A yoga mat for Christmas...

[[This post is in relation to my last //Work it out// post and my backstory to finding yoga in my life again.]]

Yes, we're talking about Christmas. December 25th 2014.

Last year, I didn't want a lot of gifts. In fact, I asked people not to get me anything. All I wanted was to spend time with the people I care about the most and ask them for their time. I have everything I could possibly ever wish for and so much more! Why clutter my house with more junk? So it was then, I started to convert to a more minimalistic lifestyle.

Back to the title of this post, I asked for a yoga mat for Christmas. Not just any yoga mat, but "The Mat" by Lululemon. I figured if it was that popular and that expensive, it MUST be good. And boy was I right! I'm the type of person who needs to have all the materials needed for any type of activity I'm doing, this included working out. I couldn't just wear my old raggedy old over-sized clothing, I had to have "cute" workout gear. I had to research the best YouTube yoga gurus. I had to have the best mat. A good base creates a good foundation for anything in life - that's what I believe.

So this perfect Mat, that I received for Christmas changed my life. "How?" you might ask. By receiving this mat as a gift, it spawned my want for so many other things to go with it, including clothes, more workout gear, music with sitars playing in the background, and (you guessed it) actually doing yoga itself! (WHOA - shocker! lol not really) I finally had the motivation to take my flabby little butt and my brand new mat to an actual yoga class! This antimicrobial, 5mm thick rubber mat has changed my life! I have opened back up, a world of calmness. Deep breathing. Deep stretching. and a whole lotta ohhmmmmmmmm.

I feel like a brand new person! This new lifestyle and way of working out feels so much more organic to me than lifting weights ever did! Yoga has only begun to open up my world to a more magical place where I feel as if I am one with the Earth. Moving and breathing and feeling with every single motion that my body makes and mushing it up all together to create some heat and energy that feels good to my body!

I'm so happy to share this new exciting part of my life with you all! It feels like every day I get closer and closer to being a happier human being everyday.

If you'd like to share, I would love to hear if there was something you found in your life, a single moment, object, experience or something else, that has changed you for the better! Please share it in the comments below!

xoxo my little cupcakes! Namaste! :)


//Work it out//

Live simply. Live better.

For the past few months I have been doing a cleanse. And not the starve-yourself-drink-only-liquids cleanse. But a cleanse of the mind, soul and body. Living simply works wonders for your life.

Doing yoga for the body has helped me discover movements I have never felt and gives me some "me" time to just breathe. It almost feels as if I'm not working out at all. Even if it's just a short 15 minute session or a lengthy hour long session, at the end of the workout I feel happy to have worked out my day on the mat. My favorite has been "Yoga with Adrienne."

More and more I'm realizing that I need to go back to nature. No matter how much is going on in the city and how many fun social events I do in a week. It's always the one weekend I take to just be one with mother earth that always grounds me (literally). Any hike, big or small is better than no hike at all. Even if it's just a short brisk walk to see a water fall, or a crazy up hill climb to the top of Mission Peak. Something is always better than nothing. I usually find at the end of the trip, that I actually enjoyed myself, even if I'm not always enjoying it while in the moment. (Mission peak again anyone??? For sure a leg burner...)

The last and greatest thing I could have done for myself is to let go of anything that is holding you back. And not just to pretend to let it go... REALLY let it go. Ex-boyfriends, un-trustworthy friends, negative people, negative energies, debt, even habits you thought were good for yourself (ahem - retail therapy anyone??? How else did you expect I got into debt?) By simplifying my life and realizing that I am happy with what I have really has been the best sort of cleanse that I have done for myself so far this year.

I can't tell you my secret. To be honest, there really isn't one. I worked through some tough bumps last year and realized this year I wanted it to be better, so I changed the only thing that I could. Myself. You can't change other people. The more you try, the more they resist. So, instead of trying to change them, change yourself. Ask yourself if they are deserving of your time. Ask yourself how much energy are you giving to other people when you could be putting that energy towards improving yourself. Ask yourself if the bad habits you see in other people are the habits you want in yourself. Are they? Probably not. So change yourself and tell yourself that you will do better. Be better. And work harder to be happier. It's a proven fact, happy people attract happy things.

So far it seems to be working for me!


Feed the flow...

My feed doesn't always flow... What I'm talking about is my Instagram feed.

Some people are just really good at keep their feeds very consistant. It's probably why those people's followings keep on growing. I, on the other hand, care not for a growing feed, UNLESS it's reaching out to the people and touching them in some way. I've never been the kind of person to really care about numbers of followers I have. It's just never been my thing.

My IG is some what of a mish-mash of things. Things I like, things I'm interested in, things I'm doing. Sometimes I'll go for weeks without an adventure, and pull out latergrams like there's no tomorrow. Throwing inspirational quote after inspirational quote and hoping to inspire someone that day. Other times I post food pictures or the occasional attempted fashion post, trying to keep it fresh and different. I always find it funny that the things I'm most interest in, usually gets me the least amount of likes. But I don't mind.

Not only are the topics of photos that I post can differ day to day, but the mood I'm in can also affect the way the feed changes. The way the edits of my photos turn out. I do tend to use the same filters on VSCO (too much F2 or M5 anyone?), but depending on how I feel that day, sometimes my posts are light and fun, and sometimes they are dark and deep. (That's also why the blood of a Gemini runs true for me... multi-personality maybe?) If I ever take the time to scroll back at my feed just to look at what I've posted, sometimes a question mark will pop up over my head. Like, "Wow, what was I thinking that day?"

For some people, keeping their feed the same is what keeps them motivated. It's what keeps people coming back. And maybe that's why their following grows. People like seeing the same photos with different compositions, maybe a sunrise instead of a sunset in the same spot. Or the same inspiring quotes, ones that keep you going through the week and get you to think for a moment. For me, my formula never stays the same. I post what inspires ME. The quotes that get ME through the day. Or the things that inspire ME to get through the week. Maybe I'm being a little selfish and posting what I want for myself. but that's what feeds my flow. That's what keeps me on my toes. Hopefully, you'll find that it keeps you on your toes too...

Go follow me... (or not...) the choice is yours: @cupcakepeonie