Everyday Mindfulness

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With the holidays around the corner eveyone’s schedule seems to have gotten even more hectic. You know that you’re more productive and happy when you make time to clear your head, but how do you work that into your everyday grind?

These articles have helped me remain focused in the present moment, which leads to less stress and enjoying every minute of my day.

Five Mindfulness Trainings

By: Thich Nhat Hanh

“The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world. To practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings is to cultivate the insight of interbeing, or Right View, which can remove all discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair. If we live according to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we are already on the path of a bodhisattva. Knowing we are on that path, we are not lost in confusion about our life in the present or in fears about the future.”

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Three Simple Mindfulness Practices You Can Use Every Day

By: Mirabi Bush

“Every minute of our lives serves up something new and gives us an opportunity to learn. But when it comes to the usual ways of learning—reading, writing, and listening to others—we often lose the freshness of direct experience and instead just shovel information into our brains. Mirabai Bush suggests how to learn more deeply and with more enjoyment.”

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The Real Practice of Mindfulness

By: Andrew Olendzki
“As mindfulness becomes an increasingly popular concept, it is often mistaken for just “being in the moment.” Andrew Olendzki examines the Abhidharma teachings to uncover what mindfulness practice really is and how it works.”

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5 Ways to Get Mindfulness into your Everyday Life

By: Headspace.com

“Mindfulness starts to get really interesting when we can learn to integrate it into everyday life. Remember, mindfulness means to be present, in the moment. And if you can do it sitting on a chair, then why not do it while out shopping, drinking a cup of tea, eating your food, holding your baby, working at the computer or having a chat with a friend? All of these are opportunities to apply mindfulness, to be aware.”

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Test Drive; Cadillac 2015 ATS Coupe 2.0T AWD

General Motors was kind enough to let me test drive their 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe for the past week. I’m definitely a mountain and outdoor girl so my Infiniti QX4 is perfect for throwing in anything and everything I could possibly need. So when they gave me an option of what car I would like my first thought, “Let’s go for speed!”

Cadillac 2015 ATS Coupe 2.0T

My current car is rather limited in the technology department and the ATS Coupe was just the opposite with an overwhelming amount of gadgets and buttons. After a week of driving this beauty, things I never thought I needed had now become necessities. The handsfree calling, built in Sat Nav, heated seats and steering wheel, HUD system, camera for when reversing, and CUE (Cadillac User Experience).They made my drive easier and more enjoyable. The seats were so comfortable they even helped my grandmother fall asleep within 10 minutes of a shopping trip. The snoring definitely ruined the ambience though. Thankfully the high-tec speakers were more that capable of drowning it out. Thank you Bose!

Cadillac car technology

I was impressed with how smooth it drives and it’s a really smart car. It alerts you when you’re getting too close to someone at a certain speed with a front panel alert system. Also, there’s vibrating seats which come to life when you’re getting too close to a barrier whilst reversing. When it first happened I was not expecting it and it stopped me in my tracks. Effective, no?

Test Drive Cadillac

Now this car is sleek and turned a lot heads, which was of course an ego booster. All of that aside the feature that I treasured the most were the brakes. I know how can I be focusing on something so basic when I’m driving such an incredible vehicle from a highly respected brand like Cadillac. But, in comparison to cars I’ve driven the Brembo four-wheel disc with ABS are in a league of their own. This coupled with the OnStar I felt incredibly safe and for me that’s massive plus.

Cadillac Brembo brakes

Cadillac OnStar Services

It was quite the talking point when I parked into my flight school and it drove like a pro on the dirt track.

General Motors Cadillac at Flight School

Yet, when wanting to explore the mud and mountains I was limited with space and utility of the vehicle. Not to mention I definitely didn’t want to get the pretty thing dirty. This made the car impractical for my lifestyle.

Sports Car Seattle

Perfect for a city lifestyle and with hard to find parking in Seattle I did enjoy the ease of a coupe. A great car for those needing a sports car and a great price point.

Thank you General Motors for such an amazing ride!

Seattle Rocks the Runway

I was kindly invited to the fall runway show in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre. Upon arriving to the venue you can really see why it was chosen. The mouldings around the ceiling and vast ceilings was the perfect environment for a fashion show.

After sipping on some red wine and mingling we were called to our seats and Seattle Rocks the Runway began.

Rather than one designer showing off their collection we were treated to a collaboration of stores coming together to show off their new clothes for the fall season. The stores that joined us for the evening were; Nordstrom, Columbia Sportswear, Butch Blum, Eileen Fisher, Sandylew, Oska, Finerie+CoLab, Club Monaco, True Religion, and Suit Supply. My favorite runway looks was the men’s suits. I love a man in some tweed. I’m familiar with most of the brands but was pleased to be introduced to some new ones that I fell in love with.

I wore a DVF dress and decided to take on the trend of wearing my blazer as a cape. Perfect for those nights that are a little chilly.

I made quite a few friends, one is a great blogger called AikA and you can follow here blog here. We had a lot of fun talking about upcoming trends and reading through the great Seattle Met Magazine.

Enjoy the photos!

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Boeing’s Museum of Flight

For my 24th birthday I decided to have a low key day with the family at one of my favorite places, the Museum of Flight. The Boeing plant in Seattle and Everett are just amazing and definitely one of the places that inspired me to start flying.

Museum of Flight Boeing

If you plan on visiting the area clear your whole schedule cause there’s a LOT to do. There’s planes and prototypes from when flight was first imagined, a Boeing 747, and you can even tour the Air Force One during Eisenhower’s presidency. There’s simulators, #-D cinema, and tours.

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Boeing field is also a public airport so at their cafe you can sit outside and watch planes, jets, and Cessnas take-off and land. The whole family enjoyed it, especially my grandfather who is a fanatic.

Boeing field Boeing field planes

There’s also quite a few events going on at this place so make sure you check out their website to see when you want to go.

The museum is located just outside of Seattle so you don’t really have to worry about traffic either and theres tons of parking.

The ‘Big Stud’ airplane was quite a favorite among the men in my family.

Dad Boeing fieldGrandpa Museum of Flight

#LikeAGirl & #ShineStrong

I’ve never been so happy to see some of the commercials that are now being shown on the TV. I usually go do my errands or mute the TV when there’s a break from my show but because of Pantene and Always I’m sitting there totally enthralled with what is being broadcasted.

Their #LikeAGirl and #ShineStrong campaigns are so invigorating! The way they are presented is one that represents unity and helping each other in an intelligent way rather than some past efforts that may have come across aggressive. They’re so relatable as well!

My personal favorite is the #NotSorry commercial from Pantene because I personally do this on a daily basis, but not anymore!

Whilst training to become a pilot I have been overwhelmed by support and the help of people around me but I have also come up against some resistance because of my gender, which side-blinded me. Growing up I was always told I could do anything I wanted, which I presumed was the same with all girls but I’ve come to realize that this was a naive assumption.

Always one for female empowerment, I have come to realise that I could be doing more in order to support women around myself and to young girls who need positivity and confidence. So after experiencing this slight negativity I decided to channel my frustration into helping to find a solution.

So as my first initial act I’m helping Pantene and Always spread their amazing clips and thus, helping to inspire women around Seattle. I will continue to find ways to improve upon myself and help other women around me realize their potential, so watch this space.

Thanks Pantene and Always!

Seattle Underground Comedy

Seattle Underground ComedyI’m a huge fan of comedy shows. I actually think that might be an understatement… ok so I LOVE comedy shows. Stand-up to be precise.

As you can see from my demographically scattered blog I’ve visited a few places and comedy shows are always something I try to visit in every country. Seattle is no different. I surfed the web and found this great place called Comedy Underground which had rave reviews.

Seattle Comedy Bundt Cake

My work shift is crazy at the minute so decided I needed a laugh. The best thing about this place is that they’re open 7 days a week! So I decided to go to their Bundt Cake show last night and I was very delighted with the cramping from laughter. The comedians were; Brett Hamil, Geoff Keith, Carl Powers, Jimmy Milts, Brian Moote, Sadie Blake, Albert Kirchner, Taylor Clark, and Jeremy Whitman.

Brett Hamil Seattle Comedian

All of the comedians had their own style and stories which were all brilliantly executed. It was a perfect date night idea and something to break up that mid week routine. Everyone should really give it a try!

I’m sorry for the lack of photographs, my phone ran out of battery from all of the sunny day pictures I was taking.

 

 

DVF x Bellevue

Sorry for not posting in a few days, been under the weather recently after getting my wisdom tooth removed. Ouch!

DVF store opening

I was fortunate to be invited to the Diane von Furstenberg store opening in Bellevue on the 29th of June.

I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to spend any time with my mum and grandma, so I decided it would be a nice treat to them to a lovely night out. The moment we walked in we were greeted with champagne, yummy cocktails, and hor d’oeuvres. The shop was impeccably decorated and the ladies who greeted us were very stylish in their wrap dresses.

 Diane von Fursenerg store Bellevue

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Diane von Furstenberg Seattle

I’ve always been fascinated with Diane von Furstenberg, she’s been a strong woman with a longevity in the fashion industry that can only be described as mind blowing. She is known for creating the wrap dress, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and empowering women to be successful whilst feeling confident. If you want to know more about this wonderful lady then you should really read her biography. It’s a perfect bath tub read.

Fellow blogger Cassandra Laville was helping host the party and I love her blog. When I first moved to Seattle I scoured the internet for bloggers who knew their way around Seattle and I was obsessed with Coco and Kelley. Elle magazine was also helping throw the extravaganza and like great hosts they gave us little goody bags. There was also a photobooth with lots of fun props that allowed us to be silly, took me straight back to the 90s.

photobooth fun at DVF

Trying on our Diane von Furstenberg dresses in Seattle

We had a fantastic time and I even purchased my first DVF dress!! Look at all the colors and patterns, can be styled so many ways. It’s perfect for the office and then out for cocktails with the ladies, which is perfect with my hectic schedule. My mother got two dresses which she adores and my grandmother could not stop giggling…maybe from the 3 glasses of champagne.

Welcome to Seattle Diane von Furstenberg, we’re so happy you’ve joined us!

 

The Whale Wins

Finding great places to eat is a perfect way to start to settle in a new place. Seattle is a great city and the one thing I love about it here is that everyone is a foodie. So in spirit of that after a few of us went for a hike on Richmond Beach we decided to check out one of the hot spots, The Whale Wins.

The Whale Wins in Seattle

The Whale Wins is one of two restaurants owned by award winning chef Renee Ericson with Jeremy Prince and Chad Dale. The other restaurant is The Walrus and the Carpenter, which will have to be our next visit.

The atmosphere was fresh and bright, perfect for the rainy day. It was very open plan and the food was healthy, fresh, and so delicious.

The Whale Wins entrance

We couldn’t decide what to have so we decided to feast upon a buffet of different salads and I, of course, delved into the sardines on toast.

Sardines on toast an The Whale WinsIf you’re not fond of vegetables you should still try this place because it might make you think twice. The brussels sprouts and beetroot salad was incredible. But don’t worry they still have the sought after meat and potatoes on the menu.

I’m sorry there’s no outside shots but the rain was making it hard to get the place in all its glory.

The Whale Wins indoor

Starting to Settle

The year 2013 was full of accomplishments, I graduated from university, moved to Denver and then to Seattle, and finally I decided to change careers. After always believing that my career was going to be in fashion it’s definitely been a whirlwind few months with deciding where my goals are heading.  This last three months have seemed like forever (I mean foreverrrrrr) but I can finally say that I’m happy to have finally found my feet again at an airline company.

I’m sure every recent graduate has gone through the process of trying to figure out what they want to do with their life. The advice that I kept hearing from the elders around me was PATIENCE. For those who know me I have only the smallest ounce of patience, so this was a hurdle that proved difficult. My family helped me through those days that seemed endless.

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So I discovered a way to keep myself patient, focused, and as far away from boredom as possible. I wrote down all the professions that I was interested in, even if they were eccentric. Then I found ways to gain a real life snippet of what it would be like to work in that area.

I took pilot lessons (look out for that blog post), went to a Peace Corp presentation, spoke with insurance agents, got involved with The Mountaineers (where I ate a mill worm, got to admit not that bad), and even went to the local college to see about taking an engineering class. The one thing that I found out is that you cannot find out what you want by typing on the computer. Yes I got funny looks but I also gained great connections and friends.

I can say that my friends follow that same mentality and we’ve all been able to succeed goals. Anna is moving to Canada this year and Becca landed herself an amazing job. We’re all very excited for 2014!

Anna, Becca, and I

After living in England, Spain, and Denver I’m happy to start building a life and career in Seattle.