Un dia la vez con gratitude

I haven’t had much time for Flowers4Em in April.  I’ve been working on a 30 day yoga challenge as my main priority. I go to a 90 minute Bikram style yoga class every day and have since April 1st.  I won’t lie, it is a very difficult work-out which gets your heart pounding and the body sweating A LOT! I don’t think I’ve sweat this much in my life.  At least on a daily basis like this.  Let’s just say the endocrine system is getting a full work out too! I definitely feel the rewards after every class and am in the final days of the challenge.  I have seven days remaining.  When I complete the last day of the challenge on April 30th I will have logged 45 hours of  hot yoga in the month of April 🙂  Yup that’s a lot of breathing exercises.  I am still unable to touch my forehead to my shins but I’m working on it.

This was a nice poem that the yoga instructor recited to us yesterday evening in class.  I’d like to also share it with you.

I am grateful for my limits
that teach me patience and pace

I am grateful for challenge, defeat, and loss

They teach me hope is not a light at the end of the dark tunnel
It’s the ember burning within me that I forgot to fan

I am grateful to my teachers
for introducing me to myself

I am grateful for my past
that has delivered me to my present

I am grateful for all I have found and all I have lost
Both remind me I can live with and without

I am grateful for silence and for laughter
And for my ears that can hear both

I am grateful to my heart
that beats and breaks and heals

I am grateful for the fullness of my life
For the brief, heartbreaking, heartwarming fullness of life.

by Jeannie Manchester

via: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-cultivate-gratitude-through-yoga.html#ixzz2zpNzNOJ0

Aside from the yoga challenge and all the Seattle rain I have been taking a few pictures here and there.  Here are a few from the past few weeks.  Enjoy!

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What’s up with the short stories?

Why the stories and what are these stories about?

Jane Contreras

Grandma Jane

The main reason I want to start writing these stories is because I think they need to be written down.  My family and ancestors have such a rich awesome history and it should not be forgotten.  All my stories won’t be happy & funny tales.  I plan on having some sad stories and one unsolved cold case homicide mystery.  My stories will not be chronological in order.  They will be meandering through the time.  Also, with these stories I want to preserve many of the very old photos that my mother collected over the years.  Many of these photos have not been seen before by family and especially by all of you who are reading this.

Amy Jane


Another reason for writing these stories.  I’ve always been insecure about my writing skills. In fact the majority of my adult life I believed I just sucked at it (and very well may have). Technical writing in the work place I do not have issue with.  I have learned that I like to get to the point and not drag things on with detailed descriptions.  I’d prefer to use photos and art to speak for those types of details 🙂  This is the beauty of using this blog as a place to start my journey of becoming a storyteller and better writer.

I’m certain my style will continue to evolve as I find and become more comfortable with my written voice.  My writing style will be conversational.  It will also have Spanglish woven in.  I will write how I speak which isn’t always correct. I will use spell check but please be aware that there may be some errors and slang that slip through.  I will do my best not to violate too many grammar rules.  And commas…I suck at commas 😀

I’m excited to piece together these tales and share with the world.  I hope you enjoy and are at least entertained!