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.

Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Be with the ocean.

coastofkaiShe told us to be with the ocean.

“Your breath is the ocean,” she said, as we lay heavy on our backs in that first yoga class.

“Listen to your the breath. Hear the breath around you. Notice the waves pressing back and pulling in, like the tide does.”

She told us we’d never get lost as long as we could get back to our ocean breath.

She was from the coast of Kauai, and the golden tips of her hair fell way low, down past the wings of her shoulders. I met her for the first time that day in yoga when I was just 18. She was visiting our beach town in the summer to see friends from college and teach yoga classes.

Late in the afternoon I’d sit on my parent’s patio and watch pinks and blues dance around the sun as it set.  You could find her there when the sun was setting like this, sneaking down to the water’s edge to pop off her moccasins and practice yoga barefoot on the rocks. She’d close her eyes and match her breath to the rhythm of the water. I’d watch her mystified, and something about her came alive like the ocean did, in a way I’d never seen before.

It’s been years and I haven’t seen that Hawaiian goddess for summer upon summer.  But something magical about her words has stayed and still whispers to me like a bohemian song I’ve known forever.

“Be with the ocean,” she told us.

Kai-Mala-Tiny-Devotions-Mala-Beads_largeIn times when I’ve felt super stuck—and when there’s only been a tiny glow at the end of the road, I go back that mantra. When I need to ground myself, touch base, be ‘in it’, I listen for it.  Whenever I need to really feel alive, I put on my Coast of Kai Mala, and feel the tide.

So go boho beauties and be with the ocean, it lives in you.

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia xx