Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Getting in on the ground floor.

A few days ago I responded to a salon coordinator position in the hopes of picking up a few hours there once things slow down at my current location. I had a nice chat with one of the co-owners today, and it looks like if things work out I'd be getting in on the ground floor of a completely new salon. They're going to have an aromatherapy bar (which is very cool), organic and some vegan hair products, and the fact that I am an MT was very appealing. They don't currently have a space for such things, but as things expand, well. There are possibilities.

The salon isn't opening until April, which would be around the right time. As in, right around when I start getting desperate for funds.

I'll keep you posted, but it sounds like a great opportunity and I am looking forward to meeting with everyone and seeing what's what. I love where I am now, and I don't want to look for a second job. But my heating bill is $200 this month and I'm going to need to feed my eating habit. So, there you are.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend!

Today is my Sunday. Even though it's Monday. But for me it's a non-work day and that's what matters. The last two weeks were 12 days straight of work. Which is good for my pay checks but boy did it wipe me out. So, I am very thankful for yesterday and today having nothing going on. I've been able to just chill out at home and putter. The car hasn't moved in two days and frankly I'm grateful for the break.

I spent this morning sending out resumes to a few places. I got word this past Saturday that starting the second week in March or so we'll be going back to our pre-ski schedule. Which means I'm down to four days a week and can expect a much slower booking rate.

Which means PANIC.

So, I'm hoping to pick up some part time work somewhere. Actually, I WILL pick up some part time work. Somewhere. Let's send out positive energy, right?

I was going to walk down to the post office this afternoon, but it's snowing out and it would require me putting on something other than pajamas so I don't think it's going to happen. Plus, it'll just be bills and they can wait one more day.

I think I'll take this time to organize my recipe stash. I have a few magazines that need to be cut up and appropriately organized in my recipe binder. It's a good thing to do while watching the Food Network while settled onto my couch with a cuppa.

Good "Sunday" afternoon!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

It's Official.

The travel bug has bitten me, and I've got the itch. Big time.

I'm dreaming of Ireland. Those green rolling hills and the ancient history and magic that dwells within those old stones... the pubs warm and smoky and filled with music of a rainy night... handsome Irish rogues with lilting Irish brogues...

... maybe I should stop reading so much Nora Roberts.

Sigh.

Time to start saving my pennies!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Stuff.

1. Downton Abbey Season 3 finale last night. W. T. F?!?!?!?! That's all I'm going to say on the matter lest I give any more away to those who haven't seen in yet. But holy moly I think this is the first time millions of people joined together to yell at the screen... and it was tuned to PBS.

2. Still eating veg and am very happy with it. After so long eating that way, it's kinda like coming home. It's comfort food to me. At this point in my life, however, I've learned that I do best if I avoid descriptive labels when it comes to food. I get too caught up when it comes to the rules of eating a certain way. So I am still trying to stick to healthy, whole foods. Local if possible, organic if possible, giving myself a break when neither is. One can always do better, but then one can always do worse. If you keep yourself pointed in the right direction and keep putting one foot in front of the other, slowly but surely one does better by default. Just don't trip over that rock.

3. Still loving yoga, still having a hard time doing the at-home practice, although not as badly as before. Last week I ended up doing a half hour of restorative poses. Which basically means you get in a yoga position and keep yourself there for a long time with the use of pillows and blankets and what not. It's basically floor poses, and they are very gentle and meant to allow for deep relaxation. Hey! It counts.

4. Work has been busy the last few days and I am very grateful to have the chance to make some extra cash. Because the season will be over before too much longer and I will once again be up that creek without a paddle. But I'm trying not to dwell on that too much and trust that the right thing will come along and happen at the right time.

Well, I think that's all for the moment.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mo Money Mo Problems

Yeah... I don't know what that is.

Historically, money has never really stressed me out. I've always managed to live within my means, even if it meant a very simple, humble life. I was okay with it. I knew nothing else so it was a non-issue.

But up until now, even my tiny paychecks were consistent. I knew what I was going to make on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. That's all gone out the window. This is really the first time where I've had to struggle with a paycheck that could be fantastic one week and pitiful the next. At my last place of work, even though I was doing massage, it was busy enough so the paychecks were fairly consistent. Not here.

I am extremely worried about what will happen come spring. It is the norm in this profession to work at two or three different places. I struggle with this, as I come from a business background where you work at just one place, full-time. That is what I personally prefer to do, but I am learning that is not what my pocketbook prefers.

I won't be able to teach yoga until September or October at the earliest, which means I'll need to find somewhere else to work for late spring and summer. I could theoretically go back to my old place of work... they are always hiring and would take me back in an instant. But I have been warned by a couple of my friends who are still there NOT to come back. I take their advice seriously. I left for a reason, and it sounds as though I got out at the right time.

I am trying to let go and trust that the right thing will come along, but it is hard when I pay my credit card every month and the balance doesn't demonstrably go down. I guess I know where my tax return is going this year....

Monday, February 11, 2013

Yoga Teacher Training Month 2

This past weekend was our second yoga teacher training weekend. We ended up canceling the Friday evening class because we were all wimps about driving in through the storm. Yeah, we got nothing compared to the rest of New England, but it was still nasty enough that most of us didn't want to risk it. So we'll be making up those lost two hours over the course of the next several classes.

I think I've said before that these weekends are like retreats for me. Retreats that are easy to get to and I can sleep in my own bed every night. It is so wonderful being in a room full of like-minded people. With everyone sharing the same goal: immersing ourselves in Yoga so that we might share it with others. It's pretty nifty.

We got into Yoga Philosophy a bit yesterday. Part of the practice of yoga is yamas  and niyamas. Yamas are things you should not do to others, niyamas are things you should do for yourself. An example of a yama is not stealing, an example of niyama is connecting with your higher power. One of our homework assignments is to pick a yama or niyama and try to practice it for the next month. Not to say we shouldn't practice all of them, but pick one and really explore it.

The yama I chose (almost immediately as they were giving out the assignment) is Ahimsa, non-violence. I think I've talked about Ahimsa here and there over the years. Anyway. Ever since Whole30 I've been pretty exclusively vegetarian, and with this assignment I think I want to keep it up for the rest of the month. I have found eating like this again to be very fulfilling and comforting.

Ahimsa can be so many different interpretations of non-violence, and if I'm not careful I could drive myself nuts with this. But I think my overall goals will be to eat vegetarian and much as possible, and to just generally be nice to others and give them the benefit of the doubt. After all, we're all on this impossible journey together. We're all just trying to do the best we can with what we have.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Food and Yoga, but not Food While doing Yoga

Could you imagine trying to munch on a sandwich while doing Downdog? Messy messy!

Ever since that Whole30 thing I haven't been able to eat meat. Eggs and cheese seem okay, but anything with meat just turns me off. I made this lovely soup the other day and I had to put it in the freezer because of the chicken broth and turkey sausage in it. Just couldn't do it.

So I've been eating mostly vegetarian lately. Amy's California Burgers have never tasted so delectable to me. I am sure this will eventually wear off and I will once again find a little more balance between the two states. It is just fascinating to me how some people thrive on a meat-centric diet and other flounder on it. Not that any of us are more right than the other. It's knowing what's right for YOU that is important. We get so caught up in "eat this way, now eat that way, protein protein PROTEIN." People forget that they have to find what works for them, not what works for the people selling you the food.

It's also interesting how many people who go on the Whole30 discover food intolerances they never knew they had... dairy, gluten, corn, sugar. So many of these things end up in "foods" they should never be in, all for the sake of shelf-life and "taste". America has forgotten what real food is, and that's a shame. Our taste buds have been re-trained to the point where many of us can no longer enjoy vegetables straight from the garden, because they aren't full of sugar, salt and fat. It's a pity, and it's no wonder we're an over-weight nation.

Anyhoo...

Yeah, the yoga. I've been finding it very difficult to maintain my at-home practice, especially for the last week or two. I've been doing some thinking about that lately, because really there is no good reason for me not to unroll the mat and get my yoga on. In one of my reading assignments, there was a sentence akin to "yoga makes you look at all the things you don't want to look at." If forces you to see all the things that cause you to suffer. Because it is in facing them and letting them go that you eventually know Atman (soul, true self, the deity in you).

I think, frankly, one can only do so much confrontation of suffering in one go and I've reached my limit. Just as I manage to smooth it over to get on with my life, Yoga says "Nope! You don't smooth it over. You look at it and let it go. No smoothing over." So what do I do instead? I don't do my yoga. That'll show me.

Wait a tic...

Yeah, so that's where I am with that. We have another training weekend coming up starting Friday and I am psyched for it. This month's theme is "Movement as Meditation". I am all about that.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Girl's Night Out

Had a fabulous time this past Saturday night with myself and four of my closest belly dance buddies. Dinner and 80's night dancing.

SOOOOO needed.

Of course, one of us was taking the picture. There were raunchier ones on each side of this. We are so lucky the restaurant didn't kick us out...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Whole11

Yeah... not making it to Whole30. I'm okay with it.

It was driving me nuts. I didn't want to eat. Period. Which is just as bad as wanting to eat the not-so-good for you stuff. So last night I had some rice with dinner, and this morning I'm going to have some yogurt for breakfast.

I am trying to keep my portions reasonable (using the small plate), and I'm going to keep eating three meals a day. I want to try to include healthy fats and fruit/veg at every meal. I mean, I lost seven pounds in 11 days! WTF??? I'd like to lose another five, truth be told, but I don't know if it's possible.

This has taught me that I need far less food than I think I do, and I'm real good at making excuses for myself.

The upside is, I have a Girl's Night Out tomorrow with some of my belly dance gaias, and I will actually be able to enjoy myself!

Today, You are Ten

Well, as far as we know, anyway. We're not sure of your exact birthday, so we use your "Gotcha Day" instead. You've been...