Archive | February 2012

the.best.thing.

Best Friend.

So I was sitting at Coffman Union today near Jamba Juice, wishing Ellen Degeneres was still on at 9am like it used to be so I could laugh out loud at all her funny jokes, and I heard some girl in front of me say, “yeah, well the best things in life never last very long”.  This statement resonated with me for a long time.  I have to say I heavily disagree.  And this is why.

8 years ago I met my best friend and to this day she still is one of the best things in my life.  It was Freshman year in high school when I decided to call her the night of Halloween.  I needed a trick or treating buddy.  Well good thing I made that call because from that night on it was history.  We literally spent every waking moment together. I basically lived at her house, especially on Fridays because that was pizza night at the Beley household.  The Beley family now had another daughter.  But that all changed the day she told me she was moving to South Carolina.  I will never forget that day we sat on the edge of her bed when she told me the horrible news.  I thought I was losing a friend but what I did not realize is that I was gaining more than I could ever fathom then.

Catherine is one of the most beautiful, genuine and confident people you will ever come into contact with.  She radiates happiness from every ounce of her body and literally brings out the best in everyone… especially me.  If there is one thing being friends with her has taught me it is to value people who demonstrate to me they value me as well. We both show each other everyday why we value each other’s friendship and that has made all the difference in why we have been able to keep this friendship going.  Afterall the truth of the matter is the best of friendships/relationships only work out if both sides put in the time and effort.

Keeping up a friendship with someone for 8 years who lives half way across the country from you can be a challenge.  We have been through many ups and downs but not enough to destroy our friendship.  Skype calls, trips to South Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida, texting, calling have always kept us in touch. Thank God for modern technology.  Let’s just say we both have come to value each other even more now than before.  We both have never given up on being best friends. She means more to me than I can really put into words.  Yes, its been 8 years, and here’s to 8 more and beyond.

This year, for the second year in a row, our spring breaks fall on the same week.  I think Catherine and I could both agree that God had something to do with that.  Woo!  Florida here we come.  I literally cannot wait another 2 weeks to see her.  I have a feeling that it is going to be one of the greatest weeks yet.  So Catherine, thanks for being the best ever.  I love you and that is no “bologna sausage with mustard and pickle relish frogbreath”

You are the best thing…ever.

Well as always, laugh often and stay on the sunnyside.

L

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being.mindful.

Calhoun

So today I was super excited when I woke up.  COREPOWER YOGA HAD A GROUPON. Of course I had to buy one because nothing feels better than sweating like a dog in a yoga sculpt class. #bestclassever.  Two of my best friends and I got them and are already planning on going at 6:30am on Wednesday.  I could not be looking more forward to it.  I love waking up early especially when it means getting my butt kicked by a good workout.  Best way to start the day.  Anyway I am in two classes that emphasize the importance of mindfulness.  When mindfulness is mentioned so is yoga of course.  Lately because of this, I have been working a lot on becoming more mindful.  A while back I published a post on mindfulness which I want to share again.  I asked myself what I think it means to be mindful.

Sometimes I take the word mindfulness too literally and focus on my mind being full of thoughts all focusing on the future and what it has in store for me.  It is easy to get lost in thoughts of where I will be in five years.  But why?  Why do we always need to put so much of an emphasis on the future when we have plenty to offer the world in the present moment?  Don’t get me wrong, it is important to think about the future.

The only way to create the best future though is by making the best of the present. By making the best of the present though, it is also important to take a look at what is currently happening in our life.  Are the people in it building us up?   Are they adding value to our lives?  When you do think about the future, focus on the possibilities, not the problems.  Be positive.  Focus on the people who bring out that positivity in us.  Many times this is easier said than done.  I get it.  It is easy to be really excited about something but due to past disappointments,  we become scared of what is going to happen.  No one wants to be let down or hurt.  As hard as it is, try to just enjoy what is happening now.  Don’t be scared.  Be bold.  Be fearless.

Our lives unfold in moments.  If we spend too much time focusing on the future, we will not allow ourselves to be present for the moments that create and add value in our lives.  Beginning to pay attention to the present moment will foster a greater awareness and give us clarity of the life that lay ahead of us.  If we are not fully present for the moments, we may miss out on some of the most cherished experiences such as building relationships with people you love now or will someday come to love, or feeling the cool, crisp fall breeze whip through your hair, or watching the sun melt down into the clouds. Life is truly beautiful.  Be mindful of that.

Well as always laugh often and stay on the sunnyside,

L