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.

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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The Road to Heart Health Doesn’t Have to be Boring

Although we are often inspired to exercise for the bodies we have now, it’s important to remember that we don’t get to trade in what we have now for what we get later on in life.

Consistent exercise reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and other health issues later in life but sometimes it’s hard to stay interested in a workout routine. The following is a list of activities that may stray from your usual routine but are great for your heart’s health.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Calisthenics
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hot Yoga
  • Jump Rope
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Skating
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Weight Lifting

Put your heart into your workout! There is a great long list provided by Joseph C. Piscatella in his book, “Road to a Healthy Heart” that is sure to ad some fun to your journey.

Hometown Hero Saves Neighbors and Agrees, All Lives Matter

I recently found this article about a house fire in my hometown. It’s not just about a good Samaritan saving his neighbors from danger.

Race crisis are swarming our news feeds and people are stricken with fear for their safety. I don’t say much about it because truthfully I’m ashamed that we see color and let it blind us. This story is incredibly Relephant at this time in our country.

Thomas Earl heard the cries for help from his neighbor, James Donnoly and thought of nothing but how to help save the man’s wife who was trapped inside.

“It’s something that everyone should do.” said Earl, “If you see someone in trouble, you go help. I don’t care if they’re white, black, purple, I don’t care, if someone is in need, you help.

Skin Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate

Black, white, Latino or Asian, skin cancer only cares that you have skin, not what color it is. Skin cancer does not discriminate. Did you know Bob Marley lost his battle to skin cancer?

I had just turned 18 when I was diagnosed with Melanoma, which is one of the hardest types of skin cancer to treat. Melanoma poses a risk of moving quickly through the skin and into the blood.

What has saved my life time and time again is knowledge.

That’s why I feel so strongly about sharing this with you today. I want you to feel protected with your knowledge and use that to battle Skin cancer and other threats to your health.

You only get one life and one body. Be kind to it. Wear sunscreen. See a dermatologist every year. Take care.

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More Exercise, Less Wrinkles!

Do you ever look at those grey haired women who otherwise look ageless and wonder, “How the f..?” Science! Bam! Hard work! Yes, of course genetics and whether or not that woman smoked in her life also play a large part but, let’s talk about why exercise keeps away wrinkles.

Studies performed by McMaster University discover that exercising 3 times a week can result in better brain function, healthier organs, stronger muscles and of course, more vibrant skin. The experiments that resulted in these findings were conducted after monitoring a similar test on mice.

The results in adults over the age of 40 who continually exercised throughout their lives had thicker dermis layer and a thinner, healthier stratum corneum, which assists in fighting off infections and dehydration.

So, if that’s not motivation enough, let’s break this down. If you dedicate 1 hour 3 out of 7 days of your week, you’ll not only feel better but also look better, and not just for bikini season but for the rest of your life. That’s only 3 hours out of 168 and you can spend it jogging, cycling, weight lifting, whatever suits you!

Alright, go on now!