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19 February 2014

post your love

Some would say I naturally gravitate towards glitter, ink, and paper scraps. I would say, they're right.

About a week or two into the new year, I start to get an itch to make valentines. It's the one time every year where it's completely acceptable to shake insane amounts of glitter onto collages, cut them out into a heart shape and send love to all your friends. turning 30 this year? why, yes! this is how i roll!

This year, I went all out. Tried to hit almost all of my lifelong friends and family with a good dose of love and sparkle. Hopefully, by the time this blog post goes live, most will have been received. If not and you fall into an above category...well, reader's discrepancy ; )

supplies!
Imagine my excitement when two of my darling nieces, Sofia and Cami, started to take part in an annual valentine making extravaganza with CAS (Crazy Aunt Steffi)! The original craft (pom pom hearts) totally flopped when these two got a hold of paint and glitter. Fineeeeeee by me. Here's Sofia ready to shake!


armed with the glitter shaker!
And the end product- which I promptly placed in my journal to remember forever!  Sofia and Cami sent heart to cousins, grandparents, parents, aunties, and more... I'd say about 15 people received valentine's from these little fridas!
so awesome, right?
Later that weekend, I started patching together some other lovely pieces for the pinks and my high school girlfriends.
in progress

chopped and ready to send!

choosing the perfect envelope for each piece.

custom lettering, and tea (always tea!)

close up- details!
Not pictured here are the other valentine's i sent via postal mail to pw, parents, siblings, and grandparents. Whew- up to about 30 valentines at this point.

You'd think I'd have had my fix at this point, right? Wrong. (But you knew that was coming)...

I have a few other valentines to consider, and I stumbled upon my old French grammar book and just couldn't resist.  Colleagues, in-laws, hot pink, good paper, sparkly pens... Can't keep this girl away from that combination! It's really true what they say about how hard you hustle when you're doing what you love, love, love. I stayed up wayyyyyy past my bedtime and felt so happy to create these lovelies. Tired eyes and happy heart. I'll take it.
PW said: "Wow, you'll be committed for a few hours."

for a special pair :)

one of my favorites for one of my favorites

ready to send!
phew! so all in all, i'd say there were about 40 valentines posted with love to friends and family near and far. hopefully, though i know it's only a small gesture, it's one that will help spread happy love to many corners of this big, beautiful earth. and a little bit of sparkle, too!

here's wishing you a dose of what you love the most. and the intentions to listen well to the whispers. what a difference that makes!
xoxoxox stephanie

16 February 2014

Training Updates: Week One



Absolutely rocked my goals this week! Thanks to my awesome partner in crime, we stayed really focused and committed as we supported each others' goals in light of all the other things going on. Talk about a hearty yes!

Week One Review: 
Sunday: Strength and stretching, plus a light dose of cardio for the fun of it. Using the Johnson and Johnson 7 minute Strength Training App (which is awesome).
Monday (Runday):  Awesome 2.5 miles on the treadmill. Pretty epic amounts of energy because I ate well and hydrated like a champion. For my fellow FHS hockey players, I was feeling like a beast because I ran an 8:00 minute mile. Remember when coming in under 7:30 was a command, not a choice?
Tuesday: Yoga Flow...loving Meredith's classes at the GHN Wellness Center. So happy I've made a regular routine of this. Good for the mind, body and spirit.
Wednesday: This was by far the toughest hurdle for me (mentally). After eating a late lunch, I teeter-tottered, can I run 2 miles and strength training? Will I hurl in front of everyone? Put my mind to it though, and championed through. Felt good about my workout- solid run and great ST session. I sleep like a ROCK when I workout like this.
Thursday: Plan calls for yoga, which is an adjustment I made because I really like the T/Th schedule. However, it was sunny and beautiful, so I skipped out of work a bit early and took Odin for a 3.5 mile walk instead. Down-dog, taking new shape : )
Friday: Rest. Thanks to my awesome step-mom for refreshing my hair and sweet PW for a fun Valentine's day!
Saturday: Odin and I powered through a 3 mile icy run outside! We had an awesome time zipping through snow-crusted Crescent Hill and kept a pretty good pace, too. Love this pup to the moon. He's such a good running buddy!

In order to be successful this week, I erred on the side of gentle whenever possible, and put on the perspective of possibility. Ingredients include: time management,  realistic commitments, keeping our kitchen stocked with healthy options, and lots of water. Can't say enough good about aligning your life to your intentions. #workseverytime

Feeling the love for my fitbit again. Do you have one? Let's be fitbit friends!

Here's to giving your gold to your goals this week!
xoxox
stephanie

10 February 2014

Back To It

When was the last time i ran a road race? Oh my, don't even ask! This Friday (2.14.14) it will have been FOUR Years! My dear friend Erin and I ran the Austin half marathon together and totally rocked it. You can read more here>>>



So, when pw and i started planning our goals for the new year, among them were to train for and run a road race. Since we're going to tackle this goal together, we decided a 10k would be a fun distance to run and give us enough time to train and get in a vacation early in 2014. we're all signed up to run the Black Mountain Greenway Challenge 10k. The goal is to raise awareness and support for the Greenway and all proceeds from the race will be donated to fund projects for the Black Mountain Greenway Commission. That's pretty awesome, right?

Add to it that it begins and ends at Pisgah Brewery and supports an active, sustainable lifestyle- we were both sold immediately! Plus we're staying at a darling cabin in Asheville, can bring our dog, and love spending time outdoors. Win, win, win!


Now that we're all signed up, i'm excited to have identified a training plan that will work with my lifestyle, and is aligned to my wellness goals. More on my 2014 Goals soon-- getting brave about those this week and look forward to sharing soon. Louisville friends who want to join for a run, call me!

10k Novice Training Plan from Hal Higdon  (I modified the days of the week to align with my schedule, and added some specific information, including my Tu/Th yoga classes. Note: Odin's going to be joining for runs again, soon. Especially for the 2 and 3 mile options. He's the best pacer ever!)


WEEKSUNMONTUEWedTHUFRISAT
1stretch &
strength
2.5 m run60 min
yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min
yoga
Rest3 m run
2stretch & strength2.5 m run60 min 
Yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min 
Yoga
Rest3.5 m run
3stretch &
strength
2.5 m run60 min
yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min
yoga
Rest4 m run
4stretch &
strength
3 m run60 min 
Yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min
Yoga
Rest4 m run
5stretch &
strength
3 m run60 min
yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min
yoga
Rest4.5 m run
6stretch &
strength
3 m run60 min 
Yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min 
Yoga
Rest5 m run
7stretch &
strength
3 m run60 min
yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min
yoga
Rest5.5 m run
8stretch &
strength
3 m run60 min 
Yoga
2.0 m run + strength60 min 
Yoga
Rest10-K Race

09 February 2014

i am who i want to be



'i am who i want to be,' a thought that occurred to me one day while practicing yoga a few years ago. "this can't possibly be true!" EgoSteffi replied. yet it was. and is. 

trying to appreciate the space between who we are and who we aim to become is perhaps the greatest challenge we constantly face, no? what about that one posture i still can't figure out? a promotion? my love handles? the distant ache for family and friends far away? how can i have possibly arrived at a place of contentment, or even, {gasp!} approval?

and then i think of the people i love, who, despite their many perfections, have a few flaws, too. it's so simple for me to see their strengths, their assets, their redeeming qualities. admiring loved ones comes easy (that's not to say i'm not hard on them, but that's another topic altogether).  

caroline and me in FL.
like who? example one: my sister, Caroline.  she's literally the most generous, accepting, charming person i know. i love being around her: she's smart, gorgeous, fun, and committed. it's so easy to see 10 billion qualities in her that i admire. i think i've written an entire blog post about her- at least one- because i'm so inspired by her. she's my sister and best friend. do she have flaws? of course, but that's not what i see when i see her.  she'll blush if she reads this, but it's true. she's awesome- and i totally  can accept her strengths as who she is.  can we easily do this for ourselves? admire our most redeeming qualities and acknowledge we're not perfect as we pursue lives of meaning, intention, possibility?
maybe it's not as difficult as it seems. when we're open to what already exists in the framework of the soul, working from the place of acceptance and offering the true self to the world around us, so much joy can blossom. with affirmation, we align our positive thinking and highest qualities to the mission and intention with which we live our entire lives. at work and at play, for self and others, acceptance can ignite possibility, and possibility- well, it can change the entire world, unveiling a universe of every opportunity in abundance. whether you're on a yoga mat in louisville, ky or hiking the highest peak in nepal- you arrive to the present moment alive and in awe of what exists there.

this past summer, pw and i had the extraordinary opportunity to spend a day at blue cliff monastery in pine bush, ny at thich nhat hahn's day of mindfulness retreat.  'Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.' in the shining light of an overcast september day, we experienced the most peaceful and affirming practice of mindfulness. it's a day i hope to never forget, and  it affirmed a whisper within that i already knew to be true. 'i am who i want to be.' 


blue cliff monastery, september 2013

08 February 2014

introductions

allow me to return to this space after a hiatus extraordinare by introducing myself. 

where to begin?
i'm stephanie:  hello. 
what makes me tick?
perhaps with my obsession love of the colorful life. creativity in its many forms...

and warm spaces that welcome you as you are. 
especially ones where you can roll out your mat and explore the inner landscape with care and curiosity. 

highlights of my life:
 i have a darling pup that greets me each morning. odin, an australian labradoodle, just turned one on Feb 1st. (keep reading and you'll celebrate with me when you learn he doesn't wake me up at 645am on the daily any more. didn't take him long to figure that out.)

i'm one of five siblings- and go figure, that's the most awesome thing ever!


golden soul:
obsessed with all things golden. seek to find love in the small spaces.


and married to one heck of a guy: pw.


followed my inner compass back to this space after a taking a significant break from blogging. it's really one of my favorite ways to connect with others, gather inspiration, share projects, and creatively express what lights up my soul. bravely returning and feel so fortunate to find my way back to this space.  hoping to spend time here on a regular basis. xoxox