Five Ways to Turn Your Dream into a Reality

SOIFYiuY48ahEKgulm0xa6Zdt9QR3pr_J-DFB5oX5Kg1. Get Clear. Whose dream are you chasing? Is it really yours? Or something your mother/father/society expects of you? Understand that whatever dream you’re chasing is actually a desire to feel a certain way. How do you want to feel? An excellent tool to discover and embody these feelings is The Desire Map. Once you’re clear on how you want to feel, you’ll be best poised to pursue the dreams that truly matter.

 

2. Start Before You’re Ready. Just begin. Perfectionism is on a continuum with procrastination. It’s much more important to have forward motion of any kind over waiting until all the pieces are lined up. Because, guess what? They’re never gonna line up. There will always be something that isn’t quite right, some bit that you don’t know how to do, some other task that’s competing for your attention (the dishes! The kids want dinner! Facebook!!) But your mantra is: “I’ll figure it out.”  

 

3. Relax & Focus. Remember that on your deathbed, you won’t wish you had really spent more time working and less time being creative. At the same time, it’s helpful to know that in a thousand years it likely won’t matter, so there’s no need to take it all so seriously. Chronic stress — whether from a job, a relationship, or the inner critic that just won’t let you be — must be addressed. Commit to just 15 minutes per day of uninterrupted space to work on your dream.

 

4. Disappoint Some People. As most of us are busy people who tend to multitask, so finding the time to devote to a new project will almost always mean having to say no to other people’s agendas a lot more often. This can be very challenging, but it becomes easier with practice. My coach says one sign of success is saying no to cooler and cooler stuff. Haha! Remember that saying “no” to other people is really saying a much bigger “YES” to your dream.

 

5. Connect to Others. We live in the golden age of the Internet, and it’s easier than ever before to surround yourself with mentors, experts, and a tribe of people who are all blazing the same type of path as you. Seek out relationships on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Have conversations. Ask questions. Offer support. Collaborate with people. But do it choicefully. Allies can also be plants, animals, natural objects, tools and the Earth itself. Pay no mind to critics, and solicit feedback only from those who are in your arena, as Brene Brown has famously recommended. Read books. Immerse yourself in gratitude for all the tools and advantages we have that support the opportunity to make your dream a reality.

 

993dfe266b3832830c59f96f7af0a98d_400x400Rachael Rice is a writer, teacher, musician, and online art marketing maven. She’s devoted most of her life to teaching others how to move through fear and confusion into creative expression.

Website: www.rachaelrice.com

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Holy Gomukhasana! With Amy Steiner

amys1In the past month, I got married, resigned from my full-time job, taught my first international yoga class, and left my beloved Miami Beach community to spend some time traveling abroad with my new husband. Holy Gomukhasana. It was everything I had ever talked about doing and it has been terrifying and wonderful at the same time.

None of it would have happened without my yoga practice. Well, maybe it would have – but yoga definitely accelerated the process. Yoga is what inspires me to live a life that I love. Before I practiced yoga, I played safer, smaller. I was fine with things the way they were and definitely got anxious when asked to step outside my comfort zone.

 

amys2Through my yoga practice, I have learned to trust more, to explore new poses and opinions, to be dedicated to what I believe in, to love the hell out of everyone and everything, to play BIG. I am constantly inspired by what other people are doing in their practice and how they are living their lives. I am equally as inspired by the 5:30am Ashtanga practitioner, the daily meditator, the brand new yogi. You inspire me when you set goals, take yourself on, when you try your first handstand.

 

Yoga has put my passion pursuit in overdrive. I’ve been lucky to surround myself with people who set giant goals and share them with others. My personal goal of teaching yoga was something I knew I wanted but it sort of lurked around in the back of my head before I put it down on paper and committed to a teacher training – one of the best decisions I ever made. Having taught in Miami for the past three years, I have learned more about sharing myself, connecting with people and loving my life than I ever did before. So here I am, showing up for my life, following the flow of my passions and working to take my fervent love for yoga abroad and share some sweaty Miami Beach vinyasa with foggy Londontown and beyond.

 

My favorite mala is the Full Moon mala to take me through these exciting new beginnings. It gives me the strength and grounding to take big leaps and the connection to spirit that is the backbone to all greatness.

 

amys4Amy Steiner

amysteineryoga.com

Amy Steiner is a Miami Beach based yoga instructor with a passion for hip-hop and flow. A lifelong athlete, she was drawn to yoga after running took a toll on her body. She discovered her true authentic self on the mat and knew she wanted to share yoga with others. Amy is currently traveling through Europe and teaching her inspiring and creative vinyasa classes along the way. Join Amy’s yoga journey on instagram @miamy.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips to a Joyous 2014

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Joy McCarthy www.joyoushealth.ca

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time for renewal and the perfect opportunity to establish some new habits for a joyous 2014. Here are my top habits that don’t require any dieting, deprivation or denying yourself of any goodness whatsoever! All of these habits will set you on a permanent path joyous health.

Cook your own food.

One of the first questions I ask when consulting a new client is “do you like to cook?” and if they say no, then my next question is “are you willing to cook if this is going to ensure you reach your goals” and the answer is always “yes”. I ask this question because it often determines success or failure. Most of us do not have the financial freedom to hire someone to do all the cooking for us, but we can carve out time in our schedule to make our own food.

Cooking your own food is a fantastic way to improve your eating habits. When you cook your own food you are more likely to make healthy choices because you have more awareness of what you are putting in your body. If you are concerned that “healthy” means flavourless, then you just need some yummy inspiration, which leads joyously well into my next point.

Try one new recipe per week.

A simple way to get some motivation in the kitchen is to try out a new way to cook your favorite veggies, or find a vegetable or spice in the supermarket you’ve never eaten before and look up recipes that appeal to you. This is a great way to increase your vegetable intake, and it’s a fun way to introduce new foods! Try a recipe from my book JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting, the “Clean Beauty Smoothie” is the perfect start to your day.

Give 20 second hugs.

The average hug lasts a measly 3 seconds! Hugging promotes the release of the love hormone, oxytocin. This lovely hormone eases anxiety, lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also bonds people. Hugging is a great way to feel more connected with your loved ones. To ensure you have release of this love hormone make your hugs last, at least 20 seconds. You’ll be glad you did!

Dry skin brush.

The perfect way to feel rejuvenated and invigorated is to dry skin brush every single morning before you shower or take a bath. Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels that exchange nutrients and pick up waste products from your circulatory system. When you dry skin brush, you enhance the removal of toxic waste products as well because your skin is your largest organ of detoxification. Plus it makes your skin GLOW!

Listen to Music

Just as minerals are essential to brain health, so is music. In fact, scientists have found that listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain linked to pleasure.

Music is great for kids too. Listening to music regularly before the age of 7 has a significant effect on the development of the brain a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggested.

You know how you feel when a great tune comes on the radio – joyous! You can listen to music anywhere – in the car, at the office or at home. It’s also a great way to enhance your workout! I highly recommend a daily dose of the music mineral.

 

Author of: JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting

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