I’ve been hibernating, and I think it’s time to wake up. Winter has nearly passed and the temperatures are slowly starting to rise (as is my level of happiness). But I’m going to take a more personal route for this four-month-overdue post; I’m going to share a bit of my very own darkness. Continue reading
This year, I want to be present. I want to live and I want to be. I want to fully experience every moment, every high and every low. I want to move away from this idea of perfection and move into becoming more and more of myself. Dr. Seuss once said, You are you. Isn’t that pleasant? So yes, this year, I will be present; I will be my imperfect self and I will be there for every moment of my imperfect life. Will you? Continue reading
I love mornings. Sometimes I really don’t like the sound of my alarm and other times I’m not a fan of those first five minutes in half-asleep limbo land, but once I am up, life is awfully beautiful. Especially now that it’s the end of November, when the sun is up at six and you’re in bed fourteen hours later, it’s so important to try to start each day on a good note. Learn to say peace-out to yesterday and get ready to greet the prospects of the present! Continue reading
I’d prefer things to be sunshine and starry nights all the time, but I know that life doesn’t work like that. And I know that this next month is going to be horrible – assignments, essays, last minute this and that, and of course, finals. So that’s why it’s even more important to make some time for yourself and show yourself some love. Continue reading
We all have a happy place. Whether it’s looking at the stars on the Carolina shores or hiking under the hot summer sun, we’ve all got someplace to think of fondly. Everyone has that place that warms them up and makes them smile. And in stressful times – midterms, papers, presentations, you name it – it’s so important to be able to close your eyes and find even a moment of peace. Continue reading
“Light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.” – Jodi Picoult
It’s Tuesday but it feels like it should be Friday. I know, I feel it too. Take a deep breath, put on some of your favorite tunes, and try out this yoga sequence to open your heart and embrace the week. You can stick to just this sequence, or you can add in whatever you heart desires!
“The best way to clear up muddy water is to let it be still.”
At this point in the year, we’re all kind of in muddy water. We’ve been stirred up – from school, work, dropping temperatures, you name it. Just take a second to feel what you’re truly feeling, not what you should be or want to be feeling. Feel the frustration and the fatigue and the discomfort. Acknowledge that it’s there. Let it stay. Let it be.
We’re not supposed to be happy and walking around like a ball of sunshine everyday – it’s OK to feel straight up crappy. But don’t ignore how you’re feeling; the first part to finding the bright side is acknowledging that you are so not seeing it right now. Be still, and let your muddy water settle.
It’s turning “I want to” into “I will”. It’s recognizing that your existence brings energy to this world, and it’s up to you to figure out what to do with it. Will you be strong today? Will you be patient with yourself? Will you see not only with your eyes but also with your heart? What will you do? What will you be?
What are your intentions for today?