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Content and confused. That’s just won’t fly.

June 4th, 2014 1 Comment

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Two things happened yesterday:

  1. A longtime reader recognized Mason and I in Toluca Lake.
  2. Leven and I caught up on her return to NYC after settling in with the love of her life.

Seemingly, these two occurrences have nothing in common.  For me, after only a couple minutes of reflection, they were like headlights pointing straight into my soul.

Barbara, the reader, said she has been a fan of MTM for a long time and makes my recipes often (the granola protein bars specifically).  I apologized for not blogging as much lately to which she acknowledged my absence.  My heart sank at that moment…It’s a funny thing about a blog, sometimes you feel like you’re sharing experiences with everybody and other times you feel like you’re typing a journal for yourself.  These days I have to be honest, I don’t feel like I have a lot of exciting things to write about…And maybe that’s the point: why don’t I find my life exciting?  Thankfully, I can answer this question: I miss traveling and exploring new places.  However, I’m grateful for the beautiful life I do have at home and should find joy and satisfaction in sharing my simplicities.

Leven, has all of a sudden moved back to New York to be with the love of her life, Jim, an actor.  In your 20’s, life is about living on a whim and I couldn’t be happier she can do that.  When she spoke about Jim, she glowed and giggled but also showed her serious side.  When she articulates her concerns, she’s passionate and decisive in a very mature and practical way.  That’s how I know she’s truly in love with him.  And from what I can tell by his Facebook page, the feeling is mutual.  My heart sank for the second time.

I feel like these encounters should light a fire in my heart not extinguish any flame that was there.

Opportunities for “more” exist on every front in my life.  There are so many I think I’m confused about what to grab??  I wouldn’t say I feel defeated, I would say I feel like I don’t know exactly what is going to make me “happy.”

So that’s where I am….neither here nor there.  Content and confused.  Trying to figure it all out…..and when I look back and reflect on my behavior and choices, I see that I’m not saying “yes” or “no.”  Instead I’m just working in the moment.  For a type A, strong-willed, passionate woman, that just won’t fly.

 

 

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“You have to know your own strength before you can use it.”

April 16th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin driving 2013

This is what I’ve been working on with my riders.  Knowing you are “strong,” knowing you can walk, talk, breath is one thing.  But when life tests you, do you know HOW STRONG you are.  Just like with anything else if you’re not tested, you’ll never know how good you are.  So we train ourselves in the safety of the room, with the support of the bike, with faith that we can overcome things out of love.  At that moment, we push our limits.  Then when life gets ugly, we don’t freak out, we breath, we plan, then we attack it head on with confidence because we KNOW we will make it through.

That’s why I’m smiling in the picture…in the midst of total devastation, I was confident I would make it and find a life that I loved.

Knowing my own strength was a realization and it didn’t come to me until last year.  When I was tested as an adult.  I shared the story with SOULCYCLE for their blog.

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE blog post on strength

 

The whole story is pretty interesting.  I called it, “The Journey Back To Me.”

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Buy the pieces you love from dwell

March 19th, 2014 No Comments

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Dwell Magazine

If you’re into modern interior design like me (I just can’t get enough, aspirational living, I’m sure you understand), then you constantly lust after the interiors you see in dwell.  Now, the popular mag has opened an online store so you can buy the pieces you love.  I thought they would just offer accessories, but they seem to have EVERY category for your home.  It’s a lovely way to procrastinate.  Check it out.

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A little note, a lot of faith

November 3rd, 2013 2 Comments

Romans 5:3-4

 

For me, as each day passes, this is proving to shine more light in each hour and more happiness in my heart.

 

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How does the brew affect your brain?

October 2nd, 2013 No Comments

Via Fast Company 

Created by I Love Coffee, a blog for…well, you know :)

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Make magic happen.

August 28th, 2013 No Comments

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It’s out there.  Whatever you want. It IS OUT THERE.

You know you have to work to get it.

The choice is: will the work be a burden or a journey?

Choose to find happiness in the journey and magic will happen.

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July 30th, 2013 No Comments

John Irving quote

In my SoulCycle classes, I’ve been talking a lot about faith (as opposed to work).  Faith that what you want is attainable.  Having faith, you won’t feel the weight of work, the effort is enjoyable and satisfying.  Faith is where you find the strength to make hope a reality.

Faith means different things for everyone.  Despite what it means to you, I believe the tenet is the same.

 

(image via @MeghanPButler on Instagram)

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M&Ms for your mind

June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin Warhol

The New York Times Sunday edition is one of my favorite things in life. Each section feeds a different passion of mine: travel, style, news, tech, sports, social issues, and even relationships (of every variety). Basically, the writers deliver news with an approachable and digestible voice that makes sense in real life. Reading the articles, one by one, is like enjoying each M&M until the bag is empty. (Yes, I eat the WHOLE bag.  “Just a few” doesn’t fly for me.)

I used to throw out “Sunday Review” because, let’s face it, there’s so much you can read before you want to start the day. Now it’s one one of my coveted sections. Everything we talk about on a daily basis, these writers turn on it’s head and take a new approach that blows my mind wide open.

For example, last Sunday, Elizabeth W Dunn and Michael Norton drew me into their piece called “Happier Spending” with Square’s new Wallet feature. (Wallet allows you to store your credit card info in their system and pay with your id at participating retailers.) Little did I know I was embarking on a dialogue about the pains and pleasure of how and when people spend money. Examples that followed: Birchbox, Hershey’s kisses, and vacation prep, that lead me to their finding:

“Paying up front hurts in the moment but enhances every subsequent moment.”

Before I knew it, I was dissecting my own spending-enjoyment experiences. My shoe purchases came to mind first. I hesitate to buy statement shoes, neglect them for months, and then wear them every day 4 months later.

The other articles in Review were just as interesting. Topics covered span the board. You really never know what you’re going to get, but I’m willing to bet you’ll mind will pucker and you’ll devour the whole thing without thinking twice.

 

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