Tonight’s Intention: Trust

Today’s intention:

Trust.

I thought I had gotten over the experience of being disappointed; but it dawned on me about a week ago that I treat myself and others, as if it’s only a matter of time before I allow them to hurt me. I expect everyone I love to disappoint me, and I expect that I will only choose to love people that will inevitably hurt me. I’ve done it before, I will do it again, and that’s all I have been able to see. One of the biggest losses I’ve experienced in the last year wasn’t a relationship, but instead, the trust I had in myself to make decisions that would encourage love and happiness.

Tonight, during my sweaty yoga session… I will trust my body to move as it should, and when I walk away, I will focus on trusting my heart and my mind to love and feel as it should.

Much love,

Lucy Loves Life…and hot yoga xx

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Make Me Better But Never Perfect

Tonight’s Yoga Intention:


You are beautiful.

I have been on the Whole30 for two months (approaching the end of my second round), I work out five times a week, I practice hot yoga at least twice a week, and practice for 20/30 minutes after exercising on non-studio days… I feel healthy inside and out, and yet, sometimes I’m insecure. Sometimes I don’t want healthy, I want perfect, and I am beginning to see that the two will never meet.

Most days I can see my 5’11″ self, with my tiny waist, long legs, and wildly curly hair; and I appreciate the beauty in that, and how fortunate I am to be made the way I am. But as photo-shoots approach and scales/measurement don’t move, all I can see is the extra fat on my long legs, the extra tummy on my tiny waist, and the fact that I am not, and have never been exactly where I want to be as far as my body is concerned.

Unfortunately, today is one of those “you’re not pretty enough, postpone the photo-shoot” kind of days.
So tonight, when I’m exhaling my stress, I will focus on what makes me beautiful. I will focus on my heart, my mind, and my body, in attempts to understand that they work together to make me better, not perfect.

Much love,

Lucy Loves Life… and getting ready for the camera xx

Today’s Intention: Brains, Booty, and Beauty

Today’s yoga intention:

Don’t run. You will be successful in everything you work for. 

Today I am kind of feeling the stress that comes with school, relationships, and work. Everything is at a crossroads at the moment, and that is always a very scary place to be in. I am the kind of person who likes to know everything, and right now, I am at a place where I know nothing… But that’s okay. 

Today, I will pop on my yoga pants, check out my bum in the mirror, and remind myself that I have yet to truly fail. I work extremely hard, and so far, I have seen the reward of that. I have yet to drop my GPA, I would like to think the people in my life are happy (as far as I can control), and I haven’t lacked for anything, ever. 

Today, I feel a bit scared to look a month in advance; but I need to remind myself that I am brains, booty, and beauty, and there is nothing I can’t do. 

Much love, 

Lucy Loves Life…and yoga pants xx 

P.S. My yoga intentions can sound a bit confident and sometimes a little arrogant; but I think true arrogance comes from people who don’t talk themselves up enough in their inner-monologue. I spend loads of time beating myself up, and it’s not working…So maybe telling myself I am thebomb.com will…who knows?

Yoga Intentions

Before every yoga practice, the instructor will have the class stop for a moment to meditate on your intention. I normally focus on saying things like, “I am strong,” “I am beautiful,” or some other self motivating mantra to drill into my head as I detach from my worries, and focus on myself.

Usually, I am pretty good at coming up with these on my own, but this week, my instructor gave me my intention without even knowing it. She said,

 “What you can do today, you may not be able to do in a year, what you did last year, you may not be able to do today, and in a year, you may be able to do things that you can’t do today. Yoga teaches you humility, to enjoy the present moment, and just go with the flow.” 

At this time of year, it is hardest for me to accept what I see as failures. It is the time when I evaluate my “what-ifs” and reminisce on something that is no longer, and will never be again.

But today, as I throw on my yoga pants and get ready to head into the studio, I will be reminding myself….

Who and what I am today is something I thought to be impossible a year or two ago, who and what I was with and experiencing a year or two ago will never be the same again, and in the next year or two, these anniversaries may not even cross my mind, as who and what I am, along with who I love and what I want, will be astronomically different than it is today.

I have to humble myself and stop believing it is me that has any control. I need to humble myself and just let go. I am strong, and I am beautiful, but what I sometimes forget is that I worthy of all good things. I need to realize that when one good thing comes to an end, the next good thing follows, and before that even ends, the next best thing is already on it’s way. That’s the way it’s always been, and I need to trust the flow and myself.

Today’s intention: In the present, I am worthy of love and success. Because of that, I cannot miss what was, more than I anticipate what is to come. 

Much love, 

Lucy Loves Life…and yoga intentions xx 

Meant To Be

Today I learned that I need to focus on trusting myself and a realistic version of “destiny.” I spend so much time planning, analyzing, and critiquing, I often forget that I ultimately can’t control everything. I have learned to give in to the things that are “meant to be” and accept the things that aren’t. I have learned that regardless of my efforts, someone up there has different ideas, and they’re usually better than mine, even when they hurt a little bit.

There are days I want to know how my life will play out. Who will I fall in love with? Will I get to spend my life with them, or will it hurt? Will I ever know what it means to be completely content? Will I be successful, or will I be a waste of talent? Am I majoring in the right subject? Are my dreams too big…what if I fail?  At 20, I feel like I am so young, and yet, life is flying by, and I want to know what it all means.

Today I realized that even though I can influence the outcomes for each question, I cannot answer them in all certainty; and today, I am content with that. I don’t want to think about what it all means, because eventually I will find out. I have to trust that as long as I do my best, life will turn out the way it’s supposed to, and I’m just meant to enjoy it.

Much love, 

Lucy Loves Life…and hot yoga epiphanies xx 

Staying Sane This Semester

With 16 credit hours, two honors courses, a job, and some semblance of a social life and/or this blog, stress becomes an understatement for what I feel about 90% of the time. I used to let it kill me… literally, I would wake up with headaches and chest palpitations just thinking about the next assignment due.

However, a few months into my second year of college, I have finally found ways to prevent and manage the stress, and I thought I would share them with you all, seeing as I am using every one of these methods this week (yikes).

1. Keep organized and set personal limits

This isn’t a way to manage stress, as much as it is a way to prevent yourself from getting to the point of tears and throwing things. Keep yourself organized. Keep a schedule, make a prioritized to-do list, keep your work/school papers and supplies organized, and go ahead and add anything else to that list that will keep lost papers, or a lack of time management from being your main stress.

While you organize your life and establish how you will spend your time, remember to keep your limits realistic. I learned this the hard way as the girl who wants to be apart of every honors program there is. I liked the titles so I agreed to be a part of all of these programs without thinking about the research projects, volunteer hours, and events I was going to have to do in order to keep those titles. As these activities and projects combined with being a full time student began to pile up, and I started becoming a ball of tears at the idea of waking up at 4AM to get everything done, I realized it was time to reevaluate and prioritize.  No time management in the world can solve the problem of taking on waaay more than you can chew.

2. Find time to rest

If you don’t have it, make it…seriously. If you’re super A-Type like I am, it is very difficult to detach from the idea that there is loads of work to be done, to just unplug and take a deep breath. However difficult it is, after about a month or two of banning all semblance of school work from my mind for a full 12 or more hours, I noticed a more level headed, efficient, and productive version of myself during the rest of the week.

Now, I do have to take extra measures throughout the week to make sure I am at a good stopping place by the time Friday night roles around, but it is doable, and so very worth it. So plan accordingly, and then chillll dude. Take a hot bath, take a nap in the middle of the day, do something that allows you to just decompress and leave your worries behind for at least a few hours.

3. Exercise/ Yoga

Just last night, I found myself knee deep in papers for a research project, with a few tears in my eyes, and a feeling of frustration that was rapidly kicking sane Lucy right out of the window, and replacing her with a teary, angry, mess, that had to restrain myself from kicking my sister in the face just for breathing too close to me (I told you it gets tense, y’all).

Before all hope was lost, I laced up my sneakers, grabbed my headphones, and went for a run. Immediately following that, I headed over to my favorite yoga lady’s website, and spent a good half an hour stretching and breathing my way to sanity. I am no yogi, as a matter of fact, it used to bore me to tears, but there is seriously no better way to get rid of stress than a good yoga session after an intense sweat fest.

I am currently running with the C25K app (awesome app for those of us that have never been major runners) and my all time favorite yoga routine for those crazy days is posted below:

 

I hope this helps you at least a little bit…. What do you do to manage stress? How did you bounce back from a freak out?

Let me know!

Much love,

Lucy Loves Life…and long, hot baths on my chill day xx