Today, I’m enjoying the good fortune of having a morning off and a bit of time to write. My cat and husky are squashed on to the couch with me. Warm, soft…. fuzzy. I’ve even got a warm cup of tea. To top it all off, just finished eating a delicious healthy breakfast someone special cooked for me;) Simple Abundance, I’m a lucky gal.
Technology, facebook, smartphones, TV…. Something about all of the messages that are pushed towards me in ads, posts, and current events do not make my brain feel good. They trick me into feeling like what I have is not enough. Why, when I have a closet full of clothes, does a commercial make me want to run to target or JC Penny and buy more? The happy faces, smiles.. upbeat music, cool clothes – It’s all so alluring. I think “I’ve got to have it!”
Then I pause, “what do I really want?” The clothes……. or to be that happy smiling person? Many of us live in literal abundance, our basic needs are met fully. Why are many of us still so negative and unhappy? I urge you.. ask yourself these questions and take ownership of the answer.
We have the ability to be that smiling happy person, dancing, carefree and thankful for the lives we lead, and what we wake up to every day. A friend lent me a book recently called Simple Abundance, a daily reading book. One page each day of inspiration and reminders that happiness is found in simple things. Why not start your morning by taking a moment to acknowledging the good around you. Imagine a life where you cultivate gratitude – Each day feels like a gift, each action you take is giving love back to your source.
Wishing you all a happy holiday, and sending a little reminder that you are enough! Below are some of the shots of some really sweet moments I’ve had over the last few months… Appreciating the mess and love that is my little life.
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?”
“Don’t depend on something that comes from outside. Outside things are never going to make you happy.”
Feel free to keep reading, if you’d like a little update on where I am at. This next part covers my recent career shifts! My heart has been open and receptive to good things lately.. I feel like I’ve spent months training my focus on doing good, and am always appreciative when more good floods back my way. I’m looking for opportunities every day. My soul is training my brain 🙂 Even in the face of some really intense family drama that I’ve been through recently; I’m able to find that light by reminding myself to turn inward and accept the love that flows to me in other ways. Reminding my self to rest is a challenge.. as always! But you better believe that I do it. If I want to live a long stress-free life and have happy relationships… I’ve got no choice but to make time to chill 😉
Big news! I’ve started a new Job last month as a Fitness Coordinator for a really exciting non-profit organization about 25 or so Hours a week. I’m currently teaching Yoga, Dance Fitness, Walk/Run, Circuit and Healthy Cooking Classes to high functioning adults with disabilities.
At the studio I’m currently teaching 3-4 Classes a week of Gentle Relaxation, Flow, and Power so please feel free to check out the downtown yoga calendar if you’d like to come visit me. Gentle Relaxation is such a great place to start if you are new to yoga and a great place to come back to if you are a seasoned yogi and find you need healing and time to tune in with the body.
I’m teaching a weekly private class for children with ASD at their school and love sharing the gift of yoga with children. We have SO much fun, and though it takes practice to learn coping skills – Yoga and breathing are such valuable tools to add to a child’s toolbelt.
I feel very blessed that I’ve been given the opportunity to pursue Healthy Living as a career and I will always continue to strive to give my best and most authentic self to my students as well. I’m still doing a bit of henna on the side and homemade art and gifts for the holidays. I love to have busy hands. An indian quote – “God” in the mind, work in the hand.
Thanks for Reading! Peace ❤