Your value

self worth

“Thank you for the note”  the man at the register said to me as I ordered my coffee just now at Chapterhouse Cafe.   It took me a moment to realize what he meant.  Just a few days ago I wrote this note on a napkin to no one specific.  It was just a thought in my head.  When I cleaned up the table I left the napkin behind. He told me he thought I wrote it for him and how much he appreciated it because he was having such a bad day.  We both laughed when he realized I hadn’t written the note for anyone but he told me it didn’t matter because it made a difference in his day. So maybe even though I didn’t intend it to be for him, it was written for him after all…

Perhaps I’ve become the “Napkin Note” woman.  You see, I wrote this one too last week.  I guess it lights up my night just a bit to know a simple note on a napkin to a stranger had a positive effect on his day.  So with that, I’ve written another one tonight. No specific meaning or intention. Just a thought that came to mind tonight. To no one specific, of course, but I wonder if it will reach anyone…

p.s.  Your value is not based on someone else’s inability to see your worth. xoxo


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March is Myeloma Awareness Month

MMRF Team for cures ironman


March is Myeloma Awareness Month. The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – MMRF is my project and passion of 2015. If you’d like to learn more or contribute to research and help find a cure for cancer please contact me. 


Studying Hypnobabies in Philadelphia

hypnobabies philadelphia

Studying.  It’s what the cool kids do on Saturday night. Headphones are in, listening to my Yin Yoga playlist, studying childbirth education material, and writing book reports.  I know… I know…book reports?  I haven’t written one of those since hmmmm…. who knows. Trying to complete four of them this weekend and then onto the Hypnosis course, homework and exams. It’s been so long since I’ve studied like this although I finally feel like I’m sinking into the material. Just 6 weeks until New Orleans for CBE Hypnobabies Instructor training.  This song is playing. I love the one that comes next although they’re all beautiful on this playlist.  I am dreaming tonight of the day I am able to share this material as a childbirth education instructor.  I am fortunate as a birth doula to see what a positive impact it plays in childbirth. I want to pass this knowledge forward, make a difference, and educate. It is so very important to me. Soon the day will come…


The Voice’s Anthony Riley Live Yoga Class

Anthony Riley The Voice fundraiser

Live Music donation yoga class with The Voice’s Anthony Riley tomorrow! Class taught by one of my favorite Philly yoga instructors and owner of the at The Yoga Den, Michelle Bucci. Anthony will be singing on Season 8 of the Voice representing Philly!! Come bust your moves on your mat listening to Anthony Riley Saturday, February 28. Two classes 4-5pm and 5:30-6:30pm followed by refreshments and live performance by Anthony Riley!



Keep Going

runner quotes

Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is simply believing you can do it and believing you are worth the trip.  One of the things training for an endurance race reinforces is the importance of never giving up, especially when the going gets tough. A lot of days are completely fun for me while training for Ironman and then there are plenty of days that seriously challenge me physically and mentally. Every single day is worth the effort.  Some of the best things in life do not happen immediately, but gradually. When you keep going, instead of resisting, you grow. Pushing through the challenges makes you stronger and more capable with every day.

I do not know how to give up on the things that matter to me.  Don’t you dare give up on today’s goals and dreams because of the way things looked yesterday. Don’t even think about it. Be positive, persistent and patient.  And remember, the strongest people aren’t the people who always win every time, but the people who don’t give up when they lose. Keep going…

With love and light,





Assume the best of intentions in people. This means choosing to look for good intentions behind each other’s actions rather than assuming the worst. Build relationship on this platform of faith in one another.  Especially when these people are your friends. When something doesn’t sit right with you….ASK QUESTIONS. Respect people. Don’t assume. Be mindful. Be kind. The result? You create trust and respect, the essentials of any relationship. Cultivate the practice of optimism which gives you the opportunity to build a healthy relationship with yourself and others. Give people the benefit of the doubt and when you are still in doubt give them the respect they deserve by communicating with them.  Practice this because jumping to conclusion is not actually exercise at all.

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu. The devine light within me honors and respects the divine light within each and every one of you. Om shanti. Keli



Milestone: Team for Cures MMRF Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid Charity Team

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOUUUUUUU! I am jumping for joy this evening.  Thank you to all of you who have made a contribution to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation to help find a cure for cancer. I am so happy to share that as of today, February 17, I have reached the minimum goal of $5000 raised for the MMRF! $5295 actually. I will be racing in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid on Myeloma Research Foundation Team For Cures on July 26, 2015 and my first experience ever with fundraising has been a super meaningful one.  It’s an incredible feeling this evening to have reached the required goal with still five months to go until race day. It’s also cool to reach the goal today because today was also my biggest fundraising day.  Today’s success was thanks to my newest project, the Ironman Lake Placid Temporary Tattoos.  Thank you to my friend Mel for designing the tatts. Fundraising has not been easy at all yet it also feels like I’m just getting started now that I’m developing a rhythm with my efforts with The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.  It’s been trial and error, time and effort, and a great learning process.  I am thrilled and thankful for all of the people who’ve helped me reach the $5000 goal with MMRF. It’s time to share a little secret now…

The day I joined Team for Cures MMRF I set a personal goal. I want there to be a day where all cancer is curable. I would like to raise much more than $5000 for MMRF. I selected a number that has significance and meaning to me.  My February goal is to reach 100 people to donate $35 to the MMRF.  I am happy with my progress with just 61 people left to reach this month. I am not quite ready to share my overall goal yet though and I know it is most important to stay focused and just continue doing my very best for the MMRF. Some mornings I wake up and feel so far away from the goal and wonder maybe if it’s impossible. But then I remember almost nothing is impossible. Just take a look at Ironman’s slogan.  “Ironman… Anything is Possible”

Well, guess where I am headed now?  Running at 10:00pm. I took a half day off from work today to focus on outreach and fundraising so now it’s time to lace up and hit the road! My family and I thank all of you who have been so generous to support and donate to the MMRF. 

Love and gratutide, Keli


Ironman Lake Placid Temporary Tattoos

Ironman Lake Placid Tattoos

Dear IRONMAN Lake Placid and IRONMAN Maryland triathlon friends, staff, volunteers, and family,

I am so excited to race with everyone on July 26, 2015!  Racing on the official charity team for Ironman Lake Placid is very special to me and I am extremely passionate about my projects and goals on the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Team for Cures. Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. While there is no cure, great progress is being made. My commitment is to increase awareness and raise funds for the MMRF. One of my family members lives with Multiple Myeloma and I will race with the MMRF team for her and everyone who is faced with the challenges of MM. I will also race in memory of my dear friend who passed away from cancer on October 24, 2014.

I realize many of us have charities that are special to us. I wanted to come up with something special that we could wear on race day (or during training if that pumps you up) as a thank you to those who are able to contribute to the MMRF.  I hope you find the tattoos special to IMLP and IMMD. I also hope as we see one another wearing them on race day they will be a reminder of the wonderful triathlon community we are all part of.  Triathletes, staff, volunteers and friends/family supporting are encouraged to wear them on race day. The tattoos are high quality and I wore a custom temporary tattoo made by the same company for another triathlon last year. You will still have the tattoo on when you cross the finish line and have to scrub it off with soap to remove it. If you’d like to read more about my story or follow my training and MMRF progress you may find it on my Yoga & Triathlon blog facebook.com/yogapeach. 

My February goal is to reach 100 people to donate $35 to the MMRF.  I am doing well and happy with my progress, although I still have 73 people left to reach by the end of this month. I am not asking for a $35 for the tattoos, just sharing my MMRF goals.  Any contribution is appreciated and I would just appreciate a donation to at least cover costs (I purchased them in bulk, paid shipping, and then a card and stamp to mail them to you). Donations are tax-deductible and go directly towards the research and development of a cure for Cancer. Can you help? Support is greatly appreciated and even $5…$10 counts. It all adds up. Donations may be made here. Once you’ve made your contribution the MMRF emails me a notification. Please email me and I will provide you my address to send your self addressed stamped envelope for your tattoos. SUBJECT: IMLP Tattoos OR IMMD Tattoos. Thank you for your support and generosity.

With love, light, and gratitude, Keli

Tattoo was designed by a very good friend of mine, Mel Diaz. She does custom design for permanent tattoos. If interested, please feel free to email me.

Update: Thank you to those who have already expressed interest and supported the MMRF with the IMLP temporary tattoo. I’m even close to the February goal thanks to you with just 56 people to go as of February 25!! THANK YOU ALL.

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Natural Birth Occiput Posterior Baby (OP Position)

Birth doulas in Philadelphia

Welcome beautiful baby girl, born last night on February 15 at 10:52pm. I feel incredibly inspired and energized after the wonderful birth I attended last night. A mom. A dad. A midwife. A doula.  The birth team of four…  and then we became five. It still amazes me every time four people in a room becomes five. Every time. There is just one part of this birth I would like to share with you and the rest is not mine to tell. I look forward to hearing this beautiful birth story told by the woman who became a mother last night as she’s decided to share her story with us in the following weeks.

I am a doula. I love what I do and birth work feels as though it come naturally to me. That doesn’t mean it is easy, however, but I always enjoy this passion of mine. Nearly all of the births I attend are different from one another which presents me with new experiences and sometimes new challenges. There are times that it takes an incredible amount of physical and mental strength together in the roll of a birth doula. I am grateful for every birth I attend and for my position in birthing. I am still amazed by the miracle of life every time I see a baby take his or her first breath and the expressions I see as people meet their babies.

Last night’s birth was beautiful. No medications. No epidural. A natural birth. A wonderful, calm, and truly beautiful birth. It was challenging too, physically and otherwise. The signs of an occiput posterior baby (OP position) where the back of baby’s head is against the mother’s back, meant that baby girl would likely arrive “sunny side up,” face up.  This often makes for a longer, physically intense and very hands on labor. It may bring greater challenges to those planning a nature childbirth. I will save the possible effects a woman may experience in labor with an OP baby for another day but you have likely heard “I had to have an epidural/c-section/ventouse assisted delivery/etc. because my baby was facing the wrong way.”  Last night’s birth very well could have and often does end up in a cesarean section, although it occurred naturally after mom pushed her OP baby out for almost four hours. Baby girl indeed arrived shining her face up to meet us. Mom was determined, focused, believed in herself, stayed calm, used the power of her mind, body and breath, to do what she always knew she would do. Believing in yourself, having a strong birth partner, and choosing your birth place and birth team makes a big difference in how a birth is experienced and sometimes it may even change the outcome. I was truly in awe of how beautiful, strong, and calm mom and dad stayed throughout their birthing time.

To last night’s mom and dad, you did an absolutely amazing job birthing together.  Thank you for sharing your strength and confidence in yourself with me. Thank you for also having confidence in me and allowing me the opportunity to be present for the birth of your first baby together. Congratulations on the birth of your sweet baby girl.  I hope you are loving and embracing every moment of your first day with your beautiful daughter.

Keli Engleson, Doula DONA

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