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Stop, Drop, Release - The Power of Letting Go

We need to let go. It allows us as humans to find happiness, to move on, and to grow. Letting go is a funny thing, as it can come with a spectrum of emotions. You may feel regretful or fearful that you aren’t making the right decision. On the other hand, you may feel a sense of relief, opportunity or peace of mind.

WHY WE MUST LET GO

When we let go, we’re essentially telling ourselves it is okay to continue our journey. It is okay to say goodbye to someone or something that is no longer serving you. This is life and this is all apart of the plan. It’s the brain saying, let’s open the next chapter and see where life takes us.

Letting go gives us the opportunity to release unwanted stress, anxiety, or physical pain so we can make room for something new. This sense of release can be accompanied by a “weight off your shoulders” feeling, crying, or a rush of optimism. It all depends on what you’re letting go of. The power of releasing supports us...

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September 16th, 2016

"If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe." - Joe Rogan

Today marks the day of the Harvest Full Moon falling into Pisces AND a Lunar Eclipse AND Mercury Retrograde. If you don't know what all of these things mean, just know that it is a time of potent emotional energy and vulnerability.

A lot of times when things arise, we act upon our first instincts of emotion and things can spiral out of control. As a Scorpio, I am incredibly passionate and quick to act on that first emotion that arises and usually don't start thinking rationally until the emotion has died down. It is that time when I realize that I shouldn't have let my emotions take over my physical and mental being. It happens to us all (maybe not as intense for some), but all we can do is learn from it and try to be more aware earlier on to save us the stress and worry.

I come back to the term "awareness" often, but it really...

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Yoga Membership

For many of us, the month of September means adapting to a new schedule filled with work, school, and responsibilities. The 40-hour grind paired with school or social outings can be overwhelming and the bliss of a carefree summer starts to fade in the rearview mirror of life. When our schedules change and life gets busy, it’s easy to lose touch with routines that we’ve established around our mental and physical beings.

Make the Most Out Of Membership

In a time of chaos and change, losing that sacred hour of practice can make adapting even harder. That’s why we’ve put together a few of our favorite ways to get the most out of your yoga membership, even when working full time or going back to school.

USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM

There’s nothing better than making a commitment with a friend to attend classes together. It’s much harder to hold yourself accountable, but when we establish this accountability with someone else our chances of attending class...

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September 15th, 2016

"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." - Elbert Hubbard

Shout out to all the girls and guys in my life that have loved me through my weird, my wacky, my bitchy, and my badass times. You all are the PB to my J and our friendship is truly cherished.

As we get older, friends start to fade. That might be because they move away, get married, or your interests just don't align anymore. But those friends that have stuck around? That's your core group. Size doesn't matter, as we thought it did in grade school. Rather, it's that group of kick ass individuals based off of QUALITY that you want around. It's your best friend that stayed up until 3am with you while you poured your heart out over a guy. It's the people that know you're a bit crazy but love you even more because of your quirks.

Your relationship is easy. You don't have to spend half your time explaining yourself to them because they already get it. They get you. They love your...

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September 14th, 2016

"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." - J.K. Rowling

It's easy to be kind and helpful to people to your peers or people that can help you get further in life. There's something in it for you, why would you not? You put yourself out there and the universe responds with a yes! and good things start coming your way. While I'm all for doin' good and gettin' good, it is coming from a relatively selfish standpoint of "How can I get ahead?"

The selfless actions come when you are acting for others rather than for yourself. You no longer think of an end result and instead, think of how you can make this person's life easier/better/happier. What a character trait! That genuine generosity goes a long way and if you believe in karma, you've got a lot of good stuff comin' towards ya.

I don't typically carry cash, but when I do, I've made it a rule to always give to the homeless if I see them asking for help. Sure, it's...

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September 13th, 2016

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West

What an idea it is to live your life to the absolute fullest. For some, that might mean traveling around the world exploring every cavern and crevice the earth has to offer. For others, it means establishing a life for yourself with a mate, having kids and creating a home. Whatever your definition of living to the fullest is, why not go out there and start living like it? One of the main things people regret before dying is living a life that wasn't true to themselves. Don't be one of those people.

If you think about it, we tend to have a lot of reservations when it comes to pursuing a new path. The reservations can come from fear, comfort, or limitations we've fabricated in our heads. Each of these things can be overcome if you really want it. Do you really want to move to another country and pursue a life of writing? Well, you can.

Start with the idea and let it flourish. Let your mind wander, let...

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September 12th, 2016

"Real beauty isn't about symmetry or weight or makeup; its about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own." - Valerie Monroe

They say that the things we love and hate most in others are what we hate and love most within ourselves. That's always been a controversial statement to me because I see qualities in others that I don't feel in myself. I think the point of this is to say that it is within us, even if it's buried a bit further down.

There is so much beauty in strength. Strength shows us that we can overcome. It shows us that we are survivors, and it show us that we have courage. When we look at life and all of its magnificence, we're not just looking at the positive. We're not just looking at that beautiful symmetry. Magnificence encompasses the raw, difficult moments as well.

Each day, you show up and look life right in the eye. You get out of bed, you face the world, and you do the best you possibly can. Some days you kick ass more...

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September 11th, 2016

"That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing." - Simone De Beauvoir

I've been talking a lot about doin' you lately and how important it is to focus on yourself. It essentially is the first step, or foundation, before you can start focusing on others. Once you've mastered this self-love and appreciation for yourself, it's time to start thinking about how you can give back to others.

Generosity doesn't have to have a dollar sign assigned to it. By definition, generosity is the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish. This can be achieved in so many ways, even if it just means taking the time to listen to a friend. When we take the time to act selflessly, we take the time to show the people in our lives that we authentically care about them.

Small acts of kindness go a long way. In our modern age, picking up the phone and calling a friend once a week to check in and chat is huge. Was it hard to press a...

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September 9th, 2016

"Welcome those big, sticky, complicated problems. In them are your most powerful opportunities." - Ralph Marston

Big. Sticky. Complicated. Those words sound a bit ominous when combined, don't they? The truth is, we all want to live a problem-free life. No stress, no drama, no worries. That's not realistic, though. If it was, would life even be any fun? Would we ever feel challenged or would we be bored by the ease of the day?

Problems allow us to dig deeper inside for a solution. They allow us to collaborate with peers for a solution. They may seem like this giant elephant in the room when they arise, but Ralph Marston hit the nail on the head when he said they offer the most powerful opportunities.

With each problem we encounter and overcome, there is growth. Your skills grow, your knowledge grows, your confidence grows. This idea is not typically present in our minds when the problem arises. It's safe to say we tend to realize this after we've overcome a problem and feel...

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September 7th, 2016

"Looking at things from other people's point of view is practically the secret of success." - Paul Graham

AMEN! As someone that works in marketing, this quote couldn't be truer. You use this approach in every aspect of marketing and advertising. It's essential to put yourself in the consumer's shoes and create based off of their likes/behaviors.

To start, ask yourself who is this "other person?" Who are you trying to reach and who are you trying to please? Where do they work? What do they like to do in their free time? Who is in their close circle? Once you answer these questions, you should have a clear view of who they are so you can start focusing on the how.

Marketing techniques really can be used for so many types of situations outside of actually selling a product or service. You market yourself on a daily basis and can use techniques to strengthen your communication skills with others. When we look at things from other people's perspective, not...

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