Living For YOURSELF

Living For YOURSELF

I go in spurts of writing blog posts, but it’s all for good reason. Something that I tend to do is work myself to the bone and take on WAY too many projects, especially before I take a vacation, because I know I will eventually get time to rest and relax. But hey, that’s who I am. I recently met some great people that have enhanced my life as well as my yoga journey. I am so grateful for these recent friendships as well as professional partnerships. On the contrary, I noticed that there are also people in life that tend to be negative and draining. I started to notice something about myself and that is that I apologize way too much for certain things. 
If someone bumps into me, somehow I end up saying sorry. I say sorry for things I don’t even need to apologize for! One thing that I am done apologizing for is my beliefs and the values/morals I hold. Nowadays, you have to be careful what you say because you could offend someone’s political or religious beliefs. I am more of a live and let live type of person, but what do you do if someone attacks your beliefs? The yogi in me wants to say to send them light and love, but the stubbornness quality in me takes over and says something different. 
My mom always told me that you can’t make everyone happy, and the older I get, the more I realize she is right (about everything). You have to live for yourself and live to make you happy. She also says that at the end of the day you have to lie your head down on a pillow and be happy with who you are. It doesn’t matter if someone supports your beliefs and views, it only matters if you believe in yourself.

So my intention for this week is to live YOUR life. “It doesn’t matter what others are doing, it matters what you are doing.” Since you can’t make everyone happy, might as well make yourself happy and leave it at that…and maybe think twice before telling someone else how to live their life. Everyone’s path and journey is different.

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Namaste,
Gina Nicolette

Finding Home Away From Home

Finding Home Away From Home

Sometimes traveling or being away from our homes can make us feel a little uneasy. My yoga class intention for last week was about finding home in your mind and body. There are some places we visit that remind us how much we miss home and there’s some yoga postures that make us feel uneasy (camel & wheel for me). 
During these times, it’s important to focus on the things that ground us. Our breath, intention, a person, place, etc. If you feel like you’re searching for grounding while being away either mentally or physically, I have a few tips to share! 
1. Get into a routine
I’ve noticed that a routine helps my mind and body stay on track. Maybe that’s finding a gym, yoga studio, or reading a few chapters from your book each night. 

2. Journal & Meditate 
Take some time to slow down and journal. Journaling helps me process my feelings, emotions, but also write down a gratitude list. If you need a little inspiration on what to write about, you can find the meditation journal I use here.
3. #Treatyoself 
Sometimes you need to feed your soul. Find a coffee shop or bakery and treat yourself to a coffee, tea, or in my case, a cookie dough cupcake! Maybe read a magazine, listen to your favorite playlist or a podcast while your enjoying your treat. 
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette