Time to Thrive

I just returned from an amazing weekend on retreat in Texas with some amazing women. My teacher training is based near Dallas and it was the perfect time to recharge and reset my intentions in my practice. #yoga4love

Journaling has really helped me look within

The move and upheaval of everything in our lives has left little time to go within and create a self care routine like I was trying to maintain prior to the chaos. I was able to let a lot of my shadows take center stage this weekend and it felt good to know that I am where I should be. Everything that happens, I can handle, and if I keep in the present moment and not in what happened in the past, I create my future in the choices I make. That is a freeing notion. I can’t control what happens to me, but I can control what my reaction will be. Most of my darkest moments were when I felt out of control. If I only had taken a breath and centered myself, I would know that I can break the negative patterns and choose another path, one that is free from the hangups of bygone decisions.

My word to end the weekend was ‘thrive’, and I fully intend to do just that now that I’m home. I was just getting through everyday by the skin of my teeth before, stressing about every choice and worrying that we had made the wrong ones to get us here because so much was going wrong. But we are here for a reason, and I can’t wait to live every moment of this beautiful journey with renewed fervor and knowledge that I am so blessed and I am all I will ever need to feel complete. Remember to take care of yourself. Fill yourself up. There is only so much of your energy you can give before its gone and your are spiraling. The only way to keep your levels charged is fueling up with good food, deep breaths and positive thoughts. Practice makes perfect and I’m right there with you.

Find others who lift you up and help you grow. You’re not alone.

Love & Light

Writing Prompts: Chances

I was given a journal from one of my close friends a while back that has writing prompts on every page to inspire and discover something about yourself. I really found it helpful, especially getting away from my normal journaling routine of ‘I did this…then that…then another thing.’ I think I will start to add some of my journaling here when I feel the urge.

Writing Prompt: I am excited by these chances I am taking…

My life has completely changed direction in the past year. I gave birth to a beautiful little creature that I need to protect and teach daily. My wife and I are trying to navigate working full-time while keeping Deb out of daycare. The chances in this last year started with the decision to begin in earnest my yoga journey with teacher training online and making the commitment to have my certification to help others down that same path. Only a month after doing that, I made the biggest decision thus far in my adult working career to leave the well paying job that I held for 11 years. I left without a plan for what was next, I just knew that I couldn’t see myself there anymore working 50 plus hours and never seeing my family. The pain of stress and upset was too intense and it was a long time coming. I made that leap.

I had many interviews and felt out my choices, but I stuck to my gut and went for a sales position that I had no experience in, knowing that it was what I was meant to do at that moment. It was a major pay cut, and that worried us, but I kept my positivity up and started training. Only a week into training, the position received a near 40% increase in pay! It felt like the universe was listening to my need for financial stability and brought that into my life. It was amazing!

Since starting this new position, I have made it my daily mission to practice mindfulness in every part of my day. I read one of my books for yoga TT on the shuttle to work. I get outside on all my breaks to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. I try and stay hopeful and happy regardless of the task I am doing at work. I smile and greet everyone I pass by and I remember to be grateful for my every breath. This has helped me immensely with the stress of meeting new people and starting from scratch in a new career.

I truly feel that the chances I took have brought more happiness and peace into my life. My outlook has shifted to the point that everyone around me is starting to feel the ripple effect. My wife is meditating with me, my positive attitude is rubbing off on my colleagues, and my family situation couldn’t be better. Knowing that if I follow my inner voice it will lead me to the right answer is so empowering that I hope this inspires someone to try to listen to theirs. The universe is connected, just tell it what you need and it will come to you!

Love and light!

My daughter and I

Prompt from “An Inspired Life: A journal for thinking, dreaming, and discovering.” by M. H. Clark

Self Care Journal

Since starting my yoga teacher training, I have looked for a self care journal that was perfect for me. Not finding one just right, I decided to make one of my own and share the PDF with anyone interested. Please send it to people in your life that you think it might help! Love and Light!