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November 26, 2012 · 9:03 pm

For the Love of Flannel

I ask you to know you are in the bigger picture and on the most beautiful path.

Please, feel the awesome that is coming and be thankful now for the journey that has gotten you here, there, everywhere.

Be patient.  Be open.  Be honest.

With yourself.  Always with others.

And for the love of flannel, smile and laugh more, eat bacon and rock today!

The bigger picture.  The right path.

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Life Mode: Comparison

#truth

NOTE:  This very well might be written in permanent ink on my body one day.

To be real with you, I catch myself playing the comparison game more than I would like.  And I realize in this life mode of comparison, I can seemingly drift into a constrained sense of self.  There is an ignorance that literally blocks my own personality, my art, my ultimate creativity, my joy.  I feel stress, judgement, fear, self doubt, a little rage and I get aggressive.  Who is that?

You ever go there?

In these moments, I literally feel that I press the pause button on one epic soundtrack when I start comparing myself to another person.  You know at a wedding or at the end of the most awesome nights and the music stops and the lights come on and we are like, “‘No, play one more, please.  I’m not done yet!’.  Well, that is exactly what happens when you compare.  Music stops, party over and your life is like, wait, ‘I am so not done yet, turn that beat back on!’.

I have to remind myself to channel Teddy Roosevelt and realize that I am the thief of my own joy.  I have to feel it, own it, make a choice and stop, stop, stop comparing.  Recognize where I am now and know that I will get to where I want to go, once I can hear the music again.

Your turn.  Release the pause button.  Recognize where you are and know that you will get to where you want to go.

Press play.

Rock your life.  Your way.  Your time.  Your Joy.

All you.

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Gratitude. Moustaches. Love.

Happy November to you and you and you!

Rocktober has closed, life has been lived and here we are, Movember uno.

Here they are, the updates:

1)  I am in the midst of training for the Malibu 1/2 Marathon!  10 days to go.  And yes, the boyfriend signed up!  Like I always say, a couple that runs together, stay together.  Or, we are just going to wing it and have the best brunch November 11 has ever seen.  Yes, the sub 2 hour goals still lives!

2)  Fall Soiree.  Happened.

3)  3 day cleanse = fail.  However, I rocked a one day cleanse with JuiceCrafters.  And, I found my accountability partner in my rad friend, Kristina Gong for a 3 day cleanse post 11/11.  She is rocking the Malibu 1/2, too!  Post run, bring on the juice!

4)  Chris and I did not make 2 dates.  Shoot!  Travel schedule, life, sweatpants + flannel… however, we did have one amazing date with delish food, red wine and an impulse purchase including blue leopard print jeans!  I just love love.

5) My blog friends challenged me to not accept any plastic bags for the month.  I can happily say, DONE!  I even carried broccoli in my backpack!  #gogreen

Recap:  October was absolutely unreal.  I goal coached at Yoga Journal Conference in our future life state of Colorado with the boyfriend in the audience, I cheered on one Ironman of a goal crusher at KONA 2012 and swung in a  hammock in Maui, I rocked Seattle with my team of 2 and ran with my sweet pup along the Pacific Ocean often.  I lived a full life this past October.

Let’s do it again!

In the beautiful month of November that is full of gratitude, my favorite people’s birthdays and family love; let’s get intentional here and now:

1)  I raise 500.00 for Movember with my team, “All the Eggs and Bacon You Have”.  Check it:  here.

2)  I am feeling some ink.  #tattoo

3)  I complete the Malibu 1/2 Marathon in sub 2 hours.

4)  Photo Shoot.  Charlie Brown lights.  Holiday Cards to PRINT.  Must happen.

5)   jackicarr.com goes LIVE by November 30, 2012.

6)  How will you know November?  Tell me about how we can rock gratitude, let’s get accountable!

Inspire me in the comments and share, share, share what you are going to get up to this month!

Let’s live life bigger.  Go!

Gratitude. Moustaches. Love.  November.

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Guest Post: Yoga, Ayurveda and Creativity

Guest Post written by yogi, writer and recent author of his new book, Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, Brian Leaf.  Enjoy!

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I’m thinking of new ideas all the time. So much so that sometimes I can get spun out and exhausted. My wife, on the other hand, has a much easier time staying grounded and pacing her energy.  Though she’s not quite as quick with new ideas.

Ayurveda, the 5000-year-old medical system from India, often called the sister science of yoga, has a lot to say about my wife and me. According to Ayurveda, there are different types of people, and these different types have different strengths, challenges, and needs.   Ayurveda identifies three primary tendencies within people, called vata, pitta, and kapha. Vata is the energy of air; pitta is the energy of fire; and kapha is the energy of water and earth.

A person, like me, with a constitution dominant in vata will have airy qualities (creative, quick, possibly anxious). A person with a constitution dominant in pitta will have fiery qualities (intense, focused, possibly overly critical). A person, like my wife, with a constitution dominant in kapha will have earthy qualities (steadfast, grounded, possibly stuck).

A vata person will be well endowed in the creativity department. New ideas and creative solutions flow freely for such a person. Their challenge, like mine, is to stay grounded and not get spun-out and exhausted from too many creative ideas. We have to make sure to see our ideas through and not lose steam half way through a project. By calming our vata, we can be wildly creative but also focused and steadfast.

A pitta person will be incisive and intelligent, often set on a fixed course of action and less open to creativity and new ideas. Surgeons are usually pitta individuals. They are confident, focused, and intense. A pitta person can retain their great focus, but bring in more creativity and tolerance of new ideas by soothing their pitta.

A kapha person, like my wife, usually has terrific endurance and resolve. She easily stays grounded, but creativity does not flow as freely. She may sometimes feel stuck and blocked up. By soothing her kapha and increasing her vata, she can harness her tremendous strength and resolve, while also tapping her latent creativity.

So, how can you effect this change in yourself? First you must identify your Ayurvedic constitution.

To determine whether vata, pitta, or kapha predominates your constitution, take the following short quiz:

1. Under stress, I become __________.

A. scattered and anxious B. focused and angry C. stuck  

2. When I’m hungry, I get __________.

A. scattered and anxious B. angry C. depressed

3. I hate to feel _________.

A. too cold B. too hot C. too wet

4. My biggest psychological struggles involve __________.

A. anxiety B. being judgmental, irritation, anger C. feeling stuck

5. When I have digestive problems, they involve ___________.

A. intestinal gas and bloating B. heartburn C. slow digestion, feeling stuck  

6. When I get sick, I feel ___________.

A. Worried, fried, constipated. B. Fevers, skin rashes, diarrhea. C. Congested, stagnant, blocked up.

Count the number of As, Bs, and C’s in your answers. Mostly A’s indicate vata, mostly B’s pitta, and mostly C’s kapha.   Now to bring balance and increased creativity. For your particular predominance (vata, pitta, or kapha), choose three of the six items listed below and follow them for at least a week and see what happens. You’ll probably feel a whole new level of health, vitality, and creativity. Let us know how it goes at BrianLeafMA@gmail.com.

If the six question survey shows a predominance of Vata:

1. Keep warm, and wear soft, comfortable clothing. Make your bed into a soft, comfy haven.   2. Eat mostly cooked foods and use a bit of spice. Eat at a table, in a relaxed setting, not on the go or at your desk.   3. Keep a regular routine, and look over your schedule at the beginning of each day, so your mind can relax and know what’s coming.   4. Practice gentle forms of exercise.   5. Spend quiet time in nature, ideally near a lake or gently flowing stream. Sit under a tree.   6. Avoid or cut back on caffeine, wheat, sugar, and processed foods.

If the six question survey shows a predominance of Pitta:

1. Keep cool. Get lots of fresh air, but avoid too much direct sun. Take evening walks in the moonlight. The moon is very soothing to pitta.   2. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.   3. Avoid very spicy, very salty, and very oily foods.   4. Watch your tendency toward perfectionism, competition, and intensity. Bring in softness and love.   5. Express your feelings in constructive ways. Be gentle on yourself and others.   6. Avoid or cut back on caffeine, wheat, sugar, and processed foods.

If the six question survey shows a predominance of Kapha:

1. Get lots of vigorous exercise, everyday.   2. Avoid fatty and fried foods. Eat lots of veggies and cook with a bit of spice.   3. Eat less bread.   4. Avoid getting in a rut. Try new things, take challenges, travel.   5. Practice expressing your voice and your feelings and spend some time creating every day. Draw, paint, sculpt, sing, dance, play an instrument, imagine.   6. Avoid or dramatically cut back on wheat, sugar, and processed foods.

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Brian Leaf, M.A. is the author of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi. He draws upon twenty-one years of intensive study, practice, and teaching of yoga, meditation, and holistic health. Visit him online at http://www.Misadventures-of-a-Yogi.com.   Based on the new book Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi ©2012 by Brian Leaf.

Published with permission of New World Library http://www.newworldlibrary.com

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Guest Post: Unique Purpose

Guest Post written by my sweet cousin, big dreamer and über hiker, Brittany Paulin.  Enjoy!

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I have found that I go through stages of inspirational growth.

I’ve confronted love and judgment and there is always fear to expel. Lately, though, I’ve had words like direction, purpose, commitment and balance eloquently enter my psyche. I believe that we all have a unique purpose. My purpose is to serve and help others be healthy.  With that, I am a bit of a free spirit with tunnel vision on the Now. You know, doing what I want when I want on the fly, oozing creativity and investigating ideas. And, I am a 24 year-old-business owner.

How do I channel these ideas and creativity in a direction towards my purpose?

How can I best serve, run a business, and still retain some of my own self?

Balance is a big player here.  What good are these brilliant ideas if they never meet reality?

These are what I’ve found I need to focus on to give myself direction and live my dreams:

Commitment:  It’s not just about relationship commitments. Commitment is love. Therefore when I am passionate about doing something, I have to make a commitment to it. A commitment and love for myself. A commitment to nourish myself. A commitment to health. A commitment to my purpose. Each day I have to reassert and recommit to the purpose. Just like a relationship, it won’t always be easy. There may be fights, but you can’t give up because it is ‘hard’. My grandparents haven’t been married over 50 years and my parents for over 30 years not because it was easy, but they never gave up on the commitment or the love. You can’t divorce your purpose. So in combining this with my ideas now, I commit to my purpose every day. I commit to a direction to take NOW, today, to fulfill and move my purpose forward. I love my job. I love myself. That’s why I am committed and in it for the long haul.

Reconnection: This is big  one for me. Hiking has become such a key part of who I am. Not just for exercise but for the opportunities it yields. A couple of hours a week for quality Brittany time.  I reconnect to myself.  I rediscover what I believe.  I reconnect to my purpose. To listen to my intuition and find that direction free of the influence of others. I am my truest self. My ideas soar. I write my best pieces and have my most brilliant thoughts. Being in Nature makes the problems of my life, concerns about money, doubts and fears seem so small. At the same time its vastness is humbling, but also makes me feel that the World is brimming with infinite opportunities. There are no limits to my own potential and what I can accomplish.

Create Energy: Growing up shy and quiet, I view myself as a good energy reader, as I spent most of my time in observation and listening. Having a purpose where I need to serve, I realize that I have to create an attractive energy. People have to say yes before I can help. Focus on the radiating energy: love, positivity, enthusiasm. I’ve realized that being the highest version of me is the best way to inspire and help others. Make your energy contagious!

Have Fun:  When I read this in the book, Tao of Pooh, I thought I’d found the answer to life. But I had to realize it’s not the party, the do-whatever-the hell-I want-fun. There is still the purpose to focus on. It is the idea that what you’re doing, where you are is fun. Love your job. Love your purpose. Love your Life!

Take time to discover yourself and make a commitment to your life’s purpose. Create energy to let this happen, take time to reconnect, and keep the thought that life is fun!

About Brittany:  She is a Healthy Lifestyle Coach. She teaches weight loss and longevity by teaching healthy eating habits, cooking, exercise with kettlebells, and inspirational thought. In the last six months she has taken ownership of the family business, moved to Colorado Springs to set up a new facility, and continues to oversee the Terre Haute location. She is passionate about cooking, which she loves to share with others through her blog, cookbooks and videos. Her next dream is to create and publish her own solo cookbook. Dream of all dreams? Brittany has a fascination with VW buses and food trucks, so her biggest dream is to travel with her Bakery Bus, serving gluten and refined sugar free treats!

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Make It Happen. Move it Up!

Do you know that feeling, that feeling when you literally feel the goal in your body?  My first trip to Estes Park, CO 3 years ago felt like this.

How about when a goal moves you?  Tears, smiling, joyous joy, and oh so thankful. My second trip to Estes Park, CO last year, felt like this.

How about when you become the goal?  100% you are it!  Physically, mentally and emotionally.  Mind+Body+Spirit.  Boom.  This past weekend, I again made the trek to Estes Park, CO.  And this time, it was beyond real.  My mountain man of a bearded boyfriend came with me, puff vest and all.  I rocked my life goals, puff vest and all, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, yoga-ing, connecting and goal coaching at the Yoga Journal Conference with lululemon#joblove   Chris explored Denver, Boulder and Estes Park for future adventures, future neighborhoods, and future friends. 

And,

life

felt

so

connected.

So right on.

And then, just like that, the goal moved.  Whereas in years past, the goal has always moved me.  This year, we moved the goal.  It moved up!  Chris and I + Bear will be Colorado residents by November, 2013.

Ask yourself, ‘What is holding me (us) back?’.

Get real.

Feel a Goal.

Vibrate.

Right now.

Connect.

Move.

Make it Happen.

Create YOUR life.  Now.

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