Posted: February 26, 2015 Filed under: Kindness, Meditation, Yoga | Tags: Children, Fleur Adcock, Identity, Internet, life, parenting, Poetry, Seva, Spring, writing, yoga
A snail is climbing up the window-sill
into your room, after a night of rain.
You call me in to see and I explain
that it would be unkind to leave it there:
it might crawl to the floor; we must take care
that no one squashes it. You understand,
and carry it outside, with careful hand,
to eat a daffodil.
I see, then, that a kind of faith prevails:
your gentleness is moulded still by words
from me, who have trapped mice and shot wild birds,
from me, who drowned your kittens, who betrayed
your closest relatives and who purveyed
the harshest kind of truth to many another,
But that is how things are: I am your mother,
And we are kind to snails.
– Fleur Adcock
Posted: September 8, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, compassion, cycling, Cyclocross, exercise, family, free range, freshly pressed, gluten free, gratitude, happiness, health, kindness, love, marathon, meditation, motivation, musings, natural, nature, nebraska, Omaha, paleo, parenting, passion, perspective, pilates, running, trail running, yoga, Zen
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them-
As any working parent knows, sometimes you have to think creatively to juggle work, partaking in outside activities and keeping your child engaged and out of trouble. Or am I trying to stay engaged and out of trouble?!? Anyways … Last Fall during cyclocross season I could not find a sitter on a regular basis, Grandma was busy doing grandma things and letting my 8-year old son stay at home alone is not an option . So I decided to take him along with me.
There he sat on the swings, flanked by a few new friends he instantly befriended. I was proud of him playing nicely pushing the merry-go-round when it was his turn; then hopping aboard to take in the fun. As he settled into playing carefree, I started to warm up and get ready for the race, and before too long I was comfortably in my single speed cyclocross racing groove.
That is, until about ten minutes after the call to the starting line, when my son suddenly blurted out from the top of the slide castle (by top – I mean the very top, like on the rooftop top). It wasn’t a cute, that little boy is adorable shout mind you. It was one of those incredibly eager, excited, this kid must be crazy or whatever shouts you expect a rabid sports fan to let loose during the heat of battle. Every set of eyes within a half mile immediately focused on him, perched gallantly high above, Star Wars t-shirt, Yankees hat and all … My heart immediately went silent on the backside of the course. I didn’t know what he was saying, but as parents we know in an instant when our kids are the center of attention! Making my way back to the start, I could make out that his eyes were glowing wide with delight, he had a huge smile on his innocent face and I could finally make out what he was shouting:
“Go get em’ Dad! Gears are for chumps and soccer moms!”
I could hear the crowd laughing now and starting to join in with my little dude, supporting their rider on this cool October morning in a more boisterous – colorful way. In this magical moment, somewhere between trudging through a sand pit and jumping over obstacles, everyone in attendance understood a 8 year old’s perspective on not taking life too seriously and having fun.
I would personally like to take a moment to thank the following kind and passionate folks for making the below schedule possible for me: Omaha Bicycle Co. and Endless Bike Company – Thank you!!!
Big Ring Ranch Endure Sept. 13th
The Wicked Wilson 100 Sept. 14th
Flatwater Twilight CX Sept. 24th
Omaha CX Weekend Oct. 11th
Omaha Jackrabbit Oct. 18th
Star City CX Series (Wednesday Nights)
*Winnipeg CX/Canada National Championships 2014 Oct. 24-26* Personal Highlight of the Fall Calendar *
Spooky Cross Nov. 1st-2nd
Gravelicious Gravel Grinder Nov. 1st
South Dakota Cyclocross State Championships Nov. 8th
Jingle Cross Nov. 14th
Nebraska State CX Championships Nov. 23rd
Iowa State Cyclocross Championship Dec. 6th
Posted: September 28, 2012 Filed under: Random Workout | Tags: blogging, crossfit, family, freshly pressed, friends, gluten free, happiness, health, hipster, hope, humor, kettlebell, love, lululemon, marathon, motivation, nature, paleo, parenting, perspective, pilates, play, running, trail running, trees, Walk, walking, whole foods, WOD, writing, yoga
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think-
*Taking the time to actually read this post today may increase your chances of having a great day? Just saying peeps.
There are only a few “athletes“ here at CultFit. Paid to play a sport or were ever fortunate enough to have finished in the money. The rest of us have never been a top athlete in any given discipline. That’s not to say we have not taken immeasurable joy and made lasting memories from merely showing up and having fun on a Saturday morning.
When you show up to an event, a race, heck even a bridal shower? Are you too busy judging whether you are good enough to be there in the first place?
When we do this to ourselves, we miss out on the magic of being present for an amazing experience. No sh!t Sherlock! “We all want to do well!“ Many more of us want to be the best competing on any given day, which is totally cool in our book. But to refuse to participate because you’re not quite top-tier is sad.
How loud do we need to scream in panic before our message starts to settle in? We are heading down a very dark road peeps. Where extreme levels of performance have become the guard rails and running on these roads is dangerous to all of us.
This is our challenge to you this weekend:
Remember going outside just to play?!? When was the last time you went to a park and joined in on an impromptu game of football (proper football, not the ‘Merican crap) with some friends? Have you ever stopped at a trail head and asked someone if they care to join you for a bit (the offer of a cold beer or coffee increase your chances)? Play, peeps … Plain and simple.
Each and every one of us is deprived of play in our lives, a crying shame to say the least. For many of us; the simple experience of what play should be has become work. We are way over organized in our daily lives : Gotta schedule this task … I just have to check in on Foursquare and tell this business they suck on Yelp!
Quick being cruel to yourself, PROMISE?!?
Come play with us this SUNDAY. Not like that perv!?!
A dynamic sweat inducing Warm Up of your choosing. Followed by:
20 Broad Jumps
20 Perfect Pull Ups
20 Hard Style KB Swings
20 Walking Lunges (each leg)
20 Perfect Push Ups
20 KB Piston Push Press (heavy)
20 Romanian Dead Lifts (heavy)
20 Goblet Squats (heavy)
20 Meter Sprint (Out and Back)
20 Minutes focusing on the movement that you feel you need to work on the most!!!
**Caution!!! Normally when random peeps stop by and see a program like this they instantly assume balls to the wall, hard-core, ELITE, gotta kill myself before the weekend. Right? Get your head straight right now … Breathing and Hips! Before you even start say: Breathing and HIPS!!! Out loud.**
Pinky swear? Melissa from Sweet Wholesome Health will be back on Monday!!! Have a great weekend and ENJOY!!!