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Setting Intentions for 2018

Setting Intentions for 2018

Hello Beautiful Warriors,

Another year down and the move into 2018. I hope you have had a great first week of the year and had some time to relax and reflect on the year. The new year always seems to be such a time of reflection, resolutions, and change. All these goals can be a beautiful thing, but I see a lot of people on social media talking about the flaws in this and how we all should be doing this all year long. I both agree and disagree with this thought. We absolutely should not limit our reflection and goal setting to one time of year; any time is good for this and should be done several times throughout any given year. It seems like a lot of people also fall into this false belief that by the clock striking midnight on a particular night that we will all of a sudden be a different person. The reality is that the time doesn't really mean anything, and in order to see the change we want to see in ourselves we have to put in a lot of work and time.

However, on the other side of this, I'm not one to discourage others from setting goals and trying to change themselves. Even though I'm someone who does try to routinely check in on my goals and is always looking for opportunities to grow and learn, what I like about New Year's is that it's a built-in reminder to take some time to reflect and set some intentions. A nice little reminder to slow down and turn inwards.

Whatever your belief about setting New Year's resolutions, intentions, goals..whichever term you prefer, I'd like to share some tips on reflecting and setting out to kill it this year. Then, I have some of my own goals and intentions for the upcoming year.

Flowing through Challenges

Flowing through Challenges

Hello lovelies,

Today, I want to talk to ya'll about cognitive distortions, the things we tell ourselves that just aren't true and not based at all on reality, and how these lead us to give up. Lately, I've been struggling quite a bit with feelings of defeat creeping up. With the big changes happening in my life, particularly starting a graduate program in a field I have very limited knowledge in, I've noticed that when I find myself getting frustrated with the process of learning something new, I often jump to just wanting to give up. 

I believe this is something a lot of us struggle with when trying something new. Maybe a new job, starting school, moving to a new place.. Putting ourselves into new situations and trying to just figure it out as we go can be incredibly aggravating and lead us to that feeling of, "Oh, fuck it! I'm never going to get this, so why try?" Read: those pesky cognitive distortions start to take hold.

Why Sit?

Why Sit?

Hello Friends,

Hope all of you are enjoying the beginnings of fall and a new season. Time to cozy up with a warm blanket and cup of coffee or tea! Fall is my favorite time of the year with the cooler, crisp days and changing leaves. Although the weather hasn't changed much here in Reykjavik, the days are a bit cooler, there's certainly more rain, and the trees are beginning to turn and lose their leaves.

With the new season, I want to talk about a practice that I often struggle with but am attempting to get back into with the renewal...meditation. I was first introduced to meditation a few years ago and have gone back and forth between being very disciplined with my practice then not doing it at all for months. Recently, I had one of those dry spells and hadn't sat for well over four months. So, the other morning, I had a little bit more time than normal and decided to add it into my yoga session