A little share on perspective...
A little share on perspective... I've been craving food from Freshii for days now... Love the place. After what I felt was a rough day, spending over 3 hours of the afternoon in doctors appointments, I decided to go practice yoga for the 2nd time in months (I'm a yoga teacher, but due to an autoimmune disease, my body hasn't been very cooperative and it's made me super vulnerable). It's humbling - we take so much for granted, even when we try not to. So after yoga, I picked u...p my favorite dish from Freshii, got home, put my pjs on, and got settled in. Super excited to be bundled with my heating pad behind my knees and ready to eat, I open the container and there is chicken ALL over it... I'm a vegetarian. Deep breath, it's late, hungry, super frustrated, I put my slippers and coat on to go back out to the restaurant to get the correct order so that I can eat it. As I was on my way there, I thought, how do I reframe this? This is not a big deal. I was just able to move my body and breathe for 60 minutes - more than I've been able to do in a while. I have a loving boyfriend who spent hours in an appointment with me today, a loving dog and cat, and a comfortable home with heat. I immediately thought of the guys that have been living under the interstate that Tim & I have been trying to help stay warm this winter - we take hand warmers, warm drinks, gloves and scarves, etc. Most importantly, I always try for a short conversation - ask them about their life. Just to connect to this human experience. This could be you or I. There was this one guy, Alfredo, who really made an impact on me when I gave him a blanket, some time for conversation and a hug a little over a month ago. He shared so much with me in 5 minutes. And even though I know he lives in this one spot I pass by at least 5-6 times a week, I haven't seen him since our initial encounter (I saw the blanket though!). So I took my chances knowing that someone would appreciate the meal, and headed over... And who is the first person I see!? Alfredo! Standing right there on the corner. It was so nice to reconnect, see that he is ok, and hand him a warm meal (with protein). He just kept saying how grateful he was. He lives under a freeway, sleeps with 10+ blankets to stay warm, and has no one but his fellow homeless buds (of which, I have met a few). I tried all day to find a smile, and this guy had one on his face before I even rolled my window down. My frustration with the chicken vanished and my perspective on my day, my life, etc. completely changed. We are so blessed... "And not only so, but we rejoice in our suffering; for suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." I am SO glad Freshii messed up my order! #noaccidents #happyacts #livewithgratitude #livehappy #livewithlove
I live in Chicago with my partner Tim, our 34 year old turtle Freddie, and 7 year old dog Fagan. We just lost our 21 year old cat, sweet Belle, may she rest in peace until we meet again. We live in Lincoln Park and absolutely love living in the city. We enjoy taking Fagan to the park every day, living so close to the lake and the beach, the restaurants and the food, and the energy of the city... there is just so much to love. I love my job and enjoy a full-time career as an animal welfare research scientist, a role that I worked quite hard to establish. But this is just a part of my life, and I am a big believer in a balanced life. Not long ago, I was very much a hermit... I didn't get out much beyond work, didn't have a lot to identify with... My life has really opened itself to me in the past 5 years. Finding balance and connectedness was an inside job that required time. It's amazing how much happiness, connection and balance can bring. In our free time, Tim & I enjoy working our independent business, where we have met amazing people and formed lasting friendships. That, and we're excited to building supplemental and residual income! I also love everything music - see my Music and Yoga Playlists blog for more on that- but I enjoy both playing and listening to music. I also enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, and staying healthy by exercising and practicing yoga. I discovered yoga only a few years ago, during that moment in my life where I was seeking balance and connection. The timing was perfect, and yoga helped me to find peace in accepting that at any moment, life is as it should be. I immediately knew I wanted to become a teacher, to share with others the experience and practice that was so profound in my own life. I completed my 200-hour teacher training in 2014 with Alyson D'Souza at Village Yoga Chicago. As a yoga teacher, I appreciate the practice from a different perspective and am grateful to be able to share it with others, seeing the profound impact it has on the lives of those who practice.