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Yummy Sunday

May 3, 2009

Sundays are good days.  It’s almost like the Universe just says, “Okay, folks, let’s all just take a deep breath together.”  Many folks are off work on Sundays and the world just seems to kind of settle down together.  I doubt many people chose Sunday to wage war.

Sunday usually is a day of gratitude for me.  I get to spend a lot of time with the ones I love doing what I love.  It’s very hard to live in MO during Spring and stay indoors, even when it rains.  Everything is just too beautiful.  Lush, green, abundant.  The world just seems to be happy to have us in it.  Right back atcha, world!  In appreciation, I’m going to share some of the things I’m grateful for right here, right now…

I have made connections with many folks all over the country who are involved in yoga.  One thing I learned very early on in my doula career is how important it is to make and keep good, strong, professional affiliations.  In yoga, it’s important to know folks so you can learn new and wonderful things from each other, share tips and trends, and also bounce off questions and suggestions.  Most importantly, though, it’s the sharing of the energy, of the juju as it were, that becomes a necessity.  It’s powerful stuff to surround yourself with like minded folk – the energy is electric whether you are sharing your vision in person or via the big ol’ internet.  Being a part of this community pleases me to no end and I’m so grateful.

One of the lovely members of this yoga community recently held a “contest” on Twitter.  Katy Downey (@lotuspad) owns Lotus Pad Yoga Mats, a company that makes wonderfully beautiful, incredibly affordable, and amazingly useful Eco yoga mats.  Entirely biodegradable, recyclable, these mats are latex free, PVC free, lead free, and are sweat, fungus, and bacteria resistant.  For her contest, folks were to submit their favorite yoga pose and the reason why it is their favorite (140 characters or less) and the winner would receive a Lavender Eco Mat.  Great contest, huh?  I’m so happy to say that I won!  And it’s PURPLE!  I cannot wait to use my new mat.  Thanks, Katy.  Every0ne, please stop by Lotus Pad and check out all the wonderful goodies there and pick up a thing or two.  Your body, your Karma, and the Earth will thank you (probably Katy, too!)  THANK YOU, Lotus Pad Yoga Mats!

I took my yoga practice out to the deck again today.  Again, if you have the chance, please consider doing a session or two out in nature.  The air is just perfect this time of year and you will be filled with sweet smells while you do your Ujjayi breathing.  I’m so thankful that I have a yard with lots of trees.  Lots of trees means lots of birds who sing to me while I practice.  A perfect accompaniment is Music for OM Yoga.  I just Googled for it and I’m not sure it’s available anymore, but there is a lot of OM music out there, I’m sure it’s all yummy good.

My friend, Megan, has a great site that she’s building for her business, Emerge Yoga Style. Please take a moment to visit and read her blog.  The song you will hear on the Welcome page is The Gayatri Mantra by Deva Premal.  It is so beautiful and meaningful.  I’m copying a bit of her write up about it here, but to get the really neat story she tells, again, visit her blog on the site.  Here’s what The Gayatri Mantra says

“We contemplate the glory of Light illumination the three worlds:  gross, subtle, and casual.  I am that vivifying power, love, radiant illumination, and divine grace of universal intelligence.  We pray for the divine light to illumine our minds.”

Yeah, pretty beautiful, huh?  Thank you, Megan, for sharing it.  If you like the song my Deval Premal, you can download it from iTunes.

We don’t go away much.  It’s hard to get schedules to coordinate and find the resources to take off, etc.  It’s not that we don’t need it, we all do, but like most folks, we tend to put our relaxation needs on the back burner.  Fortunately, someone stepped in on our behalf.  My in-laws have a condo right on the water of the Big Ol’ Lake this week and asked us to please come spend some time with them.  We could not pass up that opportunity, so we’re taking off two days and maybe two nights to unwind and breathe.  I’m so grateful for this time together to renew ourselves, our spirit, and to get a little break from day to day life.

I never thought I’d ever love Near Beer (non-alcoholic beer.)  I used to make fun of folks who drank it.  Yeah, I was pretty slimy in other ways, too.  Thank Elvis for personal growth, eh?  Anyway, I have totally changed my tune.  I love my sobriety, as I have said, but there are times when I really miss having a beer.  Fortunately there are several non-alcoholic beers out there now that really and truly are very good.  Who knew?!?

I haven’t wanted to say it because it’s really his journey, not mine, but I’m REALLY grateful that my darling husband, B, is 6 weeks smoke free today!!!  Thank you, B, for making the choice to be healthier so we can enjoy you longer in this world.  I love you.

Speaking of my main man, he just took my two little men on a hike.  So many children don’t have fathers who will drop everything to spend some time with them.  How blessed we are!  Since they are out doing their thing, however, I have the house to myself.  AHHHHHHHHH… gonna get offa here and spend some time soaking up the peace.

Let’s all take a few more minutes today to be grateful.  Practice an attitude of gratitude.  Be yummy.  Happy Sunday!

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Money 101 Mamakohl Style

January 12, 2008

I think I’m gonna need more coffee.

It’s been a very interesting couple of weeks here at Casa de la Mamakohl.  B cut his finger which resulted in a rather large unexpected expense.  That came directly on the heels of our washing machine shooting craps and thus needing a new one (read: another large unexpected expense.)  To say money has been tight is kind of like saying I’m somewhat liberal. Bwahahahahahhahah.  For the first time in ages and ages, my checking account got overdrawn.  Not by much, but enough to make me sick to my stomach just thinking about it.  Eh, well, it was only like that for about 2 days – all is taken care of now and I’m like Amy Winehouse without the heroin – I’m back in black.   It’s times like these that make me so glad that I come from people who know how to make a whole lot out of nothing – I’m a freaking culinary McGuyver.   Anyway, moving on …  In regards to this financial squeeze, I sat down this morning with a cup of coffee, my bills, a calculator, and a grocery list.  I crunched some numbers and talked it over with B and had everything budgeted out and by the time I lay my head down tonight, the house will be filled with food, the bills will be paid, and we’ll be able to laugh and  say, “WHEW!  Those 2 weeks were a real bitch, eh?”

So, why am I writing this here?  Because I need these reminders to myself.  B is always telling me to not stress out because, “It’ll work out, Baby.  It always does.”  And he’s right – it always does.   Always.  I think the reason it works out, however, isn’t because we are blessed or lucky or have tons of money (oh lord, that made me laugh so hard I peed a little,) – I think it’s because B and I don’t believe in hiding from the uglies.  We talk about money.  We put it out there, discuss what we need, what we have, and we plan.  It wasn’t always like this – I used to run from financial conversations.  I used to hide and freak out and throw out bills unopened.  And he used to have to scrape and hunt and peck and do whatever the hell he did to cover up for my denial.  Talk about unfair.  About 4 years ago, I brought my head out of the sand, grew a set, and decided to make a change.  And oh what a change it has made in our lives.  Bills get opened and paid.  We budget together.  We plan together.  We earmark nearly every nickel and dime.  And mostly, we have a little extra for simple pleasures.  Occasionally we have the unexpected expense that makes things tight, but those are rare and when they do happen, we know it’s gonna be okay.  I’m so happy for our lack of “financial infidelity,” but I know it wasn’t always like that and I know how easy it would be to go back there.  And that is why I write this shiz down here – ’cause it’s my blog and I need the reminders.  As they say, when in doubt, tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.