Feb 272017

I remember when I used to stay up until late into the night or get up at the crack of dawn to experience a piece of my childhood and unofficial family tradition – watching the Oscars, of course!πŸ‘πŸ½

Now, I am less keen or disciplined about it, but I still love it. Luckily, the times seem to fit better this year, so I did not have to get up at a strange time. 

In previous years I was at work with The NY Times live feed up on my computer so that I could follow who was winning in real time and scrolling through the red carpet photos to judge who people are wearing and how they look. 😜 This year, I am feeling more like I would at home and am sitting comfortably on the sofa with my teddy bear blanket (childhood relic) and feeling a bit of home with my kitty cats nearby. 😁

Sadly, though, I have not yet seen many of the movies that are up for the awards due to lack of time or availability here. Therefore, I think upcoming weekends now are going to be trying to catch up with streaming or perhaps our TV provider will start to play them now that the awards have been shown….

So, I cannot comment on the films themselves, but am still enjoying the show!

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 08:26
Feb 262017

Time is passing so quickly and slowly life is beginning to feel ‘normal’ again. I get this sense on our weekends.

This weekend passed by so quickly and yet I had a sense of fun and relaxation for which I am grateful. Also, I seem to have gotten out of my exhaustion phase with renewed energy. Perhaps it is the Juice Plus+ or perhaps it is just life turning into a normal way of going or a combination?

Despite my having a few classes for yoga, we were still able to enjoy the afternoons/evenings. Even though we were pretty active, I did not feel that tired this morning when I woke up. As Sundays are generally for recovering, I set aside tomorrow morning instead since today got full. However, I still feel energetic, so I am taking advantage of that.

We were in Dubai yesterday for a bit and got to catch up with D, so that was nice. 

So overall, the days are going by rather well and I am ever grateful!

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 15:26
Feb 252017

Well…I had high hopes for this week kicking me back into gym gear, but I really was not motivated and my body kept putting me right back to sleep when the alarm would go off. πŸ˜›

The beginning of the week was really just physical recovery after such a full weekend of training. By mid-week, I thought that I was getting my energy back, but it was just enough to do my yoga classes. There was some thought that perhaps the early weekend would get me back on the horse again, but my body keeps saying to sleep and rest. So, for this week the yoga will have to be sufficient. Really really going to try to get myself back to normal starting on Sunday! πŸ˜€

Feb 19 Sunday

  • Sunday Wellness Yoga class

Feb 21 Tuesday

  • Tuesday Wellness Yoga class

Feb 23 Thursday

  • 30′ home yoga practice
  • Private Yoga session

Feb 24 Friday

  • Friday Wellness Yoga class

Feb 25 Saturday

  • Private Yoga session

That’s a lot of yoga….!

~T πŸ˜€

Feb 242017

A friend of mine sent me a link to an episode from this podcast and I found it very interesting. Therefore, I started to listen to it more and subscribed. I find the topics of Yogabody and Lucas Rockwood to be fascinating from the perspectives of yoga, health – mental, physical and emotional and humanity. Lucas has a very different view of the world, which intrigues me because he seems to really be doing well while staying true to his beliefs.

It is cool when people can live life according to how they feel is best and then also have the courage to share it. 

Technology has greatly enhanced our ability to open the world up to individuals. Whenever I feel as if no one else thinks like me or could possibly understand what I am talking about in all my randomness, I come across podcasts like this and feel relief. 

This podcast is probably not for those who do not care about yoga or health. It may also scare the uninitiated in this way of life, but I think if you’re open or considering taking up yoga and finding a healthier lifestyle, this podcast offers great varied perspectives.

~T πŸ˜€

Feb 232017

Now that I have been able to write fairly consistently for the past three months on the blog (just a few blips in the calendar), I have decided that I need to work on bringing my focus to writing for publications that might generate some income.

This week has taught me that I do actually have time or can carve out the time more regularly to ensure that I write. However, one of the ways that I can do this is to also combine my blog writing time with some of my ‘creative’ writing.

Therefore, I have decided to now incorporate writing on The Universal Asian blog again. It has been just nearly two years since I last posted there – taking a bit of a break and refocusing on what I want to use that space for. Now, with my NYRs in place still regarding my idea of using this ‘brand name’ for the Kindle books I would like to publish, I think that it will be prudent to start writing some of the chapters/stories on the blog. Then, when I feel as if I have enough or perhaps get the feedback I need, I can consolidate them into a small e-book for selling. It sounds like a reasonable plan, now just need to put it into action.

In any case, the plan is to start with a posting once or twice a week on the TUA site whilst maintaining my consistency here. It may turn out that I use this space for a bit of a mental dump/fodder before being able to publish something on the other. However, I know the few readers I have here will (hopefully?) not mind. You’ll get a view into my writer’s brain perhaps – scared yet?! πŸ˜‰

So, that is an exciting decision – or at least to me! Stay tuned for the first coming installments on TUA. πŸ˜€

~T πŸ˜€

Feb 222017

When you finally get time on your own it is fascinating to explore the wanderings of the mind. Now that my physical exhaustion is dissipating (still did not quite make it to the gym this morning, but did do yoga last night), my mind is starting to snap, crackle and pop again letting the electrodes create synapses in my brain.

My contemplation this morning was on making decisions that greatly alter the course of our lives. 

Despite the first eight years of my life, I have had a fairly smooth path. While it may not have been the road more travelled on the way there (to 8yrs old me), once I got there, the road was pretty smooth and felt like any other life of a ‘simple farm’ girl. I continued to follow the more travelled road or more desired to be travelled road until it came time for me to truly make my own decisions.

Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken has been used to celebrate or even encourage that we take the roads less travelled by the ‘norm’. We have touted it as being daring or taking a risk to forge ahead in less comfortable ways. It is true, this indeed does make “all the difference” in how to look at life, how we live life, how we reflect on life. 

Yet, what if we were to look at his poem as a warning emphasizing “I shall be telling this with a sigh…”. His looking back “somewhere ages and ages hence:…” might be considered a bit of regret that he did not take the easier more travelled path. Perhaps there truly is nothing wrong with following where others have already led and allowing ourselves to take it easy. 

While we can argue both sides to this on many levels; thus making it such a fantastic poem, I go back to my own current wanderings.

While for some, it may seem “living the dream” by taking the “road less travelled by”, to others it may seem silly – for what is wrong with an easier way – in the end that is what we all want, isn’t it?

In any case, I have a writer’s dream which to most would be considered the less travelled by road. However, I also like stability and security especially when it comes to finances, lifestyle, etc. So, there is this constant dilemma and argument inside my head. Therefore, I ponder and in many ways envy those who are content with the regular day-to-day of getting up, going to work, coming home, sleeping and repeating each day. Those who are truly satisfied with this way of life are a little bit of a role model to me lately.

But then, the dreamer in me returns….

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 09:48
Feb 212017

Today I realized it has now been about 10 days since I went to the gym or felt as if life was ‘normal’. 😳 It is quite amazing how easily life can become unbalanced in just the smallest of ways yet enough to tip the scales. βš–οΈ

I imagine my exhaustion both physically and mentally is also a long-term result from various sources.

Usually, I do notice that I cannot do any physical practice until mid-week after a yoga training weekend, so this is about on par for the norm. However, not getting to the gym and wanting to hibernate is probably also related to our grey skies lately….🌬

In any case, I do feel as if I am finding my feet again back on the ground. Having a few days of just a couple of outside activities has helped. I have cancelled most extra curricular activities that are not related to tutoring or yoga. So, am hoping that by the end of the week I can get myself back to normal. I may even try to get myself to the gym tomorrow – key being ‘try’!

Anyway, deep breaths and an open mind are definitely helping to clear the clouds from my head if not with the weather! πŸ’¨πŸŒ«

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 13:51
Feb 202017

It had been just about a year since I last had anything done to my hair, which was for our AD wedding. πŸ™€

Although I have been trying hard not to spend money on frivolous things too much, a girl still has to take care of herself, right?! 😜 So, my nail appointments are definitely less frequent, massages have gone by the wayside, and well, it was nearly a year since I went to the hair salon.

However, I think my husband got tired of me whining about my hair color, the frizzy splitting ends and overall dissatisfaction with my aging looks lately. So, when I asked if I could splurge for a V-day gift, he replied with “Just make an appointment, baby!” 😍😍

Yesterday was the big day πŸ’‡πŸ½ and I am sooooo pleased with it! I did not need to do any treatment to it once my hair dresser cut off 1 inch and did a nice blending highlight coloring. The perm is still there, but with the layers he also added, everything looks good again. πŸ˜…

While I will never be able to recreate what he did (in the pic above), I am enjoying the softer feel, lighter bounce and general sense of a bit of freshness again. M even said that it may make me look younger – music to my ears!!! 🀣

So, sometimes a girl just has to chuck it in and do what it takes to feel and look good. #noguilt ! πŸ˜†

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 12:34
Feb 192017

It was training weekend 2 for the 200hr YTTC and I am physically exhausted.😴😴 So much so that my mind can hardly feel tired because the body is too busy dominating that area. πŸ˜‰

This time I ended up teaching for about 8 hours of the 24hr weekend. 

It was great overall and it reminds me of my love for teaching itself when the students are keen and the subject is interesting. Therefore, it was a good start to a future of conducting teacher trainings. Initially, I will try to continue with my current teacher and begin to plan future trainings with her here in AD as well as possibly other locations. Eventually, I can consider having my own school based on what I am learning now. So, that is exciting!πŸ™πŸ½

For now, though, I am quite tired from the amount of yoga that we did. Normally, Sundays are my recovery days, but today turned out to be not quite as planned. Therefore, tomorrow will be a quiet morning at least….πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

At the moment, this is all I got. πŸ˜“

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 15:04
Feb 182017

Well…this week was a day of rest. My Resting post earlier in the week explains what has happened, but basically, I had a week off from the early-morning gym visits as well as my MRTTAD walk.

However, I was not physically idle – or at least not that much….

Feb 12 Sunday

  • Sunday Wellness Yoga class 2/6

Feb 13 Monday:  From home

  • 25 floor leg lifts
  • 20 bicycle kicks
  • 8 floor to boat ups

Feb 14 Tuesday

  • Tuesday Wellness Yoga class 2/6

Feb 15 Wednesday

  • Golf with AWN ladies
  • Yoga session (teaching)

Feb 16-18

  • Full days of the yoga teacher training weekend 2
  • Friday AM yoga session (teaching)