Well, after almost two weeks in of head down, bum up back in prep...I have to say that I’m feeling super happy with how everything’s coming along! 12 days in, 3.7kgs down, an inch and a half off my waist....with only 3 big weights sessions a week and weekly refeeds. Yay!!! It’s only very early days yet....but so far things seem to be moving pretty nicely in the right direction❤️ Hope everyone’s Weekend is off to a great start. Whatever you’re doing, make sure you get some time in to relax and recharge! You’re never any good to anybody else unless you’re looking after yourself first🤗🙂✌🏼#progressisprogress#ifbbpro#figuretobikini#japanpro#doingthework#noexcuses#bikinibody#weekendshere#bikini#dowhatmakesyouhappy#focusedaf
Today, I attended the ground breaking ceremony of Infosys’s US Education Center! 🎉I also had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion with Indiana policymakers, business leaders, and academics to discuss America’s workforce needs. It was exciting to explore opportunities for collaboration between both private and public entities to collaborate on economic development opportunities for Hoosiers. #Infosys#WestSideOfIndy#BuildingOurWorkforce#Indiana#Jobs#EconomicDevelopment#DoingTheWork
Living the dream.....
It’s Friday morning and I’m off to the gym.
Today is the first day of my 39th year of Life. Yesterday I took the day off from work and stayed inside during the first wintery weather of this season and I just relaxed. I did a lot of self-reflecting and a lot of just plain old chilling out. My 38th year of Life was great and, in my opinion, was probably my best ever. I started a new job (that I love and that challenges me) in January. I celebrated four years of being in love with a man who loves me. I successfully completed 3 theatrical performances and created a very rough voiceover demo (I’ve been wanting to get in to voiceover work for a few years now). And generally, I’m in a better space financially and in regards to self-love/self-awareness that I am (mostly) at peace with the man that I’ve become.
Lately, a lot of people have been asking me “What’s next?”. I was getting a little bit annoyed with it but I know that this is coming from a place of good intention. It’s a question that I ask myself every year so it stands to reason that others would ask it of me. And while I usually have a slate of goals that I want to accomplish for the next year by the time my birthday comes around, the honest answer is that I don’t know what’s next. And I’m ok with that for now. For now, I’m happy to count my many, many fortunes. I’m happy to give myself a small pat on the back. But I’m most happy to be a source of light, goodness, good cheer and support for my friends and family.
Happy birthday to me! Thank you to everyone for all of the well-wishes and gifts! I’m truly a very happy and fortunate individual!
#BetterThanYesterday tip #1 – Love yourself. Love others.
I have been away from home so long, the light falls strangely through the windows, runs its fingers against furniture in unfamiliar ways, lines drawn at new angles. I have been away so long I no longer fit perfectly in the crook of your arm, scoot up and down the couch trying to find the point where we used to mesh, seamless. I have been away so long it seems I am a different height, a different weight, a different shape, a different set of experiences. We are out of phase, time travelled at different rates. I wrap myself in fresh sheets, counting on tomorrow to right my homesickness.
--My heart is crumbling in a profoundly new way unlike anything my system has ever known before. And it's so tenderly fruitful and rich. The little girl inside of me is just BEGGING for me to hold her, stay with her, love her, listen. In these times of emotional turmoil and agony of our suffering, we can forget that the greatest commitment to truth is the commitment to our SELF. To that little one, to you....who offers teachings that no ones else can. This IS the work. To re-member, be the parent who takes responsibility since we didn't know how to hold ourSELFs when we were little and because at times, no one else knew how to either. This is the responsibility we MUST take on our paths through life. To show up for ourselves. We all have our own unique versions of meeting the SELF or holding what lies within. And we always have a choice to abandon ship. To look the other way. To cling to anything external or outside ourselves which might make the pain subside for awhile. Temporary delay. Seeking comfort through any means possible....be it food, sweets, acting out our stories with the subtle request of fulfillment, sex, substances, phones, busying ourselves with DOing.....anything to distract us from our current experience. To stay out of the body. And the more we resist or run away, the more we draw it to us over and over. It will not stop, until WE have stopped to see it, hold it, and love it wholely....no judgements, no preference for how it should appear or feel. Moving toward our fears of meeting this unknown depth. The hidden shadows lurking in the dark. --For me, the past six months most notably have been my personal version of getting to know HER. This little girl within me--because this is the current way of "work" resonating with my BEing. And she needs me SOOO often. It's shocking how much I'm being asked to show up again and again. It's like using a muscle that's never been used before. And I find that building the muscle memory takes great practice and dedication. That's the only way the muscle will GROW or expand, take new shape, gain strength. (Finish post in comment below)
There are numerous problems to address.... All answers reside in SELF... Conscious Awareness... The ability to create the Spontaneous Right Action and align all events so that they equate to bring you closer to your greatest highest self and the fulfillment of your life's purpose🌟 #DoingTheWork#Downloading#loveyourself#SelfHealing#consciousness
“If you want me
Let me know it
I'll make time but
You've got to show it
If you need me
I want to see
But don't mistake me
I don't want you down on your knees
I need someone a real man
I need someone who understands
I'm a woman a real woman
I know just what I want
I know just who I am”
As a twenty something, I sang along to these lyrics...as I forty year old woman they make sense. “I know just what I want, I know just who I am” Damn! That’s some shit! #findingmyself#doingthework#grownfolks#confident#TLC#throwback#goodstuff#woman#love#selflove
Since coming to #Australia the #universe has given me lesson after lesson
Not easy or #fun ones either
Real, tough, hard, deep rooted subconscious wounds have been reflected back at me and bought to the surface
So since being here I’ve finally committed to #doingthework in these areas and due to that I’ve never felt more of a #strong#selflove than I do right now
I’ve never felt more myself
I’ve never felt so at ease with my ongoing battle with depression
Accepting the bad, ugly, difficult parts of my #soul , that #shadowself that we all have and try to ignore...
Accepting that part of me has taught me what #unconditional#love is
And for that I am truly #grateful
I love me
Because loving me, means loving you, as we are all #connected 🤙🏽
The art of the gods.
3 years ago I quit my job as a landscape designer for one of the most high-end, corporate-retail nurseries in southern CA.
In the 4.5 years I worked for the company, every year number one in sales out of 16 other designers, I generated just over 6 million dollars.
I was a machine, but became addicted to the lucrative lifestyle.
My relationships weren’t nurtured enough and work consumed nearly 15 hours of my day everyday for a couple years.
Breaking away and starting my own landscape operation has been one of the most empowering and rewarding choices I have made in my life.
I may not make as much money as I continue to grow and make investments into my dreams, but the way I am able to relax and rejoice in the beauty we can create together, is priceless.
Can we please remove all the labels, strip away the noise & be rid of the marketing speak......yoga is breath & breath is life, what more do we need?
Do you wish to live fully? If the answer is yes then understand that breathing fully is to live fully. Understand that yoga is about creating space within you & outside of you to exist in peace. Yoga is sthira & sukha; steadiness & ease. Yoga is being alert without tension, flexible without being unstable, strong without being rigid, open without being naive & sceptical without being cynical. Yoga is knowing that change is an essential component of life & that without it we are stuck.
The marketeers will have you believe that yoga will give you special powers of enlightenment which are enhanced if you have an expensive yoga mat & a cute top with a spiritual slogan on it. Beer yoga, goat yoga, yoga for this & yoga for that & then yesterday I heard of orgasmic meditation - it’s all just a label, all thought up from a deep sense of fear that if we don’t give yoga a fun or exciting sounding name then people won’t come. I know, I’ve been there, I probably am still there. I’ve spent hours, scratching my head, trying to find a name for a yoga class, a retreat and of course a brand because just the word yoga doesn’t seem enough. But if I’m to do the inner work & reflect on that, perhaps the shadow that lurks behind is the fear that I don’t feel I am enough. Somehow the words make what I do bigger, better, shinier & glossier; the words somehow encapsulating the hours spent in study & practice.
But I’m done with it. I’m done with labels, I’m done with marketing speak, I’m done with hiding behind words.
I’m also very aware of the irony that I have a brand name & right now the internal struggle of this is very real. What am I hiding behind? The work is ongoing on this one - right now I’m just going to allow myself to sit in confusion a little bit longer & hope that all will be clear soon!
• making peace • santosha • .
As I have stumbled my way through the personal challenges this last year has brought me I have had to learn how to make peace with what I am actually capable of doing. I have always held myself to high professional standards that I realize I can no longer consistently maintain as the one woman show that I am.
This means I’ve had to let go of many creative projects and fun collaborations I had planned in favour of protecting my own vital reserves of energy and maintaining the commitments I already have in place. .
It means making peace with saying no or not now. .
I have had to let go of apologizing for the fact that I can no longer answer all my emails immediately or be available to respond to every question or request that comes my way.
I have had to make peace with the fact that not all questions need to be answered immediately. .
And I’ve had to learn how to find a sense of acceptance and ease in the midst of situations I cannot control, fix, or change. .
The concept of santosha or contentment is one of the five niyamas ( inner observances) found within the teachings of classical yoga and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and it is one I have endlessly contemplated for its nuance and its possibilities.
Is it possible to cultivate an inner quality of acceptance and contentment even whilst acknowledging that your current reality is painful, deeply challenging, or less than ideal? .
My answer to this is yes, it is. It’s not easy but it is possible. .
But who ever said yoga ( or life) was easy anyway?😉
Huge gratitude to all of you who have extended your understanding and compassion towards me as I seek to find my new normal and strive for the correct balance between my work and my personal life. It is very much appreciated. 🙏✨🙏
Art by @milestoland ✨
This is my Uncle Laurie. I am so blessed to work with this man and his ancestors.
When we met, Uncle told me how he couldn’t get initiated. All the Elders of his Mob had passed. He took me to Special places where the used to dance and make love to the mother with their hands feet and voices.
It wasn’t long before I had to call him to appease the Ancestors of the land.
He told me that he could not see or feel. He didn’t know about the Grandmothers or Fathers that walked with him. But I did. I saw them in his Spirit. I watched as he could go into places that I could not. I saw the ancestors cry through him as he transferred the genocide through his body.
That was 5 years ago.
Now, Uncle is a representation of the old ways new. Being called continuously to Smoke Ceremonies all over Sydney. But mostly his Ancestral home on the Northern Beaches. He takes tours and tells stories of how his people lived. And his beloved Great Great Granddad.
Last Friday, we had the pleasure of coming together and speaking to the ancestors and smoking and house at whale beach.
Uncle explained his Ancestor elders and the Whale as a representation. I watched as he just KNEW where to go. Feeling into the house and the land. Claiming gathering spaces.
And when we were done. Settled with Tea and Cake. The Ancestors made an appearance.
2km put to see and sea. A white humpback dances and flips in celebration.
Thank You Uncle.
Thank You Spirit.
Thank you Healing.
As difficult as it is to sit and face my mistakes, my wrongs and my offenses, to look at the ways I’ve fallen short and disappointed others, forgiving myself is proving to be the most difficult. It turns out forgiveness is a daily process and I’m learning.
ARE YOU STILL TURNING YOUR CHEEK?? What are the things that you are still choosing not to look at?
What are things you keep turning away from
Or what you are choosing not to look at?
The time is coming where we can no longer simply ignore what is there.. Ignore what is not working.. Ignore what has been festering deep beneath
the surface.. Ignore what we have been too afraid to face, feel or deal with.. The time has come where we will no longer be able to turn our cheek or look the other away or deny ourselves of the truth.. We will no longer be able to block ourselves from what has been really been holding us back or driving our choices, behaviour and decisions in life
We will no longer be able to hide from what has been bubbling under the surface.. For us to truely step into greater aspects of our potential we cannot bring with us the heaviness of the past.. The limited ways of thinking
The old wounds, pains and fears
The stagnant patterns and programs
The relationships that no longer serve
The list is endless.. And.. I know you have being doing the work..
I know you have been committed to the healing..
Yet now is the opportunity to dive into the depths of your being and clear out the the reminance of your mental, emotional, energetic debris.. Your emotional imprinting
Your ancestral imprinting.. The base coding that has allowed for these limited programs to be installed and allows them to stay running and that is keeping you experiencing a limited version of reality.. Now is the time to take a good honest look in the mirror and embrace what is arising once and for all.. To love it
To learn from it
To honour its role
To integrate its lessons
And as we do this we will create the space within you to hold and anchor new patterns that allow for expansion, creativity and infinite potential
You see we are at pivotal moment in time right now where we can all now choose to face the truth.. To stare it once and for all in the eye with
Unconditional love and fierce courage.. [continued in comments] #radical#change#changework#transformation#vibrationalmedicine#attuneme#warrioresstribe
Ah, the Wheel of Fortune. This card haunts me. And when I say haunt, I mean it. She started popping up at the beginning of my most recent narcissistic friendship. This is a paradigm I repeat over and over and over again. I am vulnerable to the lure of talent, success, fame-ish-ness, and it has put me in a compromising position more than once. But...pulling this card again and again (honestly almost every day for a month), is a reminder for me to check myself, check my boundaries, tune in to what is true in my heart, and learn from my patterns of behavior and my choices. So I’m both vexed and grateful to see her yet again. My ego is screaming, “haven’t I learned enough yet? Haven’t I healed yet???” And clearly my heart is saying...no Megan, there is still work to be done and there always will be. So today...I wrote to myself in my journal, “Dear Megan, I love you. How can I help?” Now I’m just eagerly awaiting a reply...
#tarotmeditation#starchildtarot @starchildtarot #healingisntlinear#doingthework#healingmyself
When beautiful souls connect💜
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Had the pleasure last night to prepare some lite bites. Met some Amazing women & took away some great Nuggets from the Powerful @maseratineesh and @i_amh0pe also got my new favorite hoodie and picked up her book “QUEENING” which I’ll be doing in this new season of my life. Special 🙏🏽 to my daughter for helping me & she had work early this am, I love you Jas @1120.___ #YearOf39#Building#TrustTheProcess#GrowthMindset#Legacy#Healing#DoingTheWork#Queening 👸🏽 #NeeshSpeaks
Greatness is that something that make you happy, allows you to love, brings about change, puts fear in your heart right at the point of the unknown... Greatness is you #DoingTheWork and deciding to Impact Life creatively in a compassionate and loving way so that ALL be benefit from the GREATNESS🌟 #StartWithSelf#BeGreat#LoveYourself#Just#DoTheWork#LIVENOW
I’ve been told by people that I should have a separate business account.
That I share too much.
Show too much.
That I’m too open.
That I shouldn’t combine personal and professional ideologies.
I considered it.
But in the ended decided I didn’t want to.
Partially because I don’t want to keep up with two accounts.
But mostly because who I am as a person is who I am as a therapist.
Because it’s who I am as a human.
I like to travel.
And go to shows.
I have political opinions.
I have a body that I’m continually learning to accept and embrace.
And yes, I wear a bathing suit at the beach. 🙄
I have issues in my relationships.
I get lonely.
I feel sad and anxious.
I fucking struggle.
Speaking to this is vital.
Not only because it’s part of my process, but because it’s part of the human experience.
I think the idea that, as therapists, we need to maintain a constant veil of neutrality is bullshit.
That it can do serious harm.
It creates a power differential.
A hierarchy where the therapist is the authority figure.
For many of us, authority figures have been unsafe.
And feeling as though someone else is “right” and we are “wrong” can often create feelings of inadequacy.
I specialize in trauma and attachment.
Meaning I work with clients around shame.
Every. Damn. Day.
If I am going to help people absolve shame in their lives, I have to be able to do that myself.
Which is an ongoing process.
This doesn’t mean I don’t have professional boundaries.
These things aren’t mutually exclusive.
And I am over the notion that we should mask our truth, humanity, and vulnerability in order to be professional.
We love this one from @dalia.gross.kinesiology •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What does self love mean to you? We give so much to others but who can wholeheartedly say they give the same level of love to themselves? It is a conscious practice as well as being a major game changer. So if you’re ready, or even if you’re not but want to, - let’s explore together ............ hawksburnhealth.com.au.
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Why is it so important for white people to organize? It is our ancestors that have intentionally built and been complicit in the structures of white supremacy. There is purpose in organizing. There is power in education. There is healing in fighting. There is love on the other side of evolution. But first, revolution. We must aim specifically to amplify the voices and teachings of the POC leading the way. We work as imperfect white and other anti-racists in solidarity to show up, use our privilege, and co-create a future society to be proud of.
We follow BEHIND solidarity partners, not in front of - We listen. We’re grateful to you and your interest in #doingthework . Now let’s go get em’. #endwhitesupremacy#whitepeople4blacklives#whitepeopleforblacklives#blacklivesmatter#justiceforall#whiteprivilege#unpackingwhiteness#antiracism