As part of my coaching business I focus on reading (or listening) to something for #personaldevelopment at least 15 minutes a day.
I am AMAZED by the effect this has had on my life. .
By picking up a book on personal development, spirituality, business, or something to expand my interests and knowledge I find myself more engaged, in a better mood, and more active in pursuing my goals and dreams.
It’s taught me to dream bigger! And that is something that is so freaking powerful it’s amazing.
What’s your favorite read? I’d love suggestions!
Confession: I like order. I like to play it safe. I prefer not to rock the boat on my own behalf. I try to stay in control at all times of all things. Well toward the end of 2017 a shift happened. My control was slipping and I hated it. However, on this 16th day of 2018 I think it may have been exactly what needed to happen. I am taking more risks, going after bigger things, making choices to put me first, doing some very uncomfortable things! But guess what? Under the trepidation, the OMG, “did I just say/do that” is excitement and boldness. These changes haven’t come without emotions I would rather not have experienced but I am smiling tonight (while looking like Lorenz Tate from the Inkwell) because the burden of perfection or having it all together is removed. I am going to try some things that may not work. I am going to get an attitude. I am going to not be perfect. But as long as I correct myself afterwards my greatness is not diminished. If I learn nothing else this year, that lesson is enough.
dinner tonight was about 1 serving of tortellini with meat flavored pasta sauce. i’ve only had tortellini a few times, never at home tho. it was good! i also realize it probably doesn’t look that good in this photo- kinda like spaghetti-o’s tbh. i was bloated after eating pasta and a few months ago that would’ve made me feel terrible and guilty. now im proud of myself bc i didn’t even care i was bloated; i know now it’s a natural reaction and nothing to feel bad about.
i just got home from a rehearsal/practice for something so i had this milkyway candy from halloween! im not hungry or anything but i gotta up my calories for today. i might have another snack later during the night?
also to people who have followed me: thank you!! i made this account as a safe space for me to post things that will help keep me positive and focused in recovery, and hopefully do the same for other people. as time passes my goal is for my feed to really show what my recovery process is like. i’m trying to be as optimistic as i can. 💓
anyways, goodnight and hopefully u all had a good day! 💛- (sorry for such a long caption lmao..)
<🌿Sometimes you are walking alone, and it is late, and you are lost once again in the dream of past and future, of yesterdays lost and tomorrows unlived, of choices to be made or not made, of words to be spoken or left unspoken. Now, there is only the sound of footsteps on a cold pavement, the rustling of trees before sleep, the naked glow of orange streetlamps, and a deep melancholy burning inside. You are out of time, out of body, finding your home in neither form nor the formless. Perhaps you are the only one of your species on the planet. Perhaps you do not even exist at all. Perhaps this is the price you pay for awakening, for your commitment to opening your heart to everything, this never ceasing questioning of everything solid, this abandonment of every single reference point.
🌿And suddenly you remember: this too is life! For whatever reason, you turn towards your present experience, you hold it again the way a mother holds her new-born baby. You focus on what you have, not what you have lost; what you see, not what you may never see again. Your solitude is sacred, you remember, your doubts are nothing less than holy, the evening breeze on your cheeks is a caress, a kiss, not a block to some imagined future. It is okay to feel the way you feel. It is okay to feel a little broken by life. It is okay to touch the depths in yourself. It is okay to forget, and to remember, to remember and to forget. All movements are held in the vastness, as the ground holds the trees, as the sky holds the planet, as the house holds the family, as the story of your life is held in pristine awareness on this night of all nights. Even your disconnection is so damn connected. There is something humbling about never being able to come to a conclusion, something touching in your raw vulnerability to the evening, the way you are moved by everything now, your sensitivity to even the subtlest movement of consciousness, your heart that cannot be closed. 🌿You vow to never lose your love for these evenings. They have brought you so much. Presence is not a destination, friend, it is the ground. You are wild now, and unbound.>🔥WORDS BY:: @jefffosterofficial ⬅️⬅️⬅️♑️♑️♑️ #NEWMOON
This is where transformation occurs. This is where we shift. This is where we attract. This is where we align. This is where we build. This is where we flow. This is where we allow. This is where we honor. Are you ready to dive deep into YOU? Are you ready to Build Your Fortress and Create Magic? This powerful transformative experience is starting early February and the cart is closing soon. Come join. Link in bio! ✨💗💥 Are you committing to honoring YOU? Give me a hell yes! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼💥
Meditation has become a HUGE part of my life, I love it and truly feel like I couldn’t live without it 😜
Meditation has given me a closer connection to not only the universe but to myself. It allows me to go within myself to find peace, seek answers and get in touch with my creativity!
My (almost every) morning starts with a 10-30 minute meditation -I don’t feel quite right without it!
So I want to share with you just how easy it is to incorporate it into your day!!! Whether you are a seasoned meditator or a wanna be, but aren’t sure how or where to begin make sure you join me and many other beautiful people in this FREE 5 Days Of Meditation Challenge!
Head over to Facebook and request to join my group -With Love From ‘Me’
Can’t wait to meditate with you ✌🏻💜🌻
It’s really hard to put yourself out here like this. But you see, I’m not that same girl in the “before” photo. I am stronger. I am healthier. I feel better. I am becoming comfortable in my own skin again. I am down 25 lbs from Dec 4 and while the After isn’t perfect it is definitely a great start to a whole new me. 2018 is going to my year.
Round 1 vs. Round 4. 😂 Hard to see sped up but my legs were jello and my last set of squat jumps and burpees sucked. 🤷🏼♀️
I fell off the #MetconMonster train after day 1 because of a crazy busy weekend. Oh well, I have the workouts that I can pull out anytime I feel like, and tonight I just wanted something quick (*not easy*) so I used a workout from the last metcon monster - “Brutal Bodyweight”. 4 rounds for time of 5 squats, 10 pulsing squats, 15 jump squats, and 20 burpees. In and out in 11:37, legs ON FIRE!!! 🔥🔥🔥
1. Where do I need to stand strong? Knight of Cups · This feels very much like a call to stand true in my passions and continue on my spiritual journey. I should continue to nurture my curiosities and be sure to indulge in self-care activities that also nourish me.
2. How can I challenge myself in 2018? The Moon · This feels so right! I need to continue to have courage in exploring the darker and more shadowy sides of my personality—to marry the darker aspects of myself with the light. Compartmentalization isn’t the most effective mechanism for acknowledging these important, covert parts of me.
3. Where in my life requires more sensitivity? King of Swords · Stand strong in my truth and be secure in my knowledge and expertise. In my 9-to-5, I often find myself taking the back seat on projects and second-guessing my ideas, especially to the more senior members of the office. I downplay my credentials and education (I have a PhD in experimental psychology with a focus in statistics). I should seek out opportunities to gain more leadership experience – even if that means branching out on my own and heading up new projects outside of my 9-to-5.
4. What long term goals or plans need my attention? Ace of Cups · Take time to fill my spiritual and creative cup! I am so hesitant to start a creative side-hustle and I know I’m the only one standing in my way. I often second-guess myself (see, that King of Swords is a nice reminder to believe and trust in myself). 5. What is the best practical step forward? Queen of Cups · Self-compassion. I need to give myself permission to not nail it on the first try. Perfectionism is a real beast. The frustrating thing about it is I can absolutely recognize it in myself, but I have a hard time finding the momentum.
Overall, this was such a fun and illuminating exercise. I’m still new to tarot; I bought this deck just a few weeks ago. The insights from this reading coupled with the manifesting vibes of the new moon, I feel a renewed energy to continue to engage in activities that nourish my spirit and cultivate creative growth in my life. Thank you for this spread, @ethony !
🥀 How do you love a body in the moments when it ceases to feel like your own? I don’t know the answer yet, but I know I am enough either way 🥀 Our world makes the struggle for body autonomy seem never-ending. Just know that the way others view & treat your body is not a reflection of you or your value. Nothing you do or wear warrants violence against it. I hope today the burden of your journey to self love feels a little lighter. 🥀
An important reminder for those days when your skin is reactive, broken out or irritated. Treating skin issues can be a long, frustrating and confusing process and more often than not, it’s a super sensitive topic. We’ve learned that along the way, you can learn to love what you have and slowly appreciate your skin’s resilience and incredible natural healing abilities. By giving your skin a bit of extra love, time and pure ingredients, you’re giving it the tools to love you back. ✨
WINTER SKIN TIPS
1. Wear Sunscreen: Daytime UVA rays (aka AGING rays) are dangerous all year long, and they can penetrate glass, making sun protection necessary, even in the office. They not only cause skin cancer but they breakdown the collagen in our skin which leads to wrinkles.
2. Switch Moisturizer:
If your skin is feeling more dry than usual due to the weather try switching to a heavier moisturizer at night. A moisturizer with shea butter is very moisturizing and doesn’t clog pores.
It’s sometimes harder to drink cold water when it’s cold outside, so try drinking warm or hot water with some lemon and honey. Think of it as a healthy, hydrating hot toddy! 😉
D A Y T H I R T E E N of #SelfLoveBootcamp 🎈🎉(I’m inverting day 12&13 because I got them mixed up🤷🏼♀️) I was originally trying to figure out how to pose to best show my #cellulite (gasp!😱). So I took a series of differently posed photos, and Google assistant surprised me by making this wonderful gif of me 😊 so here is me, doing #cellulitesaturday on a Tuesday evening (cause eff calendars?🤷🏼♀️) and enjoying the heck outta it! Be YOU! You are beYOUtiful! Cellulite and all. This is how real bodies look. They aren’t perfect and airbrushed like you see on Instagram and in the media. Let’s #celebratecellulite y’all! 🎉 😬
#Repost from @drjrva9th with @regram.app ... You can change everything in your life if you take the time to work on you and simply heal. I promise you, once I got healed and got ME together, everything started getting better overnight. #workonyou#selfcare#learn2behealthy#villagelife
I used to have strong self-reflection in the past, but recently it seems to fade away.
There is a fine line between self-care and selfishness most people fail noticing. But I always also need a self-reminder. A self-reminder of where I came from. Where I was and where I am now.
I need a self-reminder that I only rise by lifting others, that my soul grow by giving pieces of me to those who appreciate them. In fact, I will always need a self-reminder of how to be compassionate and kind no matter how ruthless this world is.
I need a self-reminder that my life started to have a meaning and purpose when I gave generously without expectations. That my life started to feel more empowering when I held their hands and lift them up. My life started to have a meaning when I lost myself and became selfless, when my problems somehow lost their shine and became light on my shoulders.
I need a self-reminder that there really is no “other”, we are all droplets of the same ocean, so we are really helping ourselves when we give pieces of ourselves to the “other.”
Friends, who of you know what your telomeres are? If so, what are you doing to protect them 🤷🏼♀️ For those of you unaware of what your telomeres are they are the strands in your spine that break away as you age. You can actually have them examined and based on how many “strands” are left tells us approximately how many years left on this earth left. Insane right?! Truth, research it for yourself. What would you do to hang onto every strand you have left AND reverse the ones already gone? Everything right 🙋🏼♀️ Thankful my Superfood vitamins (see my post from this am) include telomere support, they are ANTI-AGING & it’s patented so no one. can. touch. us. 🙌🏼
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<⚫️🔥Embracing The Dark Night Of The Soul
Sometime we feel we are being enfolded in a cloak of lethargy. This may manifest as depression, general apathy and tiredness toward life in general, a nervous breakdown, exhaustion, chronic fatigue or an episode of mental illness. In ancient women’s wisdom, this is seen as an initiation to get to know our inner wise woman, known to the ancient Greeks as Hecate – the Goddess of the Underworld through learning to navigate our own shadow.
Without access to ancient women’s wisdom, the mainstream way of responding to these soul sicknesses is often to medicate the symptoms in an attempt to return the ‘patient’ back to outward productivity as soon as possible.
But it is these very symptoms that are our soul’s way of asking us to sit down, journey inward and learn to access our inner guidance. For when we truly surrender to how we feel and express it, we then clear our ability to channel the insight needed to integrate our past experiences, giving us renewed energy to continue forth with our quest.
Symbolically this is shown in most heroic tales where the protagonist enters a dark place such as a cave, swamp, dungeon or poppy field and is temporarily impeded from further activity until they solve a riddle by coming to terms with the darker side of human nature. This is how spiritual wisdom is possessed, through the conscious seeking of higher truth or meaning. Often grief and loss of our ego’s desires mark the beginning of this stage of the journey – the death phase which precedes each psychological birth.
The test at this time for the hero / heroine is to find and maintain hope in the darkness, to literally learn to see in the dark. Just as the hero’s journey is motivated by a need to venture outward to find one’s life purpose, the feminine journey is by contrast, one of surrender. 👇👇👇 @tanishkathemoonwoman