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Happy August

Happy August, dear friends! 

I am thrilled to be entering a new month.  I feel it in my bones that it’s going to be a great month with a lot of changes, learning challenges, and so much possibility and opportunity. I’m ready for it, are you? 

Within the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy with work, a side project, preparing for my big interview. But, through all of the business, I’ve stayed committed to my healthy eating, fitness, and most importantly, my meditation practice.  I feel AMAZING. I’ve been dealing with people and challenging situations easier and it’s a true miracle. I also started reading May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein, which I’ve had on my iPad for a while, but have been resisting for some reason.  Well, I dug in and it’s pretty awesome. My intuition is becoming stronger and stronger. I’m learning that I’m a fighter (in a good way) and I have a lot of energy in me. 

I just felt like writing a little check-in post and wish everyone a great month. I promise, after Tuesday, Aug 6th, I’ll be back in full blogging swing! 

Sending love, light, forgiveness, and positivity to you.

xxxoo

PS – Stay tuned for my writing on The Daily Love soon! 

Grow Up, Ladies!

I just found this article in O Magazine (the only magazine besides Origin I read) last month, and I wanted to share the cliff notes version with you. It’s titled “Grow Up, Ladies”. It basically says that a record-breaking number of women are graduating college these days – so, why aren’t we acting like adults? I totally get it because I see this all of the time. Here are some steps to grow up! 

  1. Learn to take care of yourself 
  2. Embrace confrontation 
  3. Figure out what you need and ask for it 
  4. Quit blaming your mother for everything that’s wrong in your life
  5. Two Words:  Club Soda
  6. Have perspective 

I’m not even gonna get into the sub bullet points because I think those 6 things are pretty self explanatory. I’m going to do my best at each one of them – I already got a few of them down – but I need to work on others (hello, confrontation).  And if GraceIsTheNewGlam can add a 7th tip – it would be MEDITATE! 

Meditate with Me?

I’m sitting here watching Super Soul Sunday at my boyfriend’s house 2 blocks from the beach. Life is wonderful right now.

On a commercial break, I saw an ad that Oprah and Deepak Chopra are teaming up for a meditation challenge starting August 5th. I’m going to do it, are you? Sign up here if you’re into it! Meditate with me!

I’ve signed up for these kinds of things before – and failed – but I’m willing to try again. Let’s DO this!

My Day…

Today was a little bit rough for me. The mental chatter just wouldn’t calm down! Over and over my broken brain kept telling me – Am I not good enough, I am not the best, People are judging me, etc, etc. It’s so not fun but I know I’m not alone in this. Taking a look back at my day, it was pretty damn good.  I woke up at 5:30, did my morning routine, went to work, exercised, and then came home to work on a 2nd gig I have – (and now blogging, of course). All of these things I am so grateful for.  And I’m also in gratitude for my routine that I stick to and the person I am. 

So, when in this cluster of a mental frenzy, I watch “Jessica’s Daily Affirmation”. It takes me straight back to the thoughts I SHOULD be thinking! I love my life, family, boyfriend, yoga, exercise, being sober, my rad apartment, the beach, my hair – and so on and so on. Watch and love – and if you’ve already seen it, watch it again! 

Wellness Wednesdays – Feeling Brave

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind and I am really starting to feel brave in my ripe age of 30. Last week, I posted this blog to my network of friends which I was deathly afraid of. I’m going for an opportunity at work that I never thought would come available and never thought I’d be supported on – and I faced my fears of health and got blood work done to see if I am indeed healthy. 

ImageBeing Brave by releasing my blog: I decided I’m really going to put myself out there and not be embarrassed of who I am. I’m spiritual. I’m sober. I believe in God. I pray every night and meditate in the morning. I used to be afraid to admit these things to people – because I was afraid of judgement. With putting my fear aside, I may actually be able to help someone – which is a miracle. 

Being Brave at work: I get really uncomfortable with work stuff because I had a few rough spats in my career over the past 15 years. After a long journey, I’m in a job and company that I love and want to grow with.  After talking the talk of wanting to move up – I’m going for a new opportunity. Pretty rad, huh? Wish me luck! 

Being Brave at the Doctor’s: I was lucky to meet the fine folks over at Bloom Natural Health through my job.  It led to me doing a full bloodwork panel that I’ve never done before – because I was deathly afraid I was going to find out that I’m dying. I faced my fears and got my results back today. Surprisingly, I am not dying – and I am one healthy young lady, but I do have areas to work on. My brave face paid off and I feel so much better! 

So,  beautiful people, I encourage you to be brave.  Take chances. Face your fears.  In the end, you feel a hell of a lot better. Life is too short!

Release your fears in the comments section (and to the universe). 

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice, Beautiful People. I’ve had a pretty awesome day today – and I hope you have too. I put in a hard days work – but it’s what happen afterwards that matters.

ImageWhen 4PM hit, I headed out of the marketing world and into the natural health world. I went to Bloom Natural Health‘s Summer Solstice party in Encinitas. It cleared my mind completely. The evening’s activities were mediation, planting intentions on seed paper, releasing negative stuff in a fire, and healthy drinks galore from Beaming Vitality Bar. I had a great time!

[Beware: I’m going to get really real here] I planted my intentions in the Bloom garden for Imagesuccess. Financial, career, relationship are my goals for this year. For my release, I wrote down in crystal clear ink – Jealousy, Greed, and Judgement. Things I really need to let go of for sure. I’ve struggled with it for years. Now is the time I must let them go – for myself and those around me – and I’m ready to do it. Hello, Clarity – I’m ready for you!

So, now is the time where I turn it over to you – what are your intentions for the summer solstice of 2013? What are you releasing?

I appreciate BLOOM for having me at this wonderful gathering!

Quietude

Overheard in 4:45 meditation today at the Chopra Center – QUIETUDE.

I heard it – I loved it – and completely needed to here a meditational catch-phrase that could be used as a Lahotski-ism.

Definition from me~

Quietude: (As in Quiet-Tude – comes from Attitude) the sense of quieting the chatter in our brains, in and out of meditation

Actual Definition:

quietude [ˈkwaɪəˌtjuːd]

n

the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil
Feel free to use that in a sentence today.  It’s already added to my lingo!
And hooray! I just received my new workout gear from Ellie.com! Can’t wait to share with you guys – pretty hot stuff!