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Little steps, good vibes

5 Jan

I will be the first to admit that I have a tendency to turn molehills into mountains. I know I worry about things other people wouldn’t bat an eye at and I know I lock up my troubles and fears until I’m at a breaking point.

This year I want to change that. I want to be more relaxed, to go with the flow, to let go of the little things. I read somewhere a quote about additude, it was about constantly choosing happiness, positivity and to be a positive force of good in the world, so that’s what I’m trying to do.

I figured the best way to change my outlook on the world was to first start with the outlook I have on myself. Good things in, good things out, right?!

Every morning I start my day with a big glass of water with breakfast. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s not worth it to drink my calories and they say that a glass of water first thing in the morning helps to wake you up and jump start your metabolism. Sometimes for fun, I’ll add one drop (you really don’t need a lot!) of peppermint essential oil for a refreshing taste.

My drive to work used to stress me out also; it’s a new drive with more time spent on the expressway. And once at work, it’s trying to learn new processes and procedures, learning the ins and outs of a new work and team environment and trying to find where I fit on the already established team. I had no idea how draining that would leave me feeling at the end of the day. So to counterbalance both of those, I found a local christian raido station. The music fills my soul and recharges my batteries. I feel empowered to take on the world, or at least my little piece of the world that is.

Finally, my sleep schedule has been suffering lately and I realized it’s because I stopped exercising during the busy holiday season. But no more  excuses of being too tired after work, my waistline can’t keep expanding! One of my favorite workouts is the at home walking workouts by Leslie Sansone. I was so excited to find this 5K walk with a power boost on YouTube. I’ve used this workout twice now and it really gets your heart pumping, which for me allows for a more restful night’s sleep, allowing me to wake up in a better mood and more likely to make better choices through the day.

I’m hoping that as the days and weeks progress, these little things will become part of my natural routine and that I’ll be able to add more positive habits into my daily life.

What steps do you take to have a better day, life and outlook on the world? I’m still early on my journey and would love to know what’s worked for you!


Monday night piano concert

14 Dec

How are you spending your Monday night? At the moment I am enjoying my own personal piano concert on Periscope played by Mr. Gijs van Winkelhof.

I love listening to his scopes, you never know where the music will take you. For example, he started with Carol of the Bells, transitioned into some Disney songs, White Christmas, and currently we are being serenaded with Star Wars. And I don’t know how he does it, but the songs all transition so seamlessly into each other.

What is even more amazing to me is the fact that he takes requests from those watching the scope and they determine most of the songs he plays! He has no music in front of him, plays them all from memory. And a few weeks ago I learned during one of his broadcasts that he taught himself to play when he was younger – never had a lesson!

NOW HE’S PLAYING HELLO BY ADELE – IS THERE ANYTHING HE DOESN’T KNOW?! This is lovely to listen to. So peaceful and relaxing.

I absolutely love piano music, and there’s something so magical about listening to an artist play live halfway across the world. If you couldn’t tell by his name, Gijs lives in Holland. And that brings me to something else that is truly wonderful, had it not been for Periscope and technology, I would have no idea he exists or how gifted he is on the piano. It’s amazing to know there are people out there who are willing to share their gifts and talents with perfect strangers in different countries.

I could listen to him play all evening, and on a few separate occasions I have done just that. He took my request to play At Last I see the Light”  from Disney’s Tangled! Stunning, just stunning!! And now music from The Haunted Mansion, music from my attraction when I was a Cast Member – this music will forever have a special place in my heart!! HE EVEN MANAGED TO MAKE IT SOUND SPOOKY!!!

For me piano music is an escape, I’m quickly transported into the music. Stress and worry from the day melt away and I find I am lost in the melody and harmony of the tunes.

And after an hour of playing, he’s finishing with a song he wrote himself. Just lovely!

*This post has taken me all evening to write as I found myself swept up in the moment listening to the soothing piano sounds. Do you have something that makes you stop what you’re doing so you can fully submerge yourself in the beauty and wonder of what you are experiencing? And do you know of any other musicians I should follow on Periscope?!

Wordless Wednesday – 1/16/13

16 Jan

The best part about winter  running…