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bonjour beautiful: movement

This week is all about movement.  Physical movement. dfa3bef7-19c4-4faf-be5d-076aaf3fa3a6

If you’re anything like me, I spend the majority of my day sitting and o-m-g my hips hate me.  It’s ultra important for me to find movement when I’m not sitting at my desk so my hips get some relief.

Besides saving my hips, movement for me is magical. It’s connection to my thoughts, a big stress reliever and a huge confidence builder.  But quite frankly I used to hate movement because I thought it meant just going to the gym and running on the treadmill.  Not my idea of fun.  Once I broke the treadmill dread and learned that there are so many other ways of finding movement my life quite literally changed for the better.

A good movement will give you energy, excitement, confidence, push you to your limits in all aspects and allow you to grow and build.  This week, take some time to explore and play with new movement. Things you’ve never done before and even things you might have thought you hated.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
Ballroom Dance
Weightlifting
Yoga
Cycling
Running
Swimming
Ballet
Hip Hop Dance
Hiking
Rowing
Gardening
Crossfit
Boot Camp
Trapeze
Trampoline Parks
Skateboarding
SUP
Surfing
Rock Climbing
Martial Arts
Parkour

Use the hashtag #bonjourbeautiful to show us your movement!

p.s. the above picture is of me doing the chacha, in front of people. I am a former dance hater and tried ballroom dancing as a courage project and fell in love with it!  Another push to try something you think you won’t like 🙂

xx
B

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bonjour beautiful: Preparing for Tomorrow

How many times do you catch yourself saying “Oh, I’ll do that tomorrow.”?

I’m a recovering IDTT’er (I’ll do that tomorrow’er). 

From getting gas to doing the dishes to putting way laundry, it’s always going to be done “tomorrow”.

The problem with IDTT is that it is not preparing your future (tomorrow) for success.  Unexpected casualties arise every single day.  When you think you’ll have time for something tomorrow, boom a minor disaster happens and now you are stressing trying to get everything done.

You’re driving home from work, stuck in traffic after a long, crazy day and you know you need gas in order to get to work tomorrow.  A classic IDTT’er will tell themselves they can get gas in the morning on the way to work. No problemo.  Then morning comes and you spill your green smoothie all over the floor and have to spend 20 minutes cleaning it up.  Now your short on time, need a new breakfast option and still have to get gas.  Hello stress.

Thankfully, IDTT recovery is possible with daily strategy implementation 🙂

Every evening, perhaps on your drive home from work, create a mental list of everything you can do that night to help make tomorrow run smoother.  Get gas, pre-make your breakfast or lunch, plan your wardrobe and iron your clothes, pre-pack your yoga/gym clothes. The more you can get done the night before the better your day will go.

It’s all about setting yourself up for success. 

 

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Week in Review

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Wrote the first week of Bonjour Beautiful

Took a dip in the pool

Read “That Part Was True” by Deborah McKinlay

Witnessed a plane that landed in the middle of route 72 on the way to the beach (what a surprise!)

Sunbathed at the beach and swam in the sea

Delighted with my new frother, a gift from my fiancé

Wrote asana breakdown: arm balance gaze

Taught one private yoga class

Went to the gym 2 times

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bonjour beautiful: simple luxury

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Welcome to the first letter of bonjour beautiful.

This week is all about luxury, simple luxury.  It’s about finding little ways to bring richness and rarity into your life when you’re feeling least luxurious.

For me two of these simple luxuries are my L’Occitaine Shea Butter Hand Cream and my Smith’s Rosebud Lip gloss.  Simple, right?

I keep both of these in my desk at work.  Anytime I need a break, a sense of enjoyment, a brief moment of luxury I turn around, open my drawer and break out these two simple joys.  I soak up the scent and the richness of the L’Occitaine Hand Cream and the Rosebud Lip Gloss instantly gives a perk.  It’s one minute of delight that makes my least luxurious moments feel filled with luxury.

Now it’s your turn. What makes you feel luxurious and rich?  It does not have to be a product it could be as simple as adding cucumber to your water glass or a post it note with your favorite inspiring quote that takes you someplace else if only for a moment.  Whatever it is, take this week to start to make it a daily habit when you need a sense of luxury to allow yourself the 5 minutes to do just that, whatever that is for you!

Take a picture of your simple luxury and post to the bonjour beautiful community on all social media platforms with the hashtag #bonjourbeautiful

Happy Monday and have a lovely week,
Brittany

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asana breakdown: Warrior One — Knee Position

During my first year of practicing yoga I struggled with Warrior One.  It always felt so uncomfortable for me and took some solid time adjusting and tweaking my stance before I felt comfortable in Warrior One.  Today, it is one of my favorite poses.

Something I see often on fake yoga commercials (you know the ones I’m talking about) the model yogi will have their knee of the front leg going way past their ankle causing almost a 30 degree angle in their front leg. Ouch.  The ideal angle is 90 degrees.

When the knee goes past the ankle it causes overextension which could lead to serious injury and pain.  The knee of the front leg should never go past the ankle.  They should be stacked in a line equally supporting each other.  If someone looked at you from the side, your shin would be straight.

The knee of the front leg should be directly on top of the ankle like this:

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Overextension mostly happens when the yogi is not taking up enough space on their mat and they have their feet too close together.  If you find yourself in that position, step your front foot up more and root down in the front heel.