January 8, 2012

Gaiam Guided Meditations

One of my favorite websites, Gaiam, is a plethora of wellness resources.  Articles, clothing, health and beauty, dvds, music, home decor, gifts, furniture, cleaning products, everything under the sun for sustainable living, alternative healthcare, healing, and personal development.

I especially enjoy reading the Gaiam Life section with their tips and all the articles on fitness, mind and body health, happiness, relaxation solutions, and anything that inspires me to be better.

Gaiam has this secret meditation area on their website (not so secret, because they tell you where to find it...) If you click on their home page... here....  and after a moment looking at the slideshow with beautiful pictures and inspiring quotes...

You'll see the Gaiam logo in the lower right hand corner....click on it...and it will open up the Gaiam Life Meditation Rooms...Forest Room, Space Room, Winter Room, Water Room, Zen Room, Floral Room....each room has sounds and images to capture your mind and soul.  Like a sound machine from your computer - if only for a few moments during the day of some peaceful relaxation and harmony. The music and images repeat over and over and are hypnotic and rhythmic.  (P.S. The Winter Room is my favorite...which one is yours?)

Images above via Gaiam.

January 7, 2012

100 Ways to Be Elegant

This post is courtesy of "Live The Charmed Life".  I enjoyed reading this list so much that I couldn't even bear to make my own, or change it in any way.  I enjoy reading Live The Charmed Life blog so much and hope you'll venture over there to take a gander at a post here or there that might inspire you.  Such as this one on 100 ways to uncomplicate your life.  Who doesn't need a little simpler living advice! Thank you, author DeeAnne White, for your inspiration, motivation, thoughtfulness, and teaching this Lady to live more mindfully, more elegantly, and hopefully more authentically in 2012.

DeeAnne's list is here:

100 Ways to Be Elegant ~ DeeAnne White

1. Send thank you notes
2. Practice good posture
3. Speak more softly
4. Listen without interrupting
5. Wear solid colours
6. Ignore fads, or use them sparingly
7. Have a signature wine that you serve at home
8. Wear only 2-3 accessories
9. Have impeccable manners
10. Read on a variety of topics
11. Maintain a budget
12. Study the arts
13. Have one signature perfume/cologne
14. Show restraint in expressing anger
15. Learn the art of conversation
16. Learn French
17. Wear a trench coat
18. Learn how to wear a scarf
19. Wear a tuxedo when one is called for
20. Practice quality over quantity
21. Don’t yell or scream
22. Learn to dance the waltz
23. Have one fabulous signature meal you serve guests
24. Remember birthdays
25. Go on picnics
26. Wear dresses/suits more often, and on dates
27. Simplify your life, your home and your calendar
28. Wear pearls
29. Open the door for ladies
30. Let him open the door for you
31. Remember that it’s more important to be kind than to be right
32. Serve coffee or tea after meals
33. Arrive exactly on time
34. Don’t complain
35. Dress to travel
36. Be well travelled
37. Don’t wear black shoes between Memorial Day and Labor Day
38. Keep your home clean and uncluttered
39. Put a book they might enjoy, and a small pitcher of water and a glass on guest room nightstands when guests stay over
40. Learn how to host a small dinner party
41. Have one subdued solid colour scheme throughout your home, use accessories to add colour
42. Learn how to make a martini
43. Learn how to tie both a regular tie and a bow tie (whether you’re a man or a woman)
44. Be a lady or a gentleman at work, especially when delivering a difficult message or when tempers flare
45. Wear lovely/handsome hats
46. Don’t point out the mistakes of others
47. Wait your turn patiently
48. Don’t curse
49. Chew each bite 20 times
50. Sip your drink
51. Learn proper etiquette for all situations
52. Accept compliments graciously
53. Be quietly self confident
54. Don’t boast
55. Be respectful of others
56. Have fresh flowers in your home
57. Write a letter rather than send an email to those you love
58. Keep your nails well manicured
59. Maintain your shoes and clothing
60. Don’t ever lose your joie de vivre
61. Be well groomed
62. Remember that money does not equal elegance, nor is it necessary to be elegant
63. Wear less make-up
64. Wear well-fitting clothes
65. Spray lavender on your sheets
66. Be positive
67. Learn to politely say no
68. Be concerned with others feeling comfortable
69. Maintain good health
70. Don’t overindulge
71. Hold yourself to high standards
72. Turn your mobile off at dinner
73. Wear simple, classic hairstyles
74. Think before you speak or act. Ask yourself, can anything good come from this?
75. Apoligise sincerely
76. Have integrity
77. Don’t speak ill of others or gossip
78. Always take a gift to your host/hostess
79. Tie a scarf on your handbag
80. Take a clutch in the evening
81. Wear well fitting jeans with either a long sleeve white shirt or solid sweater for more casual events
82. Only wear sneakers for exercise
83. Use white sheets, white towels, white dishes
84. Be sure your clothes are ironed
85. Your car’s horn should say “pardon me, but do you see me?”, rather than “get out of my way!”
86. Overdo empathy
87. Light candles in your home
88. Go for walks in the park on Sunday
89. Give others sincere compliments
90. Understand your own worth
91. Learn how to open a bottle of champagne
92. Dress appropriately for the occasion
93. Do small favours for others
94. Say please and thank you
95. Take the time to stop and listen to others, especially children
96. Take responsibility for yourself and your own happiness
97. Keep a journal
98. Give thoughtful gifts, rather than expensive ones
99. Less is more
100. Savour the moment

Photo via here.

January 5, 2012

A Year From Now

A new year.

What is it about January that does this every year. Maybe it's about fitness, maybe it's about a home project, maybe it's about self improvement....but there is just something about January that ignites this flame within all of us and wipes the slate clean of the years past. It shouldn't be just confined to the month of January. I wish this empowerment would happen year round. Don't let it die out because it's a resolution, or because it's the thing to do. Do it because you're sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Run more, laugh more, cook more fresh meals, smile more, get rid of old clothes, old memories holding you down, take vitamins, try something - anything - new and out of the ordinary than what you're used to.

As for me, I think a change would do me good.

Some of my to do's include:

1) More yoga...more meditation
2) More organic...more protein..
3) Remembering to take my fish oil, flax seed & multivitamins
4) More h20, more tea (thanks to my friend Beth ~ I'm newly in love with Tazo Passion...)
5) Read more...on my list so far....

6) Less use of my Mastercard
7) More sleep
8) Less television
9) More visits with my grandmother
10) Less use of "omg" and better use of my extended vocabulary

Pictures above via wikipedia and google.

January 2, 2012


"Fresh starts thanks to the calendar they happen every year. Just set your watch to January, our reward for surviving the holiday season. Bringing on the great tradition of new years resolutions, put your past behind you and start over. It’s hard to resist the chance for a new beginning, a chance to put the problems of last year to bed....Who gets to determine when the old ends and the new begins? It’s not on the calendar, it’s not a birthday, it’s not a new year. It’s an event, big or small, something that changes us. Ideally, that gives us hope, a new way of living and looking at the world, a way of letting go of old habits, old memories. What's important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning, but it's also important to remember that, amid all the crap, there are a few things worth holding on to."
Meredith, Grey's Anatomy

Above picture via TinyWhiteDaises