Had one of those mornings where my phone stopped working. Then the hotel I’m staying at gave me wrong directions to the phone store. Then I got stuck in a one way street maze trying to find parking. So a five minute drive took about 45min. Then I made it to the store and they fixed my phone by doing the exact thing I had tried to do in my hotel room. I am fully aware that these are not big problems, but little annoyances that I’ll admit left me in a foul cursing mood. Then on the way out of the store, as I said goodbye the guy enthusiastically told me “Don’t forget to wish me a happy birthday!” And I happily stopped and wished him a Happy Birthday. In conclusion...happiness is contagious...the hour of chaos was totally worth it to tell that positive happy human happy birthday 🎂 #bepresent
Whatever you do...love well. Love doesn't always look like flowers and big smiles... sometimes loving well is difficult... this is something I've been learning about a lot lately. I want to save everyone around me from anything that might hurt them (in my eyes) and have been this way since I was young. But I'm learning that healthy love doesn't always rescue... it doesn't always swoop in and save the day. I still want to swoop in and save people whom I love, sometimes from the consequences of their very own decisions, but that is not my place, and none of us can give when we are empty! Sometimes, we need to be built back up, we need to heal and restore ourselves before we can give more or continue forward with our own lives. THIS IS NOT SELFISH! Please don't let anyone tell you that it is! If you find yourself always walking on eggshells around a friend, being hurt by what they say to or about you every time you are with them (if their sarcastic "jokes" are really just cruel insults) it's okay to step back, to stop being treated like that - it's okay to give time and space to that relationship. Some might see this as unloving, but that could not be farther from the truth. This is a chance for you to stand up and finally decide what you will allow in that relationship, and what you won't. It is not easy to put healthier boundaries in place (I'm learning this too!) but the things worth doing are very rarely easy. 😉 Be strong! 💪 You've got this. You do you. 💕 Love others well. Let God take care of the details and keep close to Him, He gives to his beloved (YOU!) rest. 💕
We walk among giants of men, women and where the wild things grow. Food for thought going into the long weekend...We are coming into a period in which we will have the most Veterans walking around in our nation's history. They can be serving you at your local pizza joint, they can be the @Apple technician on the other end of the line... they can be your neighbor that hibernates in their home. Take your nose out of your phone and be observant. You will find them, sometimes where you least expect them. Be present and be part of your local community. This brotherhood saves lives.
Below the knee hang clean triple at 120kg’s per @kyledosterschill discretion but with less fitness. My legs are feeling strong!
It’s nice to be coached by @charlotteuptownwl every once and awhile too!
Light and dark, black and white, yin and yang. Duality is the name of the GAME in the world of human ego. Beyond that field of expectations, judgements, and what the human mind has determined to be reality there is a state of being. This is the state above the games we as people play to feel we are worthy of our own existence. What if we move beyond having to prove our worth to each other and simply BE knowing our very existence makes us worthy to live. In that state where would we be as human kind? In that state what would shine forth from the human existence? In that state what would BE the norm? Namaste my friends. 🙏💖☀ #reality#be#yogifeelgoodfriday#beyondthegames#truth
How are you LIVING?
We are all aware that death is inevitable. Truth is, with every breath we take, we are both dying and living. What a beautiful dance.
The past few months I've been dealing with a personal matter, which has been a powerful reflection as to the reality of our time on this planet.
Death is so precious, as is life. And during this emotional time, I am reminded of the importance of investing and being present in LIFE and the relationships we have. I want to encourage you to TAKE A STEP BACK and sit in the gratitude of all that is around you. Know that the role you play in the world is felt, however you choose to show up, which is completely up to you. Time is something we cannot get back so instead of saying "tomorrow", why not practice this now and allow your PRESENCE to be the present this season.
I want to invite you to take a moment today and close your eyes. Think of all the incredible blessings in your life. FEEL them at your core. The shit that comes up in our experience can often cloud our gratitude. Today, let's all pull our head out of our ass and smile as we high five the sky. What a gift life is. Every single breath, a miracle. There is so much to be thankful for. I really need you to get this. I promise, the simple act of gratitude has the power to transform any situation if you let it. Tomorrow is not promised, so live in the NOW. I mean REALLY LIVE! ❤️ "The love is real in any situation; everything else is just an illusion."- Marianne Williamson #gratitude#breathe#miracles#lifeisprecious#bepresent
As I was reading, I really just loved these paragraphs and had to share. ❤️ “It never ceases to amaze me the precious time we spend chasing the squirrels around our brains, playing out our dramas, worrying about unwanted facial hair, seeking adoration, justifying our actions, complaining about slow Internet connections, dissecting the lives of idiots, when we are sitting in the middle of a full-blown miracle that is happening right here, right now.
We’re on a planet that somehow knows how to rotate on its axis and follow a defined path while it “hurtles through space! Our hearts beat! We can see! We have love, laughter, language, living rooms, computers, compassion, cars, fire, fingernails, flowers, music, medicine, mountains, muffins! We live in a limitless Universe overflowing with miracles! The fact that we aren’t stumbling around in an inconsolable state of sobbing awe is appalling. The Universe must be like, what more do I have to do to wake these bitches up? Make water, their most precious resource, rain down from the sky?”
You Are a Badass
Someone said that they feel like a wanna be yogi because they can’t consistently get to class. I don’t believe that to be exactly true. I believe it’s taking the grace, breathing, peace, humility, acceptance, and love that you find on your mat and keeping it with you. That is Yoga. It’s not how flexible you are, how often you go to class, and what positions you can do. It’s the internal journey and how that effects your external world.
#devaduutapannaasana#fallenangel finding strength and grace even during life’s falls
And I knew just as surely
And just as clearly.....
That life is not a work of art....
And that the moment could not last....
He loves bath time, but is pretty soon moving to the big bathtub bc he’s so big for his baby one. He is getting his first haircut this weekend as well and mama is about to lose it. #slowdowntime#bepresent
How are we doing friends?
Are you enjoying the holiday season? Or are you feeling completely overwhelmed and stressed out with all the added to-do’s that come with this time of year?
I have been having this conversation with many clients and friends about this topic. They are swimming in overwhelm right now. Which is taking away from them being present and enjoying the holidays. .
So I felt the need to speak to this and share with all of you beauties.
Take a look at your list. Is everything on the list a must?
Prioritize! What are the important things on your list?
Ask for help! 🙋🏻♀️ Surely, there are things that you can delegate to someone else. A person or people you can ask for help to lighten the load. Don’t try to go it alone my friends. People love to help, but you most likely won’t get it if you don’t ask.
What are you saying yes to? Where are you placing your energy? This is a very important question. Especially this time of year with the parties, dinners, volunteering...are your saying yes because you think you should or because you want to? Think about that. It better be a hell yes and if not, respectfully decline. And PLEASE I beg of you, don’t know worry about what others will think.
And lastly, when you feel the overwhelm, the stress creeping in. Stop what ever you are doing, pause for a moment. Maybe take some deep breaths, huff on some essential oils, have a little positive conversation with yourself. Bring yourself back.
Think about it. Wouldn’t you like to lighten up a little, be present and enjoy this wonderful time of year? Give some or all of these things a whirl. Let me know you think.
Happy Happy Merry Merry everyone! ❤️🎄 .
📷our Xmas tree🎄
Pop Up Show @yogaworks Santa Monica Main Street today and tomorrow till 1:30. Awesome selection of classes all day, the class with @miatogo is packed!!!! I hear she is amazing. Come out stretch, zen and shop yoga inspired jewelry with us.
To be alive is to participate totally and openly in the beautiful, powerful, simplicity of the present moment. ✨🙏🏼 It’s Friday y’all! Let’s vibe in the HERE & NOW. #mindfulnessmatters#beherenow#bepresent
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Courtney and Rory recently celebrated their one year anniversary! The traditional first anniversary gift is paper. Rory gifted Courtney with an heirloom album from their wedding - pretty sure this is the BEST use of paper! 😍
So today after this easy peasy workout (I mean look at those weights fly!) I was in the locker room and experienced some pretty cool realness that needs to happen more! I complimented someone’s outfit and then someone else gave me a complement. Why do we not do more of this as females? Let’s lift each other up! Stop the comparisons, stop bringing others down, it’s not helping anyone. If you see something you like, say something!! #lockerroomrealness#upliftwomen#upliftandliftheavy
It means something different to everyone &&& everyone struggles with it at one point or another.
But let me tell you, it feels fan-freaking-tastic when you find confidence in being yourself - confidence in the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, unique, lovely, magical person that you are.
So, no matter where you are in your own journey to confidence - show yourself some love today, friends 💛
Yesterday I was having one of those rough emotional days that happen to any of us. Even though I was working at a place that I love I was still struggling inside. I had prayed that morning asking to just get through the day. To do my very best, to be present and to work hard.
I am blessed that four days a week I get to work with and around horses and children. Last night I was assisting a young but very mature six-year-old. After she was mounted she looked down at me very sincerely and asked my name, after I told her she looked me in the eyes and said “you are beautiful”. She had a beautiful quiet smile and her words touched my heart and soul. I knew that it was God speaking to me through her. He knew what I needed, He answered my prayer of helping me through my day. Even though this came at the end of the day He was carrying me all day long.
Today as I reflect on my experience I am grateful that I was still moving forward, just at a slower pace and still practicing being present. I could have easily brushed off her words and forgotten them but instead I was present and allowed myself to feel them. I was also blessed to share this experience with my trainer. She had just the right words to share with me also. It was the perfect ending to an emotionally challenging day.
I feel that the lesson that I continue to learn and have validated is that no matter what I am going through whether it’s sadness or joy God is always there. As I continue to practice moving forward in life, practice being more present, practice being more still and listening I see how I am given exactly what I need when I need it.
No matter what we look like physically, no matter how we feel at any certain time we are all beautiful inside and out! No matter what our journey is and where we are on our path God is there for us we just have to reach out to Him. We need to know that we will receive exactly what we need when we need it. We need to stay open to where our answers come from. It may be from an unlikely source...like a young child.
L e t t e r s t o S a n t a // One of the most magical parts of the season, is seeing it all through my children's eyes. ❤🎄❤🎅