Kickstart your Dreams: What I Learned in Thailand

_P9A2139 (2)I just got back from Thailand. For me, it was a dream, the trip of a lifetime. I got a chance to take a pause, smile in the sunshine, appreciate my struggles and thank the universe for new opportunities.  Dreams can become a reality, I assure you!  Go after them and seek that ‘something’ that sets the colors of your world on fire. To help you get there, here is a list of my shortcuts…

1. Pay attention. Kismet is calling you. Fate is real, that is a fact. I know for certain my path was paved with cobblestones of fate. There’s no other explanation as to how I got here except that I paid attention to the signs, went with it, and never stopped trying. Whether you believe it or not, I bet if you look hard, you can find messages everywhere that were meant for you. Why are they meant for you? Because you noticed them, and that counts for something. Pay attention. Listen to the nagging voices. Look around… the universe is calling.

 2. Find the right partner. Don’t settle. I was lucky enough to find the right person for me who stuck with me and supported me no matter what hair-brained idea I came up with that I wanted to try next. To achieve your goals, it is imperative to have the right person by your side who’s a best friend, a confidant and a support network. I have told all three of my sons that choosing a spouse is the most important choice they will ever make, above anything. The right one can make the world brighter and challenges seem easier to reach.

 3. Give back. Give thanks. This one’s a biggie. First, let me give you a small backstory. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Cambodia within my recent travels abroad, and it was a place that absolutely changed me to my core. The second day I was there I knew I had to do something, and decided to start working on a foundation. If you are able, find a cause, contribute and volunteer. If not money, then donate your time. There’s a story about a kid standing on the seashore amongst millions of starfish that had washed up and were dying. He began throwing them out one by one back into the sea, and when a stranger approached and asked him what kind of difference he expected to make, he threw another starfish back and replied, “I made a difference to that one”. Be that person.  Try to make a difference, even if it’s a small one, and I guarantee you will find yourself closer to your own goals by default.

 4. Get a tattoo. Or something similar. What I really mean is that it is important to have a daily physical reminder to be thankful, pursue your goals and keep trying. If you aren’t into tattoos, wear a meaningful bracelet or keep a list of your goals in your wallet. Make the reminders that you need to ground you tangible. While in Thailand I received a sak yant blessing tattoo from a monk. That is my tangible reminder, and I’ve run my fingers over the blessing every day since I received it. If you are ever in Thailand, I highly recommend taking an adventure to Wat Bang Phra outside of Bangkok to get tattooed by a monk. It’s a wonderfully rad experience.

 5. Be Real. Don’t compromise. Find your voice. Find who you are. Be genuine and true to yourself and don’t copy other people. I have sadly watched friendships destroyed over businesses, money takeover principles, and greed destroy love. There are people who will lie, cheat and steal to great ahead, but those people’s successes never last. Strive to be the kind of person that your grandmother would be proud to know. Cut and dry, be an awesome human, don’t stray from humanity and success will find you.

6. Think big. Life is finite. All of those things you want to do… go out and do them! You may not see how to get there at first, but perseverance wins. Perseverance mixed with big dreams… wins big. Be unstoppable. And then go to celebrate on the sandy beaches of Thailand.

IMG_8831-150x150Tiffani Shipman graduated from University of Oklahoma with degrees in Psychology and Sociology, received her RYT200 through Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga Medicine, and is currently studying Acupuncture, Holistic Therapy and Sports Medicine. She is a contributor to Misfit Yoga and Wellness and you can also find her blog, yoga schedule and more at www.tiffanishipman.com When she isn’t studying her craft or teaching yoga, you’ll find her playing practical jokes on her friends and family, restoring old cars, baking cupcakes, hula hooping, or enjoying a beer in the backyard. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her husband and three boys.

Why Make a Living When You Can Design a Life?

eba76a2f8c3079c20f9fd9c907f306aeWhy should we just make a living when we can design a life––and joyfully fund every detail of it through a business or career that celebrates and expresses who we are at our very core?

I asked myself that same question once.

And so began my transition from broke, ridiculously burnt out yoga teacher––taking whatever odd fitness and nutrition jobs (and clients) I could get––to having a thriving, highly sought-after online business with a much more sane schedule and working ONLY with clients who really valued my time and were a perfect match to my style, flavor, and skill set.

(In 2 words? Sweet relief.)

It took almost 3 years to make the full transition. And I definitely hustled my little bootie off the entire time––researching, learning, implementing––pulling more than my fair share of all-nighters to get all the work done that would set me up for a lot more freedom in my life. But there’s no question it was worth the effort. And the wait.

I mean, I stare at the ocean from my front porch every day now. And I get to work from home and personally witness all of my two year old’s priceless firsts. You bet your ass I’d do it all over again. In a heartbeat. In fact, I DO do it all over again. Roughly every 6 months I update my Lifestyle Design Plan, and when I do, my business has to adapt to meet my newly clarified needs and preferences. And, ahem, to adequately represent the latest and greatest that my newly evolved self has to offer.

So even now, “post transition”, it’s all still a giant work-in-progress. But: It’s a joyfully and financially sustainable work in progress. And that’s really the true goal of Lifestyle Design.

While yes, one of the ways I define Lifestyle Design is “designing your life so that you get to do what you want, when you want, and with whom you want, MOST of the time”, it’s not about setting yourself up so that you never have to work another day in your life. It’s about setting yourself up so that you CAN work:
• your way;
• your schedule;
• doing what makes you feel like yourself, only STRONGER; and
• sharing the very best of who you are with others who are happy to pay for the exact gifts that you have to offer.

When you go from life-by-default to life-by-design, you empower yourself to keep at your work––progressively, happily, perpetually uncovering, refining, and sharing your gifts over the long term in a way that pays the bills and provides you a lifestyle and schedule that feels custom designed by YOU.

So it’s your-kind-of-balanced.With the perfect amount of whatever it is that you truly value and need in order to feel and function at your best. This might sound selfish, and the truth is… it is. AND, it’s also the greatest gift we can give to the world and to ourselves what Joseph Campbell calls, “the privilege of a lifetime… of being ourselves.” And we give the world the true gifts that we were put here to give, for the benefit of those who need them most. Brillant.

So we’ve established WHAT Lifestyle Design is and WHY you want to get on that train. As for the HOW, visit www.AbundantYogi.com and watch the free video I made for you entitled “Lucrative Self-Realization”, the first in the “Do It For The Love AND The Money” training series.

Kris-300-square-bio-pic-1This article was written by Kris Ward. Kris is the founder of AbundantYogi.com where she offers training and certification in Lifestyle Design Coaching™ and leads heart centered entrepreneurs toward lucrative self-realization and deep self-care. You can connect with Kris on her Facebook Page and Twitter Profile.
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Go ahead and be one

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Confessions of a Boho Fashionista

Hey Boho Beauties,

I’m warming up with a cup of sweet cinnamon tea and I thought I’d open up my moleskin and pop down some intentions for the weekend. That’s right bellas—it’s not just for New Years or special occasions, the power of intention works all the time.

The greatest time for goddesses to set intentions is in the soft light of the morning, while your dreams are still fresh and your heart is wide open.

It’s winter-time in Canada, but a true gypsy keeps her summer-heart all year round. That’s why as I write this down, I’m reflecting on the spirit of the summer passed and the nights I spent watching dragon flies dance (just like we gypsies do) and the Super moon that lit up the night sky.

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A Super moon is a special phenomenon that happens very rarely. This chance occurrence creates a serious sense of magic and creativity. In ancient times, beautiful princesses who adorned themselves in crystals and gemstones would sit under the moon, cast their dreams below its light and pray for the creative genius that would spark from the moon’s light.

The Super moon does more than just spark creativity—it wraps a warm sheath of unconditional love and divine power on the beauty who dances under its light. When you’re under the glow of the super moon, you trust in your creative nature without a shadow of a doubt. This is because the Super moon provides unconditional love that guides us on our bohemian paths.

In the chill of the winter, when the sky is dark and the moon is nowhere to be found, I’m wearing my Supermoon Mala and setting my intentions on the divine creativity that lives deep within us all.

Put on your Super Moon Mala’s beauties, remember your summer-heart and go light some creative sparks.

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia

Marianne Elliott in her Guardian Mala

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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Portrait by Frederick l’Ami www.theycallmefred.com

 

Marianne Elliott is a student and teacher of courage. Brené Brown called her “one of the best teachers I’ve ever experienced… a beautiful writer and a courageous truth teller.” As a best-selling author and yoga teacher she has been featured in Yoga Journal, Origin Magazine, The Huffington Post and Good Magazine. Her latest book, Zen Under Fire is in stores now.

 

Trained as a lawyer, Marianne helped develop human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and East Timor, was Policy Advisor for Oxfam, and spent two years in the Gaza Strip before going to Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations. In Afghanistan, she decided stories were her weapon of choice, and yoga was her medicine.

 

When she’s not on her yoga mat or at the keyboard, you’ll find her introducing her nieces and nephews to the joys of political action, or reading feminist crime fiction. These days Marianne is obsessed with courageous women and their stories. Explore your own courage, and your story, at www.marianne-elliott.com