Monthly Round Up: August;

August was another awesome month. There were way too many late nights spent at the office but when I wasn’t locked up doing reports, I was going for river and coastal walks, doing the Kayla Itsines workout guide with C, eating my little heart out & celebrating my birthday!

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Core Desired Feelings;

Two days before flying out to Bali in June this year, I spotted ‘The Desire Map’ in a small bookshop. I’ve been meaning to get round to reading it ever since I read ‘The Fire Starter Sessions’ in April 2013 but you know, life happens (in my case, full time work and uni).

If you don’t already follow Danielle LaPorte, or know who she is, I suggest finding out ASAP. This lady is going to change the world with her desire mapping, I just know it.

At the start of the year, I chose three words to guide me through 2014. My three words were:

CALM

CONFIDENT

FREE

Every decision I have made this year, has been based around my three core desired feelings. As in, will this decision help me feel how I want to feel? Over the last 9 months, I’ve had to distance myself from certain people, say no to a number of invitations, postpone a dream holiday and spend a lot of time recharging my batteries to feel the way I wanted to feel every single day.

As my 24th birthday was just around the corner, I sat down last weekend and went through the book to come up with some new core desired feelings for the next coming months. There’s some big changes to come in the next three months but leading up to everything & beyond, I want to feel:

CERTAINTY

EXCITEMENT

JOY

 

Anyone else just as in love with Danielle LaPorte & Desire Mapping as I am?

& if so, what are your core desired feelings?

Yin Yoga;

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Last weekend, I attended a 3 hour Yin Yoga workshop, put on by Yoga Grooves. I didn’t even know what Yin Yoga was until earlier this year when I went to a free Lululemon yoga class at one of their stores but it’s now a class I regularly attend & always on the look out for more places that run it (not many do!)

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses (asanas) that are held for longer periods of time, anywhere from three to five minutes or longer.  Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues – the tendons, fascia and the ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

In the workshop, run by Fiona from Yoga Grooves, I learnt all about qi and how Yin Yoga is designed to improve the flow of it through the meridian pathways in the body. It is known that improved qi flow helps with organ health, immunity and emotional well-being.

I am dying to get back to Yoga Barn in Bali because they offer Yin Yoga Healing classes, which focus on different organs and it was by far, one of the best classes I’ve attended.

I’m gathering a list of Yin Yoga classes all around the world so if you know of any, send them my way!

 

Changed Plans;

At the beginning of the year, I drew up a little calendar for the year with all the things I wanted to do. I didn’t have any goals for the year, only five priorities. One of those priorities was spending a month in the US for my birthday in August. It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since I was in California in 2008 but have since had study every August since.

2014 was off to a good start, I was saving & I figured, if I told enough people, there was no way I wouldn’t get to the US. But then, life happened. SO many other adventures came along & when the time came to sell off some tickets I purchased for my time in California (only like the biggest event of the year!), I knew there would always be next year.

Because when I thought about it, the things that have happened this year & the things that are still yet to happen are so much more than I had hoped or planned for.

I wrote about this very topic back in June 2012 (and multiple times since) and the lesson is always the same: plans change but always for the better.

I would love to know, anyone else feel guilty for not following through with plans?

Monthly Round Up: July;

Looking back over July, it’s made me realise how much can be done in a month & just how much can change. So hopefully I can keep up these monthly reviews for the rest of the year & look back on 2014 in a few short months. It’s been an incredible year so far!

Last month was full of so much good food. Pictured below, I checked out Stimulatte, Solomon’s Cafe, Darlings Supper Club, Jamie’s Italian, Karibu Cafe & The Grovsnor Hotel. Not pictured: The Windsor Hotel, Madhatters on Milston, The Royal, Little Creatures, Halo Espresso, Heavenly Plate, Raw Kitchen, The Brisbane & The Chocolate Lounge.

When I wasn’t eating with local friends, I was dining with interstate friends. I had my best friend fly over from Queensland mid month for our annual July catch up. In 2011, I flew to Auckland; in 2012 we met in Melbourne; in 2013 I flew over to Queensland & this year S came to Perth for the 5th time in 7 years (she isn’t the best friend for no reason!)

The weather was beautiful the whole time she was here so there were lots of walks involved plus as much good food we could fit into four days.

The annual Isagenix University was also on in July & it was awesome to have some of my girls come along & learn more about Isagenix from the corporate team & see why it’s the greatest company to be involved with. I went to the Sydney Uni back in April this year but got so much more out of this the second time round. There were different speakers, new content & new product releases. Plus the super exciting reveal of an Isagenix distribution centre in Perth which is a perfect example of how much product is consumed in Western Australia (and hardly any of the state has heard of it yet!)

One of the photos taken of me in July made me realise just how long my hair had gotten so two days later, I was booked in for my bi-annual bob. Gosh, I have missed having short hair!

Weather was beautiful in July so a girlfriend & I decided to go hiking in the hills. When we woke up one morning & read the forecast said 95% of rain, we didn’t think anything of it (mistake #1). We got so excited when we saw the start of the Bibbulmun Track so we took that track. 90 mins in, we decided we better head back but realised we had gone off course (mistake #2) and then it started raining. Off track and totally wet, we continued along the path we thought we took before only to realise an hour later, we were walking in the totally opposite direction. We eventually got back to the car & decided that wasn’t our greatest idea. Note to self: buy a waterproof raincoat!

Other than bush walking & coastal walks, July was full of sauna visits, 90 yin yoga sessions & lots of time spent with weights. Summer is close to 12 weeks away & although I try to maintain a healthy body all year round, I do have a number of weddings coming up this summer where I want to look 11/10.

I also managed to squeeze in an Ayurvedic workshop into July which was awesome. After reading about Ayurvedic principles, I got a Ayurvedic massage in Bali in June which caused my friend J to look into Ayurvedia in Perth which led her to this workshop (organised by  Lakshmi Ayuvedia Wellness Centre which is the very place I first read about the principles!)

We went over daily routines & how we can eat better for our types (find out your dosha here) as well as two yoga sessions & a hearty vegetarian lunch with yummy homemade chai tea.

So this winter has been quite the workshop season. In June I went to the LuluLemon retreat, in July I went to a Ayurvedic workshop & in August, I’m heading along to a Yin Yoga workshop by Yoga Grooves.

The world is full of cool stuff! The trick is to find it 🙂