Keeping Our Inner Selves Fit

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 14, 2009

Happy Leah’s Wedding Day (and Friday!)!

As you read this I will be getting ready for Leah’s wedding (the ceremony begins at 3pm EST- Should I podcast it? haha jk!!!). However, our hotel supposedly has wireless internet so I hope to get a blog up. I also have a few posts planned to keep you entertained while I am away!

  • Don’t forget to get your vote in for the winner of the Summer Glow Photoshoot contest!
  • I was also passed along this fun Tic Tac Toe game. Tic Tac will donate an additional $1 to CancerCare for every game played, up to $5000. That’s above the $100,000 donation Tic Tac is already making to this special cause.


I would like to share with you this email I received after doing my post on finding your power spot.

A reader named Samantha shares her power spot with us!

I loved your post on power spots and wanted to share a visual of mine.
It over looks Tumon Bay, Guam to the west and if you shift a few
degrees east, you see the east side of the island/ocean. It’s a 1.5
mile run up to the spot, and I usually spend some quality time doing
yoga and getting "lost" in another world, then walk the 1.5 miles
back. It’s a rare treat since I have 2 kids at home and a husband on a
submarine that is gone more than he’s home. When I get the
opportunity, I RELISH it!



Wow, love it!

Remember- your power spot can be anywhere. As one reader so cleverly points out it is a state of mind:

Aaron says, “Lying out in the sun in the backyard, closing my eyes, and just letting my mind run free is my “power spot”. Not really a place, but its a state of mind I guess!”

So true!

So that got me thinking…what are some other places I could call my power spot?

  • Comfy chair when Sketchie jumps up on me to cuddle
  • Baking in the kitchen and ‘in the zone’
  • Driving on a long, countryside drive with my music pumping and my windows down
  • Running with no music and just my thoughts

DO you agree that power spots are a state of mind?

I certainly do. I am actually trying to work more on my mind and inner well-being lately. I think that this part of our health is often neglected in favour of the outwardly things such as toning muscles, improving our cardio, slimming down, etc. I reallly would love to get to a place where I make sure to give adequate time to work on my inner strength too. I need to get back into the habit of listing a few things I am grateful for each day.

Today’s question: Do you work on your inner self? What do you do? How do you think we can keep ouor inner selves ‘strong’ and ‘fit’?


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shamima August 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

SO funny you mentioned the grateful journal. Every night I write 3 things I am grateful for in my journal. I feel this helps keep things in perspective. I have started meditating and for someone who can be quite anxious on the inside, it is proving to be a difficult task but a necessary endeavour. I started with 1 minute in the morning and now am meditating for 5 minutes in the morning (again it may not seem like a long time but these 5 minutes of quality breathing and quiet really seems to be doing some good for me) I also recently finished reading Dr. Wayne Dyers ‘Change your thoughts, Change your life’ and it has given me a great deal to think about with regards to living a more balanced, fulfilled life. I also think living a healthy life with wonderful yummy foods, reading blogs such as OSG and sharing with thoughts and ideas with like minded individuals also helps :)


Runeatrepeat August 14, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I like thinking that your power spot can be a state of mind! You can go there any where you are :)


Danielle August 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Funny that you brought this up today Ang. I just read a book (two times so far) about Chinese Medicine that looks at health and well-being from a holistic perspective. It’s called “Chill Out & Get Healthy” and I think it should be available in stores soon. Anyway, it has so many helpful mental exercises that the author pleads with the reader to practice daily. I’ve adopted one and I find that it’s brought a new kind of brightness to my day, no matter what I’m doing. It also makes eating healthfully and exercising regularly much easier when I know I’m not just doing it to look good. Although we all know that’s a perk ;) You can check out my review of it here, if you’re interested-


The Running Yogini August 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I totally agree. I have to “work out” my mind as well as my body. What I like to do is meditate for a few minutes and then think about where I am and where I want to be. If they aren’t the same thing then I have some goals to work on. I also like to think about 5 or 10 years down the road. Often I have a journal on hand to jot down my ideas. Then, I meditate and try to just relax and let my mind be still and empty for a few minutes before ending.


Susan August 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Lovely thoughts! I work on my inner self by trying to challenge myself daily. I used to suffer from really bad social anxiety, so on the days I’m sent to cover a big event or have to approach strangers to interview, I am conquering that anxiety. I always feel really proud of myself when I step out of that comfort zone :)


sandyb August 14, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I’m with RunEatRepeat…if you can create that special place in your mind, it almost becomes a “power spot to-go” (in case you haven’t quite found a physical spot to take yourself too). The point is that you have one to enjoy. Amazing how many of us do this.


sandyb August 14, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I’m with RunEatRepeat…if you can create that special place in your mind, it almost becomes a “power spot to-go” (in case you haven’t quite found a physical spot to take yourself too). The point is that you have one to enjoy. Amazing how many of us do this.


Amanda @ Panda Lunch August 14, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I agree about it being a state of mind, and I think yoga has helped me to achieve that better than anything else. In fact, I love yoga so much, I think my yoga mat is one of my power spots! Great post!


Brandi C August 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Great Post Angie! I always try to focus on my Mind, Body, and Spirit. However, I will admit to focusing on my BODY the most. I need to balance it out and maybe everything will just fall into place :)


Michelle Gay August 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

What a great picture. I have recently started a new blog and every single morning I find a new daily affirmation that I post. It’s such a great way to start my day by sharing an affirmation with the world. It keeps me grounded.

I also am really focusing on my body, living a balanced life, and being grateful for what I have been given. I have thrown away my scale, and solely focus on what I need out of life and what I can give back. It’s helped to reduce my episodes of binging and if it happens I can stop it. The guilt is gone and I think of everyday as a step closer to where I want to be.

Thanks for always inspiring us. Have a fantastic time at the wedding.

Live.Life.Fully ~M


Juicy Jessy August 15, 2009 at 2:52 am

i really really love this post.
my power spot can be anywhere and can be reached after running about half an hour. the first half hour is usual a bit tough, my legs feel a little heavy and breathing is hard. but then after half an hour, in comes the runner’s high and it feels like flying. that gives me a LOT of power!!!


April August 15, 2009 at 10:31 am

Fake it til ya make it! I love when my mind is powerful and I can visualize the way I want to be.


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