Let's Make World Kindness Day Everyday

Hi everyone, Happy World Kindness Day! What can you do to consciously add more kindness into your life? This is a win win for all and worthy of thinking about.

I started writing this blog last week not knowing world kindness day was today, Nov. 13th. I love synchronicity. There is no time like the present to be more mindful about kindness. Are you with me?

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You can never go wrong when you think, act & engage from a place of kindness. Do you know people like this? The type that light up rooms with their infectious energy and can turn a dim environment into people laughing and smiling suddenly? We all have the capability of being this type of person. It’s often our stories we tell ourselves, disappointments, insecurities and layers of things that weigh us down throughout life that get in our own way. Kindness is pure and simple. It’s an innate emotion to be shared and felt by all. 

Do you remember your first feeling of kindness? We are so tiny when we learn to smile, wave hello & goodbye, share things, blow kisses, say please, thank you & you're welcome. The manners we are taught as children is where it begins and how we choose to carry that into adulthood is up to us. Kindness creates connection which can have a beautiful rippling affect. How you make others feel says a lot about who you are.  

Let's get our wheels turning:

  1. Think kind thoughts toward yourself
  2. Connect to others with smiles and simple manners during your day
  3. Do a random act of kindness and enjoy the reaction
Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world
— Pema Chodron

HOW AWARE ARE WE?

Hi there lovelies, hope you're having a beautiful Sunday.

Photo By Erik Almas in Dubai

Photo By Erik Almas in Dubai

How aware are we I ask?  

We can be aware of the obvious things for sure; emotions we feel, our responsibilities, the routine of how we move through our days, food we eat, amount of exercise we get, what we tune-in to and tune-out, judgments we make on ourselves, energy we put out into the world… you get the idea. Do you ever wonder if you’re just going through the motions of life missing out on that deeper connection to your self-awareness? And even more importantly, how does your answer make you feel?

A few helpful questions to increase your awareness with the examples I listed above:

  1. Do you push away emotions or invited them in? 
  2. Are you enjoying or dreading your responsibilities?
  3. How present are you as you move through your day?
  4. Do you make food choices that support your health and goals?
  5. Is it important to you that you get daily physical exercise?
  6. What kind of environment are you creating for yourself? 
  7. Are you judging the choices you make with compassion or negative self talk?
  8. Would the people in your environment say you are kind, loving and joyful to be around?
Photo By Erik Almas

Photo By Erik Almas

I truly believe, through our awareness it as just as easy to create wonderful, life changing habits as it is to fall into bad ones. It’s the desire to be aware that will dictate how much you enrich your life and strive for your greatest potential. We all want this don’t we? Take a moment to smile here and thank yourself for the awareness you have and trust that you are only going to expand and grow from here on out! 

Various circumstances and mainly excuses kept me from committing to a yoga practice many years ago and I wouldn’t have had a clue how to meditate. Sit still and be quiet, oh my... I couldn’t do that, that’s just weird unless I’m sleeping… would have been my inner monologue. When I landed in a yoga practice I loved, I began to lean-in to how I could expand my awareness and that uplifted me. Being a witness to the challenges I faced on my mat revealed the same challenges I had in life and I wanted to look at that. Yoga was becoming an emotional experience filled with vulnerability, happiness, resistance, letting go of ego, challenges, peace and a wonderful sense of increased awareness. Not to mention, keeping me in great shape. I fell deeply in love and made it a commitment I knew I had to share with others. 

There are days I’m extremely proud of my progress with being aware, present and connected and there are days I ignore my significant other as I create a social media post while I juggle car keys, grocery bags and getting the mail
— Andrea Bogart
Photo By Erik Almas

Photo By Erik Almas

I love inspiring a mindful lifestyle in general and as a yoga instructor I have a responsibility to my students to encourage them to connect to their awareness.  My hope is that it propels each person to want to live a mindful life filled with happiness. Being an instructor doesn’t make me better, more self-aware or give me super powers but I see it as a beautiful gift that serves my life well and supports my core beliefs in the effort to practice what I share.  

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently
— Anthony Robbins

It's such a pleasure to sit and think and write about things I love and that helped me along the way. If it speaks to you in some way, comment or share something with me.... I love hearing from you guys. Have a blessed day filled with awareness! 

HAPPY HEALTHY HALLOWEEN

Ohh it's that wonderful time of year with pumpkin flavored everything and Halloween spirit is alive. Shall we grab a light jacket and take a morning stroll to stumble upon the changing colors and leaves falling? Let's do it...

Snap by my niece  Camryn

Snap by my niece Camryn

It's a perfect time to prepare our minds and bodies for the Holidays by keeping on track with our physical activity and healthy choices. The temptations of sugary Halloween treats and over indulging are real. Willpower can become our best pal during these times of vulnerability. We all have it but it shows up in different ways at various times for each of us. Can you trust that you're so in-tune with your willpower that you know the difference between letting yourself have a balanced life and slipping completely off track? Of course you can!

Awareness is our guide to inner strength rising to the surface through thoughtful perspective and choices that inspire us. So what keeps you motivated?

Other people can be awesome motivators as well as powerful quotes, personal mantras, underdog stories, fitness activities you love and let's not forget the power of just being YOU! Lead the way. I always say someone has to be the inspiration so why not let that person be YOU.

SELF TIPS

  • Set intentions that support your goals
  • Create an environment that's uplifting and supportive
  • Maintain your healthy rituals and explore adding in something new

SOCIAL TIPS

  • As you partake in social gatherings, suggest an activity to do all together
  • Bring a healthy snack you can enjoy and others may appreciate too
  • Create space for non-judging, fun conversations connecting with others
Photo by Erik Almas

Photo by Erik Almas

Our inner self is affected by our outer environment. As we approach November listen to what that calls for.  I'm a believer in the mind, body, spirit all working together to maintain your best, healthy self! When we can sit quietly and listen intently, our core beliefs will guide us. At the end of the day take time slip into That fall festive feeling by sipping on hot tea, getting cozy under a blanket with a good book and enjoy the people you love.  Share what helps you with others, let your willpower be a vehicle for spreading some inspiration. 

Give yourself a Happy Healthy Halloween treat....

May I encourage those who are interested in starting or maintaining a meditation practice to register for Oprah & Deepak's 21-Day Meditation Experience: Creating Peace from the Inside Out starting Oct. 31, 2016? It's a lovely, FREE way to grow into being able to sit with ourselves. 

Thank you for stopping by. If you have any comments please leave them... I love hearing from you.

Helpful contributors on this blog were my awesome nieces, Anna (14) and Camryn (11)

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?

Happy Soulful Sunday... May I ask you "How deep is your love?" 

I peeled myself out of my 5PM jet lag slumber yesterday to head to my 3rd quarter meeting with the tremendous women of The New Hollywood and boy am I glad I did. As a lot of LOVE and enthusiasm is shared in this group our mission is to encourage each other to Rise Higher, Shine Brighter and Give Back. The reminders of self-love came through in several inspiring ways, so today I feel inclined to take a minute to connect with all of you on this. 

Photo by  Erik Almas  

Photo by Erik Almas 

Self-love is wildly talked about all over the place. Although it's something universally discussed and we bloggers can give all the tips we want, it's delicately personal isn't it? What self-love looks like for me may look completely different for you. Take a minute though, grab a pen and paper and ask yourself:

  1. What is self-love?
  2. What does it mean to me?
  3. How can I put energy toward this daily? 
  4. What are the results I can envision for committing to these acts of self-love?

I'm hoping this exercise will get you started. If you're someone that's lacking awareness around something you would even refer to self-love, that's ok too. Think of creating rituals, from your rituals you will expand and begin to widen your scope and naturally make space for more self-love over time. When you sit with yourself and write these things down you can identify what this will look like for you. How nice would that feel? Keep your paper, heck post it on your mirror as a quick reference. Stay connected to your self-love.

4 Tips To Creating Self-Love

  1. Seek joy- think of something that makes you smile, what gives you an endorphin uplift, what makes you laugh.
  2. Know that your body is worthy of unconditional love- thank your body parts for all they do, appreciate what you've been given, nurture your body mindfully.
  3. Find your happy place- sit quietly anywhere and just be, feel the air surrounding you, hear whatever noises are present, smell the scent before you, feel it's simplicity. 

Depending on your generation and musical preference take a listen to "How Deep Is Your Love" by the Bee Gee's or Calvin Harris and grab a dancing partner or even a fan to blow your hair and you'll be smiling and feeling lovely in no time, just imagine you asking yourself the lyrics.... and let the good self-loving roll! 

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world
— Lucille Ball

Let me know how this goes gang. Remember it's a practice, a practice so worthy of doing. I love hearing from you. 

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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Do you know about Mom.Me & Family Fest?

Calling all Mommies & Daddies and Parent Wannabes.... 

I'm thrilled to announce a partnership with Mom.Me, a company truly aligned with my lifestyle blog. Get ready to enjoy  Family Fest | Fall 2016 event Oct. 15, 2016 in Malibu. Copy and click my special discount code for $10 off ticket prices: FF2016AndreaBogart Take a cruise around their site for tons of great resources. Family Fest will be a day filled with activities, products, pampering, food + drinks and so much more. 

Photos by  Erik Almas  and Me

Photos by Erik Almas and Me

I personally fall into the category of the parent wannabe. As I prepare for that chapter in my life, I love connecting with my friends already walking in those shoes and I know this amazing group of Club Momme members will only inspire me to learn more about the fun and support you have by being involved.  My passion for working with children has been steadfast and when I come across a great company providing a beautiful way for families to connect with stories, issues, advice, resolutions and more... I want my viewers to know about it. 

Check out Club Momme if you want to become a member for more specials and giveaways. 

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Hiking with my best friend Kari and her baby girl

Hiking with my best friend Kari and her baby girl

Don't forget to join in the fun OCTOBER 15 for FAMILY FEST | FALL 2016 by Mom.Me & Club Momme. Make sure to visit one of my favorite Inspiring pals Chris Pan, founder of MyIntent and have fun choosing your intention word to put on a bracelet or necklace! 

Enjoy a day of unplugging and hanging out together. If you're already a Club Momme member please leave me a comment below about what you love, let's get our other friends excited to join the community.

For continued Inspiration become a subscriber with me... I love hearing from you guys, always feel free to share, comment and inspire me in return. Thanks for stopping by!

Mindful Tips For Travelers

So you're going to be traveling huh?

Photo by my gorgeous friend  Jade Tailor  who showed me around  Lynn Canyon

Photo by my gorgeous friend Jade Tailor who showed me around Lynn Canyon

As traveling is a big part of my life it's important for me to stick to somewhat of a routine, even when I'm put into situations where it can be disrupted. Perhaps I can relate this to most of my friends with children who say how important it is to keep their little one's on a schedule. Well, I need this too... how about you guys?

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear
— Buddha

There's no doubt that traveling can influence a major shift in our eating, physical exercise and mindful practices... but if we have some intentions as we wander into new territories we can certainly keep our selves in-check and possibly even shift perspective with how we indulge mind, body & spirit!

My pal  Rod McLean  snapped this for me as he showed me some sights at  Sea to Sky

My pal Rod McLean snapped this for me as he showed me some sights at Sea to Sky

I consider this yet to be another form of practice. How do we sustain mindfulness & productive days when we venture away from our daily environment? I'm a go-with-the-flow gal, but I'm realizing more and more, I'm effective with keeping my mind, body & spirit healthy when I stay committed to my practices that support this.  My most recent acting job landed me in Vancouver for almost two weeks, so it was important for me to feel my best and balance shooting days with exploring around the city a bit.

No matter where you're headed can I inspire you to take your courageous and curious mindset with you? Find what works for you and create a practice for yourself so regardless of where you are you have a few things you know will uplift you and inspire you to stay healthy. I've fallen in love with mindfulness as I travel. Between seeking out yoga studios, hikes, organic restaurants, peaceful areas for meditations, transit systems, socially connecting with friends and meeting locals... I'm excited to adapt and enjoy all that traveling can offer.  

Check out my quick (sped up) Get My Body Back #GMBB4 core series I did on the outdoor hotel patio as the sun was setting. As I incorporated this into my yoga flow, just being outside and in a different setting was energizing for my soul. 

A few stress relieving, mood boosting tips you can take anywhere: 

  1. Daily Gratitudes- I've explored writing them down, using my Gratitude 365 App, breathing them into my heart space as I meditate and mentally engaging with them to calm my mind as I want to drift into a peaceful sleep.
  2. Explore a new area- This can seem daunting when you don't know your way around, but let me encourage you to get out and walk, jog or bike. You learn the lay of the land and discover so much more than when you're in a car. Let yourself get lost... you'll find your way back. 
  3. Nutritionally take charge- Pack some of your favorite healthy snacks if you think they may not be accessible where you're headed. When options are slim you'll be happy you have them. Use Yelp to search healthy organic spots in your location. 
  4. Be Flexible- Accept that you will do your best but remain flexible as you trust yourself and the wisdom of your body, mind and heart to guide what feels right. This most definitely includes relaxing too!

A few of my favorite travel buddies are the magic bullet and vega protein packs. So even if I indulge in other areas I know that I can still get at least one healthy smoothie with vitamins and nutrients down the hatch each day. This saves me. My eko superlite manduka travel mat is another since it's light weight & foldable.

What are your travel tips with staying mindful? Do you have any for me? I love hearing from you guys.... feel free to comment and share if you read anything you like. Thanks for stopping by!

Soothe Your Soul Sunday

What's something you can do today to soothe your soul? 

As I sit in my Vancouver hotel room watching the rain pour down, I'm embracing the mood to snuggle myself a bit. How often do we get fixated on all of our to-do lists that we actually forget to slow down, even stop, to just unwind and say, "I'm going to relax"? 

Photo by Erik Almas

Photo by Erik Almas

Start by carving out an amount of time that seems manageable and sufficient. I have a few requests; you won't punish yourself for neglecting anything or anyone, you will honor yourself with love and compassion, you will be specific about what you want to do with this time and it must soothe your soul. Deal?

For example, I don't often have a day that isn't scheduled back to back, nor do I usually have access to a hot tub, pool and sauna as I do currently in my hotel. I brought an actual pile of to-do list's I'm hoping to condense into one, so there's no shortage of things I'd like to accomplish. But, at some point today I am going to take one hour to do my 10 minutes of priming (#GMBB4) in the sauna and just enjoy myself with a little swim and hot tub time. These types of self-care acts inspire more of a connection with-in, expanding our self-awareness, deepening our ability to relax as we with drawl energy from the senses. The yogi's call this pratyahara.  We all need moments to let go of pressures we put on ourselves and to hit re-set. Most of us don't realize we have the tools to do this anytime, we just need practice accessing it.

Photo by Me

Photo by Me

Challenge yourself next time you're in place you feel your patience running thin. You're on a tight schedule, you're completely annoyed, flustered and would rather be anywhere than where you are. See if you can come back to mentally soothing your soul in some way. My go-to's are a few deep breaths and a positive affirmation flipping the situation and/ or taking some accountability instead of placing blame.

Smell the roses where ever you are!

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures
— LaoTzu

Have a heart warming, delicious soul soothing Sunday everyone! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below, I love hearing from you guys so much. 

Inspired To Finish The Year Out Strong?

Happy Monday! Are you inspired to finish the year strong & healthy? Last call to join the 4th annual “Get My Body Back” by @TNHWomen. As one of your leaders watch for some INSPIRATION every Sunday right here, to soothe your sassy soul! 

Together, we're going to create more awareness and propel forward... MIND BODY & SPIRIT.

Photo by Erik Almas

Photo by Erik Almas

You're ready, push through that resistance! Shout it out, write it down, share it with a friend, comment here, I'd love it... what's one thing you want to change in your life that you know you'll benefit from? 

When you get honest with yourself, accept where you are and believe in your undeniable courage & strength to grow... You WILL be a better YOU! 

You're UN-STOP-A-BULL... Yes, you see how I did that? I hope you're smiling, let's have some fun. 

Photo by Erik Almas

Photo by Erik Almas

Squeeze The Day

When Life gives you lemons... make a wreath and lemonade of course too! 

Sometimes the lemons that roll our way are the very things that wake us up and strengthen us! Go get'm today, SQUEEZE THE DAY!

Strength Necklace by The Giving Keys, one of my favorite INSPIRATIONAL companies founded by my beautiful friend, Caitlin Crosby.  Check them out!

Twinkle Toes & Magical Wands

For many glorious years I've seen sparkly tutu's and ballet slippers pitter patter across studio floors.  Hearing the voices of tiny dancers waking up their toes sharing sweet nothings and bringing so much joy to my life. We've dusted the dirt off our shoulders while bouncing to the beat of Kidz Bop tunes, tumbled down a giant cheese wedge, shuffled our taps,  stomped on sticky cinnamon rolls, twirled with magic in our wands and painted pictures in the sky. 

Can you see it? This is just a peek into what it's like teaching dance and tumbling to young children. As an instructor, there's a wonderful opportunity to see how incredible and unique each child is and embrace it fully, as they are truly the one's teaching me. 

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way
— Dr. Wayne Dyer

My parents enrolled me into dance at age three and it became the activity I flourished in and developed a great passion for. The discipline, dedication and support I had lead to building confidence, acceptance, winning and loosing and gave me an outlet to explore and dream about. I was fortunate my family believed in my talent and encouraged me without discouraging pressures. Teachers & coaches we're super humans that I looked up to and admired. I'm thankful, as they all played a part in inspiring me to want to teach. 

 
 

 

There are many things that fill my heart and working with children is at the top of that list. The imagination in them is remarkable as they're not yet burdened by self-doubt and view the world as one enormous playground. As adults we can learn to re-discover our innocent, experimental approach to life, if we choose to. These years of teaching have opened my mind and heart to connect to that playful energy source that brings a lot of fun and laughter into my days. The families and little tinies that cross my path have truly given me so much to look forward to as I can see that being a parent must just be the most remarkable thing! 

Thank you to Center Stage Dance LA  and Miss Rosie for giving me a wonderful place to teach in my earlier years of living in LA and most recently to Sophie Dance and Miss Sophie for where I've spent the last several years.  I'm so grateful.

If you have any questions or comments or want to share anything... say hello. I love hearing from you!

 

A Smoothie thats great for you and the planet

For all my get up and go pals out there....  do you want to start your day with a protein packed, nutritional plant based smoothie that's great for you and the planet? Quick, easy, filling and energizing is often what my schedule calls for when it comes to breakfast. Does this sound like you?  Vega is a sustainable company with several product options so take a quick look and see what may suit your needs best. Vega One Natural has been my choice and has proven to be my way to nutritionally kick start my day and feel great as I navigate through a physical and mindful few hours of teaching yoga and run around to auditions. Conscious decisions are necessary to stay on top of my health and the health of our planet. Can I inspire you do the same, you are deserving of it! 

Do yourself a favor if you don't have the NutriBullet, get one!  It's been the most functional, simple to clean, blend and go productd I've used. 

My most go-to vega one smoothie with all organic ingredients I love:

  • 1/2 cup or less of frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup or less of frozen raspberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 serving of vega one plant based protein
  • 1 teaspoon of fish oil
  • a shake of chia seeds, turmeric, cinnamon 
  • 1-2 cups of filtered water (thin to likeness) blend and go

Quick helpful reference from Vega Youtube:

One thing I found is that Vega One is loaded with so many essential vitamins and minerals I could do away with having to buy most of the other supplements I was taking.  Take the time to re-organize that for yourself, it's worth it. Our bodies can only absorb so much so there's no need to over-do it and you'll probably save yourself some money. 

Vega saved Erik and I as we traveled through India earlier this year. For those adventurers out there your vega doesn't have to stop when you travel and can really help you maintain nutritional balance during those times. We were limited with what we could travel with so we kept it simple by mixing a banana and bottled water with it daily. We felt awesome over our twenty days of travel and were thankful we snagged the magic bullet (smaller for traveling), a convertor and enough individual packs to supply us during our incredible journey. 

                                                  Our bannans of India

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                                          Make'm look fun for you and your teens

                                          Make'm look fun for you and your teens

I hear people of all ages say time and time again, "I don't like to eat breakfast" or "If I eat in the morning then I'm more hungry later", I used to be one of them. I'm not getting anything to promote this, I simply just found something that my man recommended and in comparison to the other's I've tried, Vega has me feeling the best. I know I'll sustain energy, get vital nutrients, be able to focus and enjoy how delicious I can make them taste, not to mention doing my small part for the planet by supporting this product.  It's all a win-win! If you already love Vega, tell me about it, share some recipes you love! If you have anything else you'd like to share or have questions please leave in comments below! 

Click any of the links to find more information. Cheers to your health and you living to your greatest potential.... thank you for stopping by! 

Learning Value In Rising Strong

As a member of The New Hollywood I'm blessed to be introduced to many wonderful things that may not otherwise cross my path. This year our gift book, group read is Rising Strong. Although I love the act of curling up with a hard copy book when I can, I've also been listening to it on Audible  and equally enjoying it. This book is resonating with me on so many levels. I'm feeling the need to share and shout out through my cheerleading mega phone... THIS IS YOUR SUMMER READ! 

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I was first introduced to Brené Brown via a her TED talk "The Power Of Vulnerability" which circulated all over social media and 25,538,752 people have viewed.  The more I listen, read and take-in what Brené is sharing, I am having an experience that triggers the undeniable enthusiasm to live at my greatest potential. As a yoga instructor, I honor the responsibility of wanting to learn, love and share in a way that just may inspire you in the way others are inspiring me.  Leaders like Brené, dedicating themselves to research that speaks to the masses invites you into a place where you truly understand you are not alone in this game of life. 

Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage
— Brené Brown
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How many times have you exhausted yourself with acting out your feelings in a way that you later regret? You say something you can't take back, you raise your voice, you cause a scene, you hurt someone's feelings, your thoughts are literally draining you as negativity overpowers the positive.  Seeing, believing and accepting the good gets blurred by old stories, bad habits and self doubt. If you're human you've experienced this at some point, haven't you? When do we decide enough is enough? How do we wake-up and prepare ourselves for the muck we're going to wade through to grow into a healthier place? Everyone's path is different, there is no question. From the wise words of another favorite human of mine, Pema Chodron, says Start Where You Are. 

There are too many people today who instead of feeling hurt are acting out their hurt; instead of acknowledging pain, they’re inflicting pain on others. Rather than risking feeling disappointed, they’re choosing to live disappointed. Emotional stoicism is not badassery. Blustery posturing is not badassery. Swagger is not badassery. Perfection is about the furthest thing in the world from badassery
— Brené Brown, Rising Strong

When we're ready, we begin choosing to do things that create mindful awareness and shift the grappling with our choices into more of a soft snuggle. We are not handed a perfect life but we can create a life that feels perfect for us and find contentment with what we have. Shall we dive into the process of being kind, loving and experience our greatest good by peeling back our layers and trusting we have the courage to rise strong from every experience we endure? Let's do this.

I absolutely believe in the power we have with-in to change and give ourselves permission to start where we are. I hope you take me up on this summer read or at the very least join the millions and check out Brenés' TED talk. If it speaks to you in some way or you have anything you'd like to share.... I love hearing from you. Thank you for popping by! 

Take a slow cruise around www.BrenéBrown.com for several more resources and encouragement.  

 

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!

We Are All Warriors

To be a warrior to me is to work hard, honor those along side you, inspire and be inspired, rise and strive beyond what you thought was your best and lead with your heart in all that you do. 

As we journey through life we have days where all this could feel pretty good and days where our warrior mind may be adrift right? Spend a little time hanging out with yourself, if I may encourage you.  The more we get to know ourselves, the more in-tune we become with our mind, body, sprit connection.  It's in these moments I experience the ability to honor myself more deeply and learn how to control the negative thoughts that tend to be the easier place drift to for some reason.  Mindfully take charge Warriors. you have the power already with-in you!

Photo by Erik Almas - Tower of London

Photo by Erik Almas - Tower of London

Can I inspire you to take your Warrior Mind to the yoga mat or sit and meditate?  Allow yourself to breathe,  get grounded and see what arises?  

I share my passion for teaching yoga three days a week at Rise Movement in an intimate class setting and manage ten to twelve private clients a week with such a grateful heart.  I continue to learn so much about myself through mediation, yoga and from the very people who inspire me through their own consistent practice.  

This quote resonated with me as i continue to seek a more open heart.

Be aware of yourself and know yourself. No matter how much you have learned and how much you know, if you don’t know yourself you don’t know anything. Indeed, if you don’t know yourself you cannot know anything else. People who don’t know themselves criticize others from the point of view of their own ignorance. They consider what agrees with them to be good, and hate whatever doesn’t go their way. They become irritated about everything, causing themselves to suffer by themselves, bothering themselves solely because of their own prejudices. If you know that not everyone will be agreeable to you, know that you won’t be agreeable to everyone either. Those who have no prejudices in themselves do not reject people, and therefore people do not reject them.
— Shosan from The Japanese Art of War

What does being a warrior mean to you?  

For some fun warrior wardrobe inspiration check out my best friends line  NAMASTAMY by Amy Morrison.