Friday, February 22, 2013

WOW: Living in the moment

Eight more work hours till the weekend. Eating lunch while I plan next week's menu and grocery list. Sixteen  (or 17) miles until the training week is over. A week until payday. Thirty-six days till the Run the Bluegrass Marathon and celebrating with a Sweet & Sassy Redheads BabyCakes Cupcake.

Ten weeks till I get to spend a weekend with the girls for the Wisconsin half marathon "Go Epic or Have Fun" adventure. (Yes, this item gets a whole paragraph to itself.)

Sometimes, it feels like I am so busy planning the future that I forget to live in the now. It's a shame because the now is so amazing - a fresh dusting of snow, sunlight peeking through the sky and being entertained by the disappearing act of a Goldfish-fueled Great Miles Copperfield.

Manduka, purveyors of high performance yoga gear, was inspired this, the magic of living in the moment. Its new spring collection, NOW=WOW, features an array of functional yoga gear in fresh new colors such as Pop, Glow, and Breeze.

And even if you're not a yogi, the lineup is great for the fitness enthusiast. Mats for ab work, bags for heading to the gym and eQua Mat Towels for soaking up all the sweat. And let me tell you from experience, it's impossible not to live in the moment when you have salty drops burning in your eyes

(OMG, I used an emoticon. Please shoot me.)

Manduka is encouraging people to live in the moment (without the burning pupils, I assume) with its #NowIsWow campaign. The digital campaign encourages the yoga (and fitness) community to take a pause and experience the moment - by celebrating life, reveling in nature and embracing the now. Every week Manduka will showcase a new color from the Spring line - in visual collage form - via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and its blog. Manduka will then ask the community to share an image of their own to celebrate life’s stunning moments, guided by that color. Fans can tag their photos on Instagram and Twitter using #NOWisWOW or upload on Facebook. For every entry, Manduka will donate $1 to yoga charity, Off The Mat, up to $1500.

Awesome, right?

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This week's color is SHADE, a lovely shade of gray. Coincidence because Manduka is offering one reader an eQua Mat Towel of his/her own in SHADE, a $42 value, and it's a not so lovely gray outside.

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To enter, leave a comment telling me how you live in the now.

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each, indicating that you did so):

Disclosure/disclaimer: Manduka sent me an eQua mat towel for my participation in the campaign but all opinions are my own. The giveaway begins Friday, Feb. 22 and will end Tuesday, Feb. 26. The winner will be announced on Wednesday and will have 72 hours to contact me via email or a new winner will be selected. Open to U.S. residents only.


  1. I didn't know we had a slogan! I love it!

    Dude, we have toddlers. Is there any moment but NOW for them? :)

  2. and I follow you on Twitter.
    and what, you don't like emoticons!? ;) lol

    I tweeted!

  4. I always follow you on Twitter :) more like stalk but that's ok, right??? hahaha

  5. and am now an official Manduka twitter stalker

    Love this slogan and I'm agreeing with the other Kim, our boys only have NOW on their brains.

  6. I also d the giveaway:

  7. I live in the moment by giving thanks for blessings each day. I made a commitment to my self to pick at least one thing to be thankful for each day and I have a weekly blog post to document my thankful list

  8. Been following you for a while now on Twitter! Love your blog and posts!

  9. I live in the now by appreciating all I have and not focusing on what I wish I had!!

  10. I am living in the now by taking a little time for myself...trying to get in shape and do some things that I want to do. Makes me a better person for my friends, family and coworkers.

  11. I will be looking for you at the Run the Bluegrass race. I'm the runner Mom for my daughter,son-in-law and other 'runner kids'. Most days I'm living in the Now What!

  12. I'm like you, I do a LOT of planning. As a full time employee, wife, and mother to 4 kiddos (one of which is disabled) I have not choice. Life is one a carefully ochestrated event to the next. But I'm trying to do better job with homework and being in the now with my kids.

  13. I live in the now by appreciating the little things!