Meditate on Thanks: Days 4,5,6 & 7 of the #thankfulforvacation Challenge

Today is Day 7 of the #thankfulforvacation challenge. I formulated this 2 week challenge in preparation for Mike and I’s upcoming vacation, as we’ve been anxiously awaiting this for months! Thanksgiving is a little over a weeks away as well, an awesome time to reflect of what you have to be thankful for.

1st day of the season at Two Bothers Deli

1st day of the season at Two Bothers Deli

For the past few days, I’ve had amazing Colorado adventures. From my first ever Warren Miller film, to exploring the Denver Botanical Gardens in the snow, to receiving my @offthematyoga poster in the mail (and having fun posing & spreading their amazing message!) to snowboarding for a whole day (ok, not the whole day, 3 runs….buuuuutttt I thought it was pretty good!!)

Denver Botanical Gardens

Denver Botanical Gardens

Mike’s sister and husband were visiting from South Carolina, so showing them the life we have built, in such a cool city, truly made me happy! They got to experience the city, tasting the delicious food around town (we brought them to The Universal, Scratch Burrito, Colorado Plus, The Kitchen in Boulder, and Shiso) as well as the gorgeous mountains that literally take your breathe away. Being able to say I live here makes my heart swell.

Tofu stir fry & pumpkin oat squares

Tofu stir fry & pumpkin oat squares

So yesterday (Day 6 of the #thankfulforvacation challenge) was back to my routine – it’s easy to get derailed when you have house guests! I started my day with a delicious smoothie & some gentle morning yoga (super sore from all that snowboard learning!) and after work headed to my Asana studio for a glorious Vinyasa class. That evening, Mike and I relaxed with some maple tofu & sunflower stir fry and polished off with some pumpkin & dark chocolate oat squares covered in pomegranate seeds. I’m currently obsessed and actually made a YouTube video on easily de-seeding one.

Posing for #offthematchallenge tonight

Posing for #offthematchallenge tonight

I’ve been ending the evening with nightly meditation. Nothing fancy, just keeping still, flowing with my breathe, and letting go of the day with gratitude. Each day of my little challenge has brought more mindfulness, more calm and clarity to me and I am so grateful.

Snowboarding at Copper Mountain

Snowboarding at Copper Mountain

Having dinner this evening with my mom, we spoke of happiness and reflection. Can you truly be happy if you don’t reflect, look inward honestly, and reflect gratitude and love? I’m not sure, but I know this is what I strive for. Our journey begins within, so that’s my hope for all who seem lost or sad or unhappy. To travel inward to find what you’re looking for.

Tomorrow, day 8 of the challenge, will begin with full commitment and intent: a full morning flow, followed by a delicious breakfast. No excuses & no house guests!!!

Happy Tuesday!

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