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falling down and non-resistance

after work yesterday, i listened to killin’ the vibe on repeat as i crowded in and out of trains to return home for a yoga class.

yoga was bliss. my mind was running wild, and it found peace during yoga.

at the start of yoga class i felt how much my body was craving the asanas. tears welled up in my eyes. yoga is self love. yoga is necessary.

while in tree pose, my instructor made a point that if you aren’t falling down you aren’t learning. he said this during tree on the right side, and during tree on the left side i closed my eyes and fell on my mat. i’m falling down lots lately, but it has been pushing/challenging me in new ways. falling is growing and learn and is OKAY.

after yoga i walked by the park and saw the happiest pup smiling at me and running around in the sun. it’s amazing that dogs are so content with a scratch behind the ear and a walk to the park. and they continue to love unconditionally. i’m not saying i want to be a dog, ha. but it’s just something i remembered looking into that dear dog’s eyes.

shortly after i saw this on the sidewalk. i walk by it everyday and have never noticed :

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i went to sushi with another girlfriend…anyone see a pattern lately of me filling up my nights with friends?

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a gorgeous platter of vegetarian rolls. YUM 🙂

i returned home and heart to hearted with my room mates which literally has happened in months. i was talking to them about how i was feeling and all of the self reflection i have been doing, and we got on the subject of meeting someone new, etc. it’s something that obviously i want to jump right into and take full control over. i am totally the type of person to put pressure on any situation that could result in meeting someone to try to take control.

in the middle of the night i woke up  restless and read a chapter in Return to Love about having faith in the universe and letting go. not resisting what the universe, or the earth, or nature, or God, or source, or whatever you think, has in store for you. having faith is something i struggle with daily. there is a lot of doubt, but it’s definitely due to my resistance. this chapter truly resonated, because it is probably the toughest thing for me. i want control over everything, but i can’t control my life outcomes. i can only control the love i soak in and emit. that is my spring jam right thurr.

have a great day…almost the weekend!

xo juls

 

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letting go

hey all.

yesterday the polar vortex dropped down and i slipped in to a pair of these bad boys. Image

so much of my winter has been spent in a pair of fuzzy socks.

i fueled up for my first day back at school with a protein  packed breakfast :

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non-fat plain greek yogurt, banana, blackberries, agave, and dried fruit + sunflower seeds = YUM…perfect way to start the day.

i had a tough day back at work. with a restful break i had forgotten about many of the issues i deal with on a daily basis at work, and they all crept back yesterday, each one slapping me hard in the face it seemed. i was very emotional, and the day was a roller coaster. i left work frustrated at myself and with my job.

i felt bogged down and stuck. i am looking to change careers, but since i work at a school i am committed til june. that plus the winter that crept back definitely made me feel claustrophobic and confined. what’s a girl to do? YOGA

my mat = my salvation in a situation like this

yoga was such a blessing yesterday. my teacher held us in so many hip openers. i found them to be perfectly related to my day. i had to hold the shape and work through it, letting go of the tenderness and breathing into my tight hips. releasing tension throughout the body helped me lean into the shape, let go, and find that sweet spot of freeness. BLISS.

i mosied on home, took a hot shower, and cooked up dinner while snacking on cheese and crackers.

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roasted asparagus and zucchini + veggie boca burger topped with mashed avacado= GREEN DINNER

i ate the asparagus with my fingers, just like my grandmother used to 🙂

rounded out my meal with a hot cup of tea and some ice cream.

after tidying up around the house, someone special came over and was feeling down in the dumps about new york city, winter, etc. nyc can be a tough place, and we heart-to-hearted late into the night. my favorite thing!

i am hoping to let go and work through the tenderness today. i also am probably gonna take a rest today from the workouts. my body wants it, and i haven’t rested for a while.

hope you all have a blissful and inspired day, and i will leave you with a quote my yoga teacher read last night that always resonates with me:

“You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.
You have to pay your electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.”

Cheryl Strayed

 
xo juls

sweating, sunset, and tacos!

yesterday a thick mist blanketed new york city as a brief storm moved in followed by warm temperatures. the city was eery and stunning all at once as i wove around and hopped over puddles and melting ice sheets during my run. it was so great to live through a run again. those first harsh minutes turn into infinite time where you feel like you could run forever.

after my run i headed to a power vinyasa flow yoga class. lizard and half pigeon opened up so much more than my stiff hips. for that, i am grateful.

a shower and snack later…

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and i was off to meet a good friend for lunch and coffee.

MUD is heavenly, and you must go if you visit nyc.

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the storm slowly crept in but girlfriend at i were safe inside sipping our warm drinks and heart-to-hearting (my favorite thing)!

she is such an inspiration. i was talking to her about netflix and spotify premium, both monthly expense essentials for me, and i was taken aback when she said she had neither! i kept trying to persuade her to get one because they are so awesome, but she wasn’t interested. then she told me that she spends $30.00/month to sponsor a child in Chile through Children’s International. additionally, not only is she an amazing teacher, last night she was going to go volunteer at a center for people with HIV/AIDS. she is such an incredible and giving person. she truly inspired me yesterday to spread more love and hold more gratitude.

heading back to the train i saw this

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perfect end to a foggy/stormy day. doesn’t even look like i’m in manhattan!

i made it back to brooklyn and was craving tacos. mexican food is a thing in brooklyn. it’s everywhere, and for the east cost it’s pretty damn good. ordering in tacos after cooking all day thursday for my dinner party was a good choice.

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a little blurry, but alongside a modelo…mmmm mmmm!

after that, wine with a girlfriend, and a margarita with someone special were the best ways to cap off my friday night. now off to enjoy some sunshine and get outside before winter comes back!

xo juls