Knock Knock – Morning Meditation

Knock Knock where have I been?  I feel like I have found myself continuously saying ” I’m trying, I am trying” but in actuality I’ve been doing and going but not taking the time to be fully present and aware.  Trying sounds so tiring and without an accomplished feeling result.  I am writing this of this revelation today, after a 10 minute mediation. For Cyber Monday I purchased a yearly membership to MelissaWoodHealth.com , after following her on Instagram for quite sometime I decided to plunge and pay for her health based services. One day in the next 365 I am sure we will cross paths in person, whether it be on purpose or not. Seamlessly meeting up with quasi celebrities happens to me all the time and doesn’t quite phase me.  Moving forward I will blog these memorable interactions as this blog serves as a digital memory book of my life learnings and experiences.

My background with Meditation.  At the University of Michigan, I enrolled in a class with Martha called Jazz 450. I took it with my sister, best friend, and a few other people  we knew.  Weekly we would attend class, walk outside in silence, and journal.  We read a book called ” the miracle of mindfulness” by thicht nhat hahn   – I highly recommend it!  I felt a renewed sense of energy each week and genuinely did solo mediations when not in class. Fast forward to end of semester, graduating, and life moving on from the class.  I continued a living a mindful life.

I was all about living in the moment, being in the present, only being present minded. While I thought this hyper awareness was super positive, the harsh realities of adult-ing aka planning things in advance and thinking ahead did not adhere to this in the moment vibe.

Living in Ann Arbor for 3 years after college, allowed me to pop back into Martha’s meditation classes from time to time. Overall it kept my stimulated mind focused on being mentally aware and mindful. I was (still am) the friend you call whose ready to go-go-go and participate in whatever fun activity you want to do.

There was a shift in this mentality when I moved to a more adult job in an adult world in Birmingham, MI. I now have a job that requires tons of planning ahead. Not to mention my social life and coordinating weekends with friends. As we grow older it seems everyones schedules more complex, and while not impossible it has become increasingly challenging to do spur of the moment activities.  We are no longer kept in a bubble cluster that we were used to for the previous 18-22 years of our lives.

Back to meditation – Since moving to Birmingham 3 years ago, I dabbled with the headspace app and just found the robotic act of using an app on my phone as a digital distraction to the goal of meditation. Ultimately leaving me to ditch meditation all together.  I am excited to get back into this journey and feel more at peace with myself.

Namastay, have a good day!

Linz

 

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Valentines Day 2014

Valentines Day 2014 had a bit more love than years past … I have been in a Monogamous Relationship for quite some time now ! Outside of receiving beautiful gifts and fun treats from Parents & Grandparents , I was blessed with gifts from my monogamous partner ! I searched far and wide out on the world wide web for fun & fabulous ideas to send my boo. One cute card idea I learned from Pintrest is posted here … it’s a very simple DIY with items you probably have around your household or apartment ! I have just altered my Pintrest account to a business page , I am hoping that more people will follow my boards as I am striving in the next 100 days to apply for BlogHer.com.

Side note on my history with blogging – I have been causally blogging about my life, experiences, and school work since 2004. Crazy to think I have been blogging for a decade! In honor of that I am going to try and become more professional with my social networks & take my hobby to the next level. I have come across a fabulous network BlogHer.com that is solely for Women Bloggers  ( and maybe trans also hehe) that assists in basically making you famous. One thing that I have lacked in my blogging is consistancy …. ! To apply to be apart of the BlogHer.com network & officially published through their site is to have blogged for at least once a week for the past 90 days.  Unfortunately my blogging is so spotty – as I just blog when something pops into my head that I want to share and am able to get to a computer ( or now my fabulous new SamsungS4 !! ) and log onto my wordpress and publish. To try and aid my dreams of being a professional personal social media maven I have joined the Give It 100 network to help remind me to blog !! & to hold me accountable to doing so ! Even though I do not foresee myself blogging every single day for 100 days … i’m going to give it a shot ! Best case I’ll blog everyday and look cute doing it !! I will be sharing funny things, songs , articles and news about Detroit, things happening to a 23 year old young professional … that is until i turn 24 ! So stay tuned enjoy , smile and giggle with me along the way !! 

One thing about me is that no matter what the situation or what life tosses my way … YOU WILL SEE ME WITH MY NAILS DONE !! There is no doubt in  my mind that if I ever had only $10 to my name … the dough would go to a Manicure. I think it is very important to have a manicure for multiple reasons. A) I was blessed with beautiful nail beds, why not take advantage and always have them be fab !! B) One of the first things you do when you meet someone, is what? SHAKE THEIR HAND ! Yes – your nails are a part of your hand, the prettiest part  – make it memorable. C) Looking at my typically pink nails always makes me smile ! Nail Polish can brighten your day … Right now i’m rocking OPI “I’ve Got a Date To Knight “ – its a hot pink definitely towards a Barbie Pink …!

I wish I could say the nails photographed in the picture were mine, but they are not… maybe next year i’ll find an Asian who can do this for me 😀 !

Join me on my journey !! Much Love ❤ Linz