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Happiness is Here

This is brilliant..

You will never be happy with what you’re doing if you always compare it with something you like more.

This is what stuck with me from Leo Babauta’s post, How to Be Happy Anytime on zenhabits.¬†So much of our¬†time is spent over analyzing situations, whether it be worrying about the future, our plans for tomorrow or what others are doing. These thoughts¬†are¬†preventing you from living in¬†the present moment, YOUR present moment.¬†Happiness is in the present moment. The ideas¬†brought up on¬†this post of zenhabits are¬†simple: be happy with what you’re doing ¬†right now, whatever it is.¬†

 My yoga instructor often preaches,

¬†“You are where you need to be, you are¬†here for a reason. Embrace it, whatever it is.”¬†

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Walk for Williams

Friendly, compassionate, loving, and gentle. These are the first words that come to mind when I think of my friend Jodie. I met Jodie through a program in college where I met with her on a weekly basis to improve her overall health. ¬†Jodie has a condition called Williams syndrome, a rare genetic condition present at birth and characterized by medical problems including, cardiovascular disease¬†and developmental delays. The minute I met Jodie I knew our relationship would be special. She¬†warmed up to me right away, told me I was her best friend 5 minutes after meeting her and would always give me the biggest hug every time I saw her, along with “Heyyyyy girl!”. She was the little social butterfly of the program.

This year marks the second annual Williams syndrome awareness week, May 8-14th. I am so thrilled because more and more people are becoming aware of what this condition is and how to help. There are walks all throughout the country during Williams syndrome awareness week. I will be walking the second weekend and can’t wait to see all the smiling faces out there! If you’d like to participate in a walk near you, online registration is open until 2 weeks prior to the walk date or you can register on-site.

Despite Jodie’s upbeat attitude, she struggled daily with debilitating medical issues. Some days were worse than others but her positive spirit always shined through. Although Jodie lived a happy, fulfilled life it broke my heart to see her in pain. This year will be the first year I participate in the walk. I’ll walk to raise awareness of Williams syndrome, and to raise funding for WSA programs¬†that help the¬†lives of individuals with Williams syndrome and their families.

Find out more about Williams syndrome and how you can help.

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Spring, Sneezes & Stuffiness

There is so much to look forward to in the spring from warm weather to outdoor activities, there is¬†a lot to love about this time of year. For some of us, along with the changing of the seasons brings sneezing, stuffiness,¬†itchy eyes, and more. These are just a few symptoms of the dreaded, seasonal allergies. I’m not one to complain but I will say that nasal congestion for weeks on end is very uncomfortable to say the least.

Drinking hot liquids, inhaling steam from a hot shower, and nasal rinses are common methods of relief for nasal congestion due to allergies. I recently tried eucalyptus oil to help alleviate some of my nasal congestion, which can help break up the congestion in your nasal passages. I simply added a few drops to a hot bowl of water, inhaled the steam and I honestly have felt an improvement. The eucalyptus oil I purchased from Aveda is all natural but whenever you try a new remedy ALWAYS consult your physician first!

What allergy relief remedies work for you?

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5 Things to Know Before You Yoga


Before you grab the yoga mat and head out the door for your first yoga class, there are things you should know to make your first experience a great one. If you’ve been hesitant toward taking up yoga, these tips will make you more at ease walking into your first class, and prepare you for the best mind-body experience.

1. Call the studio. Find out if there are classes they recommend for beginners or offer to first-time yoga students. I would not recommend going to a hot class initially if you are unfamiliar with the different¬†types of yoga classes, you¬†may not know a class is hot from¬†reading the website’s description. Talking to someone at the studio beforehand will put you at ease¬†when walking into your first yoga¬†class!

2. Stick to small snacks 2 hours before.¬†If you are hungry¬†EAT! I don’t believe in not eating at all before a yoga class, especially if you’re heading to an evening class and the last time you ate was at lunch. One of the many benefits of yoga is¬†it aids digestion, and for this reason,¬†greasy foods¬†and big meals 2 hours before class¬†does not¬†sit well. My snacks of choice a few hours before class are usually nuts or crackers- they tie me over and don’t argue with my stomach during class!

3. Hydrate with H20.¬†Drink lots of water before class, and during class. On days I’m going to a Hot Vinyasa or Bikram class I always make a conscious effort to drink lots of water throughout the day. Leave the sports drinks at home, water is the way to go.

4. Back row is best. Get to class 10 to 15 minutes early so you have time to pick a spot where you want. And trust me, there will be a line waiting of people waiting to get into the classroom. For beginners, I advise choosing a spot in the back so you can follow the lead of more experienced students. Once you have your flow and get the poses down you’re good to go!

5. Listen to your body.¬†Just because the person next to is bending their body like a super human doesn’t mean you should be trying to do the same. It also doesn’t mean that one person is working harder than other, it simply means some people have to go further to find their edge. Listen to your body, if you need to take a rest then by all means do it! Even if that means taking child’s pose for the entire class- shoot, I’ve done it!

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High-Fiber for Healthy Hearts

Dietary fiber has always been a vital part of a balanced diet, and the benefits are plentiful. The popularly reported benefits of high-fiber foods are they improve gastrointestinal health, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of some cancers, and increase fullness to assist with weight management. But who knew that eating high-fiber foods in your teens and young adulthood could decrease your risk for heart disease later in life? The American Heart Association recently disclosed new findings from a research study, which showed people who consumed the highest amount of fiber between the ages of 20 to 39 years old & 40 to 59 years old had a significantly lower risk for cardiovascular disease.

Of course, filling your diet with high-fiber foods does not completely eliminate your risk for developing heart disease later on in life. But adding high-fiber foods to your daily food regimen will certainly do good for your heart. Now go get your fiber on with some of these high-fiber foods!

Kashi Go Lean Crunch!

Nuts, nuts and more nuts!


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Have You Laughed Today?

Laughing is a good sign you're living in the present.

Don’t think about what you didn’t do, what you have to do or what you should be doing. We all have things to do or something we should have done but take time to enjoy the present and live in the moment.

Yoga is a time when I concentrate on the present moment, and¬† free my thoughts of everything else. Sometimes wish I had a notepad next to me to write down things my yoga teacher says because his words are so inspiring. “Stop thinking about the past and what you have to do in the future, live right now. Laughing is a good sign you’re living in the present,” coming from my yoga teacher in class yesterday. A simple statement with so much truth. Let go, laugh today!

What things do you do to clear your mind?  Do share!

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Get Your Walk On

As spring approaches and the weather gets warmer, I always look forward to taking my exercise regimen outside. Long walks and adventures are at the top of my list of outdoor activities. There are some days you just don’t have the mindset for an intense workout that requires a lot of attention. A long walk with the company of a friend or two is a great way to get out and get active. Whether you’re an avid runner or trying to abandon your sedentary lifestyle, walking works for everyone and can significantly reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.

There are a few friends of mine who I always know are up for a long trek, and we have our designated route. You don’t have to restrict yourself to somewhere within walking distance of where you live. Usually we hop in the car go to a specific area where it’s scenic, relaxing, and beautiful architecture.¬†You would¬†be surprised how much further you’ll walk when you’re in an environment or area that’s scenic and enjoyable.


A 6 mile stroll.

And there’s even more to look forward to! The American Heart Association¬†has developed a Walking Path App for the Android¬†and iPhone-¬†the app for iPhone coming in¬†early May. I’m VERY excited about this. This is not your average ¬†pedometer app, some of the features include: find a walking path near you, track your walk/path, share your walking route with other people, and save all your walking info through syncing with your American Heart Association Start! Account. How cool is that?! I for one, cannot wait to check it out and share my walking routes with all of you!

To find the app, search American Heart Association Walking Path App in the App Store on your mobile device. Get it just in time for National Start Walking Day on April 6th- always the first Wednesday in April. So lace up, and get out walkin’!

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It’s All About Abs

Forget doing endless sets of sit-ups, Balancing Boat pose is where it’s at. Take 5 minutes out of your day (not even) for some Balancing Boat moves to blast your abs into shape!

Sit with your bum on the ground with both legs out in front you, lifted at about a 45 degree angle off the ground and your arms extended toward the sky. Take a few seconds or minutes, if you’re feeling ambitious, in the pose while keeping your core strong and back straight.

Now take it back! While keeping your legs and feet in the air, take your arms back and try to take your head back as far as you can, and touch the ground if it is available. Then bring your arms and head back up and we’re back in our original Balancing Boat pose.

Start with 5 reps then add-on as appropriate to build stronger abdominal muscles. 5 minutes later you’re on your way to stronger abs!

Now breathe and repeat!

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Make a Difference In April

April 1st signifies more than just a day for fooling your friends, although I do love April Fool’s Day. April 1st marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. The month of April holds more importance every year with prevalence of Autism increasing every year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report in 2009, the prevalence of Autism had risen to 1 in every 110 births, and almost 1 in 70 boys.

It is important to be informed of the signs and symptoms to get children the proper care as early as possible. I think it is just as important to take the time to learn about how individual’s with Autism communicate and the everyday struggles they encounter. This month, make a promise to yourself and those you will help, to learn more about Autism and take time to make a difference in someone’s life by getting involved at a local Autism Society Chapter near you. If everyone who reads this post does something positive to either help someone with Autism or inform other people to eliminate negative views, think about how big of a difference we can make.

April will be the month you change someone’s life and inform those around you about Autism. Start Today.

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