Inspiration

Mantra Monday: Suck it up, buttercup.

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Mantra: Suck it up, buttercup.

As Monday comes to a close, and my Mantra Monday deadline looms, I struggled with being positive today. Some days I just don’t feel positive, some days I want to hide under the covers and eat ice cream all day. I know I’m a yoga instructor and there is an unwritten code somewhere that says we must never speak of anything negative, only positive. 🙂 But sometimes, as much as I try to tell myself that I’ve got it pretty dang good, some days I still feel sad, maybe even a little depressed for reasons sometimes even unknown to me.  Scrolling thru pinterest, I saw the picture above and it made me smile. Because we all have off days no matter who we are or what we do, it’s inevitably going to happen. The beauty in off days is there is an on day coming soon. Maybe not tomorrow but soon! So maybe this Monday mantra is more for me than anyone else.

What I’m learning is that we go through different seasons in life, some happy, some sad, some where we are barely hanging on but we make it, we manage and we keep putting one foot in front of the other. You never know how long the season will last whether it will be a day, a few minutes, a week or longer. Why I started this blog, this journey and the whole premise of be present 100 is learning the ability to be wherever you are fully present in the moment. Some do not understand why I will allow myself to cry when I’m sad or wallow when I’m depressed, it’s because I know that’s what I need for that moment. I know that it won’t last forever and I know that the bad days help me to appreciate and be fully present for the truly wonderful days. So why would I use “suck it up, buttercup” as Monday’s mantra? Well because I can and it’s funny and I want it to remind you too when you’re having a bad day, week or month that your day is coming soon! Bad days always precede good ones 🙂 Take care of you. Be in the moment and sort through the good, the bad and everything in between and know that it’s all part of the wonderful journey of life. This too shall pass whether it’s happy or sad so embrace it, live it, feel it and enjoy it. It will all make sense when it needs too.

My name is Amber find more from me at http://www.bepresent100.com and on twitter @bepresent100

 

You Can Make A Difference ☀️

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This resonated with my spirit today. Because I truly believe if were crazy enough to take on the world and show up everyday and put our heart & soul into what we believe, we can change the world! ✌️

You have the power within you to make a difference. One person at a time. One day at a time. Your life matters. Your experiences are worth sharing. Everything that you need to succeed is within you. ❤️

Find more yoga and inspiration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100

What Is Your Purpose?

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What is your purpose? You don’t know? Don’t worry you’re not alone. If many of us are honest with ourselves it’s a tough thing to figure out. I’ve  had several conversations with people, including professionals established in their careers that say, “I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.” I personally have never had an epiphany on a career. Even in college I remember changing my major at least 5 times in one semester. The advisor signing off made me take a career exam after I changed my major the 3rd time. I couldn’t blame him. I was always coming up with a new idea or career. Which come to think of it, isn’t much different than today.

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Fast forward fifteen years later, I have a better idea of the things I love to do but I’m not sure if they are my calling or my purpose. I show up every day and do what I love when I can. I have a career but my passion lies within my hobbies which include teaching yoga, writing songs and writing anything for that matter. I haven’t been able to make a living on my hobbies as of yet but I’m working on it. 🙂

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I love life. I love that we have so many choices, so many opportunities but I still wonder, will there come a time that I ‘know that I know’ beyond a shadow of a doubt this is it? I’m not certain of that. What I am sure of, is that I love dreaming and I will continue to do that no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at. If some of those dreams come true, great! If none of them do, I’m pretty sure I’ll just find a new dream because I’m flexible like that. 🙂 That’s the beauty of recreating yourself and doing what you love. Nothing is ever final. You have choices. You have the ability to dream.
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I’m also finding out that maybe just maybe, we don’t have just one purpose, maybe we have many. Maybe our purpose is to help others by doing what we love, in that season, in that moment.
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So I’m curious, have you ever had an epiphany or a moment when you just knew this was what you were put on this earth to do?

Are you more like me, doing what you love and taking it one day, one dream at a time?

Comment and chime in. I’d love to know.

Here’s where you can find me: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100 

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Liebster Award-Discovering New Bloggers

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Thank you Anna at http://goingroguedotnet.com for nominating me for the Liebster award! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to follow up on this. I was truly honored to receive this nomination. I am new to the blogging world but I have done my research and the Liebster Award is a way to discover new blogs and share some of your favorite bloggers with others. Once nominated for the Liebster award here is what you do:  (P.S. There isn’t a time limit on this that I’m aware of so take your time.)

1) Thank the blogger who gives it to you.

2) Answer the eleven questions he/she asks.

3) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

4) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

5) Let these bloggers know that I have nominated them.

These are the eleven questions that I had to answer:

1) What is your favorite drink?

Water but I do love wine on occasion.

2) Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?

Optimist.

3) Who has been the most influential person in your life?

My grandmother.

4) Are you a loner or the life of the party in real life?

Loner. I’m not comfortable in crowds.

5) What is your favorite TV show if you watch TV?

This changes depending on my mood right now when time permits I’m watching reruns of the Cosby Show and the Andy Griffith show.

6) How much sleep do you get on average?

6-8 hours or I try at least.

7) What is your favorite music genre?

I love all music but I tend to lean more toward country.

8) Do you prefer a city environment or a remote area?

Both. I love living in the country but being close to the city.

9) What is the one THING you cannot do without out?

Dreams and goals. I cannot do with them!

10) What made you decide to become a blogger?

I love to write and also wanted to share yoga tips with others.

11) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

I would make sure my family/friends had what they needed and then I would take a vacation to somewhere warm and relax and think about how best to invest/spend the money.

 My nominees are:  To all of my nominees, thank you for sharing your thoughts and inspirations with us!

1) http://thelightjourney928.tumblr.com/

2) http://littlehappyness.wordpress.com/

3) http://spiritsunshine.wordpress.com/

4) http://nylifesupply.com/

5) http://chloemayward.wordpress.com/

6) http://jjdevotionscafe.com/

7) http://aikidonosekai.wordpress.com/

8) http://atidecrem.com/

9) http://thechrishuntblog.wordpress.com/

10) http://acoursetothefinishline.wordpress.com/

11) http://followyourdesire.wordpress.com/

My eleven questions for my nominated bloggers:

1) If you could change careers and start a brand new one tomorrow. What would you do?

2) You win a 2 week vacation, all expenses paid. Where would you go?

3) You’ve been given one super power. What would you choose?

4 & 5) You have the opportunity to create a cure for one disease. What would it be and why?

6) You could have dinner and discussion with anyone living or dead. Who would you choose?

7) Favorite movie?

8) Favorite childhood memory?

9) If you could make a living writing on any topic. What topic would you choose?

10) Why did you start your blog?

11) You have the chance to guest star on your favorite tv show. Which show would you pick?

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Self-Awareness, Transcendence

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Recently I watched the movie Transcendence with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. It was definitely entertaining but what I enjoyed most was the fact that it made me think. The movie reminded me of how dependent we are on the internet, the beauty of all that’s intertwined with our creator and the simple truth of why we were created. “He created us to be with him.”

In the movie, they had created a smart computer that could do an astounding number of things except be human with feelings and emotions. The skeptic would ask the computer named, Pinn, “ Are you self-aware?” Pinn would then say, “That’s an interesting question, are you self-aware?”  Hmm, self-awareness, am I self-aware? How is being self-aware beneficial? Does being self-aware mean I’m selfish?

Wikipedia defines self-awareness as the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. Introspection is the examination of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings

In my yoga classes, near the end in savasana, I remind everyone to take note and be more aware of how they are feeling and how their body is feeling in the present moment. It seems we have to be reminded to be self-aware it’s not something that comes easily for most of us. We often do think of ourselves but it’s usually to judge or beat ourselves up over something we’ve said, done or ate. This is not self-awareness, this is self-judgment. Self-awareness allows us to examine our behaviors and thoughts without judgment. It’s a way to detach for a moment and simply observe what is going on within ourself. This is a healthy observation that we can commit to daily. It’s not selfish to observe and be aware of where we are in the moment. It’s actually selfish not too. We are constantly going, we have so many demands and people depending on us to make it all happen that setting aside 10-15 minutes or however much time we can manage allows us to create a healthy balance. It gives us a moment to check in and see what we need in order to be able to give our best.

How do we create more self-awareness? Meditation is a great way to start creating more self-awareness. Taking 5-10 minutes to sit and observe your thoughts can help you refocus and redirect. Allow yourself the freedom to be still. If you have a particular issue or question that’s been weighing on your mind. I challenge you to take that question or issue and write it down, find yourself a quiet spot even if it’s only for 5 minutes. Set a timer if necessary, I’ve done this on several occasions. Ask yourself that question and be still, be silent, see what comes up. Don’t judge your thoughts that pass through, simply sit with them and see what they are telling you. A lot of times we already know the answer in our heart but we’re so busy and consumed with being everything for everybody else that we forget that we have to take care of ourself first. Maybe the answer will not come the first or second time but take time to listen to what your body and your instincts are trying to share with you. It’s the same good advice that we are advised on every time we fly “in case of an emergency, put your oxygen mask on first before attempting to help others.” In order to help others, we must first help ourselves.

Find more from me on yoga and inspiration athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100 

9 Tips for Getting What You Want

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1. Build a Foundation. Start somewhere. Make a list. Write a one-page business plan. Do something. If you simply start the process other ideas will flow to you.

2. Be Willing to do the Work. Step outside of your comfort zone. The work may not be what you envisioned. You may have to do things to promote yourself that makes you squirm. You may have to take jobs that you don’t want in order to prepare you for your end goal. Be willing, show up and keep learning.

3. Be Patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Many successful people spend years perfecting their business plans and ideas. Learn to adapt and go with the flow. It’s a process which means it will take time and effort. Learn to be creative and do what you can where you are with what you have.

4. Become the Expert. Research and educate. Learn everything you can about your plan, idea, career or hobby.  You need to know the ins and outs, the ups and downs and everything in between to fully believe and support what you’re putting out into the world.

5. Be Authentic. It’s great to have role models and people that you admire but don’t try to copy them. Think of ways you can do or create something with a flare that’s all your own. This may take time but once you personalize your idea, no one can copy that. They may try but you can’t copy authenticity.

6. Be Confident. Have you ever believed in someone 110%? Someone or something that you tell about to everyone you know? Market yourself or your idea in this same way.  It won’t be easy at first especially if you’re not a natural sales person, but think about how it appears to you when someone is only half behind what they are selling. No matter how great it is or isn’t, it highly effects the way you view them and/or the product. This is not a time to think about your faults or failures. We’re all hard enough on ourselves as is, this is the time to sell the confident, unique and amazing YOU! That’s right, you are amazing! Sell it! Make them want it!

7. Be Determined. Rejection is a terrible feeling but by being rejected we can learn a valuable lesson. Shift your focus, don’t think of “no” as negative but begin to use the word “no” to your advantage. Create an opportunity to redirect your thoughts and evaluate your strategy. Learn from it, be adaptable but don’t let it deter you.  As the quote says, “Want it more than you’re afraid of it.” Allow it to make you stronger and inspire your journey.

8. Don’t be afraid to Fail. Put yourself out there that’s the only way to succeed and it’s the only way to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Know that you are not alone and that every amazing person before you has failed at something. Keep moving forward. You will get there maybe not on your schedule but it will happen. Don’t give up!

9. Be Grateful. Use the talents you were given and be thankful for each and every opportunity. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”

Find more yoga and inspiration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100

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About Me and My Blog

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Recently updated my about me page on my blog and wanted to share. Thank you to everyone who has followed me 🙂

Yoga, motivation and inspiration is what I hope to share with you in my posts weekly and sometimes daily. As a full-time assistant and a part-time yoga instructor, I manage to keep myself busy and it seems I’m always juggling a new hobby or adventure. Lately, I’ve been posting daily and I love to write and share my thoughts and ideas. You can expect 2-3 posts a week from me but possibly more.

I hope to inspire, interact and connect with like minded people through my blog. My inspiration comes from reading, life experiences and my random thoughts. Posts consist of yoga, short youtube yoga tutorials, my life stories and lessons and much more. I want share goodness, light and love and put positive energy into the world while still keeping in my mind both the joys and struggles that life brings. And yes, I realize that makes me sound like a bit of a hippie but I am that too, I suppose. 🙂

More randomness about me……I’m not a vegan but I try to eat healthy. With one of my favorite foods being pizza and my love for trying new wines it sometimes proves to be challenging. When I’m not on a yoga mat, you can find me on the lake paddle boarding or maybe out hiking the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. Tennessee would be perfect, if only we had an ocean!

I read a quote the other day and it is my current motivation and hope. “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart. One who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” So I hope that’s what I can do for everyone I interact with in life. It’s a good goal and nice start.

If you have questions or thoughts, if you’re curious about yoga and want to know something specific, please reach out or email me at bepresent100@gmail.com.

Love and Be Loved.

Fear is only as powerful as you allow it to be in your life.

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By nature, I’m shy. At parties or gatherings, I’m the one standing in the corner, keeping to myself especially if I don’t know anyone and sometimes even if I do.  You know the type, never speaking unless spoken too. Crowds make me anxious and public speaking? Forget about it. Barely passing speech class in college, my fears let me believe for a long time that public speaking wasn’t something I could do. Fear of public speaking or simply being in front of a crowd paralyzed me.

Several years ago, I was taking a Pilates class, I love group classes. Mainly because their motivating and after a while you become like family encouraging one another and checking up on each other. Why am I telling you this? Because in that class was where I decided I wanted to teach group fitness, in particular yoga and pilates. At that time, that seemed about as doable for me as flapping my arms to fly. Even my family and friends were a bit shocked. “You want to do what?” They would say. But I wanted it more than I was afraid of it. I had no idea how I was going to get up in front of people, let alone lead a class. But I knew I had never let fear stop me before so I was determined to find a way.

I already had a full-time office job. But I took a part-time job. Doing what you ask? Selling jewelry, you know the type where you go to people’s homes and host parties. This was completely out of character for me and definitely out of my comfort zone. I knew this would force me to get up in front of people and speak. It terrified me, I was sick to my stomach with nerves on many occasions even while preparing to get up in front of friends. I knew that if I could do this, if I could step outside of my comfort zone I would be one step closer to something that I really wanted. At no time, was this easy for me. It was a struggle mentally and physically. I may have poured sweat, chucked a few dinners and even been on the verge of passing out on more than one occasion. But I did it!

At some point during my stint of selling jewelry, I realized that my dream of teaching was getting closer. My fear of being in front of people had not gone away entirely but it was more manageable. So I then begin my research and ventured into the fitness realm. Obtaining fitness certifications and gaining teaching experiencing was also challenging and took several months to begin teaching. It wasn’t easy getting my foot in the door but I went wherever I could find an opening and I showed up and I  tried and I prepared and I did the very best I knew how. The nerves were still there and I still got sick on occasion especially at first but I kept going.

Now, I teach yoga 3-5 times a week. I still get nervous in front of the class sometimes but nothing like what I use too. I love that I stepped outside of my comfort zone to do what was once unthinkable to me. My friend looked at me just the other day and said, “It still surprises me that you teach yoga.” I looked at her and smiled because it still surprises me too.

Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Go after opportunities. “Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears, we can move forward, stronger and wiser within ourselves.”

Find more yoga and inspiration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100
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How Do You Define Success?

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Success means different things to different people. But the questions I’ve personally been focusing on lately include, what does success look like to me? How do I define success in my life?  And, What steps can I take today to propel myself towards my picture of success?

My thoughts and questions were inspired from a list on my pinterest page, it was a list of 12 but I added 8 additional tips to make it my own. Let it inspire you, or make your own list to motivate and guide you toward your own vision of success.

20 Things Successful People Do Differently

1) They create and pursue smart goals.

2) They take decisive and immediate action.

3) They focus on being productive, not being busy.

4) They make logical informed decisions.

5) They avoid the trap of the trying to make things perfect.

6) They work outside of their comfort zone.

7) They keep things simple.

8) They focus on making small, continuous improvements.

9) They measure and track their progress.

10) They maintain positive outlook as they learn from mistakes.

11) They spend time with the right people.

12) They maintain balance in their life.

13) They generate their own motivation.

14) They believe in themselves.

15) They ask for help.

16) They build a foundation.

17) They are passionate about their goals.

18) They use the word “no” as an opportunity to turn it into a “yes” or redirect to a better path.

19) They are always learning.

20) They don’t give up.

Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy. Theodore Roosevelt

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Admire, don’t compare. I still have to physically STOP and remind myself to do this at times. Why is it that we compare what we have, what we do and who we are with everyone else? If you think about it, from an early age, we’ve been competing with one another in school, sports, relationships and careers. You name it; we’ve probably competed for it. There will always be competition and comparison, but if we approach our fears from a place of love, we can use them to create growth in our life. Comparison becomes fear when we feel we don’t measure up. It can make us believe that we don’t have enough, that we are not good enough and leave us with an overall sense of lacking. If we continue to dwell on these thoughts they can cause negativity, anxiety, depression, and keep us stuck while we compare and judge ourselves with others. The key to admiring instead of comparing is to examine our hearts and attitudes.

Simply acknowledging and being aware of our thoughts helps us to stay on track. Teach yourself to continually be aware and come from a place of abundance. I know this isn’t always easy to do but trust me, if you feel full, you will create the life to maintain that fullness. If you constantly feel like your lacking, you will be. So muster up everything you have to think and feel abundant. If necessary, start a gratitude journal to create a mindset of abundance.

When you see someone rocking there place in life, whether it’s something you want to have, do, be or create. You do not have to compare, compete, undermine or judge anyone including yourself; instead choose to see the opportunity for growth and expansion in your own life. You are enough. Never minimize who you are or the talents that God has given you. There is only one you and no one or nothing can change that. You have within you the power to make your life better, to improve, and to become the person you want to be when you make the effort to choose love over fear.

Find more yoga and inspiration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100