Self-Love

Self-love: regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic). How often do you actually take the time to love and care for yourself? Daily? Monthly? Yearly? Sometimes speaking in general terms we tend to put everybody else before our own needs and as a mother and the nurturing-kind that truly is what comes natural. Truth is…no matter who you are you deserve to take that time for yourself. We are the ones in control of our own happiness and need to take responsibility for our own actions in life. Yes, it is a choice.

Starting with little things each day, do what you love and do things that fuel your soul and fill your heart. It could be little things like taking the time to allow the sunshine to beam on your face and smile while doing so, laughing more with your children, bundling up and going for a walk in the crisp air to awaken your senses, or even sitting in silence (or with music on your headphones) just breathe and enjoy. Taking a moment to yourself may be as little as taking extra time in the shower, cooking a beautiful meal for you and your family, going to get a massage, exercising, yoga or even meditating. Whatever fills your cup and makes you feel whole, make a promise to yourself to reflect on your life, and all of your blessings or overcoming the challenges you may be facing. Whatever it may be…you are worth it. Embracing yourself will only make you a better person; whether you are a mother, father, wife, husband, sister, brother, or friend…you will be better and you absolutely deserve it.

Now as a mother of three beautiful children and a wife, it’s so easy and natural to put everyone else in front of myself but from now on everyday I am choosing to take time to care for myself. It will only make me healthier, happier and more  of a loving person in every role of my life. I challenge you to do the same. Today I am writing this simple because I love to write, I love to share my experiences with the world and grant my messages…this fills my soul with so much goodness to impact other.

Cherish yourself and share some ways that feed your soul.

Sending so much love and light in your direction.

stop and smell the sunflowers

Enjoy the sunflowers.

Shine on, my loves.

XO. JMS

Like a snake

I feel so many incredible emotions right about now….first anger, hope and then determination.

I just recently committed to a 6 month “No Excuses, Sole Success Club” , with Brook Kreder, and I couldn’t figure out what my specific goals were. I knew that I wanted to be healthier all around on so many aspects of my life. I discovered a couple things tonight during a YOGA class my heart absolutely just said “you must GO, Jenna!” it was more of a demand than a suggestion. During this yoga class I was very angry with myself at first…then I was enlightened…it was quite a rollercoaster of feelings. Of course my whole commitment with yoga is to completely better myself as a whole. Allow me to further enlighten you…better myself as a whole; my mind, my heart, my soul and so importantly my body.

Let me take you back to about 4 years ago…just so you know this freaks me out to share this but I suppose this is all a part of the process…alright, here goes everything. January 1, 2010…I hit rock bottom…absolute and utter black hole of shame, anger, sadness. I had my entire passion and life was ripped from me and it was all my fault. (Really, it was.) I made some poor choices and it lead to me getting a rather large and painful slap to the face. From then on I recovered after I spent countless hours by myself, absolutely alone. I was letting go and ready to shed my skin to begin a new fresh chapter in life. A promise to continue to improve the quality of my life and to take care of myself and my body and the ones around me I love so dearly.

Fast forward a couple years…September 2011…I was enlightened with yoga once again and a beautiful weekend seminar called “The Good Life Journey” which was so special to experience. (I forgot to mention I was teaching Yoga on board a luxury cruise ship for an extend of 9 months and absolutely fell in love with every aspect of it. I also had a student who was on the 110 day world cruise who wasn’t able to touch his knees at the beginning of the cruise and by the time the cruise was over, he was able to touch his toes. It was the most beautiful and powerful thing to be a part of. He always asked how he could take his yoga practice deeper and why I lead him to do certain poses and how to breathe and then lead him into a relaxing meditation at the end. He is one of the reasons I wanted to deepen my own knowledge as an instructor and in my personal practice.) So all of these processes take time and it’s all about letting go and allowing yourself to live and forgiving yourself…shedding your skin. January 2012 until the end of February 2012 I had one of the most intense and memorable experiences to take a journey to India to study Yoga. To learn more about my experience please visit: Manifesting my India

Peace

Peace

Since I have experienced India and have been back here in pretty Red Wing, MN…I haven’t really embraced my yoga practice and this makes me angry with myself. So now…I shall move forward and overcome this madness. I am shedding this layer of skin and moving forward, I am going to continue to be an ultimate bad ass and strive to be my true authentic self! I can do this…I am committing to myself and my close tight knit loves that in 6 months you will see a lighter, brighter, more confident, and ever yoga loving soul. I promise to myself first, then I promise to you. My promise is to forgive myself, applaud myself, laugh, breathe deep and well, meditate, yoga yoga YOGA, and above all…love myself.

Hold me to it if I’m letting you down. Promise?!

(I feel better now)

“Letting go doesn’t mean giving up…it means moving on.”- Anonymous

Much love,

Jenna

P.S. Namaste ❤

Gratitude.

Morning Sunshine

Today’s word I have chosen is gratitude.

Be grateful. Appreciate your life and your blessings.

Every morning I wake up I think of many things I feel so fortunate for, the abundance of love I have within me and all around me. I take a moment each and every day to stop, breathe, and truly just soak it all in. Today in particular I am feeling beautifully overwhelmed with so many emotions of love, joy, excitement and hope all around me. I am quite certain exercising has a considerably large impact on the direction of my days. I do know I am much more at peace and can handle challenging moments in a much wiser, appropriate manner as opposed to if I haven’t sweat it out yet!

Truth: endorphins brighten my life. Need I say more?

I think it’s truly important to take the time each day to appreciate life.

Give thanks. Be mindful.

You are beautiful. You are worth it.

Namaste.

Joy.

Catching the sunset.

Divine Ananda.

Allow me to explain…

I chose the word divine, for it is just truly one of my favorite words. It is a lovely word with a special meaning. Ananda…speaking in yoga terms, this is the condition of utter joy. In other words: pure, and utter bliss, which is something I believe many or most of us yearn for in our everyday lives.

Seeking ananda I believe is discovering or just paying attention to the light and joy all around you and within you. Choosing to be happy. Choosing to rise above to learn and grow from a challenging experience. Having an intention to love, to be joyful, and to truly live life to the fullest is healthy and attainable.

Sometimes we just need to learn to just go with the flow and roll with the punches. In my experience, it is rewarding to keep positive affirmations close to your heart.

  • *know that love is always present in me and everything*
  • *see the world with new eyes*
  • *be filled with enthusiasm and gratitude*
  • *I am strong*
  • *I am beautiful and blessed*

Start with this and you will soon be on your way to living a joyful, full life.

Namaste.