I found this sweet little patch of green in the middle of the street during an early morning tour of my neighborhood. Lately, I've been assessing where I fit. In my family. In my town. In myself. In my life. No matter where I think I fit, this is where I am. "Grow where you're … Continue reading Grow where you’re planted! Grow where you’re planted?
Please consider: Mending Wall by Robert Frost Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where they have … Continue reading Mending Wall RF
If you're reading this, you probably have an email address. If you have an email address, you most likely have a phone or computer upon which you check that email. If you have a phone or computer with access to the internet, and I'm going waaaaaay out on a limb here, you may have purchased something … Continue reading Customer Service
Mother female parent a woman in authority an old or elderly woman source, origin tenderness or affection the extreme or ultimate example of something's kind (from various internet references) This is always such a funny holiday. Some people love it and are extremely happy. Some people miss their moms and have broken hearts. Some people … Continue reading Mother’s Day, 2018
I already know that some people will take this the wrong way. Reading back over this, there are times in my life when I would have taken it the wrong way. There are probably times yesterday when I would have taken this the wrong way. There are times tomorrow, next week, next month, and next … Continue reading Superiority
The truth isn't always hard. For me, today it will be. (read: vulnerability alert) I have cystic acne. It feels like I always have and, so far, it seems like I always will. I try to hide it as best as humanly possible with concealer and makeup that I'm not skilled at applying. When I … Continue reading Truthful Tuesday
There are five elements that contribute to Martin Seligman's Well-Being Theory. While I'll take time to discuss all of them, Meaning is our focus today. Seligman explained that meaning speaks to one's connection to and service toward something bigger than the self. Sometimes, I feel meaning is quite simple to assign. Subjectively, I can say … Continue reading Meaning Monday
Today starts our exploration of well-being. Some questions for the group: What does well-being mean to you? What does wellness mean to you? Are they the same? If no, how are they different? If no, how are they similar? Prior to the past few months, I would have thought they were the same thing. Now … Continue reading Wellness or Well-Being?
Balance is everything. Work and play. Fast and slow. Stop and go. It's ok to lose balance. "A calm sea never made a skilled sailor." The key is knowing you're off balance. Learning what got you there. Then, righting the ship. What throws you off balance? What brings you back to center? For me, today, … Continue reading Balance is everything…
Have you ever walked up to a table, looking for a place to sit, and for whatever reason, there wasn't room for you? How did that feel? Have you ever been the one at the table watching a hurt heart walk away? Was there a time you could have made room for someone and didn't? … Continue reading Make a little room.
I remember the original story and every now and then, I'll watch it and other clips that remind me that I share this planet with some pretty amazing humans. In the current societal climate, whether you think it is warming or not, it can seem pretty difficult to remember that in almost every story we … Continue reading Golden Rule
We are still in the fist part of the year. That's not a typo. I meant, "fist," not, "first." We are assaulted by the new year and with all its expectations, resolutions, and wintery mixes. Then we navigate the hypermanic and bipolar episodes of weather (sunny and 50 one day followed by a rainy 38) … Continue reading Self Care?
If I can't impact people, this whole thing is a waste. Chris Rosati Inspiration is everywhere. This week, I found inspiration in my grad school lecture. We can all impact others in positive ways. Please take a few minutes to watch. Then share what pops up for you. https://www.cbsnews.com/video/on-the-road-the-silver-linings-playbook-of-an-als-patient/ Share. Think. Connect. Elevate.
"Do not let your struggle become your identity." Too many times, we struggle to the point which we can no longer determine where the struggle ends and we as people begin. If this is any of us, perhaps this awareness can allow the taking of a single step, or a million steps to place a … Continue reading Identity
We can find lessons everywhere. Lately, I've been finding the most difficult lessons easily translate from the microcosm of the yoga mat to the macrocosm of life. Teaching yoga classes brings a whole new perspective to the practice on my mat and the practice of living life. A pose is offered as a journey. There are … Continue reading From the micro of the mat…
As usual, it likely depends. In the past few years, I found that I'm often worried if people are mad at me. I worry and worry and worry about it. Until the next time I see the person and they don't seem mad (or they are acting like they aren't mad) and then all that … Continue reading Are you mad at me? Should it matter to me?
If we open our eyes, hearts, and our minds, we can create an amazing existence. If we refuse to accept mediocrity, we can thrive. If we stop waiting around for everyone else, we can change the world. "If not now then when? If not you then who?" If If you can keep your head when all about … Continue reading if we consider
It's really easy to tell myself to learn from my mistakes. But then I actually have to go and do it. I have to remember that everything from last year did not serve me or others well (somethings did, so I'll keep those). Everything from last year did not raise the vibration of myself... or my community. … Continue reading Remember
Elena Brower says I am. I am all of these things and I am none of these things. I am a runner yoga teacher wife daughter writer painter friend student maker coach wanderer collector. I also tell myself I am judgemental cranky hypocritical lazy mean rude self-centered distracted. I am all of these things and … Continue reading I am
resist: remain unaffected by an action What are you resisting? How is that impacting you? Are you getting what you want? How can you get what you want? What would your life look like if you got what you want? What else are you resisting? Share. Think. Connect. Elevate. Photo by Mike Wilson on Unsplash