Lead Your Life

Awake, Aligned, and Grounded In Truth

What are you trying to get right? May 21, 2018

A Flower Does Not Compete

Am I doing it right?  And if not, does that mean it’s wrong or that I can’t do it?

Recognize this inner dialog?

Let’s get granular for a moment and look at this on the yoga mat.  As we practice asana, consider the following suggestion:  Center yourself by grounding into stability, stilling your gaze, & engaging your core strength.  From there, allow your breath to lead your body into expansion as you unpack the pose.

This works for every asana in every style of yoga.  While a teacher might give detailed technical cues and even sometimes adjust your body through touch or verbal guide, the greatest wisdom you have is the information you are gathering and using in the moment about your experience today.

Why start with grounding?  This is a fundamental principle worth honoring as it creates a solid foundation rooted in safety & intention.  Our foundation is our clarity and still point.  It is the trunk of our gorgeous tree.

From a strong foundation, we can explore, experiment, and play with new possibilities and ways of being.  Warrior Two with the intention of JOY is the same as and different from Warrior Two steeped in the intention of CONFIDENCE.  Triangle today, running on too little sleep because of an emotional event in our life, is the same as and different from Triangle when we feel on top of the world.

Staying present to our state of being today and honoring ourselves with the “right” energy expense and deposit is self-care.  No teacher can do that work for you.  Self-compassion blossoms from inner knowing and love.

The practice of compassion is a choice.  What are we creating space for?  How can our breath lead us gently to observe versus do?  And perhaps from that place of witness, a choice to caress one day and break free the next.  When we drop out of thought and into experience, we receive the wisdom we need to unfold into the pose in that moment.

This is where the sacred lives.


Unveiling May 9, 2018


Recently, an Asheville writing coach & author of “Birth Your Story,” Jaime Fleres-Mizejewski, asked her tribe to share beyond the surface; our nuances, idiosyncracies, and soul’s truth.

Just writing this list reconnected me to ME, and connection to self is a portal to connection with the rest of the world.  When we get real with ourselves and celebrate our nuttiness, the walls of perfectionism dissolve in laughter.

Here’s my stream.

  • I adore hugs, despise small talk, and am at that annoying person at a party that wants to know your life view on the intersection of purpose and passion.
  • I believe each and every one of us is pining to come alive and show the world our amazingness.  Even that annoying guy who always calls me kiddo.
  • While I never aspired to the mommy parade, I adore my now teenagers with a fierceness that surprises even  me.  They exhaust, inspire, elevate, test, encourage, and crack me up.
  • I would like to meet the engineer who invented the beeping car alarm to simply ask one question; “Why?”
  • I believe in all of it, and I believe in the divinity of humanity.
  • I am a health fanatic, and it has taken me the better part of my 47 years to get that “wellness” has nothing to do with a number.
  • I practice yoga every (damn) day.  Oh yeah… I have also birthed two yoga studios and love to teach.
  • True to my gemini spirit, I am a total business nerd as well as angel communing, spirit animal loving, past life regressing Believer with a capital B.
  • I once marched dirty underwear out of my pant leg at Walmart.  Just another feather in the Amazon.com cap. 
  • I love to dance, travel, write, hike, sing, read, and throw things away.  I am a master purger of material items.  
  • Nothing makes me happier than feet on the earth.
  • I am quick off the starting line, bore in the middle laps, but finish all initiatives with a killer sprint. I super love to project plan.  
  • I feel over the moon privileged to live my life.
  • I am hungry for what’s next in my “do good in the world” wild safari.

Will you share yours?


Ubutu May 2, 2018

You are glorious and messy, brilliant and silly, beautiful and flawed.  And you are amazing.  Not because of what you do, the words you choose, or the impact you make.  You are amazing in your being.  Like mind-blowing, heart-soaring, soul-stirring AMAZING.  Do you believe it?

When you strip away your actions, roles, and contributions, can you see your AMAZING SELF as pure light?

There is a wonderful African Greeting:  Ubutu.  It translates to I SEE YOU.  We look so deeply at our children with pure love, and we encourage our friends to embrace their beauty when they self deface.  We talk about treating ourselves with compassion and love, but can you look deeply at yourself in total awe of the miracle you are?