The reminder we ALL need: Stop and Smell the Flowers

The reminder we ALL need:  Stop and Smell the Flowers

This morning I went to Trader Joe’s 15 minutes before it opened like I always do every Friday morning after my yoga class.   Last night I thought this will be a good time to go because it won’t be as crazy, and there will be fewer people around. I always go at this time and there are typically no more than 5 people.  But I should have known that wouldn’t be the case today. 

 

Today, the parking lot was almost full and there was a line already forming and around the building by the time I got there.  I got in line and people were taking out their plastic gloves and wipes to wipe down the cart. All understandably so. People are taking precautions and are stocking up.  I get it, and I was there doing the same thing. 

 

As I finally started walking into the store, I wiped off my cart to disinfect it with a wipe.  Then I stopped to pick out my flowers like I always do. I get new flowers every week because I love them, they are beautiful, and they make me happy every time I look at them. 

 

I could feel the people rushing by as I stopped to analyze the bouquets to see which one I wanted.  As I was taking the time to look around, I noticed that no one else was next to me at the flowers. People were whizzing by and rushing behind me to get into the store and to get to the food.  No one was stopping for the flowers. 

 

When I looked up and started off towards the fresh food section it was like bumper carts and a traffic jam all at the same time.  I decided to ditch my cart to the side and navigate the aisles by foot. Walking to the spinach and kale, then the zucchini and broccoli, and then the carrots and beets.  Grabbing what I needed and bringing it back to the cart, then going back out for whatever food item I needed next. As I continued this journey of walking back and forth to my parked cart, I noticed that no one had flowers in theirs. No one. 

 

Then I started to recognize the panic rising in the room.  People were dodging, grabbing, and stocking up on lots and lots of oatmeal.  I could even feel my chest start to tighten, starting to think there wouldn’t be enough.  “What if they don’t have any peanut butter left?!?” #priorities.   

 

The fear and panic in the room were making ME feel nervous and frantic, and I really don’t get nervous.  I am pretty level headed and calm for the most part, but the anxiety levels of the group as a whole were starting to give ME anxiety.  


At that moment I looked down and saw my beautiful bouquet and felt a slight sense of relief, a sense of calm, a pause and distraction to take me away from the panic all around me.  I needed that reminder. We ALL need that reminder right now.  

 

The entire world is in a panic.  Our entire world is fighting and protecting and preventing their loved ones from getting sick.  And I understand and support ALL of that. We need to take precautions to make sure this doesn’t spread or get worse.  

 

But we also need to take precautions and actions to keep our souls safe, to keep our hearts and minds at ease. 

 

Fear is contagious.  Anxiety is overwhelming and soul-crushing.  But our feelings and our thoughts we CAN control.  We can try to prevent corona, but nothing is guaranteed and none of us can predict the future.  

 

But what we have COMPLETE control over is our thoughts.  We have COMPLETE control over our minds. We have COMPLETE control over what media we allow ourselves to ingest.  We have COMPLETE control over what we say and put out into the world. We have COMPLETE control over how we make our homes look and feel. 

 

And feeling peaceful, feeling safe and calm, those feelings can save you.  Maybe not from corona, but from yourself. It can save you from your fear and anxiety.  When your heart is full of light and love, there is no room for darkness and fear. Choose to give yourself that gift of peace and calm. 

 

You can do this by cleaning your house or apartment.  Put happy music on while you work. Do a youtube workout video and move your body to get your endorphins up.  Make up a game to play with your loved ones. Read a romantic novel or harry potter. Make a delicious meal. Light a nice smelling candle. Clean out the closet.  Marie Kondo your life. Or put out some beautiful flowers on display. 

 

Whatever it is that brings you peace and joy.  Do that. Do that in your home. Make your space a calm, warm, clean, and happy space.  Bring your mind at ease.

 

Stop to look at and appreciate the beautiful flowers that are right in front of you. 

 

We will get through this.  So in the meantime, stop to take a minute to find or create that joy, and love that will light up your life.  That beauty, that relief, is what we need, now more than ever.  

 

Find it, create it, and then spread that shit around like confetti. 

 

Love you guys, 

Em

5 Things to do to start your morning

5 Things to do to start your morning

I am 100% a morning person to my core.  I love my morning coffee. I love watching the sunrise.  I love having quiet alone time to myself. And even though I do love my sleep, waking up early and blogging, goal setting, meal prepping and getting workout’s in before 8 am just makes me giddy with excitement.  It just feels so good when I finally “start” my workday, knowing I got my most important things done first.  

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My morning routine and starting my day on the right foot is a game-changer for me and has made a huge impact on the way I approach every workday.   Continue reading “5 Things to do to start your morning”

The 3 C’s To Live By

The 3 C’s To Live By

The three C’s and how they can apply to anything in life.  Clarity, Confidence, Compassion. 

I started my 200 hour yoga teacher training program about 3 weeks ago.  It was something I always wanted to do and there was an accelerated program being offered at the studio near me, so I decided to take the jump and enroll.  And BOY do I LOOOVE it. Love love love love it. I have loved yoga for so many years and finally taking my learning to the next level is just so interested and intoxicating.  This is probably going to be the first of many blogs that I write about my experience, just a heads up. 😉

Last week, we learned about “teaching fundamentals” and we went over “The 3 C’s”.  The 3 C’s are characteristics you want to portray throughout your class. They are Clarity, Confidence, and Compassion.   Continue reading “The 3 C’s To Live By”

4 Rules When Starting a Workout Routine

4 Rules When Starting a Workout Routine

I was driving home from a pure barre class this past Saturday morning, and I thought about my weekly workouts.  I had just bought a new class pass to Pure Barre and was thinking about all of the different studios/gyms/workout classes I have memberships to that I use on a weekly basis. 

It got me to thinking more about my overall workout routine, how drastically it has changed over the past couple of years, and how many different workouts I currently do, have done and tried. 

Today I thought I would share a bit with you about the different types of workouts I do, and my overall philosophy around working out.   Continue reading “4 Rules When Starting a Workout Routine”

Back to School, Back to Business – Start your “School Year” out the right way 👊

Back to School, Back to Business  – Start your “School Year” out the right way 👊

I am a summer girl through and through.  I love everything about summer and when we have the final drive home from our summer cottage on Labor Day Weekend it always brings tears to my eyes.  So dramatic, but so true. 

To change my focus from what is behind me, I try to focus on what is ahead.  

Even though I haven’t been to “school” in years there is a certain exciting feeling you get in September around the new “school year”.  It’s the beginning of a new chapter, a new season, and a new opportunity to start on the right foot.  

This time of the year always makes me reminisce and think about the things that my parents would make me and my siblings do once we started the new school year. 

Continue reading “Back to School, Back to Business – Start your “School Year” out the right way 👊”

This tool has totally changed my life…

This tool has totally changed my life…

I want to start by saying this is NOT an ad. I repeat. NOT an ad. 

You’re probably thinking – no sh**t Sherlock people wouldn’t pay you to do ads… not yet at least ;). But in case you thought I was some super hip influencer who got offered free stuff to market, I certainly am NOT and do NOT. 

I DO just like to talk about the things I learn about and do every day that helps me in hopes that after reading about it maybe it will help you too!

That is why today I wanted to dedicate this entire post to my Start Today Journal I got from the Hollis Co.  Continue reading “This tool has totally changed my life…”

What I learned from a tour guide, a chef, and Michelangelo…

What I learned from a tour guide, a chef, and Michelangelo…

What I learned from a tour guide, Chef and Michelangelo

I went to Italy on a 10-day trip to Tuscany and Rome a couple of weeks ago.  It was my immediate family and our significant others. We went to Tuscany for 8 days and then ended the trip in Rome.  We stayed in a beautiful villa in Panzano, Tuscany and took small day trips to the local towns and then some of the bigger cities like Florence, Luca, and Cinque Terre.  We had a private tour guide who was local to the area and brought us around. We had a chef who came and taught us to cook homemade pasta and pizza, and then we have another tour guide bring us all through Florence to point out and teach us about the art and history of the city.

It truly was the trip of a lifetime.  We had such a blast drinking wine, eating unlimited bread cheese and pasta and just being together.  But the icing on the cake was really learning about and getting to know some of the locals. Our tour guides and chef were so gracious, all with huge smiles and a deep appreciation for their country and its history.  They all lived very different lives, but they all taught me something that I didn’t think I would find in the classic Italian laid back culture.   Continue reading “What I learned from a tour guide, a chef, and Michelangelo…”