Fight For your Right to Dream

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This time of year it’s very popular to make changes with New Year’s Resolutions and all.  We have great expectations but when it comes time to actually implementing those changes or intentions.  That’s when the difficulty comes in.  I mean you are already super busy with a jam- packed schedule, so how on earth can you find time for one more thing?

This answer is that something has got to leave your schedule or you just have to make that new thing a priority.  Meaning that you do it first before you do that other thing.  Now maybe you like to get on social media.  So make a little agreement with yourself that before you even think about pushing that little Blue square with an f on it that you will do that priority.  After you have done you’re “priority”, you can f away.  I mean get on the blue f as much as you want.

I think the morning routine is an essential part to having a great day.  If you wake up and do some stretches or yoga, breathing, praying or simply have some quiet time for positive affirmations before you start doing all of the stuff to get ready, you can have a much happier day.  So that’s where that blue f comes into play.  This means don’t f your day away.

Other things may have to give in order for you to make your priority.  Maybe you’ll have to take some time off of work in order to give yourself that time.  Is that the end of the world? HELL NO.  Trust me when you are on your death-bed, you’re not going to think, “I should have worked more.”  You might think, I’m glad I followed my heart and my passions.  But you have to fight for your dreams and passions.  (Think of Twisted Sister here: “You’ve got to fight for your right to dre am”).  Yeah that was me singing there.  But you have to be fierce with it.  You have to just say you know what, I’m going to do this and nothing is going to stop me.  Not laundry, not dishes, not TV, not work(don’t get fired though), not your spouse or partner, not your kids. But if you can rearrange things a little bit, I’m sure you can find the time to pursue your dreams.

Twisted Sister i.e. the big hair band of the 80’s that sang Fight For Your Right to Party

This is my quick story with this.  So as a Yoga Instructor, you would think I would be doing yoga everyday and just be super flexible and bendy.  Well last year, I wasn’t.  Life can get in the way.  And it can be difficult to just pull out that yoga mat.  But when I knew I was going to do a dance performance.  I knew that I need to get flexible AF and fast.  So what I did was got my phone, put it on stop watch and did 2 full sun salutes.  It took 6 minutes.  I just decided that every morning before work I was going to give myself 6 minutes for yoga.  And it did help me to get flexible.  I was able to do the splits, believe it or not.    But in any case it all started with me just giving myself 6 minutes in the morning.

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2017 not bad for 49 but my daughter snapped this picture fast because I was not enjoying  this. 

Remember Newton’s first law of motion, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”  So you have to be that unbalanced force and mix things up a little bit.

And it can be scary to change things up because you are letting go of the old way of doing things.  But in no time, those old habits will just be a thing of the past and you can go on with your life knowing that you were able to make one small change.  The next step is to decide  what else you would like to change.

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  You may contact her at estrella.valerie@yahoo.com.

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It’s OK to be a Big Baby

It’s OK to be a Big Baby

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Have you ever noticed how parents for the most part take really good care of their babies. They feed their babies healthy food (unprocessed), make sure they get their naps, give them a relaxing bath before bed, turn the lights, put on relaxing music and massage their babies with relaxing lotions with the hopes of helping their babies sleep really well so that the parents can either get a good night sleep or maybe they can binge watch Netflix without being interrupted.

So the babies are all well cared for. Parents know instinctively when their kids start to get irritable, that they are either hungry or cranky because they need a nap. After the nap the babies wake up usually in a good mood and everyone is happy.

One question here: What makes adults think we are any different than babies in our quest for health and wellness? Talk to any mother and you will usually find a sleep deprived woman who can’t remember the last time she slept for 8 hours. If that keeps up, is there any wonder why women can get irritable, grouchy or downright mean? In my humble opinion, I believe that if we all started treating ourselves more like babies, maybe we wouldn’t be so tired.

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I recommend people start acting like babies more often. No that doesn’t mean wearing a diaper and crying every time you don’t get your way. It means feeding yourself healthy food. Would you feed your baby the food you are putting on your plate? If the answer is no, maybe you can start catering to ourselves like we are a baby. Simplify the food you eat and make it unprocessed as much as possible. JERF AKA Just Eat Real Food can be healing in and of itself.

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Also think about what your night time routine is prior to slumber. Do you watch violent/scary movies or surf the internet prior to bed? Do you eat sugar before bed? Do you work all the way until your exhausted and then fall into bed, only to find yourself tossing and turning? Something to think about with your night time routine. So ask yourself if you would dream of doing this to a toddler and expect them to get a good night’s sleep?:

1)Let them watch a scary movie before bed. The Exorcist would be a great movie for a kid to watch before bed. Let’s see how wonderful this kid sleeps.
2)Give them a lot of sugar. How about a nice Coke before bed?
3)Do vigorous exercise before bed? Have their dad start a pillow fight and let them jump on the bed. Yes that will wear them out.
4)Let them play violent video games.

I think it’s safe to say that most logical parents would never dream of doing any of the above with their kid. Although I’m sure it does happen and there is no judgment. The above activities are not geared towards getting a good night’s sleep.

Since most parents wouldn’t do that with their kids, then why do parents think it’s OK for them to do similar types of behavior and wonder why they can’t get a good night’s sleep. The following are behaviors that can hinder sleep:
1)Watching the news ie war, politics, violence, crime etc in the evening.
2)Eating sugar ie: ice cream, cookies, candy, chocolate, pie, coffee and alcohol can have an effect on your sleep as well
3)Getting into a debate on social media is a horrible way to relax.

I’ll end this with behaviors that can help wind down at the end of the day:
1)Turn down the lights especially electronics
2)Take a relaxing bath or shower
3)Use Essential Oils such as lavender, ylang ylang or Frankincense to promote relaxation. There are numerous ways these can be used. They can be put in a diffuser, mixed with oil to make a luxurious massage oil.

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So it’s OK baby.  Get some rest sweetie pie.  Lord knows you deserve it.  Sending you sweet dreams and all good things.

Before bed say a prayer about all of the things you are grateful for.  You are blessed and loved by the most high.  Never forget that.

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