April 2nd, 2013
Hello and welcome to Redefining the Meaning of Wealth!
Although I no longer blog on a consistent basis there are a library of articles on this site about living simply, minimally, and mindfully. I encourage any new readers to explore my archives and if you are so inclined to buy my book as well.
What am I up to at present? Well, I have written quite a bit about freeing up your time, money, and resources so that you can follow your heart and do work that is inspiring and makes a difference. Last fall I did just that when I started a business that allows me to incorporate my love of yoga and cats.
My new company is called Feline Yogi! I make a yoga mat toy for cats and a portion of the sales go to help homeless cats in the Los Angeles area. So far I’m off to a great start with local sales, retail sales and my store on Etsy! For those of you who love cats and yoga or are even just intrigued by what I’m currently up to, please visit me at FelineYogi.com or at my Etsy store.
Again, thank you for visiting Redefining the Meaning of Wealth and I hope that all your adventures in life are simply magnificent!
(If you’d like to read more about living simply and changing the way you think about wealth please consider reading my book which is available in paperback or Kindle: REDEFINING THE MEANING OF WEALTH: DISCOVERING PROSPERITY AND FORTUNE IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE.
June 25th, 2012
Pippy practicing one of her yoga asanas
Summer’s here and I’m in a playful spirit so I decided to write about something light (yet serious) in this week’s blog posting. Here goes….
I’ve been practicing yoga for many years. I’ve studied with some of the best teachers in the world but as great as those teachers have and continue to be none can compare to the best yoga teachers of all – those of the feline persuasion. Most everyone by now has heard of the health benefits of yoga. Few would disagree that yoga is good for body mind and soul. Now of course I could go on and on in this post about all the various types of yoga and the health benefits but one can do a quick Google search and find plenty on the subject.
Instead, I offer you something different which is yoga wisdom from the cat companions I have been blessed to share my life with (or should I say serve) in this reincarnation. I continue to learn from my yogi cats everyday and I look forward to continuing to “study” with them as I move ahead in my own journey! Meow! Read the rest of this entry »
June 11th, 2012
There’s no doubt about it – modern life is busy and frantic. It’s a challenge for those with demanding jobs and family schedules to find the time to exercise and eat right because they are so busy with taking care of everything and everybody but themselves. A friend of mine who recently had a baby and holds down a full time job told me that she barely has time to take care of herself due to the demands of her new life. Her story got me to thinking and pondering over ways we can all incorporate healthy habits into our lives each day. We don’t have to run 5 miles each day and cook all of our food from scratch to reap the benefits of healthy living.
I’ll be honest and add a disclaimer here. I do not have children nor am I working a full time job right now. Yes, I am super busy but it’s easier for me than some to find time to exercise and prepare healthy foods. However there was a time when I was working 50-60 hours a week. There was a time when I was over-scheduled and barely had time to wash a head of lettuce so I could make a fresh salad. Still I can’t relate to every single situation out there but I do have an interest in exploring ways we can all be healthy and happy with just a few changes in our daily habits. Read the rest of this entry »
June 4th, 2012
Walking Trail in Topanga Canyon, CA
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
Walking rocks! Whether it’s on the beach, a hiking trail, or around my neighborhood walking always puts me in a good mood. Walking is pretty much the only “exercise” I do as I’m not one who enjoys gyms or health clubs. Of course I take a yoga class almost every day but as odd as it sounds I don’t count yoga as exercise. Now I know yoga is definitely in the exercise category but yoga is my passion, my art, my spiritual practice, and my means of self expression. I just can’t bring myself to put yoga in the exercise category since I enjoy it so much. I can’t wait to do yoga every day and if someone would pay me to practice yoga all day long I would probably spend most of my life on a yoga mat! But back to the subject of walking….
What form of exercise could be simpler than walking? We all know walking is good for us but I think many people don’t trust it to do what it needs to do to keep us healthy and in shape. There was a time in my life when I thought I needed to sweat on a treadmill every day or take up running even though I don’t enjoy it. When I finally decided that walking would have to do as my primary form of exercise, things began to change. I found walking helped me keep my weight down and it made me feel good. For me, walking can either be a highly sociable form of exercise or a great way for me to spend time with myself. I think sometimes we complicate what it means to exercise and stay healthy. Other than a good pair of walking shoes, not much more is required. Read the rest of this entry »
May 28th, 2012
Sunset over Cabo San Lucas
I think it’s high time to end the 40 hour work week. Not because I’m lazy and don’t want to drag my butt off the couch but because the traditional 40 hour work week has become anything but 40 hours. Too many people are working 50-60 hours so they can keep up appearances that they are serious hard workers and they don’t want to risk losing their jobs. Couldn’t most of us get our jobs done in 30-32 hours and maybe even less?
It’s one thing if you work for yourself and call the shots on your schedule but for the average person who is at the beck and call of an employer, the 40+ hour work week is seriously cutting into time that could be spent enjoying life and contributing more to our communities. Does it make one a slacker to not want to work so much? Of course not! After a certain amount of time we aren’t that productive anyway. I’m all for working hard but how productive can we really be after a certain amount of time? Shouldn’t efficiency be the goal and not how many hours we can put in at the office? Read the rest of this entry »
May 21st, 2012
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb
As mentioned in Part I of this post, I’ve become a big time fan of getting enough sleep so I think it’s deserving of another entry in this blog. I’m one of those lucky people. I fall asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow. However, I’m the first to admit that I sometimes fall into bed at way later an hour than is probably best for me and I pay dearly for it the next day. I’m well aware of the temptations that can keep me up if I’m not careful and how easy it would be for me to fall back into my bad habits of my younger adult years when I put sleep on the backburner.
If you think sleep is a luxury you can’t afford, I urge you to rethink your priorities. You can’t afford to not get enough of this precious commodity. Here are a few tips for making sure you hop into bed at a reasonable hour and get the beauty sleep you deserve. Read the rest of this entry »
May 14th, 2012
Another gorgeous California mountain view
“I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”-Ernest Hemingway
I entered adulthood in the eighties. It was popular to always be on the go and not get much sleep. I remember sleeping very little in college and being proud of it. When I moved to New York shortly after graduation, young ambitious people such as myself got up at the crack of dawn and worked and socialized ourselves silly till we finally hit the pillow for a couple of hours of really bad sleep. Then we got up and did it all over again. I kept up a similar pace in the nineties until I finally said ENOUGH! This is ridiculous! It’s a wonder I survived at all.
I’ve been a big fan of sleep ever since. Sleep is not some sort of luxury for those who don’t have to work for a living nor is it a vice for those people who are just too lazy to do anything else. Sleep is a necessity and a vital ingredient for a healthy prosperous life. Your body can’t function properly without it. We’ve been made to think that those who sleep too much are unproductive. There’s a huge distinction between sleeping till noon each day just because you don’t want to get out of bed and getting a healthy 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Read the rest of this entry »
May 7th, 2012
Another Gorgeous Sunset over the Pacific
Most of us probably have some sort of investment plan for our money but do we have a plan for our most valuable asset of all – our health? I’m constantly amazed at how most of us can find time to put in extra hours for our employers, follow the stock market, and fret over whether or not our money is growing yet we don’t have time to chop up fresh vegetables for a salad. Perhaps if we started to invest just as much if not more time in our well being, many other areas of our lives would fall into place.
Think of it this way. Is excessive monetary wealth worth it if we are overweight, undernourished, depressed, and can’t move very well? For me feeling good is where it’s at. I’m not averse to having lots of money but no thank you if my health has to suffer! I can’t control what the markets do or whether or not the dollar is strong. What I can control is the quality of food I eat, how much I exercise, and to a certain extent who and what I allow into my life and how it affects my peace of mind.
I find it fun to take some of the same advice for investing your money and apply it to investing in your health. When investing money you want to get the best bang for your buck and investing in your health is no different. Read the rest of this entry »
April 30th, 2012
Enjoying myself and relaxing in Mexico
Somewhere along the way this past year I fell off the simplicity train and got a bit off track. In all honesty I de-railed! Many people have contacted me and wondered if I was still blogging. I was especially touched by this. Yes, I’m still blogging but since I allowed the last several months to become so chaotic I felt in all honesty that I had nothing to say.
How could I be writing about simplicity and seeing wealth in a different light when my life was in turmoil. In hindsight it probably would have been helpful to have blogged about what I was going through because I’m sure many people could relate. But like I said I felt ridiculous writing about something I could barely practice myself. Read the rest of this entry »
February 22nd, 2012
Kitties who are ok with change as long as it doesn't disrupt their naps
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn
It’s been several months since I have posted on this blog. What was meant to be only a few weeks break suddenly turned into a whole month, then two months, and before I knew it almost 4 months had passed. As human consciousness moves forwards and speeds up maybe time is doing the same thing? Who knows? It’s fun to contemplate though.
Once again my life is on a new path and once again I have no idea where it will take me. I do know I will now have time to write more. Other than that, I don’t know what’s in store, which is exciting and scary at the same time.
I like the unknown. I’ve learned to embrace it. Change is actually something I now look forward to because change is going to happen no matter what. Change is the only thing in life that’s guaranteed. Change is inevitable. Change keeps us on our toes and moves us forward and opens our mind to all kinds of exciting possibilities. Read the rest of this entry »