A Quiet Room

IMG_6478My office has just opened a Quiet Room.  It has comfortable chairs, soft lighting, a yoga mat and squishy rug, and calm decor.  There is even a little Do Not Disturb sign you can hang on the door if you want privacy.

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I have used it a couple of times to just go and sit and it really does feel like a soothing break from the cubicle.  I’m not sure what prompted this room renovation but, being a self-described introvert, sometimes it’s just what I need.

I’m curious, does anyone else have a quiet room or some other interesting feature in their office?

Weight loss is all about the food?

fitbitI have been wearing my Fitbit consistently over the past week and one thing has really jumped out at me as I look at my statistics.

If you look at the two screenshots above you can see that no matter if I have an terrible day or a kick-butt day, I saw only 90 calorie difference in the calories burned!

How crazy is that!  I had some idea that food had far more impact than exercise on weight loss but seeing in black and white (or teal and orange) like this is mind boggling.

As I started researching I came across this great article by Dick Talens where he explains this phenomenon.  Here are a couple of tidbits which I found interesting:

Most of the calories we spend in a day we do so without even getting out of bed:wlbed

Here he says spend more time in the kitchen prepping your food and cooking and, whatever you do, make sure you can sustain it.wlquote

I enjoyed these tips because they encourage us to be practical.

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Obviously the gym and exercise are supremely important to HEALTH so I enjoyed this:

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The Fitbit is definitely getting me up and walking and taking the stairs.  So I think for now I will just ignore the calorie bit, what do you think?

Living a life worth commenting on

IMG_2657Blogging has been really fun and interesting but there are times when you’re racking your brain trying to think about what to write about.  Recently I was listening to this podcast and Pete and Ben had a conversation about improv and at one point Ben realized he was repeating himself and it was starting to get boring.

One of his wise teachers told him that he needed to take a break and go out and live.  You need something to improvise about and Pete made a great comment which was:

“You need to live a life worth commenting on.”

In that moment, that really blew my mind.  It was a reminder to me that when you are trying to be creative, you have to go out and live to stimulate all your creative neurons and inspire new ideas.

What do you do for creative stimulation?

Keeping it Krispy

Mad-Men-Nerdist-Bowling-CropI’ve been trying to get some new things going in my life which I will hopefully share at some point in a future post.

But trying to make change can get really hard.  And as much as I want it, sometimes the obstacles feel insurmountable.

I was in a major funk last week and it just wasn’t getting better, even over a few days.  I decided I needed to get out of my head so I started scrolling through my list of podcasts.

One of my favorites is You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes.  I went back through the guests and found two I wanted to listen to.

They helped me get out of my head for a while and gain some perspective by hearing someone else’s story.  It also gave me a little boost of motivation to keep pushing forward so I thought I would share.

The first is with Chris Hardwick who was on MTV with Jenny McCarthy back in the day and then spent many years struggling in his career and in life until he got sober, lost a bunch of weight and started the Nerdist empire.  Just a really down to earth and genuine guy who really loves people and especially other comics.

The second one is with Jon Hamm who was in Hollywood for THREE YEARS before he got an acting job.  And he is really insightful and well-read and I totally enjoyed his perspective.

So if you need something to get you through a funk, too, take a listen.

What do you do to get out of a funk?  Or do you have any podcasts you love that get you through the day?

Have a stunning weekend!

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Have you seen these live video feeds that come out of Monterey Bay Aquarium?  What a beautiful way to spend your day.  I really love the Jelly Cam and some very cool things happen on the Open Sea Cam.  Marine life is…stunning.

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The shark and the turtle are both swimming through a huge school of fish which is parting around them!penguinAbsolutely adorable.

A natural tranquilizer

November 30 download 035I recently came across a relaxation technique that I have been using nonstop called 4-7-8.  Here’s how it works, you breath in for four counts, hold for seven and breath out for eight counts.  It works wonders!  So I did a search on it and this is what I found out… Continue reading

Negotiating with myself

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This morning I was in bed and did not want to get up.  So I started thinking about what I was going to wear to work.  I figured, I could lay in bed a little longer if I was being productive.  It made me laugh and I remembered doing this in high school all the time.

I’m curious, does anyone else do this?

The funny thing is that it really does end up saving me time later in the morning…maybe I’m on to something!

xoxo

photo via Thom Davies

Drinking tea as meditation

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When I was in high school we used to go downtown to a place called The Coffee Plantation which sadly no longer exists.  Once I was approached by a German student who was visiting from abroad.  It was around Christmastime and he didn’t have anyone nearby that he knew.  Somehow, I ended up bringing him to my house.  Dangerous, I know, but it all worked out fine.

While he was at my house, he drank a cup of coffee.  I will never forget him sitting on my mother’s couch, drinking that cup of coffee and talking about the wonderful sensation of sitting quietly and drinking coffee while it was in that sweet spot of not-too-hot and not-too-cold and the happiness that can come enjoying that coffee and doing nothing else.

He left and I never saw him again but that conversation stuck with me.  It was my first lesson in mindfulness.

I was reminded of this memory this morning while having a cup of tea and relishing the pleasure of drinking it at the exact perfect temperature.  It’s a small, wonderful moment in time.

One of my goals has long been to implement a regular meditation practice.  I think I might have just found it, this article gives me permission. 🙂

Does anyone else do this?  Or do you have another simple way to practice meditation?

It’s okay to be mediocre or even fail

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One thing I’ve been working on for years now is being okay with being mediocre.  What does that mean?  It means that someone else is always going to be better than me.  It means that it’s okay not to be the best.  It’s okay, even important, to do something that I like, just because I like it, even though I’m not the best and never will be.

Take this blog.  I don’t think I’m the world’s best writer.  Sometimes I start a post to find out that I really have no idea what point I am trying to make.  But I enjoy writing and thinking about topics and coming up with ideas and making something I can complete and look at and think, hey, I put something new out into the world, even if it’s not that great.

Maybe, just maybe, if I keep working on it and keep writing and keep enjoying this, it will eventually turn into something that actually has some kind of collective substance.  Or maybe it won’t but I will surely learn a lot along the way.

The point is to bring joy into my life.  I want to do the things on my bucket list, the things that I have in my head.  I want to be silly and serious and learn new things and have new experiences.  I want to shape my life rather than letting it shape me.

And one of the things that is helping me do that is this blog.  So, there it is, I am going to keep working on this blog and let it bring me joy even if it never turns into anything more than a source of fun for me.

What do you want to try just for the fun of it even though you will never be the best?

xoxo