Thursday, September 11, 2008

Carrots, Eggs or Coffee

Our very own Hilary shared this with me, and I thought it was worth posting.

Carrots, Eggs, & Coffee!
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'
'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.
May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Any Cool pics or music that we can ad to the blog? Please send to either Renee or myself.

Thanks! Tori

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hello lulus! plane ride whizzed by while this woman next to me talked and talked for six hours. She's a holistic healer, does all kinds of therapies, and I learned a lot from her. When we got to the airport, my ride (SaiFon) didn't show, so Autumn (the woman from the plane) and her husband took me home, fed me, and let me sleep on their futon. I got a call from my ride the next morning, she'd gotten out late from a lecture and was worried sick when I wasn't there at the airport! But it all worked out. Autumn drove me over here to SaiFon's place, took me to the beach and the grocery store so I could get some groceries.

This place is great. It's a beautiful house with a few rooms, a kitchen, bathroom, open porch that wraps around the side, pool, outdoor shower, yoga studio, and massage room. I'm sleeping on a cot with mosquito nets on the porch, and every morning when I wake up, I step over to the main part of the porch and there's the ocean! We're up on a hill so the view is spectacular. The beach is about a quarter mile down the road, and the shopping center about a mile and a quarter uphill, so I'm excited to get some cardio in!

I took SaiFon's class on Monday, then our training began yesterday at 2 PM. It's going to be A LOT of information but a wonderful transformation process. There are five of us in the class, so it's nice and small. We begin teaching on Saturday! I'll have lots of teaching practice so when I leave I will be fully prepared.

Miss ya'll!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Julie's Sub @ the Loft

Hello fellow Lu's.
I went to Julie's time slot at Yoga Loft last night, taught by this girl named Mandy, and it was a lot like Julie's class.  Just wanted to put that out there, in case anyone was wondering who was subbing for her and what the sub was like.

Has anyone ever gone to Exhale in Venice? Someone hounded me about it today after yoga and apparently I'm missing out.
Peace and Happy Wednesday night,

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hey guys...

So im finally on the blog.. (ugh i need a new computer)

Just wanted to let you all know i saw Stepbrothers last night.. and its totally funny and i definately recommend it.

Also im wondering if anyone wants to hit up some classes with me this week.. just let me know


Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I'm so excited to see our first postings! If anyone is having any trouble logging on, please let Renee or I know.

So, I tried Heavenly Sweat at Lyfe studio this Monday, and it was very interesting. Kim the teacher is very excited to have Lulu girls take her class. She was wearing the wonder unders. There were about 15 in the class, and I counted 9 in Lulu.

I would be careful when taking her class. It is very fast paced and hard to keep up with her. She moves at warped speed!

I took the adult Ballet at The Studio of Art of Dance in El Segundo. I love Christy! She is great, and very excited about her connection with Lululemon. Jill and I are hoping to talk to her about applying for Ambassadorship.

Tonight after work, I joined Paige, Brynn and Hilary for a Hip Hop class at Spectrum. It was fun but some challenging moves! I tried not to embarrass my girls too much. Hilary and I were partnered during the dance. Can you stand it?

Wed. I will work on my teacher training for the Barre Physique. I'm pretty excited about it. I know that some of you have taken Jill's class. Way to support her.

I continue to log in the miles for my 3 day walk. so far 7 miles is the longest one. They keep increasing each week.

Well, I'm pooped, so have a sweet night!
Hi Everyone!!! Hope we can use this website to coordinate classes together?!
See you at the Plaza,