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.
The strongest love we will ever know is inside of you.
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




16,802 Days Living

Well it's that time once again. Where the f*#k did time go?

Yesterday morning in class I shared SOME of the things I have learned in the 16,802 days living. I have decided that sounds better than 46 years OLD! OLD. That just sounds WRONG!

I have been debating all day if I should share it here, but I decided not to. Typing as everything came to mind. In no particular order. Bullet points. A few words. Some emotional. Some embarrassing and well, some brutally honest. Not feeling 100% comfortable sharing it all publicly. Only sharing it with those who truly know me, respect me and "get me". No judging. No assuming, and no gossiping. It is amazing how one can just open up in front of 25+ people at 6:00 in the morning.

I thank you all for listening without judgement and being a part of my life.

This year was amazing. Kelsey had a great freshman year finishing in honors and top ten percent of her class. She met new friends, cheered, worked and studied her ass off.

Patrick had great grades, play hard in hoops and hit incredible on the field finishing the baseball season with 18 home runs!!

Although I do not fill my Facebook feed with photos of all of their accomplishments, I am so proud of them. I can not and will not take all of the credit. Woody was Kelsey's Honors Biology study partner and Patrick's coach off the field. Co-parenting!! JUST DO IT people!!

This year I had a goal. And well, I achieved it. Bringing SUKHA to Brick! Creating a "Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio to a second location. 

I could not have done it without the support and love from the family at SUKHA Squan. Thank you!

And, of course. Matt. Thank you for a great year! Thank you for all of your help, creativity and putting up with my determination throughout the process. 

So, what have I learned? Here are just a few things from this past year

  • Always ask for help
  • Let go of things you can't control
  • It feels AMAZING to help others and volunteer as much as you can
  • You will have critics and haters. 
  • It's never too late to start
  • You are never too old
  • Your kids are not you. We teach them, love and support them. You can't change them. They are not you
  • Perfection is boring
  • Social Media makes people crazy
  • It's not about the likes. It's about how many people you have touched and inspired. (and not by wearing and posing in fancy yoga clothes)
  • Yoga (if practiced correctly) helps you found out who you really are. 
  • Do your own thing. One day you will be gone. 
  • Many women just don't like other women. Especially when they succeed.
  • Stalkers will stalk. Haters will hate. Don't do either.
  • Confidence is attractive
  • The 3 P's-Personality. Place. People! 

There is so much more. That's the non-emotional, clean version.

Thank you all for always listening, sharing, liking, and truly being a friend. 

Thank you to those who are are the critics and the haters. You motivate me #everydamnday. Even at 16,802 days living!

Life is good.

Be happy

Be healthy

Be strong