motivation mondays: better late than never
this has happened before, and honestly, sometimes it’s just really necessary to let life throw the unexpected at you and just go with the flow. i was in boston over the weekend visiting a friend and ended up staying an extra day, so motivation mondays didn’t happen on schedule and you know what? i’m okay with that. i got to spend an extra day with one of my nearest and dearest friends [did i really just say that?] and experience “marathon monday” in boston. #worthit
i’ll do a little boston recap later, but for now, motivation mondays… it’s really better late than never, right?
i really love this. just ask yourself this: how many times have you decided to not do something, not because of what other people thought or said, but because of what you thought, what you told yourself you couldn’t do? if you’re anything like me, probably quite a few times.
this quote can literally be applied to any aspect of your life. work, relationships, hobbies, dreams, goals, oh, and i don’t know… your health and wellness? where are you holding yourself back? where are you downplaying what you want because you think you can’t have it, can’t do it, it’s unrealistic?
it’s bad enough that we sometimes have friends, co-workers and family members telling us we’re being crazy, that our ideas are too far out there, that our dreams and goals aren’t realistic. the very last thing we need is to be getting this same attitude from ourselves, our own inner dialogue. quite often, even if we have a supportive team of people surrounding us, we’re our own worst critic. all of the encouragement in the world can only go so far if we’re telling ourselves we can’t do something.
we need to get out of our own way. stop telling ourselves that we can’t do it. even if the only reason you have for wanting something is “because i want to”… guess what? that’s good enough.
[and this is all within reason, of course. and i still strongly encourage you to use your judgement. don’t make bad decisions just because you feel like it or anything like that. but i think you all have a pretty good idea what i mean with this whole thing.]
links to start the week [or continue it]:
1) i mean, obviously.
2) because dogs.
3) i loved this little post on the impact of a positive response. sometimes attitude is the most important thing.
have an amazing week… see you tomorrow with a what i ate wednesday post… boston edition!
when are you going to get out of your own way and just effing go for it?
image courtesy of ella frances sanders
motivation mondays: week 30
good morning! how was your weekend? we had gorgeous weather here in new york which [as always] elevated my mood to new levels. it’s so much easier for me to get up and out of bed on the weekends to workout, meet up with friends and just generally be productive when it’s warm and sunny. i’m really, really hoping that the winter weather is behind us and we can just look forward to only nicer and nicer weather from here on out. i hope that wherever you are, the weather is working in your favor, as well!
lately, i’ve been talking a lot about change on the blog and how sometimes you just need to know when it’s time to let go of things that aren’t working for you anymore and move on, take the leap and see what happens. and while i totally believe this to be true, i can’t help but tell myself “easier said than done”… right?
well, yes and no. of course making big decisions is hard. It’s scary. we don’t know how it’s going to end up. it could end up being the wrong decision, but it could also end up being the right decision, the best decision you have ever made. and, even if it doesn’t, this motivation mondays post is going to put it all into perspective for us:
correct me if i’m wrong, but i think this is a pretty simple concept. wouldn’t you rather know that something wasn’t the right decision than wonder what might have happened? at least failing at something means that you tried. you can’t fail if you don’t try, but i almost see not trying and never knowing as a bigger failure than trying and having something not work out. don’t you?
links to make this monday morning a little more bearable…
1) BEST NEWS IN A LONG TIME. LET’S F*CKING GO.
2) i love lena dunham for many reasons. mainly being because homegirl doesn’t give a f*ck what people think about her and isn’t afraid to be honest with the world about what she’s doing and why she’s doing it. in a society so plagued by superficial things like appearance and weight, i thought this was a great reminder of the mental benefits of exercise, which don’t often get talked about.
3) last but not least… a few weeks ago, a family friend’s dog was hit by a speeding car and required emergency surgery for broken legs and dislocated hips, among other things. she’s doing great, but their vet bills are over $15,000. a friend of theirs started a gofundme to help them offset some of the costs. if you can donate, every little bit helps.
have an amazing week everyone… what’s on the agenda?!
image courtesy of but first, coffee
motivation mondays: week 29
so… mondays are definitely a little easier when the weather is seasonally appropriate… amiright?! loving that this morning I was able to leave my apartment in a spring jacket and scarf… i think the parka and winter clothes are ready to be retired. i know i’m ready for sandals, dresses, shorts and t-shirts… which might all still be a little ways off in the distance, but at least i feel like we’re getting closer!
a friend of mine sent me this quote last week and it was just too perfect. i knew immediately that i was going to use it for this week’s motivation mondays post… leave it to louise hay to drop some serious truthbombs.
this one really resonated with me and it’s so simple and so obvious that i can’t believe it was the first time i had ever heard it. or maybe i had heard it before, but wasn’t in a place where i was able to accept it and make it a part of my mentality.
i’ve spent years and years being hard on myself, scrutinizing myself in ways that i would never, in a million years, scrutinize my family or friends… or anyone for that matter really. i think we all do it, at least from time to time. and why? what’s the purpose of it? it’s not helpful, it makes you feel like sh*t and most likely is only digging you further into the hole you’re looking to get out of. not only that, but talking sh*t about yourself around other people gives them permission to talk sh*t about themselves. so often i find myself in the middle of conversations where everyone is just bashing themselves and it’s terrible. it just allows the vicious cycle to continue.
i saw this video made by dove a couple of weeks ago, and this little “experiment” was an eye opener for me. take a look:
i mean… it brings up an interesting question… would you ever say some of the things you say to yourself to your friends? your mom? your sister? you’re frenemies even? i don’t think so. so what makes it okay to say these things to yourself?
take some time this week to really pay attention to your thoughts and how many negative, hurtful things you say to/about yourself on a daily basis. write them down if you have to.
maybe, if we change the way we think about and talk to ourselves, the way we see ourselves will start to change and the progress we’re looking for will start to come a little bit easier. what do you have to lose? again, it’s not like criticizing yourself has gotten you anywhere anyways.
links to some good stuff for this week:
1) it might be the day after easter, but this was just too good.
2) this buzzfeed quiz kinda goes with today’s motivation mondays theme. what kind of beautiful are you?
3) last but not least, if you’re not signed up for my weekly newsletter, i would recommend changing that a$ap. i’m going to be offering something really special to all of my subscribers this week and if you want to get in on it, i would highly suggest subscribing right here!
have an amazing week… and stop being so hard on yourself! i’m going to make an effort to do it myself, so let me know what happens when you stop sh*t talking yourself… i promise it will be only good things!
image courtesy of invoking joy
motivation mondays: week 28
yesterday was my last day of yoga teacher training. talk about bittersweet. i woke up this morning feeling a little weird. not sure what comes next, not sure what i’m going to do with all of this extra time, not sure what my yoga practice will look like now. motivation mondays is something i started as a way to keep all of you [and myself!] inspired to always stay positive and look at the bright side each week. i’m definitely in need of this today, and this quote really did it for me:
even though I’m pretty effing sad, i’m ready to see what happens next. so many times what we view as an end is really just the beginning of something new… maybe even something better than what came before it. i’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I keep a positive spin on this… pratipaksha bhavanam in action… right, yogis?!
a few [other] things:
1) attention new yorkers: eat at egg shop. immediately.
2) i loved this article from zosia mamet on glamour.com about why you don’t have to be the c.e.o. of a multi-million dollar company to be considered successful. you define your own success.
3) i was published on thought catalog last week. if you haven’t seen my article yet, check it out!
have an amazing week… also… is it spring yet?
image courtesy of free people blog
the yoga diaries: pt. iv
well, this is it. my final weekend of yoga teacher training is here! tomorrow, i will take my final exam and teach my final pose to my classmates, and sunday, we’ll be celebrating with yoga, food and champagne… and probably a beer or two, as well… because we seriously all deserve it at this point. i’ve even purchased a new outfit for the occasion… because why wouldn’t i?
i’ve spent the last 12 weeks with some pretty incredible people. i couldn’t have asked for more inspirational and amazing teachers to learn from or have been a part of a more caring, open, honest and just generally effing awesome group of people to go through this training with. yoga teacher training has been something I have wanted to do for several years now, and i used to feel like i was losing out by not having the time for it rightthissecond… i sort of felt like i was putting off where i was headed/what i was doing with my life. looking back, i feel like there’s a reason this whole group was brought together and i owe the universe a major thank you for making sure i was too busy to commit to this until now.
as this 12 weeks wraps up, i’m feeling a couple of different ways. first and foremost, i’m nervous for the final exams… but i’m also pretty confident that we’re all gonna absolutely kill it. i’m beyond ready to have a weekend to myself. i love yoga and everything… but a girl needs a break every so often! i’m excited to be able to start auditioning for teaching positions so i can spread the yoga love and see where this takes me, but I’m also pretty sad to not have this happy, safe place to go to every weekend. on top of all that, i’m seriously confused about what i’m going to do with all of my free time! this has become my routine… a routine i’ve seriously loved… and it’s going to take some serious getting used to not being in it.
one the first day of training, our teachers asked all of us to set a sankulpa, which means “intention” in sanskrit, for the training. my sankulpa has been to be okay with where i am. let go of where i think i should be or where i am in comparison to anyone else. while this started as a teacher training specific intention, i’ve made an effort to apply this to all aspects of my life. and i’m so happy that i did.
i’m feeling like a new person these days. i’m more confident. i’m nicer to myself. i don’t feel as if i need to be in control of every aspect of my life or have every little detail figured out, and i do feel more comfortable going with the flow. while i would never have considered myself an uptight control freak, i do have some type a tendencies that show up here and there. i’ve always been an over-thinker and i’ve slowly learned that there is just no point in going through life fighting with myself to try to reach a certain outcome or make decisions immediately. i’m learning to be perfectly happy with the now, and i think half the fun in life comes from the unknown… not knowing what’s next… going with the flow… and being fully present in the moment.
a lot of people might appear to have it all together. even more people pretend to have it all figured out. and yes, some people do have every aspect of the next 10 years of their lives mapped out to a tee, but honestly, to me, that just seems kinda boring and quite frankly, a little bit sad. who knows what could happen tomorrow? next week? next year? no one.
with all of that being said, i’ve also found a new sense of motivation and with all of the free time i’ll have very, very soon, i’m ready to start putting some of the ideas that have been swirling around in my head into action [but not after a week or so of a little vino, netflix and brunch… god i’ve missed brunch… first]. i have a few trips planned in the coming months [weekends in philly, boston and l.a.], my birthday is at the beginning of may and in june, i’m off to australia [!!!!!!!] for a couple of weeks, so i do have a lot to look forward to. i’m promising myself that i will make an honest effort to remain present enough to enjoy life in the moment, while still having all of these fun things on the horizon.
originally, this series was supposed to last for the duration of my teacher training. one thing i have learned is that going through this training is only the beginning. i will forever be a student of this whole yoga thing, so the yoga diaries will continue. and i also want to continue writing these posts because i’ve really loved translating the yoga philosophies into my own words, applying them to my life and sharing them here.
so, until next time… namaste!
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