Walking the tightrope

July 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today was a beautiful day, I went to a  fair that  featured some amazing artists and  performers. I was especially drawn to the tightrope walkers as I noticed their brave approach to walking the rope. As the performers reached the rope, I saw that they did not worry about falling, they simply started walking and took it one step at a time. As it got to be difficult and they started to lose balance, they simply took a breath, focused and found their way back to balance. It got me thinking, why do we not approach our challenges and goals with this kind of attitude- to simply start and not worry about the fall. I think this is what gets us most of the time, we worry too much about what will happen if we fall.  When we worry, our thoughts become too overwhelming and most times we never end up taking the first steps. But what if we never start, what if we never feel what it is like to walk the rope and get to the other side. To me, missing out on the adventure is a bigger tragedy then actually falling.

I say, start walking in the direction you wish to go, even if you fall, you can always get right back up. Start on a low rope, (small challenge/goal) get to the other side, enjoy it and then aim higher.  If you make it to the other side, (and you will) well then, it was well worth it.

Go out there and do something great! Walk the rope!

P.S. If you need a helping hand, you know how to find me and I would be happy to help you take the first step.

Here is to living well

July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

In case you have been wondering why I have not posted in a few days; I took on an amazing job as Project Manager to head up a new website and I having been researching day and night.  The new site is going to really simplify nutrition, providing great food choices for specific needs and supply healthy whole-food products. I have been spending a lot of time specifically researching whole foods to cure, treat and prevent, Cancer and many other diseases, ailments and specific needs.  I just read this and had to share, it is pretty brilliant and speaks to living a full life whether you are battling a disease such as Cancer or not.

“Feed your mind the good thoughts of music, beauty, laughter, play, art, and friends; share a glass of wine or a cup of tea at sunset, and discuss the events of the day with a loved one. Feed your heart the good feelings of love, forgiveness, confidence in your abilities, a sense of purpose in your life, and a trusting relationship with your Creator.  And feed your body good nutrients through diet and supplements, thus providing your body the raw materials that it needs to rebuild itself. You can recover from Cancer.”

Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS, author of Beating Cancer with Nutrition

… and to this I add, Life is precious, enjoy it now.  Stay strong out there and eat well. I will share the site as soon as it is live, very excited!

Moving forward and enjoying the journey … #Trust30

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge- Day 30, my final post from 30 wonderful writers (http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/)

Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today?

(Author: Tia Singh)

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“Trust in yourself and your ideas, do not waste time worrying over things you can not change and move forward confidently with the things in life that make the most sense to you. Things will all come together beautifully, just take time to breath, be in the present with your life and all the people that make it so special. Never give up on going after what makes you happy … enjoy the journey.”

These past 30 days have been a wonderful journey of diving deep and getting to the core of trusting myself and discovering ways to find happiness and fulfillment in my work. Thank you to the Domino Project and the 30 amazing writers for presenting this amazing writing challenge.  It has forced me for 30 days straight to dedicate time every single night to this important cause. I have no choice at this point, but to continue to push forward.

Do you have something you want to start? My advice is to start writing about it … amazing things happen when you start putting your ideas on paper.

Finding peace with Yoga … #Trust30

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge- Day 29

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.”

(Author: Sean Ogle)

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Nothing brings me more peace then when I practice Yoga. Yoga has taught me how to slow down, to breath, and to create space in my mind.  The problem is that I have not actively practiced in a few years. When I practiced Yoga I felt balanced, strong and focused. I taught a Yoga class in Washington state at my favorite gym of all time, North End, and I had the most amazing class of dedicated people.  All I had to do is turn on the music and start the sun salutations and the energy in the room would led me through. Whenever I think about finding energy for inner and outer strength, I take myself back to this amazing set of people.

Some of my excuses for my gap in getting to the mat include, but are not limited to; moving 3 times in a few months, traveling, having babies, changing careers, taking care of the family, traveling some more, too many errands, too many self-inflicted expectations of my days, and mostly not setting time out for myself. I feel that this aspect of my life, taking care of my body and mind,  needs more attention now then ever before. It is a major life goal of mine to find total wellness within myself, that is eating whole-foods as close to their source as possible and taking care of my body and mind through Yoga.

I have spend the past few weeks researching nutrition night and day and as a result I have transformed the way I eat. I have started to eat as many whole-foods as I can and in return, I have felt more balance and energized.  I have found better ways to balance work and family and with a little room to breath, I am starting to feel ready to get back to my mat. The only thing left to do now is find a local Yoga studio, then a fabulous instructor and finally, to make it a priority every few ways to find myself back on the mat. Without taking care of myself, I am finding that I am not able to fully attend to everything and everyone that is important to me. So Yoga is the direction, the path is set. Ready, set, go … find Y-O-G-A.

Feeling Alive … #Trust30

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge- Day 28

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. If we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When did you feel most alive recently? Where were you? What did you smell? What sights and sounds did you experience? Capture that moment on paper and recall that feeling. Then, when it’s time to create something, read your own words to reclaim a sense of being to motivate you to complete a task at hand.

(Author: Sam Davidson)

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I feel most alive when I am writing. The times I get my best writing done is usually late at night when everyone is in bed and the house is completely quiet.  I sit in my office, reflect upon the events of the day, my thoughts and my place. I feel the cool breeze coming through the window, which sits perfectly in front of my desk. The dark swaying trees outside my window keep me focused, as the cool breeze reminds me  about the beauty of breath and life. I hesitate for a few seconds and then I simply start typing and this is when I feel the most alive.

 

My Personal Recipe … #Trust30

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge- Day 27

I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”

(Author: Harley Schreiber)

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I do not want to be reliant on someone else to do my work, to not be fulfilled, to not be changing lives, and to not be burnout and too busy for my kids.

My recipe to be self reliant is to continue to work hard towards work that matters, and in doing so (following my inner voice, a.k.a. not being too scared to make those crazy ideas in my head actually happen), I will fill fulfilled and at that point, I better be changing lives.  I believe that as I continue to seek out passionate people, that I will find my independence that I am looking for and balance with my work and family life.

I am off to a really good start, I am doing work I love and I am actually getting to enjoy time with my family … life is good.

Whatever it is your looking for, I hope you write your recipe down as well. Here is to getting started … once the universe (and you) knows the  intentions, well the stars will start to shine a bit brighter and every step you take on your path with start to feel a little sweeter.

My Manifesto … #Trust30

June 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge- Day 26

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.

You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!

(bonus: send it to the CEO with the title “The things we absolutely have to get right – nothing else matters.”)

(Author: Sasha Dichter)

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This is a Manifesto for one of my newest projects …

To simplify nutrition for people seeking general wellness to people trying to reverse Cancer and everyone else in between. To provide education through a compilation of research on foods that our bodies were meant to digest.  To supply consumers with whole food products that align with our philosophy of only using the freshest, nutrient dense ingredients, as close to their source, just as mother nature intended. To create great change in the way people think about the food they put in their bodies. To create healthy living through whole foods.

And yes, I sent it to my boss, this is my job description and I have  a lot of work to do.

Now it is time for you to write your Manifesto …