Posh Seven Magazine, The Health Issue: February – March 2017


Dear Posh Tribe,

Has everyone made it through the holiday season in one piece? I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and also a little relieved that the next big thing I’m planning for is simply Valentine’s Day. Phew. We made it another year.

Wait! Did I just usher out 2016 as a project completed? Did I already somehow wind up adding all of 2017 to my to-do list? My goodness, I will never learn. Every year I vow I’ll stop, yet I never do. I put myself on autopilot and program my brain to make lists and finish lists. Then I get fixated on plowing through all of these tasks—sometimes I find myself at places I can’t even seem to recall having driven to. It’s like a switch flips and I become robot mom.

I may be the one who needs this advice the most, but let me say it here: Life is not a to-do list. Life is not simply a series of seasons to usher in or out, and new days are not just “one more thing” on our lists to complete. This is your life. Wake up and smell the roses. Or in my case, the coffee mug. I am constantly trying to finish things, start new things, and get over things. What if I didn’t do that this year? What if you didn’t either?

What if we collectively made a decision to savor every minute? Even the stupid minutes, like the ones spent finally packing up the last of the Christmas decorations. You know who you are. Or the minutes spent on the treadmill, staring at the timer, marveling at how long 30 seconds can really feel. Let’s all take a breath and see if we can collectively shift our thinking about the many tasks on our lists.

What if we set an intention and made ourselves truly aware every time we took an action. Not of the task itself, but the reason we’re doing it. Let’s say I’m washing the dishes. I hate dishes. But I wash them because I enjoy a clean space where I can nourish my family and share conversations with people I love. What if—wait for it—being able to interact with the people we love in the clean space of our kitchens where we have healthy food filling our fridge was something we could feel grateful for? Yes, maybe we could even bring ourselves to feel gratitude for the act of washing the dishes.

Life changes a lot when you think this way, right? Getting yourself off of autopilot, injecting conscious effort to be mindful of every moment of your life, and being grateful for what you have adds value and meaning to even the most mundane moments of our busy days. So, rather than dreading my list, I’m choosing to enjoy it. I am going to savor it. We only have so many days left to walk this planet. Let’s choose to be on a lovely stroll rather than in a race.

Here’s to the sisterhood and our tribe called Posh!

Hulya Aksu,
Founding Publisher
[email protected]

 

In this issue…

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

COMMUNITY
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Even When It Hurts, We Keep Breathing

POSH BETTY
RONDA POWELL : Old 690 Brewing Company

LOCAL
TREATING EVERY CHILD LIKE ONE OF THEIR OWN – Discovering the BeanTree Difference
MOVE OVER McMANSIONS – Suburbia Is Changing

EDIBLE
DINING OUT IN LOUDOUN GETS A HEALTHY MAKEOVER

TRAVEL
SUMMER GETAWAY: All-inclusive Resorts Just One Flight Away
DISCOVERING BEAVER CREEK LODGE’S SUMMER SEASON

HEALTH & WELLNESS
SUGAR: The Dark Side of the Sweet Stuff
GIVING YOUR ATHLETE THAT EXTRA ADVANTAGE
FINDING BALANCE AND PURPOSE IN OUR BUSY LIVES
IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE RIGHT FOR YOU?
BELLY UP TO THE BARRE & BOOTCAMP Workouts for Expecting Moms

FEATURED WOMEN
LEGACY OF KINGS AUTHOR IS MAKING HISTORY OF HER OWN: A Profile of Eleanor Herman
TURNING TRAGEDY INTO HOPE: A Discussion with Suzie Bartel
HOW DOROTHY GOT HER GROOVE BACK: A Profile of Dorothy Beal
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: A Discussion with Tiffney Laing

FINAL NOTE
BENEFITS OF A REGULAR YOGA PRACTICE