Wednesday, August 27, 2014

bring it...

If it won't come to me... 
I might just have to go to it.

It was 100 degrees here in Texas today. Students are back in school and friends back home and in cooler climates are posting pictures of themselves in sweaters and pants. Ick. The thought of pants. I've lived here for five years and I still can't get used to not having four seasons. 

Today, I made a photo collage to help calm some of the uneasiness I've been feeling.

Here are a few of my fall inspirations.

And then...
I got the following message in my inbox this morning:

So that means I should go shopping, right?!

Monday, August 25, 2014


"The future is called "perhaps," which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you."


- Tennessee Williams

We all experience periods in our life where we genuinely do not know what is going to happen next. Sometimes they are long, drawn out amounts of time and sometimes they are quick, fleeting moments. Either way, it still manages to scare the shit out of us and that's OK.

Breathe deep. You have everything you need right now. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

hey, want to be my friend?

Do you remember meeting your first friend?

No, not your cousin, or someone your parents introduced you to on a play date. Like the actual first person you met and befriended on your own. I remember mine. Her name was Bethany and we met in the bathroom on our first day of kindergarten. I'm positive she would remember that day as well as I do. Our school was built in the early 1950s so it smelled a little old but it was charming. The bathroom had red brick walls, the shortest stall doors imaginable, and smaller than average toilets [so we didn't fall in.] I believe it was fate that brought us there at the same time and the deicison to become friends was as simple as asking, "hey, want to be my friend?"

This has me thinking...

Can meeting new people still be as simple as it once was? As adults, how much are we missing out on by not being open to meeting new people, or trying new things? Can we put a little FOMO (fear of missing out) back into our lives like we had when we were kids? Can we just say "YES" even if we're a little unsure of ourselves or potential outcomes? What are we afraid of? Or are just OK with what we have in our lives and don't feel like we need more?

That sounds terribly boring...

I challenge you to be a go-getter. Be adventerous. Be social. Be brave enough to at least try. Say yes to someone or something this week. It doesn't have to be complicated and doing so could create memories that last a lifetime.

Bethany and I circa 1994... And yes, those are water ballons in our suits. What 8 year old girl didn't do that?!

Bethany and I at our high school graduation in 2004. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

on being intentional...

The room was buzzing and full of yogis. More than a one hundred bodies tightly tucked, mat-to-mat. People hugging, laughing, holding hands, dancing.

As class began, we were asked to set an intention.The purpose was to focus us on how we are acting or who we were being in that moment. It is important in yoga because when our minds begin to wander (and they often do) our intention can bring us back to our mat. When you put 100 people in a room something pretty amazing happens. Individually, we had our own personal intentions, but collectively, we were all there to celebrate unity and community. The once empty room held together by four walls suddenly took on a new identity. It was our job as a community to intentionally breathe life and intention into the room, and into each other.

I laid on my mat between two stong, beautiful people. During savasana we held hands. At the beginning of class we were all just sweaty strangers. But now they were me, and I was them. We were all one. Setting our intention to practice as a community brought us together. Now it is our privilege to take this practice off our mat and into the world.

Setting intentions for everything we do is vital. If you live your life without purpose, you're just a boring bag of bones. When we are clear on what we want or where we want to be we can act accordingly. We can cut out the bullshit getting in the way of us living our dreams.

Check in with yourself. How are you feeling? How do you want to feel? What is good in your life? What isn't? Choose an area of you want to focus on and consciously think about it every single day until you achieve what you set out for. 

I would love to hear from you. What intentions are you setting for yourself today?