Tag: confident

I Want to Stop Now

When challenges come, do you rise to the occasion or do you quit?  Do you become depressed or do you realize that challenging moments define you?  I was reading “Journey into Power” by Baron Baptiste and I really loved this passage in his book: “It is generally possible for people to get into most of […]

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Go Too Far

“Trust yourself.  Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”  Golda Meir 4th prime minister of Israel What is achievement?  How do we measure our own sense of success?  Dictionary.com describes […]

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Be Unashamedly and Unabashedly YOU!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson How often we have heard, “Just be yourself and you’ll be fine.”  How often have we dismissed the sage and simple advice as nonsense, as we stubbornly try to stuff our size eight personality into a size […]

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Do What You Can, the Best You Can and Leave the Rest

As I spent the last few weeks moving the studio and trying to gather myself back together after the long and challenging winter, I find myself at a grand turning point in my life. Truly, the new studio is my dream come true! It’s light, airy, big enough and yet, not too big. It’s fabulous. […]

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Moment by Bittersweet Moment

“Life at best is bittersweet.” ~ Jack Kirby My time in Grand Rapids is rapidly drawing to a close and for the completion of my training, I am happy.  The winter has been the “worst in a century” and has made me doubt my wisdom at times.  Through it all, though, I am still on […]

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Stop the Insanity! I can’t hear myself think!

Music has always been a huge part of my life and especially my workouts; in the car while I’m driving to work, during my runs, at work, while I’m at home.  Until recently, I couldn’t imagine my life without music.   However, during the last several years, I’ve noticed that music, especially since we have it […]

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A Little Help Over Here, Please – Qualities of Yoga Teachers: Thirty Day Personal Challenge

“We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and the growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful.”  ~Mary Antin Quality 25:  Attentive Those who have never attended a yoga class might […]

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Day 7 – Qualities of a Yoga Teacher – Thirty Day Personal Challenge

“True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.”  ~Henry Miller Quality 7:  Strong Yoga teachers must be strong; strong physically, strong in belief, and strong in character.  Yoga teachers must be able to crack the deeper parts of each progressively more difficult pose in order […]

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Breaking Down Barriers

   I have known for quite some time that in order to improve our relationships – with anyone and everyone – we must break down our barriers.  We all have them.   We build them through every disappointment, heartbreak, unmet need, and real or imagined slights. We build our barriers to avoid pain, but we […]

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Lessons in Leadership

Lessons in Leadership Back when I was a beginning Taekwondo student, my teacher gave me one of life’s deepest and most profound lessons on leadership.  Being new to sparring, he told me from the first, “You set the pace.” By setting the pace, I no longer had to fear what the other person was going […]

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