“Unless it is mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of time. There are too many mediocre things in life. Love should not be one of them.” ~Unknown

I am writing this while packing my suitcase, making some earrings for my trip, creating my newsletter for the yoga studio, and simultaneously kicking myself for choosing the 6am flight. Meaning, I am waking up at 3:30am. That’s in the morning, people. But I am just ridiculously excited to be flying out to Austin to visit Kaleo on tour, so in the big picture, I don’t mind at all.
Whitney and I have been busy little bees making jewelry for our line and I’m really happy to announce the launch very soon. Website is being created, but we still don’t have a finalized logo. However, for now this will suffice:

bella + bug

Beachy, Boho designs for the savvy lovechild…

Our pieces are handcrafted using gold and silver, with gorgeous stones such as new jade and colorful sea pearls. We love to use shells and natural elements we’ve found on our travels to the beaches of France, Portugal, Bali, Costa Rica and beyond. We make what we love to wear, creating own personal collection of pieces that have a Bohemian, Beachy vibe. It just started to grow from there!
When I return from tour I will be staging some photos to post here and then hopefully our site will be up not too long after. As of October 1st, you can find them in my boutique, and a couple of others very shortly after. Eden visited this weekend and I sent her home with some pieces for her birthday. First person ever to wear bella + bug besides Whitney and I!  🙂

Okay, enough shameless self-promotion. I should get back to my to-do list shortly. I feel like I have been extremely productive lately, which feels amazing. However I must say, I think I need to slow down a bit. The other day I got ready to go to the studio and it was pretty cold out. In fact it was the first day of Fall, so it was seriously chilly. I put my slippers on as I walked out the door and quickly decided that I needed shoes with socks. So I went back in and put on my running shoes. As I stepped out, I noticed I was still freezing so I ran back in and grabbed a scarf. That should do it! Third time locking my front door and walking out to my car that was parked on the street. Why am I still so cold?? I can’t wait to get in and put my seat warmers on… As I put one foot in the car I looked down and realized that I was NOT WEARING ANY PANTS. Underwear, yes. Yoga pants? Not so much. Here I was, looking like a fool wearing running shoes, a tee shirt, underwear and a scarf. On my street in the morning when everyone is out walking their dogs. With pants on. Them, not me. Even some of the dogs wear clothes, for crying out loud! I was horrified as I ran back into my house, frantically trying to unlock the door with my cold, bare ass out there for the world to see. (sigh)

So that’s my awkward moment of the week. Now I must get back to my packing so I can fly out in the AM. So excited to se my love. Falling in love everyday is so important, and oh so fun. Have a wonderful week!

Peace in, Peace out… 
M

Currently:
Reading: Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
Loving: LIFE! And all it has to offer…
Watching: Sons of Anarchy
Grateful for: our day off of tour in Austin together, alone…
Listening to: How Deep Is Your Love? by the Rapture (another great song to dance in your underwear to. Just don’t forget to put pants on before you leave the house afterwards.) 

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Well, well… Welcome back. I’ve missed this. I’ve tried to write many times but instead of not having anything to write about, I had way too much! Therefore it was overwhelming and well… I’m back. ’nuff said. I have been actively trying to “Live my yoga”. Does that make sense to any of you? I just realized that I don’t even know how many people who read this even practice yoga, let alone understand when I go on a rant about it. I must seem like a crazy person sometimes, ha! But I digress. Here we go…

In the classes that I teach, I usually bring in a theme that arises from a personal experience. For example, I will tell a story of something that has happened to me, and then weave in an intention that most everyone can relate to. An intention such as, practicing humility ,or not listening to the fearful ego voice that is inside all of us, or looking for the good in everything and everyone. Just something that we can all work on whether it’s on the mat or beyond in our daily life. A big one lately for me has been to choose love over fear. We have the opportunity to practice this all day long with basically any choice we have to make. We can come from a place of Love, or we can come from a place of fear. Hear me out.

When you feel a positive reaction or feeling to something, you are feeling Love. If your reaction is negative, you are coming from fear. So- if you pause to ask yourself, what am I really afraid of here? And then address those fears, they usually aren’t anything that you can’t handle. So by reacting instead in a loving way, you are empowering yourself to step out of the ego and fear mode, and into the light and the Love. Trust me, everyone will benefit from this, especially you.

Let’s say that someone cuts in line at the grocery store. Usually it will piss us off, right? So if you are feeling a negative reaction, you can ask yourself, what am I afraid of? Break it down to that level. Hmm, ok. One, we might fear that we have been disrespected. Or, we might fear that we will be late. Or that we have been taken advantage of. When you break it down, you realize that none of that is really that important coming from a stranger in the big picture. So you choose to come from a place of Love. Maybe the line-cutter is very unaware and/or rude, but is it really our job to teach them a lesson or make them feel bad? Hmm not so much. Send them some love and Let It Go…. Try this next time you are irritated with someone or something. Pause and ask what the fear is in the situation. When you bring it out into the light, it usually fades away or at least gets manageable, and sometimes even comical.

Anyway… My point is that I have been teaching all these amazeballs theories and lessons in class, but when it comes to my day to day, I have been so extremely busy that I keep finding myself not taking my own advice. But I never said it’s easy, and that is why they call it a practice, right? So recently I have been very active in Living My Yoga. And it is so fun. I feel so alive energetically, and the people around me are probably feeling the love too! No matter how much our friends and family love us, if we are negative and fearful, we are a bummer! There, I said it. And I feel like I was beginning to be a bummer.

There is so much out there to be in Love with! Start with yourself. What do you love about yourself? Be honest, no one will have to hear it. You’re not being vain, you are falling in love with yourself. Now move on to your loved ones, your friends, your job, your home, your community, your country, it goes on forever! Start a list of everything that you are in love with. And begin to really feel the gratitude for all of these things. When you start to feel this gratitude, and the sense of being in love with life… It is much more difficult to choose fear. Fear just sounds like waaay too much work. And muuuch too much drama. Who needs it??

My practice recently in living my yoga has brought me to realize that every once in awhile I need to spot check myself and see if I am just going through the motions to teach yoga and mentor people, or am I really practicing what I teach? And that in and of itself has ignited my passion for what I do all over again! I am falling madly, deeply in love DAILY. With myself, with my husband, with my life. I am in no way saying that fear has left the building. It’s just that for now, Love has the stage, and fear has stage fright. And that, my friends, is the way I like it.

With LOVE,

Currently…
Reading:  Yoga Bitch
Eating: Ahi cooked with coconut oil, lime, and chili peppers over a cabbage salad with avocado. Yummm
Loving: the fact that Kaleo bought me a pear in NY, after all these years. Personal story, but oh so sweet.
Making: jewelry for the line that Whitney and I created, Bella + Bug. Launching soon!
Listening to:  Avicii & Sebastien: My Feelings For You (great song to put on and dance around to when you need to feel the love!!) 🙂