weekly blessings: how do i want to feel?

All I can say is... WOAH!

This week has truly been one of the most transformative and blissful weeks i've ever experienced! i've been keying in on my "core desired feelings" lately, and one that i've been rocking lately is INTENTIONAL. i have intentionally chosen what i want my life to look and feel like, and it is really paying off lately. here's some of the good times, which i share with so much gratitude!! 

last weekend I joined 5 other women including our super-lovely mama/goddess/facilitator Jennifer Oppelt at her Desire Mapping Retreat right here in St Pete. Jennifer had such an amazing and well-crafted weekend planned for us, and held space so well that we all felt accepted and loved by her and each other right away. Friday night we dove right into some deep emotional release work (supported by dark chocolate!) that culminated in a fire ceremony. Saturday was the bulk of our work -that felt like play!- in which we identified and celebrated our Core Desired Feelings. Mine are.... INTENTIONAL, RAPTUROUS, GROUNDED and GLORIOUS. One of the most powerful moments was when Jennifer had us say all of our feelings with "I AM" and the group repeated them back to us with "YOU ARE." That was probably my favorite part, along with the yummy meals, dance party, writing in our workbooks, supporting each other during discussion time... really all of it was my favorite!! If you are interested in Jennifer's future workshops PLEASE check her out on Facebook. I can't recommend it enough!

All pictures were taken by photo goddess Klara Miller: 

Jim and I had lots of plans for Sunday and then totally let them all go for a lazy day in the AC. We watched the newest Star Wars movie and got a kick out of Ryker's total fascination with the Force. Don't worry y'all, we're not plunking him in front of a screen yet but he did watch a few scenes while nursing and I have to say, the kid does seem to love battle scenes. 

Monday I joined Spirit Voyage's current 40 Day Global Sadhana. These worldwide meditations are practiced by yogis all over the globe several times a year and i always love getting my kundalini yoga on. Click here to join me for this beautiful meditation on Understanding the world through Compassion. 

image from www.doterra.com

On Tuesday I joined my dōTERRA girls for our weekly meeting on all things essential oils. My friend Tina gave us a recipe for an all natural bug repellent using dōTERRA's unscented lotion (smart!) and 4 of the best oils/blends for keeping mosquitos, no-see-um's and other bugs away. 

Here's the recipe: 

All Natural Bug Repellent Lotion

  • 20 drops Repellent Blend

  • 10 drops Cleansing Blend

  • 10 drops Lavender

  • 10 drops Lemongrass

  • about 1/3 a tube dōTERRA's unscented lotion

It smells sooooo good and is super effective at repelling pests. I really had never had success with all-natural bug sprays, but this really works. I love how it is suspended in a base of lotion, which lasts longer than a spray. Not to mention, this mix is SAFE to use! No toxic chemicals here!

(full disclosure: I am a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate who both believes in and sells the products. If you'd like to purchase essential oils and support my business, you can visit my shop here. thanks!)

Tuesday I also subbed Power Hour Yoga at Yoga Blu. I'll be there for the next month or so on Tuesdays from 12-1, so come join me for class! my brother watched little man during class and dropped him back off during Savasana so my students could meet him. of course i had to record Ryker's visit on my iPhone ;)


the next few days were full of "work." and i can just say... i LOVE MY JOB! especially because my job is just, well, sharing everything that I'm passionate about and getting paid for it.

i spent a lovely Wednesday snuggling with my boy and prepping for my class on Thursday- Essential Oils 101: How Do I get Started? I will be teaching intro classes more regularly so if you're interested in learning how to use essential oils for health and well-being and live in the St Pete area, sign up for my newsletter to learn about all upcoming classes! We had such a nice group on Thursday and I'm so excited that some new and old friends of mine have gotten started with some really nice kits to start replacing toxic junk with health-supporting therapeutic grade oils. 

Check out the view- it's hard to see but we're looking right at Tampa Bay towards Tampa International Airport

Friday i taught at a new corporate yoga location. I had SIXTEEN lovely yogis join me during their lunch break for a gentle yoga practice. I was thrilled to see some major diversity in the class, including a more-balanced-than-usual number of men and women. I especially loved that one gentleman who had NEVER done yoga before came despite not having yoga clothes or a mat. He practiced in his office pants and collared shirt and did just fine! 

I have a little trick when I teach new clients, especially when in a non-yoga-studio location. Lavender Oil!! I hand it out at the beginning of class when most people are chatty or stressed or nervous. Lavender helps not only with calming, but with dispelling excess throat chakra energy, i.e. too much talking ;) Yoga teachers, give it a try and let me know if it works!

I always feel lucky that i get to wear yoga pants and flip flops when walking into fancy office buildings rather than tight clothes and heels!!

all week I was getting sooooo excited for my full moon beach yoga class. i have been practicing at this one place on the beach, a couple times a month very early in the morning, for over a year. i decided to offer an evening class by donation on the evening of the full moon. as my friend Deb so sweetly said Saturday night... "She's back!" And that I am. nothing better than leading a beautiful group of souls while the sun sets and full moon rises, on the sand. nothing better. my heart is so inspired by and grateful for everyone who made it and who will be joining us for a beach practice soon. Join us next month on June 19th!! i'm so excited for many more beautiful beach practices to come. Sunday we had another calm day at home, once more accomplishing none of our plans, and had lots of family snuggle time. 


It feels so good to take time to reflect and feel gratitude for this past week. something I've realized lately is that if you're the kind of person who is always looking to grow and do more and serve more... it's important to CELEBRATE everything that you HAVE accomplished!! So here I am, celebrating :) I am SO looking forward to a beautiful week y'all!! Tell me what you're excited about on Facebook.... I want to hear it and hold space for your visions and goals for this week and beyond!!

xoxoxo and Namastamos! Have a wonderful week!