Lessons Learned These Past Months

Oh My Life!!!  You have been generous in teaching me what I am/have/suppose to (be) learn(ing).  It’s been a while since I’ve made these ‘lessons learned’ lists so let’s get back to why life is still good regardless of what is going on… because there will always be something to learn from.  Here’s 13 lucky lessons I’m grateful for:

1.  You are responsible for your own feelings.   

2.  You react because that’s how you choose to be.  It’s never what another person did, said, or didn’t do or say.

3.  Don’t react.  Just see things exactly the way they are. 

4.  Love people as higher beings no matter what they’ve done, said, didn’t do, didn’t say and especially if you hate their guts to pieces.  (Previous posts on what a higher being is:  I hate Vegetarians and Higher Beings)

5.  Someone out there is always watching out for you.

6.  Count your blessings… especially when it gets tougher. 

7.  Timing is everything.  And it’s always the right time.

8.  Apologies go a long way. 

9.  Don’t feel guilty for being happy.  It’s not selfish. 

10. Don’t assume anything. 

11.  If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way, if you don’t, you’ll find many excuses.

12.  Keep moving forward.

13.  Take risks.  It doesn’t take much courage to take risks.. just a willingness to be courageous. 

And this is a great reminder… thanks facebook🙂

10 Things I Learned Last Week

I’ve been missing lately for good reason.  (1) I learned from the past to know when to slow down before the Universe has to punch me in the face to tell me to slow down.  So that’s exactly what I did.  During the time away,  (2) I discovered that sometimes I write this blog to resist my turning inward.   I use it as an excuse to not sit in meditation.   Sometimes I find myself being competitive in my posts and strive to write a bigger and better post than the previous… which is not all bad, but (3) competition kills the fun of expressing as I am.   (4) Bigger or more is not always better.

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During the no pressure of writing a post, I enjoyed long walks with my fur faced son, Marley.  It has been raining the last week here in the bay area and during our “hurry up let’s go for a walk before it pours harder” walks, I notice how I’m always in a rush.  I walk fast.  I rush the kids at whatever they’re doing.   I eat in a rush. I rush the dog to hurry up and no more sniffing, “you’ve smelled that bush already, let’s go.”  And no matter how much I rush, I’m still always late.

(5) Rushing ruins the present moment.   (6) Appreciate the present moment (especially when I’m walking the dog in the rain — it’s so refreshing!).   (7) Enjoy each moment as if it was the first time (and let the dog sniff that bush even if he’s sniffed it a million times).   (8) Creativity is maximized in the present moment — well said by lululemon.

(9) There is a time for rest so take rest when needed.  Rejuvenate.  But watch out for lazyiness.

(10) Stay connected.  To friends.  To family.  To breath.  To Self.

10 Things I Learned Last Week

1.  Burn out and burnt out are too different things… try not to be burnt.

2.  Injuries are the universe’s way of telling you to slow down, wake up, and be present.

3.  Tell your loved ones you love them everyday multiple times a day.

4.  The sweetest part of teaching is not getting a student into an advanced pose, but witnessing a room of yogis breathing and moving in sync.

5.  Beware of gossip.

6.  Let it go.

7.  Worrying just causes more worry.

8.  Appreciate a piece of mother nature everyday.

9.  It is possible for me to be on time and even a bit early🙂

10.  I think I prefer to eat pumpkins than carve them.  This was my first ever pumpkin carving and it was hard!   or maybe I just made it harder than it should’ve been.  Freehand🙂


Jazzy's design on the left and Niko's on the right

I love October!

10 Things I Learned Last Week

1.  Kindness is infectious.

2.  It’s hard to not say more than necessary.

3.  If it isn’t working, find a new way.

4.  I can sit and be patient or I can be patient in action.

5.  Only a loved one will tell you like it is with no sugar coating.

6.  Happiness is within arms reach.

7.  How I am speaks loudly even if I don’t say a word.

8.  Get inspired often and inspire more often.

9.  Don’t wait until the last minute to buy tickets for someone like His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

10.  “…And even with broken wings, sometimes you find your way to fly.”  Taio Cruz

I am so stuck on this song.
This remix makes me want to get up and go do something BIG🙂

10 Things I Learned This Week And Name My Dog

1.  Just cause I want it doesn’t mean I need it.

2.  Have a back up plan.

3.  Self promoting is actually pretty challenging.  It feels weird to talk about me me me all the time.

4.  It’s flattering to receive a tip as a teacher, but accepting it feels awkward.  I don’t know why…

5.  It’s amazing what I can get done when I do it for others who are counting on me.

6.  Hmmm maybe I should start counting on myself for myself more often.

7.  It’s easy to get off track and believe it or not just as easy to get back on.  The challenge is to stop thinking about how hard it’s gonna be to get back on track.

8.  Practice makes improvements (love this from last week’s youtube on hooping)

9.  Just make it happen!!!

10.  I never thought naming a dog would be so challenging.

We decided that Diamond was not the right dog for our family.  Although she was the perfect dog, she was much too big for the kiddos to handle.  So she went back to her foster parents :(   I do miss her high energy, but I know I wouldn’t have had the time needed to train myself, the dog, and the kids (throw in the hubby too) in order to keep her growing into the good ambassador of the breed that she already is.

We did find another dog at the shelter this weekend that has been perfect so far.  He is a 3 year old Dachshund mix that came to the shelter as a stray.  A little shy and very mellow.  He did amazingly well his first night in the crate.  Haven’t heard him bark, whine, or had an accident once yet (knock on wood!).  He doesn’t pull on the leash and likes to snuggle up against legs.  The only problem we have is that we can’t decide on a name for him.

Name options:   Beamer, Barley, Marley (like Bob Marley), Koa, Smores  (Our previous dogs were named after cars, Boxster and Bentley, so that’s why Beamer.  Koa is a tree in Hawaii and it’s wood is brown and used in many applications.  Koa also means brave and fearless.. something that this dog needs to grow confidence in.)

Help name me

What would you call me?