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Experience vs Viewing the Experience

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I have this vision of myself, standing on a cliff in Ireland.  The waves crashing below, the storm clouds rolling in and the wind swirling around me.  I put my arms out and for a long moment, I am completely experiencing.  The sounds, the feelings, the energy, the emotions.  I know no past and I don’t care about the future, I am completely submerged in the moment.  Call it a meditation or a daydream. I use this vision quite often.

Every day we are viewing experiences.  Watching other people’s lives on television or on our phones.  Driving somewhere and watching the buildings and trees go by.  These are all experiences, yes, but experiences that we are viewing rather than actually experiencing.  It’s a subtle difference but all the difference it makes.

In the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert writes about driving in car and having the windshield completely block you from the experience versus driving on a motorcycle and actually being able to experience the drive, the wind, the sunshine, the rain.  It’s the perfect analogy for experience versus viewing the experience.

Where in your life can you start to fully experience, be fully in the moment.  Multitasking is great, but it completely voids you of the moment.  Wash dishes, and only wash dishes.  Go to the gym and leave you phone in the locker.  Be completely there.  It’s so simple, but so rewarding.

Lots of Love,
Brittany

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Borderline Stalker Obsession

When I try a new activity, I become borderline stalkerishly obsessive about it.

I just can’t help it.

It started at a very young age of 4, the first time I ever sat on a horse. That led into a lifelong love filled with lessons and competitions.  Then asking my parents for art supplies. Then surfing lessons. Then of course I desperately needed to learn how to snowboard. You get the picture.  I tried everything as a kid, and I’m so grateful my parents allowed me to do so.

Coming to adulthood, things did not change.

After my first trapeze lesson, I went home and researched how to join the circus. Yes, really.

After my first ballroom dance lesson, I went home and researched how to become a dance teacher.

I’m sure you know what happened after my first yoga class.

And last night I took my first Mysore class. Something I’ve been wanted to do for years but have been pretty nervous to try it.  Mysore follows the Ashtanga Yoga sequence but the teacher gives you a series of asanas to do and you don’t progress to the next series until they tell you to do so. You are also moving at your own pace, not like a normal yoga class where you all follow the sequence together as a class.

It was amazing and I’m buzzing from it today even still.

More than trying new things I love the way it makes me feel, the whole cycle. The nervousness, the anticipation, the not knowing what will happen and then doing it and feeling completely charged afterwards.  Riding the wave of emotions and ending on a high.  Because I’m always nervous in the beginning to try it. Always. Sometimes I’m even physically shaking with nerves (i.e. ballroom dance).  But the feeling when it’s all done, completely surpasses the nerves in the beginning.

I can’t imagine my life without having tried these things. And while I don’t snowboard or trapeze or even horseback ride routinely anymore, they are still a part of me, have taught me something and will come and go with the passing of time throughout the rest of my life.

So I ask of you to find something new that makes you excited but completely nervous to try. Then despite your nerves, do it.

Ride the wave. You’ll never ever regret it.

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My very young self at a riding competition.
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8 Ways to Live the Simple Life

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  1. Go somewhere and don’t tell anyone. Ever. We live in a society where we take pictures of our food, every experience we have and post it instantly online. I’m guilty! But when was the last time you experienced something truly for and by yourself? Put the phone in your glove compartment, drive somewhere adventurous, get curious and explore. And don’t tell the world about it. I want to live my life; not record it.” Jackie Onassis
  2. Limit tv. Read, play with your children/nieces/nephews, paint, make an elaborate meal, learn, explore. Find something else to do besides the tv.
  3. Speaking of reading. Hide your kindle and get the real deal paper and ink. Let the pages fold, rip and crease, grab a pen and make notes in the blank spaces, let it live and let it be raw. That is what reading is all about.
  4. Respect boredom. Everyone is always so dang busy and declares it like it’s a badge of honor. Busy is a trap. Busy is not honorable. Busy means you lack knowing what is and is not important. Clear your calendar for a day and do nothing. Get bored. Get really, bored. And see what comes up. I bet, almost without a doubt, it will spark creativity and inspiration like you’ve never experienced before.
  5. Do one thing at a time. Multitasking is so 2015. If you’re working on something, turn everything else off and just do that one thing for 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
  6. Stop buying plastic. Fo’ real. And if you walk by trash outside, pick it up. Be kind to the world.
  7. Look up at the stars as often as you can. It will put everything right into perspective.
  8. In all ways possible, choose outdoors.
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Over Coffee Project: Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart – Sarah Hart.Ca

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Sarah is a designer who creates beautiful websites, brand designs and e-books.  She offers a huge amount of free stuff on her website as well as e-courses and of course design.  What I love about Sarah is her ability to think outside the box — like this interview for instance.  She suggested we do a video rather than written and it turned out absolutely perfect.

Get to know Sarah here!

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OVER COFFEE PROJECT: ASHLEY COYNE

Ashley Coyne – Heart Beet Kitchen

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What’s in your coffee cup?

Cinnamon tea

What does your typical day look like?

Alarm goes off at 6am. Go to the gym for an hour. Run a few errands. Get to heart beet by 9:30 to open it up by 11. Since we’ve opened we have been busier than I anticipated, which is incredible, but that has me there until about 9pm. Go home, sleep, and do it again!

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

Hmm – I’m a CRAZY football fan. Go Broncos and vols! I use to work front office in professional sports, too, always was my dream.  I graduated from the university of Tennessee with a degree in psychology. Who knows what my plan was for that!

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

Eating breakfast and working out. If my day doesn’t start with that I feel completely out of whack.

What inspires you day to day?

Others living out this same crazy life on a much larger scale. I have some wild plans for this business in next few years. #justwait

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How do you create?

Write it down. I discovered a little over a year ago that writing goals down and getting really clear on what you want your future to look like magically helps it all come to life a whole lot sooner than you ever expected it to. In a really scary, but amazing way.

What can we find you daydreaming about?

A few more locations.  There’s been some serious day dreaming about that in the past two weeks 🙂

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You just opened up Heart Beet, what was your biggest influence in doing so?  What made you take the leap?

The most supportive friends and family. I use to work at lululemon and that company is all about those big audacious goals. They’ve been so incredibly supportive of this crazy dream.

What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?

books:

fire starter sessions by Danielle Laporte.

you are a badass by Jen sincero

apps:
you can always catch me on Pinterest & Instagram. it’s bad.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
If it’s not a hell yes then it’s a no.

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