Are You in the Way?

c93a5e245de6fb1978706fc0db33f223How much do you enjoy life?

We all have that friend who always seems to be having a good time, who is always shining and full of joy. And sometimes we look and them and ask…’why not me?’ Well, honey, it can be you. That sweet person has just gotten out of their own way, they have learned to enjoy.

Sometimes it is something horrible that is happening or falling apart that gets in the way of enjoying the moment. And those times will come and they will pass. Most of the time it is us, WE are the problem.

It is how we think things ‘should’ be or look, it is jealousy looking at someone else’s life as ‘better than’ yours, sometimes it’s just that we are shut down to our blessings. So you see, it’s not that the joy isn’t there, it’s that we are blinding ourselves to it.

How do we make that shift from s**t to satisfaction? Here are some tips on how…

Meditate: create space to be quiet & still, even just for 5 minutes. Sometimes just giving ourselves time to mentally digest can shift our hearts.

Make a list: write down all the stuff that blocks your happiness. You know those lies you tell yourself…that you’re not good enough, that your life doesn’t matter, etc. And then cross them all out and throw it away, acknowledge that all that is garbage, lighten your load!

Notice: as you walk the dog, or are driving in your car notice what’s around you. Sunshine, cool breeze, the changing of the leaves, small things are where we can find daily joy. Enjoy the world around you, it is there to support you and it’s beautiful.

Write yourself a note: write something positive down, place it somewhere you see everyday. That note is your reminder to be here, to enjoy now, to life and be thankful. The more we tell ourselves something, the more we believe it. Believe in joy!

Go fourth and live!

MUCH Love & joy,
Jo Beth

photo credit: theyallhateus

Fall is near…a meditation for a new season

There’s a chill in the air…fall is coming and for some of us it’s already here. Fall is such a cozy time of year to really tap into gratitude. To open and bring light into your heart this season try this meditation…

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Find a comfortable seated position or recline on your back in Supta Baddha Konasana.
Begin to take some deep breaths in and out.

Notice the breath filling your heart, feel the breath move all the way into your soul.
Imagine your favorite fall colors spilling out of your heart and filling your body.

Begin to feel grateful for the colors, for the fall, for the spirit.
Notice the day, today. What has happened that you can be thankful for?

The sky, the clouds, that you are here and breathing.
Love, life, smiling faces.

Begin to let the things you are grateful for roll through your mind.
Fell every thankful moment, fill you up with light.

Repeat in your heart…

I am thankful, I am grateful, I am gratitude, in every moment I am gratitude.

Continue to let this echo within you for as long as you choose.

Softly come back to the space and yourself, as you open your eyes open them to see all that is thanks.

MUCH LOVE and THANKFULNESS!
Jo Beth

photo of the Smoky Mountain National Park
courtesy of National Park Service

Navigating the Wave of ‘What the Hell?!’

Have you had those moments where you stop, drop, and ask the Universe ‘what the hell am I doing with my life?’

Yeah, me too.

Waves-Wallpaper-Desktop-Download-91253No matter where we seem to be on our journeys, young or old, successful or feeling like a failure, there will be moments where we are not sure where to go next. Sometimes we’re cruising the wave and sometimes we are spit out of it like a giant monster puking up a hairball (beautiful image right?).

I have to admit that recently I have felt more like the monster puke, than the goddess surfer riding the wave. I am not sure where to go next and I am trying to be in the flow and listen. But why is no one talking? Hello!

It’s easy to feel like the moments of ‘lost’ will never end or that what we are asking, we will never get a response. So how do we ride the wave when we don’t know where it’s going?

Well, sorry to break it to you but there’s no quick way out. There is no instant hopping out of the wave that may be crashing on you. The only option is to let go of resistance and hold onto all you have left…faith.

Yeah it’s not easy and it’s not quick and it’s not smooth. It is rough and hard and confusing and real life.

So we let go and trust. We pray a lot and we pray hard. And we know that one day we will be surfing that wave again, cause we are graceful and brilliant, and not meant to live in the puke.

Ride the wave & Let go,

MUCH Love,
Jo Beth

Inferiority & the stomach bug

b070367136289788674bcde9b86256cfSo, all this week I have had the stomach bug. Well Monday through Wednesday/part of Thursday. I really think the last time I was that sick I was a kid, which makes sense because that’s who I caught it from.

Anyway, being sick in bed and completely unproductive leaves you browsing. And where else to browse but the vortex known as the internet? As I was scanning social media I came upon a cute company (posted by a celeb). As I was scrolling through learning more about the company I discovered that the founder/owner/ceo/design lady was 27. WHAT?!

I am so close to 27 I can smell it, and what have I done? If I am listening to my sick self, then maybe what I’ve done is throw up like 8 times. But I don’t have a company.

These thoughts happen to all of us right? When we see someone our age (or younger) that has accomplished, what we think, is so much more than us we start to feel that friendly ol’ pal…inferiority.

Standing inside ourselves we always see ourselves as smaller than the outside world. And maybe you haven’t made a million dollars and maybe no more than a handful of people know your name, but does that mean you are less? Does that mean that your life is worth piddlin? I don’t think so.

Sometimes we gotta check ourselves. Acknowledge that the other person has a different life, is it better? I don’t know, but it’s not yours, so why dwell on it? We also have to realize that we have time until our last day, to shift, change, and dream. Remembering that it’s truly never ‘too late.’

And remembering that if we can say, at the end of the day, that we have loved. If we can say that we tried mega hard. If we can say that we went out and gave it our all, then maybe we’ve done ok. And by ok I mean, double-rainbow rocking good job!

Yes, maybe we want to do more and maybe we will. But when I stop and think and breathe, I hope I am remembered with warm feelings and love. And if that’s in then I think that’s pretty good.

Go out and shine, you are worthy and successful, and lovely…

MUCH Love,
Jo Beth

Style Sunday: Little Luxuries Worth the Splurge

I am not afraid to say that sometimes when I’m down, a nice little luxury can brighten my day. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that sweet little perfume bottle on your dresser, or that magical YSL lip gloss that makes you feel oh so fresh!

Here are some little luxuries that are worth the splurge…

Screen shot 2014-09-19 at 10.08.54 PMPerfume: scent is a signature. And I have had quite the journey through the fields of scent and have come to the conclusion that perfume is worth the splurge. That sweet smell left in the room? Oh, that’s you.
My favorite of the moment…Balenciaga Paris

Lipstick: nothing makes you feel more like a lady. Lipstick has come back in a real way (or did it ever leave?!) Sometimes all you need to brighten a gloomy day is a bold lip!
Love this…YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE

Cashmere: it’s so soft. Anything from cashmere socks to a sweater will leave you feeling pampered especially as we head towards fall. And it’s timeless.
Toasty…Neiman Marcus Cashmere Sock SetScreen shot 2014-09-19 at 10.09.07 PM

A great cocktail ring: A perfect accessory can brighten up a closet of old clothes. You don’t always have to buy a whole new outfit to revamp a look. A cocktail ring can really say ‘TA-DA!’
Boom…Jules Smith Square Acrylic Ring

Tech Accessory: In today’s world, our phone and tablets may be what we look at the most (maybe we should works on that…) So why wouldn’t you want to add a little bright cheerio to something you spend so much time with. Having a little spark on your phone may even make your calls more delightful!
Pizzazz your line…Kate Spade everything comes up roses iphone case

MUCH LOVE,
Jo Beth

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