Okay, not really. Everyone’s on pins and needles. Between inflation, the current state of the world, and the uncertainty of our political and economic future, there’s a lot of anxiety and fear; neither of which will help resolve any of our problems. Take a moment today to just stop and BE. Feel into your heart and envision what you want the world to “feel” like. Not who or what or how.
Right here. Right now. What do you want your life and our future world to feel like? Feel THAT and let everything else go. Our minds are powerful tools and they are recording every last thought and emotion. What messaging are you sending out in to the world? We all have to get into the right mindset and it’s not us against them or them against us.
Collectively, we can change things, but it has to be initiated through a genuine intentional collaborative mentality to work together to fix the systems that aren’t working and to ultimately heal our planet through a common thread of respect and loving kindness. We need a more mindful approach and that begins with each and every one of us.
When you are in a state of love and I am in a state of love, we are in the same place my friends. That’s the world where I want to live.
It’s October and it’s beautiful and everyone can finally put out the pumpkins, drink fall spiced lattes, and start celebrating the final few months of the year. The weather is getting colder and we have a stronger desire to snuggle up and spend more time in the warmth of friends and family.
BUT … this is not a post about pumpkin spiced lattes although this IS my favorite season.
There’s a tangible stress that comes with the close of a year, as time seems to gain momentum. The pressure to compete and get everything done is overwhelming and emotionally exhausting.
I feel this especially as a single parent to a young child with a New Year’s Eve birthday. As soon as fall arrives she starts talking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and her birthday and suddenly my mind is spinning and I feel a sense of overwhelm and it’s only October.
Considering my daughter’s excitement, I thought we would go out and get some stuff to decorate the front door with some festive decor, but when I saw the cost of the cute little decorative bales of hay and corn stalk bundles, I almost died on principal alone.
I was probably channeling my mother considering we grew up on a farm and had fields full of this stuff and our holiday decorations were handmade, but there was no need to compete or compare ourselves because social media didn't exist and holidays weren't the ridiculous profit-making movement they are today.
After talking with my girlfriend about it, she sent me the above photo with the caption, “Stick a broom out there and call it a day!” I literally laughed out loud. I mean, seriously, right?!
Social media is full of photos of the perfect Pinterest front entry with elevated displays of inspiring holiday decor and interior images of stunning homes with curated moments of matching dinnerware, festive place settings, and striking seasonal centerpieces.
If that's you, congratulations! I admire your zest and enthusiasm and love the sense of joy it invokes. If that is not you or the thought of it feels overwhelming because you don't have the natural gift of design or have the time or the resources to get it done, then don't. We shouldn't be killing ourselves and feeling so depleted by the time the new year rolls around.
There are ways to minimize the stress and simplify so that you can have more peace of mind and enjoy the end of the year. Our health is way too important to kill ourselves trying to look "holiday" perfect on social media. Just enjoy your life. And if you feel like you have to do something, then just stick a broom out there and call it a day!
For as long as I can remember, I was told to keep my real estate profession separate from the spiritual work I do through yoga and meditation; yet, these practices are the very thing that allow me to be successful and to show up each day with integrity and an authentic playful heart.
I am a single mother. I am a yoga and meditation teacher. I’m a deeply feeling sensitive human. I am a realtor. I am all of these!
The one consistent thread woven through … ME.
Whether I’m parenting my daughter or guiding students through a yoga class or clients through a transaction, I show up (fully). My friends. My family. My neighbors. Everyone gets ME. Life is way too short to live any other way.
Our earthly home and our physical homes are both intimate spaces. As a yoga and meditation teacher I help people find their way back home (to the body). As a realtor, I help people buy and sell the home where they live. It’s an incredible honor to do the work I do, as it takes a lot of trust to enter someone’s personal cherished space.
Whether I’m on the mat or in your home, it is sacred holy work that I cherish (deeply) and I do not take this responsibility lightly. Everything I do is done with precision and care and despite what I’ve been told, I vow to show up as myself and to be myself and I hope you will join me and do the same. In doing so, we will attract those who appreciate the unique gifts we have to offer.
Love & gratitude for all those who have entrusted me with the sale or purchase of their home. To all those who practice with me on the mat. To my friends and family and colleagues. And to my daughter for loving me in all my color. Thank you for seeing me and trusting me and allowing me to guide you back home. What a glorious honor!
Happy New Year!!
2021 was a big year for changes. After a very long and heartbreaking two years, my marriage ended. I moved into a new home. I changed brokers and joined Ansley Real Estate. You know, the 3 most stressful changes a person can endure. All one right after the other.
I learned a lot and the thing I’m most proud of is that I survived. I’m better and stronger because of it. And I’m so very grateful for all the love and support that I received from my friends and family. Truly! I could not have done it without you.
It took me a minute to get settled in this renewed energy, but then I landed in a fresh new life and I felt happy again for the first time in a really long time. It was glorious. I had made it to the other side and it was awesome. I rode that wave for months and then the end of the year smacked me right in the face.
A water pipe burst in my house and the entire first floor flooded. That was probably one of the most stressful moments of my life. I was in pure panic mode as water was literally filling my downstairs while trying to save Christmas presents, furniture, and my daughter's toys. It was pretty traumatizing, but I’m so thankful I was home and was able to act immediately. A week later I got really sick and it took me down. It was a very rough recovery to say the least. My house is still turned upside down. We have no floors and are currently living on the upper level.
The old version of myself could have easily fallen into the victim mindset. The new and improved version of myself realizes that life is happening “for” me and not “to” me so my focus is now on the new beautiful floors I’m going to have installed and the powerful immune system that took care of me and got me back on my feet again.
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful its ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” ~ LR Knost
So there it is wrapped up in a nice tiny bow for you. I went from awful to amazing to awful again and in between those moments were ordinary mundane moments. I’m learning not to attach too strongly to any of them and not to put too much meaning into anything that happens. I know there are gifts in every moment and mindset is everything.
I challenge you to do the same. See your life unfolding as a beautiful journey that is happening for you. It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty, just be thankful you have a damn glass.
And take care of your body. It needs you and these viruses are here to stay and as long as our earth is being neglected, they’re only going to get worse. Don’t depend too heavily on medicine. Your body knows how to heal, but you have to take care of it. Practices such as mindfulness and yoga go a long way in strengthening the immune system.
Restorative yoga has a healing influence on the body and mind. It gives us space to slow down and be in the moment with our own breath in a space of loving presence. When the physical body rests in long held supportive postures, the natural healing process resumes; restoring the body and mind back to its former condition.
Props and blankets will be provided so that you feel held and supported as you are guided through a sequence of relaxing and restorative postures. When the body fully surrenders, the mind becomes quiet and you are able to savor the simple sweetness of life.
Would love for you to join me on Sunday, January 9th from 6:30pm-8pm at Wellness & Yoga. You can register on the Wellness & Yoga website. Cost is $40.
Love & Light,