June 23, 2009

A penny saved is a memory earned...

Lately I have been having a lot of fun out on the town, going to movies, eating out, shopping for new work and play clothes, and running around enjoying all of the summer events. The trouble is...it's starting to have quite the impact on my expenses, which got me thinking about how to cut some costs. Shortly after I had begun devising a plan for sack lunches and revamping my wardrobe with accessories, I found a great little blurb in Self magazine about our economic times and how often "the key factors to life satisfaction have little to do with money and everything to do with your relationships, following your passions and having a purpose." Hmmm...maybe I am looking in the wrong place for cost savings?

Here are my top five favorite things to do and their cost:

1. Chatting with Friends and Family....$0
2. Listening to my favorite music....$0
3. Hiking or Trail Running at Discovery Park....$0
4. Wandering Farmers Markets....$0
5. Taking Pictures of #1, #3, and #4...#2 if I could!....$0

Inner Voice: "Don't do it! Don't do it, Mara. Be strong."
Silly Sense of Humor: "I can't help it! It's just too fun! I can't resist!"

6. Living a happy joyful life....priceless.

I know. I know. Sorry.

Now back to business...

Other great things to do for free in Seattle:

1. Free First Thursday at several Seattle museums (Arts, History and Industry...Oh My!)
2. Free movies On Demand or on Netflix (So many oldies but goodies it's hard to pick just one!)
3. Hiking or People Watching in local parks (I can't get enough of our beautiful, creative, quirky Seattlites)
4. I Heart Rummage craft fair at the Crocodile Cafe (1st Sunday - And they have a DJ - Crafts and Music? My kind of show!)
5. Chateau St. Michelle free Columbia Valley Tour & Wine Tasting (Wine + Free = A Happy Me)
6. Redhook Brewery Tour and Beer Sampling (It's $1, but that's practically free!)
7. Vital Tea Leaf (Pike Place) tea tastings (Yummy!)
8. Wooden O modern shakespeare theatre outdoors around Seattle (Starts in July - Who wants to go?)

There's so much to do!

So, Instead of stressing out about money and pinching my little pennies, I am opting to be frugal and still savor the exciting things that my city has to offer. There's no need to hide away in my little apartment to avoid spending my hard earned cash too fast. Instead, I will spend my time and invest in my own inspiration, happiness, and enrichment by enjoying the simple things. All I have to do is be a little bit creative! I already have a list of five wonderful things that bring me joy and cost me nothing. Why not add a few more? Any suggestions?

June 22, 2009

daily reminder...

My friend Rebecca sent me an email today that touched my heart and reminded me to improve my temper and strive every day to be a better person. Since the story tied to the message is hard to read and not become angry yourself, I decided just to post the message, which is the most important part.

"Anger and Love have no limits;
choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life...

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits they become character;
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."

June 17, 2009

joyful inspiration

My friend Cass sent this to me today and I had to share it with all of you. This is truly how I feel right now. Remember that radiating joy I spoke about in my yoga post? This is it. This is its purpose.

"Your soul's purpose right now is to trust your creativity and elevate your confidence.... Be the beacon that eliminates your darkness and ignites the sleepy imaginations of those around you - not to show off or be the centre of attention, but as the leader who keeps others from losing heart and spirit. So shine on and spread your wings."

Thank you, Cass. Thank you.

June 16, 2009

Got a case of BADD...

Today...I am putting myself in time out.

I've been a bad girl and have neglected something very important to me...


ME.

This neglect hasn't been in a bad way. Actually, it hasn't really been neglect at all. I have been more or less distracted by the excitement of my social life. The city is buzzing right now with things to do...new movies to see, great places to eat, outdoor markets to be shopped, sailboats to sail, and sunny streets to be strolled. I have been consumed by it all and the needed distraction that it brings.

A few days ago I was reviewing blog posts past and wondered why I haven't been as inspired to write lately? The truth is, it's not a lack of inspiration from my incredibly active and wonderfully interesting friends, the lack of blogging has been caused by an inability to focus. There has been so much going on around me that I have found it hard to keep on one train of thought for more than 5 minutes before something else has caught my attention. It's a sort of summertime induced Busy ADD. We'll call it BADD, for short.

So, here I am...spinning my wheels with a big bad case of BADD.

I'm having a great time...don't get me wrong...but every so often I snap out of the distractions and think, "Now what was I up to again?" I start thinking about how focused I was on my goals and how the joy was unstoppable as it radiated through my fingers on the keyboard and onto my blog. Then I wonder what happened?

Don't worry...I am still working on my goals, in between social events, and the joy is still flowing, but now it's swirling around inside of me unable to find the proper outlet. It's a chaotic and frustrating feeling. Sort of like when you go from one room in your house to another with a mission of something to get and/or do and when you get there you think "Now why did I come in here again?" Sometimes it takes just a moment to remember and others a bit longer. Either way you are bound to get back on track.

With that in mind, and the fact that it is Rejuvenation June, I have taken a break, put myself in time out, and I am allowing myself to recharge. I am convinced that cozy pajamas, a mud mask, a glass of wine, my favorite music, and a little bit of candle light in my cozy apartment is just what I need to put it all back in order.

What do you do to put yourself right again?

June 2, 2009

Rejuvenation June

Over the last few months, Fearless April and Confident May, I have plunged myself into all of the goals that I have long dreamed of completing. In the process I hope that I have inspired a few of you to jump start your life lists and have a little fun of your own.

It has been a fabulous few months leading up to the excitement of summer. I took my first guitar class, applied to transfer to (and was accepted at) a four year university to complete my Bachelors Degree, bought a motorcycle which is close to being ridden (helmet and jacket have arrived and now insurance is in order), taken my first solo vacation which included dining at a table for one, begun the process of starting my own business, picked up trail running and hiking as my new favorite hobbies, created a blog to tell the world who I am, and many more things that I accomplished since last summer. As I look back onto all of these experiences and start to wonder what I will tackle next, I realize that I must take time to truly feel the joy and excitement of new beginnings.

While I am searching for my passions and checking goals off my list, if I am in too much of a hurry I will lose all that I have gained. It is time to slow down, take inventory, stop to smell the roses, savor every bite, and breathe it all in. Letting my soul soak in it for a bit will hopefully cause the seeds of new life, joy, and inspiration to grow brighter and fuller than ever. I hardly want all of this to fall by the wayside in a heap of tossed out dreams and recycled moments.

There are so many experiences in my life that have helped shape who I am: Rock climbing, road tripping, roller skating, listening to live music, and camping to name a few. Some of them have been filed away in the "experiences of my youth" file (roller skating for sure...unless I get gutsy and try out for roller derby) and others continue to burn softly inside of me waiting to be needed again. Today I realize that I miss a few of these pieces of me. Good thing it's Rejuvenation June. I have no excuses but to renew all of these hobbies and past-times that brought me joy.

So...if anyone is up for rock climbing, road tripping (I am planning several trips to the peninsula this summer), live music, camping, or even roller skating...just let me know. I am most definitely in for the experience.

Are their any hobbies or past-times that you once enjoyed but now miss being a regular part of? I encourage you to reflect on them, resurrect them, rejuvenate them, and share them with us. You never know who may be willing to join you.