Dear World,

Obsessed with exploring my city, healthy living and enjoying my twenties.

These are my musings about my life and the things that interest me.

Email me: kellyjones(dot)a(at)gmail(dot)com .
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If my sister’s baby gets even a fraction of the cool genes running through her mom and aunts’ blood h/she’s going to be just fine!

I am so proud and privileged to be a Smarty Pants Yoga instructor! So exciting to see start ups that are doing good things moving forward and expanding. :)

karavanderbijl:

If you live in or near Chicago it is in your best interest to visit Ravenswood Used Books at Montrose and Damen. Get lost in this delightful, labyrinthine temple to literature, buy used books at ridiculously reasonable prices, bring chocolate for the wonderful human who works at the front desk, tell all your friends about it, and return often. That this store becomes as much of an institution here in its new location as it was for 12 years in the heart of Lincoln Square is of the utmost importance to me.

I’m so excited to have a used book store right around the corner!!

There is a sanskrit word santosha, one of the niyamas or observances of yoga, that I just absolutely love.  It means being content or satisfied with what you have and not requiring more to be happy and it’s something I’ve been working really hard at bringing in to my life as of late.

For no real reason i’ve just been a mess lately.  Grumpy… moody… needy… overly emotional… just not good stuff.  There has been more work-related stress in my life and my personal routine (workout, sleep, eating, time with the BF) hasn’t been ideal but none of those small things add up to the way it’s been effecting me.  I’ve just felt like a victim of my own mood way too many days this winter and frankly, I’m sick of it.  

I decided earlier this week that enough is enough and it’s time to just get it together.  I started running again (which is good because I’m running a half marathon in roughly five weeks.. eek!), I’m taking yoga classes regularly (and am hopping in the mat whenever I feel like a little asana), and I’m working on getting my eating back together.  But I’m also working on letting go of unrealistic expectations about my workout routine and eating… so what if I was supposed to run but did yoga at home instead?  The half marathon training police won’t come arrest me.

There are so many things in life I can’t control but whether or not I practice santosha and find contentment in whatever each day brings is something that is within my grasp.  

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Dear 10-Year-Old Self,

Before you ask me when you have your first kiss or if you’ll ever have a boyfriend, I need to tell you some more important stuff first. What’s more important than a first kiss, you ask? Plenty.

First of all, don’t let that kid in your class, Danny, who called you fat, make you self-consciously wear oversized sweatshirts for the next four years to hide your body. That kid is horrible and years from now he will be boring and bald and trying to get in touch with you to come to the set of the TV show you work on. No, you don’t work on Cheers. That show’s not on the air anymore. That would’ve been awesome, though.

Another thing: Say thank you, always. Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion. When you’re grateful, people are attracted to you.

Also: Make sure you appreciate Mom and Dad. Yes, they never seem to let you do anything now except read books. Once you turn 18 you’ll never get to live with them again, and you’ll live far away, and you will miss them so much it hurts.

Next: Learn forgiveness and bestow it generously.

Finally: Don’t let anyone give you any crap. Mastering a balance of these last two will take you a lifetime, so you had better get started now.

Mindy Kaling

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A great, simple yoga sequence!

relovingit:

I saw this once on Tumblr a long time ago and loved it and I saw it again this morning and loved it again.

At the office too late to make it to yoga?  Alright, cheese-its and diet coke for dinner it is.

Jimmy Fallon, Rahm Emanuel take Chicago Polar Plunge

Thinks like Jimmy’s face just make you happy. :)

Bought a new bikini today and am buying tickets to Florida for an April get away tomorrow… it makes the snow outside a little bit more bearable. :)

I decided this afternoon that March is the month I’m getting my regular yoga practice back.  20 minutes every day no exceptions- ideally at least two classes per week.  (And teacher training doesn’t count…)

I can (and need!) to do this!