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Things I Learned in 2014

I know it’s not over yet, but I couldn’t help to reminisce and share 🙂

Less is more.
As in clothing. Only buy what you absolutely love and look’s great on you. Not that shirt that looks ok and you might wear once in the next two years. I’m all about the French ideals of the 10 piece wardrobe. I might not go that far, 10 pieces seems very unrealistic for me, but I’ve dramatically cut back.

Just start!
Worrying about what might happen is a complete waste of time. Just do it. Just start. Somehow make it work. Go to the blank canvas without expectations, without caring if things get messy and without worrying if the end result is ugly. Just start.

Drink the coffee.  So what if your friend’s yoga teacher’s holistic nutrition coach says coffee is bad for you. I give you permission to drink it, because it’s damn good and you like it. And you cannot imagine your morning without it. Only say no to coffee when you’re on a cleanse, the rest of the month go for it if you wanna!

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Speaking of coffee….Mornings can be delightful.
I’ve spent nearly my whole life dreading mornings. Now, I don’t mind them at all and in fact quite enjoy my little morning rituals.  I’ve even created a no-filler, to the point guide for everyone to find magical mornings.

Taking on new hobbies is confidence boosting. 
Like dancing.  
Learning to ballroom dance has had a tremendous impact on my life. I adore ballroom dance now and am looking forward to learning the art of the Argentine Tango in the future! I hope to spend the rest of my life dancing.

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No matter what you fear the outcome might be, if you aren’t voicing your feelings (1) no one will know and nothing will change (2) you’ll be doing more harm than good. Speak your truth.

I love the summer. My whole life I’ve spent in love with winter but this year I am finding the winter too harsh for my skin and bones.  I spent my summer weekends soaking up the salt air at the beach as much as my schedule allowed for it and I loved every second of it.

Treat everything like an experiment so you can never fail, you can only revise and re-try!

During my time in Nicaragua I really learned to waste less.  They didn’t have the means to buy a new chair the day theirs broke, they would fix it themselves. They didn’t have a trash truck coming to their house each week, they had to burn it. Everything was fixed, reused, repurposed or burned in the village we stayed in.

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Pursue what excites you. It seems silly and like DUH, but I don’t think I really got it until this year. The things that give me energy, make my heart beat faster, those are the things I need to be doing more of in my life.

It’s ok to say no to an event. If you don’t want to go to something, then don’t! Why suffer through it. Do what you want to do.

Finding your personal style is fun.  I’ve never been into fashion at all. I’m the type that will be 5 of the same shirt in different shades of black and grey. But this year, more so this month, I’ve been reading more about fashion and trying to find my own unique style. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting closer to 30 or perhaps it’s because I’m ready for a change but fashion is actually fun.

What did you learn this year?  Make a list and feel free to share! It can be enjoyable to go back through the year and reminisce some big aha moments.

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Start Before You’re Ready

When an idea floats into my head that makes my heart beat a little faster, I jump in.

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I commit to it like it’s the best idea I have ever heard. Worry, doubt and fear don’t even enter into my vision because excitement and inspiration are in the captain’s seat.

From business ideas to creativity t how I feel about something, I commit and I commit hard. Once my mind is made up, there isn’t anything that is going to stop me. Except myself that is. But we’ll get into that later.

Right now, let’s talk about starting things before you’re ready.

Getting caught up in what if’s and cant’s and not-yet-perfected is like digging yourself into a hole that you will never be able to get out of. If you’re worried about everything being perfect and just right, you’ll miss the opportunity, the fleeting chance to dream big, to dare and to do. Starting with what you have, where you are, is a magical pathway to your happiness. Really. You have everything you need to start some form of what you want to do, that dream, that big idea. It might not look like what you fully imagined, and you might have to dig deep to find it but once you do darlin’ nothing will stop you.

Fear, worry, doubt and not (insert wanna be trait) enough, these things are barriers. They are locking you in a never-gonna-happen jail. And the only thing that will unlock you out of that jail is yourself. Yourself being willing to start before you think you are ready. To dive in knowing that you have everything you need to begin.

Use your inspiration, hunger and creative energy and take action. Finally. Just do it.

What is the best that can happen?

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10 Reason Why I Detox Seasonally

1.) Energy

It seems that with each change of season on comes the colds, allergies and exhaustion. By eating clean, practicing yoga and meditation, I am able to gain my energy back and kick that exhaustion to the curb.

2.) To remove any toxins I’ve created from eating processed and sugar filled foods

Wheat, dairy, sugar, fast food, red meat…we all know it’s not good for us yet they are just SO HARD to resist (thanks to scientists who make them irresistible, read Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss). Sometimes I wish I didn’t love baking so much, but it is a hobby and I will never be able to give up cupcakes so detoxing helps me remove some of the sugar and toxic foods I’ve digested during my baking filled days.

3.) To find peace and calm

When I detox, I meal prep which saves a huge amount of time in the long run. I’m not rushing in to the morning to get my meals ready for work because my breakfast and lunch are already made thanks to meal prepping. One less thing to worry about.

4.) To find a sense of self-worth

As humans, even more as women, we put ourselves down daily, hourly! During the detox week you feel so amazing about what you are doing for yourself it is so hard to put yourself down. In fact, you’ll be struttin’ your stuff from feeling so amazing. Work it girl!

5.) To lose a few pounds and feel lighter

Back to the whole cupcake thing — they certainly do not make me feel light, at all. Eating a week’s worth of clean, nutritious foods makes me feel full, nourished and light! Buh Bye bloating! See you never.

6.) To let go of things I don’t need in my life (mentally and physically)

Through meditation, yoga and journaling, stuff will start to brew. Emotions will rise and come to the surface. This is the PERFECT time to scrape those emotions away and start fresh. To heal through them and grow. Transformation is amazing.

7.) To test my willpower (ohhh yess)

Temptations are all around. And I have like zero willpower, which is why I need a solid plan covering ALL aspects. When I follow a plan exactly, I am setting myself up for success!

8.) To help with breakouts and skin issues

We all want that GLOW. Wheat, dairy and sugar are so harsh for your skin. They cause major breakouts, overly oily or overly dry skin and rashes. When you eat a clean diet your skin will glow, shine and sparkle!

9.) Awareness

I am most aware of how much toxins I have taken during the first 2 days of the detox. Headaches are all to common during the first two days as your body goes through sugar and caffeine withdrawals. Day three you’ll feel amazing and you will really become aware of what those nasty things do to your body.

10.) Happiness

When we are energized, eating clean, active, glowing and aware we naturally become HAPPY! Day four and five you will be high-fiveing anyone who comes your way. I always feel so proud of what I have accomplished and I just want everyone else to feel the same way! It’s contagious.

Interested in doing a detox? Check out the 3 Day Soul Cleanse!

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SOULful Life Interview Series – Meg Everingham

I met the beautiful, soon-to-be mama, Meg, via twitter!  I have always been inspired by her willingness to leave corporate life to pursue her true passion of teaching.  I am thrilled to be able to share this interview with you all!

Meg Everingham

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Classically trained in ballet, Meg translates her love of movement to teaching yoga, Pilates & wellness. Based outside of Philadelphia, Meg teaches in-home, in-studio and online group & privates sessions. A student of Yoga & Pilates for 15 years, Meg’s teaching style has grown from her sense of body awareness, love of movement and union of body & mind. Meg is also a practitioner of Ayurvedic & plant-based living, a freelance writer & yoga-living enthusiast. Fusing her classical training, knowledge & experience, Meg strives to empower her clients through the freedom & strength of mind-body movement.

Visit Meg’s blog Yogalina
You can also follow Meg on:
Twitter: @yogalina
Instagram: @yogalina
Facebook: facebook.com/megzeveringham

1. What was your previous corporate job and how did you know that it wasn’t right for you?

After years of teaching ballet & practicing yoga (not ever thinking that could be a career) I went into working in human resources. The foundations of this career were the same in my interest in yoga – self-development & human service. In human resources I was able to help people find satisfaction in their jobs, create a positive workplace culture & give back to the community through outreach programs. During this time I continued to practice yoga & teach dance part-time. I felt that I was proving to myself that I could work & succeed on a more traditional career path. The interaction between myself & the employees was the highlight, the paperwork & office politics were the downside. I feel that I could have stayed in the corporate environment & taught part-time. I had a good salary, 401K savings plan, benefits, etc… I always had a strong pull inside of me to go back to movement, yoga & the arts full-time. I found myself dreaming of the life I had pre-corporate job, filled with creativity & freedom. Eventually I decided to jump back into that world!

2. What was the final push that made you take the big leap towards becoming a yoga and pilates teacher? How did you know you were doing the right thing?

The final push occurred when I took a job in human resources that turned out to be a very unhealthy work environment. Everyday became a struggle to deal with the multitude of inappropriate workplace behavior & culture. I still enjoyed aspects of my position, but the negative outweighed the good. I searched for another position & was unable to find one. I discussed it with my husband & we both agreed that this was the time for me to follow what I truly love to do whole-heartedly. I knew I was doing the right thing for my authentic self. I was leaving a toxic work environment & following my bliss. Financially, it was not necessarily the “right” thing because I lost my benefits & salary. I was able to teach ballet & find a part-time job for benefits while in YTT.

3. Did you experience any peer pressure to stick with the typical 9-5 corporate route?

My family & friends were all supportive about me leaving my 9-5. People that know me best recognized that this decision was right for me, that I was following my path. My parents were concerned about me not having benefits. I left a good paying, stable job for the unknown. I didn’t go into teaching yoga or Pilates to make money; I did it because the voice inside of my heart was urging me to!

4. Any regrets or things you might have done differently?

In retrospect it would have been smart for me to stay with my corporate job while in yoga teacher training. I was impulsive & ready to get out of that toxic environment. I could have continued my income (saved money) & had benefits & then transitioned into teaching.

5. What are some things you LOVE about your life now?

I love that I know I am exactly where I supposed to be & doing what my heart desires.

6. Any tips for people wanting to move from the corporate life to their dream job?

Plan your exodus from corporate life. Think about all aspects of what your new life with this dream job will entail – the known & potential unknown. Look at both the potential risks & rewards.

Thank YOU Meg!

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Easy Peasy Green Juice

Ahhh the glorious Green Juice.  Whether you like the color or not, you cannot deny it’s powerful benefits.  Here is a super easy recipe for any green juice newbie!  I use this recipe almost every morning, and it never fails me.

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What you’ll need:

1 cup liquid of choice (water, coconut water, hemp/almond/oat milk)

2 Handful’s of kale (de-stemmed)

1 scoop of vegan/plant based protein powder

4 strawberries (or fruit of choice)

1/2 frozen banana

Ice, Ice baby (sorry)…

Fancy, schmancy glass

Blend, and receive.

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Pure, green goodness.  Come to mama!