Monday, May 27, 2013

Maybe you had to work today. Maybe it was a paid holiday. Maybe you barbecued with your family. Maybe you went for a walk with your love. Maybe you had a bad day. Maybe you can't remember a better day.

No matter what this Memorial Day has held for you... Remember.

Right wing. Left wing. Somewhere in the middle. Remember the men & women who died while bravely serving you and your country.

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell

This is Day 97 of 100 Days of Blogging.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

What did you do with YOUR Saturday night?!

Also, what did you do with your Sunday? I started playing with photoshop, so maybe you'll be seeing some fancier looking photos coming your way :)

This is Day 96 of 100 Days of Blogging.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What a wonderful Saturday this has been so far...

This morning I went to Warm Flow at Charleston Community Yoga with two of my loveliest lady friends. Our teacher was a sub - totally different flow than a normal Saturday, but I laughed out loud at Melanie's witty remarks. Yoga doesn't have to be so serious!

Then I went around town to Target and Trader Joe's. And, upon getting home, the sweet sound of live jazz was filling the block. Piano + Saxophone. The best soundtrack to Saturday cleaning. Now my house smells like lemon + lavender and has fresh flowers about it.

(PS. See that "vase"? We're going to be using these vintage blue Ball mason jars to decorate for our wedding! Just testing one out...)

I read a lot about my new job at lulu. I learned a lot about the company. I'm so excited to get started!

Now, I'm waiting for my love to get off work, so we can get pumped for tonight's Go Glow Run! Nothing like 3 miles of walking/running around in dark while you and your friends wear glow sticks. Right?

Oh hey - we saw The Great Gatsby last night. It was good. Not great. I think my expectations were too high for the film, but the soundtrack is awesome!

What are you doing on this lovely weekend?

This is Day 95 out of 100 Days of Blogging.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I recently accepted a position working for lululemon athletica on King Street. It was a really difficult decision to leave the team I am currently working with, but I am thrilled about this opportunity - to be able to work for a company that is passionate about community and health both worldwide and locally.

The more people I tell at my current job, the more I feel confident leaving a team that I have impacted. From tears to hugs of joy, I know that we have all truly been a support for one another - professionally & personally. And, when I tell them where I'm going, I love hearing them say, "Most perfect job for Erin, ever? Yes."

So, here's to new opportunities!

If you're in a period of transition, I hope you feel as excited and supported as I do. And, if you feel stuck where you are, then change it. Shake it up.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

This is Day 92 of 100 Days of Blogging.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I just got home from sunrise yoga with my love. And now I'm post-yoga baking some oatmeal cookies before work.

How lucky am I for these things? For a love that supports me and my health. For a home & bed to wake up in. For a studio & teacher that wakes up early to stretch my mind & body. For a kitchen full of food. For sweet baked treats to eat & share with those I love. For a job that pays my bills & pushes me to new challenges.

As I think upon these things, my heart breaks for Oklahoma and I pray for those who have lost so much this week.


This is Day 91 of 100 Days of Blogging.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

It's amazing to me the wisdom and freedom God will provide you with when you ask.

I recently had a big decision to make. And, well, I literally could not make it. I was torn in two pieces over some pro/con lists. So, I prayed for a sign - some way to know I was making the right decision.

And it came - in the form of a blog post I read.

(Clearly, God knows how to get my attention.)

At the end of the post, it reads, "What big, scary and audacious things are you getting up to this year?" And, as soon as I read it, I knew that was my answer. My surprisingly bold sign.

This is Day 89 of 100 Days of Blogging.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Today is Mother's Day. I'm not a mother, so I'm no expert on the matter, but I do have a mother, so I suppose I'm allowed some say on the holiday.

My relationship with my mother hasn't always been what it is now. (The now being one of my closest friends and confidantes.)  She had to overcome a lot of her own struggles before she could help us overcome any of our own. There were times when I thought I hated her. (Using the "h word" is the quickest way to break a mother's heart.) There were times when I thought she was magical creature sent to make life easy. (Something akin to unicorn, but in a practical, opposable thumbs sort of way.) Growing up, well... It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I mean, really, we have we been through some stuff. (Together, of course, because that's how mothers and daughters go through things.) Happiness. Tears. Stress. Graduations. Loves. Lost loves. New loves. Rants. Responsibility. Traumas. Death. You name it. We've seen and/or lived it.

I realized today that I can't yet fathom what any of those things feel like as mother. It's an intense concern, love and binding that I haven't yet experienced. But, the more I love my fiancé and the more I understand what that love means, the more I understand all of the decisions and choices my mother made in the past - for herself, for her husband, for her family.

This morning, I was reading Proverbs 31 and it made me realize even more how much my mom has done and continues to do for her family and the people she meets. Being a wife and mother is the most important and difficult job that you can take on in life!

Today, let us celebrate those brave and wonderful women who raised us! Their love for us knows no bounds.

To my mom - I love you oh so well. And I am oh so glad to have learned life & love from you. I hope I am able to impact this world even half as much as you have.

"Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." (Proverbs 31)

Today is Day 81 of 100 Days of Blogging.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I am ready to revert back to my goal setting ways. To-do lists & whatnot. I don't want to make it stressful for
myself, but I don't feel like I am achieving what I wish to be achieving - professionally or personally. I'm making strides. I'm certainly being productive. But, recently, I've had one of those moments... a wake up call... that says "Hey you! You are not where you'd like to be." So, let's change it. I have control over what I do, where I go, who I affect, how I feel. I just need to take the reins again.

Also, I've been trolling the interwebs for good words and ideas to motivate myself (and maybe you, too!). I read a billion blog posts to pull out the best ones to share. Here are the ones that have touched me recently:

"So tonight I lay on the beach. And as I watched the sun slip below the horizon I realized that tomorrow is another day. I may not have been getting it all right lately, but if I’m going to get to where I want to be, that has got to be okay." Such good, true, freeing words from the wunder year.

Minimize. Stop collecting things in your life that you don't need. (Physical or otherwise.) Also, just read this whole blog. 

Dear Moms in My Life, You know I love you because I will be making you this dish on Mother's Day. Love has no greater gift than cheese + carbs.

I love Elise. I love her honesty. I love her California life. I love her green thumb. I cannot obtain a west coast life style at the moment, but maybe I can keep my plants alive with this post on raising indoor plants.

And last, but certainly not least,

Drink more water. For everything you've ever wanted to be healthier or better about your life. Here are 50 + Ways to kick up your H20. (My tip: get a bottle, tervis, cup that you just love. I drink more water because my tumbler has funny little goldfish.)

Time to start my day, friends. Thanks for reading. xo.

This is Day 77 of 100 Days of Blogging.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

“It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.” Donald Miller

Monday, May 06, 2013