I wrote a blog and then I don’t know what happened, all the sudden it just disappeared. And, I had a little moment…. just a lil wee momento…. and then I let it go.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, but in this case I laugh, because I was about to click “post” but I decided to actually re-read before posting, instead of my usual backwards method. See, for some reason I like proof reading when its in the actual posted blog format…yea yea, I know. I also tear out all of the advertisements in a magazine before i read the mag. A fan actually caught me once at the airport and totally gave me, and my pile of torn out pages, ie.. half the magazine, a weird look before asking for a photo.
Anyhow, guess I should stick to my old ways!
My blog was entertaining, it was about going to yoga, and making up stories about feeling bad when i ask people to move their mat over to make more room. Or today, how when i went to blow my nose into my towel it was like the energizer bunny, it just kept going and going and going. Then I made up a story about how the 2 women i was in between probably disliked me even more cause now I was flaunting my snot around. I’m not sick though, and i sent a memo to the universe that those two women where not allowed to get sick!
I also talked about how the past couple classes, have been amazing.
My intention for class is almost always grace. To move through the flow with grace, steady breathing, fluid and relaxed.
As of late, my practice has been more graceful than ever. Today I felt strong, like a rock, sturdy and grounded. Yet fluid, light and free like the wind. During the poses, I stretch and lengthen deeper, guided by my breath, as i tell myself,
You push yourself deeper because you are capable, because this is what 100% looks like today, and because anything less then 100% would be cheating yourself.
I am impressed with myself.
In yesterdays class, the teacher reminded us that we are all birthed out of light, purity and freedom. And how at some point, for some reason, we trick ourselves into believing that we should be bound, tied up, that we’re not good enough, or strong enough. That life should be harder, or stressful. That we should suffer.
And really I just wanted to highlight that, and remind you, that that’s tiger crap.
It’s easy to start making up stories about what people think of us, or sometimes even more damaging, what
we might think of ourselves. It’s easy to get held up, on why we aren’t good enough. Who’s right or wrong, what’s bad or good. It’s easy to talk ourselves
out of going for what we really want
Really, all it ever comes down to is love. And really, that’s all we gotta ever remember to be; Love. The rest will fall into place.
Assuring you, that you should leap and trust, you’ll land in the perfect place.
Assuring you, that you should try and there’s no such thing as failure, welcoming all the experiences that are part of this perfect path you’re on.
Assuring you, that you are beautiful, inside and out, and no one can take that away from you.
When you come from a place of love, you can do anything, any little thing big or small. It’s all in your hands friends.
Shine your light, rediscover your innocence and restore your freedom.
I love you, you are beautiful, and you can’t convince me otherwise.
So i got a LOT of response about a tweet regarding diet.
I want to respond to all of your questions, but that is a lot of twittering.
So, I will start with this….
Almost 4 years ago, a friend of mine found out she was allergic to wheat.
Her stomach was so sensitive, it got a point where she would just eat bread (thinking it was plain) so she wouldn’t get a stomach ache..(which, in reality, actually made it worse).
A lot of my friends and I, to support our friend and her new dietary limits, jumped on the gluten free train.
I recall, almost immediately feeling better, lighter, not so full or sluggish.
Over the past couple years, I have explored so many diets…raw, vegan, no gluten, no dairy, one or the other, or all of the above. I was vegan for almost a year, and never felt better. But then, one of my best friends got pregnant and was told she was had an iron deficiency, it was enough to wonder if I had one too.
I am definitely not for the inhumane treatment of animals, but sometimes my body craves meat. I blame that for the amount of blood I bleed every month, which i feel like has increased ever since I stopped taking birth control 5 years ago.
For the past year, I have had a feeling that dairy or gluten was not good for me, but I never had a doctor confirm it, until last month. I got a full physical, which was required to clear me for surgery (for my voice), and it was then that I found out, that dairy and gluten does not serve me. In fact, it affects my adrenal glands, causing inflammation and congestion.
I always had a feeling dairy and gluten where not in my favor, however, I’ve never had a crazy serious reaction to it, at least not enough to stop eating it all together. Plus, the way I dream about cheese and a fresh baguette, you might as well think I was raised in France.
But, ever since my doctor told me to avoid wheat and dairy, I feel amazing.
Generally speaking, I hate processed foods. Anything found in the middle of a supermarket, I stay away from. My basket is always filled with fresh produce and the occasional boxed drinks of coconut water, or boxes of quinoa.
Its interesting though, because now that I have been told to lay off the dairy & wheat items, I have been trying to find replacements..gluten free english muffins, pasta, vegan cheese, pizza dough, etc…when in reality, i never ate much of this stuff to begin with. I guarantee that the replacements are filled with the same calories, plus more processing. You would think Vegan/Gluten free options would be a more clean/pure option than the original item you are replacing, but in reality….Most of the vegan/gluten free/low fat/nonfat options are worse for you, than just eating the original form of the food.
That is something I’ve always followed. Even when I was vegan, I never liked to eat the substitutes. Its probably worse for you, and more ingredients, than the regular item. Dairy free cheese, while I love it, often uses more ingredients than just plain cheese. Same with many meat replacements.
I’ve always felt its important, if you are going to eat something, whatever it is, eat it in as close to its natural state as you can eat it. If you eat butter, eat real butter. If you eat bacon, eat real bacon. Now that Ive started eating meat again, I usually try to go for grass fed, organic, no hormone, locally raised meat. If I cant find that, I dont eat it. I go for fresh produce.
These days its easy to find options at your local health food stores. And if your store doesn’t carry it? There is no better time than now, to talk to the store manager and request it!
That said…I had grilled sugar spice BBQ salmon for dinner, with rice instead of mashed potatoes (because they were made with butter) and fresh local vegetables. A couple glasses of wine…and some insides of the friend banana my friend ordered (to avoid the panko breaded outside).
Either way, take it meal by meal, day by day. Listen to your body, it knows what it wants. Some people, cutting out wheat could be your key. Others dairy. Others meat. It really all depends on you, but if you listen closely to how you feel after your meals, you will quickly find out.
Your body is a temple, it deserves to be worshipped.
After watching this little video and reading this post, I was totally inspired and wanted to share.
These days, it seems like there’s a movent, a campaign, and an organization for nearly everything. People are standing up, speaking out, and raising awareness for all the many, hundreds of issues we face today.
Whether it be putting more focus on education in schools, ending world hunger, rallying for peace to keep children in the Congo out of the front lines during the war in Africa, to speaking out against sex trafficking, joining the fight to end slavery, banning single use plastics, supporting sustainable farming practices and keeping our oceans clean.
What I love about this time in our lives, even though it seems like we are in a constant state of emergency, is that is people are GETTING INSPIRED! People are GETTING INVOLVED, people are SPEAKING OUT! People are TAKING ACTION!
And so the movement continues. No matter what you are fighting for, no matter what you are raising awareness towards, you are not only educating yourself, but the people around you.
You are spreading the message, for peace, for the planet, for the people and for love.
In the end, we are all fighting this fight together. Fighting for bigger hopes, and bigger dreams, so that one day that which seems impossible, will transcend reality.
It doesn’t matter which cause you are fighting for, you’re fighting for the one that rings true for you. If you’re still sitting back taking it all in, just let it come to you, you will hear your calling eventually.
To be honest, I do sit back and take a lot in, but there are a few fights I stay pretty involved in. I’ve always been a huge advocate for clean oceans, working with Surfrider Foundation for many years now. And, more recently, I have been learning about sex trafficking, working with an amazing organization here in San Diego, Generate Hope.
This video, however, brought up something i’ve heard said a lot over the last couple months.
Women are in the position to stand up and take the lead. To cause change, build and bring communities together, and redirect the focus and energy that exists on the planet today.
When I made the decision to share my music with the world, it wasn’t for fame, or for money, it wasn’t even because I had dreamed about it since I was a little girl.
It more went something like this:
If I take my music out into the world, can I make a positive impact for girls across the globe? Can I be a positive role model? Can I be an amazing example of what it means to be a fearless, confident, successful woman in this day in age?
My answer was YES! Yes! Yes! I am already all of those things! Showing up for that, will be a piece of cake.
Off I went.
Our youth is our future. Maybe thats why I am so excited to have kids. I cant wait to raise a little world leader. I cant wait to cheer them on. I cant wait to find out all the amazing things they are going to teach me!
I come from a family full of women. My brother and 3 cousins are the only boys of 15 grand/ great-grand kids.
I’ve watched a whole family tree expand and multiply. I’ve watched the Mama’s give love & light to their babies, and Ive watched Grandma Dimmette root that tree and give life to the whole darn thing. I’ve watched myself grow up over the last 28 years, and for the most part I had a pretty great childhood. We had some rough times for sure, and I went through some pretty unruly phases. I’ve probably made an equal amount of bad choices as I have good, always learning from each and every one of them along the way. I always had a choice though, and i’ve always felt empowered knowing I have access to a choice.
I cant imagine not having a choice.
All children deserve the opportunity to be healthy, happy, educated, supported and loved. All children deserve to have a choice.
And thats a fight, I will always raise my voice for.
Last night while enjoying a quiet dinner at home, we got a couple visitors….
As I watched the cat check out these furry friends, I couldnt help observe how chill he was about the whole ordeal. It was if, the cat and the coon had met before, and the cat was saying, “I told you guys I live the good life…”