Apr
28

Manifestos

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The other day as we were driving back from picking up Ivan from work I noticed that there is a Lululemon shop opening on Ponsonby Road! (There’s also one scheduled for Britomart).  For those who don’t know, Lululemon started in Vancouver in 1998 and they sell good quality (and often brightly coloured) athletic apparel. Any Vancouverite knows that Starbucks-sipping, designer gumboot-wearing women (or men) on their way to Bikram Yoga are most likely to be seen wearing something from Lululemon. Both Ivan and I do Bikram Yoga AND we own clothing from Lululemon, but we haven’t touched Starbucks since we landed in NZ (sorry Braden!) and thankfully (or sadly?) gumboots aren’t a fashion item (or that necessary) in Auckland.

But anyway, what I do like about Lululemon is their manifesto. In text format below. I love all of it, but I’ve bolded some of my favourites. I think Ivan and I will make a family manifesto for our wall. It really helps to read these sorts of things daily!

  • Drink FRESH water and as much water as you can. Water flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps your brain sharp.
  • A daily hit of athletic-induced endorphins gives you the power to make better decisions, helps you be at peace with yourself, and offsets stress.
  • Do one thing a day that scares you.
  • Listen, listen, listen, and then ask strategic questions.
  • Write down your short and long-term GOALS four times a year. Two personal, two business and two health goals for the next 1, 5 and 10 years. Goal setting triggers your subconscious computer.
  • Life is full of setbacks. Success is determined by how you handle setbacks.
  • Your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself.
  • That which matters the most should never give way to that which matters the least.
  • Stress is related to 99% of all illness.
  • Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.
  • The world is changing at such a rapid rate that waiting to implement changes will leave you 2 steps behind. DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW!
  • Friends are more important than money.
  • Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Living in the moment could be the meaning of life.
  • Take various vitamins. You never know what small mineral can eliminate the bottleneck to everlasting health.
  • Don’t trust that an old age pension will be sufficient.
  • Visualize your eventual demise. It can have an amazing effect on how you live for the moment.
  • The conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Choose a positive thought.
  • Live near the ocean and inhale the pure salt air that flows over the water, Vancouver will do nicely. (Oh how I agree with this one WHOLE HEARTEDLY. I love the ocean and it’s therapeutic effect on me)
  • Observe a plant before and after watering and relate these benefits to your body and brain.
  • Practice yoga so you can remain active in physical sports as you age.
  • Dance, sing, floss and travel.
  • Children are the orgasm of life. Just like you did not know what an orgasm was before you had one, nature does not let you know how great children are until you have them.
  • Successful people replace the words ‘wish’, ‘should’ and ‘try’, with ‘I will‘.
  • Creativity is maximized when you’re living in the moment.
  • Nature wants us to be mediocre because we have a greater chance to survive and reproduce. Mediocre is as close to the bottom as it is to the top, and will give you a lousy life.
  • lululemon athletica creates components for people to live longer, healthier and more fun lives. If we can produce products to keep people active and stress-free, we believe the world will become a much better place.
  • Do not use cleaning chemicals on your kitchen counters. Someone will inevitably make a sandwich on your counter.
  • SWEAT once a day to regenerate your skin.
  • Communication is COMPLICATED. We are all raised in a different family with slightly different definitions of every word. An agreement is an agreement only if each party knows the conditions for satisfaction and a time is set for satisfaction to occur.
  • What we do to the earth we do to ourselves.
  • The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness.

And just incase that isn’t enough inspiration for you, here’s another one I like from here:

And this one which is downloadable and printable for free!

I can’t believe it’s the weekend already. The short week made it go even faster than usual! I hope everyone has an inspiring and productive weekend. We have no plans really, except mandatory brunch at a cafe (with beautiful wonderful people) and probably lots of walking with our little bug and naps in the afternoon (please universe!) and another photography session with a newborn. And hopefully some good night-time sleeping :)

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  • Rodrigo

    I have another one for you, JUST DO IT IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING. HAHAHAHAHAHAH Im such a philosopher. btw I really liked this post I need this kind of stuff right now

  • http://www.enspiral.com Josh

    Love it, I’m suggesting this for our office

  • http://www.adelebarlow.com Adele

    Can’t get over the awesomeness of this post…

  • http://www.about.me/jadetang123 Jade

    Pamela, this is brilliant! You might like this one too: http://the99percent.com/articles/7005/5-Manifestos-for-Art-Life-Business

  • http://pablokraus.com Pablo

    Love it. However, I disagree with the last one…

    “The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness.”

    Does this not mean that every other one before is pointless? I would lead my life doing those things because I AM on the pursuit of happiness and it’s ultimately what makes me happy. Every thing I do is pretty much on track with trying to live a happy and amazing life. Being afraid to follow the pursuit of happiness would set me back and not give me the balls to do what I want.

    Maybe, I see your point though; only by trying and being on the pursuit you actually ever fail. Failing at trying to be happy is pretty much the worst. Either way it’s not something I would live by because after failing I would just get back on the pursuit to bring me back. I’m on the pursuit of happiness and not a day goes by where that brings me down.

    Correct me if I’m wrong or misunderstood your point?