It’s All About Consistency

It's All About Consistency #yoga #practice When it comes to doing something new, something out of your ordinary and often just something healthier than your every day norm it’s all about creating habits. It’s hard to do something consistently without setting a habit, but it’s hard to make something a habit without actually doing it consistently — the old chicken before the egg or egg before chicken debate. In my humble opinion the only way to make something a habit is to just jump in and start doing it consistently from the get go.

For me and yoga it’s pretty much all about consistency, I practice constantly and I try my darndest to keep it like that and for good reason. Even though I truly love my practice, if I let up on the consistency a little it totally screws me and my habits right up. For instance, last week I had a really difficult time getting to the studio (kids, life, blah blah excuses) — I only practiced twice all week, which sounds really great because it’s better than nothing, I know. But since I missed so many days in between, it started to actually get easier to talk myself out of waking up before everyone else to get to that 6:30 am class and my habits were quickly switching to sedentary relaxing over yoga practicing — which just didn’t feel good at all.

The relaxing, living more sedentary comes pretty naturally ( you don’t need to try to do “nothing” and crave a whole box of Oreos) which is why for me I need to make something a habit to keep me from that natural tendency of couch potatoing (it’s an action). I don’t actually know if it’s like this for everyone, is consistency super important for you to keep up with healthy goals and routine?

I often get asked why I practice yoga everyday (also how, but part of the how is mixed with this why). And my answer usually is “because I love it“, which is true I really really do. But I also practice everyday because I require the consistency to keep at it, to keep it a habit. I know that yoga makes me a better human being, that I literally need it in my life, that it resets my days and all those reasons are enough to keep up with my practice but some days it would be a struggle to get going if it wasn’t a habit and it would probably be much more sporadic of a practice. So basically, the key to success (a huge part of the key) is consistency.

It's All About Consistency #yoga #practice

Do you find you’ve fallen off the wagon a bit during the summer? Or maybe a vacation got in the way of your healthy routine? Yes? Guess what, me too. And I can honestly say the best way to fix that, because beating yourself up about it surely won’t help even a tiny bit. Is to jump back in, cold turkey (does cold turkey work as well when you are starting something?) and do it (do it) today, tomorrow and every other day this week (more specifically, for getting back into yoga).
Do it till it feels normal again and the couch potatoing/relaxing in the sun feels more abnormal. Still relax and couch potato, just save that for after you did your consistent workout/practice. What do you guys think?

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I Made You A Mixtape / 04

i made you a mixtape / 04
Mid summer and I’m all about the upbeat semi relaxing tunes. The start of summer focus always goes to THE summer playlist, the summer vibes that will go along with the awesome summer you plan to have. But for me, about mid way through summer I’m often craving calm and stillness — like I just need to soak up every-single-last minute left of summer, not pump up the beats and race it away. So I made you a playlist (or a mixtape because it just sounds better) full of songs that fit with a late afternoon trip to the lake (with some awesome sandal tan lines, of course), that work great for hanging out with friends or laying on your back dreaming of more days just like today. Hope your summer has been amazing so far!

Looking for more mixtapes? Check out the past (so far) three for more great tunes.
*this playlist is on spotify, all you need is a free account to listen!

That Anxious Feeling: 6 Things You Can Do To Kick Anxiety Away

That Anxious Feeling: 6 Things You Can Do To Kick Anxiety Away Anxiety is not my studied expertise, but I have years of first hand experience with it — self made expert if you will. Anxiety can come in so many different shapes and sizes, anxiety or panic attacks are different for everyone. Some of us have chronic cases of it, others sporadic or maybe just a few cases (can count the episodes on your hand) in your lifetime. Whatever your case, it’s ridiculously common, always very frustrating and often can be a little scary. I have many tried and true methods I use to prevent or help deal with my own anxiety episodes or panic attacks, but I thought since I myself have just finished and overly anxious (for no reason what-so ever, as it sometimes goes) week today would be a good time for me (and for you) to go over again a few “in the moment” things you can do to help get over that anxious feeling.

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4 Starter Outfits for Summer, That Everyone Should Own

Okay, maybe not everyone that’s a pretty general blanket assumption, one that I totally cannot live up too. But most of you should own and I’m sure many of you might already, own a version of these. If you already do, in that case I’m just here to give you a little pat on your back and remind you, that you are doing it all right.

This post most definitely would have been more helpful a month or two ago, you know when you were out shopping for your summer gear — but the idea just came to me, which means I will be way more on the ball for future seasons.
I really love the concept of a “capsule collection” and honestly that’s basically how I’ve shopped and dressed for pretty much my whole life (I like that is has a cool name now). The idea of starter outfits for each season is sorta the same concept, 4 outfits that can be your basic seasonal uniforms and will also be the base of your seasonal closet. They are mix and match-able and can easily be added to with new or already existing items in your closet — to create a full wardrobe/capsule collection if that’s what you please. But you don’t have to go out and start with so many items, 4 starter outfits to give your closet a head start.

4 Starter Outfits for Your Summer Wardrobe #minimal 01 | basic tank and pleated midi skirt – the tank that you want to buy in every single color (usually there is one style every year), one that will go with every other outfit (starter and otherwise) in your closet. And a skirt that is versatile enough to be dressed up or down, and can easily be paired with almost every top in your closet (and every other starter outfit top).
[JCrew Scoop Tank + JCrew Pleated Midi]
(I also really love this chiffon maxi)

02 | cropped top and high-rise jeans – a cropped top isn’t really a crop top when paired with a high waist bottom. It’s sorta like the old joke “if a tree fell in the woods and no one was around to hear it, would it still make a sound?” (is a crop top still a crop top when your pants are so high they cover your crop?). It’s also a nice pairing with a midi skirt hiked way up, it’s just a nice non bulky top option when paired with the right bottoms. And a good pair of high-rise jeans are never gonna do you wrong, they might be a bit hot to wear most days but on the few cool days you will be glad you have them.
[Zara Crop Tank + The Castings High Rise Skinnies]
(I also really love another must have tank paired with a slim boyfriend jean, if you really hate 02 that is pictured – or just want a 05 starter outfit)

03 | tank summer dress – a dress that can be dressed down or up and easily layered to look totally different (or to cover up, whatever you prefer). I love a really basic dress like this, and no matter if I buy something I feel is a little more special thinking it will be my summer dress — the basic always ends up winning, because of versatility.
[Zara Scoop Tank Dress]
(there is also this dress, same basic concept but much less fitted and much more flowy)

04 | basic tee + denim shorts – well a basic tee that isn’t really super basic, but the same concept as the tank. Go for the tee you’d want to buy in every single color and then maybe actually do just that. Then you can add in other styles, since this tee will go with every starter outfit and probably most outfits in your closet. And the shorts, well in my opinion you always need a go-to pair of denim shorts which will probably be worn way more than they are washed all summer long.
[Babaton Tee + Citizens Jean Shorts]
(I also really love this aline tee, because it would look so cute over the basic dress and with pretty much everything)

sandals and/or sneakers – if you have one really good, perfect for every-single-day-wear or each footwear style then you are pretty much set for summer. Of course you will probably need a couple more styles for different occasions, but generally you can live off two. And these two, will go with every single starter outfit — so choose wisely go for versatile.
[Corkbed Roman Sandals and/or Adidas Originals]

And then, mix and match all the items in the four starter outfits to make probably 10 different outfits in total – or at least that’s what I counted when I mixed and matched them in my head. And since I’m so late, you can use these Starter Outfits as a summer sale shopping list — since most of the items are on sale.

 What do you think? Starter outfits/capsule collections, yay or nay? Do you like 1 of the 4 most of all?

Texting With Friends / 03

summer weekends Summer weekends are just the best, we try to soak up every last moment of them like a bunch of sponges. What are you plans for the weekend? We are planning to hit up a PanAm event, I figure if we don’t we will surely regret it. For sure visits to Goodlife and the yoga studio, always and forever with those (or at least that’s the plan). Maybe a backyard BBQ at some point? I don’t know why I asked you. And just generally being together, probably something from this list.

  • mini mioche is having a sale and our heart and habit, capsule collection is included!
  • speaking of summer, how are those pesky mosquito’s? Keep them away with this.
  • Sorry Taylor Swift (and Harlow), I think I like this slower version much better.
  • Even if you are not a fan of hockey you should give this article a read, it was really wonderful (I’m not really the biggest fan and I really loved it).
  • How are those summer mornings going with the kids? Maybe this oldie but a goodie will offer some help.
  • These fish tacos are still our favorite, the kids as for them on the regular.
  • Stain? What stain? This DIY stain remover is totally the best.

Last weekend I somehow got sand in my camera lens and I have been unable to use it since. I have been meaning to buy a new lens (or two) for ages so, it’s probably due time. Any tips on where to find a good one for cheap-ish? And your favorites?

4 People Who Are Super Inspirational

I realized I follow people on Instagram and Pinterest or I subscribe to their blogs for a few different reasons. Usually because they offer beautiful things to look at, things I can relate too, things that are helpful or things that make me smile/laugh — generally the people I follow on many accounts (or stalk, whatever you wanna call it) are people I find inspiring in some shape or form. So in an effort to bring more beautiful and inspiring things to your day I wanted to share some of the people I either follow on the internet cause I really dig them, or people I met via the internet cause I really dug them.
If I included people who inspire me that I know in “real life and met in real life”  this list would be really long and I also wouldn’t be able to link to many of them (since many of them aren’t on the internet) so you wouldn’t be able to get just as inspired. And that wouldn’t be quite as fun. Well for you, it would be pretty fun for me.
Since I am a bit of a cliché and my niche of likes, skills and interests is a bit vast and spread out these 4 inspiring people pretty spread out in how they inspire me. So there should be at least one (probably all) that resonates with you.

4 Super Inspiring People

Andrea Duclos from OhDearDrea
I had always loved her blog, her honesty and colorful point of view on life. And then Drea quickly became my favorite person on the internet, because she talks about the things no one else does and in such an honest real life way. When we became, talking everyday friends I realized even more just what a truly fantastic person she really is. Her blog and her IG are my favorite, relate-able, authentic and honest and just freaking beautiful.

Mariah Coz from femtrpreneur.co
She runs/writes the uber helpful site femtrepreneur.co, where she offers her expertise to help female entrepreneurs become badass bosses. Her advice is pretty much always bang on (and super helpful), it’s honest and relate-able and she is just a joy to follow.

Alyssa from mini mioche
I e-met Alyssa, 4 (or so) years ago when she found my blog on the internet. It took me forever to meet her in real life, but boy am I glad I did. And not just because I have had the chance to work with her on some really fantastic projects — those are just icing. She has business drive and ambition is incredible, her focus to get to her end goals is, (have I said the word enough yet?) inspiring. Not to mention her creativity in how she approaches every aspect of her business, incredibly inspiring (there it is again!) to be around and follow.

Stephanie Birch from @stephynow
She is one of the only yoga-gramers I follow on IG. She has a way of grabbing attention with her stunning poses and then holding you there with her truthful and inspiring words. I appreciate so much that her account is not just about the physical poses it dives much deeper, which is hard to do since all you see is a visual.

Who are the people on the internet who inspire you? Do you follow any of these people already? Would you like me to share more posts like this in the future?