I was asked what I’ve learned about myself during this trip and I want to share my response:
I have learned that I am an incredibly strong and powerful and driven and passionate person. I learned that I need to keep going in this direction because nothing brings me more happiness than travel and yoga and being ambitious and helping others and spending time with likeminded people, they’re my form of self love, I want to dedicate my life to self love. I have learned that I need to be patient when things aren’t working out as I expected them to because there is always something better coming or it’s simply the wrong time. I have learned that I am a beautiful, confident woman who will not be brought down by heartbreak or negativity, I dust myself off and move on. I have learned that I have an incredible ability to read and understand people and that I am a natural born leader. I have learned that I am completely capable and independent and absolutely don’t need anyone to provide for me, just be there for me. I have learned that I am worthy of much much more than I was getting, even more than I was asking for from my previous relationships: I deserve the love I give to others. I have learned that I am very wise beyond my years and with that I have the opportunity to help others who are experiencing the things I’ve experienced. I have learned that my abilities and capabilities are far greater than I give myself credit for and there is no limit to what I can do.
Whatever is calling you, run to it. Whatever is holding you back, release it. Whatever you need to do to be happy, do it.
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Ode to #ohare . A place fond of short connections and looong walks between terminals. Where the crowds remind you how many people are up in the air at any given moment, where people-dodging becomes an art. Art also surrounds you as you go. Beauty in the details, magic in the illumination, and lightness in the rare quiet moments that make you stop to soak it all in. #ohare .
Just realized Riyaz took these pictures of us while we did yoga yesterday ❤️ trying to keep up with my practice while traveling can be tough but it helps keep me balanced and grounded! As well as reduces strain on my body from walking, trekking, long bus rides, and carrying my heavy backpack 🎒
You all know I absolutely love doing my makeup, it’s very fun and therapeutic for me. But I also struggle with the appearance of my skin because I have had active acne for over a decade... so sometimes makeup can become a crutch.
While in India I’ve only put on makeup 3 or 4 times, but I find myself wanting to reach for it when I’m breaking out.
But I decided a few years ago that I won’t put on makeup when I feel I HAVE to, only when I WANT to.
Sometimes I give in and put it on for the wrong reason, and I oddly find those days my makeup ends up looking really bad 🤔 it is an art form and can’t look good as a mask.
I’ve kept up with that pretty well and my skin always seems to appreciate the breaks from makeup. Putting on makeup when I want to and skipping it when I have an unhealthy need to wear it are both equally important forms of self love for me.
I’m feeling more confident regardless though. With makeup, without makeup, with acne, without acne. I love myself and I love my skin, but my skin does not define me. ❤️ My personality, sense of humor, love, passion, empathy, and fire radiate through my skin no matter what it looks like ❤️
Gotta love how small they make ya feel.
Happy International Mountain Day!! Wishing everyone some good mountain time in the very near future.
Photos from glacier national park, native land of the Blackfeet people
We were having so much fun after hiking and swimming, Riyaz took this great picture as we were genuinely laughing and smiling... and then I saw my body and made him retake it to hide my rolls 😏
Screw that though.
I love my body and I have been taking amazing care of my body recently! 6 years ago my back injury hit its peak and I couldn’t even walk, then the past year or two my depression was so bad I gained nearly 50 pounds.
I have since she off half that, put on muscle, strengthened my back so much, and most importantly I am confident enough to post this photo even though my immediate reaction was feeling insecure.
It’s important to practice self love in every aspect: your mind, body, and soul. Whether it comes more naturally for you to work from the inside out or the outside in, give yourself love every day! I promise practicing self care daily, even the smallest things, will absolutely change your life. ❤️
We went to a really cool music meditation this morning out in nature ❤️ the guy played like ten different instruments, it was really amazing! Check out Sound Healing if you’re in Hampi! (Also rocking the T-shirt of my favorite Hostel, the Bucket List Hostel in north Goa!)
Follow your bliss ❤️ You know deep down the thing that will bring you endless happiness and peace and excitement. That thing that lights a fire in you and you can’t stop thinking about. That thing your try to suppress because it’s not what you “should” do. No matter how scary, stupid, against tradition, against others’ expectations of you, hard, crazy, overwhelming it seems: DO IT.
Live authentically and unapologetically by quieting your brain so your heart can speak. My heart told me to come to India for yoga and travel after my husband and I separated. Even though I have debt and had just started my business and felt the societal pressure that I should instead be in school or working a “regular” job. My brain told me all these lies that had been holding be back for years, but after the separation I let go of that, at least for long enough to book the trip.
Now, I’ve completed my yoga teacher training, one of my biggest life goals, I’m traveling around India with amazing friends I met there, and I wake up every morning absolutely blissful. ❤️ I’ll be heading back to Pittsburgh in just over a week, excited to see my family, not ready to leave India, and excited for where my bliss leads me next ❤️❤️❤️ I’m feeling inspired to offer 2 women one on one coaching with me via Voxer (which is a text and walkie talkie app) for a full month of daily support ❤️ I know that having daily support for a month with my coach after the initial separation from my husband was so important to me. I wouldn’t have come so far in such a short amount of time without daily support.
So I’m offering it for $300 ❤️ I’ll even throw in an intensive phone call to sweeten the deal.
I know someone needs this, message me if you think this might be for you ❤️
Escaping the madness of the Marrakech medina in our beautiful riad. This is a special treat that was booked as a Christmas present from Sam's family. A million thanks--we are really enjoying this beautiful place ❤
Weekends are like rainbows 🌈 ..
They look great from a distance but once you get up close to them, they start to disappear
How do you feel about your weekend, does it already starts to disappear?
Things I’ve learned after living in a van for 1.5 winters:
-everything is pretty much always cold or damp. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which
-solar powered lights don’t charge well in Washington -ice cream doesn’t taste as good when it’s under 40 degrees out
-there’s nothing like the sound of rain on a metal roof
-everything that was once soft is now hard
-sometimes the doors freeze shut, sometimes while I’m inside
-waking up after a frost is like being inside a snow globe -I’ve never been more in touch with the weather, I never wake up wondering what temp it is outside
It’s been quite the adventure for sure, and although I can’t say I enjoy the winters as much as the summers, these inconveniences are small, and easily laughed off. For the most part the frost, the rain, the cold, just makes me value warmth, light, community, laughter and good food that much more.
Exploring one of my favorite lakes with my pal @sophiepiearcey - Insanely grateful to have been able to spend the last few days running around Fiordland shooting some content for @goorangenz 🧡
It’s hard to explain the feeling I get when I shoot videos, it’s almost as if I zone out and the only thing I can visualize is the processes and techniques of what comes next and how it will all come together.
I am out the gate fizzing to show you what we came up with - keep your eyes peeled 👀
Every day the past month ❤️❤️❤️ I’ve never been so completely happy and felt so free.
I’m so incredibly grateful for the people in my life, the adventures, the travel, the yoga, the business, the peace, even my divorce, everything that led to the life I’m living ❤️