Saying Yes to Finding My True Potential-11/17/2017

For the past few weeks, or maybe months, I’ve been trying to focus on my potential. My opportunities, chances, ways to grow. And focusing on accepting new invitations…saying YES to new ideas and events in order to give myself the chance to say “I loved that! I want to keep going back!” or “Nah, that wasn’t for me…” I’m realizing this is the best and most effective way for me to really GET OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. We’ve all probably heard the adage, but it is exactly the way to grow and develop and cultivate every ounce of your potential. I know that I have room to grow, and I have a seemingly endless amount of goals I want to accomplish/ bucket list items to check off. So why wait? I’m ready to start now 🙂img_20171117_063811_2182452283716724134189 Most recently, I joined a hot yoga studio – the same one at which my wonderful cousin Mary works. I haven’t done hot yoga in over a year, and I haven’t participated in Bikram in over 5 years! But Wednesday night I went to a class, and enjoyed every single moment of it. If you have never done Bikram, it’s veryyyy different from a traditional vinyasa yoga class. Finding my breath, finding my balance, and focusing on getting my sweaty and warmed body to do what I want it to do. It was WONderful and I will be going back as often as I can (especially in this chilly winter season! Quite the detox!). I hope to combine this type of yoga with my regular vinyasa as well to get a more well rounded practice (this may just be for me and not for you, so do what your body feels good doing!)img_20171115_185219_6221894669070215012660IMG_20171116_092600_651I have also officially been using my prana mat regularly at night! I try and lay on it 3-4 times per week after dinner at home while we rest and watch Netflix. It’s been wonderfully detoxing as well, and my back and neck have especially felt so much better and less tight. That, in conjunction with my hour-long massages every 3 weeks, has been my personal golden ticket to recovery 🙂 In the afternoons at work when we all feel that 2:00-3:00 slump, my lemon ginger tea is the perfect way to wake me up without any additional caffeine! The ginger is SO wonderful for digestion too 🙂

Below are the new malas that I recently purchased too – if you don’t know much about malas, it’s okay – I’m still learning a lot too 🙂 There are 108 beads, that are known for protecting us and activating certain energies throughout our daily lives. Essentially, if you’re drawn to a mala, get it – they’re beautiful and hand-crafted and are daily reminders for me (and anyone) to be present and activate whatever that mala represents. I love it, but maybe that’s just me. 🙂img_20171103_1822576768654253761752667I have made some pretty great changes in how I eat, what I eat, when I eat… I want to first say that EVERYBODY eats differently. Everybody’s body, workouts, sleep schedule, hormone levels, recovery process, and overall goals is different than mine. So what I find works for me may not be what works for someone else. 🙂 That being said! I have completely cut out dairy, no questions. It suxxxxx because cheese/ice cream… But my body doesn’t like it, doesn’t like to digest it, and it really just makes me feel junky so BYE! Same goes for refined sugars. Aside from some stray Halloween candy in the last couple weeks, I have cut out refined sugars. YES this is not easy, YES I still cave in sometimes, and YES I don’t plan on never eating sugar again. YES I am only human, but sugar is harshing my poz vibes bro 😉 Hot tea in the afternoons and ice cold amino acids any time of day are a perfect way for me to curb any potential sweet tooth from popping through too 🙂
img_20171116_143724_3362212632128149254177When I’m at work, I make sure I get up and walk around more. Again, still trying to hit my 10,000-12,000 steps per day! I stretch more (morning, afternoon and night before bed). I practice cleansing breathing techniques in the morning to wake up more clearly, and also before bed to slow my heart rate and relax my body as much as I can. I practice yoga every day, even if its a short as 15 minutes or if it’s 90 minutes in a class some days. I run minimum 2 miles 6 days a week. And these are just some of the new implementations and positive changes I’ve made in my personal lifestyle. I feel wonderful, to say the least 🙂 I plan to keep this up and hope to have even more positive results to share in the coming months!
img_20171112_105755_7421515459764341056905It drives me crazy when I feel like I could have done better at something. Or when I’ve forgotten to take my probiotic or multi-vitamin one day. Personally, it just feels like I’ve lost my true potential for that day. No, I’m not hard on myself nor do I punish myself for small things like this. But I really want to make improvements for GOOD, and fully 100% diving-in commit to them. Committing to positive energy, positive thoughts, and positive changes is for REAL what finding potential is all about. 🙂 At least for this girl. Loving my body, loving my mind and spirit, and honoring what I feel THAT day EVERY day.screenshot_20171113-1007428040621433161112012What drives you? What makes you FEEL alive? And what could you practice or plan to accomplish to find your fully true potential? It can be huge, it can be a small tweak. Whatever drives you. 🙂
img_20171112_123228_6337599339985605819755Thanks for reading peeps. Peace and love always.

Xoxo, Shannon

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Favorite Topic Friday: Tea

Phew – I really had to wrench myself out of bed this morning in order to get my quick HIIT morning workout in. Had a really great night with my family last night, so it was worth it – and I’m glad I still got in my regular AM workout: it always pays off and I always feel better afterwards. One thing I truly enjoy every morning while sitting at my desk at work is my delicious hot cup of morning tea. I actually look forward to trying different flavors, and love that I can easily substitute tea for coffee in my morning routines.

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When I drink tea in the morning, it is almost always caffeinated, whether it be a green or black tea (black containing more caffeine than green), both working effectively to boost me up in the early mornings at work. Sometimes if I need a little something flavorful in the afternoons, I’ll make some non-caffeinated tea too: Cinnamon and Apple is my favorite right now; sweet yet refreshing and definitely quenches any afternoon snack cravings I may have!

About a year ago, I bought a one-person tea-maker from Teavana: The Perfect Tea-Maker, they call it. I absolutely love it! It really is perfect, and steeps the loose tea leaves perfectly, whenever I happen to get them from their store. I keep mine at my desk at work, and would highly recommend investing in this really awesome product. Their loose tea comes in an unbelievably huge assortment; you all need to get into a Teavana store if you love your teas. They let you smell them and they’re so colorful and fun to look at – definitely a fun shopping experience, at least for me! I’ve tried quite a few flavors, but my favorites are the Masala Chai and the Mango Green tea, if I had to narrow it down to two.

Mango Green Tea:
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Masala Chai Tea:
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Teavana also sells really great tea tins to store your tea, so it doesn’t lose it’s flavor or dry out. Check them out! These tins are probably my favorites.

Another great tea distributor I found recently is called Mighty Leaf Tea – I actually received some White Orchard dry tea leaves and some Matcha Frappe Mix as Christmas gifts, and love both the flavors! White Orchard has a slight sweet taste to it, while the Matcha Frappe mix is great to mix with almond milk (or even water) for an ice-cold morning “tea latte”. The Frappe mix is a great substitute for people who are used to drinking iced coffees, and the benefits of Matcha are endless… I’d definitely try Matcha tea if you haven’t yet!

Even at night I drink tea, obviously decaffeinated, in order to relax and unwind a bit after long days; there are a myriad of teas out there that advertise their calming effects. I personally like Chamomile tea, since it helps with digestion and absolutely relaxes my muscles and mind. The ingredients associated with calming teas are listed in this great article on Mark’s Daily Apple, so when you’re shopping for teas, make sure you read their ingredients and target some of these essential ones!

I hope I’ve converted a few of you coffee-drinkers to tea after reading this…or have encouraged current tea-drinkers to try some new flavors and combinations. Obviously, you can find tea in every grocery store, bagged already or loose-leaf…you can steep the tea to your liking of strength…and you can search for certain ingredients that yield certain results (caffeine vs. sleepytime tea, etc.). I’d like to leave you all with this lovely (and very true!) poster I found about my love for tea. Happy Steeping!

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