Moving to Get Unstuck

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Sometimes I feel so stuck I don’t know what to do next – so I stay still.

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For instance, I have a collection of new journals that I didn’t know how to begin. The thought of writing the wrong thing in a brand new journal left me paralyzed. So I left them empty until yesterday when I boldly declared my hot pink journal for all things charm & magic – no matter how messy and imperfect it may turn out.

I needed permission to make a mess – to begin even if it is wrong.  Because when I am stuck I really am just scared of making a mistake or failing.  When I took the pressure off of having it be right I got to move again and that always  feels the best.

So go ahead and make your mess.  Begin.

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Trajectory Shifts

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I write to process things… like my many evolving answers to the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I started my meandering career with the dream of being a professional dancer, then I wanted to be a really effective dance educator, then I wanted to be a rockstar yoga teacher that leads retreats all over the world (I still want that), and most recently I was an aspiring health coach after my incredible year at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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rainbow notes from my last call with Jeanne

So I began to work with a business coach to help me build a successful health coaching practice, but while working with Jeanne I realized if I was really true to myself and what I wanted MOST I would instead focus on making things (like mini malas) and teaching things (like yoga) that help people connect to themselves…because that is what I really feel called to do.

So right now I am a MAKER and a TEACHER and that feels really good.

The amount of shifts I have had in my trajectory might seem crazy, but I think it is all a part of the game of figuring out that very BIG question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and listening to the answer your heart is giving.  

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Doodle Day * 1

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Here is Doodle #1 by the AMAZING Ryann McMahon.  Click on the picture below for a printable PDF version and have SO much fun coloring.

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If you want to share the beauty you create on Instagram use #doodlesbyryann and get ready for more doodle coloring sheets coming your way soon!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

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Pesto Perfect

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I love the simplicity of pesto.  I grew up on it and I feel like I could live off it – especially in the summer!

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This recipe from Heidi Swanson is perfect for when there is no food processor around.  All you need is a mezzaluna, or nice chopping knife, and some good basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.  I mean what could be better?

[A note on Heidi Swanson… she is amazing and has a collection of incredible recipes on 101 cookbooks.  So if you are ever in need of some kitchen inspiration – take a look!]

Are there meals that you grew up on that you still LOVE to eat up?

 

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Intricate Doodles

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I rediscovered the joy of coloring thanks to my ridiculously talented cousin – Ryann McMahon.

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Ryann is creative with just about everything she does in her life – including how she paints her nails.  She makes these beautifully intricate doodles that just blow my mind and are so much fun to color!  The best part of it all is she is sharing some of her doodle gems with us!  So gather your markers and download and print your very own coloring sheets.  

Here is the first one.  Here is the second one.  Here is the third one.

Get ready to quiet your mind without mindlessly checking your email / social media accounts.  What could be better?!

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