Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Today's Words of Inspiration + Winner's Announcements + NY Wine Fest Recap!

Let the Good Life Inspire You

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending The New York City Wine Festival, and I had a fantastic time! I'm no expert, and I let the reps know I was fully in their hands and to make recos on what I should try and in what order. They were super happy to explain the notes and describe the flavors. I also had the chance to meet great people between appetizers and tasting, and it concluded with an amazing concert.

I can't wait for the next one. I started off so nervous not fully knowing what to expect or how a total newb would even be received, and I learned right away I had nothing to fear, and there were other wine novices who seemed visibly relieved when I asked for recos because some were too afraid to admit they didn't know very much about wine either.

I was totally in the moment and greatly enjoyed the great wine, food, music and company! I hope the Ascending Butterfly readers who won our giveaway for a pair of tickets will also write in and let us know how they enjoyed the event.

It's amazing when you stop and think that grapes can become something so luxurious. A wine at it's core is nothing without the grapes. And the event left me thinking about how the ordinary in life can easily become extraordinary via time and transformation.

And isn't that much like us? We undergo changes and transformations daily, some seem so negligible when we are in the midst of them, but then we realize later on just how profound they really were! Today I want you to be inspired by your changes and transformations, celebrate both the ordinary and extraordinary in your life, and don't be afraid to ask for recommendations, you may just discover a new favorite!

Some of my favorites include, in no particular order:

(1) Cuvee Flamme
(2) Llopart Brute Rose
(3) Eudald Brut Cava
(4) Juve & Camps Brut Cava Reserva
(5) Poggio al Tesoro Solosole Vermentino
(6) Warwick Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(7) Wakatake Ginjo Demon Slayer (Sake)
(8) Ichinokura Taru (Sake)

Being at the Festival also reminded me that the fruits of our labors are those indulgences and moments we allow ourselves to savor. Today let good music, good friends, and good wines inspire you!

Today's Words of Inspiration'
Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud 'The good life is mine Now!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Special Thanks to Marquee Concerts, Bearpaw and Energy Muse for hosting another amazing giveaway, we hope to have you back soon!
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