Purpose + Practice

Earlier this week I travelled to Atlanta for a day-long intensive personal development event for Lululemon. One of the reasons I love working for Lulu is that they care so much about your personal development and have really awesome ways of helping you grow. This day was so meaningful and special. I went alone, did not know a single soul in the city of Atlanta, completely got out of my comfort zone and really took a large amount of clarity away from the day. This whole day was centered around Mindfulosophy which is the new way that Lululemon is approaching their development for employees. It is all about being in the practice of personal development and living a life you love through the power of mindful practices. Now, I really geek out on this stuff so I have been around a lot of different types of conferences, events, meetings, etc. but this one was different. In true Lululemon fashion, it blends ancient yoga philosophy with behavioral science. They “believe mindfulness is the ultimate multiplier for greatness in all aspects of life,” and I could not agree more. We were asked to bring our yoga mat, clothes to do yoga in…
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your essence

The essence of who you are, are you in touch with that? What you need in your life to feel completely as though you are living your best life, do you know what that is? I am so grateful to be working with a really amazing life coach right now who had me do an exercise to really figure out the essence of who Ashley is and how to continue to stay completely authentic to myself by using this essence as my guide through life. She had me call up close friends and family and ask them, “What shows up when I do and what do I bring to a room?” This wasn’t an easy thing for me to do with my friends because they have been with me through some of the most difficult times and I truly did not want to have to ask anything of them but their answers were beautiful and completely filled me up. Along with my family and everything that I got back, I feel so eternally grateful for my tribe. From those answers she had me send exactly what each person said and she pulled out the most important recurring themes, as well…
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You Create You

Every morning before meditating lately I have been picking an intention card out of a deck that my friend lended me. They each have their little intentions on the front and a brief elaboration on the back that takes the intention into deeper detail. I have loved setting an intention for each day that is a little bit different than I would usually come up with on my own and Teddy has also been listening to me read it to him and from what I presume, going about his day with this intention in mind as well. Today was, “I practice the Science of Deliberate Creation.” On the back it continued by explaining, “Giving thought to anything is creation; giving deliberate thought to anything is deliberate creation.” I. Love. This. This whole idea is centered around the fact that we can create our reality by choosing what we allow our thoughts to be and practicing intention in those thoughts toward creating what we want to see in our worlds. So, I took this in and processed it this morning and then I went about my day. It was another busy day since this weekend is week 2 of Yoga Teacher…
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Diary of Yoga Teacher Training: Day One

Yesterday was the first day of my 200-hr yoga teacher training. It was also the first day of an incredible journey. I decided that I wanted to do this training after coming back to consistency with yoga and meditation and for the first time ever I was able to calm my anxiety. Focusing on breath work, mindfulness and a daily practice has taken me from a very dark place to a place of light. By hoping to dive deeper into my own practice and wanting to teach others to have this same level of peace, I signed up for this training. But I was nervous. It was outside my comfort zone. (Or so I thought) I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know anyone in the room. Vulnerability, at it’s finest. But damn. It was incredible. And it was only day 1. I came home and looked at Teddy and told him, “I felt like I was home. As if all I have been wanting more of and searching for is coming together in a beautiful way.” I am so excited to be a student. To learn. To grow. This training is a blend of anatomy and philosophy. Having…
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goal-setting minus the pressure

This week a small group of my beautiful coworkers and I took on some vision and goals at 8am. In the past at Lululemon, vision and goals meetings felt overwhelming to me, if I am being honest. Questions like “where do you want to be in 10 years” and  “who am I” felt like huge questions that I had no idea how to answer in the two minutes we were given to think on it. This time was a bit different, and I can’t wait to share with you what I discovered and the process my amazing friend took us through to get there. The process we took to writing goals was different than usual, but created a much less overwhelming experience for all of us. I wanted to write it out here in hopes that someone may be looking for some direction in their lives and may need a bit of guidance getting there. The sequence of events went something like this: Meditation, Ask a Friend, Values, Feelings and Desires, Goals, and Action. Now I’ll explain each one! Meditation First, we started with a clearing meditation. If you are looking for a place to access guided meditations then I would…
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