Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Four Beaches or Double Rainbow? Um. Both!

This day of the challenge asked us what is your perfect day? 

For the past few days I thought that I had already answered this question in my last post. That was a perfect day in my vision to come. I have thought about it and the beautiful day that I have had shines a little light on this whole challenge thing.

I had most of the day off and I decided I need a "me day". I woke up early, right as the sun was rising. My room was filled with cool colors of the dawn. I did not plan this of course, but it gave me about an hour to lay, be still, fall in and out of sleep while thinking about my day to come. Because I only had to teach one class today it was actually very relaxing knowing what I had planed (or lack thereof) for the day. I had a rough draft for my schedule, but no concrete plans, which for me, is quite liberating.

I rose out of my warm heaven of a bed and put Etta James on Pandora. While her polished, soft voice filled my room, I did some light yoga stretches just to catch my body up to speed with my mind. I just love the way down dog opens your back line and lungs and the strength I feel holding plank. While getting ready, I packed my bags and food for the day, and I was on my way.

On the way to the studio I did my 'gratitudes.' This is where drive in silence in the car and list out loud everything that I can think of that I am grateful for in those moments. Today, it consisted of being grateful for the lessons I am learning and trying to practice, my family, the world I live in, the colors in our beautiful world, the special people in my life, having a good sound mind and healthy body, and the list goes on and on...I also ask for guidance and support in things that I am personally struggling with or being challenged in.

I then get a phone call from my mother! It is always a joy chatting with her. She gives me some wonderful advice on a decision I was trying to make.

I arrive at the studio early, just as my best client/friend arrives too! I have already called in to get a smoothy (Waimanolo Blue..yummy). We chat about my next career move and I make some realizations.

We then walk up stairs to the studio and have an amazing class. I do the class with them because there just happens to be on open reformer. We have been working on the classical Pilates level 3 regime. Everyone is really grasping things and I am seeing changes in their strength and tone in their bodies. We got through the entire level 3 repertoire! That is what we have been working towards for a while now. So exciting! When finished, everyone is energized and was full of life and excitement to take on their days.

"My" beach 
I start my adventure by driving up to the North Shore. On my way, I pass an old neighborhood, my undergrad college, and lots of memories after being on Oahu for 12 years. I stop for lunch at my favorite fish taco place. It is along wait, but I don't mind. I don't have any where to be by any certain time and with no one waiting for me. I sit down to wait for my food and read a book my brother gave me, "Ishmael." When my food arrives I am off in search of a new beach!

I pass the usual spots that I have been to recently (as in the past year). I find this wonderful beach park in Laie that is empty. Fancy that! I have my own private beach!! I lay down and read, make a couple work calls, nap, and wake to the sun kissing my skin. I keep trading off between reading and admiring my amazing view. I look left then right down the long stretches of beach and see no one in sight. This is a very rare moment. The colors of the ocean are dozens of different shades of greens, blues, and grays. The sound of the gentle crashing of the waves is soothing to my heart and often busy mind.

I decide to move on and explore some new things along my drive. I turn down a road that I have never been down to find an amazing new school, a large field with students playing soccer,  and a new hospital I have never seen. Grateful that the people in this area have these much needed facilities.

On to my next beach. I end up at Sunset Beach and it is not as crowded as it normally is. I decide to go for a swim. Oh my. How heavenly it was to first step into the water with just my feet, wait for wave to come crash over my shines, and then dive head first into the texture of liquid ecstasy. I swim for a good while, enjoying the serenity and cleansing feelings of this vast power.

I want to take some pictures of my view, but it just so happens these two little girls proceed to dump all their sand toys right as I am about to snap my photo. At first I was a little perturbed, but then I started taking pictures with them in it and they are some of my favorites from the day.

I went to three other beaches today, including one that had a turtle. On my drive home through the pineapple fields, I saw a rainbow that turned into a double rainbow and then I proceeded to see two more. Four rainbows in one day. I want to say this is no unusual occurrence in Hawaii.

After many moments of "ah' and excitement for the beauty around me, I make my way home. Here I proceed to make dinner, put my laundry away, watch a movie, and start this entry.

Today was pretty damn perfect. I got to teach an hour to feed my body, stretch my mind, and work towards a common goal with others. I got to spend some quality time with myself, ponder on things that I have been seeking guidance on, feed my eyes with the waves, mountains, and people around me.

There was one moment on the beach where the people to my right were speaking Japanese and the people on my left were speaking Italian. I loved it. This helps me affirm that I want to travel.

I got to enjoy and appreciate the world around me. With me. I feel so blessed to have had this day to open my eyes and heart to what life is really about and what lifestyle I lead and want to lead.

"This whole 30 Day Blog Challenge is to move you towards creating freedom in business and adventure in life by giving you clarity on what that means to you. So let’s get even clearer shall we?"

Today was my perfect day. It was just what I needed. When I first saw this question, I honestly didn't realize or know. But after my special me day, I understand the point of this question. If I could live everyday as I did today, would I? Umm...Hell YES!

Thank you Natalie for this question today, as I am grateful for the exercise in exposing my heart to such a day and the possibility for this day becoming on often reality.

I said I was going to do this challenge to open my heart and mind to new things, well, I got what I ordered.

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