Good Vibes 101

When’s the last time you sat down and thought about nothing? Like actually nothing… As in, listen to your breath and forget about what you should be doing, or that thing that happened yesterday. Have you ever actually taken the time to meditate? To feel yourself sitting in a chair with the energy and weight of the universe holding you in place, allowing your mind to feel the release from the everyday hustle.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been taking time out of my day to meditate.  I thought that starting rituals would increase my vibe for the day.  I wake up, drink my lemon/ginger tea, diffuse some oils, light the candle in my salt candle holder, and breathe.  This has done wonders for the way I approach my day.  But this morning was different.  I did all of the things I usually do, but my mood was guiding me toward something new.  I had the uncontrollable urge to throw on some vinyl and listed to music. After sifting through my box of records, I found the Fleetwood Mac album that I was gravitating toward.

As I started up the music, I had an equally irrepressible urge to let go and dance to the music; to feel Stevie Nicks’ voice radiating through my entire body.  It was liberating!

While my morning rituals do start me off with a good vibe for the day, I realized today that I had just been going through the motions.  I needed to deviate from my routine in order to find the breath of frankincense-filled air I was looking for.

Take some time out of your day to throw the proverbial wrench into your daily routine. Find something your soul is naturally gravitating toward and choose the path you wouldn’t normally take today. You never know what you’ll find.

If Nobody Told You… I Will.

I sometimes have a small, stray thundercloud that follows me around.  It makes me act a little sad, a little impatient, and maybe a little angry at trivial things.  This thundercloud feeds on anxiety and apprehensiveness. It amplifies sadness and uncertainty.  It tends to rain on those around me who didn’t realize they needed an umbrella.  It floods my head with thoughts that are not my own, and sends residual uneasiness into the lives of those I care about the most. I really don’t want to feed the thundercloud any longer, but sometimes it’s easier to weather the storm than it is to reach through and try to find the sunshine.

Living with this storm is a challenge.  It’s the first thing that comes to mind in the morning, and the very thing that initiates sleepless nights.

Sound familiar?

If so- if you are feeling lonely, unworthy, or getting eaten alive by the hole that lives in the pit of your stomach, then hear me out.  If nobody told you today, I will.  I will put my arms around you and tell you what needs to be said.

You are worth it. You are valued. You are loved.

Don’t give up. There is sunshine behind the clouds.

Write that down and repeat it to yourself until you believe it.

Because it’s true.

Back in the Saddle

Hi friends:

I finally have the time to start blogging again; and a great time for it because it’s a great way to clear my head.  As you may not know, I took the last year to try and get myself together (key word: try).  I started a new job, graduate school, and have really been concentrating on my fitness journey. The job isn’t bad (customer service isn’t ideal, but a jobs a job for now) and school is difficult (nothing new there).  But I have found a sense of comfort on this fitness journey.  I ran my first half marathon in May 2016.  It wasn’t the best experience, but it also wasn’t the worst.  I finished in 2 hours and 23 minutes (eh.) but I finished and I ran the whole time. I didn’t say I ran at a fast pace, by any means, but my goal was to finish, run, and not die. Woo Hoo! Anyways, I took it as a learning experience because I was mentally weak which led to not training as I should have, resulting in a very sore few days.  I recently registered for the same half marathon in May of 2017 and I have an entirely new mindset going in this time. I even got my sister (a powerlifting badass) to register with me.  We’ve been running regularly via a program we ripped off the internet somewhere and it’s working pretty well so far.  One reason I have a different mindset going into this half is because I decided to use the charity program offered by the marathon and chose to fundraise for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in place of a race registration fee.  This charity is very near and dear to my heart because my dad suffers from MS and we figured, if we can raise the money and help another family who is in the same situation we are in, then I couldn’t ask for anything more. If you would like to donate to our fundraiser, I’ll include the link and thanks in advance for your support!

-Briana

 

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