motivation mondays: week 27
hey everyone! i hope you all had a great weekend are feeling rejuvenated and ready for the first full week of spring [even though it still feels like winter… minor details]. spring is a time of the year [along with the actual new year] that just feels appropriate for new beginnings. it’s not called “spring cleaning” for just any reason right? after months [and months… and months] of staying inside and hibernating to avoid the cold, spring is the perfect time to get into a new routine, start working out again and maybe even re-evaluate where you are with everything in your life and start figuring out what the next step is. and with that, comes today’s motivation mondays!
the first step in starting anything new… a workout regimen, a clean eating plan, a career or job, a move to a new city or state [or country], a hobby, a project, a relationship… is letting all the sh*t that you’re carrying around with you from the past go. it can be pretty freakin’ hard to start something new in the first place, but bringing along baggage from our past only makes it harder. just because you tried losing 10 pounds and failed before, doesn’t mean you will fail this time, so stop thinking that way! last attempt at dating didn’t go so well? who cares?! let that sh*t go and start with a clean slate.
there’s nothing we can do to change the past. we can certainly learn from it, but trying to project past situations onto what’s happening now will only get you so far and in many cases, will end up holding you back rather than helping you move forward.
nn honor of spring, set some goals. clean your apartment. do a cleanse. get moving again. and let whatever it is that you’re carrying around with you go. you’ll be amazed at how much ease letting go brings to your life and how much easier it will be to move forward when you aren’t being held back by sh*t that you can’t change. if you have to take it one step at a time – do it! start by letting go of the clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in six months. clean your apartment. go for a run one day a week. re-vamp your refrigerator and cupboards with high quality, whole foods so that eating healthy will be easier. it all has to start somewhere, and letting go is as good a place as any to begin.
start your week off with some fun stuff…
1) last week, an article of mine was published on elite daily… this is one of my favorite websites that i read literally every single day, so to have an article on their site is pretty exciting… hopefully you’ll be seeing more from me on elite daily in the future!
2) speaking of spring and new habits, i often find that I’m much more motivated to get moving when i have cute clothes to get moving in. i’m now an ambassador for altar ego apparel and if you use the code bandb15 you can save 15% on any purchase! happy shopping!
3) and finally, my main man jon stewart keepin’ it real about the food industry. i love him more every day.
what are you going to let go of this season so that you can spring forward towards your goals? [see what i did there?]
image courtesy of slightly distressed damsel
motivation mondays: week 26
the minor quarter-life crisis i feel like i’ve been going through over the past month or so is finally winding down. i’m starting to feel the anxiety i’ve been having over various things leaving my body and my brain is starting to slow down a little bit.
i think that part of the reason this is happening is because last week i sort of gave myself permission to just kind of let go. i realized that i desperately needed to stop worrying about making major decisions right this second, breathe and just focus on the present, do what i have to do and let the answers come when they want to. i tend to put a lot of pressure on myself in basically every situation i find myself in, so the act of letting go can be difficult for me, but i’m definitely getting better at it… i’m sure i can thank yoga teacher training in part for this!
as much as i have talked about listening to yourself, following your gut and not putting things off, i do think that you have to find the balance between listening to yourself and moving forward but not pressuring something to happen right now. things take time to work themselves out and i’m a big believer in the universe aligning the way it’s supposed to when it’s supposed to.
no matter what you’re up to, what you have planned, what you’re dealing with or going through, don’t forget that this is it. right now is all you have. we aren’t guaranteed next week, next month, next year [and i mean this in a totally non-morbid way], so we should prioritize living in the moment over anything else. this doesn’t mean you should become complacent or sit around waiting for something to happen… go out there and make it happen for yourself, but at the same time, if you’re unsure or things are just not clear right now, don’t pressure yourself and destroy the now with worrying about what you’re next move is. there is a fine line between not giving a sh*t about anything and having too much control. you want to be moving forward, but not at the expense of losing sight of what’s most important… and what’s most important is right now.
if you have something you’re struggling with, something that’s bugging the sh*t out of you that you can’t seem to make a decision about, give yourself permission to just let it effing go for a day, a week, whatever you need. stop pressuring yourself to have everything figured out. you’ll never have everything figured out and sometimes not thinking about things is the best way to get clear about what you want.
links for the week!
1) i loved this list of “48 things i know for sure”. so accurate.
2) athleta released their list of the 100 most inspiring women in health and wellness. it’s safe to say that i admire a large percentage of the ladies on this list.
3) and you know… just some #justiceforbrowneyes… because they seriously aren’t given enough credit, like, ever.
have an amazing week everyone… what are you going to let go of?
image courtesy of raquel alexandra
the yoga diaries: pt. iii
as of this week, i’m in the final three weeks of yoga teacher training. we’re down to just a few days at this point… and i’m kinda freaking out! t the beginning, 12 weeks sounded like an eternity and now, i’m not ready for it to be over.
spending my weekends immersed in the physical and philosophical practice of yoga has quickly become a part of my routine. it happened so organically and naturally that i’m not even sure how i was spending my time before this. it wasn’t as difficult to fit into my schedule as i thought it would be… i’m not exhausted [well, i’m not exhausted most of the time], i’m still able to do just about everything that I want to do… it seems like i’ve only enhanced my life and elevated my sense of being… definitely an unexpected [but welcome!] benefit of this entire process.
i realized exactly how much this has become a part of my life when i was away and missed training while in miami. yoga has been a huge part of my life for quite some time now, but teacher training has taken it to a new level. it felt weird to be out of my routine. i needed some down time and the opportunity to let loose desperately, but it also showed me how much i also need yoga in my life. i’ve benefited from it in so many ways over the past several years and it continues to change my life in ways i could never have imagined back when i showed up to my first yoga class six/seven years ago.
training has been pretty transformational for me. and not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. i knew heading into this that my life was going to change, but i wasn’t exactly sure how. i walked into the studio on january 10th with an open mind and just have kind of let things come and go and manifest themselves on their own. i honestly haven’t had much time to think too in depth about much of anything else, so that mindset has definitely helped me make it through this entire process. i’ve been trying to listen to my gut a lot more and act on feelings rather than thoughts. our brain can sometimes talk us out of going with our feelings, using ration to talk us into or out of something. while making smart decisions is something we need to do, when our mind overpowers our gut it can lead us into sticky situations.
having a weekend off and not practicing yoga while i was away kind of sent me into a tailspin. all of these things that have been in the back of my mind decided to all of a sudden show up front and center. i have so many things that i want to do, but making the decision to go forward with them isn’t exactly easy and i’ve been struggling with that a bit. i’m trying really hard to listen to my gut. i want to make the right decision, but when i try to look ahead… i worry about the “what ifs”… and there are so many of them!
at this point, i’m telling myself “one thing at a time”. i don’t have to make any major, life-altering decisions today, tomorrow or even next week, and i’m just going to continue to try to let everything flow, let the answers come to me when they’re ready to. that’s really all i can do for now.
before i sign off, i wanted to let everyone know that between now and graduation [march 29th], i’m offering free yoga classes to anyone who might be interested. all levels, all class sizes. so, if you’re in the new york area and wanna do some yoga, send me an email [email@example.com] and let’s figure something out!
motivation mondays: week 25
wow. i can’t believe i’ve already been back from miami for a week… it’s honestly taken me much longer to get back on track with my routine than i expected, but after the weekend i’m feeling focused, rested and almost back to what i consider “normal”. i got back to my yoga mat [this really turned around my week], saw the theory of everything [quite the emotional roller coaster] and had dinner with a friend at peacefood café [so effing good]. i feasted on the grilled oyster mushrooms served over parnship paté, chickpeas and a bed of kale [pictured here] and for dessert we went h.a.m. on the raw cashew cream cheesecake… seriously, un. real. the service was fast and friendly and the tea list is also worth mentioning… i had the tibetan tiger tea in an effort to fuel my recent india withdrawals. add this place to your “list” immediately.
last week, i talked about change and how taking a chance on anything can be difficult, but that ultimately we have the choice to make it… whatever that is for you… happen. today, for the 25th installment of motivation mondays, i only want to remind you of one thing:
if you feel lost, like you’re on the brink of a breakdown, confused or unsure if the decisions you’ve made/want to make are the right ones, just remember that your soul is rooting for you. it doesn’t matter what the chatter in your brain is telling you or what other people think of what you’re doing. all that matters is that it makes you…y our soul… feel good.
your soul, your gut, your intuition… whatever you wanna call it… is always on your side. there’s a reason we get “gut feelings” and that’s because sometimes our brain is trying to make the logical decision for us… the safe decision. when your gut is telling you something different than your brain, listen to it. it’s usually right.
a few more inspirational things for today:
1) this list of motivational quotes via buzzfeed was great for getting my butt off the couch and back to the gym this week.
2) a great reminder that love is love. I’ve seriously watched this video 10 times since i first came across it.
3) last year, i traveled to India in march to celebrate holi in mathura. it was such an amazing experience that i hope to relive some day in the future. these images from holi 2015 are igniting some serious #fomo.
coming up this week: a new recipe on wednesday and the third part of the yoga diaries series on friday… can’t wait to share more about my journey [which is quickly coming to end!] with you all.
what are your plans?!
image courtesy of women’s health
i know that “motivation tuesday” doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it as “motivation mondays” does, but i’m improvising this week! i was in miami over the weekend sans laptop and my flight home was cancelled due to the snow that came through new york again [and yes, i’m beyond over it]. i’m a day behind this week, but absolutely not complaining. i’ll take an extra day in the sun over this cold any time.
i had a great weekend in south beach and it was so nice to escape the cold and do basically nothing aside from eating, drinking and lounging by the pool/at the beach for three days… that’s a lifestyle i could definitely get used to! i’ll fill you guys in tomorrow on all of the amazing meals i ate with a “what i ate wednesday” post, but for now… let’s get to motivation [monday] tuesday!
this is something that hits pretty close to home for me. do you ever have thoughts about things you would love to do or try, but the confusion around how to make it happen just freaks you out, so instead of trying you just stay comfortable, living your day-to-day life, going through the motions and justifying it because going after what you want is too scary and might not work out? i can certainly answer “yes” to that question.
but the thing is, staying comfortable and deciding to not take chances doesn’t get you anywhere. it only keeps you where you’re at. If that’s what you want, great! but if you know… if you feel like there is something more out there for you… you have to make the choice to take a chance so that the change can happen. it might not be easy, you might have to struggle at first, but guess what? struggle creates interesting people and there is no better way to grow as a person and figure out what you want in life than to take chances and work your ass off to make sh*t happen.
starting this blog was a leap of faith for me. it was something i had wanted to do for a while, but it’s scary to put yourself out there because you never know how other people will react. i’m so happy i did it. this blog has become my outlet and at the end of the day, the opinions of others are just background noise.
if there’s something you want to do, go after it. don’t sit around and wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. they won’t. you’ll never know what could have happened unless you try and you don’t want to ever look back and wonder “what if?”
some things keeping me going on this “monday” …
1) wanderlust inspiring lists.
2) today’s louise hay daily affirmation…. kind of appropriate, right?
3) food52. because who doesn’t need some cooking inspiration?
i hope you have an amazing week… what will you decide to take a chance on?
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