How To Do Tai Chi & Its Impact

Every Monday, Wed, & Fri I scramble out of bed at (or around) 7am to eat my oatmeal before heading to Tai Chi class. The Y has coffee so that’s another reason to get over there. Moving Meditation and Coffee – what a Wonderful Combo. My commitment to learning the forms of Tai Chi has given me purpose and a community at the YMCA.

Learn it here: How to practice Tai Chi – 24 Form

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Feed Your Heart,

Alicia

 

4 Keys to Recovery from Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, and Anorexia

With January around the corner, we will hear a substantial amount from the media about weight loss/ diet with this/ exercise this way… While in the midst of recovering from an eating disorder, this can be incredibly triggering. What should we focus on during this time of hubbub over the latest diet craze?

Our hearts 

I know my EKG was irregular before I went into residential treatment. I know my heart supplies my body with fresh oxygen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and I want it to pump strongly. Eating for my heart muscle will make taking walks with my friends’ dog easier. This will able me to get stronger in every aspect of my life.

“Don’t set a rigid timeline for accomplishing what you want to accomplish. Trust that as long as you keep going with an open and honest mindset, you are making progress in the right direction.” #NextYearIPromistTo #recovery NEDA Goals vs. Resolutions

Pauses

Impulsivity and reactivity were my strong suites. Have you met my dad from New Jersey? Yeah, I had to realize that I did not want to live that way. A simple breath, a simple pause to think before diving in to respond or to have a second chocolate bar makes all the difference. Is this serving me or am I just being reactive because someone pissed me off?

Bulimia Had Been Hard Wired into The Cellular Makeup of my Brain… – Shaye Boddington

Going Against the Grain

Your recovery is yours, Not your parents and Not others in treatment. While in intensive outpatient, I learned that can be highly influenced by those around me. I realized the other girls in treatment may not have the same values as I do. I definitely learned that if I was to get out in the community that I would have to fly solo many times because my peers don’t necessarily have the same interests as me.

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” -#CarrieFisher @NEDA May the Force be with you, always.

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Go Within

 

 Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, Director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing asks the great question “What can I do to feel content and balanced?” Yes, you. Your satisfaction in life matters because you matter. Answer this question and the responsibility is yours. You can take action to feel whole again.

Wellbeing comes from within

 

 

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Always,

Feed your heart,

Alicia

Risk vs. Reward

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What are you waiting for?

You are in flight.

Fly above the mountains,

then fly into the valleys. 

A bird knows its’ true strength with its wings’ in flight.

Soar above the clouds.

Witness the joy, witness the pain.

And know in the sky is where you belong.

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Imprint the joy, release the challenges.

Feed your heart,

Alicia

 

What are your 5 goals for the next 6 months?

A wise person asked me what are my 5 goals for the next 6 months. As my life as shifted over this year, my goals have changed as well. If I had to write them out, which is recommended… I’d choose a goal in 5 areas: health, spiritual, career, artistic hobbies, and relationships.

1. Complete the Intuitive Eating Workbook

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole M.S. R.D. & Elyse Resch M.S. R.D. F.A.D.A 

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2. Continue challenging my partnership with meditation by attending a meditation class once a week @ BetterBodiesYoga

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3. Complete initial STOTT Pilates training

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4. Create a well-being series for my youtube channel

To include: Tai Chi play, Relaxing movement, Restorative Poses

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5. Connect with loved ones on Sundays

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What are your 5 Goals for the next 6 months?

Write them out. It surprised me when I took them out of my mind and on paper (figuratively). They seem more real and achievable now. 

Feed your heart,

Alicia

Letter of Gratitude

You woke a sleeping spirit in me. Your gentle words provoked change in me.

I am sensitive. I own that, now.

I have a child part that needs the nourishing only I know how to give.

A child is creative, full of curiosity, and rainbows of joy.

I will never forsake my inner child.

I will never abandon self.

I am the artist of my mind.

I choose which road we take and I ride that way freely.

Creating is a spiritual practice. Movement can be spiritual. I have felt it.

Connections I never made are spiraling to create strong bonds

Grace I never would have given is now provided

Strength I never would have found within grows

I’m Bold For Me because I believe I matter.

 

Dedicated to a special person in my life

 

Feed your heart,

Alicia

 

Is Synchronicity For Real? 5 Ways To Make It Work For You

Have you ever wondered how an opportunity just falls into your lap and you can’t help but look around in awe? Here are 5 ways to welcome synchronicity into your life full throttle!

1. Recognize that the what comes first

Determine what you would do and know the how has a way of falling into place.

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2. Invite the helping hands

Elders wish to invest in gifted youngsters even if they don’t understand why they want to help you! They just have a feeling to do so!

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3. Try to run from your dream and it will continue to follow you

It is scary going after what your heart tells you, we say. It’s also difficult sidestepping every opportunity that passes your desk telling you that this is the right path for you.

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4. When actions flow synchronicity will follow

Walk through the doors that seem to magically open.

 

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Like you’re ready for it

5. What is more frightening: failure or the possibility of success?

We tend to be more afraid of the success, of taking the risk that could bring about an incredible shift in life.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative [or creation] there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s facor all manner of incidents and meetings and mteral assistance whuch no man would have believed would have come his way.

W. H. Murray’s The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

 

As grandma always said, “Careful what you wish for.”

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And Pay Attention

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As Always,

Feed your heart,

Alicia

 

 

 

 

My Liebster Award & Nominees

I am thrilled to tell you I was nominated for the Liebster Award by a fellow blogger! I want to thank Memoallure for this honor. This lipstick lover and motivation maker can help you bring out your all-around best self. I was moved by Ozzy’s post The Point of Life is to be a Constant Learner when she said successful people = lifetime learners. I hold curiosity as a value and this post was a good reminder to live by my curious quality:) Check out Memoallure for lifestyle, health & beauty inspiration all in one place.

The Liebster Award spreads the love and connection to new bloggers. As the rules go, here are my answers to the 11 questions from the nominator.

Here are the 11 questions from Ozzy~

1. What is your favorite quote? 

Creative work is play – Stephen Nachmanovitch

I chose this quote because it keeps me creating and away from that fear-based place that hides my expression.

2. Why did you start blogging? 

I started blogging as a creative outlet and to express what I cannot verbally.

3. Do you know what your purpose in life is? 

I know I am meant to grow. I don’t believe we all have just one purpose. I know I value connection (through blogging and experiencing life with those I love). I value self-care, my strong curious part, and spirituality. I believe a purpose of mine is to see spirituality simply as noticing the leaves blowing in the wind. God is nature and my connection to nature gives me purpose.

4. What is your favorite form of exercise? 

Rock Climbing

5. Best flavor of ice cream is…? 

Chocolate + Mint Chip

6. If you could have dinner with one person in the world to pick their brain who would it be? (Must be alive). 

I would pick Brene Brown to share my shame stories without judgment and learn how I can apply her ways to my life. Her authenticity inspires me to live a little more free and less afraid.

7. 3 most magical places you have visited or are looking forward to visiting someday? 

(1) Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

(2) Scuba diving at a shipwreck in Thailand.. One day

(3) Iceland… again, One day

8. Cats or Dogs? Dogs! Big ones and small ones I love them all!

9. What helps you get out of your head when you are having a bad day and allows you to stay calm and positive? 

Tai Chi and any Movement brings me back into my body. A smoothie often does the trick as well;)

10. What were you like as a little kid? 

Wild..just kidding. I’m told I was happy, easy-going, liked doing things (Girl Scouts, sports, friends, gymnastics, piano), friendly and liked to have fun!

11. Your favorite song at the moment?  Suit & Jacket by Judah & the Lion

Now that you know more about me, we can connect! I was overjoyed to be nominated. Now, here are my Nominees!

My Nominees are…

https://www.roamerwoman.com/

http://adventurewithcora.com/

http://nohomejustroam.com/

http://floatingbeings.com/

http://agirlandakiwi.com/

A little insight into my nominees…

Roamerwoman is a travel blogger. She has gained insights living in hostels and experiencing human connection as a tour guide in Spain.

Cora The Explorer believes in living out her dreams. She does just that traveling the world. Check her out for travel tips!

Follow the No Home Just Rome couple as they spend 5 years road tripping to all 50 states with their dog, Truffles. Find minimalism travel tips on their blog!

Claire at floatingbeings is creating a space for thoughts and travel to merge as “Our minds wander farther than our footsteps.”

A Girl & A Kiwi I love this DIY & Adventure blog! Check them out for tips and DIY tricks.

For my nominees, here are your questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. If you had endless funds, what would you do?
  3. Describe a perfect day you’ve had thus far in your life.
  4. Favorite fruit?
  5. Mantra or Affirmation that keeps you positive?
  6. Coffee or tea?
  7. If you could be anything, what would it be? (superhero not excluded)
  8. What was your snuggle toy when you were young?
  9. Would you go camping?
  10. What’s one thing you’ve never done but want to?
  11. What are your top 3 values?

I’m looking forward to your responses!

To find out more about the Liebster Award click here.

As always,

Feed your heart.

Alicia

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