My First Tarot Reading

As I delve deeper into my spiritual journey, I am taking the opportunity to explore different ways of connecting with my highest self and consciousness.

I love astrology and understanding how, depending on where the stars were when you were born, you may be influenced in your characteristics and personality. I feel the way of the Libra speaks so much to my soul. While I love astrology, I’m not naive and know that most horoscopes are written to be vague enough to apply to many people. That’s one part of astrology I don’t like. I don’t like that there are ways to manipulate what you read to make it apply to your life (whether it does or not). While I am learning to embrace and evolve my spiritual side, that does not diminish the side of me that needs clear cut answers and logical thinking. Before I will take any horoscope to heart, what is written needs to be so blatantly clear that I was meant to read it.

With that being said, you can imagine my skepticism when it comes to tarot cards. As I was looking more and more into tarot, I realized that while there is a way to interpret your own cards, as each card does have it’s own meaning. So while you can read the spread and interpret how the cards apply to the question you asked or spread you choose, there really is no way to completely twist the reading to apply to you just because that is the outcome you want.

After some internal debate, I decided there was no harm in at least trying out tarot cards. At the least, I’ll be briefly let down in my purchase, and at most, I’ll have a new resource in my wheelhouse that allows me to work through things internally. I caved and purchased the most beautiful deck of tarot cards, The Starchild Tarot Akashic Deck.

The night my deck arrived, I cleansed the deck with sage to clear the cards of any energy that may have been transferred to them before arriving to me. Once the energy was clear, I shuffled the deck and meditated on the question that I wanted the tarot to answer for me. I chose a spread of three cards, forum rencontre ado quebec l'or rencontre paginas para conocer personas en ecuador bekanntschaft ukraine what is phishing on dating sites site de rencontre pour fumeur code source php site de rencontre frauen suchen mann mit geld visit this site Situation | Action | Outcome. Continuing to meditate on the question, I cut the deck and dealt my cards. I was nervous and excited.

I flipped the cards:

Two of Cups. Five of Crystals. Strength.

Two of Cups: A card of new beginnings

Five of Crystals: A card that represents a sense of worry, over-speculation; this card reinforces that despite hardships, you are capable

Strength: A powerful card that signifies the emergence of your Higher Self – one that is full of grace, love, and compassion. This card reminds you that you are strong enough to overcome any obstacles

So what did I ask the tarot to answer for me?

Can I turn my blog into a business? Can I teach yoga online?

Let’s remember my spread: Situation | Action | Outcome

Situation: A new beginning (wanting to create a business though teaching yoga online)

Action: A sense of worry (well I WAS asking a deck of tarot cards if I should do this, so yes, there I have definitely been over-speculating and wondering how to — or even if I can — do this.)

Outcome: Strength and the emergence of your Higher self

I initially thought my cards would tell me what action to take and what the outcome of that action would be. That was at least my expectation.

After seeing my cards, that’s not how I read them at all. I read that my Situation is a new beginning, and my current Action is worry and over-thinking, but this same card reads “Do Not Lose Faith In Yourself.” The Outcome I now believe is a result of the tarot cards themselves. The Universe is reminding me of my strength. Somehow, the tarot knew all I needed was a little reminder that I am both strong and capable.

I think we all fall prey to that internal doubt from time-to-time, but we must remember that the power we have inside of us is stronger than we believe. The next time self-doubt encroaches and tries to veer you off a path that you’re excited to take… remember your strength, your power, your heart, and your passion. Like the Strength card says, you are strong enough to overcome any obstacles.

I must say that my heart was so happy after my first tarot reading. I am sure to come to my tarot cards with many more questions.

Would you do tarot? What would you ask the deck to show you?

Let me know!



5 Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

The new year is the perfect time to turn a new leaf and make a fresh start. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are health and fitness related (I definitely did). Whether you’re trying to start a new diet or commit to working out, it can be hard to start a new lifestyle from scratch. Here are some tips to help you keep your New Year’s fitness resolution.

1. Drink More Water

One of the quickest ways to eliminate unnecessary calories and sugar from your diet is to simply drink more water. Try to drink 1oz per pound of body weight each day. One gallon is 128 ounces, so if you weigh 128 pounds, shoot for one gallon. A lot of people mistake dehydration for hunger. Keeping a water bottle full and with you throughout the day can help combat hunger pains as well as keep you hydrated.

2. Prepare your meals in advance

I know the idea of “meal prep” seems extremely tedious, but trust me it beats the alternative of going into “oh sh*t, I don’t have food, what am I going to do? How am going to stay on track?” panic mode. Make preparing your meals a scheduled event in your weekly routine. Whether it’s cooking food in bulk on Sunday afternoons or preparing all of your meals for the next day at the same time each night, making it a routine and scheduled activity in your day or week will make meal prep easier to complete. (Need meal prep ideas? Check out some of the recipes I’ve posted in the Food section of my site.)

3. Eliminate trigger foods from your house

Everyone has that food (or foods in my case, yikes!) that if it is in arms reach, it will be devoured before the night is over. Maybe it’s flavored peanut butter (guilty!), candy, or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s… whatever it is, don’t keep it in the house! You know you have no self-control with this food, so why put yourself in a position to a) be constantly tempted and tortured looking at it in the cabinet or fridge or b) set yourself up for failure. Does this mean you should completely cut this food out of your life completely? Heck no! Have it in moderation, of course. But that is much easier to do when you don’t have the food at home. If you’re trigger food is ice cream, make a trip to the nearest Coldstone for a cone, but don’t buy a tub of ice cream so that it stares you in the face every time you open the freezer.

4. Stay Ready

It is so easy to make excuses to not stick to your diet or skip the gym. These days it’s almost too easy… long day at work, too tired, too sore, didn’t have time to prep your meals, your commute took longer than normal, etc. Preparation is key, fam! Just like you have your meals ready for the day, make sure that your gym bag is pre-packed and that you have your workout planned in advance. Knowing exactly what you’ll be working out (or what fitness class you’re taking) will save you time at the gym as you won’t be lolly-gagging (does anyone say that anymore? Can I bring it back?) around the weights and machines because you’ll have a plan to stick with.  Having your bag ready the night before means you can just grab-n-go in the morning, whether you’re working out before work or after work, you won’t need to worry about running home to change. This will also combat the “I went home after work to get ready for the gym and I just decided not to go” occurrences.

5. Schedule Your Day

It’s already been alluded to, but scheduling your entire day is probably the best advice that I can give you when it comes to sticking to a new fitness and diet regimen. A healthy lifestyle change can seem like it’s too much to manage at first, but if you sit down and schedule out your week in advance, you’ll see how much time you really do have to dedicate to yourself. Fail to plan, plan to fail! Every Sunday afternoon while my food is cooking, I’ll get my planner out and look at my week. My workouts are meetings that cannot be cancelled or skipped, so if I have after-work activities to attend, I’ll make sure to move my rest day to that day. I’ll also review my workout split to make sure that I have enough workouts scheduled to match my split (i.e. if I have 4 workouts to do, I schedule for 4 days, if I have 5 workouts, I schedule 5 days of my “gym meetings”).

If one of your new years resolutions was to jump back into the fitness game, use these 5 steps to stick with it and get the results that you want. You deserve it!

Happy sweating, #fitfam!