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    Mindfulness Living

    Getting the Most out of Meditation

    By now we all know the benefits of meditation + the ability to quiet the mind during times of difficulty.  What some may not know if you are newer to the meditation world, is half the magic and benefits are found in creating the perfect space for meditation. Don’t get me wrong, meditation can be done anywhere. However to get the most bang for your buck it is ideal to have a suitable space to reap those benefits. Today I want to give you my 3 Tips on creating that perfect space for meditation and reflection. Each of the tips are centered around being comfortable in whichever environment you choose. Tip #1 …

  • Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    Inhale, Exhale: Meditation for Beginners

    Meditation for a long time has gotten a bad wrap. Truth be told there was a time not too long ago that if you asked me if I meditated I would boldly say nope thats not the life that I live. Like most of you reading I had preconceived notions in my head about what meditation was and how I didn’t need that sort of thing in my life (LOL). Spoiler alert, I was wrong on so many levels. Myths that I had built in my mind: Meditation is sitting in a room in silence, there is 0 chance I can ever quiet my thoughts, meditation has no real purpose…

  • Mindfulness Living,  Personal Growth

    Taking Care of You

    I am a big believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason. That series of events are all connected in one way or another.  Over the last few weeks we have been taking inventory.  Making space for peace in so many different aspects of our lives.  Cleansing internally and externally in our homes, creating space for more Joy, Hope, PEACE. If you have been following along with me on my journey, then you know that we have been preparing for this exact moment in time. We have been doing the work internally on ourselves in order to be equipped to keep our peace within.   In light of the…

  • Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    Breathing Deep

    Big inhale in through the nose, filling up the lungs. Open mouth exhale slowly allowing the breath to leave the lungs. Do this twice more, taking your time to inhale deeply and exhale fully. Did you know breathing is part of our life force? That stress + anxiety can be reduced and managed through your breath? In times of stress or anxiety the way that we breath can be affected, causing us to breathe at a shorter and faster rate. This increase in the pace or rate of your breathing causes you to take in less oxygen which of course adds more to your stress and anxiety.  Slowing your breathing…

  • Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    Yoga + Self Care

    (This page contains Affiliate Link. For more information see my disclosures, here) The reasons why I came to yoga are so simple now that I think back to my very 1st day on the mat. I knew deep down there was something missing, didnt have a clue of what exactly but one thing was for sure each and every time I came off that mat I felt closer to whatever “it” was. Social media would have you believe that yoga is about being apart of Cirque Du Soleil or that you have to be this freaky thin contortionist. None of that is true. In its simplest form yoga means to…

  • Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    Gratitude

    Coming off a long weekend of intense body + mind/soul work through Yoga teacher training I was inspired to actively show gratitude this week. Dont get me wrong I am one to say a quick thanks to the universe when things work out and of course when I am protected from not so pleasant things or people. My goal was to tune in deeper on the gratitude front and truly “attempt” to appreciate things/people in real time. Surprisingly it was actually harder than I thought it would be. Most humans if thinking about things that they are grateful for or blessed to have ect, we think big ticket items such…

  • Mindfulness Living

    Balancing Mind, Body+ Spirit Virtually

    Balancing mentally, spiritually and physically fit while staying inside has never been this easy! So many resources have either fully migrated over to virtual or have made modifications to offer contactless options. Wellness resources of all shapes and sizes are stepping up in innovation. If you are anything like me then you probably have a few different health + wellness apps on your phone. I love a good wellness app! I have tried them all, from running to yoga + even meditation. What I love about virtual wellness, is it really removes any excuses. Having the ability to set up shop at ANY time and do a yoga class or…

  • Morning Routines
    Mindfulness Living,  Personal Growth

    Morning Routines to Ease Anxiety

    At the very root, the purpose of self care is to pour back into yourself while setting yourself up for success to perform at your best. If you are an anxious person like myself then you already know the benefits behind self care + having a solid routine that works for you. Morning routines are extremely important in my self care tool kit and for great reason too. Morning routines set the tone for your day + dictate how well you are able to maneuver as changes come throughout the day.  This is especially important for people like me who cope with anxiety every single day. Think about the last…

  • My Story

    Hey y’all !! *in my most southern draw* I am Denawa, the mastermind behind Sittin’ Crooked, Talkin’ Straight. I grew up in a very small town in eastern North Carolina that virtually no one I have ever met out in the world has ever heard of.  I am not kidding, 2 stop lights and you have gone through the entire town! Newly married my small family relocated to the Queens City, Charlotte NC in 2015, in hopes to start our lives together. A mompreneur, out here trying to live her best WHOLE life while balancing starting a new career, motherhood, self care and being a wife. All while coloring outside…

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