Things to Leave Behind in 2018

Things to Leave Behind in 2018

There are many things that can occur in one year’s time. Those things teach us lessons and help us grow. While mental health awareness increases (which thank goodness for this), more people are ditching New Year resolutions and are starting to cultivate intentions. Intentions can be things that you want to leave behind from the previous year, things you want to continue doing/bring into the new year, setting boundaries for yourself/relationships, or maybe it’s coming up with a mantra that will help you focus on your goals and being happier. 
I’ve come up with a list of things I want to leave behind in 2018 as well as positive things that I want to continue to work on and bring into the new year. I encourage you all to spend some time meditating and doing the same! 
Things to Leave Behind:
-Always saying yes to stuff I hate 
-SO many memberships that I have and barely use (this is because I’m a “yes” person. I’m kind of like Ross and Chandler trying to quit the gym). 
-Unrealistic expectations 
-Comparing myself to others 
-Gender norms 
-Control and the need for perfection
-Mental health stigmas 
-Overthinking
-Toxic people 
-Overscheduling
Things to Bring into 2019:
-Yoga (obvi)
-More charity work and giving back
-Good belly laughs
-Quality time with loved ones
-Tea drinking habits 
-Wine 
-Meditating 
-Celebrating all things both big and small
-Continued learning  
-Supporting small businesses
-Getting rid of things I don’t need (one step at a time with this, especially the shoes and purses)
-LOVE
If you are interested in learning more about intention setting and journaling, come to my yoga and intention setting workshop with Joriki Clothing. A portion of ticket sales will benefit mental health and awareness organization, NOSTIGMAS. Purchase tickets here.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette
Mental Health Awareness is Badass

Mental Health Awareness is Badass

I personally feel that us Millennials are going to change the world, one avocado toast at a time. All kidding aside, I think our generation is making it a point to open up and discuss difficult conversations. One of these being mental illness and the struggle many of us face on a daily basis. Talking about mental health used to be taboo, but is becoming discussed more often, as we all know someone that is impacted by this or feel it ourselves.
There is heightened awareness on the importance of self-care, but that looks a little different to each of us. Self-care for some is taking a bubble bath, while for others it may be going for a run. For me, self-care involves yoga, breath work, or sometimes a good nap. I started practicing yoga in college as an activity to do with my roommates (because it was a free class), but fell in love with it the more I practiced. I enjoyed that someone reminded me to breath for an hour. Inhale, exhale. It was exactly what I needed, especially since I am anxious majority of my life and don’t always take deep breaths throughout the day. When I feel on the verge of a panic attack, I try to using the breathing (Pranayama) techniques that I’ve learned in yoga (I highly recommend looking up and trying the following: Nadi Shodhana, Ujjayi, Belly Breathing, Kapalabhati, and 4-7-8 Breathing).

Being the avid clothing shopper that I am, I love supporting brands that make an impact and have an important mission. I recently came across the company, Own Your Stigma on Instagram. As soon as I followed them, I received a sweet message with a quote and reminding me that it’s okay if you aren’t doing okay. I just loved this because it’s the reminder we ALL need to hear. It’s okay to not be okay all of the time, but know that it will get better. I also think social media makes us feel that we need to always be doing something fun, exciting and instagrammable.
About Own Your Stigma:
Own Your Stigma was created to start opening up conversations about mental illness and to remove any shame or guilt that society has attached to it. They are even more badass because they donate 15% of all purchases to charities that support and provide help to people struggling with mental illnesses. “Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” 
Own Your Stigma is generously offering a coupon code for my followers use promo code GINA10%OFF to receive 10% off your next purchase!

Let’s keep the conversation about mental health going and be the support system someone needs!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 
Please remember The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides free and confidential support 24/7. 1-800-273-8255
The Crisis Text Line allows you to text from anywhere in the United States and Canada to talk with a trained Crisis Counselor. If you’re in the US, text HOME to 741741. In Canada, text HOME to 686868. 
Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal

In honor of Thanksgiving, I am putting together a gratitude journal. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle, but it’s important to take a moment and appreciate everything we have. I have included daily prompts for your journal leading up to Thanksgiving and invite you all to participate. 
If you would like to share what you are grateful for, please share with me on Instagram and tag me @geenicolette

Gratitude Journal Prompts:
Monday, November 19th
Write a list of 10 things you are grateful for
Tuesday, November 20th 
Write a list of 10 people you are grateful for
Wednesday, November 21st
Think of three different obstacles or challenges you’ve faced in the past year and how you are learning from them. How have these challenges made you a better person?
Thursday, November 22nd
What is a tradition that you are grateful for (this can even be a new tradition you are starting)?
I am SO grateful for you all! 
Happy early Thanksgiving.
XOXO,
Gee 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

Athleta Fall Fashion

Athleta Fall Fashion

Fall has made its way to Chicago and is hitting us all hard (I am definitely curled up in bed with tea and Vicks while writing this). The other week, I hosted a yoga class and shopping event at Athleta in Oak Brook Center, and put together a few of my favorite fall looks for you guys and am here to share them!

There are SO many reasons why I love the Athleta brand and their clothing:
• Comfortable and versatile clothing
• High-quality and long lasting products
• Campaigns geared towards empowering women and girls #powerofshe
• Certified B Corporation
• 2020 goals: fabrics made of sustainable fibers, products made using water-saving techniques, etc.
Find more out here!

Office

Yoga/Workout 

Weekend

Walk/Outdoor Fitness Activity

Sweatshirt: Topanga Top
Happy Fall!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 

Owning Your Shit- June Yoga Challenge

Owning Your Shit- June Yoga Challenge

We all know that each and every one of us is going through some shit. Times get tough and it’s easy to loose sight of what’s important. I’ve recently found myself “too busy” and making excuses of reasons why I can’t step onto my yoga mat. I’ve decided to start a yoga challenge during the month of June that is all about owning your shit. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Creating a challenge allows me to hold myself accountable for stepping onto my mat and the same goes for you! Stepping onto your yoga mat doesn’t mean that you have to do any chatarungas or master crow pose. It means that you take time out of your day for yourself… to process everything you’re going through or maybe try and forget everything. Whatever the reason may be, I invite you to join in on this challenge. Taking some time out of your busy day to do something for yourself is necessary. You might have to set your alarm a few minutes earlier or turn off that Netflix show a little sooner, but it will be worth it, I promise.
If you want to join the challenge, follow me on Instagram here and watch my Stories for daily posts.

Namaste,
Gee
Shirt: Spiritual Gangster
Yoga Pants: Athleta. Find here
Shoes: Nike

Photography: Lost Art of Style
Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo

Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo

If yoga has taught me anything, it’s that sometimes you need to let go of your ego. Once you can detach from your ego, your practice (and life) will begin to change and you will gain a new perspective. Your ego is that person in your head telling you that you should look a certain way and compares you to others. Your ego is also the voice in your head that says, “Wow I look so great compared to everyone else in class, I am rocking this pose” and then reality hits you with some humbleness and you fall right out of the posture. 
The other day in class I slipped on my own sweat (gotta love hot yoga!) and totally fell out of my headstand right onto my butt. It was probably the best thing that has happened to me in awhile. It reminded me that I am not perfect. I continually come to my yoga mat to learn from myself as well as the teacher and fellow students. 
I’ve had many instances where people have told me that they don’t want to try yoga because they are intimidated. They see everyone in these crazy yoga poses on Instagram and they can’t even touch their toes. Once you are able to take your ego out of the picture, you would be surprised what your body is capable of. One of my favorite quotes that I have shared with my yoga class is, “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.” 
Nailing crow pose and being able to hold my first headstand were very rewarding feelings, but falling on my butt in class actually brought a huge smile to my face. When I got up, I was laughing so hard and it made the man next to me laugh too (once he realized I was okay). Realizing that we are all in life together and finding a little comfort in knowing that you are human is important. Everyone is on their own journey. There is no need to compare yourself to others whether that be on or off your yoga mat. 
No matter what your level of yoga is, take time to recognize your ego and the way you speak to yourself and others. How can you quiet your ego to find more contentment and humbleness with yourself? 
XOXO,
Gina
Shirt: Spiritual Gangster. Find here
Denim Jacket: Ci Sono. Find similar here 
Yoga Pants: T.J. Maxx. Find similar here
Shoes: H&M. Find similar here