8 Ways to Stay Wild at Heart

_P9A8582Several years ago I hit rock bottom. Since then, I’ve made tremendous strides to reach happiness – leaving my corporate job after burnout, overcoming depression, and ditching troubling addictions.  Through my experiences, I’ve come to realize that being and staying happy is no small feat.

Happiness is something we all want, but with life’s pressure and the demands of being an adult, it can be overwhelming at times. That’s why I created the play with the world mentality. Play With The World, is more than a website – it is a mindset and a refreshing approach to life intended to help each of us stay grounded and focused on living life fully and with our hearts wide open.

Here are my top 8 tips on keeping your heart open and free, everyday.

1. Don’t take it personally
Most of what others say and do is about them and their own perceptions, and has exactly nothing to do with you. Instead of reacting, simply go inward and align with your own true self. Being confident in your own skin is the best way to combat disapproval from others. When you are aligned with your own true self, others can’t mess with you.

2. Connect with your joy route
Finding what you are passionate about and doing it daily is the best way to live a happy life. My mantra is to stay close to EVEYTHING that makes me feel uber alive! I love baths, nature and collecting journals. When I am stressed out I get back to my joy route and find happiness in playing with what I love. What is your bliss? Tap into that daily.

 3. Compliment yourself
Most of us don’t give ourselves any credit for doing good deeds. We need to remember that little victories are important. On our journey to happiness and inner peace, it is essential to wrap ourselves up with love. Do this by complimenting yourself for a job well done.  Try looking in the mirror and saying, “I love you, you are beautiful.” The more compassionate you can be to yourself the happier your heart will be.

4. Drop from your head to your heart
Once I stopped over-thinking things, and dropped from my head to my heart, things began to shift. I lightened up, I felt more inner peace and my dreams came true faster. Be unapologetic about your desires and needs and allow your heart to guide you.

 5. Press the play button
Are you stuck? Try playing. Anytime I feel burdened or stressed out I press the play button on my life. Some of my greatest ideas have come from inspiration I gained while playing…including my next book title, Mental Makeover, and many of my article ideas. Albert Einstein said play is the highest form of research. You will be able to solve any problem, by taking a life recess and playing your way to happiness.

 6. Gratitude your attitude
Being thankful for what you have and where you are is the catalyst to everything. When you can appreciate what you have, happiness can happen. I wake up every morning and say thank you to the universe, and throughout the day I say thank you multiple times in appreciation of everything. From my morning coffee to my nature walks with my furry fella, to the work I do each day, I’ve found that feeling grateful can increase my abundance, happiness, and inner joy.

7. Express yourself
Part of living an adventurous and fun life is to express yourself authentically. I love headbands; I have over 150 of them and I wear them all the time. Things can become valuable when you use them as an extension of yourselves. My sister in law always has the coolest painted finger and toenails. She has glitter, school colors, designs and hip icons, which extend her sweet personality and are a visible expression of her outlook on life. Being a girl is fun, so play it up by using accessories to express your gorgeous self.
Do you love scarfs, headbands, nail art, or shoes?  Or do you prefer no makeup and walking around barefoot on the beach, what’s your thang? Discover it and express yourself to the fullest.

8. Enjoy the ride
Whatever your goal is…to lose weight, to travel more, to increase the romance in your life or even to find your purpose and passion…getting there can only happen when you accept where you are. Enjoying the journey is the sweet stuff of living a real rich life. Yes, we all have goals and dreams, but the journey to manifesting them is just as rich and juicy as the end result. Enjoy the process and have fun. Life is a dance, so shake your groove thing.

ShannonShannon Kaiser has been labeled a modern thought leader on the rise by CafeTruth. She is the bestselling author of “Find Your Happy, an Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest,” and the founder of the website playwiththeworld.com, which was awarded Top 75 Best Personal Growth Websites and top 100 Self-Help Blogs on the internet by The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. 

Website: www.playwiththeworld.com

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A Joyous Update!

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Hi goddesses,

We have been having so much fun looking over (and sampling!) your favorite joyful breakfast ideas. It’s such an inspiration to see how our friend Joy McCarthy has motivated us all to share our green glowing morning routines.

 

 

 

 

Here are some of our fav answers from you beauties so far:

Kymberli Ker said:

February 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

My favourite breakfast is coconut flour pancakes with fresh organic blueberries, maple syrup and coconut oil on top!!!! Joy inspires me because I have come from the same place as her with respect to health challenges and by following her nutritional guidelines and recommendations, I’ve become a very joyous person, inside and outside….:)))

Erin said:

February 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

My favorite breakfast is fresh fruit and yogurt with my sweet baby girls! We love organic blueberries, strawberries and raspberries the most. Sometimes we add a touch of honey or ground flax meal. To really spice things up….a slice of all-natural homemade banana bread. It’s important to teach them to eat clean and healthy from the beginning. XO

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We can’t believe we have to choose just one of you to win this amazing giveaway by tomorrow! Remember, if you haven’t left your comment yet, you still have a chance to win a copy of Joy’s book “Joyous Health”, a 10-day detox, and a beautiful Tiny Devotions Intention bracelet.  You have until 11:59pm, E.S.T to contribute you answer to A Joyous Health Giveaway, we can’t wait to read your answers boho girls.

Bohemian Bunnie’s journey with Music + Yoga

Andrea-Whitt-Shania-Twain DSC_0906-1I vividly remember my first yoga class almost six years ago. A friend of mine took me to try Bikram Yoga on Memorial Day. The studio was packed with nearly 100 sweaty, stinky yogis, all following word for word what the instructor was saying. I couldn’t believe how each person knew exactly what to do and how the class moved so consistently as a whole. At the time I was super low on cash so I passed on joining the studio. From that experience I remember verbally setting my intentions to my friend who took me to my first yoga class. I specifically stated that I wanted my life to be so that I could afford to go to yoga class any day that I wanted, write and perform music as I pleased and create art as part of my career as well.

A few months after attending that inaugural class, I saved up enough cash to purchase a three-month package of unlimited yoga. I used the hell out of that subscription series! Looking back, attending class 5-6 days a week for the first 5 months was the absolute BEST thing I could have done to jump my practice to the next level. Currently I attend class 2 days a week (I also see a trainer once a week) and I’m still becoming more limber and stronger class by class. I’ve been encouraged by so many teachers to enter a yoga competition (seems like an oxymoron…but really just and excuse to work hard and challenge yourself) maybe this year will be it!

Off the mat I’m a professional musician, artist and blogger. When I’m not living in sunny Los Angeles, I tour with Shania Twain. I’m inspired by musicians who stand out from the crowd, perform music that is true to themselves, and work hard to get where they are. Shania definitely falls into this category. Kacey Musgraves is a recent favorite; I’m also a big fan of Phish and Stevie Nicks.

Ellie-fitness-bon-voyage22Ellie-fitness-bon-voyage-newI’m always working at becoming better at whatever I’m involved in. I absolutely love the journey! I perform with huge musical acts but I still strive to practice 3 hours a day just to be a better musician. It’s that never ending drive to learn that gets me excited to wake up every day.

My favorite Tiny Devotions mala would have to be the African Jade mala. The description is dreams, friendship, luck and strength. I always have big dreams, I love making friendships along the way and I have to constantly remind myself to stay strong despite any obstacles. The entertainment business is cut throat and I feel very lucky and humbled to be where I am.

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Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Eat the Love You Feel

tdloveHey Boho Beauties,

It’s Valentine’s day in Bohemia, and I’m prepping for a romantic evening with my favorite special someone.

I spent a week visiting my super boho sister in San Francisco last spring, and she took me to a cooking class that blew our Californian minds. It wasn’t the class or the bronzed babe who taught it that made it so unbelievable. It was the simple, secret ingredient she shared with us that changed the way I cook forever.

I love to pay it forward, so this Valentine’s day my gift to you goddesses is the gift that Californian Chef gave to me.

Step One: Be a gourmet guru with love on your brain

After my week in the valley, I started cooking with love. Let me be more specific. Every time I walked into my kitchen, I went in with love on my mind.  I chopped veggies, and remembered sweet moments I’d spent with loved ones. I pulled dense leaves from kale stems, thought about times I’d felt sparkly and considered the people or places that made me feel that way. Then, I splashed oil and seeds on top of those beautiful culinary creations and soaked up the love.

Step Two: Eat the Love You Feel

Once the chow is ready, it’s time to eat the love. The magic in preparing a dish with love on your brain is that you are literally eating the love you felt when you made it. Pretty rad! Sit down, take a breath and let the quality love and kindness sink in.

Step Three: Share the Love You Madelet love in mala

After I’ve really felt the love, my favorite thing to do is share it. Those who’ve found the deepest love know that giving means receiving, so share that love-filled grub with your best gal pal or your sweetest honey.

My sweetie just showed up, so I’m putting on my Let Love In Mala and thinking some loving thoughts. Tonight when you’re massaging kale and cutting up veg, remember the people in your life who make it easy to love.

Peace, love and Magic from Bohemia xx

To someone you love!

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Tag someone you love in the comment section below. Send them a little bit of joy and warmth today:)

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