Just Be

By, hwinther @flickr

I recently just had the most wonderful 3 week vacation ever!  It was filled with Idaho outdoors, sunshine, relaxation, weddings, bbq’s, mtn. biking, road riding, friends & family… just to name a few!  I’m clearly still in denial that we started our summer term this Monday and have been daydreaming about riding my bike and running the trails back home in Ketchum, Idaho ever since I got back to Portland. 

It’s funny how you don’t think you are stressed at times until you realize what it’s like to feel completely at ease and in full relax mode.  That being said, I’m working on prolonging my Zen attitude from the break and bringing it with me through this term and next year as well as in work and all aspects of my life.  I just feel so much better!  Everything seems to align; my health, my diet, my energy, mood and emotional well-being all seem to be on the ups when I’m relaxed and stress-free.  So, I just wanted to share this blog post that I just read since it says exactly what I would have said had I put the time into making a list of ways to be Zen in your whole life as well as productive with your personal, work and social life.  After all, stress accounts for something like 90% of ALL disease!  That statistic is crazy and yet so easy to change…

“How to be insanely productive and still keep smiling” – Zen Habits Blog

Also, on this same note of living well and ultimately finding a passion that makes you happy and healthy in your life; one of my summer fun reads at the moment is Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman.  I’m not quite done with it, but I’m loving it & don’t want it to end.  I’m a total sucker for these inspirational books and this one has a little bit of the Star Wars/Karate Kid feel to it… I’ll have to post a good quote from there sometime soon… it’s just full of them!  And while I’m on the subject new favorite book that you’ll have to read whether you are a runner or not, is Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall.  I just about read the whole thing in one sitting!

Till next time,

~be well~


  1. Bill Bridwell
    August 25, 2010 at 10:50 p

    Way of the Peaceful Warrior is outstanding! Thanks.

  2. Kat
    August 5, 2010 at 3:48 p

    Love this one Erin- thanks!

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