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What You Can Learn From This Year’s Olympics

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Have you gotten to watch the Winter Olympics? If not, you need to, after reading this.

There’s something so inspiring and amazing about the Olympics, but what makes them so exciting?

Maybe, it’s the genuine and unfailing talent and drive of the athletes, or maybe, it’s the fact that countries from around the world come together despite political differences and make peace happen in order for the Olympic games to go forward without any problems.

I’ve been able to look at this well respected and world-wide competitive tradition in new eyes, and wow, I think it is just that much cooler. I finally “get it.”

I’ve watched all the countries with the most power and influence send their very best athletes to compete for the gold.

Sochi was nearly forced to accept equal rights, in order to avoid a public uproar. There was the Slope-skier, Gus Kenworthy, who used twitter to advocate dog adoptions in Sochi. There was the British bobsledder who competed with an injured achilles. Irish gymnast Kieran Behan thought he had lost his ability to walk at age 10 due to a tumor, but overcame that adversity and is competing at the games.

There are many more absolutely incredible athletes, but you need to watch the Olympics to see for yourself and watch the last of the games tomorrow, to hear all of their inspirational stories for yourself.

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11 Ways Yoga Helped Change Me On The Inside

To someone who’s never practiced yoga that sounds bizarre, to seasoned vets it’s so obvious. It’s that mind-body connection a yogi makes when their physical yoga practice gets taken to another level. That moment when movement, breath, meditation, and life no longer just coexists but intertwine. It’s like all of a sudden,  it just clicked.

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Before, yoga was just another addition to my workout regimen. I loved the physical benefits, but that’s all I was in it for. I was stressed. I was depressed. I was anxious. It got to the point where I knew I had to do something or I was just going to give up completely. I felt so desperate for a change, so I started reading every self-help article I could about how to be happy, because I was in a rut and I didn’t know why. My digging led me to the conclusion that I needed some internal healing, and yoga was the perfect way to do it. I became aware, and took that awareness to my mat.

My life has changed in so many ways, and all for the better. I never realized how such simple, conscience decisions could drastically change myself and my perspective.  Here are some of the personal benefits I gained from digging deeper into my practice, all benefits that you can easily reap yourself.

  1. I’m happier! Seriously. I’m able to see the beauty in little things. I “stop to smell the roses” more often then not these days, because being happy makes life so much easier.
  2. I’m grateful. I constantly recognize what it is that’s making me happy, and everything that helps me get through each day, and I thank God for it. I highly recommend making a list of what you’re thankful for, and looking at it in the morning. It helps me start the day off right.
  3. I listen to my body. If it needs to be stretched, I stretch it. If it needs rest, I rest it. I’m also more aware of the the food I put in my body, and how my body reacts to it.  It’s crazy what happens when you figure out what your body really wants and needs, and then cater to it. .
  4. I’m much slower to anger. I used to just snap, but now I breathe, slowly and deeply. I get my mind to a stable place and evaluate the situation before I rush to any rash conclusions or decisions.
  5. I have more courage. I don’t let fear hold me back, especially fear of failure. I take risks. I know if something doesn’t go my way, it wasn’t ever supposed to, and a lesson will be learned from it all eventually.
  6. I’m less anxious. Breathing and mediation constantly help me get through the traumas of anxiety and stress. I used to let so many little things stress me out that I couldn’t enjoy my present moment. All I did was worry, but I don’t carry that heavy burden anymore.
  7. I’m more outgoing. I want to spread my happiness around to others, which in turn has made me much more apt to talk to and help total strangers. I’m no longer afraid to smile at a passerby or make small talk with someone I’ve never met and may never see again. It just feels good to make someone else smile.
  8. I’m mindful. I can stop and be in the moment. I evaluate the the consequences of my actions, and try to do what my intuition says is for the greater good, and act accordingly.
  9. I’m in tuned with my intuition. I listen to my gut, and it’s only been steering me in the right direction. Situations often feel right or wrong, and it’s always for a  good reason. My intuition has saved me from a lot of potential mistakes.
  10. I know my self worth. I’m worth something and have a lot to offer in this world, even if I’m still figuring it all out.
  11. I’m WAY easier to be around. My boyfriend can vouch for me. I’m not the “Debbie Downer” I once was. I don’t carry my problems around like I used to. I even embrace my alone time, because I enjoy pondering over my own thoughts and ideas, for the first time in a long time.

There’s much more to this list, but I think you get the point. Yoga helped me find happiness again. I’m still a work in progress and have my bad moments all the time, but now I can recognize my mistakes and bring myself back to a place of love and kindness. I know my problems have never gone away, but I just look at them with a different perspective and handle them with a different mindset. I hope you can make the connection in your own practice, and see what I mean.

Namaste

10 Stay-at-home Ideas for Your Valentine’s Day Date

There’s an expectation of an elaborate and romantic night when you think about Valentine’s Day, but sometimes it’s just as nice to stay in with the one you love.  Nothing is better for your relationship than spending time alone together to really connect and communicate. I came up with a few ideas on how to make a Valentine’s night at home a little more fun.

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  1. First things first, ditch the cell phones, your significant other deserves your full attention, and don’t you want his?
  2. The obvious is dinner, but both you and your partner cook each others meals. It shows that you pay attention and know what they like.
  3. Eat your meals picnic-style in the backyard or on the living room floor.
  4. If you’re creative, collaborate on a work of art.
  5. Turn your living room into a dance floor and put on some music.
  6. Rent a movie neither of you have ever seen.
  7. If you guys are a fit couple, try some partner workouts.
  8. Light some candles, and take a long sexy soak in the tub together.
  9. Look at old pictures of when you first met. Reminiscing can make you fall in love all over again.
  10. Bust out the wii remotes or a board game and enjoy some playful competition.

Even if you are going out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, these are all little ideas that can be used year round. Any night you two can get some alone time is important, and you should try to take full advantage of it.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see it.

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Seriously.

But when’s the last time you stopped to take a look at it?

It’s so hard for most people, myself included, to just live in the present moment and enjoy all of those little things that are so special, but seem insignificant after enjoying them day after day.

That cup of coffee or tea you had this morning, did you drink at as you were driving to work? rushing around getting ready? scarfing down a quick breakfast? watching the morning news? Chances are you were probably doing something other than just sitting, smelling, and sipping that deliciously warm concoction you have nuzzled between your hands.

With the new year starting, I’ve made a habit of waking up just a little bit earlier so I can take a few minutes to myself, with my warm morning beverage, to recognize what’s so great about my life. Instead of waking up late, not having enough time to get ready and being a flustered mess, I’m calm, cool and collected.

When you rush through life, always anxious for what’s going to happen next, you stress yourself out over all of the most irrelevant problems (not actually real problems at all, just manifested from your over-thinking mind).

Take a few moments to de-stimulate from all the social media, the tv, the constant lull that’s always around because you need something keeping you distracted from the moment, and just enjoy one small everyday-luxury. Really enjoy it,  because once you realize how lucky you are just to have that cup of coffee, straight from your Keurig, poured into that cutely decorated mug, that’s warming up your two hands, you can start enjoying all of the little treasures that make life worth living.

xo