stay in the moment…

 

I won’t lie and tell you that it’s been the most productive two weeks, but it’s been two weeks of fewer deadlines and more free time. Blogging is important to me, it really is. As are all you readers. Without you…well, there’d be no point to the blogging. I made the choice to slow down this blog in order to prepare myself for the life I want to lead, and to treat all of you with more quality posts (even if my subtitle does say “moderately meditated”).

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and clear your mind…

 

But I haven’t been completely slacking off while I’ve been away. As you’ll notice, I’ve made a few changes to the look of my blog, and I hope to continue making a few more until I’m happy with it. This look is a little cleaner than before, a model for how I want my life to feel: low stress, clutter-free, fresh, and gorgeous. I also posted a collage of photos I took on a recent bike ride. I was thinking of continuing that series with more photos and little snapshots of my life (let me know what you think). I don’t want blogging to feel like a chore anymore. I want it to go back to how it felt at the beginning, how I would write because I had something to share. I need to let this blog blossom in its own time. I have no reason to hurry. Because if there’s anything I’ve learned during my time away, it’s that life can be difficult to write about when you’re too busy rushing through it.

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and it will feel like a ride like you have never had before.*

 

 

*Tony Horton, P90X Yoga

Redesign: Knowing When the Time is Right

So I’ve made a life-changing decision just now.

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Not life-changing in the shave-my-head-get-a-pet-alligator-and-move-to-Brazil kind of way, but in the I-hope-this-has-some-sort-of-impact-on-my-life kind of way.

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And I made this decision because I’ve noticed something:

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My room is a mess.

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This is odd because I’m normally a cleanly person. But because of my recent move back home for the summer, my room is more a storage closet and less of a place to sleep. I can’t handle the clutter. My brain is just…nope.

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I think the clutter and the mess has clogged up my brain and caused it to malfunction, because I can’t seem to keep on track with what I want to accomplish. My environment is affecting my actions. But is my environment just my bedroom? No.

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It’s also how I spend my time, which now seems to be mostly comprised of rushing. I’ve been racing around so much that blogging has become more of a chore than a pleasure. My work has suffered.

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Lately, I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in my number of views and rate at which I gain readers, and I’m attributing this to my lack of quality content.  I haven’t had the time to create really good writing or think of these rich ideas that spark other ideas in my readers. I haven’t been treating my readers fairly.

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I got so caught up in trying to build a following faster, posting as much as I could to get the most views that I forgot what was really the point of this writing. My whole purpose when starting this blog was to talk about life with those who wanted to listen. I wanted to discuss how we go through life, what we think about, and how that affects the people we become. I wanted to discuss dreams, goals, and things that are funny or irritating. I wanted to talk about the things that are important.

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This blog was supposed to be my outlet for my brain, not its destroyer. It’s time to redesign:

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I’ve decided to blog only once a week.

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This post is on a Monday, but starting next week, I will post every Friday. My topics and categories will still be the same, but hopefully the content will be less scatterbrained and more enjoyable for you all. Considering I should have more time to write and edit my posts, I’m looking forward to more posts  I’m proud of.

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And with a little extra free time freed up, maybe I’ll clean up my room a little.

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Alright…cleaning’s done.

In addition to this redesign, I’ll also be experimenting with the layout and design of my blog a little more. So if you’re a consistent reader of mine, don’t be alarmed if you see a few changes (though feel free to shoot me a comment and let me know what you think).

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So maybe this blogging thing wasn’t going as smoothly as I had first hoped, but I’m trying to be more adaptable to change. A little redesign never hurt as long as it’s for the right reasons and at the right time. Hopefully this change will leave us all a little happier.

Get In the Bucket

In celebration of my tenth blog post (hoorah for milestones!), I wanted to share something with you all which I think is highly controversial. I know I’m not the only one like this. In fact, I believe most people will be able to relate to what I’m about to say, especially those who hold positions of extreme power.

I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.

I understand if you’ve hit the Unfollow button or have already fled to the exit nearest you, but if you did decide to stay, please allow me the chance to explain.

I guess what I meant by that statement is, I honestly don’t know how any of this life stuff will work out.

Sure, I can pretend that I’ve got all the answers, that I’ve been intentionally making all the right moves in order to achieve the best possible outcome. But in retrospect, how much of where I am right now was due to my own conscious decisions?

I’d like to think that my life has been a compilation of my choices; choices I knew were going to catapult me right over the wall of my dreams and into the future I’d planned for myself. But that doesn’t make any sense, does it?

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This is what your life choices look like. Except with fewer cats. Unless you really like cats. (Photo credit: Tony Dowler)

How could I catapult myself? That sort of thing isn’t usually a one man show. The best I can do is make the decision to get in the bucket.

And that’s what life is then, huh? It’s rows upon rows of catapults, each row representing the next stage of progress. All you have to do is decide which bucket to climb into. You can never be sure which catapult is the right one (is there a right one?). They all look relatively the same. You have to let yourself be led by your gut instinct, which at this point is the only bit of control you have in how you’ll advance to the next stage.

So, you get to make life choices, sure. But how far will they fling you? In what direction will you fly? I don’t think there’s any real way of knowing. You just have to understand what you want, and go with what feels right. Pick a bucket, climb in, and just…hope for the best.

 

Did that even make sense? Does life make sense? Let me know your perspective on this in a comment. I’d love to hear it.