Take that FIRST Step

Hello Friends! Can you believe we are already two weeks into the New Year?! I don’t know about you, but I truly needed a FRESH START! A New Year with the opportunity for New Dreams, New Goals, New Beginnings. 2012 was a truly challenging year for me in so many ways. I finally took the risk to change my profession, I had my heart broken, and I lost one of my dearest friends.  But with the challenges, the struggles, the heartache… I learned valuable lessons:  I took time for myself and I began to see things in a new light, with a new appreciation. One of my intentions for the New Year is to put my energy very deliberately into moving forward.  Taking those steps to make the changes, reach the goals, and fulfill the dreams I envision for myself.  And often times, fear of the unknown or of change makes taking that first step scary, difficult, challenging. But as this inspiring quote reminds us, “SOMETIMES THE SMALLEST STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ENDS UP BEING THE BIGGEST STEP OF YOUR LIFE. TIP TOE IF YOU MUST, BUT TAKE THE STEP!”

Take THAT Step

So, regardless of what your goals and visions for this New Year might be: Believe in yourself and TAKE THAT FIRST STEP, even if it is a baby step! Keep your eyes, your heart and your mind open and your feet moving forward AND you will find what you need! Wishing you all a beautiful Monday and a Wonderful Week ahead!

monday motivation

I am truly blessed to have an amazing group of friends and loved ones who inspire me everyday! Last night one of those dear friends sent me a beautiful message full of hope and encouragement; and so I thought I would share a similar message with all of you!  Don’t you love that Monday holds so much potential? Wishing you a bright and brilliant week!

COURAGE my Love

Our lives are inevitably faced with periods of transition, adversity and challenge…that is what makes Life, Life. It is at these crossroads where you must decide to live your truth, to face your fears, and to create positive change for yourself.  Deciding which path to take on that journey can be extremely difficult and often times feelings of fear, sadness, or uncertainty take hold. I find myself in a transition period professionally, personally and emotionally; and that feeling of “not knowing” can be overwhelmingly scary. Today I am struggling to let go of something that has been a big part of my life recently, but I know in my heart it is not meant to be. So, to all of you who also need a little extra strength today….We are Beautiful Fierce Warriors and we can overcome any adversity. Listen to your heart, follow your truth, fill your soul with courage and you will find the strength to live your dreams… COURAGE MY LOVE!

step out of your comfort zone

Taking steps out of your comfort zone is pivotal for your own evolution and growth. You cannot become a bigger and better version of yourself unless you are willing to stretch beyond what you already know.

Growth facilitates happiness. We experience fulfilment when we grow in ourselves. When we feel that we are progressing, evolving and becoming more, we develop a higher level of confidence and pride. This is what makes us feel alive. This is where the magic happens.

3 STEPS TO HELP YOU JUMP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

1. SAY YES, AND THEN FIGURE OUT HOW

Many of us continuously say no to opportunities that are presented which are outside our comfort zone. We may say ‘I could never do that’ without even really contemplating it. Or we use delay tactics and say ‘I am not ready yet. I need to learn more/have more money/have more experience etc. before I do that’

Get in to the habit of saying yes. Even if you have no idea how you are going to do it, just say yes and figure out how later. You are never given more than you can handle. You have attracted this opportunity because you are ready for it. It has been designed to help you grow.


2. MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR FEAR

When we experience the feeling of fear, many of us try to run away from it. We either avoid the actual activity that triggers our fear, or we do whatever we can to suppress the feeling with some other activity such as eating, watching TV, going shopping etc.

When you feel fear, sit with it. Allow yourself to experience it fully and actually determine where it is coming from. Ask yourself “What am I actually afraid of?” “What am I afraid will happen?” “What am I afraid that I will lose?”

Acknowledge your fear for what it is. It is just a feeling. It is just a feeling that has been created by what you are thinking. Once you can see it for what it is, it will lose its power. Being able to be conscious of your fears then gives you the ability to change them.


3. CHANGE YOUR STORY

If you are afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it is likely that you have created negative association with the idea of it. All successful people have found ways to feel positive and excited about stepping out of their comfort zone, rather than afraid and tentative.

Start telling a new story about what it means to live outside your comfort zone. See this situation as an amazing learning and growth opportunity. Feel excited about the fact that you will be becoming a bigger and better person.

Speak kindly to yourself, and love and support yourself unconditionally. Tell yourself positive stories about other times where you have succeeded in challenging situations. Cheer yourself on, and say ‘You can do it” or ‘I believe in you’.

Connect with why it is important for you to take this step. How will doing this help propel you towards your goal? How will it lead you towards the life of your dreams? How will it enable you to achieve everything you have ever wanted?

Check out the full post from Jessica Ainscough’s Wellness Warrior.

the BEST version of YOU

One of my very favorite bloggers, Connie Chapman recently shared her thoughts on becoming the BEST version of YOU. Something that struck a chord with me on so many levels. Far too often, I find my dreams, ambitions, needs, wants and desires get pushed to the side and neglected. Today my intention is to love, support and nourish myself. Click here to check out her full post on becoming the best version of you.

1. LOVE, NOURISH AND SUPPORT YOURSELF

2. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS

3. FOCUS ON THE GOOD THINGS

4. GIVE YOUR BEST TO ALL THAT YOU DO

5. DEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO WHAT YOU LOVE

6. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

feeling fortunate

photograph taken at lake hartwell, south carolina | kindly credit this site if used

I took a trip back home to beautiful South Carolina last week and spent an incredible 5 days with my amazing family.  While the trip was a whirlwind trying to see and spend quality time with everyone; it was a meaningful visit for me, and I truly cherished each precious moment. As I was on the plane heading back to Los Angeles, I found myself feeling incredibly blessed to have the genuine support, love, and encouragement from those who mean the most in my life.  In that moment, I was reminded of something so simple… Surround yourself with those people who want for you be truly happy and who believe in your dreams. It will make all the difference in the world.  Wishing you all a beautiful and inspired weekend full of Love + Light!

breath of fire

One of my many goals for this year, is to really tune-in and listen to my body…its needs, its wants, its desires.  And one thing I have recently discovered about myself, is that the way I start my morning does strongly impact the rest of my day. In recent months, I have given myself 10 extra minutes to wake-up, be present and take a little “me” time before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. A few months ago, I read a post on energizing yourself first thing in the morning while still in bed, before your day starts, through a series of very intentional breathing exercises. While I have been practicing the breathing technique for several months now, I discovered this morning that the rhythm and pace of the breath also makes a huge difference in the overall experience for me. Today, I needed to feel a little extra energy… so it was strong, fast-paced breathing that I needed. While other days I seek a sense of calm or peace and find the very slow, methodical breathing does the trick. Give the Breath of Fire a try and see what works for you!

Below is an excerpt from The Well Daily, one of my go-to resources for inspiration and information in all things wellness:

It’s called Breath of Fire, and all you have to do is pair a few vigorous inhales and exhales with a subtle, fast-paced contraction of your abs. In less time than it takes to get up and turn on the coffeemaker, Breath of Fire will warm your body and cleanse your system. Plus, taking a minute or two to focus (instead of springing out of bed at the first ring of the alarm clock) will send you into your day feeling calmer and happier.

Sit comfortably and try this to raise your internal thermostat.

  • Take three deep breaths in and deep breaths out.
  • Inhale through your nose.
  • Exhale the air out of your diaphragm forcefully through your nose, pumping your navel center in toward your spine.
  • Strongly inhale through your nose, again strongly pumping your navel center in towards your spine.
  • Repeat at an even pace for about a minute.

As you get used to it, try increasing your speed. If you start to feel light-headed, scale back—you should feel nothing but invigorated and totally ready to make the most of your day.

You can check out the entire post on Breath of Fire, here!

pain in my . . .

…legs. Specifically in my calves, achilles and shins. do any of you get severe lower leg pain with high impact cardio and plyometrics? If you don’t than you are lucky, but if you do then you know the pain I speak of.  I do the foam rolling, the stretching, the hot epsom salt baths which are all imperative. But nothing seems to alleviate the constant aching in my calves, the shooting pain in my achilles, or the ever-present shin splints. Michelle noticed that I was suffering in class one day and suggested I try these CEP allsports compression sleeves.

She actually let me borrow hers to see if they brought any relief. Well they did, and I immediately went out to buy a pair of my own. By no means do they completely alleviate the pain, but they do help significantly by reducing vibration, increasing oxygen flow, and helping to remove lactic acid from your muscles. Definitely worth the $40 bucks if you experience a similar type of pain. The sleeves are available in different sizes and colors too…. thanks Michelle!

If you live near pasadena you can pick them up at Run with us Footwear.