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Thanksgiving Every Day

It’s 3:15am Thanksgiving morning and I am just heading to sleep. I’ve been studying, writing a research paper, and chatting with a friend. My right eye isn’t feeling right and I’m pretty sure it’s pink eye. I must get it checked out tomorrow. It’s not right to be on call trying to cure this naturally.

I love the whole concept Thanksgiving…this day of appreciation, sharing, and togetherness.  Thanksgiving Day will be over before we know it, but how about we continue the spirit of Thanksgiving all year round? Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday where we overeat, spend time with family, maybe run a 5K Turkey Trot, and watching football. On Thanksgiving do you really take time to think about all that you are thankful for and give thanks?  If you do why don’t we all treat every day as a day to give thanks? We give thanks almost everyday when we say “thank you” although it’s often automatic and without thought, feeling, or much meaning.  How often do we reflect on all that we are thankful for? This evening I had an important conversation with a friend and at the end I let him know that I am thankful for him. How often do we tell friends and family members that we appreciate having them in our lives?

The holidays are known to be hectic and stressful for some people.  With all that goes on in our daily lives it can be easy to forget why we celebrate traditions such as Thanksgiving in the first place. We become so caught up in what we think we have to do, cooking, shopping, and so on instead of being thankful and expressing gratitude.  Live each day with gratitude and notice the positive impact it will have on you and those around you. Take a moment each day to give thanks and celebrate each day, even if it’s just the little things. Show appreciation to everyone who makes a contribute in your life. Appreciate the good in your life.  Give thanks daily.

Happy Thanksgiving today and every day!



Hello Is this this ON? Goal Setting.

2016 new years resolutions

Hello! Is this thing ON?  

I know it’s been far too long since my last blog update. Then again maybe it hasn’t and I needed the time. I can’t remember when I went so long though without writing.  Where do I pick things up again?  Over the past three weeks a lot has happened. Some of it perhaps life changing.  There’s so much I’d like to share and then things I’ll keep personal too. I’ll catch up soon enough but for now I just need to get myself writing. Let’s begin with what I’m thinking about right now. This very moment.

It’s Halloween night. What are you up to?  I’m sitting in a coffee shop in South Philly dressed up as myself. A yoga teacher and Ironman…shirt says Ironman…pants say yoga teacher.  It’s one of my personal favorite combos. The only thing missing from my costume is my most recent medal. You know which one.  But I don’t trust myself to leave home with that precious medal. So tomorrow is November 1 which means 60 days until the new year.  I sit here thinking about my achievements of 2015 and how best to prepare for the year ahead. Traditionally, people tend to make lists of ideas or activities that they commit to on January 1 calling them “New Year’s Resolutions.”  Many of those lists end up getting forgotten within a few months. Maybe even weeks.  If you’ve read my blog the past few years around the new year you’ve seen that I don’t set new years resolutions. This is one of the reasons. More important, I ask why wait for a new year in order to set new resolutions, goals and dreams?  This is something I appreciate doing continually throughout the days, months, and seasons of each current year.  There is always room for improvement and new experiences. Goal setting throughout the year is a positive activity. Waiting until the new year may feel like forced efforts, forced promises, and maybe that’s why so many of us don’t tend to keep them.

This is why I suggest an alternative method to planning for the year ahead. Rather than creating a list of behaviors that you want to change or new things you’d like to accomplish in the new year, think about what you want the theme of your year to be. This concept already exists.  For example, this past year mine was “Raise awareness” and “Make a difference” racing Ironman for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. But you can have several themes.  You’re not limited to just one.  In fact, consider at least one theme that’s professional and one theme completely personal for yourself. A theme is a purpose and tool to operate in a positive manner both in business and in life.  Once you’ve set your themes for the year, create new goals and dreams all year long.

So now that I’ve shared this idea I’m going to close up my laptop and fill in the blanks on that piece of paper above. I’ve been itching to set new goals and put new ideas that excite me into action. Why wait?  The time is now….  I’m working on my 2016 themes as well and hope to share soon. Happy 2016 a little early–I hope the positive changes and new experiences you desire will naturally manifest through your thoughts, words and actions. Wishing you health, happiness, love and all that you desire.

Love, Keli


Motivation? Here You go…

Looking for motivation?  Oh, here you go…

Ironman World Championship training


When They Knock You Down


Do not allow people to knock you down!  

Unfortunately, way too many us learn that we are something that we are not from the past. Most of the time these assessments have everything to do with the insecurities and emotional wounds of the giver and nothing at all to do with the receiver.  When someone puts you down do not accept their assessment as truth. It is only their opinion and usually has everything to do with them and nothing at all to do with you. Sometimes their opinions are even based on lack of communication. You have a choice whether or not to allow their personal wounds affect you. It is their junk and it does not belong to you, unless you accept it.

Do not allow people to knock you down!  

Even when you put yourself out there with your best intentions to do something positive there are people out there who will knock you down. It’s going to happen. I understand that it is especially hurtful when you do something with great intentions, something close to your heart, only to be cut down or embarrassed by someone else. Sadly, there are people who will undermine someone’s success or positive intentions to make themselves feel better about themselves. Recognize this and chose to respond with kindness. Those who knock us down may need kindness the most. Everyone goes through battles at some time.  Their perception of you is often times a reflection of themselves. Be good to these people. Inspire them to be kind. It may not be easy, but treat all humans with compassion.

“Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me.” – Coach Bobbi

Do not allow anyone to knock you down!

A self-compassionate loving person does not go around putting others down. Quite the contrary, really. Someone who is full of genuine self-love wants to make a positive impact on the world around them.  People who are happy do not need to knock others down.  Someone with genuine compassion wants to boost others up and encourage them. Please think about this the next time someone tries to knock you down. This is an important lesson to teach every human being from the day they are born. Focus on the loads of people who appreciate you and your efforts in life. All humans deserve compassion. Be kind to all and keep on doing your thing. Keep on doing what you are passionate about and what you believe in.

Do not allow anyone to knock you down! And when they do, rise above it and lift someone else up. Have a great night!

“Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up.” Michael P. Watson. 




i love friday

Happy Friday!  Truth be told, Friday has never represented the end of the week for me.  Not since school days.  Friday can even be the start of a heavy work and/or training weekend for me.  Maybe that’s why I am cool when Monday rolls around.  I still love the energy Friday brings though because things are usually more casual and people seem to be relaxed.

Is Friday the end of the week for you?  What do you love most about Fridays?


20 Ways to be Kinder

20 ways to be kind

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Plato

Every now and then I like to blog about kindness.  They say that no act of kindness is every wasted and it’s true. So today, think about simple ways you can be kind. To yourself and to others.

1. Smile at everyone you meet.

2. Practice compassion.

3. Think about small things you can do to make someone’s day a little better.

4. Pay for the person behind you at the coffee shop.

5. Talk to yourself kindly.  

6. Dedicate time to a charity that has meaning to you. 

7. Hide a note of encouragement in your child’s, spouses or significant other’s lunch bag, gym bag, or briefcase. 

8. Remove judgements on people, including yourself. 

9. Thank your greatest teachers. 

10.Thank your worst teachers.

11.  Show up.

12.  Volunteer.

13.  Call a friend or family member instead of texting. Call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile.

15, Think about small things you can do to make someone else’s day a little easier and then do them.

16. Talk to yourself in a kind way to shape the way you view the world.

17. Forgive someone who has wronged you. Life is too short to hold a grudge.

18.  Ask for forgiveness when you’ve made a mistake.

19.  Be Real. Be your authentic self. A truly kind person will be authentic with their words and actions, realizing the positive impact they can have in every encounter.

20.  Leave a note at a coffee shop for the next person.

xoxo #yogapeachnotes



Why I love Mondays.

i love mondays

I love Mondays.

Poor Monday. It didn’t ask for all this contempt. I’ve decided I’m going to try to change the tide for Monday, so that maybe it can get some of the appreciation that the weekend gets. I have made a conscious choice to appreciate and welcome the very first work day of the week. I feel enthusiastic about starting the week, a chance to accomplish new things and produce results. Monday introduces a fresh, new color into my world. Monday is a a new attitude.  This simple shift in thinking may have a serious influence on your week ahead. Maybe my reaction to Monday is not typical, but here’s why I love Mondays.

1. Monday is a New Beginning.

The start of a new week is a great thing. Monday is a great day to begin something new and accomplish whatever it is you were trying to achieve last week. Today is a fresh start, a clean slate, full of possibilities.

2. Monday is a like a mini New Years… set mini resolutions.

Speaking of resolutions, how’s your New Year’s resolutions going?  Weekly goals are so much easier to stick to. Monday is a great day to set new goals.

3. Monday is a great day to begin making healthier choices.

Make healthier choices on Monday. I’m talking eating, exercise, the relationship with yourself and others, and so on. Repeat daily.

4.  Monday some of you get to see lots of people you haven’t seen since Friday.

Oh wait, you mean you don’t like the people you work with?  Never mind, let’s try #4 again…

4. Mon means My in French. Therefore Monday = Myday! Make your day amazing!

5. Monday there is coffee EVERYWHERE.

Have you noticed how it seems like coffee is everywhere on Monday?

6. Monday is a great day to be alive.

Monday is another day you have your breath. Give thanks for life every day you wake up.  On Monday, celebrate being alive.

7. Monday is a great day to start planning the weekend.

If you simply are not convinced Monday is an awesome day of the week, then start planning the weekend . You are one day closer to Friday.

Start seeing Monday from a different perspective. You can dislike Monday if you want to but Monday is here to stay. The sooner you start being thankful for this new day, the happier your entire week will be. Do you hate Monday, tolerate them, or love Mondays? It’s your choice. Happy Monday to all!


Good Friday & Passover.

Good Friday and Passover

Easter and Passover.

Both celebrate spring and hope, even though they are completely different from one another. Unlike Christmas and Hannukah falling over the same time, Easter and Passover are holidays of equal weight.  Both Passover and Easter are important holy days.  Today celebrates Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, and also the first night of the eight day celebration of Passover. However you celebrate, if you celebrate, wherever you are, I hope you take time to slow down this holiday weekend, to take in the rebirth of spring, and to appreciate the people around you, as you partake in your holiday rituals. Wishing you health, love, and happiness tonight and always. 




My Cousin.

Family quotes

Sad to say goodbye this morning. Some of our cousins grew up close to each other and are lucky to be able to see each other more often.  I consider myself close to my cousin, who is the exact same age, even though she’s not so close in distance.  Family is important to me.  Although I don’t get to see her very often, when we do get together I really enjoy the opportunity to spend with one another.  I appreciate the things we share in common and  enjoy learning about her every time we do see one another. I hadn’t seen here in 1 1/2 years and the past three days went by so quickly. I had so much fun and I’m grateful for our time together.  I know that if we lived closer we’d spend more time with one another and be very close friends.  I’m sitting in a coffee shop working and she’s on her plane home right now.  I am sad that when I come home tonight she won’t be there yet happy that in just five months I will see her again along with many of the other family members for a very special occasion.

You are my cousin and you are my friend.  True friends are never apart. Maybe in distance but not in heart. Miss and love you, Cous’



International Happiness Day.

International Happiness Day

Happy first day of Spring….although feels like winter to me! Where is Spring? Did you know that today is also International Happiness Day?  Yea, neither did I but since it’s freezing outside and snowing again on the first day of Spring let’s celebrate International Happiness Day instead.  Any reason is a good reason to spread more happiness! Happiness feels good to everyone, right? Lunch kept me warm and now it’s time to get back to work and celebrate happiness with a cup of coffee, splash of cream and piece of Gluten-free Banana Coconut Coffee Cake.

Fill up your cup with a warm coffee or tea, count your blessings, There’s always more room for happiness. Choose to be happy today and spread that shit everywhere.  Happy Happiness Day!  #YOGAPEACHNOTES

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