thoughts for your weekend

April 30, 2011

day 5
it’s day 5 of this long conference journey, and so far i’m not burnt out yet! things that [i think] have helped:

✔ daily workouts — nothing long or crazy, but just something to counteract the many hours of sitting that the rest of each day brings

i ended up loving the hot vinyasa class at core power — and meeting the wonderful sarah b.!
[also: i swear i’m not THAT short]

✔ more or less sticking to my usual routine [ie: some alone time in the AM to blog and just hang out]

✔ taking notes during the sessions so that i can stay focused/present

✔ turning OFF my work-brain at around 5-6 pm to enjoy a fun dinner with friends/colleagues. of course, if our conversation naturally goes towards work-related issues, that’s fine — but just generally going with the flow

✔ getting outside — even if it’s just for a short walk between sessions:

beautiful, right? never mind that it SNOWED last night . . .
✔ enjoying a glass of wine with dinner most nights! i hadn’t really planned on this, but it has been a nice way to end the intense days [and the 2WW. sigh.]

tips from wiser individuals
i woke up this morning to TWO lovely and inspirational posts in the my reader this morning! i thought i’d share the highlights . . .

♥ from zenhabits, a fantastic post containing 38 life lessons leo babauta has picked up in his 38 years. my 5 favorites:

“5. The moment is all there is. All our worries and plans about the future, all our replaying of things that happened in the past — it’s all in our heads, and it just distracts us from fully living right now. Let go of all that, and just focus on what you’re doing, right at this moment. In this way, any activity can be meditation.

8. I’m not cool, and I’m cool with that. I wasted a lot of energy when I was younger worrying about being cool. It’s way more fun to forget about that, and just be yourself.

24. Gratitude is one of the best ways to find contentment. We are often discontent in our lives, desire more, because we don’t realize how much we have. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, be grateful for the amazing gifts you’ve been given: of loved ones and simple pleasures, of health and sight and the gift of music and books, of nature and beauty and the ability to create, and everything in between. Be grateful every day.

28. Get some perspective. Usually when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. In the larger picture, this one problem means almost nothing. This fight we’re having with someone else — it’s over something that matters naught. Let it go, and move on.

36. Life is exceedingly brief. You might feel like there’s a huge mass of time ahead of you, but it passes much faster than you think. Your kids grow up so fast you get whiplash. You get gray hairs before your done getting your bearings on life. Appreciate every damn moment.”

check out his post for 33 more!

♥ from repsych, a lovely collection of 9 ways to stay present. favorite tips:

“2. Stop multitasking. To be honest, that’s the biggest struggle for me. But you can achieve so much more and enjoy every single activity when you’re not multitasking.

3. Do a chore mindfully. You can choose a very short chore to begin with, like taking out the bins, and built on as you go.

6. Pick up the vibe from present people. If you know someone that is more present than most people then you can pick his/her vibe of presence . I used to know someone in Greece and she was a great inspiration for me. Now, I listen to Jon Kabat-Zinn CDs, or watch his videos or read his book. It has a similar effect on me.”

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workout: 60 minute core power level 2 class — heated! i do agree that it’s not a completely traditional yoga workout, but i still really liked it and would go again if we had a studio in our area!

out in denver: while the colorado springs meals were all served at the hotel [actually a number of great options!], we will be eating out while in denver. the other two peds endocrine fellows and i hit up a french bistro last night:

no pictures because i haven’t really discussed the blog much with these two!! however, i thought the food was excellent — especially my scallops with vanilla-bean risotto. i also tasted an escargot for the first time . . . to me it just tasted like butter 🙂

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