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These days any run around here starts in the house layering warm technical clothes…breaking out the hand warmers…setting my iPhone to just the right podcast. This morning my intention was to listen to “The transformative power of practicing gratitude” a Rich Roll podcast. However…my iPhone just kept swirling and swirling and not allowing me to access the content. Of course at first I was really irritated because this is my time to soak up some interesting content, make my run more than productive and become enlightened right?
Well….not today, or so I thought. I tucked my iPhone and earbuds in my coat pocket and set off down the road. The snow crunching under my feet, the birds chirping, the sun shining…and then I realized the gift that was set before me. My run was likely more enlightening than I had anticipated. I had forgotten how it feeds your soul to have only your thoughts during a run…thoughts of gratitude and being present in the moment. There is no question that when it is 1 degree outside you are present in the moment, feeling the bitter cold on your cheeks, waiting for your finger tips to thaw out despite having hand warmers in your gloves, feeling the dichotomy of the warm sun and bitter cold as you push through each mile. I realized that I didn’t need to listen to a podcast about gratitude…I had gratitude all around me that I wouldn’t have been open to with earbuds distracting me. I’ve always enjoyed the solitude of running alone but some days you just need it more than others.
My 5 reasons to be grateful for running on a day with 1 degree temps:
1. Because I can. Simply. I run for those who can’t.
2. The crunchy snow on the road provides more traction…less chance of
a fall on the ice = balance. Spiritually and physically.
3. Solitude on the road…no one else is running out there and mental
4. The cold air fills your lungs and and they work harder…you are stronger.
5. The snow and cold quiets everything around you except the birds and
wind creaking the frozen trees and you realize that life is all about
change. Soon Spring will come and life will be different.
Live in the moment
Aviron Jewelry…run hard…live well.
“Do something. Do something to that, and then do something to that. Pretty soon you’ve got something.” —Jasper Johns, painter
Aviron has certainly been doing something for the last year…taking time to reflect on the path that this whole endeavor has taken us and where it needs to move to next. Soul searching, meditating and allowing the Universe to set my course. Even though the posts have been few Aviron is still vibrant and moving forward.
It seems fitting to start with The Jasper Johns quote above which aptly describes the process that Aviron has been undergoing since its inception. We started with one thing…then we did something to that…then we did something else and pretty soon…we had something pretty cool that seemed to be getting a lot of buzz…Aviron’s enameled designs. We took those out across the country and they sparked quite an interest.
Avirons designs are one of a kind…no one is doing anything close to this out there.
Give this image a little tap to really see what we’ve created…
Aviron is growing and we are excited about the journey! We have always been about earthiness, celebrating life, health and empowering women. Aviron’s designs have celebrated women’s accomplishments across the board…completing your first marathon or your 20th, surviving cancer, shifting to a healthier way of living through yoga and expanding your consciousness. Our “breathe” and “dream” necklaces serve as beautiful reminders to celebrate yourself and live your best life.
Aviron’s purpose and mission are clearly defined now but ever evolving. As Malcolm Gladwell says “That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.” http://buff.ly/1yDk8bb
The evolution of Aviron and our mission to support a healthy, active lifestyle while empowering women to live and celebrate their best life will be evident here as we grow. Sharing our insights into healthy living and those that support this choice will be our mission as well.
Aviron Jewelry….Celebrating Life
Next post…. The story behind these custom designs for my beautiful friend Joy.
“Do something. Do something to that, and then do something to that. Pretty soon you’ve got something.”
—Jasper Johns, painter
As Aviron has become more recognized in the sporting community for custom designed necklaces and bracelets for runners, yogi’s, rowers and such we have formed some great friendships with a few running blogs.
here are two to check out…… Www.runlikeagirlbc.com
a few photos of the custom designs they scored….
Love all, serve all, create no sorrow…lyrics from a Trevor Hall song …keep it close to your heart. “Follow your heart” celebrates a new marriage and hopes for a long and happy life.
Custom design for Hailey at http://www.runlikeagirlbc.com
Check out their fabulous running blog!
A Beautiful story of friendship, love of running and facing personal challenges is behind this design…