navigating the big stuff

I am currently sitting in my favorite local coffee shop, spending some time in this space in between the staff meeting we just finished and my next shift that starts in an hour and a half. I love having those little gaps of time to sneak away and sit in a crowded coffee shop to work on this blog. There is something really magical in the hustle and bustle of the movement of strangers. Each person is either focused on their own work or conversing with a friend. Some of my deepest conversations and most productive work has occurred around the buzz of strangers. Maybe it’s the strong coffee pumping through our collective veins or maybe it is just the environment as a whole that makes such a safe place for conversation and inspiration, I can’t be sure. As I sit here, half unintentionally listening into conversations and half focusing on the sounds of the baristas brewing the coffee, I am still able to get silent and focused. The aroma of coffee fills the air, the buzz of new business ventures, catching up with an old friend and stretching your limbs to continue to keep on working is all going…
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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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appreciating the little moments

On my way to a yoga class this week I got stuck in traffic. Heavy traffic, the kind that makes you a half an hour late even though you left a half an hour early. Yeah, that kind. I started to feel a little bit anxious because I was really looking forward to this specific class with this specific teacher. I started to feel slightly flustered and frustrated. And then, I noticed these feelings coming in and thought to myself, “feeling flustered will not get you there any faster, just be present.” I rolled down the windows. It wasn’t a nice day but it wasn’t raining so I thought, “why not feel the breeze hit my face?” Then as I was moving 10 miles per hour I stuck my hand out the window and felt the breeze between my fingers. I felt it float through and move my hand up and down and side to side with each change in the breeze and speed of the car. And suddenly, I was a kid again. I remember driving through the back roads of Wisconsin with my hand sticking out the window of my dads truck, noticing how the breeze made my…
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A Letter to My Love

Love. Always a constant in my life. No matter the changes, seasons, hobbies or passions that come my way personally; love is my anchor. My love has a name. Theodore. My love is patient. My love is oh, so kind. My love is handsome. Logical. Rational. Vulnerable. Brilliant. Soft. Humble. He is who keeps me grounded while lifting me up. He is my very best friend. Theodore has been my best friend since 9th grade. My confidant. My person. My other half. I feel so lucky to have a love like this. I don’t remember life without him, nor do I ever want to be reminded. The secret to our connection is that we care about ‘us’ above all else. We tell each other everything. He is the person I can’t wait to tell about my most exciting and boring moments to. My person that I would do anything for. I feel so grateful to have a love like ours for over a decade. Unwavering. Always strong. It still blows my mind that we have been so deeply connected from such a young age. If you are in love at an age that people think is too young but you…
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Random Thoughts + Beautiful Souls

How beautiful are we all? Breathe into that for a while. We are all so incredible. The way we laugh, the way we smile, the way we love, the way we feel joy. It’s all beautiful. And sometimes we forget that. Which causes emotion, pain, hurt. Open your heart up to inner kindness and allow space to connect. I have been working on this more than anything else in my world right now. And it is glorious. Forgiving, letting go, surrendering. Ahhhh. Daily meditation + practice connects me to my breath. I am stepping into my most authentic self. It feels good to not need any outward validation, because I know everything I need is within me. Through spirituality. Have you felt connected lately? Not to others but more to your authentic self? To your inner source of light and goodness? Try it. Try meditating once a day. Try being more aware. Try bringing some space to your mind. I’ve been in those really tough + dark places. I’ve been gripped with anxiety. I started to lean in to this practice and have seen such a shift in my life. Being mindful is a practice, and this is only the…
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