I've been thinking a lot about being mindful — about how to be as present as I can. Then I realize I am thinking so much about being present that I am letting it distract me from BEING present! So tonight, I tried a little exercise based on one of the mindfulness practices I learned during childbirth preparation: see, hear, feel, breathe.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of It Worked For Me posts.
Sometimes offbeat living takes strange forms, and sometimes we end up living in a totally different space than we through we would.
I took my first college class when I was a fourteen-year-old freshman in high school. By fifteen, I had dropped out of high school to become a full-time resident student at a private college three and a half hours away from my parents. So, based on my experiences, and some of the things I've heard from my former dormmates, I thought I'd shared the pros and cons of starting college early.
Earlier this year, I took a singer-songwriter course at a local cultural institute, to improve my songwriting. Our tutor encouraged us to play in public as much as possible. Go to open mics, play family parties, play for your friends until they beg you to stop, and also: busk. I'm not here to give you busking tips though; I haven't got nearly enough experience for that yet. I just want to explain to you why busking is AWESOME, and why you should consider doing it if you play an instrument (or have other performance skills).
As a non-theist pagan, I felt like I was seriously missing out on that fellowship and community that my dad has found at his church. It's hard to find that when you don't belong to a mainstream religion. Or if the local branch of the mainstream religion you belong to is full of assholes, because who needs that? But here are the options that may prove helpful if you feel like this is missing from your life.
I'm not sure who introduced the idea to us, but we happily discovered that our university offered inexpensive on-campus housing to married students and families. We checked out the apartments, got the details, and were sold: $400 rent for a tiny place only a five-minute bike ride from school? Yes.
Years before I became a homeowner, way before I moved into my first apartment and took interest in decoration my living space, I played The Sims. My firsts design screw-ups, brilliant ideas, questionable color choices and architectural fantasies where all tested on my favorite video game. All in all, I had tons of fun, testing, creating and learning. And isn't that what decoration should be about? Fun! Here are the five things that playing The Sims³ taught me about decorating in real life…
My friends, it gets hot in the summer. So I just don't see a purpose in getting angry about it, or trying to avoid it. As with many things — swimming in a cold lake, childbirth, writing an essay that feels like it's going nowhere — the way out is the way through. So here are my top 10 ways to embrace the heat,,,