2017 – The Year of Family

It has been a year to remember, it’s been both extremely good and extremely bad. One for the books and one that I shall always remember as “the year of family”. On the side of  the best, I gained a daughter-in-law this year! That was one of the happiest days of my wordswag_1514661303491life! I have spent the past 5 years praying that my son find someone to spend his life with, that completes him and makes him very happy. She was made to order, so perfect in every way. To make things even better, I now have another grandchild on the way, their first, and the family continues to grow.

There is also regret with the family, regret for things said that can never be unsaid. Moments of anger that create lifetimes of hard feelings. Words can never be taken back, apologies are sometimes not enough. I didn’t create the situation, but I do take full responsibility for my part in it, for that I am very sorry.  I hope that there is time to heal before time runs out.

God gave me time, very precious time, to spend with close family. Time to say what was in my heart, to hear what was in hers. Time to love and be loved, to share the bond of sisters before she transitioned out of this world and on to the next. Here, the words spoken were filled with love and I treasure that time together.

The year has revolved around family, we had good times and we had bad times. I can’t change the bad times, I can only learn from them and move forward. 2018 will be the year of a new baby, new chances to repair relationships, new hope in moving forward. Lessons learned … it’s better to wait for calm than to speak in anger. When it seems that time has run out, love brings blessings and peace. I have learned that you should never wait until time is running out to talk to someone you love … you never know what tomorrow might bring. Don’t waste time with anger and hurt … when they are no longer there, will any of it matter?

 

‘Hardcore’ instructors: “Are you in your own class?”

Yoga & Joyful Living

It seems there’s a new trend: Make it through my class, without quitting, and you’re good. And no, this time we’re not talking about hot yoga.

We’re talking about a new trend coming from London: Hardcore yoga instructors. It’s people who ask you things like “Are you in your own class?” if your flow doesn’t look quite right.

Stewart Gilchrist, spearheading a new trend: 'hardcore instructors' Stewart Gilchrist, spearheading a new trend: ‘hardcore instructors’

When we lived in London we could witness a weekly event (Saturday, 7am to be precise) called British Military Fitness. It involves people who are working (or have worked) for the army and are lowering themselves to tell people like you and me how to move. You don’t have a name, you have a number (think: “Run faster, number 10!!!”). They even shout at you from up there when you’re down here, trying to complete the number of push ups required. Not…

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Yoga … it’s good for your health!

I received my 200 hour Yoga Instructor Certification in February of 2014. Yes, I do teach yoga, no, I don’t teach to the mainstream fitness community. There is a reason for this!

I teach very small classes, only four people at a time. My students are those that wouldn’t go to a yoga studio for a variety of different reasons. I understand why they don’t. I am no different then they are. As I’ve said before, I have Multiple Sclerosis. Balance has been a very big issue for me as well as problems with my hands. These are two things to have that are very helpful when you are practicing yoga.

My students are aware of my MS, I don’t advertise it, but I don’t hide it either. They know that there are nights that I will struggle just as hard to accomplish the tree as they are. Some nights, I can’t do it. Of course, that is because it’s at night and I’m not at my best in the evenings. I DO know how to instruct my students to do the yoga asana’s correctly so that they don’t injure themselves.

There is a comfortable essence to the classes that I teach. Each person in the class is aware that they don’t have to be a certain level or do things perfect. Sometimes in big classes, a feeling of conspicuousness comes up and that takes away from the experience of yoga. When the student is very comfortable at keeping their own pace, they do much better with the postures.

Yoga is an excellent way to learn how to move inside and leave the outside world behind. When you are worried about how you look, embarrassed because you feel over, did the posture wrong, or whatever enters your mind,  you are no longer inside, you’ve gone back outside. Learning to breath deeply and following the breath with your body helps to create a unification of mind and body. The postures require your complete focus to hold them. Ask any of my students that managed to hold the tree for the duration of the time how exhilarating it is to have done that … and they will tell you that they had their focus completely on the pose, the outside world and what the others were doing had disappeared.

I use essential oils during my classes to help bring a element of peace and healing to the classes as well. I’ve used lemongrass and cypress on my wrists daily for a few years now, between the yoga and the oils, my numbness is much, much better. My wrists are much stronger than they have been in years.

Yoga is a way to move into meditation. Learning to focus your mind and be present is part of yoga, and what is done in meditation as well. When I move into svasana at the end of the practice, I must say I am very good at putting all of the students into a space of healing and total relaxation. Some fall asleep, which is fine with me, but all feel the peacefulness that comes from their yoga practice.

No matter what is going on in your life, what physical level you are at, you can make yoga part of your healing process. Moving the body is a good thing, even if it’s very small movements, and we all start small. Some of us go back and forth between small and huge, it all depends on the flow of our lives.

No, I’m not your typical large studio instructor. I’m me, and I’m no different than you in my abilities. That being said, I can help you to improve your own physical and mental well being in a safe environment. If you are interested in signing up for a yoga class (again there are only four per class) you can do so through the scheduling link on my facebook page. Even if you don’t schedule with me, find a class that is comfortable to you, a place that you feel safe and encouraged, and begin your own yoga practice. You will not regret it!

 

 

It’s Baseball Season

Life throws us curve balls at times. We swing, we miss, and we may even strike out. The question is – how we deal with those times. Life is life and we are all living it. There are times that we hit every ball out of the park when we step up to the plate and then there are those down times when we feel like we can’t even find the plate.

Austin Race - Annie 019Even though I am using a baseball metaphor, I’m not a ball player, but I AM a life player. Life is a lot like the game of baseball. We practice all the time, we write out our LifeVision, we listen and we begin to knock the ball out of the park. Life is good, things are moving in perfect synchronicity and we love that!

So why is it that there are times we get thrown a pitch that we don’t know how to hit? Aren’t those times supposed to go away now that I’m listening to my perfect life? A perfect life doesn’t throw pitches that I can’t hit, or does it? As we begin to change, life around us changes as well. There will always be hills and valleys, that’s just life and even though we have written our perfect vision, life will still happen. How we deal with those low times is what makes us move forward with our vision.

At the first swing and miss, we COULD just give up. We could say it’s not working. We could pretend to ignore all of the wonderful things that have happened already. We could forget that real change requires some work on our part. We have to play full out and we have to play to win. That means when we swing and miss, we get right back up to the plate and we hit the next ball that comes our way out of the park.

It’s time to “Play ball”. Are you ready?

Ideal Life … Do You Know What You Want?

To have what you want as a part of your ideal life … you need to know what you want!

Most people can give you a detailed list of what they don’t want, but how many people can articulate in a minute detail the things they desire in all areas of their life? As a LifeVision expert, I’m here to tell you, not many! Taking the time to get in touch with your greatest desires is well worth the effort.

I am a certified Vision Board coach, so I understand the visioning concept from my “prior” coaching life. I discovered that it ILVCertifiedCoachLogo-300x113takes more than just putting pictures on a board to bring your goals into existence. I went one step further and realized that I needed to pay attention to my vision boards on a daily basis. I needed to get into the pictures and feel the emotions that seeing my goals and dreams on the board evoked in me. I went another step further and realized that I needed to begin acting “as if” what I was putting on my board was already a reality in my life.

I admit, it takes planning to be able to stand in front of your vision board, filling your being with the emotion necessary to manifest, on a daily time schedule of twice a day, 3 – 5 minutes at a time. Most of the time I was lucky to stand there and “look and feel” for a few minutes in the morning, by afternoon that was not happening in my life!

I did manage to manifest a few things on my board. Mainly the things that I thought about the most frequently and kept alive and active in my brain.

I have also done the affirmations routine … say your affirmations on a regular basis and change your life. The problem with that is, if you don’t believe the affirmation you are saying nothing happens. Saying an affirmation without conviction is just lip service to the Universe. You don’t believe it and neither does your brain.

Affirmations lack specificity and personal connection, therefore they always come up short as a clear intention.

One of the biggest drawbacks of affirmations is that they aren’t specific enough to create a powerful vision that will compel you to action. With single sentence affirmations, your mind (or imagination) isn’t given enough information to create an inner picture that conjures up those important aspects of goal accomplishment – like emotion, motivation, visualization, and an action plan. I have taught for some time that affirmations need the emotion behind them to be more effective.

The human brain is an amazing thing! Science has come to realize that it isn’t hardwired to be a certain way, no matter what. It IS possible to change the wiring of your brain. Our brains have plasticity, they are mold-able and pliable at any age. That old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not a reality!

According to the book “Evolve Your Brain” by Joe Dispenza, D.C. “…recent studies suggest that the normal, healthy adult brain can generate new brain cells. This process is called neurogenesis ….the better you are at paying attention to your internal mental imagery, the more you can rewire your brain and the easier it is to control other circuits in the brain that process familiar sensory stimulation. In other words, attention is a skill!”

Ideal LifeVision is a process that brings the life you wish to create into your brain and the rewiring process begins. As your brain rewires, you begin to achieve the life that you have envisioned. It’s an amazing process! If you wish to learn more about this process, please attend my FREE TELE-CONFERENCE, March 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST. The call-in information is found here, if you missed the live call date, the recorded call information is located here.

You can have the life you wish to have. It won’t fall out of the sky, but with clarity, focus, and a 100% commitment from you, it can be achieved. I’ve watched it happen time and again with different people having different desires. Your life is unique to you, it is your time to be selfish and really think about what it is that you want to create. It is an honor for me to work with those that wish to create their life. If you are ready and wish to find out more personally, please use my calendar to schedule a session and we can talk with in person. There is no cost for this 20 minute call and it gives us time to explore the life you wish to create.