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Are you a Cheerleader or a Fear Leader?

Monday, April 22, 2013

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Manifest in Maui Recap

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Hi All!

I'm back from Maui and boy what a trip. I've been asked several times since I came home to describe my experience. It's very hard to put into words without sounding all "new age" and spiritual. So I'll totally understand if you don't want to read this post but I'll do my best to describe what took place on this life changing trip.

Here is the link to the retreats. You can also check out Jen's blogs to get an idea of the person behind the retreats.

Now I've been to a retreat before so I sort of had an idea what I was in for but boy I had no idea I would be affected so deeply. I'm one of those people when you meet me you think I have it all together. I'm happy, always have a smile on my face and will tell you everything is "fantastic". I really do say that. A lot of people know the surface Kelly but hardly anyone knows the true me. So this retreat was really outside my comfort zone but I loved every second of it.

We got to Maui on Friday and had a day to get adjusted. We were so exhausted from flying all day that we called it an early night. I don't know what you've heard but eating vegan isn't easy there. The restaurant we chose for dinner (Zippy's - I wouldn't recommend going there EVER!) had one vegetarian dish. It was a tofu veggie burger. I was so hungry that I didn't care and scarfed it down in about 10 seconds. It was like rubber and horrible. We went back to the hotel and crashed quickly. The next morning I got up like a good girl and went to the gym and pushed out 45 minutes on the elliptical in the 70-80% HR range then did some ab work. I was there for about an hour 15 minutes. Then I went and sat in the lobby and had some breakfast and drank some tea while I checked email and got on Facebook. By the time my girlfriend came down it was only 7am there. WOW that time difference! We decided to go to World Whale Day for the day before we headed to the resort. We had a blast. I'm a bracelet junkie and found several hand crafted items that I had to bring home. There was a wonderful vegan café there so we had lunch before heading to the resort. It was called Down to Earth. You should try it if you are ever in Maui. We walked by the water, took some pictures then decided to get on the road.

Getting to the resort was quite the adventure. We went to this look out and watch some surfers for a while then asked Siri for directions. Boy that chick is crazy. She sent us down some dirt road that had about 100 TVs littered all along the road. We saw an amazing rainbow though. LOL It reminded me of the roads my husband made me swear to never go down because you have no idea what is there. Long story short we made it out and survived laughing the whole way. We made it to the resort and checked into our rooms. LOVELY! We stayed at Lumeria Maui. It is a lovely place. the experience there was amazing.

We didn't know it but we had our first yoga practice Saturday night. We met Jennifer Pastiloff in the lobby and she greeted us like long lost friends. She told us to meet her in the yoga room at 5:15pm and bring your journals. Oh boy! It's starting. I don't write anything ever! I started to get a bit anxious. We got dressed and made our way to the yoga room. There were also two others there so we met Jane and Emilie. They were a mother/daughter pair there for the retreat. Loved them right off the bat. The four of us got our stuff together and put down mats in the yoga room in the back row in the corner out of anyone's line of sight (or so we thought). All together there were 18 women at this retreat. All of them lovely in their own way.

So what did we do on this retreat? Believe it or not we did very little yoga. This was more of an internal exercise than external. We wrote, shared, cried, laughed, danced (yes this white girls shook her booty) and did a little yoga. what I can tell you is that I didn't really think I had anything to work through but I was mistaken. The topics that were discussed all directly affected me and were life changing. One of the exercises was "5 Most Beautiful Things". At any moment she would call that out and we were to list 5MBT of that moment. It is a practice I do a few times a day especially when the going gets tough. If you can find 5 positive things in a negative situation it doesn't seem so bad.

One of the most powerful exercises was the following writing: What people say about me is........ What I say about me is....... The truth about me is...... This was incredible to see how I think of myself and the script that constantly plays in my head throughout the day. That was the first night!

We talked about fear, what's holding you back, what is it you really want to do, etc. I can't possibly go through all the exercise we did so this is just a brief glimpse.

What changes have I made since coming home? I've removed several people from my Facebook and made it a positive place. I've subscribed to several positive people and get reaffirmation every day on my feed. I've started doing things for me. I haven't worked out February 15. Yes, you read that right. And I've lost 5 the heck does that happen? Well you might say my body is healing and loving the rest. Every day I do yoga, meditate and journal. I've decided to attend yoga teacher training in the Fall. I've already filled out my application and am ready to go. I have several avenues I would like to go so we will see what happens after next February when I "graduate". I made 17 new friends that I will have for life. I know that if I need anything any one of them are a call, text or message away and they all know the same about me.

I highly suggest you check out Jennifer Pastiloff on Facebook and at her blog. She is an amazing writer and a genuine person. There is nothing fake about her. If you are able to attend one of her Manifestation Workshops or Retreats I HIGHLY recommend you take a leap and sign up. It will be the most powerful thing you ever do for yourself. Do you have to be good at yoga? HECK NO! Like I said we didn't do much yoga at all. Do you need to be a good writer? HECK NO! I haven't written since high school and now write every day.

Thanks for reading!

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TERRIANGEL 3/7/2013 8:10PM

    Wow, Kelly, that sounds just amazing!!! And I am SO excited for you to start your yoga teacher training!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!! I want to hear about it as you go, please. It's slightly different, but I'm just finishing up Teacher teacher training (getting my M.Ed.), and will be done May 1st. Being a teacher, of anything, I think is so awesome...and you will DEFINTELY make a marvelous one!!!

Rock on, Kelly! emoticon

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BILL60 3/6/2013 8:04AM

    Kelly sounds like you had an incredible experience. Since you were such a super person before, I can't imagine much improvement. Good luck on your yoga teacher training.

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MBSHAZZER 3/5/2013 3:03PM

    Kelly, I'm so happy that you had a good time. It really does sound like a life-changing experience! I look forward to hearing all about yoga teacher training.... from what I have read on your blogs, I think you would be an EXCELLENT yoga teacher! Heck, if you were teaching, I might even be persuaded to take a class! :D


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Spark Vacation

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hi All!

I just wanted to let you know that I'm taking a technology vacation and that includes Spark. I'm leaving for a yoga retreat on Friday and am going to use that time to let go of so much online time. I am online all day at work and then when I come home. I really need to disconnect. Please don't take offense as this isn't directed at Spark or any of the friends here. I just need a bit of a mental break.

See you all in March!


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TXHRT4U 2/12/2013 5:55PM

    enjoy your vacation emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 2/12/2013 5:52PM

    Yes, I try to finish computer stuff at work & then just relax but solitaire calls my name....

God bless & enjoy

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ERIC_ANDREW 2/12/2013 11:10AM

    What a nice idea! Have a pleasant time!!!

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MBSHAZZER 2/12/2013 10:43AM

    Sounds wonderful!! Enjoy it!

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HAPPYWALKER 2/12/2013 9:24AM

    Do I ever understand that!! I am also working on decreasing my time online (as well as TV-time) significantly. My goal is to sit less! The time I spend on the computer yields me very little in the long run, and keeps me from doing many things that would be more beneficial in attaining my goals. I am seriously considering dropping facebook, pinterest, and SparkPeople to free up more "useful" time.

Have a great yoga retreat! I'm sure you will come back so refreshed and peaceful - you'll want to continue in that mode after you return.

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BILL60 2/12/2013 9:18AM

    Enjoy yourself, have a great time, and behave (LOL).

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Fitness Tracker

Monday, January 21, 2013

I haven't logged any fitness minutes into the tracker all week. I have the fitness part down. I love working out. I don't skip workouts so no need to track them. It still bothers me to see a big fat ZERO there though. I'm working to overcome that.

I do however, need to focus more on my diet which is going to be my primary focus for 2013. I recently went to a Aruyveda workshop on "what is your dosha". This is something that has interested me for a while but I finally did something about it.

My dosha is Vata for body and Pitta for mind. This makes perfect sense. There are several changes I need to make in my diet and am struggling to come up with a plan. The biggest obstacle is that my body does not respond well to raw foods. I've known this for a while but now it is confirmed. I need to figure out what to eat when we go out that isn't a salad or raw veggie sandwich. My body prefers warm comfort foods which is fine in the fall and winter but what about the summer? these are all things I need to work out.

Anyway, it's just odd to see no fitness minutes or that I've burned an insane amount of calories for the week. This is just another step in stopping the obsession and focusing on what really matters in this journey.

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IMSMILEY88 2/10/2013 6:48PM

    I think it's a lot harder to concentrate on the eating than the working out. Best wishes!

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MBSHAZZER 1/21/2013 2:14PM

    OOh, that Aruyveda workshop sounds really interesting! Thanks to the wonders of FB, I reconnected with a guy from my H.S. who is an Aruyvedic chef in Park City Utah. Who would have thought the star of the football team would end up doing that?!

Looking forward to reading about your experience with this new adventure!

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10 Resolutions for the Soul

Monday, December 31, 2012

These will be my resolutions for 2013.

I resolve to:
1) love myself each and every day with all my flaws and all my beauty.

2) allow others to be themselves.

3) see the positive aspects of every situation

4) express appreciation daily

5) tell the inner judge to go away

6) forgive myself and others

7) meditate 15 minutes per day

8) spend as much time with Mother Nature as possible

9) shut down the computer, turn off my phone and connect with my loved ones for quality time each and every day

10) live and let live

Now these are some resolutions to make real changes in your life. Here is the original article.

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TERRIANGEL 3/7/2013 8:02PM

    Love it!

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MTRACHEL 1/13/2013 6:59PM

    Found your resolutions today and I love them. Thanks also for the link to the article!

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PYNNER 1/2/2013 6:40PM

    Awesome! Such good goals to have anytime!

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MBSHAZZER 1/2/2013 10:04AM


Great reminders for a mindful 2013! Thanks, Kelly!

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RYCKJUNG 12/31/2012 10:23PM

    Thanks for a thoughtful post. Best wishes for a joyous new year. Here's to 2013! emoticon

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