Entries Tagged as 'Inspirational Stories & Interviews'

5.12.2015

When They Knock You Down

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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. 

kindness

4.3.2015

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. 

Keli

 

3.14.2015

Patience.

Philadelphia Coffee Shops

So I’ve been writing these #yogapeachnotes to myself every time I visit a coffee shop lately and leave them at the table for the next person who sits down. It all started because of this one and the guy who thanked me for it later.

Patience.  It’s not only waiting but it’s the ability to stay calm and keeping a positive attitude. Believe that it is possible and it is likely that it will happen.  When it comes to little things traffic or waiting for an appointment that’s running late I don’t lack patience. Life has taught me several lessons in patience and continues to teach me lessons. When something really meaningful to me, however, I can acknowledge that once in awhile I just need to take a step back and be a little more patient. I’ve learned that patience makes a difference. It makes me a more compassionate person too.  Perhaps it even makes me a better blogger.

Patience takes strength. Patience requires a positive attitude. Patience requires belief…that it will happen in time. Next time you feel tempted to dwell on something that’s progressing slowly in your life, consider this simple piece of advise. Being patient doesn’t mean sitting around just waiting for it to happen. It takes strength and character. Put in the effort to work towards your desires and be kind to yourself in the process. While you wait, try reading, writing, practicing, and keep on trying.  Trust that when you stay positive and believe it is possible you are one step closer to making it happen.  Keep the word patience in your mind.

What aspects do you need to be more patient about today?

 

3.14.2015

Pi Day. Be Irrational.

national pi day

You can have your pie and eat it, too. Wait, that’s cake. Today is Saturday, March 14, 2015, Pi Day. A celebration of the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.141592653, and continues to infinity. No matter how many numbers after the decimal place you use, the only way to get it exactly is to use the symbol pi.  At 9:26:53 a.m. the date and time will read 3.14.15 9:26:53. That’s 10 digits of pi. It’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

Pi Day happens to be the first five digits of the infinite number and the date won’t come around again for 100 years. Math was my favorite subject growing up. I loved algebra and calculous. There is a chance I was even a little bit of a math geek.  In honor of that and the most auspicious holiday for math lovers I think I may just have to run 3.14 miles and grab a slice of pie. What kind of pie are you having today?  Dessert pie?  Pizza pie?  Chicken Pot Pie? Happy Pi Day. Celebrate your irrational side today.

P.S. Best wishes to all of my friends racing the DC Marathon today.

3.2.2015

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

2.1.2015

Advocare 10 Day Herbal Cleanse

Who’s idea was it to start a cleanse on Superbowl Sunday? Oops, my bad. February 1 sounded like a great day to kick off the group 10 day herbal cleanse and 24 Day Challenge a few weeks ago before I realized it was Superbowl Sunday. Kudos to the seven of us who started this morning anyhow. I usually do this cleanse twice a year and unlike a fast it encourages healthy nutritious eating the entire time. Hopefully with all the options you’ll all get through the football parties without too many temptations. Below is a list of the foods we remove and the foods I prefer to eat over these next 10 days. Incase you’re wondering, the intention of a cleanse is not specifically for weight loss. Many who do this cleanse, however, find that weight loss is one of the results…especially when combined with the 24 Day Challenge.

Just a little confession to my group before we all get started. I decided this time around I’d get a jump start in order to document and share my eating habits and workouts each day. Here’s my Advocare herbal cleanse day 1. The password was sent to all of you and will be the same every day. Please feel free to ask questions, share recipe ideas, and support one another on the group Facebook page.  Happy cleansing.

PROTEINS Eggs, Chicken, Turkey, Fish (Salmon, Tuna, Cod…), 93% Ground Turkey, Edamame

VEGGIES Spring Greens, Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Peppers, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumbers, Carrots, Celery, Onions

FRUITS Apples, Bananas, Oranges, Grapefruit, Berries, Pears, Mango, Pineapple, Tomatoes

STARCHES Sweet Potato, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Beans, Lentils, Quinoa, Whole Grains (Buckwheat, Bulgur, Barley)

FATS Avocados, Almonds, Cashews, Natural Nut Butters, Seeds, Oils (Olive, Coconut, Flax in moderation)

REMOVE  White Flour, Sugar (including Honey and Syrups), Fried Foods, Processed Foods, Deli Meats, Hydrogenated Oils/Butter (including Creamy Sauces), Dairy, Alcohol, Soda, Coffee (including decaf)

WATER  68 ounces water/day. 80 ounces water/day on hot yoga days. Drink hot tea daily.

12.25.2014

Happy Always.

Philadelphia Christmas race

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and wishing happiness to everyone always.  Peace and love, Keli

12.24.2014

The Twenty-fourth. Missing You.

Two months tonight since you said good-bye, Kara.  Not a single day has passed where I have not found myself in moments of stillness thinking of you and thanking you for the roll you still play in my life. I am angry, confused, and sad when I try to understand why you were taken so soon. I miss you and can sometimes hear the sound of your voice in my head. I am often able to laugh when I think of you too. The day we drove to say goodbye to you, can you believe you were actually able to make me laugh in the middle of all of the tears?  The girls shared the “angry yoga teacher” story you told them about me. I wish I knew this story when you were still here and I want to tell you that it makes me crack up and smile whenever I think about it.

It occurred to me during my Winter Solstice practice that the 24th was approaching.  As I lay in Savasana with the lights turned down I felt my tears on my cheeks. I thought about what you taught me when you were here and what you’ve taught me since you left.  As I drove to yoga this morning my heart ached. While I flowed through practice I remembered how warm it felt to practice next to you.  Sometimes I don’t really believe that we will never do this together again.

You entered the world on the 24th and you left on the 24th. I know I will associate the 24th of each month with you for many months ahead. Perhaps I always will. I am thinking of you throughout the day and thinking of your family. I love you, Kara. Merry Christmas.

Love,

Keli

12.21.2014

Winter Solstice. Moving into a New Year.

Winter Solstice Yoga Philadelphia

December 21.  The Winter Solstice means the shortest day of the year is here which also means we begin to receive one extra minute of daylight every day until we spring forward again. I meet myself on the mat to greet the summer and winter solstice.  I began this morning with my new weekend ritual arriving the yoga studio one hour early on either Saturday or Sunday with a light Vegan breakfast, coffee, water, and something inspirational to read.  Fifteen minutes before class I enter the heated studio for meditation while I lay down usually choosing Supta Baddha Konasana with blocks (heart bench). This beautiful pose will lift and open your heart while gently opening your hips and shoulders. It occurred to me during this time that the solstice fell on the beginning of the new holiday week which also means I welcome a significant new age in the days ahead. Birthdays are an opportunity to reflect, give thanks, set new goals, and celebrate all that we have become.

Justine led an incredible class this morning which was one of my strongest practices of the month. When I refer to strength in yoga I not only refer to physical strength but also to mental and spiritual strength. My practice today was graceful. As I flowed smoothly I became fully aware and in tune with my body, my breath, and the strength and grace of my practice. Physically graceful. Internally graceful. As the year draws into the the final days all that was in 2014 fades away as many sit at the fireside feeling the heat anxiously trying to get it “all” done, realizing there is much we have not done. Pausing, let’s take a moment to realize it is now of no matter and give thanks for all that has been. Stop. Connect. Breathe. Three words to help ground you and connect you during a season that can sometimes lead to more stress and anxiety, than joy and cheer. Funny how the word “holidays” can be synonymous with leaving behind the stress of your daily life, to be filled with the stress of obligations that don’t quite feel like much of a holiday at all. The year has been both light and dark. On the darkest day of the year, may I ask you to consider taking a few moments to reflect on what this word “holiday” truly means to you? I invite you to create space for the things that mean the most to you. Focus on creating time for yourself and for those who are important to you. Fill these final days of 2014 with love, joy, movement and connection to yourself and those around you as we move gracefully into the new year.

With love and light this holiday season,

Keli

12.18.2014

Detour ahead. Change required.

Embracing change

In order to move forward change is required.  It often includes a high dose of fear and excitement too. I caught up with a wonderful friend on the phone today who I met through the 2012 Belize yoga retreat.  I let her know some things I haven’t shared with too many yet about where I am now and where I see myself going in the year ahead.  It felt wonderful to share with someone who I knew would understand in some ways. Her feedback “In order to move forward change is required” and everything else she said made complete sense. We also discussed how the fears that surround great changes also bring excitement at the same time. Opportunities are usually filled with both fear and excitement. You choose what to focus your energy on.

As I sit here with a cup of homemade coconut chai latte I feel grateful and happy after sharing a few of my dreams and goals. Hearing it out loud and listening to feedback made it feel even more real.  I’ve invested a whole lot of time, money, and heart into what I do for a living and having worked for myself for the past 13 years I’ve confronted the ups, downs, and changes of running my businesses. It’s the ups and downs that have made me grow as a business person and also in my personal life. Change becomes your greatest teacher, but only if you choose to look at it and learn from it. Starting a new company is not easy, but when you are passionate and believe in what you are doing it’s oh so worth the rewards. I have come to a turning point where it’s time for me to move forward and grow. It feels like somewhat of a difficult decision at times yet it’s really an easy decision because it feels like the right thing to do.  Even putting this in writing tonight and reading it as I go feels like a step forward. It becomes more and more real.

I’ve learned to embrace the impermanency of parts of my life and the opportunities that come my way. It’s important to acknowledge change rather than approaching change from a place of resistance. I am never stuck in something and when I allow my intuition, goals and passions to drive me I will always move forward. Acknowledging this out loud today with my friend and in writing tonight was a big step.  If I could predict the future (which I can not) I would say that I believe a lot is about to change in a very short period of time. Embracing change and creating new opportunities has brought strength, courage, and believe it or not more inner peace into my life. I welcome the change, opportunities and challenges.  I look forward to the experiences ahead. I know it will be my newest teacher.

 

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