Video: Pregnant at 14 & How My Parents Reacted

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Video: SUP Yoga Mirror Lake

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Not perfect but proving that our bodies can do cool stuff. And proving that we don’t have to look perfect to do cool stuff either! BEYOU, DO YOU & LOVE YOU.

Most Important Person In The Room

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One of my most important “yoga memories” happened when I arrived late, to a yoga class. 🔹
I have a great relationship with my instructor and when she spoke to the class she also spoke to just me, you know how that is? 🔹
So she talked to us about respecting all the people in the room by telling us that we are not the most important person in the room. When we walk into the room to get “our” yoga practice in, we forget that we are also there to give energy to others. 🔹
If we focus on giving what we need comes back to us. So in life find ways to be quite when you enter the room, or move your mat over to make space for someone else, smile & feel love in your hearts for others. It drives away negative, selfish & overwhelming feelings that come to us sometimes, don’t let them stay. Give love ❤️

Video: Talking To Your Kids About Sexual Energy

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Get a couple great ideas, from the books, The Giver & Think And Grow Rich, that will help you open the door to talk to your kids about their bodies and the stirrings that they experience at a young age. These two new ideas will help you be a force in their life teaching them about safe and healthy sexual boundaries. Hope it helps you create a platform where it is normal and safe for your kids to talk about sex. Enjoy!

The Business Of...

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my friend malea

Worrying is like praying for the wrong thing to happen. Have y'all ever heard that before? That is one of my favorite lines that puts out the fire of doubt. I think of myself of being in the business of trying. You can't be in the business of worrying and trying at the same time! Choose what you want to be in the business of, put your efforts there and show the world unabashedly what business you are in, it shows up everywhere.

Come Up With A Smiling Face

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“It’s nothing against you to fall down flat, but to lie there - that’s disgrace.” This is a line from one of my all time favorite poems. (It is posted below.) 

I seriously love how this poem talks about how we all fall, we all get beaten, we all have troubles but it encourages us to COME UP WITH A SMILING FACE! And to be proud of the lessons we learned from our hardships. So as a tribute to showing you that ALL of us fall sometimes, and in honor of one of my favorite poems, I release this crazy sequence of photos into the world, for your enjoyment and yes, even laughter. As I also laughed when this happened - we all get thrown off!

No matter the scale of our fall we have to laugh, learn and shake it off before we can get up and do it again effectively! Having the perspective that falling somehow helps us in this life can change how we respond to our trials.

It is our belief about what our trials do for us that predict how we will handle them. I believe this 100% - weather big or little. The hard things in this life make us better people. Don’t give up on yourself, come up with a smiling face! I'm cheering for you!

How Did You Die?

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there -- that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
It's how did you fight --  and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he's slow or spry,
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
But only how did you die?

Edmund Vance Cooke

SUP Yoga ☀️ Good Vibes

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Be the good you want to see! Spread love!

Fix My Body

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my friend malea

In yoga today, I couldn't do this. I couldn't even do the simplest of poses, plank. My wrist is jacked! Here is what happened. During the mouth surgery I had, (I was awake) my body and head were turned to the side in a weird way so the doctor could get into my mouth. While in this position my body was feeling a lot of tension. Partly because there was a graft being taken from the roof of my mouth and partly because the book I was listening to, to distract me, was also going through a very tense part. Like even a bloody tense part and there was nothing I could do to change it!! I couldn't move to pause it, or take the buds out of my ears, nor could I talk!!!  And of course, in the moment, I was torn from being so engrossed in the ending of a really great book and trying to breathe through a hole being cut in my body, not a fence I want to be on again! This is hilarious and also so sad! Right? 

Needless to say I experienced intense body sweats and tension while in a crazy position. This caused my spine to be a little out of whack pinching a nerve that runs all the way from my spine to my wrist. My father-In-law is a chiropractor and he diagnosed me. After not having much movement in my wrist for over a week, he adjusted me and I gained a little movement. Two days later, (today) I went to yoga, and I am gaining more movement. While I couldn't put pressure on my wrist today in yoga I still went to class because I knew it would help me with the root problem going on in my back. It's not better yet but it is improved. I am so grateful to have tools like my father in law, yoga and fascia to help me rehab the issue. Seriously, there are all kinds of things around us that we can use to help ourselves heal. Aren't you grateful for that? Today especially, I am. Grateful and committed to getting my wrist back! No more intense books while going through a crazy surgery that I already knew I would struggle with!  Holy smartness! I didn't see that one coming.🤣🤣

Video: Understanding Men / Taming The Intense Woman

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Ladies, would you ever say to a girlfriend, "Heaven help me with the male gender!" ??

For real, I think at some point we all would and today I am telling you about some of that help!

Trina is amazing. For me to really share all that I got out of her course it would take me a couple hours and some honest deep reflection, or I could always refer to the 9 page journal entry I made about the course after finishing!

It is information that I know I will need to revisit often, because I'm human. But the essentials are now just a part of my life & I LOVE IT! I love the intensity of love it has brought to my marriage -- promise it's worth it!

Sense of Belonging

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my friend malea

It's no secret that I am a huge Brene' Brown fan. That girl can lay down some truth! I loved this quote by her, "Our sense of belonging cannot to be greater than our sense of self acceptance." 

This made me think of two things pretty readily. #1 is how grateful I am for things in my life that contribute to my self acceptance, (heaven knows its a daily task.) My list is yoga, outdoors and connection & communication with my Father in Heaven.

My second thought, #2 is how this quote renewed my vigor to be sure without any doubt, that my kids and my husband are completely aware of how much I accept them and admire them and have such a fierce desire to create a safe environment that they call home. I want them to feel that safety because I know this world creates loads of areas for self doubt. I know that by participating in rituals that help me on my road of constant self acceptance they feel my confidence and desire to belong to them as their mother and wife. 

Keep swimming my friends. Stay with the rituals that make you your best self. And throw that love around like confetti!