1. Yesterday was the last day of my juice cleanse (phew, I made it through again!) as well as yoga at work day (for the record, I LOVE yoga at work day). Because of the small amount of calories ingested during a cleanse it's safe to say one does not have a ton of extra energy during the 3 day period and thus should be mindful of over exertion during exercise. To be blunt, by day 3 you are not at post-hockey-power-play "full strength". I prefaced the practice by telling our instructor "Linds, I'm probably gonna half ass it today, it's day 3 of my cleanse and I don't know that I'll have much strength." She completely understood and encouraged me to find a resting child's pose whenever necessary during the flow. So, I pretty much went in with the mindset that I'd be having to do that a lot.
But then something awesome happened.
At the start of the practice Lindsay guides us through a breathing exercise to set an intention. With my hands, open palmed, pressed to my heart I dedicated the practice to a dear friends health. I breathed in deeply setting an intention of wellness and strength and healing for him....I envisioned him thriving and glowing and with white light pouring into his body. And you know what? I didn't falter, or have to take an uninstructed child's pose, for the entire practice. I felt bendy. I felt stretched. I felt strong. I allowed Lindsey to push me further into my poses and I never once felt weak or tired. Setting an intention and a dedication for someone I super care about was exactly the motivation I needed to make the most of the practice. The icing on the cake? I received good news about this person this morning and for that, I am most grateful today.
2. The woman at Starbucks who gushed over my new scarf from Marine Layer. Why don't more folks, especially women, vocalize compliments and kind words like this more often? Doesn't it feel amazing when a stranger takes a moment to reach out and make that connection? My friends and I talk about this a lot and have since made it a point to compliment others often; it's one of the fastest, easiest ways to spread a bit of cheer. I'm also grateful for the barristas who know me by name and have huge smiles for me when I order :) I know this is also a sign of me drinking/spending too much money on Starbucks, but I don't really mind. Being a "local" is one of the best feelings in my rolling stone soul.
3. The bank teller who gushed over my basic white nail polish manicure, despite it being slightly grown out already. How sweet is that? Girlfriend and I chatted it up like old sorority sisters! I appreciate her making my morning errands just a little more sunny.
4. Brooke's stellar cooking skills. This dinner and dessert combo was AWESOME. I cleaned my plate of both (humming and basically dancing in my chair with happy tummy-ness) and am really thankful for her taking the time to make such a delicious meal for me. Here's the fish recipe she used, which I can't recommend highly enough.
5. The sun is shining here in San Francisco, despite the rainy forecast.
6. I'm hosting a girls night at Heritage Row this evening with some of my favorite ladies on the planet (as well as some of their favorite ladies). Don't you love it when friendship worlds collide? Particularly over wine, snacks and clothes? Blog post tomorrow for sure :)
7. And finally, I have an old friend coming into town tomorrow to spend the weekend with me; a blast from the past of my teenage days that I can't wait to catch up and explore the Bay Area with. I'm so flattered he's willing to make the trek out to see me and I just know it's going to be a super time!
Life is busy and beautiful. I am full of love and light.
My cup runneth over,