Stuff that’s making my life groovy right now

These are the things that are making my life extra groovy right now…

Podcasts

The Art of Self-Compassion – Secular Buddhism with Noah Rasheta (Episode #37) – This podcast is a little more cerebral than others I listen to and sometimes I lose my focus, but it’s a great intro to Buddhist philosophy and life lessons.

Takeaway nugget: “Experiencing failure doesn’t mean you ARE a failure.”

Chris Waddell Paralympic Legend on Winning at Life – Run this World Podcast with Nicole DeBoom, (Episode #45)  I adore Nicole’s podcasts. She consistently has interesting and inspiring guests from all walks of life and I always end each episode with a valuable take away I can apply that day.

Takeaway nugget: “We have the ability to determine how we’re going to react to whatever happens to us and that often determines our success.”

Books

Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis PragerIMG_0361 – Prager gives practical advice that is easy to digest and apply. It’s a great choice for anyone who has felt “stuck” in life or who works with those who feel stuck.

Takeaway nugget: “Yes, there is a “secret to happiness”—and it is gratitude. All happy people are grateful, and ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that it is being unhappy that leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that it is complaining that leads to people becoming unhappy. Become grateful and you will become a much happier person.” 

The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes – Lewis Howes is a lifestyle entrepeneur who compiled the stories, advice and habits of various wildly successful people around the county and helps you pinpoint what’s holding you back from your own greatness.

Takeaway nugget: “Successful people are simply those with successful habits. —Brian Tracy” 

Wildflowers

Wildflowers are exploding around southern California and I’ve been spending as much time hiking the local trails as possible to soak it all in. I don’t have to go too far. Even the bike path around my house is full of flowers. I’ve been here over 7 years and didn’t even know we had these daisies planted around the neighborhood!

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But if you want a little more of an adventure, try some of these local trails:

Nature Loop/Car Wreck/Rock-It Trails – Aliso Woods Canyon

Nature Loop @ Aliso and Woods Canyon

Nature Loop @ Aliso and Woods Canyon

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You’ll find a wide variety of flowers in Aliso and Woods Canyon depending on whether you stay along the canyon floor or hike up to the top of the ridge line that ends at Top of the World in Laguna Beach. I prefer to access all of these trails from Canyonview Park in Aliso Viejo. Parking is ample along the neighborhood streets and it’s free! After parking, walk downhill through the park until you reach the trailhead. This entrance puts you at the southern most end of Wood Canyon Trail. Turn left onto Wood Canyon and follow it until you find either Coyote Run to access Rock-It or Mathis to access Car Wreck and Nature Loop.

Dog–friendly: No

Bathrooms: Pit toilets at Canyon Vista Park only. Otherwise you have to hike to Top of the World for proper bathrooms or to the end of Wood Canyon for a pit toilet.

Water: There is no water in the park and it gets hot quickly. Take lots of hydration and wear proper trail shoes.

Difficulty Level: These trails are all advanced and require significant ability to hike uneven terrain and climb steep, rocky hillsides. But the effort is well worth the beauty.

Bommer Canyon –

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Parking: Park at Quailhill Trailhead and you can walk 1.8 mile loop next to the 405 freeway. You can also head up the hill into the Shady Canyon private community. Walk the compact dirt path all the way to Bommer Canyon trail, which you can take all the way to the ridge along Newport Coast and into Crystal Cove.  You can also access Bommer Canyon directly by driving past Quailhill trail and continuing along Shady Canyon.

Dog –friendly: Yes until you reach Bommer Canyon Trail, then no dogs.

Bathrooms: Quail Hill parks have clean, well maintained restrooms. After that there is another proper facility at the Bommer entrance and at Coastal Peak Park at the top of the ridge.

Water: There is no water in the park and it gets hot quickly. Take lots of hydration and wear proper trail shoes.

Difficulty: These trails are well maintained and wide. Beginning level for the loop at Quail Hill.

Intermediate/advanced fitness level required to hike the hill into Shady Canyon and beyond.

Watch for my wildflower trails in my blog next week!

Race Season

The cycling/triathlon season has begun! I spent a weekend in Palm Desert cheering on friends competing in the Desert City Triathlon.

Cheering for the athletes with my amiga Natalie!

Cheering for the athletes with my amiga Natalie!

Even if you aren’t an athlete, try spending a day at a local race. The atmosphere is electric, the people are friendly and it’s so much fun rooting people to the finish. And if you have a friend or loved one training for their first triathlon or running race, or if she is a seasoned athlete, go out and support her at her next race. As an athlete myself I know the power of cheerleaders. There is no better feeling than hearing a friendly heckle from the sidelines as you test your limits on a particularly brutal part of the course. And there is no better feeling than seeing your friends or family at the finish line!

What’s making your life groovy at the moment? Leave it in the comments section below.  Now give live an active life!

Erica

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