Pausing Before I Begin Again

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Vacation is awesome. Ten days of it is just blissful. Before I zip into my Frankfurt life immediately forgetting all the peace and ease of yesterday and the many days before, I’m going to pause. Pausing is always good.

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Our little beach.

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Our perch.

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Butterfly and bumblebee doing their thing.

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Hammocks make me so happy.

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Luca naps may make me even happier.

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Summer solstice ritual.

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Olive groves everywhere.

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And may pieces of my yesterdays stay with me today.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

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Scared of Fat

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I used to eat Greek yogurt, the 2% or fat free kind. Since I have been in Greece I have been enjoying Greek yogurt again, but this time – the full fat kind.

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A few years ago (before Integrative Nutrition) my friend Ashley got a full fat Greek yogurt by mistake, but she ate it anyway. I was horrified – that was so much fat! I was under the impression that fat made you fat, so clearly fat free was the healthier choice.

I’ve learned a lot since then, and I’m not scared of the good fat anymore. Ashley was on to something. Our bodies need fat, and if we don’t give it the good kind we are going to seriously crave the bad processed kind. Plus, full fat Greek yogurt tastes like an absolute dream.

There are so many diets, theories, and guidelines out there, but the most important thing you can do is listen to what your body wants. The more you listen to it, the more it tells you and the better you will feel.

For more on fat: http://www.foodrenegade.com/fat-is-where-its-at/

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Instead of Perfect

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I am finished chasing the perfect day. The one where I wake up rested and step into a continues flow that lasts for the entire day. Consciously spending each moment. Present with the tasks at hand.

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Instead, I will find the magical moments tucked inside an imperfect day. The days where I wake up tired, waste time, and still have a list of things to do. Instead of second guessing myself on how I am spending my time, and seeing how I can be more efficient. I will remind myself whatever I am doing in the moment is perfect.

I am done chasing this perfect day because I realize I will be running forever.

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‘Weird’ Things That Keep Me ‘Normal’

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I do yoga, meditate, chant, make vision boards, have an altar, wear a mini mala, and journal to stay connected to myself. Some of them are ‘weird’ others are ‘normal’ but they all ground me when I feel scattered, frustrated, or discouraged. I am loving this new practice I learned from Gabrielle Bernstein,.

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Connecting to your guides through writing can be so powerful. I tried this one morning when I was feeling particularly down and it lifted me right up. I go back to it now whenever I need extra guidance. I talk with my grandma and she always shares gems of wisdom with me. This may be categorized in the ‘weird’ section. But it’s so worth it.

What do you do to bring yourself back home to you?

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