Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekends are for no sleep and fun!

The last 72 hours have been a whirlwind of events. First let me start off by saying, if you work hard enough, dream loud enough, and focus on the positive, things do happen. No, they don't always happen overnight, but they do happen. Oh and you will probably be exhausted after.

Friday I had to take my yoga certification practical test. This basically means I had to teach an hour long class by myself, to a class of 2 or more. I had 4 students plus my teacher in house while I taught. I was super nervous and honestly had nothing planned. I had to prove to myself that if I were meant to be a teacher, I could do it without a plan.


I knew everyone who came to the class except one person. It was comforting and scary all at the same time. I kept listening to myself teach, criticizing myself along the way. I was halfway through my class and I wanted to quit. My internal voice chattered up a storm while I tried to stay focus. I had to start breathing and put myself into a more meditative state in order to continue.

I let my own voice try to sabotage my test. I ended up completing my class and passing with flying colors, but my self doubt got to me. It reminded me that I needed to check my self doubt at the door and remember I could do these things. I was training. I was ready. My internal chatter never made it's way out to the open where the rest of the world could hear. I was grateful for that.

I am happy to announce I am now a real teacher. That alone is a great accomplishment.


Now let's continue on with the crazy. We got up super early on Saturday to head down to Pennsylvania for a friends wedding. We also stopped along the way to visit another friend. The wedding was pretty great and I enjoyed seeing some friends and enjoying some good food. We got back to NY at around 11:30pm and I was beat. I passed out immediately and hoped to get plenty of sleep.

I was up early on Sunday to prepare for my essential oils class and for the arrival for my parents. I had a very successful class with lots of knowledge. It amazes me every day the things I can learn. New gifts to share with the world. It's amazing.



 After the essential oil class me and my mom headed to a mad hatter tea party. It is a yearly fundraiser for a local non-profit. We had such a good time sipping in tea, snacking on traditional finger foods, and enjoying conversation.

I am so exhausted today, but can't complain. It was a weekend surrounded by friends and family and that is something I needed.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Why You Should Invest in Webinars





How many goals in life have you made, but felt you would NEVER meet them so you either give them up or stop working on them? We probably all are guilty of this. I know I am definitely guilty of this. Today I want to talk to you a little bit about webinars and why they are super important to achieving goals.

I have a marketing degree and have worked in operations and fundraising and have found webinars and online courses VERY resourceful for my building blocks in these positions. We can always learn more. It is always great to take courses in subjects we already feel we are experts at. That statement is bolded for a reason.

Imagine you thought you knew it all, and then someone came in and gave you a perspective you didn't think to look in.  Mind blown right? Every person comes to the table with a different and new to you perspective. Remember, this is because we ALL come from different walks of life. We all have experienced different recipes, if you may.

We are all a custom recipe that is nearly impossible to duplicate. We can teach people a specific topic and duplicate it over and over again, but we can never teach someone to think exactly like us. Trust me when I say, you will learn something from every person who teaches something. That lesson may even be, you don't want to be anything like them. That's actually a very important lesson.

Always be you. But apply what you learn in your way. This week I am starting another webinar course to help me achieve some of my goals. It excites me when I find one that I know will help me. I don't mind spending the money to get the resources I need to build my brand and achieve my goals. I have always love that "back to school" feeling and am glad I can do that on my terms on my time right here on the internet.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of places to find and take webinars. A lot of times you can find free ones that will give you the basics to the in depth paid course. Sometimes the freebies are enough, but sometimes they spark something in you that makes you want to take the full course. The free webinars are also a great way to see if you will like the teacher and how they present their content.

Last night I did exactly this. I watched a free webinar and ended up loving it. I decided to take the plunge and sign up for the full course. Often in these free webinars, there is an offer at the end to save on the course. You will get a discount for taking a chance on the free webinar. It's pretty amazing.

So I'm interested in knowing.. do you use webinars and online courses? Have you found success in them? Share your experiences with me!


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Friday, May 12, 2017

So Grateful - May 12


Guys I  have to say.. I am grateful this week is OVER. It has been one of those really busy, I can't catch my breath kind of weeks. I am legit working 3 jobs right now. My 9 to 5 and 2 of my own businesses. Can I just say, there is not enough time or energy in a day!

I don't want to say I am complaining, because I'm not. I am super grateful for all the opportunities that have shown up for me over the past 2 weeks. It is truly amazing what happens when you wake up everyday with a positive attitude and a will to keep going.

It is all so rewarding and challenging at the same time. It is bringing growth to places I never thought possible. I have spend a lot of night working on my business plans. I have made flyers and posted countlessly to social media. I can't wait to share everything with the world.

To give you all an idea, I got my first yoga gig. It starts in a month and I have so much work to do to get my classes together. I am going to be teaching to classes a week. Super excited about this!

I am teaching a free class tomorrow to friends and family for practice. I have a super fun flow scheduled and I spent all day yesterday planning music and such. The weather is supposed to be crappy, so I am going to move it indoors from my outdoor plan.

I am also working on being more involved in  my essential oils business. Now that I have yoga I can work on integrating them more together. There is so much benefits from using essential oils with yoga. I just can't get over how all of these things came together around the same time!

So much love for everyone around me right now. Thank you all for the support! I hope you all have an amazing Friday and a great weekend!


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Stitch Fix - April 2017

It's that time again, another fix has come and I am so excited to share it with you all! If you are unaware of what Stitch Fix is, it is a monthly clothing subscription box where your personal stylist sends you 5 fashion items. It can be clothing, jewelry, shoes, scarves, or purses. You set up a profile of your likes, dislikes, and price points and they get to work!

Check out my very first fix. I loved the first one. I also loved my second one, but was too sick to take photos. I will share some photos soon. This is my third fix, and I specifically asked for Maxi dresses, a cardigan, and a spring jacket. My stylist rocked it. Now here's what I got..

Loveappella Carlita Knit Maxi Dress - $78
I had this dress pinned on my pinterest board so I was so happy to see it show up! It is a petite so it is not too long on me and I really love the colors! For some reason this photo is not doing it justice, but I swear it is amazing in real life! So soft and summer themed! I absolutely kept this one!


Absolutely Acada Hooded Back Detail Cardigan - $54
So I really loved this cardigan. You can see it paired over the maxi in the first photo and the pretty detail and hood below. It was pretty big on me and I could of used a size down, however they were out of all other sizes. I was going to keep it anyway. When I put it on I noticed there was a snag in the arm so I was sad. I didn't want to spend $54 on a piece with a hole in it that was to big. I e-mailed Stitch Fix customer service and they gave me a discount if I wanted to keep it. I totally kept this! It has become one of my favorite comfy cover ups to wear around the house. 


Noisy May Richelle Bomber Jacket - $68
I REALLY wanted to like this jacket. I did ask for a spring coat and they did deliver. Something was just not right with it though. The sleeves were long and I didn't like how short it was in the torso. It was super warm and light all at the same time, but I also already have a coat in this color. I had to send it back.

Wisp Pamala Knit Maxi Dress - $88
Guys, I absolutely fell head over feet in love with this one. It was light weight, the length was perfect and I could wear it to a wedding later this month! This is going to be a staple this summer. I am so excited to have 2 dresses in my wardrobe that are the perfect length. No more tripping or stepping on the bottom of my dresses! Kept!

THML Ranee Embroidered Dress - $78
I REALLY wanted to keep this dress. It was on my pinterest board so I was super happy to see it show up in my box. Everyone who saw the dress loved it. The only problem I had was the fit in my bust area. I am pretty large chested and I really needed a size up. When I checked to see if they had a size up initially they did. When I went to check out, it was sold out. I was kicking myself for waiting to do the exchange. I sadly had to send this one back.



Overall I loved the fix. I would of kept everything if it all fit correctly. Sorry for the blurriness of the photos. We were taking them in a hurry as we were losing the light and I really thought at first glance that they all came out okay. You get the point right?

So what do you guys think? Did my stylist do a good job?


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Yoga Journey - Chapter 1 closes


Today I end my journey with my classmates. Our classes come to an end and we graduate. We have had times of laughter. We have had times of tears. We have had good days and we have had bad days. But at the end we have all made it to the finish line as a different person then we were just 5 months ago.

I have met my weekly goals. Yoga was the focus and here I am. Now onto a new chapter with new goals. First week up, organization and reflection.

I know there will be much more to reflect on, but as for today I just wanted to celebrate the accomplishment.

We did it! Happy graduation day yogis! <3

Namaste.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wellness Wednesday - Yoga and Essential Oils

Today I am going to do something that is a little out of my element and comfort zone. I am going to talk to you guys a little bit about the business I am working on creating. If you have been reading this blog at all this year, you know I am working on becoming a yoga teacher. The learning how to become the teacher is the easy part, to actually be the teacher is a whole other ballgame.


Over the past several weeks as I have closed in on the end of my studies, I have really put into perspective what sort of knowledge that has been given to me, and what I should do with it. I have shared little snippets of ideas that I've had to utilize my knowledge. Now I want to let you all in on the second part of what I want to do.

I want to teach yoga to women with body image issues. I want a safe space where I can teach either one on one or in a class where every person in the room feels comfortable in their bodies. I have also decided I want to offer aromatherapy and essential oil blends to aid in yoga and everyday wellness.


Also, something fun and quick. I've started a FB group for women only. There will be topics on yoga, essential oils, wellness, and happiness. I also have a thread to share your business with the group. There will be more options to share and empower eachother as the group builds! I would love for you to join us!

Join Potions and Notions - Yoga, Essential Oils, Wellness, and Happiness (If for some reason you can't join, comment below and let me know and I will add you)

I have worked with essential oils for a few years now on my own terms. I've learned how to make blends and which oils can help promote wellness for me. I use them now in my everyday life and realized as I go into this next phase of my life, that I also want to share my love for essential oils with anyone who wants to listen.

I have mentioned a few times how much I have suffered with acid reflux. I recently started using a blend to help with that. I have to report that after a week of trying this out, my reflux has greatly improved. It absolutely amazes me. I hate taking pills, and I've always used oils as aromatherapy, but I am diving more and more into ingesting them as well as massage practices. So far so good.

I will tell you I am a wellness advocate for doTERRA. I decided to do this when I started to use oils more and more in my life. It just made sense to me. I could buy my own oils at wholesale and not have to worry about hunting someone down to place an order. It's a pretty sweet deal.

I am not one to really promote this out there, but I did want to pass along a May promo for anyone who was interested in a wholesale acount. . Anyone who signs up with a wholesale account (no commitment) and orders 100 pv starts off with 50 points towards free product. (1 point = $1 on all essential oils, so you are basically starting off with $50 free!) If you have interest, send me an email and I can give you more deets. No pressure, just sharing the wealth!

So what do you think? Can yoga and essential oils work together? Would you enjoy a yoga session with aromatherapy? Share your thoughts in the comments! I would love to hear your opinions and experiences!




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Monday, May 1, 2017

Hey hey, it's May!

So this weeks 5 day goals are being repeated from last week as, this is my last week before I complete my classes for yoga, so I am going to continue to focus on that rather than add in another goal to drive me over the edge. For that reason, I am not spending too much time on talking about those goals this week.

I do however want to touch on the fact that it is MAY folks. How in the world did we make it 4 full months already of this year? It is just flying! I am trying to not focus on month long goals this year, as they tend to stress me out more than they are worth and I am focusing more on my short terms goals at the moment, but because so many things are happening this month, I do want to focus a bit on setting up some longer term goals that I want to start this month.

As you all know (I mean I mention it pretty regularly! Oops!), I am going to be certified in yoga teaching this month. I am going to start working on a plan to use my training to its best capability and help anyone I can feel comfortable in their bodies as well as feeling healthier, one breath at a time.

I am going to start focusing more on my plan and set up some pretty personal goals for myself along the way. I tend to get excited about ideas and then let them drop when it gets hard. I feel like this is pretty common for a lot of people in general. When the going gets touch, we quit. I can't let that happen this time. I need to work through the hard.

I think I am going to spend my weeks listening to TED talks and Podcasts. Do you have any recommendations for me?

I am also going to continue writing every morning. It has been refreshing so far and really helps getting my thoughts out there.

I also forgot to mention that a friend gifted me a juicer last week and I used it for the first time yesterday and it is pretty freaking amazing! I love the fresh juice while I am writing and relaxing.

I think these things will help me stay on track this month. I am NOT going to give up! I am also excited to write about my date night that happened this weekend. That should show up this coming week at some point. I even took photos! *Pats myself on the back*

What are you working on this month? Anything big? Getting ready for summer? Talk to me!


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