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day 25 – happy

happy

5 more days!!
I got my first birthday card today from my hubby’s grandma.  A moment of reality – I am really almost 30. Woah.

The card read:

It’s your birthday.
Take a look within yourself, discover your heart’s desire, and pursue it with enthusiasm.  In other words…
DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!

Considering this whole blog process has been about putting myself out there and committing to creating a life that makes me happy, this card could not have been more perfect.

So what makes me happy?

Yoga makes me happy
My favorite things make me happy
Being of service makes me happy

Ultimately though, happiness lies within me – no matter what shit I get myself into, no matter what life throws – through my yoga practice, my choices, my actions – I create my own happiness.  Yoga has taught me how to bring more joy into my life and the lives of others, how to be of service. I have made it my happiness mission to share this practice with others and to inspire others to do the same.  Yoga is far more than a pose on a mat – it is a formula for reducing suffering and increasing joy.  More happiness, less crappy-ness.

In yoga no effort is lost, nor loss of progress found.

Yoga offers the tools, path and the goal. Yoga asks us to look at what we’re giving our attention to – do you like it? is it important to you? Yoga clarifies our values and then offers a path to creating more of it.  Yoga is experiential.  Yoga deepens our relationship with anything –good/bad, negative/positive – we get to choose.

Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.

The one who sees the goal most clearly is the closest to it.

 

What is your happiness mission? What are you doing today to make it a reality?  Share in a comment below.  Let’s make the world a happier place #OneDownDog at a time.


Day 24 – excited

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Turning 30 seemed like it would be scary. When I was young, I honestly never pictured myself past 25. 30 seemed old. And now here it is…right around the corner. Less than a week away and I feel young, liberated, free, full of potential, empowered and overall fucking AWESOME! I am excited to see what’s coming – I know that it is going to be something more wonderful than I can even imagine. I know that something brilliant is coming.

Tonight I attended a Young Female Entrepreneur meetup hosted by the magnificent Erin of Well in LA and was so inspired to not only meet a ton of women living their dreams and making shit happen, but to hear the lovely Emily Greener speak about I Am That Girl – an organization inspiring girls to discover their innate worth and purpose.  I Am That Girl rocks and I can’t wait to get involved – super inspiring.  The fire that’s been burning under my ass got a little hotter, the wheels started turning – I am pumped to change the world …One Down Dog at a time!

I have had a tendency to keep myself stuck, to get weighted down with self-doubt.  Tonight one of the women I met suggested that I start talking about my plans and ideas – she reminded me about the momentum that creates.  So here it is: One Down Dog will not only be a place to come together and practice yoga – it will be a place to connect and get real with one another.  It will be a place that empowers others to pursue their dreams, a place that supports its members, that utilizes the practice of yoga to give back, inspire and awaken.  And this place wherever it is, whatever it looks like will open in less than a year.  YES IT WILL!!

5 more days 🙂

Quotes for the day:

Be a champion for change – Emily Greener

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down. ― Toni Morrison

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. ― Coco Chanel

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. – Rumi

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. ~ Sri Ram

Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world…as in being able to remake ourselves. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. ~ Lao Tzu

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. – Amelia Earhart.

Day 23 – friends

I get by with a little help from my friends.- The Beatles

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I have the greatest friends in the world.

I mentioned before that I have been writing this blog for about 3 years now and not posting a thing…yep I have some issues, we’ve established that 🙂  Tonight I was reflecting on how grateful I am to have such amazing people in my life.  Though this year has been met with a lot of loss, in truth there has been much more gained: understanding the value of a true friend and the importance of real connection.  As I looked back through old writing, and wonderful memories, I came across something I wrote back in January of 2011:

I recently returned from a week-long Caribbean cruise.  In all honesty the cruise itself was nothing to write home about – mediocre food, islands I’ve already seen, nausea from the rocking, boredom at sea.  What made the trip one of the best ever – what makes or breaks every moment, really – was who I was with.  The people I love most – family, and those I consider to be family (shout out to Amy Nachon).   Spending an entire week with my parents, hubby, best friend and her hubby and parents was an absolute blast.  Made me realize how grateful I am to have such amazing people in my life – life-long friends – something many people don’t have.

I see people that wander through life disconnecting, making more enemies than friends, losing touch with those they once cared for deeply – surrounded by conflict.   Where there is disconnect, I see opportunity.  Where there are enemies, I see love.  Where there is distance, I see hope.  Where there is conflict, I see resolution.  I see possibility – to learn, to properly assess, to make things work, to love unconditionally, to express vulnerability, and to create a dialogue with those that are most important.  I am a firm believer that we are all, at our core, good and therefore all worthy of lots and lots of love!

A wise man once said: “I think that when we set aside all the craziness we’re left only with the people in our lives.  I think above all a good friend is the most valuable asset one can possess.”  At the end of the day when I really look at the things that matter, I know that how much money I have, things I possess, success I have in my work and the things I’ve done mean nothing at all without the people in my life that I love dearly.  Because without them, there would be no me.  There would be no money, no success, no memories worth having if I couldn’t share the best (and the worst) times with the best people.

I refer to my closest friends as my diamonds, because diamonds are forever and they have been, and will be, forever.  Whether I see/talk to them everyday, once a year or never, they will forever be my rocks.  I will forever be devoted and connected to them based on the experiences we have shared.    It doesn’t matter what we own, it doesn’t matter where we’ve been, it doesn’t matter what we’ve done, what we’ve been through or where we’re going – none of it matters, without each other.   To my diamonds – I love you.

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.  Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Albert Camus (shout out to my Camp Tamarack peeps)

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
Bob Marley

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
William Shakespeare

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
Muhammad Ali

Good friends are like stars.  You don’t always see them, but you now they’re always there.

My friends are doing some awesome things…check them out:

Amy Nachon – event planning, super Jew (bahahaaha) at Kenes
Kim Max – worldwide traveling photog extraordinaire: kimmaxphoto.com
Lolita Brayman – changing the world One Down Dog and blog post at a time: Caterpillar Schemes
Chelsea Vespa – LA Nanny, future yoga teaching life changer
Hubby – making the world a better place… one perfectly soft American made tee at a time:  Cotton Citizen

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Day 22 – possibility

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This year has been a crazy roller coaster ride of absolute sheer awesomeness and terrible no-good awfulness.  There have been days of pure hopelessness and days full of possibility.   Today is one of the latter.

I have had a mission, a vision, a dream for some time now and it’s finally beginning to come to fruition.  Had an amazing meeting tonight – a yes meeting.  I love yes meetings!  So then why do I feel so freaked out?

…and the fear creeps back in.  I can’t be the only one to feel this way.  To have everything I’ve been working so hard for actually fall into my lap and feel like “Oh shit, now what?”

I am super prepared; I know that I’ve got this.  I know that I can do it, that I am enough, that it will be all good – I know.  But there is this little voice that says, “what if?” and “don’t get your hopes up.”

And back on the fucking rolling coaster I go.

But the beauty of the roller coaster is that I am the not only the passenger, but also the operator – I push the buttons.  At any point, I can press the emergency break and get off the damn thing.  So this is me pushing the breaks and getting off.

Because the reality is that possibility is up to me – the only place where things are impossible lies in my own head.  Out there, in the world, lies infinite possibility.

Time to show up, do the work and stay out of the results.  The worst thing that could happen is that nothing happens… no biggie, back to work 🙂

Quotes of the day:

Good things happen when you do good things.

The difference between can and cannot are only three letters. Three letters that determine your life’s direction.

you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. – Stephen King

Failure is another stepping stone to greatness – Oprah Winfrey

Being an optimist doesn’t mean only seeing the glass half-full, it means seeing the possibility of filling it up again. – me

Day 21 – Fear

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Fear.  We all have it. We all handle it differently.  Fear is what stops the flow, what disconnects us from ourselves and one another.  It’s what created so much drama in this last election.  Fear of change, fear of new, fear of different.  Fear is divisive and strong… if we let it be. Fear causes stress.  Stress causes 80% of illness.  Fear is bullshit.

I came across this awesome quote today about fear (see below).  It was perfectly fitting as I have been having a lot of fears around taking the leap to make my dreams come true.  So many possibilities, and yet in that possibility there is an overwhelming feeling of – “can I really do this?”  “can I really make this happen?”  The fear tells the story of not having enough time, not being enough, not having enough.  Again… bullshit.

 

Fear is just:

False
Evidence
Appearing
Real

and results in an attitude of:
F
uck
Everything
And
Run
…if we let it get to us.

Or we can:
F
ace
Everything
And
ROAR, REJOICE, RESPOND, RELAX

THE QUOTE:
Research shows that 78% of the population spends up to eight hours a day dealing with fear and worry!

It also shows that 40% of the stuff we worry about will never happen; 30% is taken up with thoughts and distortions of situations from our past events that we can’t change; 12% of what we worry about is other people’s business; 10% of what we worry about is what’s considered to be imagined illness.

Do the math:  92% of our worries are completely reactive! That leaves 8% of fear or worry that is justifiable.

Refer back to this information when you find your blood pressure rising, when fear and anxiety begins to set in or when you find yourself worrying.

Chances are you’re stressing about a situation that is never going happen, is stemming from your past, is completely imaginary or that you simply have no control over.

If it won’t matter in five years from now chances are it does not matter now.
Yehuda Berg

Wow. Powerful stuff. It does not matter – it is all illusion/stress/drama.  Choose to face EVERYTHING and meet it with a roar – nothing to be scared of, we got this shit!