Hypocrasy or baby steps?

Spoke with my fiancee yesterday, we've been having more disagreements than usual, mostly due to her trying to quit smoking. She mentioned how she thought it was hypocritical of me to be preaching about buying humane, organic meats, and yet still have tons of clothes and love shopping.

I know I'm not perfect, I admit that I am materialistic, but I do try. I try to do my best, and sometimes I make mistakes. She has an all-or-nothing attitude, and I think that shows through a lot when we talk about the environment. I however try to look at it as baby-steps and accepting that no one will ever be perfect.

In a world where it has gone so far, this disposable lifestyle that the world is so accustomed to and so attached to, baby steps is the most viable way of trying to change that. I avoid plastic as much as possible, I'm cutting down on my meat consumption (again), I buy as much as I can second hand, we recycle, I try to find ways to reuse the stuff we have before chucking it. That's more than a lot of people do, that is what I'm proud of.

More on my personal yoga visit

Since I have time in the morning between when my fiancee leaves and when I have to wake up Emily, I have decided to do yoga in this time instead of go back to sleep.

The upside of this decision is that I am definitely more awake throughout the morning, and I have better energy.

The downside of this is that my legs are very sore right now! I couldn't even finish the tape this morning, my legs were shaking too badly.

Hopefully my strength builds up, and I will be able to do this tape more easily. I've evolved from Gentle Yoga to Ali MacGraw - Yoga Mind & Body which is a fair bit harder, but it also has better direction (in my opinion) and also more enlightening poses.

Any preferences in your own personal exercise or yoga routines? Let me know, I'd love to hear.

If you do click the link for Ali MacGraw's Yoga Mind & Body, a small commission goes to me. I would recommend however to always check out second hand shops and libraries for the lowest footprint :)

Personal revisitation of yoga

The child, Emily, was home sick today, so I also stayed home from work. She has some sort of stomach flu, and it is likely due to the fact that she doesn't let herself sleep.

This aside, I took time today while she was sleeping to revisit yoga. I had tried it many years ago, and could not slow myself down enough to enjoy it. Now that I have matured and begun paying attention to the pace I live my life at, I am able to step back and enjoy this simple activity of self-actualization. I thoroughly enjoyed attuning myself with, well, myself.

I watched and participated in Intimate Yoga (which played on channel 20 at around 12:30pm on my Rogers cable). Then took a few hours to do other stuff, talk to Emily, do some crocheting. I then decided I wanted more. So I took out my age old VHS tape called "gentle yoga for beginners with Suzanne Deason"

Also gave me a chance to actually use my exercise mat, which has been sitting, rolled up, in the corner for a few months now.

I definitely recommend yoga to anyone who wants or needs to take time out of their day to reassess themselves and to realign their energy.

Yoga tapes and DVD's can be found cheap at secondhand stores, and at the library. There is also tonnes upon tonnes of yoga videos and tips online such as HERE or HERE. Of course, a simple Google search will help you find exactly what you're looking for.

How about you? Any of you already do yoga? Have some favourite types or preferred poses? Have questions about the different types? Let your thoughts out here.

Computerlessness breeds innovation... or something

Well, as of today, I can say that I have been without home internet, or even a computer, for 2 weeks. The only time I get on the net is on my Wednesday job, where I man a desk. It was hard at first, being without my computer. You become accustomed to having it there, and it becomes part of your routine. I would spend 2-3 hours on the computer each day, and doing what? Mostly playing games on Facebook. Seems ridiculous now. In light of this, I am currently removing all games from Facebook.

Family Bonuses:
In these two weeks, however, I have been spending more face time with my daughter, and my fiancee. The television is sometimes on, but it's less attention sucking than the computer ever was. Emily (my daughter) has loved the extra attention she's been getting, and she is getting much more confident with reading to me. Mel has also been enjoying it. Since I have some measure of mood disorder, the computer was an easy way for me to subconsciously recede into my own mind. Since there's no computer, I am staying more alert and more "in the now" than ever.

Personal Bonuses:
I have also been spending more time focusing on my own personal artsy type projects. I actually managed to complete a card for my mother for mother's day, complete with little cutouts of a flower, and a heart. I also started a new knitting project, which I am hoping will turn out nicely. Emily has also taken a liking to this new attention focus, as just this morning she asked if I was going to do any knitting before taking her to daycare.

In Conclusion:
So, in my 15 odd years as an avid computer and internet addict, I can say with all honesty that I now know what life is like without a computer. And it's not that bad. I do still need my occasional touch with the e-universe, but it's not a daily necessity. I think that when the computer is back up and running, I will see it more as an asset than a personal need for day to day life. If this computerlessness remains, I will definitely need to dig out the old library card for some good old fashioned research using books. Hopefully it won't NEED to get to that point, but maybe a trip to the library would be a good idea.

Anyone else have any epiphanies while I've been offline? Let me know :)

Random ramblings

Sometimes, there are days that you just want to lay in bed all day and pretend that the day never happened. As a mother, it is never possible to do this. I push myself each morning to get up, and to get my daughter ready for her day, and it is sometimes the hardest thing that I can do. I really wish we could just stay home and spend that time together.

I just needed to get this off my chest. Sometimes days are hard to push through, but they are rewarding in the end. I love my daughter, I love my partner, and I love going through life with the both of them. They are my reason for getting up and doing something with each day.