Sometimes. Ok that’s a lie MOST times I do too much. 100 different things and people on my to do list. I know I AM a super woman, but I don’t have to BE a super woman 24-7. It’s important to slow down and just fucking breathe.
Sometimes I feel bogged down. Juggling too many balls. Life gets in the way. I get in my own way. It’s hard. Running a business is hard. Having a job is hard. being a wife is hard. Life can be hard. You know what makes it easier, I mean, besides a personal assistant? Gratitude. And when you truly begin to practice gratitude life begins to unfold and blossom in amazing ways. You become the a powerful maker of your own destiny and a manifesting master.
For a long time, I was ungrateful resentful of my legal education. I felt only as if it were a ball and chain of debt, holding me back from what I really wanted to do. It took me a long time to let go of the resentment and just deal with it. Once the resentment was gone, I slowly became grateful. Grateful that I had the skills to assist my clients with filing LLCs, negotiating contracts, understanding liability. Now that I am grateful for my legal background, that aspect of my business is flourishing. I am continuing to help yoga teachers and studios in new, creative ways. It’s all part of the master design, but it didn’t fall together until I started practicing gratitude.
I believe in putting action behind your mantra. In the non-yoga world that’s called putting your money where your mouth is.
When I first started digging into yoga, reiki, the metaphysical, the law of attraction, abundance, manifestation and all the other new age goodness, I lost the type-a hustler in me. I had extreme faith in my ability to manifest anything I wanted into existence. I still do. For a little while I forgot I needed to get off my ass and hustle, I couldn’t just meditate + vision board abundance into existence.
Thank Goddess, I remembered.
Last summer, I attended the Business of Yoga Conference in DC sponsored by the Yoga Alliance. It’s a fantastic conference, I highly recommend it and I thoroughly enjoyed 90% of the sessions I attended. BUT the entire time I was there, I wanted to know why the F am I not on their presenters list? I certainly should have been.
The months leading up to the conference, when the RFP went out for speakers I was floating somewhere between lacking confidence and believing that someone would eventually see my brilliance, reach out to me and demand that I speak. So I meditated on it. I created a vision board around it. And I never submitted a response to their RFP. Guess what? No one came knocking down my door, demanding I deliver my brilliance to the eager yogis in DC.
Why? Because I sat on my meditation pillow. And when I got off my meditation pillow my hands were filled with magazine clippings and glue sticks (and more than likely a little sage). The most action I took was laying down my credit card to register for the conference.
It takes more than that. You have to dare to dream, but you also have to take measurable steps towards that dream. You have to set measurable goals and take steps towards achieving them. You have to…
There are a lot of yoga business coaches out there and more and more are launching every single day. With studios opening like Starbucks, can you blame them? We all have different experience. Different expertise. Their awesome sauce doesn’t taste quite like mine [side note: Kelis is now raging through my brain]. But in order for me to stand out, I not only have to differentiate, I have to HUSTLE.
So I hustled.
I would love for you to join me in LA at the 2014 Business of Yoga Conference sponsored by Yoga Alliance. I will be hosting a breakout session discussing The Affordable Care Act: Your Ticket to Abundance.
Yup. Everyday I’m hustlin.
This post rides on the coat tails of my goal setting series, when really it should have come first. You can’t achieve anything without dreaming of it first. Yous MUST dare to dream. Dreaming is where it all begins. The idea, the dream, the what if? The problem with adults is that we forget to dare to dream. We simply get caught up on doing. We NEED big fat juicy dreams.
What are your big fat juicy dreams? I’ll tell you mine, if you tell me yours. Tell me in the comments below or head over to Facebook.
Yup, the hiatus is over. It’s time for In Yo Face Friday.
Today I want to talk about owning it. Owning who you are and what you do with every ounce of your being. Stop shying away from your perceived flaws. For a long time, the yogini in me was ashamed of the lawyer in me. I couldn’t reconcile the two aspects of my personality. The type-a, analytical, demanding side of me always seemed to be at conflict with the gentle, soft, energy healer in me. Before my yoga training, the legal side hardened me. I felt as if my compassion and empathy were weaknesses. The opposite was true after my yoga training. For some reason yoga quieted my voice. I didn’t fit perfectly into the yoga teacher box, so my personality shrank. Only recently have I come to realize these juxtapositions are exactly my gifts to the world.
Never quiet your voice. Own it.
You guys want to help me with the tumble weeds around here? It’s the end of February and it has been almost two months since my last post. I broke the cardinal rule of blogging- you actually have to blog. Now let me take some time to provide you with the excuses.
4. Excuses suck.
Here’s what really happened….the holidays came and priorities were inadvertently shuffled. Food. Family. Stress. Then I got frustrated over not having time for myself, my husband and my business on top of the 9-5 schlep and my volunteer work. So I broke cardinal rule #2 – working in my business instead of working on my business. I decided everything needed to be done all at once and I was the best person to do it. Shit with my web designer hit the fan (see how the website isn’t launched yet?) and I started moving horizontally instead of vertically.
When overwhelm hits and you’re already frustrated everything comes to a grinding halt. Why? Because all of a sudden your brain is torn between the ‘woulda, coulda shoulda’ land of the past and the ‘what if’ land of the future. The moment you enter the scary dark corners of the past and /or the future the most important thing disappears. The present.
The most important thing you can do in life; for your self, your business, your practice your friends, your family, your community, for everyone you encounter is STAY PRESENT.
My inaction over the past month and a half was a sweet reminder of how important the present is. Time to get back on the wagon, ya heard?
Sometimes it’s really scary going inside. There’s cobwebs, old memories and pain buried deep within us. Everything you need, your power, your spirit your inspiration, your intuition. It’s all inside you. You just have to dig deep. If you have a pile of shit to dig through, grab a shovel. If you need help, reach for it…but go there. You’re a warrior. Fight + release the demons. Go inside. Go deep.
you had the power all along, my dear.
It’s In Yo Face Friday, kiddos!
I’m going to make a simple suggestion that’s not always easy to implement…
Fuck Fitting In.
Don’t stuff yourself into a box of what you think you need to be. Inevitably you’ll get claustrophobic and resentful and no one likes a stuffy up-tight bitch. Your job on this planet is to rock the world, make a difference and FIT OUT. Do more of what makes you AWESOME.
Fitting OUT is uncomfortable. That discomfort is the catalyst for growth, emotionally and spiritually. Be you. Be awesome.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
– Henry Rollins
I’m going to try to keep this one short and sweet.
For the past month my facebook feed has been blowing up with gratitude posts; #day1 #gratitude, #novembergratitude and a bazillion other hashtags that I don’t care to remember.
And it pisses me off.
Gratitude is not a trend. It’s not the red headed step child only talked about in November. Please don’t get your panties in a twist if you’ve tweeted out 22 days of thanks in your Facebook feed. I am not demeaning your personal expressions gratitude. What I am doing is challenging you to be grateful every. damn. day. Not just 30 days in November.
Keep a little journal next to your bed. Each morning when you wake up write down 1-5 things you are grateful for. Join the Spreading Gratitude Facebook Group run by my dear friend, Brother Jason and post your gratitude on line.
Just PRACTICE GRATITUDE.
When this practice becomes habit weave it into your thought pattern throughout your day. As you’re stuck in traffic look out the window, be grateful for the amazing sunset, the birds flying by, the construction workers making our roads safe, the fact that you have the means to travel by car! What the fuck ever. Just Be grateful. Every. Damn. Day. <~~~~ Tweet it