I cannot believe it's been 3 whole years of relatively good health! 😄😃 No A&E trips, no blood transfusions, no morphine, no food supplements, no collapsing, no emergency surgeries, no emergency MRIs, no emergency CT scans and no colonoscopies (that one I am particularly pleased about), no commodes, no bed baths, no more letting friends down because it's hard to get out of bed, no more fearing food and the pain it might cause and no more looking in the mirror and not recognising the skeleton I had become. I've only had 1 course of steroids and 1 mini flare since what we now call "the big flare". Sure I may still have this shitty disease they call Crohns and will probably be on medication for the rest of my life (unless someone decides to come up with a cure); but I am now so thankful everyday for good health. There are still days I'm in pain and days I struggle with fatigue and other unpleasant symptoms, there always will be days like that unfortunately. But life is about recognising the positive. And I could not be happier. Since "the big flare" I have achieved so much I wouldn't have been able to without decent health and the support of my family and closest friends. So thank you all again for being there for me then and now. And remember, there is always something or someone to be grateful for. So say thank you and remind people you love them. Never take them or the good things in life for granted ❤️😘 (I mean look how happy I was to be home and using my own toilet). Life's for celebrating 🙌🏻🎉 #thankful#healthy#crohnsdisease#grateful#positivevibes#love#takeamoment
My family is a military family, so we move around a lot. But, the one thing that remained universal was musical theatre. Musical theatre was the same from Arizona to Maryland and then Texas. I always felt different whenever I would move away, and it wasn’t until around my fourth move that I realized how I felt comfortable when I was on stage, and that I felt like I was a part of something bigger. When I moved to Texas, I was just starting my career in school. Thankfully, very soon into it, my parents enrolled me into a theatre camp. I quickly learned that I had this love for theatre and I soon discovered that I loved musicals. However, as soon as I made this discovery, it was time to move again. New school. New friends. But I realized that the one thing that wouldn’t be new was the thrill that theatre gave me. I quickly reached out to local community theaters to help and perform, and soon after, I felt a sense of belonging. I would dare to say that theatre saved my life. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, I found that theatre allows for an escape from those thoughts and musicals provide songs that really speak your emotions and allow you to be in touch with them. Because of theatre and my love and passion for it, I was able to move once again to study it in the greatest city in the world. This is a picture of me playing Gertrude in Seussical, a very special role that is near and dear to my heart. (Ellie, NYC) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
“Music Can Be a Transitional Phenomenon and Means to Meaningfully Communicate. Music can mirror and affirm one’s sense of self, and thereby enable creative awareness (Winnicott, 1971). Awareness shared through music can be easier and more effective than through language.” (P. 417 Source in comments) •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••If you would like to read more about how music can cultivate a sense of identity, belonging and community, there are two sources in comments. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••COMMENT if you have found a sense of community and identity in your musical life. 💕
A wall can be a barrier, something divisive or isolating - or it can be a shield of safety and protection, a healthy boundary. Sometimes it’s all how you look at a thing. #perspectiveiskey#beautyinsimplicity
Life is a book that we have all been thankfully given.
It’s a beautiful book, but the pages are all empty. Why? Because they’re ready to be filled with amazing opportunities, experiences and memories that YOU create.
If you want that book to be a great read, something that others will want to read, something that you could talk about for generations, be that positive example and go and live life. Don’t allow work, a partner, a friend, a community - anything that has a negative drive towards you make you write something anything other than what YOU want. Of course, some things in life happen, sometimes for no reason, and good doesn’t always prevail. But be your own author and re-write the bad 😇
I hope you all, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, are currently writing your books, day by day and living life the way YOU want too 🙏🏻🌏
What are you grateful for today? I'm grateful for having the ability to travel and having a phone full of pictures to remind me of the great memories on those trips. This past summer I spent a week visiting my brother in Seattle. He took me to this adorable area called Ballard. The streets were lined with gorgeous trees and a collection of the most spectacular inns, shops and restaurants. We had the best time shopping and chatting. Anyone else as lucky as I am to call your siblings your best friends?
I can’t even begin to explain my excitement right now but this photo sums it up pretty well😄
My body has been stiff the whole day so I decided to do a very chill stretching session. I went into it not expecting anything WOW to happen but it did😃
As I went into my front splits I kept sliding down and was able to put my elbows on the ground beside me!! Something I’ve never been able to do, even when I was dancing😃
I know for a fact my stretching is paying off but I love little moments like these that confirms it over and over again☺️💛
This weekend as I created space to be, I had a very clear awareness. I need to bring more of my inner Surfer Girl to my everyday life. *
Why? Well I realized that I had returned to some of my bad habits - barking orders at my kids, getting overwhelmed by to do lists and trying to control things around me. *
By taking the time to reflect about what I was feeling and experiencing in the moment, this bubbled up with such clarity. I want to lead from the heart, connect meaningfully with those around me and break free from the "have tos" and "shoulds". 🌊 *
While I may have known subconsciously that this was going on, and my tension filled body certainly knew, I hadn't given myself enough space to process the feelings and shift my actions. *
So, here she is, my inner Surfer Girl. She's carefree, she loves the freedom of the open waters and she lives her life fully connected to her heart. *
She won't always be leading my life, but I'll certainly call on her when I need to "chill out", lay back and enjoy the little things. ☀️ *
How can you step out of auto-pilot? Here are a few ways to bring more consciousness into your life. *
1. Get involved in something that takes you away from the day-to-day. This can be something as simple as going for a walk, putting on music and dancing or reading. All these allow for more expansive thoughts and open space for experiencing something new. This will open your mind, trigger your imagination and awaken your inner dreamer. *
2: Create space for self-care. Take a bath, get a massage or exercise. Slow things down and focus inwards. Make sure you schedule these activities into your calendar on a frequent basis so that you're investing in them proactively. Better yet, get up early enough to take 10 minutes to focus on you - breath, read, exercise, journal - whatever works to feed your soul. *
3. Take time periodically to write down how you want to construct your life. Close your eyes, take 5 deep breaths and write down what you've been doing that serves you well and what you want to let go of. This can involve actions, thoughts and people. Get them all down on paper and read it often.
Our life has become a whirlwind of travelling and entertaining visitors at our home. I feel simultaneously like the luckiest person on Earth and completely overwhelmed by the chaos of things ever changing. I've had a hard year, health wise, and feel like I am still fighting to get back to "normal" which isn't really good enough for me. My expectation for my own health is closer to what I would call Thriving. I'm feeling positive about where I am right now and have learned to use the energy that I do have for what's most important - Family, Valen, the things that make me happy. I take small moments for myself to spend time making our house beautiful and reflect on how my environment makes me feel. #home#oilpainting#cactus#houseplants#takeamoment
It can be easy to get caught up in the big picture and miss the small things, like this little guy.
It's good to remember to enjoy the 'small' things: a good coffee first thing in the morning, climbing into your comfy bed, time spent with friends, your daily chat with your mum, your dad showing he cares by worrying about your car... #smallthings#gratitude#pause#takeamoment#feelinglucky
Yoga pose to think about doing today. Twists are so great with plenty of benefits. Helps digestion, assists in spinal rotation, detox, destress the body. These can help make a nice shift in the mind, body and spirit! Give it a try and connect the breath. As you twist exhale! Release and let go!! #yourawesome#beonewithyourbody#doyogadaily#loveyourpose#takeamoment#beyou #💜💜💜
"...And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." ~ Roald Dahl
Ready to check in for peace? #SoulHum#SoulHumStudios#Meditation#ShermanOaks
Start your week off right. We like to practice R.M.R. ~ Rise, Meditate, Repeat! Tuesday Class Schedule
Deepen Your Breath w/ @breathewithraelo
8:30 AM and 9:15 AM
Realign w/ @danibeinstein
9:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Turn Up Happiness w/ @lenageorge_
Tween Soul Hum (10-12) w/ @lenageorge_
Tween Soul Hum (10-12) w/ @lenageorge_
Let Go of The Day w/ @the_nataki_wellnesscenter
Find Harmony w/ @harmonyinme
Total 360 Relaxation w/ @tracee_stanley