A world out of control

Lately I feel as though the world is spinning out of control with hatred, violence and mayhem.

Lately I have felt some deep sadness over world events.

I have cried, I have felt lost and helpless, I have felt confused.

As most of you will know by now, I am always striving to be positive, to find a good in every situation even when that situation feels hopeless.

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Today I sat in my little egg chair with the sun on my face, and I refused to think about all the sadness in the world and the sadness in my heart, and instead I focused on all the good in my life.

I am so very fortunate and I give thanks for this each and every day.

It can be easy to loose faith, to give up and to loose all hope.

It can also be easy to restore all of this quickly, by reflecting on all the good in the world, by thinking of all the kind hearted people, the ones who lift you up, encourage you and make you stronger.

To all of you out there at the moment struggling, please trust that things can and will get better.

Please stop and reflect for a moment on the good not the bad.

The world may be out of control, but within that we can control our own worlds a little.

Find balance, seek out humanity, restore faith.

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This is my wish for you all.
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Stepping outside your comfort zone

You have probably noticed the rather lengthy gaps in-between my posts this year. Well where do I start, this year I have not only stepped outside my comfort zone, I have skipped leapt, stumbled, crawled, and almost fallen in a huge unflattering lump outside of it ūüôā

This year so far can only be described as exhausting, exhilarating, and a bunch of other adjectives that my tired little brain can’t even think of right now.

It’s a funny thing, stepping outside of your comfort zone, the more you do it, the more you want to do it, the energy when you are brave and succeed replaces the fear and it can become quite addictive.

People look at my life and perceive my life to be one huge mini break,¬† I have been on quite a few little adventures this year, interstate, overseas and several mini weekend adventures to the beach…….

I have also however ….run events, I have built up my business,¬†I have worked several¬†16 hour days,¬†I ¬†plan classes, and all of the while I have been¬†participating in¬†a 9 month intensive yoga training course.

I have taken on more this year than I even dreamt possible, and I have changed my circle of friends (as I have mentioned before), I have been removing all the toxicity from my life, and while it is busy, it is intense and will be for the next 2 months still Рthe rewards I am experiencing  are beyond what I ever imagined to feel.

I have learnt to accept that some friends were meant to be around for a short while, and rather than feel bad, I feel good, I understand that all the bad endings are all part of my experience this year, and for that I will always feel grateful.

I have finally learnt what it is that I want, I know it, I feel it.

I want growth (not literally – that clearly aint ever going to change :0 ) I set out this year to grow; I have grown emotionally, I am stronger physically, I have grown my business and I am constantly growing, achieving, I am embracing the tiny failures and set-backs as part of my growth process and I continue to step outside of my comfort zone and I can’t see myself ever look back anymore.

Thank you all for sticking around

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Time nor distance can ever diminish a real friendship

Last night I flew back from Perth with two girlfriends from Brisbane, we had flown 5 hours to Perth for a long weekend to see two other girlfriends who live there.

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As I stared out the plane window at the most beautiful sunset, I looked at my friends either side of me, and thought about the friends I had left in Perth.

I thought about what an extremely lucky girl I am to have these amazing friendships still so strong from high school.

This I believe is quite rare!

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I felt a little sad today – post holiday blues, but then I replaced that with feelings of gratitude and happiness for these amazing friendships I have.

I realized that when it comes to true friends, distance is irrelevant, time spent apart is irrelevant.

True friends understand you are busy and don’t judge or create drama even when you find it hard to catch up with those in your home town.

True friends know that the best intentions to call and say hi can go astray.

When it comes to true friends no amount of time or distance will affect the friendships.

When you find these friends do not let them go!

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What if

Today I am posting a blog from my tranquil skies website and asking you what if we took this story off the yoga mat and into our every day lives…..

Here is the story – what if

So my friends, I ask you after reading – what if you were kinder to yourselves, more compassionate to yourselves?

What would happen if you cared less about what people thought about you and more about what you thought about yourselves.

What if you went into each and every day not thinking about what might go wrong, but instead focussing on what may go right?

What would happen if you let go of the desired outcome and instead enjoyed the journey?

What if you stopped convincing yourself you would fail?

What if your negative thoughts kept leading to negative outcomes?

What if your positive thoughts led to positive outcomes – what then????????????

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In my world that equates to achieving more, smiling more, living more, challenging myself more.

What is the worst than can happen – we try, we fail – we try again!

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Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you

This year I feel liberated in many ways.

Some of my friendships have changed and it feels as though for the time in ages, maybe ever I have removed a blindfold and can see clearly.

All of a sudden I can see through the bullshit, I can see people for who they really are and not what I hoped they would be.

I am the type of person who always tries to see the good in others, who tries to find at least one positive in a bad situation, and I hope this never changes.

I was the person who gave second, third, thirteenth chances, rather than understanding that situations and people change I held on to the memory of when things were amazing.

Things change, people change and while that thought used to make me incredibly sad I now realize it is what it is.

It is neither good, nor bad, it just is.

I gave up a few friendships this year, for various reasons I won’t get in to- I gave them up knowing it was the right thing to do, then instantly felt sad, instantly doubting myself, instantly wondering what I did wrong.

Some of these people I really thought I would miss, but you know what, I don’t.

These people were wrong for me, were draining, were toxic and how can any of that be right?

I refuse to get mad over certain things, I refuse to think of these people with hurt, anger or regret.

These people came into my life for a reason, maybe to help me reach this point.

Now I feel free, I feel light, I feel happy.

I now spend my time with those who do not judge, do not get jealous, do not put me down, do not want me for something other than my friendship.

I spend my time with people who I admire, who I respect, who make me feel good, people who I would do anything to make them feel good in return.

I struggle to find the time to call or catch up with all of these wonderful people that it astounds me I would try to fit in the ” others” as well.

It makes sense that if you surround yourself with negative people, you will feel negative as a result.

If you surround yourself with positive, supportive people – people who want nothing in return, people who are authentic in their words and actions that you will feel positive uplifted and alive.

Liberate yourself today – it’s incredible!

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Learning to listen

I am sitting in my car outside the gym, the sun is warming up my chest and it feels so good I don’t want to leave.

I am early for my class so I may just sit here a little longer.

I have been unwell the last 2 weeks and it’s been a while since I last felt ill so as frustrating as it was, it forced me to rest.

Last week I cancelled 5 classes, and anyone who knows me knows that is a big deal.

I havn’t been blogging nearly as much as I would like, I have been busier than I ever dreamt possible.

As always with the good comes the bad (or the lessons) I have been teaching 14 classes a week; running a business, doing extra training every second weekend and then there is study, learning choreography, writing class plans and my general admin – that’s just for work….

Business aside, it is good busy, actually no it’s great busy. Everything I have been working towards is coming together in the most beautiful and wonderful ways and I can proudly say I am feeling successful.

Someone recently told me; Lou our bodies are smarter than we are- they give us clues when we need to slow down – we just need to listen.

I didn’t, and got sick as a result!

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A bad cold isn’t exactly the end of the world, but ignoring warning signs can be.

Learning to listen to that niggling gut feeling, can only open the doors to allow positivity in.

Learning to rest before you get ill (yes still learning this one) learning to say no sometimes, learning to let go of negative influences in your life (this I have been working on successfully this year and let me tell you it feels great) are all fantastic ways to improve your life, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Learn to listen to your inner you. We are all smarter and more intuitive than we give ourselves credit for.

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Happy Easter

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This Easter break, I have remembered the importance of how powerful my thoughts can be.

I have laughed, I have cried, I have felt empowered, I have experienced self-doubt.

Recently I have learnt that people can be very self centered and selfish, and it is up to us as individuals how we chose to deal with it.

This is sounding a little sadder than intended, and while I did experience a few sad moments over Easter, I had my sook and I moved on.

Everything is choice, and with weather so perfect, nature so spectacular, a loving husband and amazing caring friends to spend time with, I couldn’t help but question the emotional wasted energy on people who don’t deserve it.

So I write this post, not for attention or to complain even though it may appear that way.

I write this post as I always do, to share experiences, to tell you that for every bad person in your life there is a wonderful person as well. For every bad day there will be many other beautiful days that follow.

Every ending is a new beginning, and every time you feel anything but happy you have the ability to change it, and that my friends is the most beautiful and empowering thought in the world!

Happy Easter everyone.

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