In recent years, on or about New Year’s Day, I have come up with an overarching theme to live by for the next 365 days. It has been challenging, and a heck of a lot of fun. My year of trying new things involved eating mollusks for the first time; my year of culture saw me at countless theatrical productions around town; this year has been deemed my year of self-improvement.
what a badass
Self-improvement sounds so cliche, but it really ties in with things that I’ve been wanting to get better at. I’ve spent several hours practicing yoga, many nights knitting until it feels my fingers might fall off, and lunch hours drinking tea and eating nutritional, homemade foods. It’s been my favorite theme so far!
In my quest for betterment, I stumbled across a couple of resources that I’m really enjoying, and wanted to share them with you.
- Simply Yoga iPhone app. I use Simply Yoga every time I practice yoga, either for a full routine, or as inspiration to come up with my own based on poses I have enjoyed doing. I have yet to buy the full app, but I should really get around to doing that one of these days – I enjoy the limited free version, and the full paid version sounds awesome, so I’m sure it will be worth every penny.
- The Now iPhone app. This is a delightful app that pushes a little reminder to live in the present moment directly to your phone. It is always refreshing to see the little messages pop up, and I take a moment to really read them, process what they are telling me, and bring myself back to a more centered state of mind.
- Zen Habits website. Written by Leo Babauta, this site struck some really beautiful chords with me. I can’t remember exactly when or where I found it, but I am thoroughly enjoying reading through the archives, and eagerly await new articles each week.
Personally, I use Google Reader to keep in touch with the content creators that I love. In addition to Zen Habits, I anticipate stories from This American Girl, inspiration from The Freedom Experiment, and my weekly fix of Post Secret. You can find all of them in the upper left hand corner of my home page.
Who is at the top of your must-read list? I’m always game to read/learn something new! <3