Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Inspired Entryways

My house is slowly but surely coming together. My parents gave me a lot of furniture just to start out with so I didn't have to go and buy a lot right off the bat. Slowly I've started adding my own little pieces here and there. Right now, I am inspired by these entryways and want to do something similar. What do you think? When decorating your space did you buy everything all at once or slowly add things as you found them?

images via pinterest :: my favorite spaces

Having Faith.

Happy Tuesday, all! Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. For the past 10 days I have been helping out with a teacher training boot camp, along side some other studios. It was absolutely incredible and I feel so grateful to have been a part of it. Last night, Maitri had its first new teacher. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is!! Moving here has been challenging, an adjustment not only in lifestyle, but also in starting a business, not knowing whether or not anyone would show up, much less if anyone would ever want to share Maitri and teach there too. I've just had to have a lot of faith, and take big leaps even though I haven't been able to see the whole picture. This week was a really, really healing one for me, just because it's really hard for me to accept support. But last night, watching my friend and fellow teacher up there teaching, my heart was so happy I wanted to cry. God, the universe, whatever you would like to call that thing that's bigger than us, always has it. Things are always working out even when we can't see it. We just have to keep following our hearts each and every day and let the rest go, knowing that everything will be just as it should be.

Sending you all lots of love today. Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Market Fresh

One of my favorite things about spring is all of the fresh produce. Here are some great recipes for fresh takes on veggies and fruits this season, just click here: 10 Foods for Spring and enjoy!

Image and recipes via The Glitter Guide

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Aim True

Hi everyone, I hope you all are having a wonderful day. The weather is perfect here in Arkansas today. Blue skies, the birds are singing and the sun is out. I am soaking up every minute of it. :)

Over the weekend I went to OKC for a workshop at Soul Yoga with Kathryn Budig. Have you all ever taken a workshop with her? She is awesome. If you haven't experienced her classes yet, they are available on Yogaglo. :)  The first day she sat us down and talked to us before the actual practice. If you have been to her then you probably know what I'm about to talk about...  her motto in life and in yoga is Aim True. She took us through a journey in her shoes, talking about things she's been through and her life in general. She made some really good points, that hit my so hard I felt like being there had to have been a God thing. She basically told me everything I needed to hear. Through this process of starting a business, putting down roots, everything that I've been doing the past 6 months, it's been a very big leap of faith. I've had to follow my heart every step of the way, not knowing how everything will really turn out. It can be exhausting. Some days I just feel like crying, and going back to Houston, but most days I feel like no matter what as soon as I walk into Maitri (the yoga studio), something happens. It's like magic, because all of my fears, doubts, worries go away and I know I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. I think when you find something you love, when you find something you want to share, you feel this great push and pull because there is so much risk. However, Kathryn pointed out, that often times when we find our path, we know we're going the right direction because we will be tested. We may not feel like it is the easiest thing in the world, and that's because we have to figure out how much we want it. There was a post I wrote a while back, about the worst class I ever taught, or what I thought was the worst class I've ever taught, I made a decision that day, right then and there to no matter what share this practice. It doesn't matter if I stumble over my words, as soon as I recognized that I could share this practice without having to be the perfect teacher, I gave myself permission to keep going. That was what this weekend was about for me, the strength to keep going and letting go of what others think and what others say. When you have something you want to share from the heart, it is always wonderful and this goes for in your jobs, relationships, everything...
Give yourself permission to be true to you no matter what; to live your life from your core with no regrets. I have given up and given in on too many things in my life. As soon as we start aiming true, loving ourselves, and knowing that we're worth it, that's when we keep going and that's when we are a true success.... when we honor ourselves above all else and have the courage to be who we are and share it with others.

So today, this week, this month, this year... keep going. Share yourself. Aim true and stay true to you because you're worth it. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Always leaving. Never staying.

Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I just wanted to take some time, since I actually have some, to write a little. Earlier today I went for a run, and got to thinking about the idea of "the grass is always greener." Since I've graduated from college, I've spent a lot of time, moving around to different places, figuring out what fits, what doesn't. When I moved to Houston two years ago I had no idea what to expect, but I loved it. I loved the people, and the city itself, but I missed my family. I often missed out on parties, family Sundays, hanging out... when my lease came up in October it was the hardest decision to move here to Arkansas. Part of me was saying stay, part of me was saying go. It was easier to stay, I wanted to stay, but there was another part of me that wanted to put some roots down somewhere, and since I didn't have family in Houston, I didn't necessarily want to sink into Houston. I think I was afraid to, so with that I took the leap and moved to Arkansas. It has been, I believe the hardest transition I have ever been through anywhere. On top of moving, as some of you know, I opened a yoga studio. I knew if I moved to Arkansas I would have to bring a big part of myself that was nourished in Houston with me and that was the yoga. I think I've always felt like moving to Arkansas would be a loss in identity, like if I moved back to where I came from then people believe you to be a certain way, you have memories of what was, and although parts of it might feel familiar it is all very foreign, because things are different. Things change. I feel so blessed to be able to share what I love every single day through the practice of yoga, and I love my house. Being able to have a house is incredible, but this whole 6 months or so of living here, I feel like I've been holding a very long, breathtaking yoga pose and all I want to do is run out of it. However, I say this in yoga all the time and believe it's the same for life, we have to go to the places where we resist the most without running, hiding, moving, leaving, but just sit and breathe, because that is where the healing is, that is where the release, the surrender, and the magic happens. It is always in the moment, no matter where we are, because where we are is exactly where we are meant to be, learning what we're meant to learn. It is much easier to leave... than it is to stay, at least for me. I know I have carried around with me some pain that I experienced not only in high school, but after school, that took place in Arkansas. What my yoga practice has become is facing it, instead of running from it. Everyday, I wake up and breathe through it, because something brought me here that was bigger than me. So sometimes, I think we just have to trust life and trust where we are, because life is always teaching us something and it's constantly reminding us who we are, and bringing us back to ourselves. We just can't resist it, no matter how much we want to step out, leave or run, the sooner we face our self, in a place where we experience resistance, the sooner we let go, and become free. It is almost as if we have to reclaim parts of ourselves that we may have left behind and recognize that before we can leave, we have to learn how to stay. Once we get to the other side, and have worked through it, we can go where ever we wish to go, and enjoy exactly where we are in the moment.

Just thought I would share those thoughts...
Happy weekend. Enjoy. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

May days

Happy May, everyone! Guess what? It snowed last night here in Arkansas. Isn't that crazy? I couldn't believe it when I woke up this morning. I hope you all have been doing great. Since we spoke last, I have been to North Carolina for a friend's wedding, teaching yoga, having a guest teacher visit, teaching more yoga and today, I am taking a break. One thing I really miss all the time is writing. My fingers literally start to ache for the computer at times. I know, weird right? I think so too. But, it's always been a part of my life. I've realized that once you dive into something like starting a business, it can be challenging to find a balance. And I know I have mentioned this a lot, but I'm still working on it and realizing that taking time to do yoga myself, or run, get a massage... whatever it is... it isn't really a luxury, it is just a part of keeping me sane! Something that I definitely need to find time for, or I can't really teach yoga. I think sometimes when we do things for ourselves we might think of it as selfish or that we should be doing something else for someone or something else, but I've come to realize that it is just as important to take care of yourself. Anyway, I just wanted to share that and say hi. I will probably blog later today. I have time! :)

Sending you all lots of love. Have a great day! If you're in Arkansas, play in the snow?