Whatever it is - good, bad or ugly - smile at it and let it go if it doesn't bring value to your life.
This month I dropped off the face of Instagram, dumbfounded by the journey I've been taken on by June's word of the month: Minimalism.
Minimalism has been a wild journey so far. The more I tried to research a definition to work on molding my life to this month, the more I realized I had the process backwards for this word. Minimalism is defined INDIVIDUALLY, but the most common thread I found amongst the "gurus" and my experience so far is this: it is the practice of possessing and putting energy into only what brings value to YOUR life.
Between losing my suitcase on my Michigan trip (remedied by a minimalistic Wal-Mart run, which included the very necessary "VACAY MODE" tank you see above) and backpacking through the Grand Canyon in May, my eyes are open to how many material possessions I actually NEED and VALUE, and how much is just clutter. 🦌
But minimalism isn't limited to just "things." Its also, thoughts, people, activities, goals, etc... I realized this thanks to my Arizona trip. I had minimal to no cell coverage and I resolved to let myself for one week not think about work, school, or anything else besides my current environment. When all the clutter was removed from daily life and all I had to do was hike, talk and smile, my only thoughts were of the things that I value most in current life - not panicking about the future, not ashamed of my past.
When I came back, I didn't want to lose that mindfulness (because there's still A LOT of life for me to figure out and forgive) - so I picked up meditation again FOR GOOD. It takes daily practice and SO much patience (I'm still but a wee padawan in the meditation game), but nonetheless its given me peace and clarity in some very turbulent times (10/10, definitely reccomend the @headspace app) AND it has helped me with my time management - I only allow it if I can justify it bringing value to my life.
This month's word has helped me more than ever realize that it alllll comes together at the right time, as we lovingly remove the clutter we have piled on ourselves for so many years.
Just think about it: your health, your breath, your heart, your good friends, your loved ones.
Every positive experience that you encounter in life is a gift 🎁.
Nothing or nobody really belongs to you and the world doesn’t owe you anything.
Be present and appreciate.
Relax. As women, we have such a hard time with this. Why? Our minds work overtime for most of the day every single day. We can’t seem to shut it off!
But, it’s important that you find a way to relax your mind and your body sometimes before you get to a point of frustration!
Long ago, bad seeds were planted in me. Someone I revered and loved told me many things about myself that were not loving. I beloved those stories about me to be true.
I spent many years blaming them for my circumstances. I was victimized and remained a victim. My life was full of lack, resentment, and blame. It became my identity.
I’ve lived a lot of years chock full of anxiety, paralyzing fear, and depression. My small mind had me convinced that I was a pile of shit, hideous, worthless, and not lovable. Thoughts took me down a rabbit hole. I stayed there a long ass time. There were happy moments here and there, but for the most part I suffered daily.
I took a few yoga classes here and there but didn’t get into it until a few years ago. I would always park in the back of class, watching in fascination what everyone was doing, and do my best to follow along. Was it exercise? It seemed a little weird, but I kept coming back.
I was having a day of crippling anxiety and feeling shitty. I came to class a bit late, and the only spot was in the front, where the teacher was. This was super uncomfortable for me.
Something happened. I started to grasp the breath pattern, and I worked harder. I remember walking out of the class feeling euphoric. Light. Unencumbered. WTF? How did I go from nearly falling apart, to a state elation in 60 minutes?
Now I know. I was forced out of my safe spot. My comfort zone. I experienced mindfulness. Freedom. Liberation. For a period of time, my awareness was placed on breath, and my body. It pulled me away from imaginary time(in my mind) and into the present moment. And because I was not giving the dark thoughts my attention, I began to feel something else. That was my breakthrough class.
I started practicing 5-6 times a week. I was hooked. My life started to change. I still wasn’t sure why. But I just kept showing up.
Then I went to an LLT teacher training. That’s when my life really started to explode. Every day I am a better teacher than the day before. ___
My mission is clear. I bring synchronized breath to the masses. I deliver a revolutionary yogic experience in my classes. Continued in comments.
So many women I speak to, and work with, share that they fear disappointing someone else by saying no, or setting boundaries.
It's NEVER wrong to put yourself and your needs first.
To say no as part of your self care.
They may not like it, but that's on them.
How the message is delivered is on you.
And I fire out examples of dialogue to help my clients with how to set a boundary with love and power like a boss 😂 they're like "wait, slow down" as they write it on paper 📝.
Saying no is never wrong. Guilt is a HEAVY emotion to carry energetically.
Say no, let it go. That's your new mantra 🙏🏻💕☮️
Leanne Oaten | Holistic Therapist | Burnout Recovery Specialist | Business Mentor for Certified Coaches + Health and Wellness Coaches who want to build a business online without sacrificing their health 🎧🎙Podcast bit.ly/thrivenowpodcast
Getting caught up with saving photos that are laying around and it’s breaking my heart that they grow so fast and these are the best years, and the hardest years. I know I’ll miss It all one day and I’m so glad being present is my life’s focus 🌻 I don’t want to miss a thing 😍 #presence can never come too late and I’m thinking these days of cuddling, laughing, backyard picnics, and impromptu dance parties is actually the most delicious life I could ever have 🤗 #createyourlife to align with your values and watch the #magic 😘💕 #holdontoyourkids#lifecoachlessons it’s hard to believe I once only cared about work and wasn’t planning on a family! So glad the universe knew better than I would allow myself to dream 👏🏼 #whoknew
Last Nights Concert Filled My ❤
I Got To Spend Some Much Needed Girl Time With A Few Of My Top Faves, While Dancing The Night Away!! @parmaleemusic Was AMAZING & Was The Perfect Soundtrack For Our Night🎶👭🍻💃
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DEFINING YOUR PURPOSE // Our life’s purpose lives inside us 💁🏻♀️we often don’t realise but it is the quiet voices at 3am that reminds us of our calling 🤔 Although to these voices we rarely listen. These are the quiet voices of our truth ✔️ It is the ache when we continue to work against the will of our hearts. It is in our mind seeking constant distraction, which we normalise, to not be present to what has become normal- a version of life that is not deeply, authentically our own ✖️ 👆🏻 If this is something that relates to you, ask yourself-
🔷 What are you allowing to persist that no longer serves you?
🔷 Of what should you gracefully let go?
How are you getting in the way of our own growth?
🔷 What stories do you tell yourself that you know, deep down, are no longer true?
🔷 What are your core values? 🔷 What could you change to align your work closer to your core values?
Our values are like a compass- pointing us to our ‘true north’ 🙄
I’ve been working on discovering my own core values ever since #DAA2018 conference 🤔 the theme for this year’s conference was to #ThinkBig. I attended workshops on topics like engaging with others, finding your purpose, branding, becoming an entrepreneur 🙋🏻♀️it was so insightful but it also made me what a bad job I have been doing this whole time 🤣
#DAA2018 has gotten me to think bigger than ever before! Now I’ve got a million dreams that are keeping me awake 😂
I have realised that there are a lot of things that I want to change. But I’ve realised that I probably need to start with rebranding my account 🤔 this is what I will be working towards in the few weeks to months 🙄 watch this space because I will be defining my purpose soon once I’ve figured it all out 🤓 .
Working without meaning will drain you.
If there is vision and clarity in why you do what you do, you'll never work a day in your life.
It's not passion or a selfish drive that leads to success. It's when true gut-level meaning meets an open heart.
That power allows abundance to flow.
Don't force life, feel it.
// has anyone around here been following me since the OG #blondeveganhippie days? 🙋🏼♀️ I started my Instagram account the first week or so back in June 2014 ~ 4 years ago now 😱 I had been vegan for a year and a half at that point, and decided I wanted to create an account solely to share my vegan journey. I was so excited to share all my yummy vegan meals (like this one 🤤) with an audience who actually wanted to see them 😂😅😜 my account used to solely focus on vegan food then shifted to mostly lifestyle photos with a few food photos sprinkled in here and there. I want this account to be a reflection of who I am, on a soul level. you know, that authentic AF vibe ✨ which is why my feed is now a wonderful combination of both food and lifestyle. it encompasses all of my passions ~ a vegan lifestyle and high vibe plant foods, conscious and ethical living, sustainability and zero waste practices, and of course, some holistic wellness goodness 🌿
I love being able to share my lifestyle with others, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to people in these areas. I hope that someone stumbles across my account and is inspired to try something new. to try a vegan meal I posted about. to take steps towards reducing single use plastics in their life. to be mindful of what they put in and on their body. to purchase something second hand instead of brand new. whatever it may be, I hope that I’m making an impact on at least one person’s life by sharing my lifestyle 🙏🏻💕
if I’ve inspired you in any way, I’d love for you to share how in the comment section down below 👇🏻😌 I’m so grateful for this platform and the ability to make connections with some many beautiful humans, near and far. thank you for being here and following along on this journey 😘❤️
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You don't have to be great to get started, but to be great you have to get started 🤷🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️
There are two types of people...
1. People who make things happen.
2. People who watch things happen.
The only thing stopping you from achieving your dreams, is yourself. If you want it bad enough, you'll get it. Believe, whatever you want in life wants you too. Gravitate yourself towards your hopes && dreams, go out there && make something happen.
INTRODUCING!!! Our new Swann School of Protocol owners. Please join me in congratulating (from left to right) Jazel Peterzel (Poway, CA), Nikesha Tannehill (Shreveport, LA), and Dr. Martha O'Brien (Barstow, CA). These fabulous ladies spent 5-days with oir team and now they are fully certified and licensed to offer etiquette classes, training, workshops, and keynote presentations.
I'm so thankful to grow our business to these 3 new cities and I'm so blessed to do it with these outstanding women!!! #EtiquetteRocks
HOW FITNESS HAS IMPROVED MY MENTAL HEALTH
I know - SO cliché. 🤣 But let's just talk about it for a moment. Next month, I'll be celebrating my one-year "since I joined the gym" anniversary. 👏👏
I started lifting weights with the intention of sculpting my muscles, and with the notion that this would improve my overall body image. I knew that if I could transform the areas of my body that I was most insecure about, I would be more confident and could wear things that I had either stopped wearing or had never worn because I "didn't have the right body type for it" (like shorts and swimsuits!). ______________________________
What I DIDN'T EXPECT from this fitness journey is that things I struggled with on a daily basis like STRESS, anxiety and depression would be something that no longer controlled me. These are things that I have dealt with for half my life, that I just accepted as a part of me.
I used to be a chronic stresser - everything, every situation - I would find something to stress over. Fitness has helped me find my true authentic self. And the confidence it has given me - that I am capable of anything - has alleviated the stresses I had about constantly doing things right, letting people down, failing myself and others, not being nice enough, being too nice. And then if I did happen to do ANY of these things, oh hey depression, can I help you? Sure make yourself comfortable...
It's truly incredible how finding a healthy, positive routine has changed my negative thought patterns and behaviors. Fitness has become an everyday staple in my life and a crucial factor in my overall mental health. It feels good not worrying all the time, and to free myself of all the destructive thoughts and habits I used to cage myself in with.
It's been a rough week. The house that we rent (with my amazing happy place studio) was put up for sale by the owners. This leaves us looking for a new place during a rental/affordably crisis in our city. We live in the Vancouver area which is one of the most expensive cities a to live in the world! Now we are in the position of showing this house to potential buyers while searching for a new home. It's been busy to say the least. I really didn't think I'd be able to make any art this week with so much going on and honestly, I was feeling too blah to even come up with any ideas. BUT I knew that creating something would help me feel better. I chose a quick lesson from @willowing's Life Book 2017 and it was exactly what I needed. Art heals. It's my therapy. Sometimes even a few scribbles on a piece of paper is enough. Last time I moved I packed my studio first so I wouldn't be "distracted" and could get more done. This time around it will be packed last. ❤️❤️❤️ #priorities#selfcare#artheals#arttherapy#doitfortheprocess#colortherapy#createyourlife#lisapirilloart