Personal development has been a hobby of mine for the last 15 years. What has come from this hobby has been truly amazing and I am grateful for the wake up. Over the last decade and a half, I have dug deep into healthy living, meditation, yoga, spirituality, soul-searching and the gut wrenching-digging-out-the-crap-of-old-beliefs-and-stories. I can say with honesty that I have also struggled to maintain my momentum without finding myself overly critical. Self-loathing and microscopic analysis of all that I need to “work on” can be consuming for a habit-forming personality type like myself. In contrast, there has been plenty of times when I have also neatly stacked all the self-help, goddess inspiring, soul inspiring books and walked away to take a breather.
I am in the midst of another cycle where I am looking at my stuff and balancing it with the confidence and self-assurance that I am really okay. In fact, I am beyond okay. I am an empowered and magnificently flawed human that is willing to grow.
And like all growing spurts, there is usually some pain. The deep aches that wake you in the middle night. The stretching of the mind, body and soul to embark on a new way of seeing the world, and specifically myself in the world.
While I balance what needs to be examined; work patterns, where I put my energy, habits that don’t serve my greatest good, words that hurt, etc., with the understanding what I hold my faith in–and that is, ALL experiences are opportunities to grow.
This includes the sticky experiences that are challenging and the opposing joy filled experiences that are exhilarating. I believe in the deepest of my very essence that every experience is a lesson. I also hold confidence that embedded in each ‘lesson’ is the calling to fall back into your faith. Lay softy down in the knowing that all is well. I do this by consciously handing over to God what is showing up with a trusting that in the end, I will be okay. In truth, I am far better than okay and whatever is showing up in my life, is temporary and by bringing more of my intention to my faith the more fearless I do become.
I probably get asked more than anything (besides if you have to be able to touch your toes to do yoga), why I am a donation only studio versus a set fee, or membership style studio.
My quick answer is because I never want to assume what people can pay. My long answer has much more to do with divine compensation and universal love.
I believe more than anything that yoga should be for everyone. That doesn’t mean it should be free for everyone, but it should be accessible for everyone. If someone truly does not have the means to pay for a class, should they go without? I say no. This also doesn’t mean that my work should be considered devalued because I choose to not tell you what to pay, and therefore free. It means I trust you to pay. And finally, it means that you get to decide if you live by the honor system and if you want to be part of the universal circulation of goodness.
It’s really up to you. If you fear not having enough, you probably won’t have enough. If you choose faith and love, the universe listens and I am certain you will have enough….more than enough.
I am excited to have my entire library of yoga, chair yoga, and pilates videos up on my website. Just pop over here and find one that draws you in.
So as you want to have, the question is are you willing to give?
When I first started using essential oils I had no idea that some oils could cause a burn. Crazy, right?
As we head into warmer months and more outside time, remember that some oils are photosensitive and cause a reaction that is uncomfortable when combined with sunlight.
Be mindful when applying the following if you plan to be in the sun. You can still use them, just apply on the feet or a covered area or take internally (I only ingest pure, certified therapeutic grade oils that I am positive have been tested).
Check out this gorgeous ebook for the basics and be sure to drop me a message if you’re not sure which oils are safe I’m happy to help.
Curious about the face behind this blog? I teach adaptive yoga to adults with disabilities, specifically traumatic brain injuries, in my community. It is the most rewarding soul loving experience I could have ever dreamed of. I love nature and refuel by walking twice a day! Rain, snow or shine I get out there! Being in the trees brings such a sense of groundedness to me and it is a must for me. I am an introvert! Crazy to think that an introvert can spend so much time talking and being in front of people, but it is possible! I love teaching but also treasure alone time. I am a mom to 3 adults kids–my daughter is disabled and lives with me and my men are out in the world living their lives. I am a native to Colorado and recently bought my childhood home! It is amazing! Talk about roots! I am passionate about service. One of my greatest pleasures is being a volunteer where I spend time applying essential oils to people in hospice. I have had THREE hip surgeries in the last year. That experience has given me humility, grace and such a deep appreciation for the little things in life. I have 3 dogs and a cat. I have always been a dog person but this little kitty has grown on me! Besides sharing Yoga, I am also a wellness coach and level 1 healing touch practitioner. My own journey is that I used to weigh 100 pounds more than I do today and the foundation of my changes came from a deep practice of mindfulness ! I have truly walked the path to health! Above all, I believe in the power of gratitude and goodness. When we can appreciate ourselves, others and our experiences we begin to see that life truly is a gift. I also believe whole-heartedly that we are all interwoven and that humanity is begging us to live in kindness and to see our fellow man as the light that is within each of us. That is spreading goodness.
About 15 years ago, I began to listen to my intuition and to what my soul was calling me to do. I knew I was here to do great things, as we all are.
It is my belief that we are all here to serve and make a difference in some capacity. Sometimes we get caught up in the thinking that it has to be something grand or famous, but the truth is even the simplest of lives can be the most impactful. It isn’t about being seen, but rather meek in your actions to create a world that is more peaceful and more full of compassion and unity.
When I began to get the nudges to look deep inside, I did so without an intention of a return. So often our culture teaches that you give to get. I was certain I was not going to fall into that. Instead, I listen to my gut and lived in a way that served my highest food with zero attachments to an outcome.
Eventually, I was able to leave my day job (and a dysfunctional relationship) and now I do what I am called to do, and that is share yoga and wellness with people who are living with a disability. I specialize in brain injuries and seniors but I enjoy all types of people and my client base includes a spectrum of abilities and interests.
My services include adaptive yoga, wellness coaching, essential oil education and level 1 healing touch. Each day I head off to work I realize that this isn’t work, it is soul.
Have you found your calling? If you are still seeking, stop thinking so much and instead try a few of these ideas:
Ask yourself this–“I am best when I am ________”. Be truthful.
Journal about the things that bring you joy. They may be subtle like children laughing, making sure neighbors are taken care of, cooking, nature, laughter, etc.
What are you passionate about and where do you speak up? Sometimes those “triggers” lead you toward something.
Start to identify your everyday actions and interests that could lead you to a life of meaning. Cooking, sharing success with others, natural living, yoga, teaching others a skill, and more.
Practice gratitude. Just you being you is a worthy adventure. Celebrate who you are by identifying things about yourself you are grateful for.
Stop comparing yourself. Your life journey is yours and yours alone. Remember that when we fall face down, that is often when we come up even stronger. Wipe off your dust and keep at it.
One of my most favorite morning rituals is to walk alongside a marsh near my home. Each morning the magnificent flock of birds take off for the day, only to return in the evening. This rhythm, attuned to the rising and setting sun, reminds me of our own rhythm and our own rising and falling each day.
Through taking flight from the space of faith each day, we can soar. Being aware of our rhythm; our breath, our desires, our ability to choose, seeking, and then ultimately finding our freedom.