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Clarity from Costa Rica & the Importance of "Unplugging"

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Last week I fulfilled a dream.  Kellie Codianna and I led a group of amazing women on an Eco-Yoga retreat to Costa Rica and it was so successful that we already have a date and theme set for next year's retreat.  The theme of our retreat was "Unplugging and Tuning In" and that's exactly what we did.  We unplugged from our digital lives, ate delicious food, listened to the sounds of nature and to each other, and tuned into ourselves, our minds, our bodies, and our souls through yoga, meditation, hiking, and journaling.  I went into the week knowing that I wanted to experience clarity about my business and personal goals.  I have been back for one week now and yes, I am seeing things very clearly now and it feels great!  Here are a few things I have realized.

You don't have to spend a week in Costa Rica to experience clarity. How ironic, right?

I learned from my week away that you don't need to go away in order to tune in.  Granted, getting away from your job, your family, your old familiar ways can be really, really, nice, however, you can experience moments, even minutes of clarity and calm in your regular old life throughout your day.  You just need to take the time out to do it.  Please get the image of you, in lotus, on a pillow, with your eyes closed in a monastery meditation for hours in silence out of your head.  You can actually "unplug" in a matter of minutes, pretty much anywhere!  Keep reading and ask yourself:

Can you begin your day with a moment of reflection before you get out of bed or before your cup of coffee?

Can you end your day with a moment of gratutude before you go to bed listing everything you are thankful for?

Can you take a moment in the car while you are waiting to pick up your kids to take some deep breaths and tune into how you feel physically, scanning for and releasing tension?

These simple tasks can help you focus your energy on areas of your life you would like to see grow and expand. 

Why waste your time with worry when you can focus your attention on gratitude, your loved ones, and your positive goals for the future?

Having a regular eating schedule can be life-changing. 

In Costa Rica we had a regular schedule (early breakfast at 6:30 am, regular breakfast at 8:30 am, lunch at 12:30 pm, and dinner at 5:30 pm).  My body loved it and my energy level was really steady.  Coming back home I realized that I tend to lead a crazy life!  I rarely eat breakfast at the same time and can go hours without realizing that I haven't even eaten lunch.  Of course, my energy level hadn’t been steady!  I am now making it a point to eat regular meals at around the same time each day.  I'll let you know how that goes!

By becoming quiet, my dreams were better able to come to the surface.

It was actually on the plane ride back to the States that one of my business goals/dreams came to the surface and the message was loud and clear.  I need to help parents and caregivers by launching my online course, "A Better Bedtime: A Hands-on Course for Parents and Caregivers."  

Ever since I started my Reflexology Training and worked on my own children, I have wanted to share these techniques with other parents and caregivers.  I filmed the course in August 2017 and then things got really busy.  Sadly, I put the course on the back burner.  Now that the retreat is over, I have time to launch this course and I am thrilled!  I know this course will help empower parents and caregivers and help them all live lives with less anxiety, less pain, and more presence and open-communication.  I am ready to step into the role of online teacher and support.  Bring it on.  BTW, if you are interested in learning more about the course, click here and get your first lesson free.  

So that's it. Make time to unplug and you will be rewarded with insight, clarity, and possibly even calm!  Good luck to you!

Much love, Julie

I am so thankful for Kellie Codianna from Divinely Rooted and my mentors Justin Michael Williams, Karen Mozes, and Connie Holen for helping my dreams come true. I am also thankful for all the beautiful and amazing women who trusted me with their lives and experienced Costa Rica with us. What a journey!   Let me know if you would like me to lead any retreats you have in mind for 2019.  I would love to do another.  I've actually been dreaming of rock climbing and a dude ranch in Wyoming lately. Contact me and let me know if you are interested! 

Not Enough Time in the Day? A To-Do List That Actually Works!

Love this list. Short term and longer term goals.  The "What" and "How" behind getting stuff done. Thanks,  Connie!

Love this list. Short term and longer term goals.  The "What" and "How" behind getting stuff done. Thanks, Connie!

I LOVE making lists.  I make them on scraps of paper, backs of envelopes, hidden in journals, and have even been spotted reciting lists into my phone for my phone fairy to record and file.  Although, lately my lists have become, well, overwhelming and outright intimidating.  So intimidating that after writing the list, I feel kind of sick and think, "how am I going to complete any of this before I have to pick up the kids from school? "

After a bit of lifestyle revamping I am back to my efficient self and want to share a few tricks that have helped me get my sh-- done!

1.  Always start your list with the first task being, "Write list.". That way, you know you can accomplish at least one thing on your list that day.  Phew!  You could always make task #2, "Start crossing stuff off list."

2. Separate your list by destination (i.e. grocery story, library, school...). Under those locations, write down what you need to do along with more details.

3.  Download this list.  I stumbled upon this free download as I was researching things for my business and I have found it super helpful.  It is clear, simple, split into days and a full week's goals.  I like that it highlights the goals and exactly what needs to be done.  My friend Connie over at Yoga Journal designed it and is allowing people to download it for free. Thanks, Connie!

4. And finally, don't plan on getting it all done!  If you get 3 things done on that day, smile and move on.  Do what you can and keep going.  Tomorrow is another day with another list.  Maybe you could even include, "Get sleep or take nap" on your list, remembering the importance of taking care of ourselves.  Good luck and go out there and kick butt!


The Lost Art of Asking Questions

A few months ago I added a little something special to my website.  I call it "Student Spotlight".  For full disclosure, I totally stole this idea from my CrossFit gym. They have a monthly "Spotlight Athlete" every month and I really liked the idea.  I enjoy getting to know more about fellow athletes and I thought, "Why not try it out with my own students?"  And so I did.  And the results were...amazing!