When packing for my journey to Ethiopia, I spent a lot of time thinking about how much different items weighed and the space they would take in my suitcase. I decided to pack some of the lightest, yet most important items I own— my paper inspirations that I have put up in my dorm rooms throughout all four years of college. I have found the easiest way to put up pictures, postcards, and art is in a close-line style with miniature clips.
I made a Wall of Inspiration for my room in the Yaya Village that both motivates and grounds me.
What do YOU have on your wall that inspires YOU everyday?
Top line (all lines right to left):
- Picture of Zoe Romano running to Tour De France: to learn more about her incredible story, check out ROO Podcast #6
- Picture of the Buddha given to me by Lily, one of my closest friends. One of my favorite ROO Tuesday Truth quotes is from the Buddha: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
- Postcard of Live Aloha: I lived and studied on Oahu, Hawaii my junior spring and met some incredible people there, including ROO Podcast interviewees Susie Stephen #1 and Carly Wilson #51
- Postcard of the American Sign Language (ASL) Alphabet: I have always been fascinated by deaf culture and hope to study ASL someday.
- Picture of a hamster in Warrior II, also given to me by Lily, and makes me giggle every time.
- Oiselle Postcard of their motto “Heads Up, Wings Out.” It has become one of my favorite running mantras that I have learned since joining the Oiselle Team
Second from the top:
- Postcard of my favorite Rumi quote, “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” It was made by the Bates Multifaith Chapliancy, one of the communities I felt privileged to be apart of during my time at Bates.
- Picture of Barbar doing yoga!
- Postcard of one of my Oiselle running heroes, Lauren Fleshman, who shares some wise words, “Think about what you want your body to DO for you rather than what you want to take away from it. Honor your body. Don’t talk bad about it.” These words reflect her must-read article, “Keeping It Real “. Also have had Fleshman’s insight on ROO’s Tuesday Truth on being a dreamer.
- Postcard of the Dalai Lama, one of my spiritual teachers and areas of study as a religion double major in college.
- Postcard of Dubrovnik, Croatia, the place where my grandparents live and are from. Before traveling there for a month this past summer, I wrote a ROO blog post on traveling on a plant-based diet with tips from many ROO interviewees, check it out!
- Gift tag with wise words from friend and running partner, Amory Rowe, who founded the incredible In the Arena Organization— definitely want to do a ROO podcast interview with her when I return!
Third from the top:
- Picture of Hawaiian Goddess Pele meeting Buddhist diety Quanyin on a card from soul sister in Hawaii, Lauren Seaman, check out her blog, Flowing Wellness!
- My all-time favorite piece of art, “Rose Bushes Under Trees“ by Gustav Klimt.
- Cutout of Kara Goucher, another Oiselle Running hero, who was recently featured in a beautiful Runner’s World article by Tish Hamilton about Kara’s Podium Retreat— an event that is on my bucket list! Kara has also sourced two ROO Tuesday Truths– on believing and seeing how wonderful life is.
- You can never have too much Rumi! “Let the beauty we love be what we do.” A beautiful piece of art given to me by my cofounder of the Bates Yoga Kula, Lindsey Gwynne.
- A rad Picky Bars postcard, thanking me for supporting their Runners High new flavor, now known as Blueberry Boomdizzle. Wanna know why I love Picky Bars, read here.
- Picture of Amma, the embodiment of love, who I had the privilege of meeting four years ago. I was introduced to Amma by one of my mentors, Prajna Hallstrom who among other things, leads kirtans (group chanting) in the Boston area. I am dreaming of going to one of her kirtans when I return to the States in Winter 2015!
- Rebecca Pacheco, ROO interviewee #3 shared this Storm Jameson quote on living in the present at one of her yoga classes. It was during a time high school when I began to fall in love with yoga and I was touched when Rebecca then posted the quote on her OmGal blog. I have since then read it many times in my yoga classes and have had it posted on my wall as a daily reminder.
- Cut out of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara from Menla Mountain Retreat Center, where I had a transformative weekend retreat studying with Krishna Das that later inspired me to write my ethnomusicology thesis on kirtan, focusing on Jai Uttal, another amazing kirtan artist.
- Picture of BEAUTY, found on one of my favorite running routes on the Charles River, which I then posted to my ROO Instagram.
- Poster of “Practice of Belief” by Lauren Fleshman and Ro McGettigan from their empowering company, Believe I Am which just published a new training journal (I brought to Ethiopia with me and have been loving it!).
- Calligraphy of “Be Beautiful. Be Yourself” from Thich Nhat Hanh. I had the opportunity to see him speak in NYC and hope to get to hear him again someday!