2018 Intentions

With the new year approaching, talk is ablaze with “New Years Resolutions.” Resolutions literally means the action of solving a problem. This would imply that our resolutions are made because we have a problem to solve. I take issue with that. We are exactly where we are meant to be + we are a creation of every past experience. We, in our current state, are not a problem. We do not need to be solved. This year, I’m throwing “resolutions” to the wind and setting intentions for the new year!

Intentions are the fuel used to manifest the life you want to live. They are well thought out desires, feelings to cultivate, and goals to chase. Intentions, in my eyes, are a gentler + kinder way to tell the Universe what you want. Intentions are based from a place of love + desire versus resolutions that are based from a place of “let’s fix this.”

I hope you all take time before the new year to understand what you want 2018 to bring to you.

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In 2018, I intend to…

  • look fear in the face and begin teaching yoga
  • write more
  • learn how to use my camera + edit pictures
  • find my “aesthetic” for my Instagram + blog to mesh
  • be love + light
  • share my magic
  • find a happy balance in health + fitness; find a “lean for life” state
  • save more money
  • travel more
  • be more kind
  • donate money AND time to charities and non-profits that call to me
  • monetize my blog + Instagram
  • be open to opportunities that allow me to live out my passion
  • CREATE opportunities that allow me to live out my passion
  • host workshops
  • inspire other’s to use their magic + give it to the world
  • make more YouTube videos
  • Release my ebook/workbook “Life in Alignment”
  • Believe in my ability to help, guide, and inspire people around me… and get paid for it
  • host a yoga retreat
  • become a sought after teacher — wherever I’m residing
  • make 2017 my LAST midwest winter
  • remain open to new relationships, friendships, and partnerships
  • GROW — personally + professionally
  • pay off a sizable chunk of student loan debt
  • let go of past projections/stories that i’ve let control my life
  • forgive those who have wronged me that i have held grudges against
  • work hard to make my dream job my REAL job by the age of 30
  • transition more of my diet (+ consumer preferences) to vegan/cruelty-free
  • build the groundwork for my online store
  • cut out toxic people in my life; and fill the spaces that they once occupied with good-intentioned people + relationships

Are you ready to get started on your intentions for 2018? I’ve created a 2018 Intentions Worksheet  just for you! Download the worksheet, print, and start intention setting.

Happy New Year, loves.

Xo,

Leta

Life in Alignment

It’s a phrase commonly used in yoga, to be “in alignment.” Of course, when your yoga instructor is talking about being in alignment, (s)he is trying to make sure your body is in the proper form in a posture to avoid risk to injury and ensure that you are receiving all of the benefits of the posture. I love this term because it can also be adequately used off of the mat. (As I’ve learned many lessons from the mat can be). You can live your entire life in alignment. In fact, I hope that with this post, you start living your life in alignment.

Living life in alignment means that you are living each day in agreement with your heart and soul. It means that from the moment your eyes flutter open in the morning, every thought, every breath, every action is in line with your truth and your Highest self.

It isn’t easy. I believe it is human nature for us to resist the happiness that alignment can bring us. Many of us live our lives from a place of fear versus a place of love. This pushes us out of alignment.

To be able to live your life aligned with your truth, you need to know what your truth is. How can you discover your truth? Ask yourself a few questions:

  • What do I value in this life?
  • Who am I at the very core of my being?
  • When am I my truest self?
  • What kind of person do I aspire to be?
  • What do I want to be remembered for?
  • What do I aspire for people to feel after they have interacted with me?
  • What causes and belief systems do I stand for and speak to?

Write those answers down. Put those words on to paper. Make them real. See them. Visualize them. This will help you wrap your head around your truth. It will help you actualize these truths into existence.

Now that you understand who you are at your very depths, it’s time to live in alignment with your truths. This means you think, act, speak, and believe in accordance with the answers that you wrote down.

Maybe you value kindness: living life in alignment with that truth means that you will make a conscious decision to think kind thoughts, to speak kind words, and to do acts of kindness. It also means taking a step back when you think, speak, or act out of alignment. Reflect on those situations, what drove you to break from your truth? How can you address it the next time you may be put in that situation?

Maybe you stand for self-love: this means that you need to live each day giving yourself the love that you deserve. This can be done by eating well, exercising, self-care, and speaking sweet nothings to yourself. It also means calling yourself on your bullshit and holding yourself accountable on the days that you aren’t giving yourself love. Self-love also actualizes when you take a step back from situations that aren’t contributing to your Highest good. For instance, you can’t say that you love your body, then only fuel it with garbage food and drown yourself in alcohol each weekend. That is not living life in alignment with your truth.

It’s not a simple change. It’s actually really hard. And it can get messy, because you have to take a good, hard look at the “why” behind your own thoughts, words, and actions. But once you do this, you find that life seems to flow. When you’re in alignment with your truth and you’re living each day in accordance with these truths… the right people, places, and opportunities find their way to you naturally. Instead of forcing yourself down paths not meant for you, you find yourself falling into the flow of living. Once you live a life aligned, mind-body-soul, you won’t ever want to go back.

Xo,

Leta

P.S. There is so much more to come on this! I’m actually working on my very FIRST e-book workbook titled Life In Alignment. I can’t wait to release it in 2018!

What Does It Mean To Live Your Truth?

With the current up-trend in the self-love, self-care, and mindfulness movement, you may have seen blog posts, Instagram captions, or have heard people preaching to “live your truth.” It’s a very broad statement, that encapsulates so much depth and meaning, while still remaining ambiguous and vague. It’s a powerful declaration. So what does it mean to “live your truth”?

It’s like the new age version of Shakespeare’s “To Thine Own Self Be True.” To live your truth means to wake up each day and follow your heart. It means that your words, thoughts, and actions reflect who you are at the very depths of your soul. It’s being authentic, unapologetically so, in all that you do. To live your truth means that you follow the path that your heart desires, you do not follow the crowd or live your life to please others.

When you are living your truth, your actions + words are from the heart. You are not making decisions out of fear, but out of love… for yourself and for others. When people hear “living your truth” plenty of cliché phrases come to mind like “Live in purpose, on purpose.” But it’s not just cliché… it’s true.

Living in your truth means that you recognize when things are not in tune with the greater purpose that you are meant to serve this world. Stuck in the corporate world at a desk when your soul is calling you to serve the world as a nurse? In a relationship that’s comfortable and unexciting when your heart is telling you that it’s over? Still participating in activities because they’re routine for you but they no longer inspire you? Living your truth is awakening to these feelings + callings… and not just listening to them, but acting on them.

Living your truth is removing yourself from people, places, and situations that are holding you in a space where you no longer belong. It’s creating space for new things, opportunities, and people to enter into your life so that you continue to grow and expand and spread your magic in this big, beautiful world.

Simply put, living your truth is living your life in alignment. Mind. Body. Soul.

There’s more to come on this, loves. And soon, too.

Xo,

Leta