Monthly Archives: October 2012

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

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Team. What does that word mean to you?

According to wikepedia (you know, the most trusted source of definitions on the internet, wink wink) a team “Comprises a group of people or animals linked in a common purpose”.

A team comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. For some of us we have teams in our life that are profund and some that aren’t. Maybe yours is the sports team you’re on, or the club you recently joined. It could be your drinking team, a workout group, a support group of some sort. Whatever it is – no doubt that team has had an impact on your life, and the way you may feel on a daily basis.

To me (besides my family and friends of course), the most profoud team in my life would definitely have to be my colleagues.

They highlight my strengths, and surely highlight my weaknesses.

They get on my every last nerve and stick up for me when the going gets tough.

I fight with them, I love them and I don’t like them – all at the same time somedays.

They are those people that are down in the trenches with you and oftentimes know exactly what you need and require to get back on top of the world again.

Hell – if you’re spending at least 40+ hours a week with your team you might as well appreciate what’s great and good about it and be grateful that you have what you do.

Right now I’m almost positive you wouldn’t be able to think about something incredible you accomplished at work, or in a game, or at a gym class – without attributing your success to your team or a specific team mate.

Even if you yourself are a rockstar (and duh of course you are), it’s the ones around you that allow you to achieve greatness on a daily basis.

Babe Ruth once said “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

I think sometimes we forget how lucky we are to have a great team, and how good it feels to hear that you’re appreciated on one. We get so consumed on being a “Rockstar!” or being “The Best!” that we fail to realize we wouldn’t be able to shine so brightly if we didn’t have people surrounding us.

(The infamous highschool junior Meghan Vogel helping her opposing runner across the finish line after she collapsed)

How ironic that the people we may not even realize we’re competing against – are the same people that carry us through to the finish at the end.

So be thankful, and be grateful for your team.

It could be your friends, your family, your fellow yogis, your classmates – anyone that lets you shine.

Whoever they are – stick with them and flock together.

Because in the end – you’re probably all searching for the same thing.

(Penguins migrating for love)

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5 Things I Love About Fall

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It’s official. Fall is here – and I love it. The smells, the sights, the styles, the sounds – I love. All. Of. It.

What do I love about it most you ask? Well let me tell you!

1. Pumpkin. Pumpkin everything! Latte, doughnuts, beer, candles, chapstick, bread, lotion, air fresheners, pies. Mmm pumpkin pies. Fact – since I’ve been little I’ve had a pumpkin pie every year for my birthday instead of cake. I hate cake. I am a pumpkin fanatic.

If only people were posting more pictures of pumpkin fill in the blank‘s instead of political views and unpleasant baby status updates on Facebook, I’m telling you – the world would be a much happier place.

 

 

2. Chilly weather. Yep. A chill is definitely in the air. Even when we have warm days (which are so annoyingly frequent here in San Diego, wink wink), there is a chill in the feel of the warm air. It’s cool. And you know what chilly weather means right? Boots, sweaters and scarves – oh my! Cozy blankets, nights by the fireplace, warm glasses of wine – chilly weather brings so much warmth. Oh the irony.

One of my favorite things to do out here is go to the beach, with a blanket. It’s invigorating. Watching the waves, admiring the surfers who are still out there catching a wave or two, getting a red nose and chills, and swallowing yourself up in a big, warm, cozy blanket. Just because it’s colder out doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy summer activities – sometimes it makes them even neater.

3. Coziness. Everything just seems cozy. Maybe it’s because the weather is colder that people are closer together. Coffee shops seem more bustling, bookstore couches and chairs are all full of readers, parties seem more packed and restaurants seem to have more love and laughter. Seriously – just start to look in a few more windows you pass by while shopping and notice all the coziness happening. Fires are everywhere – in your living room, at your campsite, in your backyard. When I was growing up – having a fire in the family room with everyone in there was pretty much standard. To this day, I still take building a fire very seriously – I help chop the wood, stack the wood and make the fire in my own house now. Woman make fire. Woman make fire big. Dad would be so proud.

4. Excitement. There seems to be a quiet, chaotic excitement in the air when fall hits for some reason. Everyone is traveling more, spending more time with family and friends and loved ones, work seems to get crazy. Everything seems a bit chaotic- but in an exciting way. It’s not overwhelming, it’s just busy. But a good busy. The kind of busy you sometimes forgot that you craved during those slow and peaceful summer months.

5. Fall beauty. With fall brings the best surprise ever – the changing of the weather. The leaves, the wind, the colors, the smells. ….the rain. Oh the rain. I think my mid-western roots really come out when it rains. It reminds me of home. It reminds me of love. But most importantly – it reminds me that everything can be washed away and started new. Rain is a fresh start. Add in some beautiful colored leaves and the crackle and pop of walking on them (oh I love that sound), and you have found yourself in an eclectic fall wonderland.

To me, the changing of the seasons always brings something new.

And fall – brings love.

People seem happier. Love seems endless. And more beauty seems to be in in our spirit and surroundings.

Enjoy the change – because it won’t last.

Go on and wrap yourself up in a big blanket, grab someone you love, and crack open a pumpkin ale beer.

Ahh, fall is here 😉