• Lifestyle,  Mindfulness Living,  Personal Growth

    How to Practice Body Positivity

    Now a days there is so much talk about body positivity and loving the skin you are in… but how did we even get to this point? How did we come to the idea that we must be told to love our bodies? More importantly, how to practice body positivity once we know we need it? Remember when you were a kid and didn’t have a care in the world? No cares about how you looked, what you wore or that maybe your hair didn’t stay as flat as so and so’s (My hair to this day NEVER stays flat) A few weeks back I took my now DramaTeen (formerly…

  • Lifestyle,  Yoga

    How to choose a Yoga Studio

    Yoga has really started to pick up here in Charlotte NC and I am truly loving what I am seeing! Normally around New Years with resolutions and such studios begin to see an influx in those wanting to make changes in their health. What I am hearing more and more from my students is the desire to just feel better in their bodies overall + to improve mobility. So many of us, myself included, spend a lot of time either sitting at a desk or commuting in rush hour. For the very unfortunate some like myself we do both 5x a week 😒! So stretching, rotating and moving is so…

  • Lifestyle,  Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    You are what you eat: Reducing Stress through the Gut

    How many stress eaters do we have out there? What about those of you who get so stressed that you cant even eat? I use to be somewhere in the middle. Not too long ago there was a time when I felt stressed and nothing but a big ole bowl of pasta could fix it. Sadly I also swung to the other extreme where I would stress to the point that I neglected to eat or take proper care of myself. Talk about both ends of the spectrum, am I right? Anxiety is a sign and symptom of stress + stress can present itself in whatever way it wants from…

  • Lifestyle,  Mindfulness Living,  Personal Growth

    Optin’ out of Resolutions

    Gosh! It was like we had Thanksgiving and BAM! Snowball to the end of the year.Β  Seems like just a few weeks ago we were ringing in 2019 and here we are again gearing up to welcome 2020 with open arms. This time last year I was creating vision boards, making goals and mapping out how I would conquer 2019. I took all the steps, made sure my goals were realistic, prepped myself for success through researching both on and off the net. I crossed my T’s and dotted my I’s, you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t about to handle 2019 like a true boss! What I didn’t account for…

  • Lifestyle,  Personal Growth

    Comfort Zone: Pushing Out of it

    This week I dared to push myself beyond what I thought was my limit. After a certain age I believe we all begin to develop an opinion of ourselves. We put ourselves in a category or label ourselves in a particular way. Normally these categories or labels justify how we personally see ourselves in this world. For as long as I can remember I have given myself this label or that label. I was the “smart girl”, ” the funny one”, ” the mom” and “the wife” and the list goes on and on. The one label that I had never given myself but always wanted was “the outgoing one”,…

  • Lifestyle

    6 Tips to Ease into the Last 90 days of 2019

    Like a thief into the night, summer has left us high and dry! When did it become fall? It seems like just a few weeks ago we were easing into summer and finally winding down before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Hopefully I’m not alone in the feeling that I need another 2 or 3 months before we even start to think about Oct. For my household in the last 3 months of the year there are 7 birthdays (1 of course is mine), 4 holidays (we celebrate Halloween like its 1999), 3 possible holiday office parties, 2 possible family holiday parties, coordination of family visits and getting the…

  • Lifestyle,  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…

  • Lifestyle,  Personal Growth

    Discovering You: Turning a Passion into a Career

    Recently I had an opportunity to really “hang” out with my sister-in-love, and I say “hang” because for the very 1st time we were able to go off and just do what we wanted without the worry of kids + hubbingtons ect. While we were out we talked candidly about our futures and what we wanted next in our lives. Cuz honey, the planning doesn’t stop just because you are married and have children. Just like her I have been working since I was just 14 yrs old. Let that sink in, at this time in my life I have had a job of some sort for almost 21 years!…

  • Lifestyle,  Personal Growth

    Guilt Cycle +Authentic Living

    You know what I miss most about being a child, other than the obvi (bills, food, no real responsibilities)? I miss letting sh*t go! As a kid I didnt dwell on mistakes that may have happened or things that I didnt do well. Pre- middle school, it was all Salior Moon, My Little Pony, Are you scared of the dark? + so forth. If something went wrong, I felt remorse, apologized and moved on. Humans are the only species that continue to pay for past transgressions or mistakes. Think about it, remember a time when you made some sort of mistake or miscalculation that you completely and 100% take accountability…

  • Lifestyle,  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…

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