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  • 5 Ways to Show Someone They Are Special

    By Becky Prater

    Beckons Yoga Clothing You Rock blogIn 1972, Leo Buscaglia, an author and man I deeply admire, published a small book called Love. In 1984, I read Love, my first self-help book, and have lived by Buscaglia's ideas of love ever since.

    He writes, "It is possible for me, and not unreasonable, to love everyone with equal intensity and still have all the love energy I have ever had. There are a lot of miracles to being a human being, but this is one of the greatest miracles." (Love, 1972). Meaning, you can love all people and never run out of love or the capacity to love.

    February is the month to show people that you appreciate them and that they are special in some way. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that without spending much money: Beckon Yoga Clothing Hearts of Wool

    Beckons Yoga clothing hearts of wool blog post1. Make 3-D hearts out of old clothing. My super talented intern, Maggie Aldworth, created these hearts from old clothes headed for the Goodwill, which she plans to give to each of her friends at school. You can fill them with lavender to be used as a sachet. These will help their high school backpacks smell great.

    2. Write a note to someone special that is about the love of or importance of their friendship or support. Remind them how wonderful they are and thank them for their positive, supportive attitude. People do not send cards or letters in the mail much these days. Sending a note via snail mail will have a significant impact.

    3. As in the first photo, find a rock (it does not have to be in the shape of a heart) and on it write "you rock," using a Sharpie. Place the rock somewhere your loved one will find it on Valentine's Day morning. If you are going to mail it, just use a flat rock. Who wouldn't love to get that in the mail?

    4. Celebrate by putting a chocolate heart (a wee bit materialistic) on your child's pillow so that they find it when they go to bed that night or in the mailboxes or on desks at work. Teachers do this stuff all the time. I can assure you there is not a place of business where people wouldn't be thrilled to receive the tiniest reminder that they are special.

    5. On a piece of notebook paper, hand write:

    You are special because . . . (fill in this blank).

    That's it. You do not even need to include your name. Just make someone's day by acknowledging them in this small, personal, thoughtful way. Even those people who might not be your favorite in the workplace have some redeeming quality you can celebrate on this special day.

    "I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy," states Buscaglia (Love, 1972.) It seems like we are apathetic about others because we are so busy all the time. A simple act of kindness will remind people that we are grateful they are in our lives.

    "What good is love that is not freely given? Love is always an active sharing. If one has love to give, he may impart it to all in the world and he will still have the same love he started with. We never lose anything by sharing it, for nothing is ever solely ours to start with. In fact, love acquires meaning only if it is shared." (Love, 1972)

    Does this seem impossible to you or very unlikely that you will reach out to people in this way? When times are tough and we get frustrated with our lives, this may be the last thing we want to do. However, by sharing love with others we tend to feel much better ourselves. Just do this for one person in your life and see what happens.

  • Lines and Circle: An Update on The Samburu Donation

    Last year Beckons donated clothing to the Samburu People of Northern Kenya by way of Vital Yoga of Denver. They are a colorful group of nomadic people. Here is a piece written by Micah Springer, who hand-carried our boxes of clothes to Africa, about distributing the clothing to the people. This is beautiful and we are touched to have been a part of it. If you want to know more of the back story, read our previous blog.

    Samburu Tribe Penina and childrenLines and Circles by Micah Springer

    Lepakiyo, the leader of this tribe of Samburu People, is masterful at requiring the villagers to gather in a line. To you and me this is a simple formation because we were taught early, as children. Nomadic people are anything but linear. They don't stand in lines, speak in lines, think in linear fashion. The creativity we recognize in their character is a direct tribute to this fact. Continue reading

  • Theme for the Year

    I am a goal setter. In fact, January 1st my daughter and I go to a locally owned, quaint coffee shop and spend a few hours reviewing the goals we set last year, making a host of new ones for the upcoming year. Here are a few from my 2013 list:Becky Prater's goal list for 2013

    Pretty typical and uninspiring. The other problem is that they are not measurable and my goal list is too long to remember on a day-to-day basis. In fact, when setting goals it is essential that they are measurable so that they can be evaluated in the end. If you set out to "try one recipe a month" you will know whether you have achieved that goal. However, "get fit" is less helpful when determining if there is success. A better goal might be to "Lose 10 pounds" or even "trim down so that my clothes no longer feel tight."

    I have always made a goal list because I love this sort of thing and it serves a great purpose. However, once I read the piece about receiving in 2009, mentioned in the previous blog, I discovered that I wanted to approach each year also with an overarching theme to direct my actions through out the year. I then embarked on an "Open to Receive" year, setting an intention to beckon this to my life. Within two weeks I won an iPod at a tradeshow and received a large check from my mother who wanted to contribute to my business. I was expecting something along the lines of "receiving love from others" but was quick to realize how helpful my setting a theme of the year was and opened myself up to receiving anything and everything. Continue reading

  • We Are Loved / Heart Shaped Thread

    Beckon Yoga Clothing heart thread blogOver the past couple of weeks, we (Cousin Kris and I) have been making Frankenmittens™: old sweaters brought back to life. When pulling the cashmere mittens out of the sewing machine the threads landed in this wonderful shape. Whenever I see a heart in nature or in a random place, I am reminded that love is all around us.

  • Emily Fite in Beckons

    I bought my first beckons clothes many years ago at the YJ conference in Estes Park. I've been buying and wearing ever since!  Love it!     – Emily Fite

    Emily Fite wearing Beckons Yoga ClothingThank you for sharing this sweet photo with us. We always love to see the faces of our customers and hear your kind words. Check out Emily at www.yogaroom.org. Emily is wearing our Beckons Wisdom Yoga Pants and Strength Long Sleeve T-shirt.

  • Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

    This is an old family favorite from the kitchen of Leila Boddicker. I believe the original recipe probably came straight from Hershey. Nothing says, "Happy Holidays," quite like a warm cookie with milk.

    Beckons Yoga Clothing Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies recipeCream together:

    • ½ cup butter (no substitutions)
    • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter

    Add to the above:

    •  1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tbs. milk
    • 1 tsp. vanilla

    Add dry ingredients to the above mixture:

    • 1 ½ cup flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ½ tsp. salt

    The mixture should stick together pretty well and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add a touch more flour so that you can easily work with the dough.

    Roll the dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 365 degrees for 10 minutes or until cracks form on the top of the cookies.

    Immediately place one Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss in the center of each cookie while they are still warm.

    Share with others.

  • DIY Ideas - Advent Calendar

    Beckon Yoga Clothing DIY Advent CalendarChildren receive an unprecedented amount of gifts for Christmas these days. Why would a non-materialistic mom want to add 24 extra gifts to the madness with a treasure-filled advent calendar? The initial calendar was given to me by my Grandma Boddicker and Aunt Beth. It was filled with small toys and candy. The kids loved it so much that we could not stop the tradition once it began. So we had to make it serve a greater purpose. We have since given these treasured calendars to all of our family and friends with children so that they can enjoy the tradition.

    During the holidays kids need several things like a new outfit and shoes for the school program or to wear to church on Christmas Day. We would simply place a note in the box that read, "Today we shop for a new Christmas outfit." There is always a great holiday movie that comes out that you will be taking your kids to anyway. "Going to the movies," would be in one box. We always provide one awesome Christmas-themed video and a book among the 24 days. Lastly, on Christmas Eve the note sent them on a scavenger hunt to find their new pajamas to wear on this special night. Basically, the treasures in the box are things you would do or purchase with or without an advent calendar.

    To make it extra special, we included activities like "Today, let's bake cookies." or "Let's do something special for Dad today."

    Continue reading

  • Permission to Receive

    Beckon Yoga Clothing blog about receivingFor those of us that are constantly giving of ourselves, it is difficult for us to receive because we call that "taking." We have grown up with the adage, "It is better to give than to receive." However, receiving must happen in order for giving to happen. Like breathing, you cannot take a breath without expelling a breath.

    As I mentioned in the November newsletter, I read the inspirational book called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a super quick and impactful read, written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann. As a reminder, the story is about Joe who meets a series of people that teach him about the Five Laws of Success: Continue reading

  • Giving of Yourself for the Holidays

    Beckon Yoga Clothing yoga gifts of seasoned almonds November 05, 2012 5:20 AM

    Christmas. What a wonderful, potentially stressful time of year. We all have so much to do and people to consider. A few years back a great book fell on my path called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a book written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann.

    While the book was written to inspired business people, it changed my life in a few significant non-business ways. Wikipedia summarizes it well: Joe, the main character, embarks on a learning journey by meeting Go-Givers - friends of The Chairman. Through these interactions he learns of the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:

    The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
    The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
    The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first.
    The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
    The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. Continue reading

  • Why Buy Organic Cotton Clothing?

    The word “organic” gets thrown around a lot these days in the marketing world, but what does it really mean? To us, it means using sustainable practices to make clothing that is not only comfortable and beautiful, but also has the least impact on the planet.

    Beckons is whole-heartedly committed to minimizing our environmental footprint.

    • We promote the efforts of organic growers
    • We manufacture garments domestically (Denver, CO)
    • We recycle our shipping boxes and avoid using poly bags whenever possible
    • We embrace the triple bottom-line philosophy, caring as much about our impact on the world and it's people, as we do about profit Continue reading

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