Don't Speed Through Life-A Note to my Daughter on her 17th Birthday

Life has bumps, roadblocks, twists and turns.

Take one road trip at a time.

Don’t forget to slow down and stop when you are running low on gas.

There will be rain drops falling from your beautiful, blue eyes.

Let them fall.

Turn on the wipers and keep “Moving Forward”. You will only “Go Further”.

Your heart is your engine and is full of kindness, love, compassion, honesty, intelligence and authenticity. All of these combined creates that beautiful explosion that will continue to grow and allow you to move everyday at any speed you wish..

Certain days will test you.

You may get overheated and blow a gasket from time to time and that’s okay. Recognize it, take a deep breath, turn up the radio, sing and let it go.

Regardless of your age, how many miles you have driven; you will encounter setbacks. There is no guarantee you won’t break down but always remember to service the issue, re-ignite and start again..

Seeing the world may seem like a long shot now; but that’s “The Power of Dreams”. Follow sign that points you in the right direction.

Meet new friends and eliminate the blue exhaust from your life and never change for anyone but yourself. From time to time, periodically check your surroundings and be sure you are with the positive chargers and disconnect with the negative.

At seventeen, you are looking to speed through life. Don’t.

Stop.

Look.

Listen and enjoy every moment, every view and smell every flower.

Don’t be reckless with your life and with money.

Keep your eyes on this life at all times. You will be distracted from all forces.

Focus on the road and your destination.

Trust your skills and your journey.

Follow your heart and create your own map.

Let nobody take control of the wheel unless it is necessary.

“You are the driver of your own life, don’t let anyone steal your seat”-unknown

Striving, thriving and driving through this journey of life. Happy 17th Birthday. I love you Kelsey. You inspire me everyday. Your hard work, motivation is truly amazing. Never let any friend, boyfriend or teacher speak down to you or tell you anything differently. Be confident, strong, and keep your eyes on the road. Life is one hell of a bumpy road. I know that you can overcome any detour.

Be safe

xoxoxo







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What Does Love Mean To Me

I shared this last week on Instagram and decided to share it on my blog and add a few things to the list.

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, yes another holiday created by Hallmark but there is history behind the holiday of roses, candy, expensive dinners, or gifts depending on who your partner is. There are so many stories about Saint Valentine and the meaning behind this holiday of love. I won’t get into the history, just GOOGLE it!

What does love mean to me? This question is both easy and challenging. Here goes the babbling:
Love is a feeling.
Love is bigger than everyone of us.
Love is not only romantic.
Love helps us live and grow.
Love protects and connects.
We can’t survive without it.
Love at first sight is looking at your new born baby.
Love is guiding, teaching, protecting, practicing and learning.
Love is silence.
Love is loud.
Love is making sacrifices.
Love is giving and receiving.
Love is human.
Love is not cruel or mean.
Love is not only about making it.
So many are wanting, seeking and fighting over it.
Look no further than within yourself.
Love is accepting.
Love is respect.
Love is gratitude.
Love is not hurtful or manipulation.
Love is truth.
Love is without ego.
Love is passion for what sets your soul on fire.
Love is a state of being.
Love is our dreams.
Love is our actions.
Love shouldn’t hurt.
Love should be equal.
Love is skinny, fat, short, tall, black, white and every color of the rainbow.
Love is life and life is love.
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The strongest love we will ever know is inside of you.
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The strongest love I have ever felt is being a mom. The kind of love that can make your heart cry when they are sad or sick. Struggling and confused. The “what if’s” that keeps us up all night. 
This love is the strongest. 
The strength that keeps me going. The drive, passion, and sacrifices is all because of the love for my kids. This is love. This is the strongest love I have ever known. It was love at first sight. 💕

Now for the other “things” I love

I love teaching yoga to ALL levels, shapes and sizes

I love how yoga has changed my life and watching it transform other lives

I love authentic people

I love essential oils and how just a few drops from nature can heal

I love flannel shirts

I love dark chocolate

I now love gluten free pasta

I love coffee enemas

I love celery juice and how it makes me feel. The Medical Medium is a genius

I love motivational quotes

I love podcasts

I love Oprah

I love Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer

I love reading and writing. (who would have thought. I once couldn't stand either)

I love Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Baths

I love alone time

I love The WIZARD OF OZ (Happy Anniversary)

I love my life and everything from the past that has shaped me into who I am today.

I love that I have bad days and good ones.

I love that I am continuing to learn everyday.

I love that I can share these experiences with people who are willing to learn.

There will be a part 3!!! The list is LONG

xoxoxox

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Authentically Speaking

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else”-Judy Garland

Being authentic is being 100% yourself always but it doesn’t always come easy and it takes daily work.. Deep, inner work. Start by stop comparing yourselves to other people. Be the best you ALWAYS and start by choosing yourself. When you start the work you begin to be your truest version of yourself, you will find peace and you will no longer be a second rate version of someone else.

When we speak authentically we begin to live a life of passion, fulfillment and joy.

It’s hard work digging deep to figure out who you really are and speaking your truth. We have all been there. Begin by taking the steps to see who you really are. Are you more like Mrs. Jones next door that you have been keeping up with for years? Or are you super competitive at the office, the gym, yoga studios and other social settings where you will try to do what the others are doing for that recognition? Is this who you are? Are you in an unhealthy/unhappy relationship or marriage, but feel bad speaking your truth? Are you living a lie? Are you leading or following?

Free your mind, set your voice free. It is healing and feels good.

It took me years and I am still digging. Sometimes, I don’t like what I find, but I am a work in progress every day.

When I started teaching yoga three years ago and writing dharmas, Putting my thoughts and stories on paper and sharing with my class felt great. Then the blogging started shortly after, and that was even more healing. Journaling found it’s place in the line up and now I am authentically speaking on my podcast.

Authentically Speaking is another tool for me to share my stories and have people near and far share theirs. Real people, who inspire others, have a story they would like to share to help themselves and help others along the way. Men and Women who are learning, practicing, sharing and teaching.

So far on Authentically Speaking you have listened to ,a writer, traveler, and hopeless romantic share his story about healing after heartbreak through writing and finally speaking it out loud. A teen with type one Diabetes inspiring others how to live with it and not to be ashamed. A Creative Designer who overcame her fears, and loss of her mother at 15 years old and said she is now “FREE” after authentically speaking.

Someone recently asked how I was choosing my guests. I am asking authentic men and women who live their lives authentically, inspire others, who have a story to share that will help people who may be going through similar situations. From divorce to sports. Living with a broken heart or trying to mend one.

The next two months on Authentically Speaking will be inspiring and educational.

A single mom who left her 9 to 5 job to follow her dream.

A resilient, strong, principal, author and LGBTQ Advocate who authentically speaks about being gay, marriage, raising kids and the curricullum that is sitting on the Governor’s desk.

A holistic health coach who authentically speaks about hormone health and helping women all over the country using natures gifts.

A Spiritual Healer who left her corporate job to create beautiful healing tools and sharing her gifts authentically.

A role model for athletes who is so grateful to impact young men on the field and off and building a quality life of his own.

A Doctor with an insatiable thirst for learning and helping those in pain.

A Global Wanderer who is filling pages with stories of seas she has sailed, miles she has walked and the beautiful blue skies she has flown.

A couple who has overcome addiction, cancer, and together making an impact by helping others.

A mom spreading awareness to all the Big Hearts, so the Little Broken Hearts can be mended.

A strong mom with a strong family and supportive community with a SUPER STRONG baby girl who is fighting everyday against Hurlers Syndrome.

This is only a taste of the guest line up.

With so many more topics and genuine people who have inspirational stories to share authentically. Stay tuned as we learn, share and heal as we speak our truth.

Are you learning, sharing, practicing, teaching and inspiring others authentically? Share your story by emailing maribethwoodford@gmail.com to possibly have a chance to be a guest.

A Year of Good Books

2018 was a year of learning, practicing, sharing and teaching. Reading and writing played a very important part in everything I learned last year.

Before we get too far into 2019, I would like to share with all of you the book and tools that helped me grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You can conveniently order the books on Amazon right here!

If you are a fan of The Wizard of Oz or not, The Wizard of Us is a spiritual journey through Oz. This is my number one for 2018. After all these years of watching The Wizard of Oz, it finally makes sense! This book is filled with ways to open your heart, fill your brain with more knowledge, surrender and have the courage to make necessary changes and realize that everything you are looking for is in your own backyard.

Are you living in the present moment? Everyone talks about living in the moment. It is not as easy as we think. I had a hard time finding complete stillness and really taking time to be 100%, fully present. I needed a book and I couldn't have found it in a better book. Not only do I love Eckhart Tolle books, I watch and listen to his videos often. The Power of Now is the best daily guide on how to live in the NOW and stop living in the past and trying to stop using a crystal ball to see the future.

Once you get the hang of Living in the Now, now try to find complete stillness throughout your day!! Now this is challenging. Thanks to SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah, I found stillness. Oprah had Pico Iyer on as a guest and the interview was so amazing; not only did I listen to it six times, I had to buy the book. The Art of Stillness is small book with stories and information on how to unplug and find stillness in our lives.

Most of you that know me, are fully aware that I don’t like bullshit. No sugar coating. Real and authentic. I have a few books on The Chakras, but this is by far my favorite. Not only because I know the author personally, because this book is A Real-Life, No BS Guide to the Chakras. Lindsay Carricarte-Jones is authentic, honest, a Life Coach, Author, Yoga Instructor and friend. This book is “No Bullshit”. Are you stuck and can’t figure out why? Did you ever think about your chakras? Chances are they are blocked and need some help.

Many people ask “Why SUKHA”? “What does it mean”? “How did you choose the name”? Well, during my teacher training we were required to read The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

I have blogged many times about this and I continue to flipped through the Sutras for a refresh.

Pantanjali gives four keys. He says that if we always keep these four keys with us, when we come across any of the four locks, we will have the proper keys to open.

  1. SUKHA (happy people)

  2. dukha (unhappy people)

  3. punya (the virtuous people)

  4. apunya (the wicked)

Patanjali gives 4 keys to open these locks. He says that if we always keep these 4 keys with us, when we come across any of these four locks, we will have the proper key to open it. The four keys are: maitri (friendliness), karuna (compassion), mudita (delight), and upekshanam (disregard). Patanjali reminds us that there is a Yogic way of approaching all people, no matter what behaviors and attitudes they may be exhibiting at the moment.

When you see a happy person, use the “friendliness” key. This means being able to share in another person’s happiness or good fortune, instead of being jealous or trying to destroy their joy through a bitter attitude or negative verbal comments. Through jealousy, you will not disturb the happy person but you disturb your own serenity. So we should always have the friendliness key when we see happy people.

When you see an unhappy person, use the “compassion” key. When someone is upset, try to help them or comfort them if you can. If they need space, then leave them alone after letting them know you will be there for them when they are ready. Don’t take pleasure in seeing someone else suffer, but remember how it felt when it happened to you and have compassion for them. By doing that, you will retain the peace of your own mind. “Through compassion you find that all human beings are just like you.” – HH The Dalai Lama

When you see a virtuous person, use the “delight” key. If you see a virtuous person, feel delighted. Do not envy the person, but rather appreciate the virtuous qualities and try to cultivate them in your own life. As we rejoice in and appreciate their qualities, we are inspired by knowing such greatness is possible. Observing noble qualities in others is a virtue of the heart.

When you see a wicked (non-virtuous) person, use the “disregard” key. We need to develop equanimity towards those whose actions oppose our values. It would be wonderful if all people always acted with honor and consciousness, but unfortunately this is not always the way. We ourselves, may have acted, spoken, or thought unkindly or hurt another person. So become indifferent to the person who is wicked at the moment.

There are more books from 2018. Stay tuned for part 2!!

Have a great week my friends. Happy Reading!

See Ya 2018 and Thank You

Happy New Year everyone!!

As we said goodbye to another year last night, my hope is that everyone is all geared up for 2019.

Every New Year is a time for growth. The years that have past were all learning experiences and any experiences either good or bad were all lessons. Every lesson makes us stronger, heals us and allows us to be ready for the years to come.

2018 started off spending 10 days with my children and parents in Florida. Kelsey knocked swimming with Manatees off her bucket list, went to Spain and was indicted in the Spanish National Honor Society. Patrick had a great year of sports winning the Triple Crown in Soccer, Baseball and Basketball, first time in pads on the football field with a few touchdowns, and some amazing plays and made the high school basketball team.

I am one proud mom and all I hope for in 2019 and going forward is that they continue to work hard and play hard. (on the field that is) My advice now and always, don’t follow the crowds. Study hard because the parties and the friends won’t last forever. Make yourself the number one priority. Be you always. Continue to learn. Create. Inspire. Lead.

For Valentine’s Day Matt & I took a much needed trip to Antigua. Relaxation and much needed solo time. We met an amazing new friend, connected with nature and each other.

2018 was a year of learning, writing, growing, detoxing and healing. Detoxing the body and removing toxic people from my life.

Finding stillness, and living in the NOW. Setting boundaries and sticking to them.

Hiking in Utah as I continued my education about Nature’s Gifts.

Thank you 2018! You brought me peace, joy, clean living, a voice, knowledge and wisdom. You opened my eyes to many things. I am grateful to you. It was a magical year.

As I started my intentions and plans for 2019 early, I took speaking and writing to a whole new level with Authentically Speaking; a new podcast where I will be sharing my stories as well as guests who will share theirs. You can subscribe to the channel on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Anchor.

What are your plans? Intentions?

Be sure not to set goals or resolutions to fix problems. Don’t make it for just one year. Make it for the next two to five. Set goals. Not tasks.

Try something for 20 days. Then it becomes a habit. Create daily habits that make you feel good. How good do you want to feel? Are you taking care of your body? What brings you joy? What will get you there? When do you feel good? When do you feel like shit? Think about it. What people, places and things make you feel good and what people, places and things make you feel like shit?

“Celebrate You. If it doesn’t bring you joy in 2019, get rid of it”-Denise Casagrande Authentically Speaking

This upcoming year and all to come is going to be great!! I have a vision. Do you? What do you want to see? Close your eyes and vision it.

I want to thank everyone who made my 2018 special. I have met amazing people locally and across the globe and I look forward to meeting more authentic people who are on the same path.

Cheers to you and many great years ahead.

Celebrate You. 100% authentically you.

Happy New Year!

xoxox

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12 Days of Slow Living

This month I participated in the #12daysofslowliving Challenge on Instagram with Beth Kirby. Now, slow living is not something I practice. Moving at a slow pace does not come easy for me. It never has. Some health issues the last year and this fall has told me that I have to start. This challenge came at the perfect time. Normally I do not participate in social media challenges. I like to offer them, especially 28 days of yoga for $28 or to get my shy clients out of their comfort zones. The Grind and Shine Yoga Challenge is to practice yoga everyday for 28 days.

If any type of challenge is offered to me, it needs to be something I really need to incorporate in my life.

Slow Living and lots of yoga.

Last year, my body was giving me the signs. The signs to slow down. This year, my body was screaming at me. October is a “productive” month for me. Workshops, back to school, sports, and this year SUKHA hosted the first yoga retreat. It was non-stop. After the retreat, I was not myself. Everything was a blur. My lungs, my brain, my gut. Physically and mentally foggy.

Once again, thank you to Maryjo Kurtz at Wellnecessity for all of her services and guidance to getting me back to the healthy me. I try to see Maryjo as much as I can and I highly suggest you do the same!

Slowing down is something I must do but I feel as if when I do, important things may slip through the cracks. This challenge so far, has encouraged me to do a few little things in my daily routine. Self care has always been part of my life it is routine, but slowing down and embracing the time is not. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not rush through life, or am I always in a “rush” , or “can’t get my shit together”. I am very balanced but I rarely take the time to sit back and appreciate drinking cup of tea or be aware of how blessed I am to have nature’s gifts to heal my body.

My children will always come first and I am so fortunate that I have the flexibility to attend games, cook them dinner and be there for them whenever they need me.

When my body gives me the signs to slow down, I never can understand how I am supposed to slow down when I have so many big responsibilities. I am one person doing so much. No wonder one of my Spirit Animals is the Octopus. Speaking of the Octopus; I decided it was time to have a logo for my personal brand. I have had these visions of part octopus, with some SUKHA branding incorporated but never thought I would be able to find someone who understands my thinking. Well, I did. This is the power of Instagram. All the way from Denmark I found a talented, creative, patient, responsible, professional, beautiful Graphic Designer who understood what I was looking for and created my logo. Thank you Anamarija Designs

How can I possibly slow down? This mind never stops.

This challenge has showed me to take the time, notice and appreciate the time I spend slowing down.

Here’s a recap of the first 8 days

Day One/Meditate

Day Two/Move

Day Three/Hydrate

Day Four/Nature

Day Five/Nourish

Day Six/Glow

Day Seven/Create

Day Eight/Relax

Day Nine/Indulge

Everything I have done so far with only a few days left is posted on Instagram @mbwishes and Facebook @myblogsaboutlife

Today is Day Nine/INDULGE and I did exactly what my body was calling for. “Do something luxurious for yourself”

Most people automatically think of indulging as eating a burger, fries or candy. Today I needed to relax my muscles .after a week of teaching and practicing in a Infrared Sauna at Current Recovery & Performance new location on Brick Blvd. I was honored to have a tour of the new, spacious and clean facility yesterday and went back this morning after my class for a 35 minute session in the sauna. The staff is friendly, kind, and extremely knowledgeable.

Current Recovery offers TPI Golf Screening, Cupping, Cryotherapy, Spot Cryo, Normatec and ARRC Therapies. Now Michael explained these to me yesterday in detail but my brain could not soak all of the amazing information in one sitting. But stay tuned. I will go back and bring my son. Current is not only for people with injuries. These services are perfect to prevent injuries.

Day Nine of Slow Living was worth writing about. I feel amazing, my skin looks even better and I took 40 minutes of my morning to detox, relax and move slowly.

Now, back to my normal routine of working, cooking, cleaning, laundry, wrapping and getting ready for Christmas. I am now able to actually hydrate SLOWLY and embrace every sip. Thank you Beth!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

Don’t forget to take time to S L O W D O W N

Many thanks again to Beth Kirby, Maryjo, Current Recovery and Anamarija!!

Please take a moment to download the ANCHOR app and listen to my new Podcast!! Authentically Speaking. Link is right here…

xoxox

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Chalk Talk from 2018

Have a seat at your desk, grab a pen and a notebook and take some notes. Here are a few lessons that I have learned in 2018 that will make 2019 even better.

  1. Everything starts in your gut. Illness and intuition. Listen to both very carefully.

  2. Facebook and Instagram listen to you just like Spotify. So listen carefully.

  3. Many women use the hashtag “#empowerwomen, according to stats; women scroll, men actually read, and like. Come on ladies. Get it together. We are all one!

  4. If you think they’re shady, you are probably correct.

  5. Don’t let anyone threaten you, bully you and take your money if you are not sure where it’s going.

  6. Boundaries: Have them and never let them go.

  7. Celery Juice, Yarrow Pom, Coffee Enemas!! Enough Said.

  8. Busy is negative. Productive is positive.

  9. I run my business, you mind your own.

  10. Never let social media bring you down. Connect with people outside of your bubble. There are beautiful, authentic people all over the world. Use social media to expand your bubble.

  11. High School is no joke. It has changed since 1989.

  12. Hire a study habits coach. (Helpme FIND ONE PLEASE)

  13. Stick with your philosophy. ALWAYS

  14. Church has certainly changed. Check it out! You will be surprised.

  15. Contemplative Prayer.

  16. There is a angel looking over my angel.

  17. Get your BOOBIES checked.

  18. Sports bras are painful. Coobie is like wearing nothing! (shop local)

  19. I have the coolest pets. SPIRIT ANIMALS.

  20. Find people that inspire you, not bring you down.

  21. Essential Oils work. FOR EVERYTHING.

  22. Menopause is not bad and it DOES NOT make you fat. (#1)

  23. Always remember the past, it dictates your future. Don’t get stuck there.

  24. Haters are a reflection of themselves. Keep in mind it is a sign that you are on a path towards success.

  25. Stillness.

  26. SUPERSOUL Conversations.

  27. Grey hair is another sign of authenticity.

  28. Creativity ROCKS at 4:00am. So does the algorithm.

  29. Journals are therapy.

  30. Don’t be scared to create and share. There’s a whole world out there that will find you inspiring.

  31. You never know what someone else is going through.

  32. Utah is loaded with nature, beauty and healthy places to eat.

  33. Wizard of US

  34. Grapes are good for your kidneys.

  35. Anthony Williams.

  36. Declutter your house to declutter your mind. Sometimes you need a local pro to do the job!

  37. Renting a home ROCKS!!

  38. Never let anyone take you off your path.

  39. Podcasts are fun.

  40. Doctors really don’t know much about mystery illnesses. Let’s keep it that way so they don’t put regulations on holistic healing alternatives.

  41. Chlorella is a game changer. (buy local)

  42. Holistic Healing is the way to go. Maryjo is the best!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday and the best 2019!!!

There will be bumps like every year, but keep going. Be authentic always.

Create but don’t steal. Look for genuine, real inspiration.

Smile always. Resting bitch faces are not attractive.

SHINE Bright.

Stay focused.

Be You.

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Grind and Shine for 28 days for $28

Motivation and Creativity at its best!!

I absolutely love this combo and I absolutely adore one of the creators of Grind and Shine.

Sarah Giberson is a student at SUKHA. Sarah and her husband Ryan started practicing both yoga and pilates at SUKHA in June. You can find this motivated duo at SUKHA almost every day. They made commitments to themselves by living a healthy lifestyle.

It was a pleasure to have them on our first yoga retreat in October.

Sarah and her officemates created a blog called “Grind and Shine”. “This blog is for people looking to fuel their competitive spirit and energize the nine to five".

Every month they post a challenge.

This month, is YOGA!!!

“Namaste your way to a happy, healthier you”

Grind and Shine will start this yoga challenge 12/3 and will go for 28 days straight of yoga practicing at least 45 minutes to one hour per day.

I loved this blog and challenge so much, I am offering anyone who makes this commitment to themselves to Grind and Shine for 28 days a great deal. (new clients only)

28 days of yoga at SUKHA for $28

Now, you can’t get better than that!! No need to be nervous, you will feel at home at SUKHA in a comfortable, non-intimidating environment.

Just arrive at SUKHA 15 minutes before class, mention you are here to “Grind and Shine” for $28.

Cash only please.

You can view the schedule and sign up through our website and pay at the door.

Grind & Shine #everydamnday

offer ends 12/27

Grind & Shine

Take Responsibility for Lighting Your Own Flame

This week I spoke about my visit to the church, mindsets, childhood wounds and being proud.

We always tell our children how proud we are of them for all of their accomplishments and I think it should be said when deserved and be sure we make it about them and not ourselves. We must give the credit when the credit is due with taking ourselves out of the equation.

This Tuesday I came to the studio and found myself dead in my tracks at the front door. I actually looked up at the purple sign, the stickers on the door and as I walked in, I stopped and said to myself “wow”. “This is your studio. You did this.”

I have never had this feeling and I have never given myself any kudos for creating such a great space.

This moment brought so much up for me. Childhood wounds, fear of expressing myself or the fear of what others may think if I verbalized my feelings of achievements. I don’t crave attention or praise. I actually don’t like it. Yes, it feels good but I am humble. Humble and proud.

Be proud of yourself. Give yourself some credit. “You’ve survived heartache and heartbreak. You work your ass off for what lights your soul on fire. Take time to say “great job”. “I am proud of you”. Because guess what? It’s nobody’s responsibility to keep your flame lit but your own”.

This quote came rolling off of my tongue last night. I was hesitant to post it with the fear that it was too rough. But it’s tough love and it’s the truth. It is time to take responsibility for your own life. Why? Taking responsibility of your life moves you from victim to victor. This will change your energy and will raise your vibration.

When people seek constant praise, approval and admiration it is a noticeable sign of Narcissistic personality. This is why it is so important to give praise to others, especially our kids when most deserved. Not when they draw a good picture, come home at curfew or take out the trash.

If you find you are looking for praise for all of your hard work, look in the mirror and say:

“I am proud of all of my efforts”

Take in deeply, beyond the layers of self doubt to the truth of your glowing spirit.

You are amazing.

Take responsibility for lighting your flame and….

BE PROUD.

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Yoga for my Mind and Soul on the Other Side of an Altar.

It’s been a LONG time since I went to church for a full mass. Sunday was worth blogging about.

I have been thinking about it for a long time but just couldn’t seem to get up the nerve. There are so many situations that occurred why I have not continued and I will share a few with you now then I will tell you about my experience Sunday.

We grew up Catholic. I went to Catholic School pretty much my entire life, my parents went to Catholic School, my grandmothers both attended church daily and I was married in the Catholic Church.

Guilt! That feeling of guilt that I remember feeling if I did not go to church every Sunday. The guilt was not from my mom, but it was a deeper feeling that I felt from the church/school itself.

Now you all probably know what the last is. Yep. The disgusting database of sexual abuse by priests. I am not here to write about that but when I told Woody I was going to church, he was shocked and said “do me one favor when you go”. “Think of our kids”.

I get it. I agree. I still went. I felt the need to go and trying to keep those horrific thoughts out of my head.

Prayer has always been something I believe in. I pray every night. Contemplative Prayer.

I have faith and I believe.

I do not believe you have to go to church to pray. Since Kelsey was struck by a car this September, I pray more and more. Shit, I have been praying so much I am actually enrolled in a 21 Days of Prayer to Change Your Life Course. It’s not a religious course. These are prayers about The Strength of Vulnerability, Letting Go, Forgiveness, The Power of Prayer and THANK YOU!! A big one for me. Anyway; back to my field trip to church.

I did not go alone. During a few of my classes, I have been talking about going back to church. One of my beautiful students, Mrs. Kate Liggett invited me to go with her. Kate talked about this young, “hip” priest at St. Martha’s. Kate described his physical appearance as “Jesus Christ”. The picture was embedded in my head. She said he was engaging, funny, and people love him. That is all I needed to hear.

Sunday after class I met Kate at Church.

I was nervous. My belly felt nauseous. That guilt of not being there in so many years was settling in.

We sat in the front.

Once the Priest got to the altar, I could not believe my eyes. He is young, hip, wore Dock Martins and had a Mala Bracelet on and holy shit; HE LOOKED LIKE JESUS!! Ha ha.

Not a grey hair in his hippie, long hair.

As mass began, I thought I had remembered the prayers of the catholic church, but that certainly changed. That’s how long it’s been.

Now it was time for The Sermon. I could not believe my ears. This priest started off talking about rock, paper, scissors and was engaging with the parishioners of all ages. People were laughing and participating. I could not stop smiling. I was 100% fully engaged.

Next up musical chairs!! I won’t get into the entire sermon, but the first thing that popped in my head was Wayne Dyer, his daughters book and the dharma and blog I wrote a few weeks ago. This priest reads Wayne Dyer!! We spoke about the same thing!! “Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You”.

As he continued to conclude his sermon; his ending was simple and true. “You never know when the music is going to stop, so live everyday like it’s your last”.

I finally found somewhere to go to listen to a really good dharma. Yoga for my mind and soul while sitting on the other side of an altar.

Thank you Kate!!!

xoxoxo

No More EXCUSES

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend and not dreading tomorrow. If you are, why? Are you still in that place? The place of being stuck? Are you always making excuses?

Excuses of not finding a better job that will make you happy? Do you have a dream of starting your own business? Do you want to start that diet or maybe trying yoga or you want to start running?

What’s your excuse?

Are you constantly telling yourself it will be “too hard”? Risky? Do you find yourself so comfortable that you don’t know any other way of thinking?

Have you been criticized by a family member or spouse for years that made you think you are not strong enough? Smart enough? Too old? No energy? Too busy?

The list of excuses is long and you need to stop making them and start NOW.

This blog is short and I will leave you with a few affirmations and the link to my new purchase:

“Excuses BEGONE”-Dr. Wayne Dyer

  • I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort.

  • Being myself involves no risks. It is my ultimate truth, and I live fearlessly.

  • I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my destiny.

  • I would rather be loathed for who I am than loved for who I am not

  • I am connected to an ultimate source of abundance.

  • I am willing to attract all that I desire, beginning here and now.

  • I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my source of being.

  • I am a creation of the divine mind; all is perfect and I am a genius of my own right.

  • I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am.

All of these excuses, I once told myself and sometimes still do. Why? Because maybe there are still some birds chirping in my ear from the past or even current day.

I was not a good student. My second grade math teacher called me a “ding bat” and I hated school since and thought I was dumb for many, many years.

I am not a spring chicken and I am far from wealthy. I am happy.

What did I do? I stopped making excuses and I went for it. Now I am on another path. A path of a routine that includes many things.Currently, I am scattered. I need to set a schedule and stick to it with NO MORE EXCUSES. NO MORE GUILT. I know what I need to do.

“It’s the awareness…of how you are stuck, that makes you recover”-Fritz Perls

Happy Monday Eve my friends!

xoxox

I Hope You're Somewhere Praying

Good morning!! Thank you all for joining me on my blog page. This short blog is something I rarely write about or speak about in class.

As I wake on this fall Saturday morning, I find myself in fetal position as I do everyday. I fall asleep in fetal and wake up the same way.

I say a few prayers every night before bed. One is always the same since childhood. The others are random.

Most of us may have past conditioning and beliefs about prayer. I know I did. Some outdated, old beliefs of mine were that we had to go to church to pray. Now as adults, we make our own decisions and realize at whatever age that is not the case.

My heart knows that prayer exists and I can pray anywhere and anyway I want to whoever I choose. The first thing I needed to do was clear out toxic beliefs about prayer. I remember my grandmother always praying with rosary beads by her bed, in the living room and if I remember correctly, in her house coat and of course at mass.

I have not been to church in a long time. I have considered going back, I need to find the right place with a minister or priest that is open and current to this world we live in today.

Another belief was that prayers should be said at night, on my knees by my bed.

On this Saturday morning, if you wake up in fetal position with your prayer hands on your cheek you can say this short prayer to start your day:

“Allowing my life to be held by a Love that is greater than my own thinking, I am open to this love now”.

Having awareness that LOVE is holding you provides us with a deep sense of peace and connection to the world around us.

We are on a mission to heal whatever “stuff” we have going on from the past or present day. All of this, in my opinion is not possible without some kind of prayer.

When Kelsey was struck by a car on Labor Day, the prayers never stopped. I found myself repeatedly thanking whoever was watching over her. I said “Thank You” seven times. And it continues. Every night from then on.

There are so many things I am thankful for. The list is long, but seven just sticks with me.

No matter what religion, who you pray to or how you do it. Just do it!!

Thank you all for reading and have a great weekend!!

xoxoxo

A Touch of Heaven. Infrared Sauna, Coffee Enema.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, You’ll always get what You’ve got”-Henry Ford

There are so many meanings of this and so many ways of interpretation. Today, it is being in tune with your body, listening to it, and doing something about it.

Last October, just like this October was super busy for me. Always on the go and never taking the time to sit back, say no, take a scan of myself and find stillness.. Almost exactly a year ago, I had that scare. The shooting pain in my left shoulder and racing heart. No fucking way was I having a heart attack. But then again; it’s possible. My grandfather died of a heart attack at 42.

I stayed up all night refusing to fall asleep. The last thing I wanted was to die in my sleep and have my kids find me. The next morning I dropped the kids at school and drove myself to the ER. They hooked me up ASAP!! Heart was good. The lungs not so good. They told me my pleura was inflamed and I probably had pneumonia and did not know it. Of course the scripts were thrown at me like the local high school football players and cheerleaders throw candy off the fire truck during the Thanksgiving Parade. I took them for a few days until I switched to Oregano Oil in a capsule and it worked!!!

Fast forward. Here I am again,almost exactly one year ago with the same pain, but so much worse. Is it seasonal? Stress? Or the constant going, going, going and not stopping? Who knows.What I do know is that I need to find stillness more often, say no and slow down. I have been non-stop for years. Survival mode. Going and going and always feeling great. But was I really? Maybe I was and once menopause kicked in things started to change.

As we get older, everything changes. Our hormones, our gut, our heart, our liver, our skin and pretty much almost everything. It’s not fun but it doesn’t have to be that way and keep in mind it all starts with food. Food is the foundation to our health and well being.

This year I have learned so much from such amazing, intelligent women who have guided me through gut and hormone health, liver and lung health and so much more. Attending convention was eye opening and having many conversations with Kim Traverso and of course my many visits and talks with Mary Jo Kurtz.

Mary Jo wears many hats and brings many tools in her tool box as a health and wellness coach. She has spent the last 25 years studying, exploring and educating herself and all those she comes in contact with about the endless possibilities for healing on all levels. Her approach to healing embodies the true meaning of mind, body and spirit connection. She is a Nutrition and Holistic Health Coach, a Reiki Master Teacher, an Integrative Energy Therapist, a Spiritual Counselor and Ordained Minister Practitioner who uses a myriad of holistic tools to help her clients.  On any given day Mary Jo may talk to you about Traditional Chinese Medicine, your blood type, genetics, food, fears, emotions, your chakras, toxins, your energy field or anything else. She will bring it all together to help guide you to what might be going on with you and help you choose a direction for true healing.

My last visit with Mary Jo was eye opening, relaxing and rejuvenating. As always we started with a “Touch of Heaven.” This therapy is my favorite!! Well, one of many. This therapy helps to promote healing deep within the body. Touch of Heaven is exactly that even though I don’t know what heaven is like but if I had to describe one of the feelings that I think heaven is like, this would be it.

While laying on her heated crystal far-infrared biomat Mary Jo first checked, opened and balanced all of my chakras. She then checks which essential oils my body needs before placing them along the spine and on my feet. The essential oils speak with the cells, release and restore balance and harmony. Who doesn’t need that??? If I could go once a week, I would.

Now I have done this therapy many, many times. This visit was different.

I had called Mary Jo a few days before my visit because I was not feeling good at all. I couldn't pinpoint it, but I was off. I had belly bloat, my back was bugging me, I had no coloring in my face, my eyes seemed pale as well if that is even such a thing. Emotionally, I was just off. I felt like a chilly, fall, rainy morning with a thick fog hovering over the Glimmerglass Bridge unable to see through it at any time during the day. It needed to be lifted so I can parent and teach. I needed my energy. I was craving health but I could not understand why. Gluten was removed from my diet, I hardly eat meat or dairy. I juice. Hell, I just had come back from a yoga retreat and we ate healthy.

Mary Jo added a new therapy that I find absolutely fascinating. After “Touch of Heaven” Mary Jo began to a Bio-Energy Evaluation which helps to evaluate the bio-energy field to see what might be the cause of my energy blocks - probably at the root of what’s going on with my body. In doing this she uses a combination of Direct Resonance Testing, Muscle Testing and Autonomic Response Testing. She uses the energetic frequencies of types of stressors like heavy metals and various microbial toxins like fungus, virus, bacteria, and more as well as the frequencies of things like homeopathics, vitamins, minerals and other supplements. The substances are introduced into the bio-energy-field with the help of specialized devices called Signal Enhancers. In the end Mary Jo uses a combination of all the information she gathers from the energy field to help to come up with a plan for the most effective changes that anyone can make with regard to their diet, supplements, lifestyle, thoughts, emotions and beliefs in order to make changes necessary for a more balanced and healthier life.

And then as if that were not enough! It was time for the finishing touches with a new addition to Mary Jo’s services: Infrared Sauna time!!! OMG, was it hot. But a relaxing, hot. Twenty minutes of detoxification that you don’t get in a gym or a hot yoga studio.

Infrared saunas can help increase blood circulation and release built up toxins in the body. This sweatbox helps to support the immune system, great for aches and pains, stress reliever and fatigue.

The last 5 minutes, I wanted out but I knew I needed to complete this detox so I could feel alive again.

Time was up and I was out!!! I felt slightly dizzy, but light. My skin coloring returned and the fog was lifted. Floating in heaven and sweating in a box of relaxation for detoxification. I am on my way.

And now for the conversation….

After this Mary Jo and I sat down to talk about some of the things for me to consider going forward. We talked about why food is the foundation for healing and how there is no one diet that will work for everyone. We talked about how I might be missing some important nutrients in my diet and how I could get them as well as some thing that I was eating that weren’t the best for me. We also talked about the importance of drainage in the body and how my elimination systems could be improved and organs like my liver, kidneys and my lymphatic system could be supported to work better. We discussed other toxins like viruses and infections that could be in my energy field and the importance of helping my body and immune system better maintain balance so I could feel well again.

After my evaluation we discussed what my body needed to heal. The list was long. The list included Coffee Enema!!! Yep. Coffee Enema. Now, I gave up coffee once again after I wasn’t feeling well. So I am no longer drinking it, I am now inserting it. Not for weight loss but for detoxification of the body. Coffee enemas have been around since World War 1.

After the war, intrigued by nurses experience, two German professors investigated the effects. They found that the caffeine entered the liver via the portal system and caused an increased flow of bile. This bile, in turn, allowed accumulated poisons and toxins to be released and evacuated from the body. Years later, realizing the importance of detoxification, Dr. Gerson incorporated coffee enemas in his therapy.

Now, after reading about this, I had to start. I wanted to feel better and start removing toxins from my body.

I ordered the Coffee Enema Kit from Purelife. Purelife’s coffee is air roasted and not drum roasted. Drum roasting by fire can leave a toxic residue on the bean. Their unique “Air Roast” method eliminates any chance of this happening. Clean beans are VERY important since it is going into your liver.

Day One was slightly messy. Trying to get comfortable on a tiny bathroom floor, having the enema tube pretty much flying all over the place. It was a battle for sure.

After ten minutes it was time. I was done.

Twenty minutes later, I felt awesome. I was shocked. My skin color was amazing, belly bloat was gone and I was full of energy.

I sent Maryjo a message thanking her. She advised me to continue for a few more days.

Holy Crap!!! Ha ha. A few more days??

Okay. I finally had it down. In the tub I go. More space and the tub ledge is exactly the height the enema bucket needs to be. Here’s the challenge. Holding the coffee in for 15 minutes!!! Listening  to my favorite podcasts makes the time go by as I try to make the best of my morning coffee.

As I am writing this I am laughing my “ass” off that I am actually writing about this. But I have to. Toxins must be removed from our bodies and I must share with all of you so you can hopefully do the same. There are toxins everywhere my friends. In our food, household products, skin care, and of course the environment. There are so many illnesses out there and most are caused by food and toxins. Who wants to live a long, healthy life? I know I do.

Some of you may ask why can’t we just drink our coffee? So here’s the deal: “Coffee taken orally goes through the stomach causing digestive problems and affects the liver by shutting off the bile ducts.  It also raises blood pressure and tends to cause capillary spasms in the extremities.” -Dr. Gerson

There is so much to write about this, but I will let you do your homework.

I am feeling so much better than I did. Currently still working on the inflammation of the lung lining, learning, practicing, sharing and teaching. Everyday.

Thank you Maryjo for everything!!

If you are interested in scheduling a session with Maryjo click on the link below. Maryjo will be holding a group cleanse very soon. Details to come.

I have added the link to the coffee enema kit as well via Amazon.

If you are interested in starting with essential oils, the link is below as well.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year. Why wait? Start NOW. No more excuses.




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Create. Take Risks. Live Your Passion.

Happy Friday!! Most of you are probably jumping for joy that it is the end of the “work week” and have been looking forward to it since Monday.

I remember feeling the same way towards the end of my career in the car business. Waking up every morning repeatedly saying “ugh, I don’t want to go, I wish I could work for myself”. “I wish I could just start my own business”. “I wish I was my own boss”. “I wish I had flexibility”. “I wish I could pick my kids up from school”.” I wish they would take my suggestions”. “ I wish I didn’t feel like a caged animal”. TRAPPED!!! For life.

I wish. I wish. I wish.

My wish came true with hard work, dedication, motivation and not giving up.

I did it. I did it. I did it.

And I f’in love it. Being a small business owner and a Wellness Advocate is the most gratifying career I have ever had. I truly love helping others. I love to use my creative mind and putting the ideas into place without approval. If it works, it works. If not, oh well. I will try again.

The best part is I am able to do what I want to do. Pick my kids up from school, attend games, cook dinner calmly, not relying on others to help and making my own schedule.

Most of you know that know me are fully aware that I do not sugar coat anything.

Being a small business owner is not easy. Being a small yoga studio owner is not all bare feet, pretty leggings and peace love and happiness. That’s for f’in sure.

But one thing is for certain, when people leave the studio smiling, laughing or crying with tears of joy, that is what makes me keep going everyday. That is what motivates me. It’s obviously and definitely not the money because in this business, it is very tough to make a profit. (at least at my very reasonable prices) But guess what? I am HAPPY.

I took a chance to do what I love. I broke free from the cage and put my creative mind, passion and heart to work and jumped in. I am no longer trapped and that feeling of being stuck is gone.

A few people this past week sent me messages or told me personally that they finally broke free from their cage!!! I am so proud of you ladies for following your heart. Congratulations!!

How many of you have that fear? Not the money fear but the fear of being stuck. TRAPPED. If you are feeling this way you need to think about that maybe feeling this way is a sign that your current job is a very TOXIC environment.

Ask yourself these questions, write them down in your journal:

  1. Do you get anxiety and sad every night thinking about going to work?

  2. Do you suffer from stress?

  3. Are you taking your stress and anger on others at home?

  4. Do you feel unappreciated?

  5. Are you lacking motivation?

  6. Do you dislike being told what to do?

  7. Are you mentally and physically exhausted?

  8. How long is your commute?

  9. Are you using all of your talents and creative abilities?

One of my main goals in this lifetime is to help others through yoga, learning, practicing, sharing and teaching how to live a natural, healthy, authentic lifestyle.

If you are feeling “stuck” in any way; practice yoga. If you are feeling stuck and looking to break free; send me a message either way.

Two years ago, I became a wholesale customer with doterra Essential Oils. I began using essential oils daily in many different ways. Then one day about 9 months ago, it dawned on me. How selfish can you be not sharing these life changing oils with people. So, I began to learn more, practice more, share more and teach more. And now I am building a team of people who are looking to do the same. Authentically. On their terms.

I am looking for two enthusiastic and motivated people to join my team to help share these gifts from nature so we can heal everyday. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. One drop at a time.

Are you passionate about healing and living a natural lifestyle? Are you motivated and driven? Do you love to help others and want to see others succeed?

I love being my own boss and so will you!!

Baby steps. Crawl. Walk. Run. Learn. Practice. Share. Teach.

Xoxoxox

Email: maribethwoodford@gmail.com


New Workshops at SUKHA

Today I announced a new teacher at SUKHA via email.

Lexy is a lover of humans, culture, astrology, holistic healing, traditional Chinese medicine, and plant based nutrition. Lexy found out at 20 years old she was called to share the healing powers of yoga. Since then she has accumulated 578 hours. She has learned under Jessie Haims, Dylan Werner, Matt Giordano, Benjamin Sears, Phillip and Ivy Askew, Abbie and Nevine Michaan from Katonah, Sam Vetrano of Bodhi Movement, Dana Falsetti, and Tina Bock. She is currently on working on becoming a Katonah teacher. A yoga influenced by Taoist beliefs. Putting the magic squares in the body, and viewing the body as a house. A house you can have party’s in, but being given the proper tools to clean the house up after you party. Getting good blood flow through the heart, oxygen to the lungs, detoxing the liver, and flushing the kidneys. She study’s birth chart reading in NYC with Shirley Soffer, and is reiki attuned.

Lexy’s will be teaching “Effort & Grace”-a meditative class that moves with the season every Monday at 9:30. This class will start with movement and heat-spring and summer, ending with restorative passive postures and guided meditation-autumn and winter.

Spring brings growth, summer allows the growth to ripen, autumn sheds layers, winter brings stillness to give nature a moment to be still so it can be re-born.

Lexy will be holding her first workshop at SUKHA Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 am. Details will be posted soon. Stay Tuned.

Please welcome Lexy to the SUKHA Community.

We are all creatures of habit. Keep in mind that by attending different classes with different teachers will introduce you to new poses that work different muscles and challenge your body in different ways. Your form will improve and you may discover a whole new style that you will love. And the best reason why you should take all of the teachers classes: You will add another positive, caring person to your life that will guide you through the most life changing practice in the world!

Now I would like to announce the two amazing workshops that will be added to the schedule.

Teachings of Katonah Yoga

For this workshop Lexy will introduce the teachings of katonah yoga ™. Katonah is a style of yoga created by Nevine Michaan using Taoist theory by putting the magic squares in your body. Nevine specializes in body reading and teaches this to her students. During a body reading you will learn which area of your body needs more attention so you can get the full effect out of your poses. We create patterns in life that manipulate our posture. This method of yoga will help you bring consciousness on where center is. One example; when you twist in low lunge do you feel like your lungs are compacted? If so, you’re not at true center. Your lungs should feel open and free. We can work on this. Working on your weaknesses and giving a break to strengths so they don’t become your weakness. For example wrist pain. Do you ever try flipping your wrist for a yoga flow? This can prevent pain and injury. This gives your strength a time breath, and builds on your weakness to support your strength. Lexy has trained 20 hours under Katonah and is plans on becoming a
Katonah instructor in the future. In this workshop she will go though a short flow to see where each individuals body has manipulated their center. Hand out materials, show a video, and body read in either mountain pose, reverse namaste, and seated bound angle pose. So you get a idea of where center is. This article is written by Abbie Galvin one of the teachers Nevine has trained. See article below.
This workshop will be held Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 am. The cost is $25

Birth Chart Interpretations Novice Level Workshop

Do you ever get asked what your moon sign is and have no idea what’s being said? Do you feel like you don’t resonate with your sun sign, and have no idea what a birth chart is? Or have a deep curiosity of which planet represents and how it effects you? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop Lexy will give you explanations on the planets, the houses, and how to better understand your chart. You will given proper tools to be able to go home and understand your chart more. This will not be a birth chart reading, but birth guidance. Please bring in a print out of your birth chart. Time and location of birth are important to know! You can get your birth chart from website below by clicking “birth chart”

This workshop will be held Sunday, January 13 at 12:00 pm $25

These will be on the SUKHA APP. Please pay in advance to hold your spot. Katonah Yoga will be capped at 10.

Resume of Life

There are a few things that inspired me to write this blog. The first being Bayley’s post on Instagram. “Can cross this off my (b) list”. Congrats again to Bayley for finishing her first Half Marathon. For those of you who do not know Bay, she is a almost 20 year old teacher at SUKHA, a now Half Marathon Runner, a College Student, a Care-Giver for children, a daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend, cousin, niece, artisan and a diabetic. For 19 years young, Bayley is crossing things off her list. Congrats Bayley!!

We have told for years from our parents, teachers, and mentors “Stay with one job, it looks bad on your resume”. I disagree. Thanks mom. You never held me back from any of my wacky decisions. Each decision was a learning experience and helped me to grow and be who I am today.

I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I did it all!! Or at least as much as I can mentally and physically handle.

When I was about 8 years old, I remember playing school and wanting to be a teacher. Then as I got older and being introduced to the New York Times Fashion Magazine, I then wanted to be a Fashion Designer/Merchandiser.

As a teenager, I was a waitress, a cashier at Shoprite. I worked concessions at PNC Art Center, I stuffed envelopes with travel brochures in NYC on the weekends with my mom. I attended Newbury College and received my degree in Fashion Merchandising. I worked at Prudential in NJ and Boston, Merrill Lynch, I even scooped Ice Cream and sold Fanny Farmer Candy then off to NYC where I did billing for a diamond company, then worked my up to Account Executive, then Merchandiser where I traveled to India for quality control.

Years later, I was blessed to have had the most challenging, gratifying, most under appreciated job in the world. I became a mom to two amazing children. When you become a mom, you add to your resume a nurse, a doctor, therapist, teacher, accountant, taxi driver, chef, maid, coach, disciplinarian, and a friend.

This will always be my number 1!

I sold jewelry and skin care products. I held Spa Classes carrying around bins and towels to give people at home spa parties. The list is long.

Oh the car business!! Who would have ever thought. I loved it and hated it. I learned so much as Director of Business Development and I have no regrets. Now years later, at 47, a Yoga Instructor, Small Business owner, Wellness Advocate and Blogger. Make the most from each one. Learn from your experiences. Share them.

These were only jobs/careers. Like Bayley, I have a list. Much has been crossed off, but there is more.

Guess what? I am not stopping here. Who knows what will be next. I am beating my own drum.

Do what you love and love what you do. Learn. Don’t stop because someone told you it looks bad on your resume. Try it all. Be a wealth full of knowledge. In one industry or multiple. Do what YOU want to do. Make your own decisions. Be kind, honest and compassionate. Inspire and motivate yourself and others. Run a 5k or a half. Hike. Paddle. Travel. Read. Write.

The last few days I have been listening to the most inspiring man; the late Wayne Dyer.

I will leave you with this:

“Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You”. -Wayne Dyer

For those who know me, you can see why this is so inspiring to me and how this blog all links together.

“Not dying with your music still in you is not about what you “do with” your life. It is about how you lead your life. Raising children to dance to the beat of their own drum means raising them first to hear, and then follow their own inner calling”-Serena Dyer

Don’t get caught up in what others tell you to do. Follow your heart and not others.

“When you follow the herd, you’re bound to step in shit. Avoid the herd. Think for yourself. Do what you feel is right for you”-SD

Teens: Study and continue to learn. Have fun. the right way. Never stop learning. I know you may hate it now, but trust me; Don’t “F” up. You are young. Learn to balance it all. You can do it!! DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD.

xoxoxox

Love Your BOOBIES!

Thank you to everyone who attended both donation classes and made donations. SUKHA hit the goal and raised $1,225!!

We Love Boobies!! Let’s save them by living a clean, healthy, toxic free life. Obviously there are some things we can’t fully control. Genetics and our environment but we can take action with preventative solutions such as diet, supplements, diet, exercise and less trips to the drug store.

The last few weeks I have been some research on our armpits and boobies and the things we can do to prevent the “C” word.

“Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow”-Michael Schachter, MD.

If you ask any holistic women’s health Practitioner they will tell you that breast heath is a daily thing, and us women need to take it more seriously. We have so many unhealthy breast practices, from ill fitting bras to diets high in inflammatory foods and cooking oils. But no one wants to live in fear constantly right? So what can we do to help our boobies stay healthier and lymph system work well?

DILUTE and apply these three topically as often as you can:

Frankincense supports our breast heath on the cellular level, used topically or internally Frankincense has been shown to reduce instances of free radicals impacting our body, increase cellular vitality and support cellular renewal.

Clary Sage is considered the “women’s tonic herb” and it also functions as a tonic for our breasts.  Apply topically for skin support, tenderness, and circulation support.

Cypress supports normal circulation of fluids in our body. Use topically in clockwise motions aimed towards the underarms to help the lymph fluid flow and restore circulation to areas under compression from clothing.

So, for years we put deodorant on everyday, sometimes twice or three times a day not knowing exactly what harmful ingredients are in them. Here is just a little “secret” list of the toxins that may make you think about your next trip to the “drug” store when you need deodorant.

Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.

Parabens is a chemical that is used in a lot of products these days as a preservative, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer

Steareths

These additives are the product of ethoxylation (weakening of harsh chemical in the manufacturing process), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.

Triclosan

The FDA has classified triclosan as a pesticide, yet it is in the majority of brand name deodorants. It’s used to kill bacteria in the manufacturing process, as well as when it comes in contact with your skin. When triclosan is combined with water it can also create a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.

Propylene Glycol

If used everyday, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart and liver. It is also shown to irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50% propylene glycol.

TEA and DEA

Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens

It is so crazy for all these years we are buying harmful products that are advertised and marked as “clean” with a “fresh scent”.

So here’s the deal. I have tried many products that are marked natural and by hour 4 of my long day, I started to stink like a number 11 on the sub list! Until 3 weeks ago when I attended convention, purchased my kit and the first thing I tried was the new Balance deodorant from doterra. Smells amazing ALL DAY long and no chemicals!

  • Features CPTG® essential oils of Spruce, Ho Leaf, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus

  • Aluminum, paraben, phthalate, and talc free

  • Arrowroot powder aids in absorbing underarm moisture leaving you feeling fresh and dry throughout the day

  • Baking soda helps to neutralize and prevent odors

 

Starting today, I am offering a “I love my BOOBIES” special until 10/31.

If you purchase a kit, or the three “I love my BOOBIES” oil care kit, you will receive a FREE Balance Deodorant,..

Recommended kits:

Family Essential Kit $125 wholesale $166.67 retail

In this kit you receive:

5 ml bottles of frankincense, lemon, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, oregano, deep blue, digest zen, breathe, on guard. A perfect starter kit.

Aroma Touch Kit

$110 wholesale $146.67 retail

In this kit you will receive

Balance, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, wild orange, aroma touch, deep blue, on guard and fractionated coconut oil. Perfect kit for the active person. Deep Blue is a must.

Dream Tour Collection (Limited Time)

Wholesale $230

Retail $306

If you purchase the Dream Collection, you will receive a FREE month of unlimited yoga and pilates at SUKHA plus the three “I Love my BOOBIES” oils in a 5ml bottle.

This amazing kit includes: (savings of $174)

  • Green Mandarin (15ml)

  • Magnolia Touch (10mL)

  • Pink Pepper (5mL)

  • Turmeric (15mL)

  • Yarrow | Pom (15 mL)

  • doTERRA On Guard Mouth Wash (16 fl oz)

  • Copaiba Softgels (60 count)

  • doTERRA Natural Deodorant (2.65 oz)

  • doTERRA SPA Hydrating Body Mist (4.2 fl oz)

  • Kids Oil Collection

The Kids Collection is amazing for all ages. Kids or no kids. This kit is included in the Dream Collection. This kit is formulated for developing minds, bodies and emotions. Flashcards, carrying case, and carabiners included. Get the kids to start learning about what their bodies needs throughout their day.

Nature or drug store?

You can become a wholesale member (just like Costco) and receive 25% off products for a full year whenever you need to shop. If you purchase a kit the $35 membership fee is waived! FYI: As a wholesale member, you are just that. Shop whenever you want with NO OBLIGATION to sell. If you are looking to become a Wellness Advocate, I suggest becoming a wholesale member first so you can try the products and familiarize yourself with them prior to.

If you wish to pay retail, select Retail Customer.


If you are interested in any of the kits or products, please click “start here” below. Fill out your information, find the kit you are interested in, add any additional products, finalize your shipping info and you are on your way. Be sure to include my ID# 3339118 if my information did not appear.

Once you become a wholesale member, you will be added to private groups on Facebook for loads of information on these life changing products given to us from nature.

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#samehere #ditto

Happy Monday!! I hope those who have off today are finding time to relax, disconnect and take time for yourself or spend time with your family and friends.

This weekend was non-stop for me with so many great things happening at the studio. Thank you to everyone who attended the Keep A Breast Donation Class with Amy. We raised $500 towards our goal. Next class will be Sunday, 10/14 with me at 9:00 am.

Thank you to Hug Your Chaos for a powerful workshop on the Real-Life, No Bullshit way of healing our chakras.

Sunday, my dharma was inspired by so many different situations that came up for me.

The first of many was the blog written by Lori. The blog was read by many and then it happened. The comments “I had no idea”, “ We never realize how much we all have in common” and even Amy’s powerful dharma for the donation class about her story. (You can read Lori’s blog below)/ There have been so many women last week that have the same situation going on right now or have in the past.

In a nut-shell; many reactions were “me too” as well as so many other situations we find out about when we share our story.

Now “Me Too” does not always mean the most powerful and popular hash tag among women right now. It should not only be characterized by sexual harassment.

It’s everyday struggles. Struggles from the past and the present. Addiction, physical, mental abuse, anxiety, depression, weight struggles, self esteem, mommy issues, daddy issues or any form of illness or diseases.

I created this space because it allowed me to start the healing process by speaking and sharing my stories for the first time ever. Sharing and teaching what I am learning to heal wounds so I can continue to be a better mom, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, business owner, x-wife, and girlfriend.

Healing is a life long journey and providing tools and a space so we can heal.

So, whatever it is that you are going through, I can guarantee that someone else in this room is going through the same thing. Whatever it may be. Expressing our imperfections and struggles allows people to say “it’s okay”, “me too” or maybe we should create our own hashtag!! #sameheresukha #ditto. Ha ha. Just did! #dittosukha

Remember. it’s okay to ask for help and a shoulder to lean and or cry on. Having a space and a community to share and heal; it’s a wonderful place to be.

It is also okay to not always be “FINE”. (Feelings Inside Not Expressed).

I am going to close this blog with a quote by Cheryl Strayed

“Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. START HERE”

#sameheresukha

#dittosukha

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One Word That Shakes a Resilient Woman

You can never tell what the person beside you is going through.”They make broken look beautiful, strong look invincible. They may walk with the universe on their shoulders and make it look like a pair of wings”. Be kind and compassionate always. It costs $0!

Today, I would like to share with you a story, close to home, from the Sukha Community. A real story of a resilient, beautiful, brave, intelligent, healthy woman. This story will empower and educate you. Thank you Lori for sharing you story. xoxoxo

I am a very resilient woman.  As a I child, I did not have money.  In fact, I was the poor kid in a rich town.  I did not have a father, he struggled with addiction and lost everything including us.  I did not have enough structure at home to create a strong academic foundation, so I was placed in low level classes despite my high IQ.  I also did not have role models who were like me. I was a gay child, growing up in a small town full of straight white people. Everyone was the same, except for me.  I had something that no one else had though, I had grit.

Flashforward 39 years and I am financially secure.  I have cultivated a strong family structure with my wife and two daughters.  As far as academics go, I have gone all the way. I put myself through my undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral program and finished with a perfect GPA.  Literally perfect. I never scored less than perfect on any quiz, test, or homework assignment. I am a respected public school principal, published author, and established LGBTQ advocate.  

So what could shake this resilient woman that is full of grit?  One word. Cancer. My mother had breast cancer when I was in middle school and survived.  Thank god for her strength because she was all that my three siblings and I had. My father got clean when I was 21, he worked hard to rejoin our lives, and then he died of prostate cancer when I was 23.  My father was diagnosed before Christmas and passed away before Labor Day. The delicate balance between life and death left an indelible imprint on my brain. Life can change in the blink of an eye.

This summer I received a phone call regarding my recent mammogram.  Due to my family history (did I mention that my sister had a partial hysterectomy at the age of 35 due to cervical cancer?) I have received mammograms and MRI’s ever six months since I was 30.  I was told not to worry but that I needed an ultrasound on my right breast to get a better look at an area of concern. While at the ultrasound appointment I was told that I would need an ultrasound biopsy on the right breast and an MRI-guided biopsy on the left breast for two other areas of concern.  At first I went right to the worst place in my mind, I am dead within a year and my children grow up without me. Then I thought about how on top of my health I am. I am very health conscious. I eat a mainly organic and anti-inflammatory diet and I exercise regularly. I manage my stress through spirituality, yoga, and mindfulness and I am diligent about physicals and check ups.

I went through the MRI biopsy which consisted of being clamped in to a bed by my breast and remaining face down with my arms above my head for two and half hours while they drilled (yes drilled!) into two parts of my breast.  I am pretty sure that these procedures were developed by a man (sorry guys!). Thank God for yoga and meditation because it was certainly put to the test during this procedure.

I was sent home to recover and told not to do anything active or pick up anything more than 5 pounds for a few days.  This was really easy as a mother of a 2 year old and 4 year (sarcasm). In a week I was told that two of the three areas were benign but they could not get to the third area and that I could either come back in to have another MRI biopsy (hell no!  If they could not get it the first time, why would I put myself through that again?), wait and see if the area changes (ummmm, no), or see a breast specialist. There was very little guidance and I should mention that my gynecologist never called me to assist me in any decision making or see how I was doing.

I have since been to Memorial Sloan Kettering and one of the best breast specialists in the state.  Both doctors were stunned to learn that I was left to my own devices with this kind of medical decision-making.  I learned that my family history and make up of my breast tissue placed me at the highest level of risk for breast cancer.  I will undergo two lumpectomies this month to then have the areas biopsied (they do not trust the pathology of the imaging center and would like to check all of the areas).  I will not be able to drive for a few weeks and I will not be able to be active for at least four weeks, however, I am hopeful that the outcome will be benign. I will undergo genetic counseling once the procedure is done to see if I am a carrier for cancer and if so, my best way to fight it.  


Here are the takeaways from my experience:

  1. Be on top of your health.  Go to your routine check ups, get your bloodwork done, no excuses!  I have two children below the age of five and a full-time job. As a public school principal it was not convenient to go to doctor appointments during the first month of school but I found time to check in on my health, you can too.

  2. You will always be your best advocate.  Check yourself regularly and if you need to see a doctor, ask a lot of questions.  If you do not feel like you are being evaluated by the best, go to the best.

  3. Get a second opinion.  When you have your health, you have everything.  Get a second opinion, your health is important.

  4. A cancer scare or diagnosis is terrifying but everyone is fighting their own personal battle. Be kind to everyone whom you come in contact with. It might just be the extra support that they needed.


Be well!

Lori (the badass principal with the partially shaved head)

As you know we are all coming together to raise awareness for Breast Cancer this month teaming up with Fit 4 Prevention and Keep a Breast Foundation.

Amy will be teaching the first donation class Saturday 10/6 at 9:00 am and Maribeth, Sunday 10/14 at 9:00 am. $12 suggested minimum donation to take the class.

Keep A Breast Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health, education and support.

You can donate here…..By donating through this link, your donation will go directly to Keep A Breast. If you would like to donate at the studio, you can write a check payable to Keep A Breast or Fit 4 Prevention. There will be a donation box for cash at the desk as well.

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