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Find Your Passion

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“Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come most alive, and do that.  Because what the world needs, is more people who have come alive.” -Thomas Merton

Connecting to what makes you you is so important, if not the most important thing, in living a healthy, happy life.

Right before I decided to change my diet, I felt completely disconnected with myself. I lost most of what was me and felt totally off balance. I didn’t really know why, or how to fix it but I inherently knew something was off and was miserable with the cycle of the everyday.

All free time outside of work was spent eating, drinking, or on the couch watching TV. Lost, I turned to food to find my balance. This was keeping me even more bogged down and was ultimately the cause and relief of all my problems. I knew that I needed to find my self again, reignite my abandoned passions and discover new ones.

Push Past Your Boundaries

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In many a yoga class I’ve heard it. “Play your edge.” What does this mean?

To play your edge means to always teeter on the brink of your comfort zone. I think of this like a circle. In the middle you’re warm, cozy, safe, not doing anything too risky (or fun). Step out a little further…and a little further and you’re at that painted yellow line.

You’re still safe behind that yellow line, but not quite as comfy as the middle. Go past the line, maybe stick your toes off the edge of the circle.

Here is where you kind of freak out a little, you’re not feeling safe, but you are doing something worth while. Eventually the circle grows past your toes and there you are, ready to step out a little more, lesson in hand.

My Road to Health: How Raw Food Changed My Life

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Two and a half years ago I was probably at my lowest point health wise. I had just graduated college, moved out on my own, and spent the summer living it up with my roommates. The shock of working full time, white not quite knowing if what I was doing was right for me was often balanced out by eating whatever the hell I wanted.

Constant dieting throughout high school led me to go on a tailspin throughout college and beyond. Around October 2007 my two roommates and I decided that we needed to do a cleanse. We chose to do the Lemonade Diet, also known as the Master Cleanse, for 10 days. I had done this before but found it extremely difficult emotionally.

This time I meant business. I knew that if I didn’t change my ways I would go on feeling the way I did forever. I was lethargic, unmotivated, uninspired, had digestive problems, and was just going through the motions. If “blah” was a feeling, that was how I felt. I needed a drastic change.

Eating Healthy Made Affordable

Community Supported Agriculture is the New way to Shop for Food

I resigned from my job to be a full time stay-at-home mom to Miss Aubrey.  My husband and I went before the Lord to seek His blessings on this matter.

I remember telling God that in doing this I wanted to still be able to eat organically and travel. Look what God has done! I am eating organically, locally grown food more now than ever before and I am still traveling.

It wasn’t that God initially blessed us with financial increase to be able to maintain the life style that we enjoyed before my resigning. To the contrary, there has been lots of sacrifice.

The Good News tells us to seek and we shall find. That is exactly what happened to me. As I searched for affordable ways to continue to eat organic and all natural foods, God gave me wisdom to make that happen on our one income budget.

Simplify: Why to Eliminate the Clutter

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 164ASP12534164“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” Henry David Thoreau

I’m feeling the need to simplify my life. Most of my problems are due to one thing: clutter. Too many responsibilities, too many thoughts and most important of them all, too much STUFF.

Not all of this is bad, of course. Most “responsibilities” are fun and what I love to do, my mind is full of ideas (unorganized as they are) and aspirations, and my space has a lot of things that I love and are necessary. I’m sure things are similar for you.

As I’m on a never ending mission to create peace in my mind by reducing the useless and self-limiting mind chatter, I’ve decided to focus on the physical. Is there anything in your life that weighs you down? Stresses you out? Or causes way too much anxiety?

I know I can think of a thing or two or hundred. This is why I’m going to start on a journey of eliminating a TBD amount of stuff from my life. I’d like to share it here because this is inherently and intrinsically tied to my happiness and my capability to follow my dreams. That is true health right there and you all know how I feel about that! Anyone want to join in?!

Make Friends With Fear

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Last night I heard a commercial for an insurance company that said something to the affect of , “taking the ‘scared’ out of life.” I spent a lot of time ruminating about fear this weekend and had to laugh at the ridiculousness of that statement.

Life is absolutely not about eliminating your fear. It’s not about waiting until you’re no longer afraid. Or, working at getting over it.

It is about co-existing with fear and doing what you’re most afraid of anyway.

We all have fears. We all especially have fears that prevent us from doing what we want (or are called) to do. I realized on Sunday that I (and you!) will always have fear (duh).

There is no magical pill that is going to make it go away. Of course, things will get easier and maybe your fear for that particular thing will dissolve, but then there will be a new fear facing you head on.

To a Life of Love

1) Today marks my 26th year on this beautiful earth!

2) After three years in the corporate world and 26 years of knowing that I’m not a corporate, 9-5, cubicle person I have officially QUIT!!!!!!!! My last day is January 31st.

There are three things I know:

  • it is your absolute right to fill your day with love
  • you deserve to have passionate, purposeful “work”
  • you deserve to wake up excited for each and every day

These things have been completely lacking in my life so I made a plan. Well, I’m taking my 401K retirement fund and running! (Disclaimer: I don’t condone this. Maybe I do.)

I’m choosing to trust what my heart is telling me and taking a huge leap of faith. I don’t know exactly what my future holds, but I do know it is going to be bright, amazing and filled with love!

I urge you to ask yourself. If you’re not happy with how you spend the bulk of your time, what can you do to change it? Hint: “nothing,” “I have no choice,” and “impossible” are not involved.

Journals and Self Love

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Hello lovies! I’m so excited that tomorrow is Thursday, because that means I’m one day closer to my trip to NY!!!! I’m originally from Long Island and am going home for a whole 10 days! That means one whole week of vacay AND I’m celebrating my cousin’s wedding AND I’m a bridesmaid. I can’t wait!

I have lots of exciting things on the agenda so next week should be a fun one to say the least. And a hot one I’m sure since I’ve been hearing horror stories of 100 degrees plus humidity. What’s humidity? I think I’ve blocked that out of my memory.

Last night I did something I haven’t done in a long time. In almost a year to be exact, and it felt gooood.

Get your mind outta the gutter.

I JOURNALED!

I never journaled every day or even every week, but only when I felt moved to write. Last night I had the urge so I dug out my little book and wrote and wrote and wrote.

When the Channel is Blocked

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I found the following quote in one of my favorite books ever: The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark by Sera Beak.

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is: nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly. To keep the channel open” ~Martha Graham

I’m re-reading this fabulous book because I have a situation. My channel is blocked.

When this channel is blocked I feel lost, irritated and on edge. I start to question myself, get annoyed with others easily and wonder what the point is. I lose touch with my creativity and can’t find the inspiration to act or express my truest self. See why it’s a situation?

The silly thing about being in this place is that it invites you in and has that comfortable familiarity. It’s tricky like that. It makes you want to stay for a while and get settled in.

The Spark of Authenticity

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Well, I sure do feel better after my last post!! Lots of yummy yoga, deep belly breathing, mindfulness, setting intentions, fresh air, presence and having fun in the kitchen will do that to a girl. My inspiration and general excitedness is filling me up once again and it feels good and right.

I had a huge smile on my face on the ride home from yoga last night. I felt exceptionally calm and strong. I could literally feel the release of the worry, stress and anxiety. My creative mind opened and started exploding with ideas like kombucha that has been shaken a little too much. I felt the deepest connection to my authenticity.

Authenticity might just be my favorite word. I love everything it represents and how it makes me feel deep within my soul. It encapsulates everything I believe in the most. Which is why I was so excited was I when I saw that Authenticity was this month’s Self Discovery, Word by Word.

SDWW is a blog series started by the lovely Ashley of Nourishing the Soul and Katie from Health for the Whole Self is hosting December. I’m participating for the first time after reading all of the beautiful posts from the last couple of months and of course, because I strive to be my most authentic Self every day.