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What a difference a day makes!

All of us at one point or another has had dreams or things that we would like to accomplish, no matter how big or small. So often though, we remain “stuck” in our day to day because it’s comfortable. We find ourselves saying if such and such happens then I can be happy/successful/fill in the blank. The problem with this way of thinking is that we will ALWAYS be waiting for the right moment and the right circumstances and we’ll end up going nowhere fast.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge culprit, at least until recently. Every single night before I went to bed I would make a resolution with myself that I was going to wake up earlier come hell or high water. Every morning rolled around and I hit that snooze button one, two, three times. Next thing you know it’s 2 hours later than I wanted to get up and now I am rushing around frazzled and stressed. Really annoying and definitely not improving my life quality!

The other day I was on the phone with my coach telling her how frustrating this has all been and if I can only figure out what was stopping me from not being able to do the things that I wanted to, then I can start fixing it and start doing. If. Then. Instead of getting on the merry-go-round with me, she just simply said “Just do it”. Huh? Really? That’s it?

Well, let me tell you that I clung to those words like a life line. I’ll be damned if I wasn’t going to make this happen. It’s been months of waking up too late, going to bed too late and wasting a lot of precious time that I can be doing a million other things instead of surfing Facebook. Armed with my new determination I started making small changes. I only allowed myself to snooze once (for 5 minutes), after that it was rise and shine no matter how much my mind protested. I started choosing activities that I wanted to include in my morning routine such as yoga and meditation and I just made it happen. I also wanted to start going to the gym on a more regular basis and taking breaks from my “home office” to visit my coffee shop office. I didn’t think about it, didn’t wonder if it was the right time, I just made it work and I am so so so grateful that I did. Life has been just that much more AMAZING!!

I’ve found that I don’t have to follow a schedule down to the minute to make this all work either. If something comes up I will simply rearrange. There is time in the day to accomplish everything but using your time wisely is the key. Ever hear the saying “Life beings at the end of your comfort zone”? We have to push past that familiarity in order to grow. This of a seed that you’ve planted. You dig a little hole, put the seed inside, give it water and wait. What if that seed decided that it was just too comfortable in the earth and decided not to bloom? It will never know that it is capable of growing up through the earth and will never feel the sunlight. Not only that, but it will never be able to show it’s beauty with the rest of the world. Think of yourself as that flower. If we don’t find the courage to step out of our comfort zone, we will never know what we are capable of, what we can change and how we can grow.

With springtime and all the life that is growing around us, let us make the commitment to ourselves to do at least ONE thing a day that will push us out of our comfort zones. Big or small, there are no rules, just get out there and do it.

If you feel inclined to share you step or story, please feel free in the comment section below. 🙂

♥ xo

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Saturday Bliss

Ever since I started working from home, I find myself going out of the house less and less. Why would I need to? I have everything I need because I am home, except human interaction. It definitely was enjoyable for the first few weeks, but after a while you really miss talking to someone. To remedy this situation, I started to take myself out on little dates. About a month ago I went on my first date with the Yale Jazz Band (which you can read about here) and more recently saw the Seymour High School Band play a concert tribute to Bob Marley. While these have been amazing events, I was still craving interaction.

Welcome coffee shops. I really never liked coffee and therefore never really found a reason to go. I also worked at Starbucks for 3 years, so I felt like I had gotten my fill of the coffee shop experience. What I didn’t know (or maybe I just forgot) is how peaceful a coffee shop can be so early in the morning. Yesterday I decided that I was going to head over to the Sbux in Danbury while hubby was teaching his Bikram Yoga class and MAN! did I get some work done! It was great. I made the pledge to be there for 3 hours and I couldn’t believe how fast the time flew by! I loved it so much that I am actually writing this blog post from another Starbucks this morning! This new chain of events got me to thinking. There are many Starbucks in my hometown and one of them just so happens to be next to the gym that I never seem to make it to. To remedy this, I’ve come up with a game plan. I’m going to go work at Starbucks for a few hours and then head over to the gym. I have no excuse now! I’m really excited to take this next step and can’t wait to see where it will take me. If nothing else, I know I am going to start feeling even better than I do now!

Much more happened yesterday than just this great idea. When I was done being super productive, hubby and I decided to go for a hike. We decided to check out Black Rock State Park in Watertown, CT. Oh. My. Beauty! This is definitely one of my new favourite hiking spots. Every few minutes I stopped to take pictures,  I couldn’t help it, everything was just GLOWING in sunlight. There was still a fair amount of snow on the ground so it was a bit challenging on the way up. We took our time and I definitely made good friends with a few trees! We started up the blue trail which was almost a straight hike up and then we switched to the red trail. That was my favourite. We hiked along side a little stream most of the way and it was so peaceful with the sound of the running water and the sunlight streaming in through the evergreens. After our hiked we headed over to the huge open field at the start of the park and hula hooped in the sunshine. What an absolutely glorious afternoon! Later that evening we visited friends out on their farm and took a lovely sunset stroll around their property while their dog enjoyed the delicious fresh air. It’s been a long winter and it was so nice to be able to spend most of the day outside, even if the air was a little crisp.

Here are a few pictures from our hike yesterday. How did you enjoy the weekend? Please feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂

Black Rock Hike

♥ xo

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All shook up

309259_10200179950494155_643048198_nWhat a great weekend! My hubby Brendan and I went to the FAMOUS Capitol Theatre to see Kung Fu and Deep Banana Blackout. Let me just tell you that I DID NOT SIT DOWN! There was no way. The music was infectious, arousing, funky, beautiful bliss. The musicians were so tight, so in sync and I enjoyed watching them communicate to each other through their instruments and through their bodies. It was an amazing amazing show. The picture to the left is Kung Fu doing their thing. Needless to say, if you have an opportunity to see either or both of these bands, DO IT. I absolutely PROMISE you will not be disappointed. My only recommendation is to not wear hot heavy shoes. I was boiling by the end of the night! Boots were not a good idea! Lol.

Our Sunday was spent with lots of yoga and my being very productive in putting together my community group coaching program called “Rock The Love” which you can check out here.

On our way home, later that evening,  we noticed a group of kids running down the street. We thought that they were being goof balls and really didn’t think anything of it. Then, just a few feet down the road was a frantic woman waving her hands and standing in the street. We were a little hesitant to pull over, but she seemed distressed so we did.  She then told us that she was just robbed and kept pointing down the road the way the group of kids ran. I immediately was sick to my stomach. She seemed ok and soon after a local security car showed up. I called and reported it anyway and feeling that she was safe, drove home.

I’ve been really shaken up about it ever since. I’ve walked down that way many times, alone and at night, but now I am afraid. I don’t like not feeling safe. I keep thinking it could have been me and I am grateful that it wasn’t and I am glad (that at least physically) she is OK. It makes me upset to know that there are people still capable of upsetting other people’s lives for fun. I want to be able to do something. Right now the best thing that I can come up with is letting it out through music. This song kept coming up for me every time I thought about what happened and how I felt about it. Even though sometimes bad things happen, there is still hope. We’ve just got to carry on and keep that hope alive every day. Do good things, give a stranger a smile, help your neighbor, never ever hold back love. This world needs it now, everyday, more than ever.

♥ xo

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I KNOW A PLACE
By: Bob Marley

When the whole world lets you down
And there’s nowhere for you to turn
Cause all of your best friends let you down-own-own

And you tried to accumulate
But the world is full of hate
So all of your best thoughts, just adrift through space

I know a place where we can carry on
I know a place where we can carry on
We can carry on, we can carry on
We can carry on, we can carry on

And this people like you, ooh people like me
People need to be free yeah
There’s a place in the sun where there is love for everyone
Where we can be yeah

I know a place where we can carry on
I know a place where we can carry on
We can carry on, we can carry on
We can carry on, we can carry on

Yeah when the whole world lets you down
And there’s nowhere for you to turn
Cause all of your best friends have a let you d-down, down-own-own

And you tried to accumulate
But the world is full of hate
So all of your best thoughts, just adrift through space

I know a place where we can carry on
I know a place where we can carry on
We can carry on, we can carry on
We can carry on, we can carry on