One Thing Cannot Define Your Whole Day

This morning was a typical morning. I woke up, put the coffee on, practiced yoga, and then made some oatmeal. I was carrying it over to the table and BANG the steaming bowl-o-oats was all over the floor. I have a busy day and scrubbing oatmeal wasn’t on my agenda.

Has this ever happen to you? The days where something doesn’t go right and you doom the day to be terrible. Accidents will happen, but when you think the whole day will be “one of those days”, you are essentially cursing yourself.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

-Dr. Wayne Dyer

Don’t let one thing dictate your whole day. Remember that your beliefs become your thoughts and your thoughts become your actions and habits. Always laugh it off and remain optimistic.

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Defining the Flow State of Mind: Effortless Concentration and Enjoyment

Flowing is the mental state when our best work emerges without struggle; also known as being “in the zone”. It is complete concentration, involvement, and enjoyment where nothing else matters. When flowing, we get to experience our own effortless power.

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the founders of “positive psychology” and the creator of the Flow Model Theory. This model represents the emotional state someone can be while undertaking a task or activity. Click the link on the model for an in-depth explanation of his theory.  Also, check out Csikszentmihalyi’s Ted Talks episode.flow-model-mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-toolshero

Mental state in terms of challenge level and skill level, according to Csikszentmihalyi’s flow model. Credit to https://www.toolshero.com/personal-happiness/flow-model-csikszentmihalyi/

I find my flow while dancing, hula-hooping, writing, creating art, and practicing yoga. How and when do you find your flow? Let me know in the comments below.

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My Favorite Instagrammers

Instagram can be used to grow your website traffic, increase brand recognition, build relationships and much more. I have connected and been inspired by so many on Instagram. Here are just a few of my favorites:

You can find cool aesthetics and art of all forms on @artselect ‘s page.

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@casa_colibri is by far one of my favorite insta yogis. She always posts her yoga flows, yoga tutorials, and interesting Instagram stories. She also has a few e-books and online classes.

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Bence takes circus and hula-hoop performances to a whole new level. To see his ninja smooth moves — @bencirkaimg_2363

Cute cat pics at @pleasantcats ‘ page. Enough said.

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Another favorite insta yogi of mine is @freedivegirl. She is so sweet and her yoga flow is gentle, yet sassy and strong. Her practice videos are always inspiring and she has the cutest pup Loki!

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The best out of the best when it comes to cute doggie instagrams is @dogs_unity

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Everyone needs a little daily inspiration! Follow @thegoodquote for motivational quotes on your timeline

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Be Like A Capybara

The capybara is the largest living rodent in the world. Hailing out of South America, these fuzzy creatures are adorable and also highly sociable. They often live in groups of 10-20; they also get along well with other animals of all shapes and sizes.

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You have probably come across photos of capybaras on social media (there are tumblr blogs devoted to their cuteness after all).

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May these sweet creatures remind you to stay humble and kind. Capybaras interact with animals and reptiles of all kinds; too often, we judge a book by its cover. It’s important to “be like a capybara” and be gentle and nonjudgemental with others.

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Small Changes, Big Impact: 7 Simple Lifestyle Changes You can Make for the Enviornment

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius
Small changes are easy to make and can pile up quickly, resulting in a major difference over time. When it comes to saving our planet, we should shift some of our focus to our personal habits. Here are 7 simple changes you can make today to help the environment:

 

  1. Skip the Plastic Packaging. Buy a reusable, glass sandwich container and ditch the baggies. Also, purchasing a reusable water bottle saves you so much money over time (did you know it takes a gallon of water to create the plastic for the water bottle, and that doesn’t include the water in the bottle!)
  2. Turn off the TV when you’re not watching it. Many people are in the habit of falling asleep with the tv on. It is bad for the environment over time and it prevents you from getting a good nights sleep,  Turn off that TV before bed and pick up a book instead.
  3. Stop buying plastic wrap! There are alternatives to plastic wrap.
  4. Eat Less Meat. Woah, I said one of the unspoken topics (religion, sex, politics, and veganism of course). Personally, I am a flexitarian, so I’m not saying to give it up completely. Consider “Meatless Monday” or swapping out a few meals a week for plant-based alternatives. There are so many yummy recipes on Pinterest.
  5. BYOB, bring your own bag! Plastic bags have three times the greenhouse gas impact of reusable bags. Throw a few into your trunk, backpack or purse. Also, while you’re at the grocery store, stop using produce bags.
  6. Nix the chemical cleaners— invest in a Norwex. It is an antimicrobial, antibacterial cloth that removes dust, dirt, and grease from all washable surfaces using only water—no chemicals! You can also try to make your own green, DIY cleaning products, here are some ideas. 
  7. Try buying used — with apps like Letgo and Thredup and Facebook Marketplace, it’s easier than ever to find gently used things (and way less sketchy than craigslist). By doing this, you are lengthening the lifetime of that item and reducing the need for more. I found my papasan chair, my traveling easel, and many other things online for a fraction of the price; I’ve also made cash selling things I don’t need or use anymore!

These are all easy things you can integrate into your lifestyle. I hope you take away at least one and make it a habit.

“Yogic Surrender”

You sink into low push-up,
your thoughts begin to thin.
Now your heart shines through,
filled with gratitude.

Limbs linger at their fullest expression.
Love radiates off your lengthy legs,
you are grounded into this pose
let yourself bloom into bliss.

Meditating on the present
and surrendering to the movement,
you maintain the meaning
and every moment is magnificent.

Inhale positivity, exhale negativity
your breath moves you forward.
Surrender to this single second,
close your eyes and just breathe.

-Julianne Meskanick

Happy weekend, everyone! I was feeling inspired by my growing yoga practice and wrote this poem for my daily blog post. I hope this inspires you to find your mat this weekend or make time for meditation.

Namaste!

My Focus for 2018

My phrase for 2017 was “planting the seeds and sprouting”; between discovering and beginning praxis, developing my jewelry and art business, and my immense personal growth, it was a big year for me. However, I have even bigger plans for 2018 — this year’s phrase is “growth and blooming”.

My focus for 2018 is the continuation of my personal and professional growth. Come June, I will start my apprenticeship and my career. I’m excited to see how it will evolve. I also hope to have 100 sales for my Etsy shop. In the short term, I am dedicating time to productivity like blogging, research, and reading and spending less time watching tv and procrastinating.

I am a huge advocate of health and wellness; I plan to blog health, wellness, positivity, or yoga related articles once per week. With that being said, I also want to grow my yoga practice and nail a hand-stand by the end of the year.

Overall, I plan on persisting the value-creation mindset and prioritizing positive habits. I know this is going to be a year of exponential growth for me and I’m stoked to see the outcome. What are your goals and plans for this year? Comment Below!