Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Intentions For My New Year....

I love celebrating my birthday with a new tattoo and recently I just want to get allll the elephants on my body. Last week, I added the newest addition to my tribe and his name is Reagan. I am so in love....

Yesterday in yoga, someone asked why his trunk was up...I assumed everyone knew that the trunk being up represented "good luck". When the elephant's trunk is facing up, it is receiving good fortunes and some think that it is also showering you with good fortune.

On the actual day of my birthday, I decided to head to the beach alone and do sunrise yoga. I am a cancer and being close to the water makes me feel whole again. 

After finishing my asanas...I decided to reflect on my past year and write down my intentions for my 37th year on this earth. I wanted to share a few of them with you....
  • Be happier 
  • Be free
  • Take more chances
  • Truly love and accept myself 
  • Open my heart for love
  • Be more forgiving
  • Treat my body and soul kinder
  • Share my love of yoga with others
  • Teach more yoga classes
  • Help others
  • Never doubt God's plan for me
  • Let people see the real me 
I think the universe sometimes uses others as a vessel to send us a message and I believe that this happened yesterday. During philosophy, Mokshapriya spoke about our heart chakra and it went perfectly with my intentions because the main thing that I want to do is to open my heart to receive new love as well to truly love myself. Some things that she said stuck out to me, such as in order to open our heart, we must believe in something higher than ourselves and we also need to stop judging others and ourselves.

And yet another video below where I get a tad emotional...haha shocker.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Natural Body Block Party....

Last week I found out that Emily Hayden would be attending an event close to my home and things aligned perfectly and I was able to meet her.

In case you don't know who Emily is a little more information, courtesy of her website:
My name is Emily Hayden and I am an IFBB Bikini Pro, Fitness and Lifestyle Youtuber, Social Media Influencer, Fitness model, and NASM certified personal trainer. I have 3 NASM specialty certifications in: fitness nutrition, women’s fitness, and weight loss....
My goal is not only to inspire, motivate, and educate those around me, but to empower them to take action, and create real change in their own lives.

I recently discovered Emily's youtube videos thanks to my friend Angie, so it only seemed right that we would head over together. One of the main reasons that I was drawn to her videos; is her dedication. This lady is so focused on her goals and it's almost can't help but to feel empowered when you witness her drive.

It's always tricky when you meet someone that you follow on social media...the bubble could burst. I have met some people in RL and honestly; it changed my views on the person. Thankfully that wasn't the case this time. 

Angie and I headed to Natural Body in Ozone Park...we arrived a little early so we decided to walk around the neighborhood and get some steps in while we waited (thankfully we "get" each other ha). When we headed back to the store, the line already started to form. The doors were supposed to open at 12 but for some reason; they didn't start until a little after 1 pm. Thankfully once the line began to move, we headed in fairly quickly. They had so many different vendors at the event and mostly all of them offered samples to try and some to take home as well.

 I regret not buying bags of the Iconmeals popcorn...So. Damn.Good.

While we were online, I spotted someone else thatI follow on Instagram, Derek Weida. He is not only inspirational but funny as F as well. I kind of "fan girled" when I saw him and almost lost the courage to ask him for a photo but I knew that I would never have this opportunity again, so I put on my big girl undies and approached him. Honestly him and Emily were both very pleasant. Like, I said earlier...this could go either way but they were both true to their online "personality". I use the word personality because people tend to put up an online persona that is vastly different from who they are but they were both genuinely nice people.
It was really great to meet both of them and spend the afternoon with Angie. I will be returning next year for sure!

Do you have any youtubers that you would like to meet?


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: "Scoot Down"...

About a month ago, I started to feel a strange pain and immediately flashed back to 2014 when I had to have surgery in my cervix because they found precancerous cells. I didn't want to worry about it and think the worst case scenario but I wanted to be proactive.  I tried to make an appointment with my doctor but unfortunately he was on vacation and I had to wait...

I was finally able to see him this weekend and he explained to him my symptoms....and then he said the infamous words "Scoot down" (my ladies know what I talking about haha).

He did a pap smear (oh joy) and since I have PCOS we also did a pelvic ultrasound to see if I had any cysts in my ovaries. I tend to have little ones here and there but this time he found one on my right ovary that is about 5 centimeters. This seemed to concern him and they took some blood as well to run a CA125 test:

    "A CA 125 test measures the amount of the protein CA 125 (cancer antigen 125) in your blood. A CA 125 test may be used to monitor certain cancers during and after treatment. In some cases, a CA 125 test may be used to look for early signs of ovarian cancer in women with a very high risk of the disease"

A few weeks ago, I spent the day at the beach with my friend, Jackie. They happened to have a flea market that day and one of the vendors had the most beautiful crystals and stones. One particular stone, called out to me and I had to bring it home with me
"Sunstone: Stimulated self healing powers" 

This stone chose me.....

The main reason that I am posting this is because I like to be completely transparent with you guys and share everything that is going on in my life. Like I said; I am not worried about the results because I know that my body is a healing temple and everything will be okay. For now, I will just focus on my upcoming birthday in a couple of weeks and be absolutely grateful for EVERYTHING that I have in my life...

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