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Archive for November, 2012

“Hot coffee and cold winter mornings are two of the best soul mates who ever did find each other.”

Terri Guillemets

“It’s amazing how the world begins to change through the eyes of a cup of coffee!”

Donna A. Favors

“Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts.”

Og Mandino

“Every new day is a once in a lifetime event. How much more exciting would our lives be if we embraced this truth and lived accordingly?!”

Steve Maraboli

“Each new day greets us with no rules except for the rules we place on it. Greet this new day with open arms and endless possibility.”

Steve Maraboli

While we lived in Europe over the summer I learned many new things, one of which was to drink and love coffee.

 

My whole life I never liked coffee and never drank a drop.  But after drinking it in a hotel room in Switzerland, I never went back.

 

So when we got back to the states I bought a white Mr. coffee machine at target. It didn’t matter what brand it was, it just mattered that it was white LOL.  I like the light, I like sparkles, I like glitter, and I like white.

 

Period.

 

Also, I honestly can’t taste the difference.  Between this coffee and that coffee and this coffee machine and that coffee machine.

 

I didn’t even notice that this Mr. Coffee machine is one that you can self time. So I can set the timer the night before and have it brew at 4 AM when I wake up.

 

In theory.

 

I am a writer and a super-mom of five and a Yogi and a creator and an activist, but good with spatial tasks I’m not.

 

So I handed it over to Phillippe, who ostensibly set the timer so that my hot coffee would be awaiting at 4 AM.

 

It wasn’t.

 

So I just hit that button and off it went.  It brewed up my coffee and I smiled as I drank it, thinking about what a good feeling it is to set up the coffee maker the night before–whether it self brews or not.  I tuned into the vibration of how calming and grounding it felt to put the coffee filter and grounds into the coffee maker the night prior, knowing that something warm and tasty and energizing would come from such a simple action.

 

Your yoga practice is a similar  foundation setting for your day. So simple, yet so profound–and so able to produce a strong foundation on which to build your day, and your life.

 

Have the best day ever!

 

Namaste!

 

Taylor plus 5

 

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“Relief is a great feeling. It’s the emotional and physical reward we receive from our bodies upon alleviation of pain, pressure and struggle. A time to bask in the lack of the negative.”

Vera Nazarian

“For fast acting relief, try slowing down.”

Lily Tomlin

“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, I release the need for this in my life.”

Wayne Dyer

“For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”

Larry Eisenberg

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.