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♡ Act as if

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Act as if what you intend to manifest in life is already a reality. Eliminate thoughts of conditions, limitations, or the possibility of it not manifesting. If left undisturbed in your mind and in the mind of intention simultaneously, it will germinate in the physical world.

Dr. Wayne D. Dyer, Daily Affirmations

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I ♥ jazz poetry

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It’s a bit like spoken-word improvisation with a background of jazz music. Charles Mingus has a series of jazz poetry vignettes, but my favorite is this one called “My Baby” by Ken Nordine. You must listen to the end — for the twist!

MORE: CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Edition featured Ken Nordine and jazz poetry (word jazz) a few weeks ago. Jack Chambers is a professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto tells us more about word jazz and Ken Nordine. A great listen! Listen here (scroll down until you see “Word Jazz,” then listen to the podcast).

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♡ Better to be happy than to be right

(centre) Undo Print | tenconlene le petit monde by Sarah Olmos @ etsy

IT’S BETTER TO BE HAPPY THAN TO BE RIGHT…RIGHT?

You know the adage, that’s it’s better to be happy than to be right. Damn it all, I forget this one often. I’m not sure if it’s pride, ego, stubbornness, or all of the above. I give myself credit, though, I always notice right away when I choose to be right, and then I feel a pang of guilt. Then I tell myself to try that again. And again. And again. Erase, rewind, erase, rewind. Undo.

Lately,in this sparkling new year, I’ve already run into two explosions having to do with misunderstandings and miscommunication. Thankfully not at work. That would be stressful. Don’t see them coming, then it happens, and then it’s done.

IMPLOSIONS

You know those type of explosions? *hands fan out* POW. The explosion. One of those imploding ones, where it may not make a big bang and scatter crap everywhere. Rather, everything crumbles inwards and shuts down.

I suppose I could try to smooth it out, but the people involved are shrouded by other stressors (re: work issues, relationship issues, confidence issues). Those sad and angry feelings stemming from these stressors end up spilling into how they see everything else, non-related things. So they refuse to even acknowledge any other interpretation of events.

The best thing I can do right now is apologize for my part alone and back away. Even if the other party is not willing to hear it since they believe they are in the right. Nothing I can do. I can’t control someone else’s thoughts or actions.

FORGIVENESS

So what to do? Apologize for my part, take responsibility for my part, and sadly cut some losses. Life is funny this way. You think you can go along on your merry way, and then someone takes something the wrong way and you’re standing on the edge of cliff where a bridge used to be, and realize you have to turn around and go down another direction.

*Shrug* I can only apologize for my part until it becomes a waste of energy on my part. Meaning, things could have been coached differently and responsibility must be taken for my part, and then  comes forgiveness. Forgiving myself and moving forwards.

MANTRA

Mantra under breath: “it’s better to be happy than to be right..let it go…don’t let the other person control your emotions…it’s better to be happy than to be right…Breathe.” I do hope those persons heal soon.

You’d think these life lessons would be learned already. Maybe it’s that we quickly unlearn. I guess that’s where forgivnessness comes in. Not easy, but worth it in the end.

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♡ How far can you go?

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

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Rope Necklace Scarf – Purple @ Cook You Some Noodles @ etsy:

TOO MANY TEES

I have way too many tees from this and that. You know how it is, you compete in a race and you get a free t-shirt; you have too many university alma mater tees; your aunt visits Hawaii and you get an aloha tee. So I have this pile of tee shirts that I frankly don’t wear. I plop most of them in the charity-bin, but the ones I have worn I have decided to do something about them.

D.I.Y. T-SHIRT NECKLACE

I researched “recycling tees” and found a site here that gave me eight options. I was only smitten with one of the ideas, which was to make-your-own recycled t-shirt necklace. I love D.I.Y.! You may have seen them before, overpriced at hip stores…turns out you can make your very own. Click here to find out how to make your own like I did. They are also called “spaghetti scarf necklaces” or “rope scarf necklaces,” and even “upcycled tee shirt necklaces.”

GET ‘EM ALREADY DONE

Of course, if you could always just buy pre-made t-shirt necklaces. Here are a few to try peruse through (under the cut):

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♡ Kindness x3

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Kindness in words creates confidence.

Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.

Kindness in giving creates love.

– Lao Tzu

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I ♥ Asics Kayanos

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RUN, RUN, RUN

I am a recreational runner. Not at all hardcore. Not a marathoner. I merely enjoy running, especially outdoors, along the water, rain or shine, whatever season. While listening to my iPod, feeling the breeze, enjoying the scenery. I run intervals; 5-1-5-1, x8. I run the occasional 10K race throughout the year.

The bonus is that, technically, you can run anywhere and anytime, and it’s free and freeing. It’s a beautiful sport, one where you can feel grateful for the feet that take you from point A to point B, that allow you to spring forward, around, and about. That is the gift of running.

IT’S ACTUALLY THE SHOES

What makes my runs (edit: ha! major faux pas — “my runs”! doh!) running so much more comfortable are my shoes. OMG, I love my running shoes. They. Are. The. S**t. The running shoe for my foot’s proportions is the Asic Kayano. Love, love, love.

Having the correct shoe for your foot’s arches and size and tendency to roll in a lot or not makes a huge difference for a runner (even a modest runner like me). When I first got fitted for the right shoe, I went to one of the running stores in town. Although there are many shops to choose from, I went with the one aptly named, The Running Room.

There, the salesperson asked me to take off my shoes and socks and walk away from him while he remained behind, carefully watching how my foot rolled in a lot (pronating in) or mildly (neutral). I then turned around, and walked back to him. He took a look at my foot’s arch, and determined that my feet have higher than normal arches (but not to the point that I need orthopedic shoes), and that my feet roll in (“pronation”) quite a bit when walking.

CHOICES, CHOICES

Thus, I had a choice of running shoes that met those specific details (re: high arch, pronating in a lot). The only shoes that met those requirements were made by Asics and Mizuno. All I remember from that day a few years ago was that once my feet were firmly planted in my Asics Kayanos, I was in foot heaven! Felt like cushy pillows on my feet. And I’ve never looked back.

The Kayanos also have amazing cushioning, good structure to stabilize the foot while allowing it to still move, breathable material, roomy toe space, gait efficiency, a bit of height to relieve stress on my achilles’ tendon, asymmetrical lacing that reduces irritation, reflectives, etc…Swoon!

I buy new Kayanos every new year, because runners always say that you should change your shoes every 10 months to a year. Unless, of course, you’re a marathoner when you replace shoes every 3 months or something crazy.

KAYANO LOVE

Of course, Kayanos had to be the priciest of the women’s styles in the Asics running shoes line-up (at least in Canada). Hence buying them on sale in January, where I can get last year’s model for a discount. Usually this only means about $30 off. Heck, I’ll take it. Somehow, miracuously, this recent new year, my running store had last year’s Kayanos on for $85 off. Yee haw! Felt like a jackpot.

Of course, not all the colours in my size were available — blue was sold out, so I had a choice of purple with silver metallic, or…*silence*…pale pink with yellow/orange/pink swirly flower-power print on the side. Not my cup of tea, so I opted for purple and silver. I heart them. It helps that my running jacket is lavender.

Lavender, what? Yeah, well, when I had to choose from the myriad of colour choices for the running jacket, I asked them what colours were the least popular and they said, “lavender” and “lime,” so I thought, okay, less chance of others having the same jacket. I got the lavender. I know, an odd way to choose…ha!

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