Posts tagged Grateful
Can it really be Thanksgiving next week?! So hard to believe.
When Halloween rolled around this year I didn’t feel in the spirit and it freaked me out a bit. Over the past several years my holiday spirit has been waning. In fact, I actually have not one, but two posts titled, “Where are you Christmas?” here on the blog. First it started with Christmas and has slowly crept earlier and earlier. This was the first year that felt indifferent toward Halloween. It’s sad because it used to be my fave holiday. DH and I used to go all out for both Halloween and Christmas. Decorations both inside and out. It’s hard for me to even fathom doing any of that now. What’s the deal?
It’s not like I’m all bah humbug. It’s just that I’m indifferent. Don’t get me wrong, I want to feel that warmth and joy that supposedly comes with the holiday season. (Does that really exist or is it really one of those things we happen to think is better than it was after the fact….know what I mean?)
Things that make the holidays hard to grasp:
Away from family - While being away from family make the holidays easier to deal with, (No running from here to there) the season just feels…empty. Not that I want to be going to a million parties but with with absolutely none slated for our calendars the season really is anti-climatic.
Warm weather - The lack of cold or snow leaves me scratching my head, asking, “What month is it even?” Since we’ve moved to Phoenix I swear the “eternal summer”, as we like to call it, has made the months fly by.
Even though we lived through eternal summers in New Orleans we always went home to Ohio for the holidays. Even though it was different we still anticipated family time/cold, and kept us on some sort of “cycle”. Last year was our first year away for the holidays. While it didn’t feel like the holidays much last year it seems like this year it’s kicked up a notch.
No decorations - I spoke about this last year but we have no holiday decorations. We either sold them prior to our move or left them in Ohio. I can’t remember the last time we even had a tree. Last year my friends Heather and Will were so kind to send us new stockings to hang so we had something.
Grownup Christmas List - We all know that the holiday season shouldn’t be about gifts, but let’s face it, gifts tend to grab much of the focus of the season. Over the past several years I’ve really focused on reducing my wants and focusing on needs, so when my mom says, “What do you want for Christmas?” nothing really comes to mind. If anything, I have a grownup Christmas list: money for bills or to put towards travel.
Sure, when I walk into a mall I still see stuff that I “want” but most often that’s a knee jerk reaction. Once I think it through I realize those wants aren’t necessarily needed or even realistic. While it may sound totally stupid, with all of these thoughts going through my head (I want that, I don’t need that, but I want a different look, but that’s not realistic, not to mention I can’t afford it….you get the idea) going to the mall is a pretty stressful event for me. In fact, just last week with all the hustle and bustle and being surrounded by crazy consumerism my anxiety went through the roof and I had a near brush with a panic attack before getting myself in check.
Lack of Holiday Meals - I’m not saying vegans can’t enjoy holidays, but let’s be honest, the standard fare at holiday parties isn’t targeted to vegans. Of course no parties/get togethers for us means no need to dodge food….But that means I have to veganize on my own or go without. Considering I’m not a huge fan of cookimg I’m opting out. Truth: we created homemade pizzas last year on Christmas. That’s about as fancy as I get. I enjoy Christmas cookies so I’ll usually make a batch but that also means we have a ton o’ cookies to eat between ourselves.
While being thankful and spreading cheer is something that should be done throughout the year (and something I attempt to do) I really want to feel that “holiday cheer” that I’ve been lacking. How am I going nip this in the bud? Well, since I have yet to do it for the past several years I have absolutely no clue….but it’s worth a shot. Here are a few things I’m going to try…..
Get a Christmas Tree - It’s so wasteful but we’re going to get a miniature real tree. I’m opting for real so we don’t have to store an artificial one. It won’t have ornaments but we can get a small strand of lights. There’s nothing light watching a movie by the light of a lit tree.
Candles - Due to Jax’ asthma and the heat of Arizona we never have or use candles. However, DH picked up 2 very lightly scented candles today. Another way to make our house more cozy…or something.
Make our own traditions - We tried last year by going out to see Christmas lights and then a hike on Christmas. Let’s see if we can keep that up and add some more.
What else do you think we should try? Would love to hear!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
You know, I could actually plan out my blog posts, like I used to…something like every Friday write my “grateful” posts. But that never felt right and let’s be honest, that sort of planning actually works against my whole “Be Here Now” plan. I’m over it. I’m going to write what I want to write, when I want to write. For those that are regular readers I’m sure you’ve already picked up on this transition since I used to post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which is no longer happening.
Although I’ve always had control over my blog, (hello, I write it.) taking this thought and actually living it has felt empowering. I also have to say that my blogging voice is coming through much easier . My posts may not flow all that well (not that they ever did), but lately I’ve found that when I sit down to type there’s a much easier flow from my brains thoughts to keyboard.
So, with all that being said, it’s been several weeks since I’ve posted about things that I am grateful for I figured it’s time to share.
Mobile banking. Since we have direct deposit that last time we stopped at our bank was months ago. Direct deposit is awesome given that we bank with a credit union and there aren’t locations on every street corner. I recently received a check in the mail to be deposited but kept putting off depositing it because it wasn’t convenient to make my way over to our bank. However, I just happened to check if they offered mobile deposits, like Bank of America shows in their commercials, and sure enough they do! I simply downloaded the app, took a few photos, submitted, and within 24 hours the deposit was accepted. Now, I gotta admit, the whole thought is a bit scary but given that it’s not something I’d be doing regularly it’s a rad option to have.
Swanson Vitamins. After mobile banking and now reading this next one you may think I’m lazy. I swear, I’m not. It’s all about convenience! Coming from a small town I often had to order vegan products to avoid making hour-long trips to Whole Foods and such. Living in Phoenix has made things a lot easier, but heading to the store or mall drives me bonkers (can you believe D loves shopping way more than me?). So from clothes, food, and other odds and ends, I’m all about online shopping. The friendly folks at Swanson Vitamins contacted me and asked to see if I’d like to check out their products and services. Free goodies for trying them out? Why not? I must admit I was pretty blown away not only by the prices (the vitamins I normally order on Amazon are actually cheaper from Swanson) but they have so much more than just vitamins. I was thrilled I could purchase so many of the things I regularly use all from one source.
I also decided to order some Justin’s Nut Butter, which I had never tried. That may or may not have been a good idea. I’ll let you decide.
Running mojo. After several months off of running it may be back. I attribute this to listening to my body, taking a break from my daily runs, and adding in yoga. As you know over the past several weeks I’ve added in Zumba and Total Body classes to the mix. I have slowly pieced together all of this cross-training and am back to working out on a daily basis. I am no longer running everyday (like I used to), but I still workout everyday, with the exception of rest days, and still manage to practice yoga. It feels good and more importantly I’m having fun.
Amande Yogurt. I was never a big fan of yogurt prior to going vegan so it wasn’t something I missed. Several months ago I just so happened to see yogurt at Sprouts Farm Market that was made of almond milk. I was intrigued and grabbed the the coconut flavor. Delicious! I have since tried their other flavors, which are tasty as well, but coconut wins hands down. Unfortunately the closest Sprouts doesn’t carry the coconut flavor nor do they carry the large containers (hence, why David went on the hunt). I have since found the flavor and size at Whole Foods, but it takes a bit of a drive, so I stock up whenever I’m in the area.
Grateful Jar. Speaking of gratefuls. Just like many people we chose to start a Grateful Jar at the beginning of the year. Although I’m not great at putting something in each day I usually make up for it the rest of the days and the jar is slowly filling up. I look forward to reading them at the end of the year. Should be fun!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I think it’s pretty clear that I have absolutely no plans on sticking to a schedule or theme when it comes to blogging. I know I’ve posted about what’s been making me happy and grateful lately. After Monday’s post this just seemed to fit, so I’m going to continue with it.
Weekly Hikes – I’m sure this is an obvious one having said what I wrote above, but these hikes are what I look forward to all week. I hit up Picacho Peak a couple weeks ago along with South Mountain last week. Each trail and experience has been so different yet equally as fun and enjoyable. This past weekend was spent on Spur Cross Trail, venturing into Chalk Canyon. It was amazing to see petroglyphs made several hundred years ago and do some rock hopping to cross Cave Creek even if it did mean me falling in. We already have plans to hike some serious trails the next two weeks which has me pretty stoked. If you want to see more, head on over to the BananaBuzzbomb Facebook page where I’ve uploaded all of the photos from my recent Outdoor Adventures.
It’s awesome to hike with other photographers so I have photos of myself on the trail
Photo Credit to Wildnerness Dave
Receiving new fit gear in the mail – Receiving mail is great but receiving packages full o’ fun gear is even better. I’ve been doing having a blast trying out the new apparel including my running jacket from Zensah. With it being a tight fitting jacket it was perfect for protecting me without getting hung up on prickly foliage while out adventuring on the trails. Who says you can’t wear running gear on the trail too?
Random surprises from D – Purchasing some of my fave special treats while out shopping are the little things that show that he loves me. Those are the gestures that mean the most.
Clean pups – I love giving the dogs baths and cuddling with them after. They smell fresh and clean and feel so soft. I just want to eat them up. Not to mention, since we have 2 dogs that actually sleep under the covers it’s nice to have a clean bed…that is until they start shedding all over the covers. Meh. Totally worth it.
Quiet time – I get up anywhere between 4:30-5:00a most days. Some people would find this crazy but I’ve always appreciated the quiet “me” time in the morning. Over the past month I’ve gotten up daily to practice yoga with only the light of my computer monitor. This also means no need to rush and allows me to arrive at work well over 30 minutes prior to my scheduled start time. Most people would jump right into work. Not me. I sit at my desk studying and taking notes from my Light On Yoga book. All of these choices allow me to become calm and centered. As I begin to feel the buzz of anxiety around me as coworkers arrive to work I am the calm in the storm. All by making a few small choices.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Now that I have weekends off I’ve been making a point to get out and do some adventuring. This past weekend was no different. Luckily for me my friends Katie and Niko were passing through the area on their year-long trip across the United States. We invited another friend, David AKA Wilderness Dave, along for the adventure and hit up South Mountain just south of Phoenix. As expected, it was a great time and as always, the views were magnificent. As we made the trek through our 6 mile hike I couldn’t help but have a thought that continually went through my mind. This thought is nothing new. In fact, as time goes on I have this thought enter my head more often than not. What’s the thought? That I’m so darn grateful.
I’ve talked about this topic a lot lately. I don’t want to beat a dead horse. However, it is what it is and I make no promises I won’t talk about it again in the future…actually, I can guarantee I’ll talk about it again. The thing is, I AM grateful and am becoming more and more grateful by the day as I take notice of everything around me. What triggered the thought this weekend? Being surrounded by awesome friends.
The thing is, I don’t just have awesome friends. Most everyone has those, right? What makes my situation different than many others is that I’ve met so many of them through social media and my travels. From being a member of Columbia Sportswear’s Inaugural Omniten, to attending Inspiration and Perspiration, or just getting to know people through Twitter, I’ve met some amazing people. The cool thing is that they’re not just some random online friends. I’ve actually met many of them in real-life and hope to meet many more in the future. What makes it even more amazing is that these friends are just as adventurous (if not more) as me.
Katie, a a fellow Omniten, and David, a person I’ve met through twitter, are just 2 of these friends that are now part of my life. If you remember back a couple weeks ago, I also went hiking with Rozanne and Leann, who I met at Inspiration & Perspiration.
Over the years I’ve made a conscious effort to surround myself with positive people. As I go through this part of my journey I am literally surrounded by like-minded friends who not only supportive but also encourage me to step outside of my comfort zone and push my limits. Definitely something to be grateful for.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Although I often have issues worrying about the future, one thing I do not worry about is making resolutions for the new year. It’s just not my thing. I try not to mull over the past, but at times I think it’s important to look back to see how far we’ve come and remember just how grateful we need to be. Just looking at the highlights on this blog along with photos it’s easy to see I’ve had an amazing 2012 filled with adventure, travel, and fun. From exploring Italy, hiking into the Grand Canyon, moving across the country, and making some significant life changes, there really haven’t been any dull moments.
It’s fantastic to look through my blog and see everything I have to be grateful for. Unfortunately, some of the smaller “moments’ that oftentimes set off big moments or life changes are often overlooked or forgotten about as time passes. I hope to change this in 2013, so I’m implementing a little something to remind me of those moments.
Enter my “Be Grateful” Jar. The idea: you write down every great thing that happens to you, whether small or large, and place it in the jar. Then at the end of the year you open the jar and read all of your notes. I must admit this is not one of my original ideas, as I saw the concept on Pinterest. However, I think it’s such a wonderful idea and will supplement all of the recent changes I’ve made in my life to live in the moment and be grateful for all of the moments that make up my life.
Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)
The first Omniten Reunion was pretty darn fantastic! As usual, I’m having a hard time putting into words the experience. After our Sedona/Havasu trip in June we had hoped to reunite in the future. I’m not unsure if anyone really thought it’d happen. Thankfully we were able to personally come together and make a reunion happen, even though some could not attend. (No worries! I’m sure there will be more.)
Upon my arrival I was greeted at baggage claim by Heather and Katie. We then headed over the neighboring terminal to grab Jon. Gotta love when flight schedules coincide. After a few quick hugs we ventured out into the COLD weather (Holy crap, did I really ever live in this sort of climate?!) to be met by Will, ready to start our short road trip to Park City.
Will was volunteered for the task of organizing this adventure and to say he delivered is an understatement. Our lodging alone spoke for itself. I’ve always hoped to vacation in a lodge such as Timber Wolf Lodge and it finally happened.
Fireplace? Check. Hot tub? Check. Classic wood/cabin furniture? Check. Warm and welcoming? Check. Kick butt entertainment set up? Check. Pots, pans, dishes, and other kitchen utensils? Check. It was all that I had hoped. You better believe I chose to sleep on the couch and fell asleep by the light of the fireplace each night.
Once settled in we made our way to the market to grab all of our food necessities for our time in Park City. We kicked off our first evening with a gourmet meal from Will and called it an early night.
We woke up early the next morning in hopes of hitting the slopes at opening. After Jon and I grabbed our rentals at Park City Sport (High five to them. We almost didn’t acquire rentals for our lack of planning. They were super nice and understanding. Not to mention, they didn’t make me feel like a tool for my lack of knowledge.) we headed to Alta.
That would be the look of fear captured by Katie
I knew this, but wow, ski resorts out west are nothing like Ohio. Those aren’t just hills. Those are mountains. There are no words to describe the beauty.
Photo Courtesy of Heather
After taking a brief moment to take it all (brief, because it was flippin’ cold! I don’t know if I’m meant for cold weather anymore…), it was time to face the challenge I set before myself well over a year ago. That’s when the nerves kicked in. How in the world was I going to survive on these little toothpicks? Alas, I did it. First run of the day + no crashes = success. Woohoo!
Photo courtesy of Katie
Another photo from Heather
After several hours of runs we took a brief lunch and then headed back for a few more runs before calling it a day. The second half of the day was filled with even more beauty as we were surrounded by falling snow. So peaceful.
Alta is a pretty sweet mountain. The slopes were perfect for my lack of experience and I really fell in love with all it had to offer. Unfortunately those that are looking to snowboard must head to another mountain since it’s only open to skiing. However, the variety of green, blue, black runs provided enjoyment for the varying skill levels in our group.
We finished up the day with a quiet night in the lodge since the next day called for more skiing!
Day 2 of skiing lead us to meeting up with another member of the Omniten, Steve, and took us to Solitude. A bit quieter than most mountains, Solitude lives up to it’s name. With the sun shining and the snow falling consistently throughout the day, it was as though diamonds were falling from the sky. Can’t beat that. Unfortunately for me day 2 didn’t go as well as day 1 (more on that in the future). Even so, it was another beautiful day on the mountain.
That evening we had several Blends (blog +friends) come to our lodge to celebrate New Years and have dinner.
I love meeting blends in real-life. Heck, these are some of my best friends, so it’s always great when the opportunity arises. After dinner we hit downtown Park City to ring in the New Year.
The next day called for sleeping in, eating lots, checking out more of Park City, playing cards, and even some dancing. Before we knew it, nighttime had once again come and it was time to call it a day.
As expected, our final morning together was filled with cleaning, packing, and goodbyes. As always, time flew by faster than we imagined. Could it really be time to head home?
2012 was filled with adventures and experiences that were out of this world for me. 2 life-changing experiences included my Omniten family. In our short times together they’ve seen me at my highest and also at my lowest. They’ve provided inspiration to pursue my adventures and kind words or a shoulder to cry on when I’ve stumbled (both literally and figuratively) through these adventures. I really couldn’t imagine my life without them.
To friends and future adventures!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Today is supposed to be the end of the world, once again, eh? If you’re reading this then I guess you’ve made it….unless the end of the world comes at the end of the day. Ah. Who knows.
When people start seriously talking about preparing for the zombie apocalypse and surviving the end of the world (hellos, Doomsday Preppers) I can’t help but shake my head. To each his own, but would you REALLY want to live after the end of the world?
Growing up I had serious anxiety about saying goodbye to anyone. I cried up until the 6th grade when it was time to head to school because I didn’t want to leave my mom. When my grandparents left after their annual trip to visit us I was beside myself. My mom would say, “You’ll see them again.”
I’m still not fond of huge goodbyes but over the years I’ve learned to deal with this anxiety. Heck, with all of our moves I’ve had to learn how to deal with goodbyes. The thing that gets me through goodbyes isn’t the thought that I’ll see the person again. Although this may sound negative and even morbid I’ve come to realize that in all actuality there’s no guarantee I’ll see the person again. In my life most often than not this really is the case. What gets me through goodbyes is being present in the moment. I’m not talking about just being present in the moment during the goodbye but whenever you’re with that person. Once again, not to sound morbid, but I often think, “What if I don’t see this person again?” and that helps put me in the position to be “present”. I’m grateful for what I’ve been blessed with and the time with these people that I do have. When the time does come to say goodbye, whether on the phone or in person, whether I’m leaving on a trip or just heading to work, I take those extra few seconds in our embrace.
Even more, not only have I decided to make this choice with my interactions with living beings but also with moments that I experience. Whether simple or special I make it a point to stop, take a second, and say, “This is my life….”
I’m not trying to poke fun at the end of the world or anyone who has specific beliefs. What I am saying is, instead of focusing on when things are going to come to an end or preparing to survive, just live. Be happy. Be helpful. Be grateful. Be here now.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Recently I was thinking about how lucky I am to have the friends that I have.
I learned at a pretty young age to be an independent person. I got along with everyone and would even consider myself as being part of the “popular crowd”, yet I only had a select few friends that I knew I could depend on. Although I’ve kept in contact with my core group of friends, most of us are no longer as close as we were growing up.
As D and I have moved from place to place we’ve met many people. In each location I’ve always found a core group of people that I connect with. Unfortunately the same thing often happens just as it did with my childhood friends…we move and life gets in the way.
I’ve taken a lot of time thinking about this and how I’m no longer close with the few friends I’ve made throughout the years. Originally it saddened me. I wish I could keep up with everyone on a daily basis but realistically it’s not possible. Let’s be honest, no matter where we are, near or far, we all live different lives, often going in opposite directions. So growing apart is inevitable. Thanks to social media we still have the ability to keep tabs on each other.
Ultimately, it’s all part of life. People and experiences come into and out of our lives for a reason. They are there for as long as they need to be, to serve their “purpose”, and then life moves on.
I’d never consider myself a “joiner”. I’m pretty content in my own little world, often by myself. With that being said, I’m never alone. Even though my life is constantly evolving along with those that I call friends, I know that at any given time in my life I have always had at least 1-2 friends I can call on no matter what. And for that, I am truly grateful.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
For the month of November many people are posting things they are grateful/thankful for. My friend Mimi created the #30THX hashtag. The point is to share photos of what you’re thankful for. As my life goes on I’m learning to take my focus off material items. With that being said, I find that I’m most grateful for moments, not necessarily things. Thanks to my other friend, Shanna, who came up with the idea of posting photos of my written gratefuls.
Last week I posted this:
One of my followers, Carly, replied with a quote that she likes. It struck a cord with me and I had to share it.
What was the first response I received? ”Sounds like something I heard in 2008.” In other words, putting down Obama. I wanted to scream.
I have no plans to make this a political post. Before you run away from this post to avoid political talk, hear me out and just follow me here.
True, Jack Layton was a former Canadian politician. I also realize that the election for President of the United States was just a few short weeks ago. It’s fresh open “wound” for some. Over the past few weeks I’ve had coworkers say, “I can’t stand behind Obama because of who he’s associated with in the past,” or referenced him as our “Muslim president from Kenya.”
The thing is, I meant absolutely nothing political about the post. As you know, I’m on my own soul-searching journey as of late. But for someone to come along and attempt to rain on my positivity parade? Not cool. I’m not taking it personal. It’s what people know.
Negativity, hate, judgement.
I could reference documentation for or against the above allegations. I don’t care to do so. That’s not the point. Look back over your life. I’m sure we can all find times that we didn’t make the best decisions or put ourselves in the best situations. Those situations mold us into who we’ve become but it’s not necessarily who we are.
I find sharing love and optimism of utmost importance, now more than ever. Inside or outside of politics. And yet here we stand as a human race, furthering ourselves from it more and more. We are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs. That’s what makes us individuals. Yet, we stand on these as if they are the be all end all answers. Instead of focusing on our common ground we focus on our differences which in turn drives us further apart.
Let’s keep it real: it’s never right to outright slander someone, their ideas, or their actions without personally knowing them, where they come from, or what they’re about. When I see this happen my head just drops and my heart hurts.
I’m not calling for world peace or for everyone to hold hands and sing kumbaya. Although this song may be an option =) In all seriousness I’m loving this song….
I know I can’t control the negative energy given off by people through their words and actions, but I can control mine. You never know, positive energy can be contagious. Or at least a girl can hope.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
As you all know, I have recently been named a FitFluential Ambassador. FitFluential is in partnership with multiple publications and I’m currently going through the process of “auditioning” to write or VLOG for these digital publications. At this time they’re looking at my content and seeing if their readers would like to read what I have to say. So….without further ado…
Who is Heidi and what’s BananaBuzzbomb.com all about??
Our lives are constantly evolving. Have you ever looked at where you are and said, “How the heck did I get here?!” or better yet, could you have every imagined that you are where you thought you’d be 10 years ago? I’m amazed every day by the transformations I’ve gone through in my life…especially within the past 5-10 years.
If you would’ve mentioned I’d be a runner, let alone a person that’s completed a half marathon and is on her way to running her first Half Rev3 Triathlon, I’d have looked at you as though you had 3 heads. It’s crazy. I didn’t get here by taking the easy route or by myself. The kind words and support of family members, friends, and fellow bloggers and tweeters have carried me through many o’ training session days.
You may not see workout plans on this blog but what you will see are the adventures of my journey through life. The ups, the downs. The successes, the setbacks. The challenges I present myself, the moments I overcome challenges. My life changes, from food, to simplifying. Using trial and error to figure out what works for me. Learning to enjoy, be grateful, and soak up every morsel that life has to offer.
My focus is to not only empower myself, but also those who watch and read my blogs. I’m focusing on becoming a better, well-rounded person, and am so grateful for those who have come along on my journey.
My question for you: What do you like about my blog? Why do you read or watch my posts??
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)