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.

x

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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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

Why Does my Yoga Practice Hurt?

I recently met someone who just began their yoga journey. The goal he set for himself was to cure his back pain, something that so many of us deal with on an all too often basis.

When I began a few years ago, I did so for the similar reasons. I suffered from stress related back pains that caused knots and sharp pains. Often, I could hunch my shoulders forward just an inch or two and my back would crack itself. It was embarrassing being a college student with the spine of a senior citizen. I also had anxiety issues and fitness goals I wanted to work on and so, started my yoga journey.

Long story short, this friend of mine watched a YouTube video and felt he strained his back even more.

But yoga can heal anything and anyone! WHAT HAPPENED?

YouTube is great, you can learn everything from tying your shoes to cooking dinner on there. But yoga, not always so great on there.

Why? You’re too distracted. You’re not connected with your body on a deep level because you’re too worried that the volume isn’t loud enough or that you’re not watching enough.

I saw him do a downward dog that tightened his neck because he was looking in every direction. Hips were off and so on and so forth. It’s not about perfection. Yoga is freedom and connection.

Yoga is based on meditation, flowing through a vinyasa flow without straining your body or mind. The goal is nirvana. I highly suggest attending a class for beginners. Your computer can teach you poses to take you there but, truthfully, only you can take yourself there. Relax. Breath. Flow.

Read it or study it but don’t bring your laptop to your mat. In fact close your laptop, let your mind wander. Explore. Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy.

Namaste
xo

Post Workout Kale Challenge

  
I am making progress in liking kale. About a third of this smoothie is kale and I drank it all! Sorry, puppies can’t have any. 😋

I used my favorite protein shake, EAS AdvantagEdge, chocolate fudge.

  

  • Add one EAS drink.
  • One large scoop of Cabot Greek Vanilla Bean yogurt.
  • Two handfuls of Italian Mix Kale.
  • A handful of blueberries.
  • Some ice cubes.
  • Blend it up & serve!

This smoothie has a nice balance of sweetness and a touch of tartness. It’s a great pick-me-up because of those two tastes. 

I love EAS because their drinks are delicious, nutritious and don’t make me feel bloated. I highly recommend them.
Have a good day everyone!

Back to Health & Sanity (Sort of)

I’m finally feeling back to normal after two weeks of being sicker than a dog. Nose running, coughing like a beast (in summer, gross!) and all the while moving back to Saratoga, job hunting, working on writing related projects (planning events for my children’s book this summer!) and traveling between Saratoga and Long Island once a week.

So, with nothing to do for 3 days, I’m working on learning to like kale.


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Yes, I said it. Give me all the rabbit food. I’ll give you some recipes and update you on the food challenge and hopefully, you have some suggestions or recipe ideas to add to my diet!

Also, since I am no longer congested, I can get back to exercising like an animal rather than the expressive form of one.

This morning, I walked down to the lake and went kayaking.

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Then I did an ab workout, which means, I’m feeling PRETTY GOOD

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and also that I will be back to writing about those good vibe lifestyle trends shortly.

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