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Adventure: 30 days?

I recently embarked on a 30 day challenge of no sugar, no gluten, no dairy.   

Wait, what?  You mean no red wine?  No cheese?  Whoa, hold the phone – no dark chocolate?   Yes, you are correct and we are totally on the same page if those three food items literally just danced in your head.

So, a yogi friend of mine rolled out this 3 month journey broken into 30 day challenges on her blog, get inspired here

Day 1 was okay.  Day 2 was very odd and hungry.  We won’t even talk about day 3.  Day 4, 5 and 6 were actually working out okay minus a minor visual that sparked in my head of a date night with my man and a tub of movie popcorn.   Too tempting.  We didn’t go to the movie.

Just to share though, I have been pondering this challenge now that I am closing in on the finish line of day 7.  Here are my thoughts below:

 How crazy is it that I miss dark chocolate like an old friend you don’t talk to anymore because of irreconcilable differences?  The mixture of a dark chocolate with almonds?  Or those little dark chocolate nuggets at the Whole Foods counter, the proceeds go to save the Dolphins, people!

Or, how about the cork pop of a bottle of wine?  A sound I miss and an action I thoroughly enjoyed (past tense), as I sit here googling wine clubs to join.  There was a lady in front of me at the grocery today – she had 12 bottles of red wine as her entire purchase.  I told the Universe, “good one”.

 Oh, and the beauty of a cutting board and a sharp knife cutting through a huge hunk of manchego cheese or large wedge of truffle cheese from Whole Foods.  On a gluten free cracker, perhaps as a soup garnish? 

And, the self-serve popcorn butter drizzle station at AMC.  It’s almost as if I can smell it.

I will say on the flip side, as I am sure you were waiting from some inspiring notion about all this or asking, then Why?  Why? Why do this?  I’ll tell you why – I chose three words for my 2012 year and one of them was ‘commitment’.  Of course, I chose that one for this year – or course!  So, I am committed to this challenge and I am committed to commitment.

And, I feel proud of myself.  It is an achievement each day.  Yes, my chocolate mountain to climb might be your molehill over there – but to each their own. 

And, I keep trekkin…

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Project Inspiration: Erin Thomas

As I dig deep and look into who I really am, I look into who I invest my time with and how they have moved me in what I have called Project Inspiration.

I wanted to take this time to tell you how my best friend, Erin Thomas has inspired me and been a part of my life evolution.  She is that  freaking-hilarious-and-knows-it-huge-hearted-party-of-a-good-time-up-for-anything-make-you-have-real-conversations-when-you-don’t-want-to-unconditional-loving-always-forgiving-always-guiding-best friend.

Dear Erin,

I can still close my eyes and feel the way I felt walking across the threshold of your apartment in The Villas, Sex and the City intro music playing over and over in the background, red wine waiting on the glass coffee table and a safety net catching me every step.  I was in that age twenty tornado just flailing and you grabbed my arm and pulled me out.  Best friends ever since.

What I wanted to let you know is that who you are has and continues to shape who I am every day.

Erin, you are one of those great greats of a friend.  Period.  You pick up the phone.  You check in.  You call people out.  You lift people up.  You forgive in a way only real friends do.  Your capacity for love in a friendship is endless. I am inspired by our relationship and truly aspire to be for my friends and family who you are as a best friend to me.

Always up for a good time, you are a true partner in crime when it comes to a party.  Doesn’t matter what we are wearing, who we are with or where we are headed, if I am with you, I am in for adventure.  And don’t even get me started on your dance moves.  I am inspired to never ever feel sorry for partying.

Erin, you are beautiful.  Say it in the mirror three times.  Because you are.

Be it a bagel shop, a yoga studio, a dear friend or an accepted invite, you are loyalty.  When I wade a little deeper in the vocabulary pond, you are devotion.  And that is a beautiful quality.  To be devoted, attentive and true is something I most cherish in you.  Stepping into a new career, becoming a yoga teacher, and being a yoga teacher; your life shifts are inspiring and a true testament of your amazing future.  I see it.  I enjoy it.  And I am inspired to keep shifting in my life and devoting to creating my future.  Thank you for being a great example, a true leader in this.

Let’s talk about the humor card, because you were dealt it.  And you are not afraid to tell anyone and everyone that you are most definitely and without a doubt the funniest person you know.  I laugh out loud and often when I am around you, on the phone with you, or looking at your life photos on facebook.  (smile)  Laughter is a form of emotional balance.  Don’t forget that, because when you provide me with a bit of balance, I am forever grateful, forever thankful and forever inspired.

Erin, thank you for never giving up on this twisting and winding roller coaster of a frienship you and I stepped into.  You are, in the words of Tina Turner, “simply the best“.  Thank you for loving me, for shifting in the most powerful ways, and for making everyone in your life laugh.  I’ll be seeing on the yoga mat, in a car driving around some lake or posted up at the bar.  And I can’t wait.

As you continue to rock in this life, keep being who you are. And I promise that I will do the same.

Inspired,

Jacki Carr

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