YOU Are The Solution To Not Giving Up

We've all set out to achieve something at one point or another right? Can you relate to the notion of setting your expectations a little too high or wanting those immediate results and getting impatient to the point you give up? I'm soooooo with you. Together, let's find some solutions.... so we DO NOT GIVE UP. 

Inspirational Addict Andrea Bogart Get My Body Back Influencer of wellness with Erik Almas Photography

I looked at my bum in the mirror the other day, scowled, and out loud said "this isn't working." Then I counted the days I've been doing my focused booty and core work and it's been 19 days since I began a 90 day Get My Body Back challenge with The New Hollywood; which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemaker's. "Ok, seriously Andrea... were you expecting your bum and tummy to take a new magnificent shape over night?" I tend to give myself a hard time, do you?  I appreciate that I work really hard, I'm super committed to things I'd like to achieve and yet I will forget regularly to give myself credit for what I am doing and rant about what I didn't do or what's not happening for me. It's a trap that sadly feels natural doesn't it? I do however have enough awareness to recognize this behavior, catch myself and shift perspective fairly quickly now... that, I am proud of. How do we get there?

I know I often refer to my yoga practice and how much it's changed my life... but there's great reason for that; IT HAS. The practice itself with great mentors helps me grasp the tools to tap into those perspective shifting abilities. Being an instructor allows me the privilege to diligently share the very things that I continue to grow from. Writing this blog is another self-motivating tool for me, among several resources I love. Perhaps, YOU are not a yoga instructor, or blogger or spiritual seeker, all of which is completely OK.  So I ask you to take inventory of your life style choices, the people you surround yourself with and where you are in your efforts to stay committed to the the experiences that encourage you to live your best life and PAY ATTENTION. 

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop
— Confucius

You are brave. You are on a journey that is forever shifting. It's a process to invite in the things that we embrace long enough to trust they are changing us. Often we keep going because we see, feel and indulge in the results... which is amazing, so keep doing that. When the results are slow coming or we can't see or feel a difference quite yet, are we courageous enough to simply trust and admire our efforts? Can that be enough to keep us motivated? Join me in saying a big "Hell Yes"! 

For all my GMBB5 members... keep on keep'n on, we made one heck of a long commitment to finish our year strong. We 100% got this! My booty and tummy will be patient... Determined by December is my mantra, you are welcome to borrow that too.   

Lot's of love to all of you as always... if you have anything for me leave a comment.

XO ANDREA 

 

Tips To Keeping Our Mind, Body & Soul In Check

How many times do we get too busy, hit a slump or get off track with our physical and mental health? Do you find that this happens most when we actually need it most? If you answered YES... keep reading for inspiration. Believe me, I'm with you.  

Photo By Erik Almas

Photo By Erik Almas

We often end up coming down on ourselves when we don't fulfill the expectations we've set. So let's ask ourselves what are the most important things we want to keep in check with? This can change of course. In this moment, get focused on some nonnegotiable's for yourself. Try to establish a time to do this at the beginning of each week. Make it your Mind, Body, Soul little checklist!  

Can you connect to the emotions  and visualize how you feel when you stay committed? Breathe into that for a few moments. Does it make you smile, are you uplifted, do you feel better? These are the things you want to keep in-check with when the excuses want to high jack your motivation. 

A few of mine are; 

  1. Moving my body daily
  2. Put healthy organic food into my belly
  3. Quiet my mind with gratitude
  4. Getting enough sleep

I continue to learn that no matter what, when I do these things I am going to feel better and even if my list of what I hoped to get done falls dramatically short, I can still be compassionate toward myself. And that definitely leads me to be more compassionate towards others as well. So take this for a test drive. Next time that voice is saying "I don't want to," pause and visualize the sensations of the result of how you feel when you follow through with whatever your mindful actions are and see if that helps propel you into action rather than excuses.  Make choices with acceptance and awareness, not punishment and guilt. You'll find yourself following through with your mind, body, soul priorities more and more.

Are you facing some challenges? Let me know if any of these quick tips help? I love hearing from you guys!  

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