Lessons in Trusting the Universe Pt. II

Last month I left New York on a journey to become a yoga teacher. I studied in a country I had never been to, with people I had never met, learning some more lessons and trusting the universe.

My long hiatus from blogging was spent soul searching for understanding, acceptance and balance. Something we can all always use a little teaspoon more of. Although I had signed up to become a yoga teacher in June 2015, by the time the class arrived, teaching was not my priority and that was fine. There were other things to figure out.

What I find to be amazing is that no matter how crazy your life can feel, the universe has a quick tendency to humble you and in doing so, reminding you that you’re here for a very specific yet mysterious reason.

This blog seems short considering I’ve been MIA for about two months but that’s life.

Wishing the best for all of you.

Talk soon.

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Elephant Pants

Pants for elephants? Well, yeah, kind of. They’re a real thing but they’re actually for you to buy in order to support the African Wildlife Foundation’s efforts to save elephants around the world. For every purchase (depending on the price of the purchase) they donate $1 or $4.

Their products are all covered in artistic designs which, naturally, are covered in elephants. So, if you’re an elephant lover like me, it’s a gold mine filled with harem pants, tapestries, shorts, rompers, jewelry and more!

The business was created with the help of Kickstarter in October of 2014 by two elephant phans, Nathan and James. Nathan Coleman was inspired by pants he had purchased in Chiang Mai, Thailand during a visit in September 2013. With compassion for the decreasing population of elephants, the two decided to partner with the AWF’s Say No Campaign with the goal to end poaching.

 


About my purchase:

I bought the “Hattie” pants. They have a high elastic waste, loose legs with pockets and elastic bottoms at the ankles similar to their other pant designs. Each pair has a story. Hattie was from New York City’s Central Park zoo. She was said to be, “the most intelligent of all elephants” so it only makes sense that her style warm and bright hues of orange, purple, teal, and tan. The design makes them comfortable and perfect for yoga. They won’t move around while you’re out adventuring or playing upside down.

The Hattie pants are $25 but I used a code from an ambassador to save 15% use the discount code: KristenL
Also, receive free shipping for purchases over $75!

That’s a good buy. 😉

Adventures in Trusting the Universe

One serendipitous encounter. A conversation with a stranger. A teaspoon of bravery. A dash of trust in the universe and one big, daring adventure.

That’s how I started my career.

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Via.

Over the past few years I’ve been focusing on listening to my gut. I’ve made mistakes, moved 4 times, bought the ticket, took the ride. I tried everything, even seafood.

There were a lot of opportunities that didn’t fit into my puzzle and there were a lot of questions in my mind as to why. Fortunately, even more than either of those voices in my head were goals I couldn’t quit chasing.

I met my current boss while I was waiting tables this past August. I wasn’t supposed to. He wasn’t supposed to be put in my section, but, for some reason that we were soon to understand, there he was with a long time friend laughing and chatting up a storm.

We all started talking. It turned out that I was an intern for some friends of theirs the previous summer. I told them what I do now, this blog and my children’s book. My experience seemed to fit this project he hoped to launch so perfectly, but, my soon-to-be-boss had barely any details to give me about this business he was working on.

The New Yorker in me doubted it all terribly but something in me said, “Trust.” So, I did.

Soon after I received a phone call from his employee (1 of 2) and a few assignments. As a freelancer, it’s easy to trust the wrong person and get burned. There is always the concern of someone stealing your work, or even worse, your money or identity.

A month later, I was invited to be flown to New Orleans, Louisiana. Again that New York girl said, “Oh no, ohhh no. Not a good idea! You’re going to become the lead role in Taken 3.”

Again, “Trust. Something big is working underneath the surface.”

Flying over 9 states to my biggest adventure yet, my parents were doing their best to not completely freak out. I met my boss for the first time since the summer night when I was simply some girl serving him swordfish in upstate New York.

Everything went exactly as promised, which, may or may not have been the first time in my traveling history. We went to all of the best restaurants. We reviewed the project, designed the logo and created a plan for the future.

I pinched myself once every ten minutes.

This is the product of opening your heart to all of life’s greatest possibilities. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s terrifying, but, “What you seek is seeking you,” as said by Rumi. It’s your job to keep your heart and mind open to these blessings that are working to find you.

This is how I’m starting my career as a full-time writer. A serendipitous encounter. A splash of intuition and a whole hell of a lot of trust that the universe has worked its magic.

“A bigger house, a happier wife”

It was weird this morning, getting out for a run that my body really needed after a long absence. A new neighbor is building his home on Saratoga lake and he’s facetiously singing, “We’ll drink lots of beer and build a bench over here, what a great life, a bigger house and a happier wife.”

How can you not laugh at that? We all want bigger and better. We want what’s new and improved in the belief it will improve us by association.

I’ve been living in a Harry Potter closet for over a year. It’s a make-shift room that everyone walks through to get to the washing machine. My bed is the laundry table and there’s a food cabinet in my bedroom that once was our house’s storage room. I can’t even close my door all the way because it’s broken and I get locked in. When my dogs come in and lay on the floor, I literally can’t leave until they do.

Honestly, I secretly love to hate it and hate to love it. I remind myself how blessed I am to have a home, but, naturally, I sometimes find myself thinking, “If I had my own place, my own room, my own office, I would write, practice, dance, cook, do everything more.”

Would I though? Would my situation change my habits? Not at all.

We should all revel in our lives’ bits of chaos. Go a little crazy. Learn to love more of life with less. We should always remind ourselves that don’t need lots of money or space or new things. We need self-efface and sufficiency because one day it can all be taken away and to be honest, one day it will.

Make a home in your happiness.
xo

Alima Pure

If you’re a lover of natural beauty, you’re going to love this.

Alima is a makeup brand that focuses on using the least ingredients with the highest quality. Their pure products are never tested on animals and their packaging is created with eco-friendly soy based inks and 100% recycled paper.

“Our makeup is crafted to help every woman present her best self to the world with confidence. Women everywhere living their lives to the fullest, achieving their goals, making a difference; that is beauty at its most beautiful.” – Alima Pure

Their message is good and their products are better. I have been struggling with acne lately thanks to a hormone pill I had to take for a week. I feel extremely uncomfortable in my own skin while working where people are constantly looking at it, but, my Alima products really make a difference.

When I need to, I can cover up my blemishes without the stress of clogging my pores. I know the products only contain basic minerals and these cruelty free products bring out the best in my face and my investments. I really feel naturally beautiful even on the days that I’ve needed a little extra foundation. It gives my skin a nice glow and feels like a healthy enhancement rather than a caked on mask.

  • 1x Luminous Shimmer Blush – Rosa / Sample for $1.75 each
  • 1x Concealer – Sand / Full for $14.00 each
  • 1x Satin Matte Foundation Samples – Cool 1 for $1.75 each

(Images sent in my confirmation email)

My purchasing process went very smooth, which is exactly what I felt when I put of my Alima foundation for the first time.

Make up can be hard to order online and that fact is taken into account. Samples of all products are offered at the low cost of $1.75 and they are an amazing value! The only full product that I purchased was my foundation, which was just $14.

I also received an additional product of which I am unsure of, but, like they say, if it’s free, it’s for me! I believe my additional green beauty treat is one of their new eye shadows and I am very happy they sent it. It looks too dark for my taste and is definitely not something I would pick out for myself by any means, but, it goes on so lite and effortlessly that I can actually see myself wearing it.

Overall, I’m extremely happy to add these products to my makeup basket. I feel like my skin can breath but it’s also glowing and looks natural. Obsession can’t quite cover it. Thanks Alima! xo

My Makeup Remover Comes from Coconuts

Coconut oil has a ridiculously long list of uses. I mean the list is like Ted’s narration in “How I Met Your Mother.” I could make this quick and easy by telling you that I use coconut oil for everything, I mean, ev-ery-thing. No joke, but, I prefer making this into 9 seasons.

1. Buy coconut oil. You can find it in nearly any food store. You can spend anything between $5-25. It’s whatever you prefer.

2. Bring it home.

3. Have makeup on your face. Waterproof, thick or tough to take off? No problem. Coconut oil breaks up and releases makeup from your skin from and lashes.

4. Rub some coconut oil between your hands to melt it a little before putting it on your face.

5. SOFT SKIN. Yes, now you’re getting it. Not only is this an affordable but it’s a great moisturizer for your face and especially for the delicate skin beneath your eyes.

6. Use a cotton ball to wipe off your makeup.

7. Be amazed.

8. Give yourself a high five.

9. Leave a comment about how much you love coconut oil and your favorite way to use it.

x

MY ZuVi PANTS ARE HERE!

WOOH! Finally. My Sail Away pants arrived yesterday.

I viewed my tracking to see what had happened within the 16 days it took for this purchase to actually reach me. They were in “Pre-shipment” from August 7 – August 22. Once they were accepted at the USPS Origin Facility in Anaheim, California, the package only took 2 days to reach my doorstep in upstate New York. Needless to say, I’m disappointed with that 15 day period where my package just sat in Pre-shipment and my emails went unanswered.

Meanwhile, I emailed ZuVi twice and still have yet to hear back. So, ZuVi needs to work on their customer service. This was not a pleasant process.

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On the upside, I will say that I LOVE THESE PANTS. I was worried about their comfort due to the fact that they are made from plastic bottles, but WOW. These are some of the most comfortable clothes I have ever worn.

The clothing line takes yarn that was made from recycled plastic bottles and mixes it with spandex. The ratio is 16% spandex and 84% recycled PET.

I wore them to yoga this morning and they felt so weightless and so flexible that I barely remembered I was wearing anything at all. In addition, I received so many compliments already!

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There were also an free pare of Blue Crush Shorties which are sold in their store for $38 (same price as my Sail Away pants). I’m not sure if this was an addition due to the shipping problems or what, but, I’m not complaining.

All in all, I love my purchase because the pants are eco-friendly, comfortable and fashionable. They’re more expensive than I usually spend but definitely a great investment as I know I will wear them often.