Gratitude Friday

teachingtwists1. Yoga. I taught a new class this morning and it went well. Two gorgeous curvy women showed up, I had a new cd that I really like, and I wore a mala my dear friend made me for good luck. More and more I see how yoga has been essential to my ability to practice self-compassion, to my efforts to heal and get stronger, to be sane. Through teaching, I can see directly how much I’ve changed, transformed.

curvyyoga2. My new favorite tshirt from Curvy Yoga in Nashville. I love the work that Anna does — she’s one of the reasons I became a yoga teacher, knew I had the right, belonged. I think I’m going to demand that from now on all of my clothes are this soft, this comfortable.

declutter3. Decluttering, simplifying. In order to make room for this new wardrobe of soft, comfortable, beautiful clothes that I’m certain are coming my way, I got rid of an entire trunkload of stuff. It felt so good. Bathroom drawers and kitchen cabinets and bookshelves are next.

kellyscookies 4. Kelly’s Giant Ginger Cookies. I’d been wanting to make these for a long time and finally had the desire, ingredients, and time all in the same place. Susan’s blog has some amazing recipes, and I love her stories of my friend and her daughter, Kelly. I told Susan after I made the cookies that I was wishing we could all sit down over a cup of tea and enjoy them — heck, I’d eat a bowl of dirt to get to sit and chat with Kelly again, make her laugh with my dumb dog stories.

daniellesnewalbum5. Danielle Ate the Sandwich’s new album, The Drawing Back of the Curtains. I’ve been listening to it non-stop since she released it.

mythreeboysBonus joy: my three boys, watching old episodes of Friends on Netflix and laughing with Eric, Gumpkies (cabbage rolls), the good chocolate, beautiful malas, good music, sleep, a new season of Downton Abbey.

6 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. barbranostay

    I am so impressed by all the de-cluttering you did! Wow! How long did that take? An afternoon? A week? I have a hard time letting go of some clothes that I think I may wear again “someday soon”, Letting go is not easy – it takes a certain kind of ruthlessness, I think! Oh, and honesty!

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      In real time, it took a few hours, and I had to go quickly, try not to hesitate, but…I’d actually been working on it for awhile. I’d read more than a year ago about a trick to do with your hangers: Turn around all the hangers in your closet so the hooks are pointing towards you (wrong way round). When you wear something, put it back with the hook the “right” way. In six months, any hanger still facing the wrong way is holding an item you haven’t worn and you can get rid of it. The other way I’d heard was to put things on one color hanger (say black) and then when you wore it, put it on another color (say white), and at the end of six months, get rid of anything still on the original color hanger (so anything on a black hanger goes). I did that last year, but I think I was too aware, still too weirdly panicked about getting rid of things, so when I noticed something hadn’t been worn, I’d wear it just to “save” it — not because I really wanted to wear it, but because if I didn’t I’d have to get rid of it. Still, it helped me to see the stuff I didn’t love, or even like, things that didn’t fit or feel good, and I remembered those things. What I didn’t say here is that there are three boxes in the garage of things that made me hesitate but weren’t an immediate “yes, keep it.” In another few months I will revisit them and most likely donate those too. For me the hanging on is a mix of poverty mentality (it’s perfectly good and maybe I’ll need it) and guilt (but I spent money on it, I can’t just give it away, that would be wasting money). This is also part of my bigger transition to really loving myself, wearing what I want, what feels good, what I like, and accepting my body just as it is, honoring it with things that fit and feel good. That part of this process took the last eight years. 🙂

  2. Joyce

    I just really loved this post. It made me feel happy. 🙂 And I was recently gifted an incredibly soft t-shirt with a llama riding a bicycle printed on it and decided that my style is “comfy eclectic” and promptly boxed up everything in my closet that didn’t fit that!


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