Enjoying the silence around me

March 2, 2009

While eating lunch today, I read an article in Relevant Magazine about silence. I am fully connected and plugged in at almost all hours of the day. If I’m not listening to something, I’m reading something, not allowing my mind to rest and reflect and listen. The short bursts of silence I get are when riding my bike, but I usually get so frustrated by drivers that I get to my destination fuming, not reflective.

So I’m going to challenge myself to some silence. Real silence. Not sure how I’m going to pull it off as I’m fidgety. But my current knitting project is mindless, so maybe I’ll start there. Sit on the couch for 30 minutes a day, knit, not talk, turn my phone and my ipod off. Maybe I’ll get some answers to everything that has been buzzing thorugh my head lately.

“The Lord said [to Elijah],’Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood in the mouth of the cave.” 1 Kings 19:11-13

How am I going to hear God’s gentle whisper if I never have silence?

Talk about branding…

February 19, 2009

My very own t-shirt!

My very own t-shirt!

My husband Dave is a graphic/web designer and designed this lovely blog for me. I’ve been pestering him for a t-shirt design with a bike on it, so he took my new PowderGirl design and made it into a t-shirt. Its available at CafePress. If you like it, please get one…

My 5 Things on Blue Planet/Green Living

February 13, 2009

I made a new friend today with Julia at OrganicGreenandNatural.com – otherwise known as Blue Planet Green Living. I made the connection over 1% for the Planet, and she ended up posting My Five Things that we can do to save the planet.
Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/cpn2dy

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Update to Resolutions

January 23, 2009

I just got my first dozen of local eggs. They are different sizes and colors! and its only costing me $35 for 10 weeks – that’s $3.50 a dozen, the same price I pay at the store. And I’m supporting a local farmer! Thankful for my neighbors Adam and Cora for hooking me up with their egg lady!

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My New Years Resolutions and What Might Just Break Them

January 12, 2009

I don’t usually do New Years resolutions, but there have been a few things I’ve been trying to change in my life the past few months, so figured making them official wouldn’t hurt. But like all resolutions, they are made to be broken, so maybe if I identify them first, I’ll have a fighting chance.

1. Riding to work everyday. I’ve been successful at this as of yet over the past year. A few time I’ve gotten dropped off, but I can’t remember the last time I drove myself to work.

How this might be broken: If I get a new job. There is no where else in Carbondale to work that I know of, so if I got a new job it would probably be in Aspen or Glenwood. But in that case, I would ride my bike to the bus stop and use public transportation.

2. Buying Locally. We don’t have much in the way of locally produced stuff up here in the mountains, but I plan on starting to buy local meat (as soon as there is room in the freezer from the pounds of frozen green chili). But as for things not made here, I’m trying to buy from local shops. Yes, it’s cheaper to buy my Tom’s of Maine from the grocery store or from Vitamin Cottage in Glenwood, but I’d rather shop at the little food co-op on Main Street, even if it does cost $2 more (yikes!). I was able to do 90% of my Christmas shopping (the little I didn’t make) locally, which was great.

How this might be broken: Money. Shopping in a small mountain town is not the cheapest place in the world – like a $6 tube of natural toothpaste instead of Crest. But keeping my dollars in the community is important, so I may buy less to keep it local.

3. Simplify. That’s a loaded word. Don’t even know where to start or how to accomplish that. But my small house is cluttered and my calendar has way to many things on it and something needs to change. I think I’ll start tonight by taking down the Christmas decorations.

How this might be broken: well, more like how will this actually happen! I like being involved and I like stuff, so technically, I’ve already failed. But every bag that goes to the consignment shop makes me feel good, like I’ve just rid my life of one more thing weighing me down. Its the freeing up the calendar that is going to take awhile.

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