About six years ago I made the extremely challenging and world altering decision to give sobriety a chance. I made it about a year and a half before I decided it was time to give “moderation” another go. I found out the hard way that that’s not a word that fits comfortably into my vocabulary. Over the past couple of years I’ve been in and out of recovery, temporarily feeling the euphorias of a drug free life, only to fall down again for months at a time. Today, however, I am 30 days sober. That’s 30 days of no bullshit, no reasoning with myself about what constitutes a relapse, sober. As with most things, there’s still a great deal of temptation and there’s a lot of room for improvement. But one thing I know is that I will never give up and I will never stop fighting this disease. I’m learning how to love myself exactly the way I am and am looking forward to what the future has in store for me. I am beyond grateful for this life 🙏
Some mornings a negative emotion or thought is like a runaway train, affecting what could be a very productive day, whether it is a work day or chores and errands.
Being human sometimes isn't always rainbows and sunshine. Take it easy on yourself. Take a deep breath, choose an action or activity to re-center yourself. A 30 minute walk is a fair exchange to several hours of stress and angst, and most likely the quality of work won't be up to your ususal output.
The photos are from an urban hike recently through a neighborhood I'm unfamiliar with. The positives are numerous:
1. It is exercise. Get the blood following, even if the walk doesn't tame the negative feeling, at least you are getting some fresh air and some light cardio
2. Walking through a different part of town helps the mind be more creative. We see the landscape, notice differences between this neighborhood and your own
3. You may meet someone new and interesting when you break out of a routine. Striking up a conversation with a new to you person is an excellent way to turn your day around
4. Walking is a smart way to slow things down. We notice the little things we usually would drive past without a consideration. The bee buzzing around the flowers is a perfect example.
5. It's literally a different vantage point. Seeing the city skyline from a different part of town is a sure way to open your mind to creativity and the possibilities to overcome a creative block or jar a solution to a problem you can't seem to solve
Get out there and explore your hometown
Y’all I am in deep with this MANIFESTATION stuff ✨ I had a magical weekend in Sonoma with incredible people — we hottubed, roamed in nature & ate the most delicious 14 course farm-to-fork meal. ✨ And, I left feeling so inspired and so excited for what’s to come. That feeling is essential to manifesting! So I encourage you to put yourself in environments that foster love & curate your circle of friends carefully! ✨ I talk all about manifestation in The Life Edit MasterClass, which you can still purchase until I finally get my act together & take it down from my website 😉 DM me for a discount code!! 🙌🏼 Do you believe in manifestation? Any tips you can share with us? 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
We got an unexpected sneak preview of some of the Moonlight Forest lantern displays whilst visiting the Los Angeles Arboretum this afternoon. They are currently still under construction but when the lights go on it’s going to look spectacular! On a side note, did you know that general daytime admission to the arboretum is free every third Tuesday of the month?
Peace, serenity, and a calming environment aboard #TheQueenMary makes for the perfect place to practice yoga. Join Sunrise Yoga on the deck every Wednesday-Sunday at 7am! Participation is complimentary for hotel guests, but donations are welcome.
Dolphins! We had so much fun watching these superbly graceful creatures out on the Pacific today as a 7th birthday treat for Roo (where did that go)?! At first there just seemed a small group but then huge numbers joined them and gave us a wonderful display.
Watching for dolphins in the underwater pod of the catamaran on our sea safari today. It’s been three years almost exactly to the day since we last took a trip with Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari and a first for this mini-monster who was so delighted when the dolphins started leaping out of the waves that he broke out into spontaneous applause. #captaindavesdolphinsafari