The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. I don’t know which way is up, what day it is and whether I’m coming or going. April 13th our son got married. April 14th, Holy Week began and I had my last precious conversation with my mother in law. She passed April 19, the same day her last great nephew was born, the same day we celebrate Good Friday- God is always giving us joy even in the sorrow. Easter came the biggest joy of all! Death has been defeated and we will be together again. Her funeral gave us a very vivid picture that God has surrounded us with a community of believers from every aspect of our life. We are mourning, we are sad, but we are also joyful! New mercies are shown and given to us everyday and for that we sing ‘Hallelujah!’
I've spent much of my life moving at a hundred miles an hour; I've always had a natural energy & intensity that (at its best) serves me & others well. When it doesn't, it leaves a path of destruction that I've cleaned up then spilled out over & over again. A deadly cycle if there ever was one.
Through all the years of inner work I've done, one word has continued to show itself to me through a wide range of sources, including the healthiest forms of all the major world religions, recovery, the Enneagram (I'm an 8w7), meditation, philosophy, neuroscience, mentors, counselors, & trusted friends:
I've wanted a tattoo for nearly half my life, but never landed on something that would be practical, meaningful, & evergreen all at the same time. That is, until "pause" started showing up. Maybe more accurately, until I started paying attention.
It's a gentle reminder for me to slow down, breathe, check in with what's going on inside, come back to the present moment, & then decide what the next right move will be.
Sometimes it's to ask for help.
Sometimes it's to stand up for myself.
Sometimes it's to back down.
Sometimes it's to simply be still just a little longer.
Whatever it is, it starts with a pause.
Thanks to @elidraughntattoos
for making it happen, & to @derekwebb
for the recommendation.
Some times you need to slow down stop and listen to hear the guidance!
That is what happened for me in Costa Rica and why I know I am moving to Florida!
Our lives are filled with non stop go go go go! When was the last time you stopped sat down by yourself somewhere quiet and peaceful and just checked in with you?
I challenge you to slow down and take inventory of yourself this weekend! You can do that by meditation or yoga or a hot bath or go out in nature and sit with all the sounds BUT LEAVE YOUR PHONE ELSE WHERE! You have nothing to do or no one to save other than Check in with you and see what you need to hear!
Love y’all have a fabulous weekend I would love to hear how you plan on slowing down this weekend!
Happy 12th birthday to our gorgeous girl, Edie. She’s a constant source of happiness and laughter in our family and we’re so grateful to still have her.
Despite her cronky knee and back AND having to put up with a toddler every day, she is still full of joy and just as cheeky and funny as ever. She loves joining in with singing and dancing and does the best ‘through the legs’ in the business.
Today’s walk in the bluebells is an annual tradition and we have photos dating back to when she was small and not grey of beard. I felt so happy to be there with her and to see her sniffing around as we took in the beauty of the bluebell wood together. A really special moment.
I’m not any good at this slowing down stuff. 🤷♀️
I had surgery last Friday in order to dig out the melanoma and a lymph (for testing purposes). And I’m finding the hardest part isn’t the Frankenstein scar or the pain— It’s the sitting still part that kills me. 😖
All I really want to do is throw around some weights, stand on my head or go for a swim in the ocean. 🤸♂️
So I’m trying really, REALLY hard not to rush the healing process— to honor my body and slow the f*ck down. 🤦♀️
This is the time to be mindful— read a book, work on my website, write an inspiring blog post, connect with a client. 👩💻
Anyone else find yourself loosing your damn mind when you can’t move your body?
#slowdown #bemindful #ketocoach #wronghostbitch #cancersurvivor #shaktiflow #ketodiet #keto #alkalinediet
Daily routine before yoga. A big cup of hot water and lemon😝
No need to fancy life... Just very normal... 😉
The simple life is the best!
Tomorrow we start a retreat in Granada with #luciayogaretreats
Antes de la práctica de yoga me zampo una taza de esas de agua con limón.¿Qué te parece? 😝
¡La vida sencilla es la mejor! Se me ha quedado grabada esta frase que decía una amiga que conocí en el retiro de meditación de kopan. 😉🙏 Toda la razón
Mañana empezamos retiro en Granada con @luciayogacom
#lavidasencillaeslamejor #simplelife #justnormal #slowdown #relax
Living life ❤️ We are living a life we don't need a break from 😄
We are visiting my mom for a few days and the weather is amazing 🌴
La maternità porta con sé una lentezza di cui non credevo nemmeno di essere capace. Dall’inizio della primavera avrò colto circa un centinaio di fiori, che una manina entusiasta mi ha fatto annusare circa dieci volte l’uno (fate voi il calcolo). Mi sono fermata a guardare soffioni, fili d’erba, fiori rosa e fiori gialli. Ho sentito e fatto sentire gli uccellini che cinguettano, ho fatto caso alle nuvole che si muovono veloci, e al vento che oggi soffia forte, e ci vuole la giacchina. Di tutte le cose belle che la maternità porta, di questa non parla mai nessuno: hai per una volta il diritto di rallentare, di fare caso a tutto, di stupirti di tutto, di viverlo come se fosse la prima volta. Anche la primavera. Che ora, allergia a parte, mi sembra ancora più bella 🌸
☀️Taking pleasure in the simple things can completely change the course of your day☀️
🎨 via @iamwellandgood
Here is my Friday tip! When people tell you to slow down and be Mindfull, and you ask yourself how do I actually do that?
Here is my suggestion:
make some time and go to a flower shop. You will instantly be met with this intense warm floral scent that is impossible to miss. It jut hits you so hard and soft at once.
Walk around and look at all the different vibrant life that's inn here.
Breath in and out
Literally go and smell the roses!
This will automatically downshift your hastines and wil make you appreciate life.
I wanted to buy a colleague a gift and have forgotten the imens powerful and wonderful smells have on us humans. So that's why I had to share this moment with you and hope you can find a place out of your day and be mindful. And it doesn't need to be a flower shop. It can be a bakery, the forest, the sea, gym (yeah, I know the last one is not the most ideal) but by mindfully smelling, it involves noticing when your sense of smell is being activated and understanding its impact on you. Our sense of smell is our most powerful sense. For some, the smell of fresh baked bread, clean sheets or popcorn can evoke a sense of comfort.
This is @markedsplassenblomster
#mindfulness #smellgood #flowers #spring #sparkjoy #gift #takecareofyourself #therapy #slowdown #softliving #therapyhack #FridayFeeling
How long is your to-do list? How packed is your schedule? Is time with God on that to-do list? Is quality time with family on that schedule? Are you just waiting until retirement to truly live life? I hate to break it to you, but IF you retire, you will have more free time but I'm sure you won't have as much energy as you do now to do the things you want to do. Our time on earth is finite yet we act as though we are going to live forever. We scroll through our phones at dinner as if it's a guarantee that the person in front of us will be here tomorrow. We work overtime day in and day out so that we can "save for our future." Again, as though the future is guaranteed. Our generation has no patience. We have articles that have to tell us how long the read is. We have 1 day shipping!!! We look at a picture on IG and skim through the caption if we even read it at all. We are left alone in a waiting room for 5 minutes and we have to pick up our phones. We tell our friends and family that we are too busy to see them. Busy is a disease, it's an addiction. We need to find a balance. And this is why I'm focusing on slowing down and simplifying. Getting rid of the to-do's that do not matter. Erasing appointments that are unnecessary and scheduling in the appointments that are. This is a lesson that we unfortunately realize once it's too late. The loss of a loved one, a tragic diagnosis etc. Let's not wait for that to happen before we realize we need to change. Unfortunately I was reminded of this yesterday when hearing we lost a very special person in our life. Tomorrow is no guarantee. Cherish today.
Daughter appreciation post. I always have been grateful for God blessing me with my babygirl even at a young age. No matter what life throws at me and when I want to just throw in the towel I remember I have a young lady that needs me to push through. She needs to see me strong and to not quit so she knows that she should never quit or throw in the towel. When you have someone watching your every move or looking up to you for guidance you just know you have to do all you can. I love this girl with all my heart and as she gets older and slowly becomes her own independent woman i know i will always be here for her and she will always have me and her dad to come home to. Ugh breaks my heart that she is growing up so fast. #daughter #mybaby #nolongerababy #motherslove #growingquickly #slowdown
Life is NOW . . . Acabando mi meditación de hoy viernes y compartiendo algunos pensamientos contigo 💜💫
No nos han entrenado para vivir el ahora, y por eso muchas veces nos encontramos dando vueltas en el pasado o ansiosos imaginando el presente... Perdiéndonos de lo único que es real 💜💫 El ahora.
Por suerte todo es aprendizaje y evolución... Lo que te sirvió en algún momento puede ser que ahora debas aparcarlo y aprender otras técnicas para vivir mejor... Sientes que quisieras vivir con más paz y calma? Solo debes buscar en tu interior, todas las respuestas ya las tenemos dentro, medita, haz yoga, pasa tiempo con la persona más importante y con la que vas a vivir siempre... Tú 💜💫
Que sea un hermoso viernes donde quiera que te encuentres. OM Shanti 🕉️💜
#yoga #meditar #pazinterior #slowdown #livelife #viveelmomento #respiracion #conexion #sincronicidad #evolucion #amor #paz #balance #alegria #felicidad #yogamornings #yogalife #yogajourney #selfcare
Camiseta de mi línea positiva de ropa en @lorenamedinamoda
Feeling grateful to the 15 people who came to the monthly Press Pause workshop last night in @yogahub.
Once a month this workshop is a space for you to slow down, look back on your month gone and look forward to the month ahead with clarity and purpose.
Together we stopped and took time out of our busy lives to breathe, move and reflect.
The power of pause is amazing. It can be so difficult to 'justify' taking a break in a culture that praises being too busy to stop. But the brain needs to slow down every once in a while in order to think clearly and be able to creatively solve problems. Our bodies need rest in order to repair. Our central nervous system needs to move into a restful state in order to live a healthy, balanced life.
Take a little time for yourself this weekend to pause, breathe and reflect. Next workshop is on May 23rd.
#presspause #natural_balance_coaching #yogahub #yoga #breathe #relaxation #journaling #slowdown #rest #bekind #selfkindness #meditation #dublin #trust #namasteireland
For as long as I can remember, she has loved horses. When she helps her great aunt with her horses when we visit, she jumps right in to clean the hooves, brushes their hair and feeding them. She doesn’t seem to be intimated at all by their sheer size. She rides them like she has done it all her life.
She can name off in rapid fire all the different types of horses. She breaks out the phrases #appaloosa
with the quickness... When she grows up, she wants to own a horse farm with her cousin.
She is a cowgirl without a horse. 🐎
#horsegirl #horses #cowgirl #cowgirlatheart #stopgrowing #horseworld #cowboyboots
slowing down when all you want to is go further and saying no instead of yes... struggles of mine but a nonnegotiable as of late. i am wrapping my head around the changes over the years specifically this past year. and good changes at that. instead of forcing things i am allowing them to just be and taking breaks as needed. i have been enjoying the mornings more-so than ever. trusting my current situation as is without longing to be elsewhere. i’m learning that things take time and a lot of work. for bfast i was feeling french toast made w/ 1 egg, @so_delicious
almond cashew milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract. finished in a @kitehillfoods
almond yogurt/ date nectar/ almond butter blend + warmed raspberries. enjoy the day! #cravings #morning