Skip to main content

Meditation & Journal Challenges

On June 1st, I started a Daily Ritual. Of the four items, I've been most consistent on the Blog, only missing 2 days. Yoga is a close second, but with all this travel I need to add more time on the mat. The two new items, Journal and Meditate, are the tough ones. Who would have thought coming up with 10 new ideas would be a challenge and on the other hand, keeping focused for 15 minutes would be one of the most challenging times in the day. I'm definitely getting a brain workout, which was one of the goals of this Daily Ritual.

A few weeks in, I backed off on the journal from 10 new ideas to just listing how I'm feeling mentally and physically and a few thoughts about the upcoming day. It's no excuse, but I forgot my journal on a recent trip and stopped all together. I'm going to get back to health, attitude, and gratitude starting tomorrow. I find it helpful to take the time to make an assessment before jumping into the day.

On the meditation front, I've finished 2 blocks (60 days) in the Headspace app, but haven't started the 3rd. Some days, I did it at the end of the day and fell asleep. Some mornings, I was so antsy that I couldn't make it through the full 15 minutes without getting up and moving around as the session finished. I'm sure I'll improve with practice. The 2nd block (30 days) was on Stress. Coincidence or not, the last month has been extremely stressful with work and travel. The 3rd block I'll start tomorrow is on Happiness. If logic holds, the next 30 days will be extremely happy.


Popular posts from this blog

Penguin Allergy

I had an interesting visit to the allergy doctor yesterday. It appears that the only way I can be allergy free is move to Antarctica, continue to avoid celery, and just in case I have a penguin allergy - don't get a pet.  I guess I could test that theory with a quick trip to the zoo.

Word has it, that this spring and summer are horrible for allergies here in Utah.  A dry winter, strong winds, little rain, and who knows what else have affected almost anyone you meet.  Until I ran into the food allergy issues last year, I didn't think I had allergies to anything.  After yesterday, I'll have to plan an extra 30 minutes whenever I fill out a medical form.  I'm new to the allergy thing and have many friends that have lived with it their entire lives and get shots to manage - I'm realizing it's a real pain.  So, here's a recap of how I ended up worrying about penguin allergies.

I came home from Malaysia in November with a nasty head cold, exacerbated by the plane…

Local Training Roads

After three great days of riding at CampoVelo Weekend, I was ready to get serious about spring training back in Utah. With no weekend trips and only two work trips in the last two months, I could take advantage of our amazing local roads. Even better, I'm doing it on a new bike! I've been looking for the last few years, but finally pulled the trigger on a dreamy Pinarello Dogma F8.

I take our local roads for granted, concentrating on intervals or chatting with friends rather than taking photos. We have some of the best training roads in the world, as many pros and others have discovered. It's been great to see so many people out this spring enjoying our not-so-little secret.

Women's Cycling Kit Review

I have a hard time turning down a new cycling kit, especially if it represents and supports women's cycling. In addition to riding in the best gear out there, I can proudly display my support and jumpstart a conversation or two about women's cycling.

Over the winter, I've added a 2013 Specialized-lululemon, 2013 Vanderkitten, and 2014 Women's Cycling Association (WCA) kit to the collection. I'm still waiting on the WCA kit, but the others have had some saddle time and will have plenty more.

My local cycling team is primarily sponsored by Skullcandy and the kits are made by Utah company DNA Cycling which also provides team sponsorship. While our cycling team isn't women's specific, I'm very proud we are associated with DNA as they support our local pro women's team DNA Cycling pb K4. (Just one of many kits on my wish list) 
Let's start with the facts. I'm 6 feet tall and for my height, have long femurs and even longer torso. When not wearing…