What an amazing year! At the start of 2015 I was entering a new phase in life one that came with a bit of fear, fear because the changes were actually taking me steps backwards or not moving me at all, the only forward move I continued to make was in my education. I’m get excited like a kid when I think about graduating in 2016 with my Masters! This time has passed so quickly, I can remember enrolling and thinking to myself this is going to take forever and now forever is just a stone's throw away. As soon as I let go of my fears of what would be in 2015 life began to really happen! I’ve been able to continue and advance my work with the youth population by partnering with the Adler Planetarium for Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. Working in The Schools (WITS), part-time school nursing, youth yoga and community initiatives, I’ve created the perfect recipe to manifest my youth health and wellness goals.
One of my professional goals this year was to network with like minded healthcare professionals. Invited to speak on the importance of creating a healthier lifestyle at the annual Chicago public school nurse luncheon in February and sharing my Five Minute Yoga Break, with nurses and other healthcare professionals, helped quell my fears as these opportunities were completely aligned with my mission to improve health and wellness across the lifespan. Being selected as a fellow for Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, a panel speaker for Movement is Life initiative, and as a press reporter at American Public Health Association annual conference, all provided the validation I needed to keep moving forward on my path. And then came the radio gig, it was exciting, dream come true, great experience, overall a great blessing, the most valuable lesson I learned from the radio gig, hands down is no matter how far we advance…...the Good Ol Boys still exist……and I moved on...
I’ve been a blogger since 2007, not always consistent but a blogger nonetheless, during that time I’ve been able to share my story, build my writing confidence and inspire others. Continuously I receive feedback on how my words have helped someone, thanking me for my words and asking for more. Late winter 2015 I made a personal commitment to write everyday…...everyday…...NO..….EVERYDAY!! I was inspired by my guided meditation series with Oprah and Deepak in March, they gave me the tools I needed to commit to writing, and being comfortable in sharing my writings. I began writing my afterthoughts post daily meditations, immediately I found it medicinal, I then followed my writing up with my personal yoga practice, this became an easy habit to develop because it left me feeling extremely balanced.
As the year sailed on and I remained committed to my daily writings I began to attract and manifest goals live dreams and experience what self love and self belief will do for a person. The invitation to teach yoga at the aldermans office this summer was a great surprise and blessing not only was I doing what I love, but I was doing it where I love….in my Community!! This opportunity also led to my partnership with the park advisory council allowing Yogatones to teach yoga and share wellness initiatives to my community members beyond the yoga mat, simply doing my part to create a healthy culture of health in my neighborhood and beyond. Along with creating a healthy physical community, I also believe social interactions play a very important role in creating a culture of health and wellness. My participation in community initiatives have also introduced me to some amazing, beautiful people, people I would otherwise not have any communication with….these people are my community members and neighbors. I believe in order to make changes in the world you must start in your community, change begins at home and trickles into your community, the more I’m out there the more I’m sure this is the way to break barriers, remove hate and judgments and improve health and wellness…..love thy neighbor, simple words but often not lived by.
Just to wrap it all up…….I enjoyed a much needed solo cycling season this year, I got to break in my ride and gain the endurance, speed and strength I was seeking, we are now one. I’m super excited to be graduating in June with my masters degree in executive nursing leadership and like most new graduates I have new goals post graduation that I’m excited about fulfilling but I’ve learned in life to quell my aggressive ambition and focus on a plan to attain these goals. One of the greatest lessons I learned this year was to keep goals and dreams that are in the developing, and birthing stages quiet, keep them off social media, off public cellphone conversations, instead share these special times with those in your offline world, those who really love and know you, those who will support, objectively criticize, guide and genuinely celebrate accomplishments with you.
Yogatones has some VERY exciting health and wellness initiatives coming up, and although I want to share them all now, I’ve decided to wait and share with you all post Delivery!! To all my peace and love spreading warriors, don't give up don't fall victim to negativity by those in constant conflict. Stay unique keep spreading peace, love and kindness. We are all delivered here with a unique purpose, and one thing I know for sure I’m a peace activist and will not be stirred or deterred by those in conflict…….Happy New Years Beautiful Loves!!
Gifts from the Heart daily ~ take a moment and observe as stores fill with bodies ferociously moving along in search of gifts for their love, family, friends and strangers. Reaching, grabbing, snatching everything in site, crossing names of list as purchases are made, completely detached from the true spirt of giving, instead gift giving becomes a task, duty, expectation and a burden for many. Stop, and ask yourself am I giving out of obligation, expectation, competition, or am I truly giving from the heart. Giving freely from the heart requires no special occasions, holiday or expectation, its a conscious desire from the heart. Gifts from the heart free from obligation and expectations, cost little yet mean so much to both the giver and receiver, try giving some of these gifts from the heart daily; a warm hug, bright smile, home cooked meal, love letter, hand made gift, volunteer your services. If we each gave small gifts from the heart daily we send a universal message of grace, gratitude, peace kindness, and love! Give from the heart daily~Yogatones
Life Beyond the Womb ~ After being contained in the womb we each are born into our unique truth. Upon entering the world and inhaling the breath of life, we're immediately greeted with lights, sounds, cries of joy and happiness. Several hands trace our tiny bodies scanning for what makes identical to those before us; two eyes, ten fingers, ten toes are the immediate identifiers solidifying we fit in.....as the birthing chaos settles, our uniqueness remains unnoticed, we receive a name, sex, race and sometimes a religion....and just like that our uniqueness and truth are unintentionally concealed, tucked away from the freedom to shine and self express. Decades later our true self begins tapping at our soul seeking release, many ignore the souls request remaining falsely secure in the role/labels they've been given. Others answer the souls request they begin removing labels, accepting their physical, cultural and religious differences, confidently expressing themselves consciously aware and purposefully sharing their uniqueness with the universe while living a life of self truth, love and acceptance. How are you living Beyond the Womb? ~Yogatones
Personal Revolution ~ is usually preceded by internal conflict, uncertainty and conviction, the yen for inner peace and self-love may involve emotional shifts, physical changes, and spiritual upheaval. Personal Revolutions allow us to continually tap into our personal beliefs, desires, strengths and weaknesses, each new revolution invites you to grow, build confidence and move forward unattached and undeterred by life's obstacles, disappointments and failures. Becoming conscious and self-aware are the first steps towards personal revolution........remove self inflicted burdens, spend quality time in nature, give back to your community, love freely, share positive energy, give from the heart, and remember the revolution will not be televised, the revolution is the evolution of YOU!~Yogatones
Live with Wonder ~ when we live our lives full of wonder we retain the pure feelings of joy, delight, surprise and curiosity that we carried as children. Often as we shift into adulthood the ego arrives setting us up with a false sense of strength and intelligence, as our wonder sits idle, insecurity and suspicion, settle in comfortably, unaware that natural joy is being replaced with judgement while the aggressive need to be in control turns life's beautiful delights into dismay. In order to return to our wondrous spirit we must first become confidant enough to release the ego, trust the process, while living in the moment.....learn to accept everyone, attach to nothing, love freely, and let your wondrous spirit lead the way!~Yogatones
Adaptable Awareness ~ the ability to adapt and detach from things you can't control as well as those you can, shows great self-awareness and intelligence. Life is full of surprises, and interruptions to your daily flow, it's in these moments your true self is revealed, when you choose the path of resistance to change it sends a universal message of insecurity, self-doubt and inflexibility. This is the behavior that causes others to distance themselves from your control driven energy, while that same energy gleefully attracts obstacle after obstacle, leaving you wondering why me.....the answer is simple Adaptable Awareness is attractive, it wreaks confidence, intelligence and flexibility, attracting all you need. Live a fulfilled and happy life - don't let the little things get you down. Instead, be optimistic and think positive, be Adaptable!~Yogatones
Your Path is Unique to You ~ embracing your life path without comparison to others allows you to fully enjoy life's journey! When we focus on the successes and failures of others we lose our Self-awareness, visions become clouded, creativity finds seclusion deep in the heart, as jealousy and envy make frequent visits, taking us on an emotional ride of fear, doubt and critical self-judgement. All of this internal turmoil attracts various emotional obstacles that block love, happiness, freedom, peace and self-belief. In order to fully love and enjoy your path you must first embrace your uniqueness, recognize all paths are crooked, yet unique to the individual who walks it. Daily meditation, creative expression and physical movement, bringd clarity, removes insecurities, and obstacles while expanding self-awareness, belief, and confidence.~Yogatones
Calming Presence ~ a calming presence ignites peace, health and wellness within ourselves and those around us. Life delivers daily stressors and in those moments of chaos we each choose to remain calm or react with emotionally charge behaviors such as anger, impatience, yelling and irritability, completely losing self-awareness, and control of the ability to rationalize the situation and seek solutions. Triggers such as poor time management, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, and unhealthy lifestyle habits, disturbs our inner peace and calm. There are several ways to initiate inner calm, one of the easiest ways is to become self-aware; here is a great exercise to find your calm. Stop, Breathe, Proceed ™....Stop to acknowledge the situation, and calm the racing mind, Breathe to connect with your inner self, finding peace, calm and clarity, then Proceed with that peacful energy. When we utilize our ability to remain calm in moments of turbulence it creates a rippling effect to those around us.~Yogatones
Powerful You ~ often when someone is referred to as Powerful it sends a mental image that the person has great strength, strong presence, moving along in life fearlessly with an abundance of confidence, courage and knowledge. Reality is we're all born as powerful human beings, its life experiences, obstacles, fears and lack of self-confidence that lead many to relinquish their power with ease, instead your glass remains half empty, woe is me becomes a common theme and the presence of strength in others leaves you feeling insecure and powerless. In order to live your powerful life force energy, you must believe in yourself, know your worth, recognize the images and labels of power you easily identify in others also lie within you. You are as Powerful as you Believe!~Yogatones
Freedom of Expression ~ how do you express yourself? Freedom of expression gives us the right to express ourselves through words, music, silence, movement, paint, food,...Unfortunately many suppress their freedom of true expression, afraid to share their true self, fearful of how others will embrace their self-expression. By remaining stuck in this self suppression we begin to loose our self-identity, continuously holding within what is ment to be expressed outward. Soon lack self-worth follows as we just accept fitting in societies norm, moving along in a unconscious robotic state, unfulfilled and lost within......if this is you, Let that go!! It's time to freely express who you truly are, there are no do overs in life so assure yourself that you'll leave this world with no regrets, utilize your right to freely express yourself! ~Yogatones
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