For the first time in a few weeks, I have a chunk of time to myself and even though I have a loooong list of things to tend to, I can’t help but reflect on the fullness of this past month.
The first part of July was spent saying goodbye to favorite people and places in Brooklyn. It was sad to leave certain parts of our life there, and I already miss my friends + family that were so near and so dear. The middle of July was spent with my family in Lake George which was such a nourishing treat. Then Luca and I floated around a bit until we were able to move into our new home on the very last day of July… which just so happened to be a blue moon, or the second full moon in a month! A special day indeed. So now here we are in August, my favorite month of the year and I’m finally ready to resurface.
Looking back on July, so many incredible things happened that I was barely able to process in the tempo of life around me.. Such as…
- Luca started taking his first few steps !! After a month of practicing, he is now (as of yesterday) feeling confident and choosing to walk on his own. I’m still getting used to spotting him waddle around.
- We had an incredible photo shoot with the oh so talented Alaina Muckell, and now will forever have beautiful images of Luca and I when we lived in Brooklyn. I am SO grateful for Alaina and for these pictures.
- I hosted a mala making workshop! Six incredible women gathered around my dining room table to craft their own unique mala. I can’t wait to host another one of these.
- I designed 3 mini malas exclusively for Prema Yoga, which are now on sale in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn!! I can’t believe this actually happened!
- A piece I wrote was featured in Teach.Yoga – a beautiful online space created by Elena Brower. This was such a surprise as I submitted this mini article months ago, and assumed it hadn’t been a match since I didn’t receive a reply. Then last week I woke up extremely exhausted, asked for a miracle, opened my inbox, and discovered my work featured in the weekly email. Surprise!
- I have been working with two of the most loveliest clients, and have so enjoyed picking up my coaching practice again.
- We moved into a HOUSE and it feels really, really, good…and messy. I can’t believe the all the space that is ours, and how much furniture we now need after coming from a little 2 bedroom apartment. Slowly but surely it will come together. Right now I am treasuring our backyard + driveway amongst many other things.
So, that’s what has been happening. I’m excited to get my feet back on the ground and start building something here in Lancaster, PA. Thank you for reading and I’d SO love to hear what has been happening in your life.Post a comment
My friend credited her passing of a very important test to her mini mala and the luck it brings.
Another friend was devastated when she had to take her charm & magic bracelet off in order to take her very important test. She couldn’t bear to part with it, as the beads around her wrist became a part of who she was – they went everywhere with her. The next time she took the test she hid her bracelet in her sock and did wonderfully!
Isn’t it funny the meaning we pair with objects?
I’ve always had little trinkets and jewels that became so heavily layered with meaning – and I still do. These symbols make me feel safe and supported, especially in challenging times. Right now they consist of 4 bracelets I made that remind me of my creativity + expressivity, my grandma’s locket that I wear when I want to feel connected to her, and my mala beads that I use to when I want to feel grounded or when I want to practice gratitude in a grand way.
Both of my friends really passed their tests because of their incredible brains, and I can feel creative, connected, grounded, and grateful without any of my jewels… but a little extra magic certainly doesn’t hurt.
If you are looking to add a special item to your repertoire of lucky charms, joins us for a
Make Your Own Mala Workshop : July 9th @ 7:30 pm in my living room in Park Slope, Brooklyn. $40. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. I have a few spots left.
Or if you’d like one that has already been made, use promo code “charmandmagic” for 10% off until July 7th. Visit the shop here.
Would LOVE to hear about the special items you don’t leave home without and cherish like they are made of gold. Leave in the comments below! SO nice to hear different ideas.Post a comment
Happy summer to you all!
I used this change of seasons as a time to think about how I want to feel and what I want to experience this summer. I continually return to this practice because intention setting is magic and writing it down makes it extra powerful.
Plus, if you happen to be anything like me, you might feel anxious that you are going to miss it all, and all of a sudden it will be 2016! Boom. If you ever feel that FOMO – this is an excellent tool to tap into your awareness and get super present and clear with what you are wanting.
So grab a pen + your journal and start to craft your ideal summer season and all the things that exist in your days. Write like you already have it. Be specific. And make sure to dream wildly.
Here’s to the smell of sunscreen, the glow of fireflies, juicy watermelon, and mermaid sightings. Enjoy planting some mindful seeds of intention! Can’t wait to hear what sprouts.
P.S. If you want to make something AMAZING this summer (!) Join us for a
Make Your Own Mala Workshop: July 9th @ 7:30 pm in my living room in Park Slope, Brooklyn. $40.
Email email@example.com to reserve your spot. I have about 4 spaces left.Post a comment
Life has been feeling intense, and I feel like I have barely been able to keep up. Unfortunately, whenever I’m in this space, I tend to forget about all the grounding practices that could help keep me upright and find my center.
Yesterday, I realized that my once regular practice of gratitude has not existed in I don’t even know how long. So, today I Recommitted to Gratitude with a big gratitude list.
I was super inspired by Tiffany Pratt, who is a designer + stylist / a rainbow come to life, as she shared her practice of using her mala beads to practice gratitude! She touches all 108 beads and thinks of one thing for each bead until she goes around her entire necklace.
I love this idea so much, that I will be definitely be practicing it daily. Even if I only have time for half of the beads, or 3 of them, or even just 1 – because something is always better than nothing.
Do you have a way you practice gratitude? I’d love to hear about it!
P.S. If you like to hear more from Tiffany, as I so desperately did – she is also featured in this podcast (episode #333 Enter the Glitter Suite)Post a comment
Eight months ago I was in a tricky transition. We moved back to Brooklyn after living in Germany for six months, and I had trouble figuring out how to navigate motherhood, my own passions, and everything else that is required in city living.
Overwhelmed with the seemingly many directions I could go in, paired with the responsibility of being a full time mom – plus the desire to make something, I didn’t know how to direct my energy. Until I began these Pop Up Yoga Classes in motion, which became both a sacred pause and my anchor.
Each class has been incredibly unique. We have gathered in a sweet little studio in Brooklyn, in an expansive space in Chelsea, NYC, and have even had one virtual celebration on the internet. They have ended with chocolate, red roses, prayer arrows, and conversation. They have been an incredible vessel of shared magic while celebrating the moon.
This month will mark the final Pop Up in NYC, as we are about to embark on yet another big transition as we pack up and move to Lancaster, PA in a month or so – which is a whole other story, filled with many, many emotions that I will save for another time!
So join me for this next Pop Up that will be bursting with magic: This Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:15 pm @ The Yoga Collective // 135 West 29th St. // $20 // RSVP here.
This final class will be a celebration of desire, of possibility, and of the unknown. It will be a chance to rejuvenate and connect to your higher self – while stepping out of your mind and into your body. You will get to create the space to receive a lovely collection of blessings that are just waiting to tumble down upon you.
Hope to see you there – or somewhere – before we leave Brooklyn and call Lancaster home.Post a comment
Your intuition is what guides you in the right direction. Everyone has access to it, you just have to cultivate it lovingly and consistently. Here are a few ways you can strengthen your connection to yourself so that you can step into your intuitive flow.
1. Realize you have it, and flat out own it.
2. Make quiet time for just yourself daily – if only for a minute.
3. Journal: ask big questions, and let your intuition write you the answers – you will be surprised with how much you already know.
4. Meditate. Perhaps the most important thing you could do to strengthen this muscle. Return to the breath and let everything else fall away.
5. MOVE : do yoga, run, swim, spin, walk, dance – whatever gets you into your body and out of your mind. Motion is potion.
6. Do something you love : a favorite hobby, make a delicious meal, color, play with your kids, whatever you helps you feel in the flow. Do that as often as possible.
7. Come to a Pop Up Full Moon Yoga Class (Tuesday, June 2nd 7:15 pm) !! :)
9. Supercharge this connection by pairing it with a mini mala – or any other symbolic item you have in your presence as a visual reminder.
When I am conscious about the information I am taking in from the external world, and reverent towards my internal guide – a lot ends up opening and flowing, which feels really good.
What do you do to find that connection to your intuition? I’d LOVE to hear!
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Where do you go when you need to be reminded of who you are and what you stand for?
Where do you go when you’re not sure where home will be, and you already feel your roots gently lifting?
How do you ground down while still remaining open and receptive to receive the countless blessings that are waiting to be showered upon you?
What do you do when you feel stuck and are fearful you may never move forward again?
What do you do when you feel uninspired, and just want to be held and taken care of?
What do you do when you’ve exhausted all options, and fear and doubt have a very tight grip on you?
What do you do when as quickly as you realize a dream, you immediately discount the slight possibility of it?
Where do you go when you need guidance?
Here’s my remedy:
I turn inwards, I commit to a practice, I breathe, and I connect to myself over and over again – because that is where all the golden nuggets of insight and wisdom lie.
Receive your deepest knowing and let that guide you to the most incredible spaces you have yet to enter – but are deeply anticipating your arrival.
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It’s all an illusion.
What you see is not necessarily how it really appears.
How it appears is not necessarily real…
You have to choose to see the flowers.
You have to choose to feel.
Take the time to :
And most importantly BREATHE.
When I catch myself questioning my worth + my value. I will celebrate that I caught myself and remember that what I’m thinking is most likely false.
I do my best to stay connected, over and over again.
Knowing I am more than worth it, and my gifts (and yours) are NEEDING to be shared to heal yourself and this world.
And if you forget this little fact (which you most likely will), just remind yourself until you remember your greatness again.Post a comment
My mom took me to my first yoga class, prompted me to make my first necklace, and continues to tell me about the next spiritual book to read.
She has supported me and my dreams from the beginning, and has always let me be me. And even though we certainly have had our ups and downs, I am thankful that she was the woman who raised me – in just the way she did.
When I first became a mom – I wanted to be perfect : cloth diapers, organic homemade food, medicines that had no chemicals, or dyes, or flavors for that matter, wooden toys, etc… After 15 + months I realize perfect doesn’t exist (duh!), but I still have to remind myself of that over and over again. Now I feel lucky if I resemble my mom in any way.
Motherhood is hard, and these past few days have been particularly challenging while tending to a sick Luca, letting go of my work commitments, and feeling like no matter what I do I am letting someone down.
Often, I wonder if I am doing a good job, as there a million other ways to do any one thing in a given day. There are so many choices to navigate, and they require a lot of trusting in my own heart that I in fact know what’s right. This video (that I sobbed through) – pretty much summed it up : You are doing a great job, regardless if you are a mom or not, as long as you can tune in and truly listen to yourself you can do no wrong.
So – write your mom AND yourself a sweet little note, gift her something charming, and remember you are doing your absolute best… and that’s all you can do – even if your mind tries to tell you otherwise.Post a comment
Becoming still is why I move.
Savasana is why I vinyasa.
If there aren’t moments of pause tucked within, around, and beside the movement – it becomes tricky to soak in the gifts. I become too wrapped up to see the sparkle shining right in front of me.
Stillness allows our bodies to absorb blessings.
Stillness allows for reflection, which gives way to meaning.
Savasana is the point of all the shapes in yoga. They prep us to simply lie on our backs and receive: our breath, our worth, our light, our impact we have both on ourselves and in this world.
Pause and breathe, so you can receive.
Join us for a sacred pause during the next Pop Up Full Moon Yoga Class : Sunday, May 3rd // 4 pm @ The Yoga Collective in NYC // $20. Find more information and tickets here.
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