Please Don’t Burst My Zen Bubble!

I had a really enlightening weekend at Deerfield Spa. It feels like FOREVER since I last had a chance to nurture myself, and this was the type of place where everyone had one goal in mind: a journey towards wellness.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here are the only things I had to “worry about” on Saturday: 1:) Get up 2.) Eat the three healthy meals and two snacks they put out for me 3.) Figure out my exercise schedule and 4.) Enjoy my warm stone massage.  Rough day, huh? 😉

After some rest, healthy yet tasty meals, and some intensely fun & challenging workouts, I was floating high in my cozy “Zen bubble” (a term I think my friend Rachel and I may have coined this weekend???). Since I was so chill–which believe me is very rare!–I decided it was best to take a break from the iPhone and truly live and breathe in the moment. I often find myself worrying more about capturing a great moment on camera or how I’m going to write about how happy it made me rather than just taking it all in.

While we all can’t get away and enclose ourselves in a Zen bubble, this get-away reminded me of the importance of making time each day to take care of yourself and create your own Zen moments:

Take the time to eat the right foods to fuel your body, try to squeeze in a good stretch in the morning, become more aware of what it is that makes you feel good–whether it’s exercising, listening to good, inspirational music (my friend Rachel certainly disappoint me with her iPod play list, btw!), or taking a few moments to pat yourself on the back for something you did instead of beating yourself up for all the things you didn’t do.

My friends, please find some happiness and peace today: Declare your own Zen bubble and don’t you dare let anyone pop it!

Make time for Zen moments.




Life is a highway.

Right now, I feel like that uninspired lady who needs to wind herself up in that anti-depressant commercial. So as you can imagine, I’m super-psyched that I’ll have two whole days to recharge my battery and do whatever I want at the health spa (apart from eat bad food and drink heavily, I guess!).

While I’m totally looking forward to the spa itself, I’m also looking forward to the drive (unless the snow decides to toy with my happiness). My friend Rachel and I have similar taste in music, but she’s much more proactive about checking out new artists and downloading cool, interesting, and awesome tunes onto her iPod. I can’t wait to hear what she’s got in store for the ride. I’m always looking for a new favorite song that I can belt out dramatically while cruising down the freeway!

What are some of your favorite driving tunes? Two of mine are “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane and “Dreams” by The Cranberries. Maybe I can download some of your suggestions before I head out today!

Have a rockin’ weekend, peeps.


Something to look foward to.

Admittedly there are days when it seems like NOTHING will put a spring in your step–not even looking at the petite lap giraffe webcam! This is only my 5th day of trying to find “today’s happiness” and I’m already struggling (sad but true!). I mean there are lots of things that make me smile throughout the day, but after constantly reprimanding the kids, coming up with meal ideas,  unloading and reloading the dishwasher, etc. my mood kind of sours. It’s always a battle of the “have-tos” versus the “want-tos” (i.e. I HAVE to clean up the kitchen, but I WANT to kick up my heels and read the latest issue of US Weekly).

So since I’m feeling a little blah about today, I’m going to talk about what’s to come: a spa weekend getaway! My friend Rachel and I are heading to Deerfield Spa tomorrow a.m. for her birthday, but I feel like it’s more of a gift to myself than to her! I can get through today knowing that I have a warm stone massage to look forward to, some healthy meals, and of course quality time with my friend (and myself).

What are you guys looking forward to? Any exotic vacation plans in-the-works? A hot dinner date? Let me know what’s keeping you motivated and happy.  Feel free to share so we can all live vicariously through you!

Enjoy the day my friends.


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