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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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.

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.

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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.

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
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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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Lush Cosmetics Against Animal Testing

My best friend gave me these soaps and cosmetics for my birthday this year. It’s safe to say she knows me pretty well! Not only do these cosmetics smell and feel amazing but they also stand up for an extraordinary cause for those without a voice of their own.

Lush is a company that was built on the promise to not test any of their cosmetics on animals. They also refuse to buy ingredients from companies that test anything on animals.

“The reasons for this: One is we don’t believe that animal testing ensures safety. So, we want to think of other things when it comes to safety – other ways of testing,” says Lush Co-Founder, Mark Constantine, “The other one is simply compassion.”

Their policy has been a challenge to uphold. Distributors often change their testing habits, which then result in Lush not being able to use any ingredients from those companies.

It’s not simply a matter of finding ingredients or not. The cosmetic company fights animal testing in other ways such as getting customers involved in signing petitions in hopes to make a difference and save lives of animals.