August 17, 2017

June's Journey

I traveled a little more this month, for my own personal and professional growth. I know, what a surprise! Well, this was the beginning of so many new things for me with lots of teachable moments sprinkled on top. I met a lot of amazing people and learned a little more about life along the way...some highs and some lows. I navigated crazy airports, met people from Hawaii to Alaska, and navigated fickle weather which caused me to rethink many a hairdo and wardrobe. These past few months I have definitely added to my 2017 list of intentions, a bucket list to some. I seem to have been bitten by the travel bug and plan to keep enjoying the many adventures on the horizon.

August 10, 2017

Namaste in May

Keeping with my theme of taking care of myself and being mindful in my everyday, I took another road trip. This was for me, but also for others I wanted to love on. Remember that encounter I had in April? Well, fast forward a few weeks and on to a different town. I was given an incredible opportunity to teach a yoga workshop at a resort, yes... yoga at a resort... just seems like blissfulness! And did I mention, the resort was on the water? Okay, so now you see what I mean. What a great experience, to be able to practice stretching and strengthening your body, mind and spirit, as you view the waves from your room, and the sunrise every morning. Being able to walk along the water’s edge, breathe in the crisp air and feel the breeze as you settle in for meditation. Bliss.

August 3, 2017

April Self Care Adventures

So, I took a road trip. I packed my bags for a “long weekend”. What started off as a weekend adventure, ended up being an entire week of food and fun, and of course yoga. Okay, I have a habit that some love and some not so much...I tend to do a little research when I travel and choose about three or four fascinating places to visit during my time away. It’s usually a museum or restaurant I’ve found on Diner’s, Drive ins, and Dives, or a park where I can walk along a path and reflect on my journey.

July 29, 2017

It's Been a While

So, it’s been a while since I’ve connected with everyone. I’ve missed you all so much. But I’m back. I took a little time away for some very necessary maintenance on my body, mind, soul and spirit. What started off as just a week of self care, turned into a few weeks, then a little more and a little more.

It started with Lent. I fasted from a little television, soda, and some not so great for me foods. I committed to 2 different devotionals and was proud to say, I was successful (about 75% of the time). But I think in the areas that I really needed to be committed, the toughest areas I was called to, I made sure to really put in the effort and rely on God’s strength.

March 31, 2017

Self Care: Amazing Friendships

I want to walk you over to an awesome post I wrote a few weeks ago on friendships.  It's incredible that this post came out yesterday, because I have been seeking ways to encourage myself to be intentional in my self care every day.  

I started to think about what this really meant, and came up with a few interesting paths I could take on this journey of self care.  I've written about friendships before, but the timing on this post couldn't be more relevant because of the experiences I've had this year especially.  And I never really thought about friendships being a part of self care, but they are...a really important part.  Friends can be that lifeline when you feel like you can't put one foot in front of the other.  Friends provide that shoulder to cry on and bring extra kleenex.  Friends cook up all of your favorite comfort foods and put on your favorite tunes when they are loving you back to life.  And friends walk alongside you and hold you accountable in your every day.  We must surround ourselves with the most amazing, positive people that will nurture you and fill you up.  Friendships are so valuable.  Through them you can find your voice.  

I've had ones that challenge me in the best and worst ways, but every one has been a blessing.  

So, I wanted to share this post on Be New Today about the Garden of Friendship and I hope it's a 
blessing to you today.    

February 18, 2017

Self Care, Self Love

This year has really flown by it seems. It feels like just the other day I was setting my intentions for the year, and now we are almost three weeks into February. So many things have happened already so far this year and it makes for some good writing, so stay tuned. I’ve got a lot of projects that I’m juggling and a lot of stuff up in the air at this point, but everything is still really good.

However, with so much underway, I sort of forgot to take inventory of myself and started to come down with a cold or something that has caused me to feel a little blah. Well, now it’s time to rev it back up and get going, and the topic of self care is our theme for the year,so let’s start off with a little self love. I will talk more about this in a later post, but since it’s February and I kinda got distracted as the year began to unfold, let me reel it back it and celebrate this month of love.

So, I want to encourage everyone as we are about 2 months into the new year, that if you have not been successful in your intentions up to this point, it’s ok. Tomorrow is a new day and you can start again. I wrote a blog post for a ministry I contribute to and it was about how God’s mercies are new every morning. And they are. I want to encourage you not to be too hard on yourself if you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do in the month of January, and maybe you need to add February to the list as well. That’s ok. His mercies are new every morning and He gives us enough grace for each day. So, you can start again, start anew.

I’m actually speaking to myself on this one, because I was supposed to no longer binge watch the tv shows I missed, or eat chips, or skip a day of exercise, or…. But guess what? It happened. But guess what else? I plan to start anew tomorrow and try again. I don’t have to be perfect in what I set out to do, and I don’t get it right all of the time, but I’m so thankful that no one is keeping score. I choose to love myself today and tomorrow, no matter what. I can stick to my old intentions, or tweak them, or come up with entirely new ones. But whatever I choose, I can hold my head high and keep putting one foot in front of the other because the morning will come with new mercies. A new day.

So, love yourself regardless, keep striving, and keep moving forward. Your new day starts now.   

January 2, 2017

Self Care in the New Year

This year, the blog will focus on how to take care of yourself in the midst of your every day.  We will begin the year by focusing on self care and what that means to each one of you personally.

Some start off with resolutions or intentions about weight loss or healthy eating, many focus on becoming closer to God, while others focus on becoming more involved within their family and community. Whatever this looks like for you, I am here to walk alongside you in this journey.

Keep an eye out within the next few days and weeks, as I share a few posts that will help you kickstart your self care for the new year.  2017 is going to be amazing!

Have you set your intentions for the new year?  Are there any that you would like to share?