Category Archives for Life Lessons

Showing Up for Your Self-Care

Yesterday, I taught a yoga class at noon.  The room was warm, mats were laid out in a random pattern on the floor, people started to settle in. I had burned some palo santo, so there was a woody, somewhat sensual smell that wafted through the room. I was creating a sacred space for these yogis to breathe, pray, lay it all down. As I watched them settling down on their mats, I was filled with a deep feeling of respect for their presence in that room. 

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Things I forgot in 2017

This year was full of activity, surprises, disappointments, illness, love, cookies and so much more. I caught myself yesterday saying “2017 kicked my ass…” and as I said it something didn’t quite ring true. Yes, I often felt like my proverbial ass was handed to me this year. Obstacles were put in my path that I wasn’t prepared to handle, I saw some relationships come and go, I felt deep darkness at times. 

Reflecting on a year is one of my favorite things to do. It gives me the opportunity to take stock of myself, my goals, and where I am spending my energy. 

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Sometimes life blows up….

On August 24th, I woke up and started my Thursday like every other day. Coffee, news, cuddles with my family. My friend and regular student at Perennial Yoga and Meditation, Meaghan Heires, woke up the same way. Just another ordinary day. No reason to think otherwise.  However, while she and her finance Mike were at […]

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Stuck? Turn to Your Champions

I get stuck a lot. Because I have a fast mind and curious spirit, I am always looking for something. Right now, for example, I am all hung up on my branding and business plan. More specifically I’m worried about finding my core audience. Is it business people? People with cancer? Middle managers? Stay-at-home Moms? Men? I can help all these people but my focus feels all over the place. In other words –  el stucko. 

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How to Love Mondays

I love Mondays. I am the anti-Garfield. I wish every day had the energy and excitement of Monday. 

It wasn’t always this way. I used to go to bed on Sunday dreading waking up on Monday morning and going back to the grind. I used to get terrible tension headaches on Mondays as I looked ahead to all the “things” I needed to accomplish. Overwhelm City, Arizona. 

Then I discovered something amazing.

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How to Tell the Difference Between Self-Trust and Self-Protection

I often feel like there are two different parts of me, one that knows the truth about what’s in my highest good, and one that knows exactly what to say to keep me safe and small. For illustrative purposes, let’s call my truth Gracie and my protector Vivian. These two are fighting for my attention like Mayweather and Pacquiao. As brutally, but not as gracefully as championship boxers. More like a slap fight between self-trust and self-protection.

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How to Create Lasting Change

Here’s the punchline. It’s the small, easy, fun, enjoyable things that create lasting change.  

I have been a student of change since as long as I can remember. A true Gemini, I get bored if I don’t have some sort of change in my life pretty much all the time. I lived in 10 cities in 12 years. I have been a blond, a redhead, a brunette, and a blond again. I keep changing my furniture around and changing the style of my website. 

Over my life, I have always been comfortable with change. Since I crave it, I have also learned how change can last and when it is only temporary. Here is what I have learned. 

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What High Self-Esteem Feels Like

She walks into the room with her shoulders held back and her heart leading the way. She’s dressed in a simple dress and her hair is pulled back from her face. Her eyes light up with a twinkle when you look at her and smile. She is warm and inviting.

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How To Make Someone’s Day

Yesterday I was driving my awesome pearl white Mini Cooper on the highway. I was bopping along to “Uptown Funk”, windows open, hair blowing in the wind, and it’s quite possible that I was doing a little dance in my own auto disco. I looked over to the left and coming up fast behind me was another Mini Cooper, but this one was British racing green and had racing stripes on it. Inside were a man and a woman and when they passed me they smiled at me and waved “Hello!”Random strangers passing each other in life, with one thing in common (that we know of) –  our choice in cars. 

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How To Get Unstuck

We all get stuck. We all find ourselves doing things we really don’t want to be doing. We all find ourselves NOT doing the things that mean the most to us. 

Why does this happen? What can we do about it? 

Let me tell you a little story. I got stuck about my monthly newsletter. Ridiculously paralyzed. Those of you on my list know that you haven’t heard a whole lot from me in awhile. “Didn’t I sign up to hear something from her once upon a time?” you may have asked.  

Yes, you signed up. Then I got scared. 

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