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Making Inspirations into Realities

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Sidewalk inspiration by Emma of Tampa, Florida.

We all love those morning mantras or Monday motivations.  Those little doses of inspiration to get our gears going into action.  Anytime of day, I say we could use some of those quotes.  Some stick with us more than others, to soon shape our whole perspective.

But how do you see those coming to be?  The mantras that give you that “aha” moment, do you really see them in your everyday life.  How do you incorporate ways to fit them in?

Lately, I’ve been in a little funk.  Not terrible, but enough to make me go, “No, you have a dream, you have a goal, so be there.”  Questions on what is my next step came up.  How can I show up? How can I be there in the most authentic way to show others what I believe?  Will I embrace the connections that have shown up themselves? More than ever I have questioned is this what I want to be doing right now.

“Just question if you still love what you once loved.” ~Danielle LaPorte

There are times the universe controls what happens, but there are times you need to make the happens in the universe.

Here are some steps to making those inspirations become your reality.

1.  Where were you three years ago, and where are you now?  Take any perspective you like.  But, don’t sugar coat it.  Do have a different job?  Different partner?  Newly Single?  Newly open?  For me, I found myself almost in the same exact place.  Same job, same house, most of same friends.  Inside, I am actually trying to get right back where I was before too.  Can you believe it?  I want the same openness.  I want the practice and commitment.

2.  How can you make it different?  Yes you can be in that same job, but are you in a different position or more goal-oriented?  Can you take living in the same place, but take random weeks to make up for the adventure?  That’s exactly what I did.  Taking a spontaneous trip, to do almost the same as what I’ve could have done home… was one of the better decisions I made in a while.  You can get out of your comfort zone and still do what comforts you!

3.  What ways will you practice?  When you look at an amazing liner, write down how you can or have made it happen. Try saying to yourself, “Fuck yea.  This is what’s gonna go down now!” I have this amazing planner that helps me with that.  Everyday I use it, to figure out what I can change or do, to make that mantra come to life.

So much easier said than done.  The funks and rough patches might seem they are coming up more often than you prefer.  But, after a while, I guarantee it’s because you are thinking more frequently of having those inspirations become a reality.

“Do stuff.  Be clenched, curious.  Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.  Attention is vitality.  It connects you with others.  It makes you eager.  Stay eager.” 

~ Susan Sontag

Heart out. Power within. {Uncensored. Unedited}

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You know those moments or times when you can’t catch a break?

Something great might come up, new opportunities and possibilities, new friends and loves that come through.  It’s uplifting.  Motivating and inspiring for many.  You yourself become inspired by your own actions and story.

Then all of a sudden, or slowly and steady, things change.  Maybe, you find that amazing job not to be what you expected.  You feel let down by possibilities that you know are gone.  Life becomes not only hard, but confusing once more.  Why?

I figured out a couple of reasons:

1.  What’s meant to be, will be.  The universe is good and frustrating like that.  Life happens. Shit happens.  And it’s always for a reason.

2.  You learn to love no matter what.

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That one is my personal struggle.  We become sad.  We feel a sense of hopelessness and loneliness.  Does anyone really get it?  How much we believe in ourselves and others? Only to be let down?  How is that fair?!  Just like that we become angry and spiteful.  I don’t know about you, but I literally start to say, “Fuck You! I will become amazing!  Beautiful and successful! And I won’t need you, or this job, or this money to make it happen!”

Then, I remember my past.  Then, I remember yoga.  Then, I repeat my beliefs.

My past reminds me being that bitch didn’t help to become happier or successful.  Shutting myself out from the world didn’t make me a better person.  What happened, happened for a reason, and for that I am grateful.  But, I know that’s where I should leave it.

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My yoga practice has been my rock.  It teaches me to breath.  That’s number one.  It gives me something other than money, family, men, and other nonsense to focus on.  Yoga reminds me of my beliefs.

My beliefs to find the good in others, including the hardest person, myself.  This world is amazing.  I am amazing.  Dreams do come true.  Love comes for an hour or a lifetime.  I am never alone because there is someone who loves me,..  parents, siblings, dog, a child.  We are human with basic needs.  And we all strive for the same thing, happiness.  The connection that brings us all together.  Which is once again yoga, the union. Which is the universe, and it has a plan for us.

I’m learning as best I can (I want to say fast and gracefully, but that would be a lie) that it will come back together.  Life goes on.  And how amazing to say that I am 25 years old, and as long as I don’t die tomorrow, I have my whole life to do what I love, be with who I love, and change the world, or just one life.

How will that happen?  I hate saying it.  It’s much easier for me to type that actually do, because it’s ACTION.  It’s the hunger and hustle.  What I needed and got over and over was tough love.  I hated it, and sometimes I still do.  But, now I am oh so grateful for it.  I made several changes over the last couple months, and did somethings that I know would have never crossed my mind only three months back.

One of them was give up my practice.  And, I think that’s the tough love I need back in my life.  Because I know now, it will speak to me differently, or at least I hope.  I want that discipline back.  The one that would make time for something that was good for me.  I want to kick my own ass in a new way now.  Not with deprivation, but with nourishment.  I didn’t take this break as a failure, but a reminder.  I am allowed to love how I want to love.  I love my practice with ease and perseverance.  Even though, I wasn’t able to do it by myself, I will gladly take the guidance from those who are there to teach.

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So let’s just remember.  To each there own, but I do hope yours is filled with the love and faith everyone deserves to have.

Like a warrior.  Heart out, power within.

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Step 1: Set Your Intention

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So, did you think I would forget?  It’s the beginning of October and Fall is still fresh.  A new season can sometimes signify almost a new year for some.  For me, I see a new year of schedules, planning, and time to really start over.

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I always see Fall as a way to remember why I started.  Yes, it is not like spring where plants come alive, and creatures and being alike come out to play.  Fall, as I said before, is the best time to rid and create space.  The perfect time to really just dig deep and rid that bullshit.  Whether it’s toxic chemicals to toxic emotions, we want to start a transitioning season in the best possible way.

When we hear of cleansing or detoxing, it’s safe to say most of us think about 2 things first: food and weight.  I would like to help transition that, because not for nothing, those are two things that most of think about everyday.  I want to think of a clean slate, a new beginning, and not only a healthy beautiful body, but a healthy mind and beautiful soul.  To be quite honest, you can’t obtain such health and beauty with your body, if the inside is still needs a little more love and help.  This is why the first step to any cleanse is your intention.

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When first starting anything, whether a new routine, job, or practice, we usually start off with why.  Why are we starting yoga?  Why did we start a new job or career?  Why did we decide to eat healthier?  Why did we decide to leave a toxic relationship?  Our why’s may all be different, but there are things that we will all have in common.  We are ready for a change and we are ready for our transition.  Once you decide it, you are ready.  It takes a lot of cojones to even tell your mind such things.  We decide to leave the comfort of what has been and really dive into uncharted territory.  Who are we to decide we want to change such a big part of our lives?

IMG_6301I know for me.  This takes a lot.  To say I tend to be a bit scattered and doubtful, can sometimes be an understatement.  Recently deciding to leave a job I had secured for half of my working life, for another unsure part-time job, wasn’t easy.  And to be quite honest, still isn’t.  But, I decided regardless of the fact that it wasn’t the “ideal” job for a girl my age and circumstance, it was a change.  Once thing I desperately needed.  To get out of my comfort zone, to get out of my bubble, and try something new.  I guess you can say that intention was for a change of atmosphere.

So, now I talk to you about your intention for your detox or cleanse.  If you are interested, what are you trying to get out of it? When things get hard, what do you want to feel?  Maybe it can be you want more energy or shed a couple of fast pounds.  Would you consider a new lifestyle?  A new way to approach a different, healthier way of living?  Strength? This could really be your intention for the season.

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For myself, I want to feel light again.  Not so much physically, but more mentally and emotionally.  When things get rough, make it light.  When something might seem hard and you struggle, take it lightly.  Sometimes my emotions and mentality get a hold of me.  I want to learn and be reminded to say it with a whisper, and to listen to what might be too soft to hear.  When a posture gets tough, take it lightly.  If and when I do my cleanse, I want to rid those toxins within that essentially may way me down, that have my energy moving to others places that don’t benefit me or my surroundings.  It always comes from within.

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Of course, this is something you may do every week, but I bring it up now as a commitment.  I believe now is the perfect time to dig deep.  Let the Fall colors warm you and it’s chill breeze awaken you!  

 

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Please feel free to comment or share what might call to you.  Your intention for the season or week!! What will be your Monday Mantra???

 

 

Something To Think About

Good morning, loves!

Yay!  It’s Saturday!  And that makes me happy!  Why?  Not sure.  I work just the same.  Maybe go out.  I don’t care though!  Because it’s the freakin’ weekend!  Okay, I’m done.

So, my last post I kind of wrote my life away.  Or I just actually was informative with words, rather than pictures.  Can we do a bit of both today?  I’ve been loving inspirational quotes, pictures, people,…etc.  I post them on facebook, Instagram, even Pinterest.  So I thought I share over here 🙂

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I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing exactly this, right now. ~universe

Till next time,

 

yesenia

 

 

Happy New Year!!!!

Hello People!

Hope you all had an amazing New Year celebration! Mine was full of food, family, and friends.  Awesome as usual.

New Year’s Eve

The Last Meal

Vegan Pasteles.  I’ve been eating them like they have been going out of style.  It’s almost like a tamale that’s made out of pureed plantains, cassava, and squash.  What’s usually filled with meat, my grandma and I filled with chickpeas and peppers.  That’s love.  Then she made rice and pigeon peas (arroz con gondules.)  With some ketchup, hot sauce, and home-made sangria (we won’t say how many I had that night) it made the perfect meal.

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Then some fun 🙂

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January 1, 2013

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Started the new year right with a healthy brunch!  Tofu Scramble drizzled with organic ketchup, kale and mushroom sautee, sprouted toast with some eb butta.  Serious yum.

 

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I’m back at yoga!  I redeemed my unlimited month package at my fav studio!  Yay!  One of my goals (probably number 1)  is to go deeper in my practice.  Now I have a yoga buddy too!  So excited to see what this year bring with my body and mind.

 

Dinner

Indian!!!  Need I say more??

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Resolutions Anyone?

I don’t really like to call them resolutions.  But more like intentions.  You intend to do it, and if it’s not working out, totally ok, just don’t give up.  I also learned not to be exact.  When somebody aims to see a certain number on the scale and it’s not coming along, it can be a little discouraging.  What one should see is a better posture, glowing skin, and feel healthy, better, and confident about what they are doing.  What I like the most is you never have to do it alone, help is one of the greatest gifts one can give and recieve.

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I started a list on my birthday last year for my 23rd year.  This time I made a list for 2013.  It works out good because I can see where I am at, what I need to work on, and may recommit to my intentions.   Even better, I can change it.  Nothing concrete about your thoughts or feelings.   I try to look at it every week.  It’s constant reflection and reminder of what I thought was important and wanted to do.

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This is something that can be done any day, but a new year, calendar, and end to festivities, seem like the perfect time to start a new beginning.  I love the thought of looking inside and revealing what you really want.  Why and how are should always follow the what.  This is what works for me.  I love to hear how everyone else sees this new time.  Why I love to learn about health, mind, body… everyone is different.

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Embrace who you are as an individual this year and for all the years to come.

Me… I’m the girl who just loves to wake up, detox, reflect, and enjoy my tea and bowl of oats, for now 😉

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To 2013 motha*****!

 

yesenia

 

“We must ask ourselves, if we wish to be healthy, what for?  To what use will we put our health.” ~ Annemarie Colbin, PhD