motivation mondays: week 34
greetings from broome! [literally cannot believe i’m able to say that!] i hope you had an amazing weekend and are ready for a new week and up for a new motivation mondays challenge to propel you in the direction of living your healthiest, happiest, most balanced life imaginable.
let’s get right to it today. if you’re a regular reader of bananas + bellinis, you’ve probably noticed a bit of a theme with the motivation mondays posts recently: change and going after what you want. it’s no coincidence, as i tend to focus these posts on things that i might be dealing with or quotes that really speak to me at the time i’m writing them up, and soon you’ll understand why the idea of change and listening to what your heart is telling you keep coming back up for me, week after week. i came across this quote and not only does it apply to my life at the moment, i thought it was perfect for a motivation mondays installment:
a lot of times we hold ourselves back from what we want to do because we’re worried about what other people are going to think of us. or if we do go after what we want, we feel like we owe everyone and their brother an explanation as to why we’re doing whatever it is that we’re doing. well, guess what? the only person you need to answer to is yourself. if you spend too much time worrying about what other people will think or justifying your decisions to other people who are casting judgement on you, you’ll miss out on the chance to really go for it. life is too short to worry about anyone but yourself, especially when it comes to deciding how you are going to go about living. forget about the haters. just do you. you’ll only regret listening to others and letting their opinions stop you from doing what you want to do. you’ll never regret listening to yourself.
some lovely little links for you this week…
1. this article has always been one of my favorites and considering my current geographical location, it’s a pretty appropriate time to share it here!
2. definitely going to need a few of these mugs.
3. i decided to really channel my inner hippie chick last weekend by treating myself to a pair of metallic silver birkenstocks sandals. i don’t even know myself anymore.
have a great week! check back on wednesday for another class review [this one is for my favorite group workout class in new york right now] and friday one of my favorite health and wellness gurus is guest posting here at bananas + bellinis, sharing her top tips for scoring the body of your dreams! also, follow me throughout australia for the next couple of weeks over on instagram, twitter, facebook + snapchat [username kelsey1988].
image courtesy of positive life quote
Motivation Mondays: Week 33
Wow, Monday again already!
It was so nice to have a weekend at home with nothing crazy going on..and the weather was essentially perfect so that’s always an added bonus. Friday night I celebrated my birthday with my friends here in New York since I was away for my actual birthday and had such an amazing time. I definitely drank a little more than I should have, but that’s kind of what birthdays are all about sometimes…okay, well like, all of the time in my case…hashtag balance.
And then, on both Saturday and Sunday, I did a group workout class, immediately followed by brunch with a couple of my favorite people in the entire world at two places in New York that you should definitely check out, Café Clover and Cookshop. Both have healthy options that are uniquely prepared, outdoor seating, nice low-key and trendy atmospheres and great service. Doesn’t get much better than that.
I wanted to take today’s Motivation Mondays installment to talk about change. Not in any specific capacity, but just in general. I think that most of us have things about ourselves, our lives, our current situations that we want to change. Some of the things we want to change might be totally out of our control, in which case, we just have to find a way to live them, but what about things that we do have the power to change? Are we always acting on them? Unfortunately, I think that quite often the answer to this question is a resounding “no”…why do you think that is?
Sometimes, maybe we’ve tried to change and failed. Maybe the way we approached it just wasn’t working for us, so we gave up. Or maybe we tried again after the first failure and then failed again, which made us feel even more discouraged than we did in the first place, so we just threw in the towel and forgot about it. Ever experienced this? I have. Not such a good feeling.
I also think that many of us aren’t making the decision to change because we’re waiting for something. Waiting to take a leap and go for what we want after something else happened. “I’ll be happy when I lose five pounds,” or “I’ll quit the job I hate after I’ve saved up X amount of money and figured out X Y and Z,” or “next week I’ll start working out and eating better, but like, for real this time“…get the picture?
So, here’s my question to you: if not now, when?
There will always be 1,000 reasons to not do something. Which seriously sucks…I know. But even if there is only one reason to do something…and even if that one single reason is because you effing want to…do it. Just do it. If you don’t do it now, you never will. Big changes, small changes, it doesn’t matter. If you want something, look past the excuses, the reasons you can’t and instead, look at the reasons you want to and go for it. Put it all together and go step by step. Take it one thing at a time. Even if you fail, you can always come up with a plan B and most importantly, you’ll at least know that you tried. You can always start over. But you can’t look back and change the past. The longer you wait, the harder the changes will be to make. Act now.
1. My second article for Thought Catalog was posted last week…it’s all about “thinspiration” and why it’s killing our confidence. I’m having so much fun contributing to other sites, and really appreciate all of the positive feedback I’ve gotten from you guys…it means the world to me!
2. This article has spoken to me since the first time I read it. I have it bookmarked and find that I go back to it regularly.
3. And this. Because dogs. And wine.
Have an amazing week! On the agenda this week: Wednesday I’ll do a mini [non-food] recap of my weekend in LA and Friday I have a little Memorial Day Weekend inspired cocktail recipe!
What will you be acting on now? Always remember that no step in the right direction is ever too small.
Photo courtesy of Type Everything
the yoga diaries: pt. v
it’s been quite a while [almost two months, if we wanna get technical] since i took some time to post here on the blog about my yoga “journey”… whatever that means. initially, the yoga diaries was intended to be a place for me to record and share my experience going through yoga teacher training, but as it came to a close, i knew i didn’t want to stop writing about yoga.
when it comes to yoga, the learning never ends and you will forever be a student to the practice, and with that knowledge, it didn’t really seem appropriate to end this series when teacher training ended. so, here we are!
immediately following my teacher training [i’m pretty sure i killed my final exams, by the way], i took a little hiatus from yoga… not on purpose or anything… remember, i love yoga… but i was so busy catching up on life that i didn’t make it to class for almost three weeks… and that was a big change! i spent some time with the friends i hadn’t gotten to see too much of, i slept in, i watched some Netflix, i went out and had a drink or two [which i hadn’t really done while training was going on], i took a few weekend trips… i hung out with my classmates from teacher training outside of the yoga stuido… you get the picture.
i almost felt guilty about it, but you know what? in all honestly, as much as i love yoga, i think my body needed a break after 12-weeks of the most intense practice of my life. it was also a good way to remind myself that yoga is not only a physical practice, but a guide for how you approach life… i feel like regardless of if i get to class or do a single asana in a day, i can still find ways to practice #yogaeverydamnday.
eventually, i made my way back to the studio, opened an unlimited monthly membership and got back to the mat. i’ve been consistent with my practice and can feel the difference in the way i move through each class, the way i push myself when i know i can handle it and the way i back off when i know i can’t.
i don’t even view yoga as a form of “working out” anymore… while it has basically always been the only form of physical activity that i truly enjoy, it’s so much more than that for me at this point. it calms and centers me, connects my thoughts and emotions to my physical body, serves as a spiritual practice [seriously, if yoga was a religion… ] and just makes me feel effing good.
my demeanor and outlook on life has definitely shifted, as well. i feel more confident, less stressed and just generally a little mentally calmer… a lot less brain chatter going on than i’m used to! i don’t dwell on things and have become much better about just letting sh*t go. i feel kind of unstoppable and as if i can do anything i want. i’m gearing up to make some big changes in my life and i honestly don’t know if i would have the courage to do it if i hadn’t gone through this training. i seriously have yoga to thank for so many things.
[my teachers gave me a postcard with this quote on it on the last day of training for a pretty specific reason. i look at it every. single. day. and it will always serve as a pretty special reminder to me… thank you dani and heather for always being so supportive… i love you guys!]
i’ve obviously noticed the changes in myself, but my friends and coworkers have told me they’ve sensed a shift in the way i carry myself, too… as if i seem lighter [not physically, but in an energetic way] and just more at ease. you know you’ve gone through a transformation when other people take notice… and it’s a pretty good feeling!
finally, i’m pretty excited to say that i’ve been teaching classes! i’ve taught a handful of small groups as well as some private sessions and it’s just so much fun. i’m feeling more and more comfortable with teaching each time i do it, and i think i’ll be confident enough to start going on auditions for teaching positions at some studios here in new york soon. the thought terrifies me but… i can do anything i want, right?!
before i sign off for the weekend, if you’re located in new york and want to do some yoga with your’s truly, please reach out! i can teach all levels in private, group or corporate settings and i‘m offering free sessions from now until the end of this month on a first come, first serve basis. if you’re interested in, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get something on the calendar!
enjoy your weekend… and go to yoga! namaste!
motivation mondays: week 32
wow. monday already?! groan.
i spent last week nursing a serious cold and even though i felt like i was super busy, i made the necessary adjustments to my schedule to really just focus on me and getting better. at the beginning of the week, i had my schedule booked before and after work every. single. day. i cancelled plans [which i hate doing] and listened to what my body was asking for… some serious r+r. i stayed in and went to bed before 10:30pm both friday and saturday nights [sometimes this is so nice to do even when you aren’t sick, just fyi… or maybe this is just my **almost** 27 year old self really growing into her age, who knows] and yesterday i did the 5 boro bike tour. so, i went from literally doing nothing all week to just casually riding a bike for 40 miles through all five boroughs of new york city… nbd.
i’ve known about the bike tour since i first moved to new york almost five years ago, but never signed up since, you know, i don’t even own an effing bike. this year, a few friends were talking about doing it, so i figured, “why not! i’ll figure out the bike thing later!” [this is such a me thing to do, by the way.] i scrambled to find a bike, but needless to say, it all worked out and we all successfully finished the tour [i wasn’t doing this to race or beat a time, i literally just wanted to be able to say i did it] and followed it up with some well-deserved mexican food and margaritas [naturally]. here i am pre-race [editor’s note: after picture not provided for good reason]!
needless to say, today i’m completely exhausted and feeling like i got run over by a truck, but it was a gorgeous day and i’ve been wanting to check this off of my new york bucket list for years… it was an experience i will never forget… and one that i will never subject myself to again.
so, motivation mondays! we meet again!
this one is pretty relevant to my life right now, especially considering how last week went for me. how often do you find yourself so booked up… between work, working out, meeting up with friends, running errands… that you don’t have more than maybe an hour each day to actually just relax and unwind? for me, this is what the past three months of my life have looked like, especially when yoga teacher training was a part of the equation.
last week, i came down with a cold, was forced to take a sick day, cancel most of the plans i had for the week and just chill the eff out. the idea and the actual act of doing this seriously stressed me out. the thought of going straight home from work with no plans almost every day of the week is such a foreign concept to me at this point that i really didn’t know what i was supposed to be doing with my time, but you know what? it felt damn good.
a lot of people, especially here in new york, define their importance and success on how busy they are. scheduling time to get dinner and drinks with a friend can take weeks when two schedules need to be worked around, and honestly, while i love being busy and having things to do and look forward to, last week taught me that putting some time aside for myself is not only okay, but necessary. i almost feel like i got sick in the first place because my body was trying to tell me to slow the eff down.
i want everyone to remember that it’s okay to not have 1,000 things to do all of the time. it doesn’t mean that you aren’t successful or that you’re failing, it just means that you respect yourself enough to say no and breathe every once in a while. make time for what’s really important and if you’ve scheduled something that you really could just do without, don’t do it. give it a try this week and let me know how it goes, i always love hearing from you guys!
and what would motivation mondays be without some links to get your week started?
1) i posted this article about taking the leap on facebook last week and wanted to share it here again because it was just. that. good.
2) i’ve got another post on living body wellness this week! need 5 quick ways to healthify your life? look no further!
3) and honestly, i spit my coffee all over the place when i saw this.
have an amazing week everyone! check back on wednesday for a healthy recipe you can whip up for dinner this week… and on friday bananas + bellinis will be coming to you from warm and sunny l.a.!
motivation mondays: week 31
okay! it’s a new week and i’m not as heavily scheduled as i was last week and hope to stay on track with everything i have planned… sorry for the late posts [or total lack of]… i tried my best and that is just all you can do sometimes, so i’m totally okay with it.
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so, i had one post all set to go for today, but after a comment i heard in passing this morning at the gym that really just enraged me, i decided to go a different route for motivation mondays this week. while i don’t typically use my blog as a platform for this kind of agenda, i feel like there is something we all need to be reminded of right now:
plain and simple. no one, and i mean no one, should ever have to be afraid of being who they are. it doesn’t matter what your religion is, what your skin color is, if you’re gay or straight or bisexual or if you identify with a gender that you physically are not… if you’re skinny or fat or if you fall into what society has told us is “beautiful” or not… i could keep going but I think you get my point… which is this: if you are a human being living on this earth and you are a good person who is doing their best to make it through life and be happy, you deserve love.
go out there and be yourself and accept others for who they are, too. hate doesn’t get anyone anywhere, but love conquers all. i think one time someone said “all you need is love”… i can’t remember who exactly, but i think they had a pretty good point.
just a few more things…
1) TEAM BRUCE FOR DAYS.
2) as a taurus [my birthday is in 2 weeks!] i have to say that basically all 10 of these things are true.
3) finally, did everyone see my post about the importance of nourishing your heart this spring on living body wellness? i’m excited to officially be a contributor, so keep checking back for more content from your’s truly over there!
enjoy your week, and please make an effort to be extra nice to every person you come in contact with today, tomorrow, this week, this month and every day, even if you aren’t having the best day/week/month/year. everyone is going through something, often fighting battles we can’t even begin to imagine, and the power of kind words, a smile and love can go farther than you realize.
p.s. this week, i’m sharing another one of my healthy lifestyle staples with you and reviewing another workout class i’ve been attending here and there… be sure to come visit again soon!
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