#Mindfulness. I’ve been working a lot on bringing more into my life, and I’ve got a long way to go. I passed these gorgeous, fragrant blooms not half a block from my house yesterday. They’ve clearly been in bloom for at least a few weeks, so I must have passed them at least a dozen times. Yet yesterday was the first time I noticed them. Because I was actually walking. In the moment. Right here, right now. Not glued to a screen, not distracted by music or a conversation. Soaking in the sights and sounds and smells that surrounded me. And what a beautiful reward I received for my efforts. Slow down. Look around. Be here right now. Soak in every detail that this moment has to offer you. It won’t always be beautiful, but it will always be worth it. You will start to see the world, your life, yourself in an entirely new way. #Mindful #BeHereNow #StayPresent #SmellTheFlowers #LookAround #SlowDown #SoakItIn #LifeIsPassingYouBy #Don’tLetIt #LookAround #NoScreen #ScreenFree #Unplug #LifeIn3D #FiveSenses #InThisMoment #YogaEverywhere #OffTheMat #ThatYogaLife #ThatEntrepreneurLife

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Easily one of the coolest things I’ve experienced in a long time. @fortfrances came to DC to do a special livingroom concert right here in #NEDC and I was lucky enough to get an invite. These guys are LEGIT. If you’re lucky enough to be in a place where they are performing, GO. Trust me. #LiveMusic #LivingRoomConcert #Acoustic #Summertime #Concert #CapitolHill #HillEast #Harmony #ManBun #LifeIsGood #LifeIsSweet #MyStory #Music #MusicIsTheAnswer #Grateful

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This is where I get to come to “work” every day. Tending to this incredible garden is one of my daily “duties”. Moments like these sure do take the sting out of things like dealing with taxes and payroll! #Grateful #Rooftop #Garden #Wisteria #Alfresco #SolarPowered #Perks #ThatYogaLife #SmallBusinessOwner #ThatEntrepreneurLife #DreamJob #DreamLife #MakeItHappen #TheLittleThings #Mindful #BePresent #SmellTheFlowers

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Working from home this morning with my favorite study buddy, Mr. Manny Pacqui-meow! He’s helping me do my homework to get ready for my first coaching call tomorrow with my new business coach, the fabulous @lisekuecker !!! A lot of folks – friends and clients alike – have been surprised when I told them I hired a business coach. While I SO appreciate their confidence in me, I think it’s crucial for us all to remember that we can and should never stop learning. No matter how good you may be at something, there is always more for you to learn, and there is always someone who is better than you who can teach you. Personally, I felt that I had plateaued with my business and gotten as far as I could with what I already know. I could keep trying to figure it out for myself, throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks, but the yoga business is a wheel that has already been invented. So why try to build it from scratch myself? Lise is a proven businesswoman whose strengths align perfectly with the areas that I know I need to work on. Not only has she built four incredibly successful businesses around the country in my exact industry, but her focus on developing systems and recurring processes to automate revenue generation is exactly what I need help with. But most importantly of all, the philosophy underlying all of her work and teachings aligns perfectly with my own: you do not need to burn yourself out to be a success. In fact, you will be MORE successful in whatever you do if you are healthy, happy, and well balanced in life. I believe that my purpose as a yoga teacher, studio owner, and serial entrepreneur is to teach my audience how to embrace this philosophy and work it into your everyday life. Her work as a consultant is to teach business owners how to do the same. Could she be a more perfect fit for me? So excited to start this journey!!! #NeverStopLearning #NeverEnough #KeepGoing #Teacher #Mentor #Coach #BusinessCoach #LifeLongJourney #LifeLongLearner #Humble #ReachForTheStars #Dreams #Ambition #Hustle #StayGrounded #DoTheWork #StudyBuddy #Cat #WorkFromHome #DreamJob #LiveYourDreams #SmallBusinessOwner #ThatYogaLife #OffTheMat #ThatEntrepreneurLife

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Love notes from my amazing yogis. I keep them where I can see them as I work because they are such a powerful reminder: This is why I do what I do. The people. The connections. That incredible feeling of knowing that somehow, in some little way, I am contributing to making someone’s day better. And maybe more than just their day. #Gratitude #Grateful #LoveNotes #Love #Yogis #YogaEveryDamnDay #OffTheMat #Community #GoodDays #TheReasonWhy #Purpose #YogaTeacher #Perks #DreamJob #DreamLife #ThatEntrepreneurLife #ThatYogaLife

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Today, this Type-A-Perfectionist-Control-Freak is making a commitment to herself: Let Go and Let God. 5 years ago, I had just returned from a month spent hiding out in Costa Rica, attempting to wrap my head around the fact that my world – and heart – had been broken into a million tiny pieces. That life would never be the same, and would never unfold the way I had always dreamed it would. Every night, there was one star in the sky that shone brighter than the rest. And I couldn’t help but feel that he was smiling down on me, watching me from wherever his soul now was. And even in the darkest depths of my grief, I felt…a steadiness. But I didn’t understand, and I was in too much pain to try. 5 years later, I am finally ready to surrender and commit to the immensely painful but very foundational fact of life that was revealed to me so harshly then. I HAVE NO CONTROL. There is a bigger plan out there, a bigger power in charge. I can dream and schedule and hustle all I want, but in the end, I get absolutely zero say in how life actually unfolds. And so rather than continuing to fight so hard to control, to shape life into what I think it should be, what I think I want it to be…I am finally ready to Let Go and Let God. I know it won’t be easy. In fact, it’s going to be hard as HELL. Old habits die hard, and I’ve been strengthening my desire for control for nearly 33 years. But I also know that I’ll never be truly content in life if I don’t learn to surrender to the way things are, rather than clinging to the way I want them to be. And so every time I feel that urge to control arise, that habit of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, that resistance to the way things ARE because they don’t align with how I wanted them to be…I will look down and see this star. And I will remember how my world was completely shattered just when I thought I was finally sitting on top. And I will remember that I am not in charge. Today, I made a permanent commitment to myself: Let Go and Let God.

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