Top: Tracy Feith for Target purchased over 2 years ago, Legging Pants: Uniqlo $40, Hunter Wellies: 2009 Christmas gift, Bag: childhood gift from my great-aunt!, Locket: The Market NYC $30, Bracelets: vintage from mom
I don’t know if I have mentioned this yet on MA BLAG, but I am doing a yoga challenge right now. 50 classes in 60 days. I’ll be at my studio pretty much everyday until the middle of September.
Last night, I hit my first wall.
Even though I have heard countless number of times from my instructors not to panic and just to breathe, I went right on ahead and panicked anyway. I was tired, my muscles weren’t responding the way that I wanted them to, every pose felt off-balance. I started to hold my breath, which is the cardinal rule-breaker of yoga. YOU HAVE TO BREATHE. Always breathe.
Then my instructor paused the class. She reminded us that part of the practice is to be mindful, to welcome these poses with ease and joyfulness. To have a smile on our face. To be effortless.
I have decided that the theme of my challenge is that word right there: EFFORTLESS. I am a workaholic. Not just in terms of career, but also in life. If there is an issue or problem, I will form attack plans and strategies, and counter-attack plans for my original strategies, and I will read 10 books on the subject, and I will FIGURE THIS THING OUT.
Of course, there are some situations that you just cannot figure out. When those happen to me, I feel guilty and I spend a lot of time crying over my “failure.” I have decided that this is perhaps a somewhat flawed system. AHEM.
So, this summer and this challenge have really been about approaching everything with an effortless attitude. It doesn’t mean that I don’t actively participate in whatever I happen to be doing. I just try and add whatever ease I can to the task at hand.
In keeping, my outfit for today is all about ease and comfort and what works best on me. A cute top in a color that works well with my skin tone, never-fail jeans, and wellies to help me weather a few storms. (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!)
Now get the hell out of here, you crazy kids. Go have a good weekend.
Total cost of the outfit = $70
Remaining budget for 2012 = $647
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