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7 Ways to Stop Moving Through the Motions

Sometimes life can feel like you’re on repeat. Just doing the same things day in and day out, just moving through the motions of life. Here are 7 ways to try to change that!

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  1. Change Routes.   Morning commutes can be downright horrible. I know I have at least an hour drive to work each morning, and that’s on a good day. To mix things up every once in a while, I’ll take a different bridge into the city or try a different route to work. It’s a different view, different scenery. An easy way to mix things up every once in a while.
  2. Use your time wisely.   Speaking of commute, I try to use that hour drive to work as a way to learn something new or inspire myself. Which is why I choose to listen to podcasts instead of the radio. I love Tranquility Du Jour, Girlboss Radio, Politically Re-Active and my new favorite The Land of Desire: French History & Culture.
  3. Start saying No. How many times a month do you commit yourself to doing things that you really don’t want to do. You only say yes because you feel obligated to do so. Your time is valuable so start treating it as such. Start saying no more and don’t feel the need to give a long reason why. Just say “no, I’m sorry, I’m not available”. It’s that easy.
  4. Start saying Yes. This is not a contradiction to number 3. Start saying no to the things you don’t want to do, so you can start saying yes to the things that get you really excited. Say yes, but say it because you really want to.
  5. Don’t plan so much. When we over plan things, they can start to feel mundane. There is so much excitement and exhilaration in the unplanned. Take a day, go to your nearest city and just explore. No plans, not itinerary, just walk and go wherever you want to go. I love doing this in NYC. I pick one area in NYC and just walk. If I pass a store that looks interesting I go in, if I’m feeling hungry, I grab a bite to eat. Something fun and unexpected always happens, and if I would have planned my route I would have missed it.
  6. Step out of your comfort zone, get scared. We must always be testing ourselves and pushing ourselves outside of the box. How boring a life would be if we played it safe all the time. Remove the box you’ve created and push yourself outside of your comfort.
  7. Try something new. Cook a new recipe, try a new makeup style or a new hairdo. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but try something new. Mix things up a bit.

 

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12 Weeks Left in the Year

There are only 12 weeks left in 2016! Crazy, I know.

I wanted to touch base with you for a little end of the year goal setting and inspiration. A lot of change can happen in 12 weeks.

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Take some time to reflect and answer the below questions. Get clear on what you would like to accomplish in the next 3 months and exactly how you plan to accomplish it.

In 12 weeks I will:

I am doing this because:

I will stay committed despite any obstacles that come my way by:

In order to accomplish my 12 week goal, I need to do this by week 8:

In order to accomplish my 8 week goal, I need to do this by week 4:

In order to accomplish my 4 week goal, I need to do this by week 1:

I will start today by:

I will stick with it tomorrow by:

It is also extremely helpful to make yourself a 3 month calendar with your weekly goals listed very clearly. So you know where you need to be each week in order to get to your 12 month goal. Don’t put anything else on this calendar except goal related items.

I know goal setting can come off as icky or business minded but for me it’s a motivational tool and a way to make sure I stay committed to my goals. It gives me the encouragement to stay on track even when I’m having a bad day or when something unexpected comes up.  Personally, I plan to take the next 12 weeks to recommit myself to my ashtanga practice and powerlifting.  I took a few months off from both and I’m itching to get back.  I also have a fun (and completely free) program coming out in December that I cannot wait to share with you all.

Dream, plan, do the work, accomplish.

Happy goal setting,

Brittany

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Face Your Fears Like a Kid

fullsizerenderLike many of you are familiar with, this week was the start of a new school year. I was lucky enough to be able to get my 6 year old niece ready for her first day of 2nd grade.  Like all new beginnings, she was nervous.

She normally isn’t the nervous type; she’ll walk up to any kid and ask to play, she’ll dance ballet and tap in front of a hundred people and she’ll even tell adults to face their fears and congratulate them when they do. So it was weird to see her nervous about starting school.

Secretly, I was watching her and learning from her. I noticed these three main steps and even used them this week when I was faced with a situation that I was extremely nervous about.

Step One: Zone Out.  She knew the bus came at 8:00, so for the downtime we had in the morning she didn’t want to talk to me or do anything except zone out.  She watched tv and kept her mind off of what she was nervous about.

Step Two: Tell your peers you are nervous.  We walked to the bus stop and shortly after saying hi to the friends she knew, she giggled and told them she was nervous.  I’m pretty sure they all sighed with relief knowing that they were all nervous and in it together.

Step Three: Go for it. When the bus came, she didn’t even say goodbye to me, she just ran right up to the opened doors.  No delaying the inevitable, she just went for it and didn’t look back (until of course I called her name to take her picture).

She taught me that sometimes we need to take things back to nature. Back to when we were a kid and did things the way we felt like they needed to be done and not the way society has taught us.

Get back to your inner child and do what feels natural to you.

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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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Over Coffee Project: Sarah Hart

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