Choppy waters

Choppy waters

So that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again…  Virginia Woolf   When you accept and know your patterns, everything in your external reality shifts- dramatically. This I know for sure! I am a way-shower and I am here to HELP you connect with your own spark. I approach Wellness and Self-Empowerment through an intuitive and loving lens, and take both a physical AND an energetic approach. It is not “one size fits...
13 things you can do when you feel depressed

13 things you can do when you feel depressed

Do you suffer from depression? I do, and I tell you, it can be a bitch! I’m not talking about having a “bad day” and situational depression, which we all have occasionally. I am talking about when the deep, dark cloud that follows you wherever you go and renders you useless, fatigued, low, and not caring about anything enough to take action. I am a fighter, and I have gotten through many a bout of the lows by burying myself in action and work, but don’t end up cooking, eat on an irregular schedule (and not healthy things) and I I neglect my surroundings by just leaving things around, and not having the order around me that I usually thrive on. For those who suffer from depression, it manifests differently.   I recently came through a particularly difficult bout with these demons as I often do in the winter when the sun is farther away and it is overcast for days on end. I did get work done and I was able to get by and serve my current clients pretty well. I was able to take care of others, but let myself go in many ways. I kept forgetting to eat, therefore had a very irregular schedule in both work and food (I usually thrive on schedule.) I stopped my workouts, which are one of my favorite things, noticed that I was gaining a bit of weight and though I suspected it was because of my irregular eating and poor choices (I am usually more of a health nut) when it was really because of something deeper.  ...
How to have a private yoga practice

How to have a private yoga practice

I have recently renewed my commitment to myself, and yoga. Yoga puts me in touch with my body, mind and spirit. Ever since I have been practicing again I have felt more and more confident in my body. It can do amazing things. My body is a miracle and I want to take care of it by coming back to it on a daily basis. Yoga gives me a focus, and having a focus helps me empty my mind of the endless chatter that runs in the background of my mind. A yoga classes and a teacher are important in making sure you are aligned and to remind you to relax the parts of your body where you hold tension. Proper alignment helps you avoid injury which is why a teacher is important. I am lucky enough to be taking private classes, soon I will be in a group class. I love the instruction, it motivates me and gives me ideas and a structure for my private practice. I practice daily at home. My private practice is where I come back to myself and I am able to come back to myself, renew my self-awareness on a regular basis. Habits are formed by regular practice. Yoga is affecting all areas of my life, from wringing the tension from my body and elongating my spine, to strengthening and finding balance. It’s not only stretching. It’s so much more than that. How to have a private practice?  How to bring your yoga class to your home? The answer is simple. Simply roll out your mat and start by moving your body....
My Konmari regrets

My Konmari regrets

Recently I took on the challenge of Konmari, which is a method of decluttering based on a Japanese art and a book by Marie Kondo. It is an excellent process and transformational journey. I had been fascinated by it from the moment I saw the book. I wasn’t ready to take on that challenge for a while, but once I was there was no stopping me. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I was in quite a mood. My boyfriend had just left (maybe for good,) and I was in purge mode. I scoured the house. I got new sheets and even was able to snag new furniture for the living room and I rearranged the house and even cleaned the corners of the laundry room. I saw areas that had not been seen in a while, those areas that often get forgotten when cleaning house. I even cut my hair. I found Konmari and loved the idea of only having things that I loved and things I felt happy when I held. I loved the idea of living a life with less possessions and more clean space. I was leaving a huge part of myself behind. Parts of me that no longer made me happy. I took it on. I approached it as a spiritual practice and I began the process by putting all of my clothing, even the underwear and scarves, in piles and went through each piece reliving memories that some of them brought up. I was ready to leave parts of my persona behind in order to create...
I have a confession to make

I have a confession to make

I have a confession to make. I’ve been slack in some areas of my life. While I have stepped up in other areas, some things I have put aside for now in order to find my new balance. I have been blocked in my KonMari (I got stuck in the ‘papers’ section, a difficult challenge.) I am definitely picking that back up again though, after I find my new normal.   I am in school now to add some skills and depth to Cast a Spark and beyond. I’m studying for my diploma as a Holistic Wellness Practitioner  at the Southwestern Institute of the healing Arts, and then perhaps after I get the diploma I will move on to a degree adding Culinary Holistic Nutrition.The idea is: Beauty from the inside out and the outside in.   I am learning in depth about nutrition and extra training in life coaching (adding a diploma and more skills to allow me to expand my practice.) I am also adding the whole concept of wellness and how to coach people in finding their balance in taking better care of their bodies, minds and spirits. I will be receiving in depth training in Holistic Nutrition as well as Hypnotherapy. These things will translate into my service to others, to you if you should choose to work with me. I am already helping women feel beautiful and to enhance it from the ‘outside in’ and the mind and spirit part of the ‘inside out’ piece. There is a huge part that is missing, the grounded body part. We can become more grounded through the...
Can I give you some unsolicited advice?

Can I give you some unsolicited advice?

Today’s post is going to be a mini-vent and commentary about a topic that I watch in the lives of myself and others. It usually negatively affects relationships between two people by putting one person in the position of ‘power’ and the other one is more passive, small and frozen. Do you love giving advice to others? I realize that some people are wired that way, however this post is about those who listen with the intent of picking either the words apart or to have a “teaching moment.” Have you had the experience of feeling so small because you allowed yourself to be “advised” when you were simply excited about something and wanted to share and instead of being received you had your words thrown back to you with suggestions on how to improve or do it better? SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST NEED TO TALK THINGS OUT AND SHARE.   I realize that the majority of the unsolicited ‘advisors’ in this world have good intentions, but I wanted to put this out here to bring awareness to the fact that this behavior puts a wedge between the two. The other person will either feel small and wrong and their enthusiasm will deflate, or they will feel lower than and almost like a child. They can also get pissed off and become reluctant to share anything of personal depth with that person. It blocks energy flow in my opinion.   I have had this experience many times in my life. I have been “coached” for free without my permission. I have even shared vulnerable things just to have them ‘solved’...
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