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Coffee Limits, Monthly Resolutions and Presentvember.

(If you are new to the blog and have no idea what I’m talking about when I say “monthly resolutions” check out the original posting here.)

Last month I resolved to work on my vices. My physical reminder was to limit myself to 2 cups of coffee a day. I’d been in the habit of drinking 3-4 cups for the last few months and I wanted to cut back. Coffee has been a small luxury that I have never really put restrictions on. I could have coffee whenever I wanted, however often I wanted, and it could be whatever I wanted.

It was a fun experiment to limit myself. These were the major things that I observed during this time:

I found myself not wanting more than one cup most days.
My body and mind felt better on less caffeine. 
With the limitations added I found myself really cherishing my two cups a day.
I didn’t want to waste them on bad coffee or bad company. 


For November:

Last month I wrote this in my journal:

“The leaves are changing.
It’s something that goes unnoticed by me most of the time.
But, when I’m present-when I’m really aware, it is quite lovely.
It makes me feel truly grateful and puts me at ease.

There’s something to just watching the leaves as well.
Seeing them dance in the wind, almost rhythmically.
It’s the kind of thing that makes me feel like there’s more to the world.
I can’t pinpoint a purpose.
But, it is quite lovely, just perfect really.”

I’ve been trying to be more present lately.
To look around and take note of my surroundings.
It’s easy for me to look toward the future, but, the reality is that my life is pretty sweet as it is.

For the month of November I want to practice being present, content, and grateful.

My physical reminders:

-Taking one photo everyday of something that I’m grateful for.
(I’ll be using the hashtag #presentvember on instagram if you’re interested in following and/or joining me!)
-To write a passage everyday about a single moment.
The way the air felt on my skin, what part of my body I feel connected to, where I am, and what I’m feeling.
(I may share a few of these on Facebook as they come, but, I haven’t quite decided yet.)

What about you?
What are your hopes for the month of November?

with love and being present,


Tyler McCall - November 3, 2014 - 3:59 pm

I’m trying to work on the presence thing, as well. Goodness it’s so easy to get distracted and caught up in the day-to-day and forget to actually exist within our lives, isn’t it? I recently purchased Mark Nepo’s “The Book of Awakening” – it’s a daily digest book with a page or two about a particular topic, quote, and guided meditation. I’m committed to reading that every day. And I’ve got to start blogging again – I need some creative expression!

Blake DuDonis - November 3, 2014 - 6:48 pm

This is a beautiful idea. I think we all could spend more time in the present, observing and thinking on those things that are special and we are thankful for. I’ll certainly be following along and may have to join in as well! Great stuff.

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