Inspired To Help Our Planet?

Well hello and Happy Earth Day guys! Doesn't a day like today give us reason to celebrate by showing some appreciation and also ask ourselves, "what am I doing to help our planet?"

I can honestly say... I WISH I WAS DOING MORE! My efforts can be grander, wiser and more thoughtful for sure, how about yours? I'm not going to give a long winded blog about how we can all be more conscious or list my greatest tips on what I think that looks like. Instead I'm going to say HAPPY EARTH DAY and simply encourage us to all get a little more curious about what we can do.  

Inspirational Addict Blogger, Health and Wellness enthusiast Sonoma Mama Yoga Instructor Andrea Bogart Actress Photographed By Erik Almas

A few years ago I lead a yoga event in Malibu and a beautiful yogi named, Goli Gabbay attended. After the yoga we all we're visiting and getting to vibe with like-minded souls. As I learned more about her, she gave me one simple suggestion that has stuck with me. She said "just tell waiters at restaurants you don't need a plastic straw and if you buy them for home use— stop." Visit Goli's website for more on the impact she's making and desires to uplift people, animals and the planet. I don't claim to know her well, but in the few times I've met her she left a feeling with me of wanting to do more, try harder and get interested in how I can make changes to support our planet. Our curiosities lead to actions and our actions lead to results. 

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little— Do what you can
— Sydney Smith
Inspirational Addict Sonoma Mama Yoga Instructor Health and Wellness Enthusiast Andrea Bogart Actress Photographed by Erik Almas

I lead a health conscious lifestyle, I recycle, I support sustainable & eco friendly companies and products wherever I can and make a great effort to buy less plastic! I do have metal, reusable straws which I love and use a copper water bottle {USE ANDREA for a discount on yours}. That doesn't seem like enough when I read about the plastic pollution problems alone. What if we all just picked one thing we could change or stopped buying or using that would support global wellness... the difference we could make would be incredible! 

My favorite way to get excited about making change is to unplug and connect with nature... Hawaii was one place I spent time doing just that— simply appreciating our planet. We have to take better care of our home and together we can. 

We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
— Henry David Thoreau

Get out in nature today. Take a minute to look around, absorb it's beauty and remember we have a responsibility to nurture her with all we got! Happy Earth Day, have a wonderful week and THANK YOU for being a part of Inspirational Addict. 

XO ANDREA

THAILAND YOGA RETREAT ANYONE?

THAILAND YOGA RETREAT ANYONE? 

I'm so excited to announce that one of my favorite humans, Jake Ferree, is hosting the Ultimate Yoga Retreat in Thailand and I am honored to be a guest teacher throughout the experience in May, 2017. I have been taking class with Jake for five + years now and not only is he a tremendous yogi who I learn so much from, he's become a wonderful friend so dear to my heart. When Jake asked me if I'd like to join him for this opportunity I lit up... he sort of has this effect on me anytime we get to be near one another. Needless to say, I'm more than delighted we will get to share our deep love for teaching with those of you who'd like to join us for this magical week. There are only a few spaces left so act fast. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out. We'll see you in Thailand! 

THE SANCTUARY
MAY 21-MAY 28TH 2017
HAD TIEN BAY, KO PHANGAN

Yoga allows you to find inner peace that is not ruffled and ruled by the endless struggles of life
— B.K.S Iyengar
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Click here for all the details about your Ultimate week of Yoga in Beautiful Thailand with Jake and Andrea! 

Thank you for stopping by as always! Have a beautiful, mindful and inspiring day! Leave me a comment if you've been to Thailand or have any thing you'd like to share? 


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Connecting With Yourself

Can you take a moment each day to connect to your energy source? Can you let it ground you, center you and create space for that connection to carry throughout your day? YOU CAN. We always have choices to connect with our awareness and use this connection to challenge ourselves in situations that take place all day long. This awareness creates change. It allows you to feel into a response rather than quickly react. Be brave with your ability to expand and grow!

Ask yourself, what is one thing you do every morning as you wake up and start your day? With-in these actions, can you fold-in a mindful act that connects you to yourself? 

As I sit myself up and turn the alarm off, before my feet hit the floor I take three rounds of deep inhales and exhales, each round includes an internal "thank you for..." (takes less than a one minute). Does it happen every morning you ask? No, is the answer but it happens more often than not and that's better than when I never did it at all.  May I inspire you to start thinking? 

Great pockets of space I've found for me are: 

  • Brushing my teeth, sometimes I do squats. Yes I do:)
  • Taking a shower, say at least three gratitudes. (my man gave me that one)
  • Driving, take my deep breaths and internal thank you's, if I missed it as I woke up.
  • Putting on make up, I listen to something inspiring, my new jam is Becoming Wise podcast by Krista Tippett (short ones)
  • Washing dishes, as much as I dislike doing this I'm finding podcasts to listen to or simply enjoying the calm, the quiet. 

Important reminder: You are not me, you are you, get creative with where this can work for you and your schedule and the life you currently have. You got this!

We can always create space we just have to put our thinking caps on and bring some awareness to it. I'm starting to challenge myself to find more little pockets of time in a busy day where I can enfold something mindful. It's also been encouraging to slow down as well. Do you feel too busy, too overwhelmed, too chaotic to even think of what you'd do? I certainly have days like this so creating the patterns is what has helped me most. I know that when I wake up I'm going to take those deep breaths, I'm going to say some thank you's and jot down gratitude's and going to feel more connected to myself with these choices.  You can do this too. Start with anything, just start. 

When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you. A joy
— Rumi

Have a beautiful day connecting!  If you have any tips that are working well for you please do share! If you need more ideas let me know, I'm happy to make suggestions for you. Thank you for popping by!

When Your Work is Your Passion

Are you a passionate freelancer?  Me too!

Hi there gang, I am an actress, a yoga instructor and blogger and life has gotten a lot sweeter since I've created a lifestyle where my passions are also my work.  

I learned a long time ago as I dove into being an actress that I had to have other jobs, activities and skills that kept me doing and not just waiting for the next thing to happen.  When I was younger, I thought if I booked one commercial or one guest- on a show I was good for awhile and kept watching my bank account rise and fall.  I am a doer at heart and let me tell you, the journey it's been having had so many different jobs along the way is enough to create one crazy coffee table book we'd all get some laughter out of.  It has also beautifully paved the way for me to be able to thrive with excitement about working steadily doing things I love.

On set with the cast of  THE   ODD COUPLE  as Olivia

On set with the cast of THE ODD COUPLE as Olivia

Blogging for Inspirational Addict

Blogging for Inspirational Addict

Teaching rooftop yoga at  RECREATION CAFE

Teaching rooftop yoga at RECREATION CAFE

I continue to be inspired to help connect people for various reasons and I've always appreciated when others do this for me.  So as I thank my lovely & talented girl, Lindsay Grubs for the introduction to the company tispr, I'd like to keep the train moving and share them with you as well!  TISPR is the mobile services marketplace to connect, collaborate and work. TALENTED, INDEPENDENT and SKILLED PERSONS =TISPR. 

As I met with one of the founding members, Florence Driessens, and listened to what the company was all about, I was intrigued.  This awesome team coordinated a fun interview allowing me to share not only the services I provide but tips, my journey and overall, how my passions became my work.  I set up a day to offer a free mindful flow class inviting clients and friends into the Rise-Movement Studio and tispr filmed footage of me teaching.  My date with tispr was a great one and I'm inspired to connect more freelancers to them!

Check out the short and sweet footage tispr put together for me below. Thank you team member Graham, for doing a terrific job. 

The lifestyle I've created for myself is always under construction. It comes with a lot of dedication and hard work balancing everything out.  It's not always balanced, it's not always in sync but if you can embrace those things and the process, I believe you will continue to land right where you need to be.  As you go through life pay attention to things you love, you enjoy, you feel connected to and if there is passion too, lean into it and explore learning more and more and it may just become a way for you to make a living and enjoy your work a lot more. 

Nearly 54 million Americans are now doing freelance work, according to a new study conducted by the independent research firm Edelman Berland and commissioned by Freelancers Union and Upwork. When I saw this I thought holy moly that's a lot! Who are the amazing souls that will continue become the dedicated educators our youth needs, the geniuses who will cure diseases and tech wizards who will fix our devices we rely on so heavily, if this many people are now freelancers? Ok, deep breath... let that go, fear not, I trust we will always have those individuals who aspire to be all those things and more and the freelance community will continue to grow and prosper and help in awesome ways too.

From  The Happiness Advantage by Sean Achor    click link for his TED talk

From The Happiness Advantage by Sean Achor  click link for his TED talk

If you have any questions for me, ask away.... or have anything you'd like to share, I love hearing from you! If this read speaks to you like it, share it.... please feel free to keep the pay it forward train moving. THANK YOU gang!  

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
— Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer