testing the waters
so i’ve had this idea percolating for some time now. really, it’s been on my mind ever since attempting [and somewhat failing] to complete the 40 day revolution. my experiences with this project certainly weren’t all negative — i did get into some beginning meditation, practiced more yoga than ever before, and opened my mind to some new ways of thinking.
heather completed this challenge right around the same time [i got the idea from her!], and had a wonderful experience. i think a few factors contributed to our divergent experiences:
✔ community and support: [most importantly] she was doing her challenge in a formal fashion – the program was run by her local yoga studio. she had a group of others she was participating in the program with, and had leaders to turn to for support and to answer questions.
✔ fit: perhaps the main focuses of the challenge aligned better with her current goals — and she was able to zero in on these areas without a lot of outside distractions
✔ readiness: i was somewhat of a mess around that time [of note, i was on fertility medications, which did not do anything positive for my mood]
an idea sparks
a little disappointed in my abilities to get the most out of this experience on my own, i looked around to see if there were any durham or chapel hill studios offering anything like the program that heather participated in — but i didn’t find any. plus, who knew if that would solve problem #2, above? i wanted a structured experience that still addressed the things that were most important to me. and i realized i was just as likely [perhaps more] to find spiritual peace in a fabulously organized closet as i am in a half-hour meditation session, so perhaps i needed a slightly different approach, anyway.
and then one day, i realized that no one was stopping me from creating a longer-term project of my OWN — tailored exactly how i want it! i wrote about this over a month ago. here was a one-day proposed mini-retreat [for a weekend] included in that post:
it was a start . . .
but once i wrote that out, i wanted more. more flexibility, more activities, a community/interactive aspect, and a longer stretch to design an experience that would be rejuvenating, fun, and maybe even a LITTLE bit transformative. my own happiness project of sorts!
i decided that a 6 week program would be an ideal length — enough time to really delve into self-exploration without a high risk of early burnout. i am currently in the process of working out the details, but i wanted to see if any of you wanted to join me!
here’s the basic plan
6 weeks of suggested reading, writing, and [fun] activities, each centered around a theme:
♥ inside/out [self-care/body]
♥ time is life [time management]
♥ love is all around [relationships]
♥ relaaaaax [exactly what it sounds like!]
♥ finding flow [engagement]
♥ putting it all together [and making plans for the future]
activities will include:
✰ a balance between social experiences and meditative quiet
✰ weekly 24-hour mini-retreats – design your own, but i’ll also provide an example template
✰ a focus on relaxation + self-care – working towards finding a beautiful balance between work + play
and, the experience will be interactive as i will feature your recap posts [assuming there is interest] each week.
you can do 2% of 100% of this — and the good news is it’s only $39.99 to sign up!
[DUDE. i’m kidding. obviously it’s free!]
in fact, it will be more than free — i will be doing weekly giveaways to go along with each theme. i recently accepted another ad assignment and will be putting a chunk of those earnings towards this project.
so: anyone want to join me? just leave a comment in this post! i will be posting everything on the blog, but i’d love to know who is participating and my goal is to make this a more interactive experience [twitter chats? facebook updates? we’ll see]
other housekeeping issues
the olay review spafinder giveaway is ending in just 2 days — and your odds are still awesome. [come to think of it, a massage or facial would be an EXCELLENT way of kicking off the above experience!].
workout: nada [on tuesday i ran 3.2 again and went to power/yin yoga — yesterday i just needed to recover!]
local peas . . . and local pimiento [goat!] CHEESE . . .
see sidebar for recipe from this month’s CL
although i didn’t get to eat it until 9:15!! josh’s hours are absolutely ridiculous lately.