Opportunity is in YOU

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Opportunity is available to people much more than they believe so. Growing up, I always limited myself because I was told that I can’t have everything I want and I need to be “realistic”.

That’s a lie.

Opportunity lives where you live. In the same house! You get the point. You can have everything you want, but just how bad do you want it?

I want to share my strategy of getting what I want and when I want it. First, you need to think your idea into existence. Thinking negative or limiting thoughts won’t get you anywhere. You are your biggest competitor so if you start off by thinking YOU won’t be able to do something, you’re right. You probably won’t. Start by changing your thought process. And then deal with the challenges you foresee getting in your way.

Challenges will always come up, always. No matter what type of idea you have, and no matter how much money you need or think you need, you’ll always be faced with hurtles. And you need to overcome them in order to succeed. This brings me to the second step of the strategy. Make a plan. Write your idea down.

I’m serious.

Writing helps you organize your thoughts. And it helps you discover more thoughts that can potentially be challenges. Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean you write down a one pager of notes and BOOM. You made it! No, you need to continue writing throughout the whole processes. Document everything you do. All of the money you’re spending. Where are your expenses going and where can you save. It’s important to keep track of everything as you begin your process. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a blog, getting in shape, buying a dream house, or just paying off some debt. You can make all of it happen with a plan.

A plan is simply a way for you to discover what it will take to make your opportunity go from dream to reality. When you come up against challenges in your plan, write down ways you can overcome them and if it means starting a new plan, do it! You’ve heard of growing pains, right? We’ll get used to them.

Now attack!

You have to find the confidence in yourself when you think there’s nowhere left to go. If it takes talking about it with other people, overcoming insecurities, or just simply working on self-love and appreciation, work on it. You have to believe in yourself before any of this can happen. And remember, opportunity lies in you so stop looking for all the answers in other people’s opinions. Self-doubt often comes from the outside but can only be fixed from within. The door is half way open, you got this!

March Madness Continues

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This month has been jam packed for me, but I haven’t forgotten about you guys!

No matter how busy you get, stay consistent. Set reminders. Create tasks. Do what you gotta do to stay organized, and follow through! The key to success is just that; consistency.

Check out a few videos below from my March Madness Series. I love how much length these exercises create in my spine when doing this little flow:

💫 The Roll Over

💫 Single Leg Stretch

💫 Double Leg Stretch

💫 Rolling like a Ball

Rolling on UP

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The Pilates Roll Up is one of the best exercises for intermediate Pilates peeps. Once you have developed a mind and body connection, you start to challenge your core to follow along. I definitely feel my core fire up every single time I practice this exercise.

What are the Benefits to The Pilates Roll Up?

  • Creates flexibility in your spine while building strong core muscles
  • Targets the rectus abdominis (the “six-pack” muscle) 30x more than a regular crunch
  • Increases blood flow and circulation while promoting deep breathing

How to execute?

  • Lie back flat with legs straight on the mat and arms extended above straight above the shoulders. Slightly tuck your pelvis while still maintaining a neutral spine – AVOID over-tucking the pelvis.
  • Bring arms forward, tilt chin down, and slowly curl upper body up, reaching hands towards the sky before folding forward to touch your toes. KEEP lower body stable on the mat.
  • Rest spine and reach arms above your head towards the sky to lengthen your torso. Slowly curl chin in towards the chest and roll back resisting gravity, while continuing to keep heels glued to the mat.
  • Repeat 8 to 10 times, slowly.

Pilates Hundred

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I am so excited for March Matness! During the month of March, I will be posting mat exercises every few days that you try at home.

March 4th is a little late, but its never to late to start NOW.

My goal is to help you achieve a strong core, good posture, and a healthy mind. It takes some time, but if you follow me along through the month of March, I promise you won’t regret it. Below is the first exercise; The Hundred.

What are the many benefits to The Hundred?

  • Helps create stronger core muscles – those ABS baby!
  • Gets your blood moving FAST- a great warm-up to any exercise
  • Develops trunk stabilization and increases endurance.
  • Increases lung capacity and develops mindful breathing techniques into the back of the ribs.

How do I execute The Hundred?

Lye on your back with your knees bent, soles of your feet flat and your spine in a neutral position (soft, natural arch in your lower back). Keep your arms long by your side with palms facing down. Slowly lift your legs up into a tabletop position while keeping the inner thighs connected and feel your abdominals fire up to protect the maintain the lower back in a neutral position. Reach your fingertips away from your shoulders towards your feet while curling the chest (sternum leads the way) up. Feel your shoulders anchor down your back and relax your neck.

Step-by-step Execution:

Step 1. Inhale (using active breathing) for a count of five, filling the lungs with air. Pump the arms with a slight emphasis on the downward movement – almost like you are pumping them through molasses or peanut butter 😉

Step 5. Exhale for a count of five, continuing to pump arms. Move from the shoulder joint, maintaining a stable torso – AVIOID letting your head and neck bounce.

Step 6. Repeat 10x until you complete a set of 100!

Love Your People

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As you grow, you start to figure out who you are and who you aren’t. Somethings that once interested you might not anymore. And that’s okay. Some people may have come and gone, while others are still riding with you. Once you get to that point, you feel aware of yourself and are content. At least that’s how I’m feeling. I’m becoming aware of who I am. And I’m not doing what I don’t like, simply because it doesn’t make me happy. And in the long run, the key to life is finding happiness.

It’s important to do what makes you happy and do it with the people who make you happy. Being around people who make you laugh, smile, and feel like you’re at your best are the people you should share life with. Those are the ones who will build you up and support you no matter what. Understanding that some people who made you happy once might not anymore isn’t always easy. One thing that has helped me find peace in letting go of those who don’t belong was seeing their perspective of who I am. When you start to allow the judgement of others bring you down and determine your actions, you should consider asking yourself; is this really me? If it isn’t, confront them and let them know who you truly are. If they cannot accept that, don’t force it.

Again, it’s not easy. But as you grow, you’ll find clarity in who you do and don’t want to be. And some of those moments will involve letting go of those who see you in the wrong light. I don’t want to call it a negative light, or even say that you should cut people off. Because you shouldn’t. You should always strive to forgive, and letting go doesn’t always mean forever. Sometimes it’s just the best thing to do in the moment.

Growth

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Being growth minded takes a lot of hard work and dedication. I’m talking mentally. It’s very easy to fall off the wagon and forget to post, forget to take a picture, have an idea and forget to notate it. It happens to me 10x a day, but everyday I still come up with an idea, take pictures, and post what I can. I can easily take that as punishment and hold it against myself. “I’m never going to be successful. I never post. I don’t post enough.” It’s all backwards thinking – literally! You are looking at the past. But instead, turn the thinking around and try again.

To me, growing means taking responsibility for not only your actions but also for your thoughts. You can control the way you see things and you can change the way you see things negatively. Once you recognize your perspective, and confront the way you’re thinking, you start to realize what triggers happiness and what triggers pain.

If something is causing you pain mentally, physically, or emotionally, take a step back. Take some time to see if there is another perspective that doesn’t dim your inner light. Then react, the same way you’d react to something that makes you smile. That’s it! You found the key to growing your mind in a positive direction 💡