My daily actions can be boring or they can be beautiful. I choose to make them beautiful and by doing so, I am blessed with ideas and thoughts and moments of gratitude. My aim is to write about those moments on this blog, for you.
I wear a few hats - wife, coworker, writer, dog-mom, student - and together they encompass most of my everyday life. From lessons learned through my yoga practice to overcoming hurdles in my marriage and relationships, I hope to share these moments and be a light for those who need it.
I started "working out" in college on the treadmill, then in the weight room. But it wasn't until three years ago that I began a serious weight training program along with a yoga practice. A lot of reading and research went into my training - to make it a lifestyle - and as a result, a larger goal came into being: an intentional, mindful lifestyle.
I don't follow a particular training style or diet, but I try to eat more plants than meat and exercise five times a week - whether it be running or lifting. My yoga practice isn't all handstands and backbends; more often than not its slows stretches, deep breathing, and all the basics. My mat is where I release the tension from the day, both mentally and physically. If I can move beyond that tension, then I try more difficult poses. If not, then I focus on realigning my thoughts and decompressing.
I starting a "mindfulness blog" a few years back, but quickly became overwhelmed with other responsibilities. But this blog has always been in the back of my mind, so I'm finally coming around to making it a reality again.
I'm not an expert in anything and I won't be shouting from the rooftops how you should live your life. But I have found that practicing mindfulness has brought peace in my own life and to my mind. I get that it seems redundant - mindfulness, mind - but as a young woman who has struggled with depression and anxiety for over a decade, I can attest to the truth of an intentional lifestyle and its positive impacts on my health and well-being.
A combination of spiritual, mental and physical practices have brought stability to my very being and I know it can happen for you too!
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