The Art Of An Open Mind

As I’ve made my way through this life, one thing is certain: I’ve never stopped growing. Whether taking up a new hobby, learning something new, or staying inquisitive, growth is pretty much unavoidable. The hardest part, though? Growing in the best possible way. Sounds a little confusing, but what I’m really getting at is making sure to keep an open mind about things that are new or foreign.

When we let our walls come down and put aside what we think we know, new experiences and moments to grow have their way of finding us. 

Consider Different View Points

Growth is a funny thing. It can only happen when you allow your mental and spiritual capacity to expand. We can do this by setting aside all we think we know and showing our vulnerable side. Look. Listen. Consider that others have lived life a different way and their lessons could benefit you too. Shifting perspective sometimes brings new ideas to light.

Exercising your learning muscles by putting judgments aside opens so many new doors.

See The World Anew

Part of opening your mind to new possibilities is taking on new challenges. Things that you’ve always wanted to do, but have never taken the first step now becomes step one! Is it a new skill? Or a trip you’ve been dreaming of taking? Pushing your own capabilities yields some pretty sweet fruit. It’s something we don’t always feel the most at home doing, but that’s what makes it so worth it.

Humble Yourself

Growing does the soul good; it’s what humanizes us. Through experiences and lessons, we are able to be thankful for the opportunities for growth. Remember this and take every chance you get. Life is lived at its fullest when a “yes” frame of mind follows you.

When you welcome new possibilities, you’ll never stop growing.



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How To Counter Grouchy Days

We all get them. Those occasional times during a week when we’re not as peppy as we’d like to be! We’re human. It’s understandable that each and every moment isn’t going to be sunshine and serenity. But what if we had the chance to control those negative moments and say “Not today!”   

Sometimes, it’s all about shifting our perspective and embracing the positivity around us that expels the bad. If we can understand what brings our mood down, we have a better chance at countering it.  

Stop and Check In 

When the grouchies come to call, I find the best first step is to not TAKE any steps. Rather, pause and take time for meditation. Insight is your greatest strength here. When we look inside ourselves and analyze what’s troubling us, sometimes the right answers present themselves. 

Reflection is a perfect practice for countering and working through those negative emotions. When you no longer give them power, moving forward and away from them is easy peasy. 

Better yet make a little list of everything weighing on you. Take that list, look at it, and throw it away. Letting go of the negative makes room for optimism and even tranquility.  

Consider Your Impact 

It’s one thing to have a bad day and feel a little down. It’s a whole new arena when your feelings reflect outward and cause those around you to be affected. 

Being a positive influence through this life does so much more than you think. Even on a rough day, if you project an inviting aura, it has the potential to make all the difference for those around you. They sometimes need you more than you think. As fellow human beings, how we interact and treat each other makes all the difference.  

Do Something Kind 

Whether you really feel up to it or not, I’m here to tell you that going out of your way to bring a positive experience to someone can do wonders for YOU. Being a change, even a small one, in another’s life means something. It means you have true power to bring happiness in this world. It’s up to you and the more opportunities you take, the closer you will bring to rising out of that funk and being at peace again.  

We all have a bad day, but we also have the choice to do something about it. 




“Keep choosing happiness daily and happiness will keep choosing you back” - Fawn Weaver 

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Mood Boosting, Naturally

In a world full of everyone always on the go and rushing around, many times we don’t realize how overwhelmed we can get until we finally slow down and are stuffed to the gills with stress and negative energy. No one wants all of their free time to be filled with anxiety and aftermath of a crazy day. Luckily there are few simple, easy practices you can do right at home to take the edge of some of that negative and draw out the positive within again. 

A Massage

I’m not telling you to go out and get a fancy pants massage (though that’s an option if you like!). Even an at-home session with a loved one or even a self-given massage can be just the ticket. Having a massage even just once or twice a week does amazing things for your overall mood and feeling. It’s an incredible way to physically work out the stressers of the day while allowing time to just enjoy a moment of rest and unwind in that feeling. Now, doesn’t a back rub sounds pretty good right about now?

A Nap

Some days, it may be just as simple as you’re a little tired, so the world seems a little more in your face. Your inner peace can’t stay peaceful if you feel life coming at you from all angles. If you’re able to, a 20-30 minute nap is the answer. Hitting the pause button and turning the dial to recharge can greatly effect the rest of your experiences that day. The silent privacy is just enough to let go of all that’s bogging you down. Napping can bring you out of your funk and drastically elevate your mood. Plus you get to sleep which is always a bonus. 

A Morning Stretch

There are countless ways to stretch in the a.m. and countless good things it’ll be doing for your mind and body for the whole rest of the day! Stretching, even for a few minutes wakes up your body fully. It releases tightness and tensions but physically and mentally. The blood gets to flow throughout and your brain shakes off the dust from a good night’s sleep. When your body is fully prepared for the day’s path, so goes your mind and spirit.

These little practices are quick and simple and rely mostly on preference! All of them point to one important factor: your well being. I’ve tried to walk my path when I wasn’t fully committed to the cause and it just isn’t the same. Taking care of yourself and your emotional status will do wonders for every other aspect of your being.



We Have Victory!

Life. It’s something that’s meant to be celebrated each and every day. It’s the first gift we’re given and the greatest, at that! This alone makes me really think about my place in the universe and ask some questions about how I’m spending my time. With this amazing gift of life, we get a few special occasions along the way.

To fully appreciate our place in this world, we would do well to take a little time to celebrate those moments that are truly extraordinary.

The Big

These moments do something very important: they define you. They change your path and alter it for the better. It could be celebrating a career goal, or a relationship milestone, these times in your life will become lasting memories. They really speak to your soul and can be called upon at any time to bring comfort during hard times.

The Small

Now don’t think for a second that these moments are any less special. These are the daily doses of joy that manifest within us and all around. Simple acts of kindness and love, even if they won’t be remembered down the road, matter in the here and now. They propel us forward and keep us going. I find true comfort in these moments throughout each day and they make me feel so blessed to be here to experience them. They’re the reminders that every moment doesn’t need to monumental and grand to bring happiness and celebration.

Defining moments are so different for each of us. So ask yourself what experiences are you grateful for. Think about all that matters to you. Ask yourself why they make you feel victorious in life. Those are where you’ll find all that you need.





Living The Namaste Life

Many times a week I meet and greet with the phrase “Namaste”. But exactly does that mean? Why do we say it and are we truly living up to its meaning? Namaste, when used in a spiritual manner, take the form of a greeting. It’s as if to say, “I recognize you, your soul, and your worth and I wish them all well”. This is a lot to pack in a single word! It’s one thing to talk the talk, but walking the Namaste walk is a whole new level.

Finding Peace

You wouldn’t want somebody coming to you, telling you information they know nothing about, right? Well, the same can be said in the spiritual sense. If you don’t take the steps yourself, you won’t be able to fully understand how living a Namaste life can feel. Be sure to take the time to meditate. Explore options like yoga or action poses or even widdle time out of the day for a peaceful zen session. Putting forth the effort now opens your eyes to the amazing change that Namaste brings.

Practicing Peace

One and done is not the message we’re conveying either here. Becoming more in check with your mind and spirit takes time and some commitment. Finding your own Namaste will be so worth it if you keep at it and remind yourself you’re working toward a stronger and more peaceful you. Keep working on those poses and don’t give up that time to yourself and you will be over the moon with the results.

 Spreading Peace

Living “la vi da Namaste” just feels good. It brings about fresh perspectives and feeds off positive vibes. But this way of life has a few caveats. For instance, it’s now, in some ways, your duty to spread this message of inner tranquility to anyone willing to listen. It’d life if your friend landed on the ground floor of a huge opportunity and wanted you in on it!

Spreading a spiritual message to those willing to begin their journeys reminds us that we’re all more alike than we think. We are all seeking better and if we can give that gift to someone else, I feel we’re doing our jobs as fellow human beings.

With a feeling of hope and purpose, a true Namaste to you.



Compassion Is

That seems like an easy one. Right? We hear all the time about lessons in compassion, but I can say from experience that, until recently, I never asked myself how strong my compassion was. Compassion toward others AND myself. I had to stop and look inward. When I think of being a compassionate person, I look at the beauty and experience, both around me and inside, but I sometimes forget that this isn’t the full picture. And during this week of all things love, it’s time to build and improve on that oh-so important trait.

We Celebrate Together

I’ve said this before, but we’re all connected. We’re all of one being. It’s the experiences of life that bring us all together, especially during times of triumph and celebration. Finding compassion here during these times means thinking of others and their accomplishments. It’s creating the time and the energy to be alongside your fellow human being during their moments of celebration. This practice of selflessness leaves you with an appreciation for the spirit of human interaction and you see the full power of encouragement and merriment.

We Suffer Together

As much as I strive to bring a positive spin on life and its challenges, we all know life is not without occasional hardship. These are the moments to lean on each other and acknowledge that we will all experience this at some point. Suffering is another part of the human experience and nothing to feel discouraged about or to shy away from.

Be Easy With Yourself

As well as the suffering of your loved ones, think about you during times of sadness. You channel a different part of yourself when you’re down. Be aware of those feelings and don’t take them for granted. They are the gateway to building higher compassion. BUT with every low comes the highs! As we work to channel our sadness and build our emotions, we also get the chance to embrace the happiness and absorb its euphorias.

Compassion is found in the balance of emotion. We have so much power within us and compassion comes when we are at our most vulnerable. Acknowledging your compassionate side also displays high levels of intelligence and a sense of humanity. No matter the circumstances, empathy brings you closer to inner peace.




A Little Getaway

Life can take a lot out of us some days. We’re busy, stressed, and when we scrape together a little time for ourselves, what do we do with it? Sometimes a quick little break from the craziness is all we get! So, let’s make the most of it. Just doing the little things for yourself can make all the difference to finding a calm and relaxed being.

Listen & Sooth

A perfect way to separate you from your worries is through the power of music. Immersing yourself in some lower frequency, calming tunes helps to center you. Letting go of those slow, melodic vibes excuses your mind from the cares of the day, leaving your soul open to experiencing the genuine feeling. I am a firm believer that music can bring us back to a memory or a feeling. The nostalgia alone is euphoric.

Get Away & Get Alone

Part of the journey to finding your true self is acknowledging that outside influence can be a major block. It’s not a bad thing necessarily! Friend and family are vital in life, but all of the interaction leaves you giving and giving rather than taking time for just you. You need time to quiet the mind and listen to yourself. Take a little drive, a break from work in a quiet area, or a little walk around the block. Instead of speaking, listen and reflect for yourself.

Solo Slumber Party

Trust me, it’s way cooler than it sounds. This one gets a little tricky if you share a sleeping space, but it’s not impossible. Sometimes, a little night to you is exactly how to revitalize. Start by making some itinerary. Will you be watching something? Snacking on a snack you haven’t have in a while? Maybe wear your comfiest clothes! Really, the more amped up you can get for this mini party, the more you’ll enjoy the time to yourself.

Always remember, your mind and soul are a top priority. They need to be tended to and respected for the breaks they sometimes require. Don’t overdo yourself and when those rare little moments of solace come knocking, invite them in and relish every moment.




Where Does Your Joy Come From?

When are at your happiest? Is it a certain time of year? Certain place? Or is it the people you surround yourself with? Happiness is truly infinite when we observe where it originates. What an enlightening feeling when you can fully understand exactly what makes you happy and how for that matter.

Your Relationships

For me, there is nothing greater on this planet than the people I’m experiencing life with. It doesn’t matter If it’s a fleeting encounter with a passerby or your best friend whom you’ve loved for 30 years. We are all connected through each and every experience. We are one being here together and each interaction either build us up or threatens to tear down our emotional walls. It’s who and how we choose to treat each other that brings about that warm, happiness aura.

You and Yourself

No matter which way you look, you’re interacting with others. Now it’s time to step back and look inside. You are the one person that you never stop interacting with. Reread that and let it sink in. You never get a break from your own mind, body, and soul. So it had best be its happiest self. Be sure to find that time to escape for meditation and checking in with your self-conscious. Routine maintenance will help flush out the negativity and key you into your inner joys.

Then Comes All The Rest

Now, let’s talk about other forces that aren’t a part of the human to human experience. You don’t have to be hyper-aware to feel the draw of animal and nature. Your surroundings tell a story. It’s almost spiritual when you think of how much beauty stems from unexplainable occurrences, but also how amazing to be able to journey through those experiences.

Joy isn’t given. It manifests from within and can only be unlocked when you take the time to fully appreciate each and every bit of your life. What a beautiful gift.