Give the New Year New Meaning

Posted: 1473 days ago in Everything Else Inspiration

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With the new year here, I can now ask… how many of you made inner peace a stipulation of your new year’s resolution?

I know for those of us who work on a yoga practice those couple hours a week can make a big difference.  But if you leave the mat just to get pissed off the moment you realize your kid didn’t do their chores…. again… then what good has your yoga practice really done?

Here’s what I’m getting at:  I’m talking about practicing that whole Namaste thing throughout your day and throughout this new year; and not just when your yogi is watching.  It takes practice – that is why they call it yoga practice, right?  But doesn’t it crack you up when the same chick that was OM-ing like her life depended on it gives you the finger when you inadvertently cut her off while leaving the parking lot?

Please don’t be one of those girls.

And don’t just play nice with each other, practice yoga off the mat by finding traits within yourself that bring out your peaceful nature. Such as selflessness.  Or patience.  Yeah, I gotta work on that one myself.

I came across this story of a guy named Scott Harrison on one of my favorite websites, Marie Forleo dot com. Scott was once a NYC club promoter who more regularly did drugs than he did volunteer work.  He partied, jet-setted, and generally exploited every living vice there was to offer.  Until he realized that life was about a whole lot more than that.  Scott has now raised over 100 million dollars for wells in developing countries; 100% of the proceeds donated to his cause, ‘charity: water‘, go towards digging wells.

I’m sharing this with you because no matter how selfish or greedy our hearts can be sometimes — deep down we long for something so much more meaningful. Please watch.

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With lot of practice, I am finding it easier to hit my own little ‘pause’ button, do a few yoga breaths, and move forward with much more focus and calm. Bringing what good I can to a world that needs it.  Desperately.

Much love my friends, and best wishes in 2015!

If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock

Posted: 1503 days ago in Inspiration

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Ron White on Lemonade & Vodka

Posted: 1510 days ago in Inspiration

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Thank You. Gracias. Danke. Merci.

Posted: 1516 days ago in Parenting

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Wowzers!  

What a difference a year makes! 12 months ago I was doing a back handspring as we approached 3,000 Facebook likes. Can you imagine how excited I was when we hit 10,000 fans recently? I might just have peed my pants a little.

I am humbled. I am excited. But most of all, I am so incredibly grateful for all of you.

Whether you just occasionally read a post or come back day after day after day to support me, you are the reason I have a love affair with my laptop. When something funny or profound happens to me I can’t wait to share it with you. When I stumble upon a great recipe or piece of advice I immediately start working on a way to get it to you, ASAP.

boardYou are my people. And I am so, so grateful we found each other.

I wanted to share a little art project my hubs and I put together last year for Thanksgiving. We love it so much that we left it up all year, and our friends and family continue to add to it. Check it out:

We nailed a few pieces of barn siding together, added tacks and twine, and voila: art with a (grateful) attitude! I find myself going back time and again to feel the love. The love of: pumpkin pie, hot yoga on a cold day, dark chocolate, holding hands with my husband, being fortunate enough to help others, happiness, love.

There’s aren’t guidelines for this sort of thing because what you’re grateful for is unique to YOU. I wish you and yours a day filled with full tummies, close friends and family, and a whole boatload of things to be grateful for.

Hugs and kisses,

Friedrich Nietzsche on Children

Posted: 1615 days ago in Inspiration

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How Does One Become a Butterfly?

Posted: 1629 days ago in Inspiration

butterflydivider2We all dream of being a butterfly, in our own right.

The ‘someday’ we all hope for. The day our artwork will be noticed; our words published; our new role sealed.

What we must realize are those things that hold us back, be it a person, a mental block, or downright fear. Whatever it is, we owe it to ourselves to bring our inner dreams to life where they can breath, take hold, and fly. Don’t you agree?

Be clear on what you want for yourself, and then write down all of the reasons why you can’t have it; shouldn’t have it. In that you’ll find the inner voice that’s holding you back, telling you, “there are artists much better than you out there.” Or, “You’ve already been turned down four times by big magazines – your writing just isn’t good enough to be published.”

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about falling before you fly – it happens to the best of us. And those that never try, will frankly never succeed at much of anything.

Be willing to let go of those people, and those thoughts that are like cement bricks to your soul.

Release them and let this life be the one in which you soar.

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Winston Churchill on Tact

Posted: 1636 days ago in Inspiration

tactI don’t think anyone should ever be afraid to [tactfully] speak their mind.

Winston Churchill said it best with this quote, wouldn’t you agree?

The world makes us think and feel like we need to conform. That our thoughts are not valid ones, and that there is a pre-existing way to do everything.

That’s not true.

If people hadn’t spoken up in our history to stand what they believe is right, we would never have had a Martin Luther King Jr. – a JFK – an Abraham Lincoln – or a Margaret Thatcher.

We’d still have apartheid and segregation, unequal opportunities for women, and we may have never established the Peace Corps. These are just a few examples, but imagine these scenarios in your own life.

What are you not speaking up for that if you were to, you would change the course of your own history and others?

Maybe it’s in your workplace, at home, in a social group, or over legislation; If you believe in something whole-heartedly (if you don’t know what that means, I suggest you click that link) — then speak up!

The worst someone can say is no, which exactly when you respectfully and tactfully tell them to shove it.

Happy hump day folks!

Go The Extra Mile…

Posted: 1643 days ago in Inspiration

GOTTHEEXTRAMILEdivider2The next time you want to stop – instead, listen to this quote, and go the extra mile.

In life, in love, in work, in parenting; find it inside of yourself to push through, even if you don’t know why, you just have that feeling in your gut that it’s the right thing to do.

Every person in history that was or is successful, or notable went the extra mile to achieve a goal that most thought could not be achieved. As Einstein says, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” The reason why most people don’t go the extra mile is because of the many obstacles that mile often comes with. Don’t be discouraged, and realize that your dream is yours and no one else’s, and there is no reason why you can’t achieve it. And if those around you are bringing you down, realize it’s because they, themselves, don’t have it inside of them to see their dreams to reality.

Let’s hope one day they find the courage, too.

Today’s hump day inspiration goes out to all of you who are already doing this everyday. For getting up early, or staying up late to see things through. You inspire the rest of us to work harder, and be more than we are right now.

And for that, we recognize you!

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Posted: 1657 days ago in Inspiration

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divider2I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met that measure their lives only by the positives. Things like financial success, and notoriety.

How empty a life that must be, since the negatives – the failure, lack of financial success, anonymity  – don’t count as life lived? I’m calling bu!!sh*t on that one.

Today’s words of enlightenment, “It is our trials that cut our facets and our triumphs that polish them. Without both we could not shine as bright,” by Margaret Mullarkey Mayer actually came from a Kombucha I drank the other day. Margaret is simply an aspiring yoga teacher from Boston, Massachusetts that has tasted the bitter and the sweet of life, and has found an appreciation for both.

We all can take a page from her book, or in this case, a sip from her Kombucha.

If you need a reminder that life consists of ups and downs – and that everyone has them – take a look at this: 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First.

My favorite story is of well-known and beloved author J.K. Rowling.  According to this website, “Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.”

Do you think if J.K. (which stands for Joanne Kathleen, BTW) hadn’t gone through the lows in life, that she would have had the color, and the imagination to create the elaborate story lines and characters that we all have come to love so much? I don’t think so.

diamondI’ll leave you with one more quote today that, I believe, emphasizes this same point.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.” – Steve Jobs

Find beauty in the whole of life – not just an ideal. There you will find true joy.

Shine Bright Like A Diamond.