What Matters?

A friend shared this story with me today, and it really hit home. What really matters to you? Is it what you prioritize? 

Welcome to 2014….the year of family, friends, health, and passions! Climb on everyone 🙂

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A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

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Love and Lions

Always a sucker for anything “big cat related,” I love this video by Prana. Kevin Richardson and Dave Salmoni (of Animal Planet) are both so inspirational to me because of their passion for these amazing animals, and their dedication to raising awareness and creating a world where humans and wildlife can coexist in our earthly habitat.

I know there is much debate about the intentions of people like Kevin and Dave, and many people believe that they are simply “Hollywood stars” who “taunt” the animals “for attention”. My view is that SOMETHING has got to change in they way the world society treats the wild, and I believe (perhaps naively) that these guys are honestly trying to raise awareness and change the global perspectives in the best ways they know how. I really hope so at least.

Of course, the best way to help these animals and the longevity of their species is through the non-profits and communities who are 100% dedicated to the welfare of wildlife. On that note, I’m proud to say that this week I made my first holiday donation to WWF (since I can afford to, now that I have my own income!)

Long live the wild!

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NorCal Inspiration from Sharma

I’ve been planning to head up to climb at Mickey’s Beach the weekend after Thanksgiving for a few weeks, and with Prana’s new “Breath” Episode, I couldn’t be more excited!

Chris Sharma is always fun to watch, though I think they might have gotten a bit carried away with his dramatic/pensive expressions in the beginning…

Regardless, I found inspiration and beauty in the rocks, the music, the setting, and of course, in Chris.

Can’t wait!

S’mores

Obviously nothing replaces the satisfaction of a perfectly roasted s’more over a campfire surrounded by cold winds and great friends. BUT, if you are desperate and domesticated–or have to pretend to be–these are sure to impress:

http://jennysteffens.blogspot.com/2012/10/bite-sized-smores-in-oven-easy-fall.html

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San Luis Obispo

I spent last week visiting San Luis Obispo (for an assignment with work) which was AWESOME because SLO is 100% my favorite town on the planet. I went to college at Cal Poly in SLO and my boyfriend and a few friends are still finishing up some classes there, so it really was the ideal work week.

During one of my lunch breaks, I cruised 10 minutes down 101 to Avila Beach, another one of my favorite little pieces of the world:

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Could the Central Coast be any prettier?

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Forests for Thought

Forests for Thought

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El Cap during the Government Shutdown

XOHioqOSaw this online and thought it was awesome. Not to lighten the impact of the shutdown or get into politics…but climbers will be climbers!

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Reconnecting with the Santa Cruz Mountains

Last weekend, I finally had some real time to relax. Which of course meant to head off into the mountains! Living in the South Bay definitely has its perks, and one of my favorites is that the Santa Cruz mountains are only a fifteen minute drive away. Crazy that in just 15 minutes I can be transported from the heart of Silicon Valley, into the serenity of the redwoods (the smell of them just makes me so happy EVERY.TIME.)

Anyway, first stop was Castle Rock, the local crag. I’ve been going to Castle Rock since I was about five years old so it definitely feels like an extension of my back yard. The bouldering is enough to fill a day with friends, and the formations scattered along the back side of the hill open up for decent trad and sport climbs with AMAZING views! On a clear day, you can see all the way out to Monterey/Moss Landing from the tourist hotspot “Goat Rock” (which is where I–and tons of other Bay Area climbers–first experienced climbing outdoors):

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Day Two was spent exploring Henry Cowell State Park, which I really haven’t visited since I was a kid. Very touristy, but very beautiful. We did the “Redwood Loop” with a self-guided pamphlet tour which explained all sorts of fun facts about the redwoods. Cannot wait to come back and visit/stay in the camping side of the park. Really, really a gorgeous weekend!

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“The Giant”

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12 Reasons To Get Back To Your Yoga Class

12 Reasons To Get Back To Your Yoga Class

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Funny, but so true!

Well, here’s some motivation for getting back to your class:

1. Your yoga mat is cold inside your car…it needs to be unrolled once in a while. (You might have even paid big bucks for it.) Your mat needs air time; it misses you and wonders if it has done something wrong.

2. Your yoga teacher has a complex. She depends on you to build her self-confidence. She is considering taking up a new career, like Roller Derby, and that could be dangerous. But ,if you come back to her class, she will stick to teaching yoga. Keep your yoga teacher confident and safe.

3. The people around you have noticed a change in your mood since you stopped attending yoga class. Dare I say they are all a little afraid?

4. You have road rage.

5. You are eating Cheetos and you don’t even like Cheetos; you are drinking large amounts of beer and you like beer. Lately, your go-to place is your couch.

6. Your body is pleading with you every day, “Remember when we used to go to yoga class? Remember how much better we felt? Now, something different hurts every day. Please go back…”

7. It’s your birthright to be in your body every day; to move, to breathe and even sweat.

8. A yogi strives to be in the mind of a beginner. Since you haven’t practiced in a while, this will come easy.

9. When you come back to the yoga mat, your body will remember more than you think.

10. The glorious wonderful feeling you get after just five minutes of savasana. Every class has savasana.

11. Because you have an inner superhero, wise sage or glittering unicorn longing to get out.

12. Because you deserve it.

“Yoga is almost like music in a way; there is no end to it.” ~ Sting

WILD!

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My happy copy, sitting at a reading spot in the backyard

“The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be  human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”  – Cheryl Strayed

Wow, just WOW! This book….so good.

I realize I’m (really) late to the Wild party, but after months of putting it off because “it would be too cliche and over-hyped,” (the same way I had thought Into the Wild would be), it turned out to be amazingly rewarding (the same way Into the Wild turned out to be). I finally purchased a copy of this book at the airport and physically struggled to put it down until I finished it. Cheryl Strayed took me on a raw, emotional journey that left tears streaming down my face throughout the majority of a flight, and left me with a strong, strong desire to grab my own pack and GO!