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  • Project January

    There's so much to be grateful for in the new year but sometimes I think it's important to approach things in a way that cultivates gratitude through our actions. We're coming out of the holiday season where everyone was a little nicer, activities and parties were plentiful (as were the cookies and champagne) and it's easy to feel like January is just one huge balloon deflating. We usually spend our January's on fad diets, trying to keep resolutions and getting back into the grind. Last year I decided this was kind of unfair to January and that I was going to make an effort to make January a lot more fun (though a bit healthier than December) so I can end the month a bit more grateful. Here are a list of activities and ideas on my docket for this January. See if there are some fun ones for you to implement or come up with some of your own. I'd love to hear about them! Tweet me @thefancyhippie to tell me about them, Cheers to you January!

    Project January List:

    • Karaoke
    • Go Carting
    • Ballroom dance class
    • Laguna beach
    • Harry Potter movie binge
    • Disneyland
    • A healthy dinner party
    • Coloring more
    • Boxing class
    • Swimming
    • a real hike
    • Watsu
    • Mini golf
    • Dog beach
    • Golden Globes party
    • Volunteering
    • DIY party
    • Vision board making
    • Dinner or coffee with new friends or those you haven't seen in a while (and want to:))

    What other activities sound fun to you?

  • 3 Tips For Living In The Present Moment

    We all want to be more present in our lives. Technology and the hustle and bustle of every day life has a way of keeping us living in the past or focused on the future which is a shame because all the magic lives in the present. Seeing as we all could use a little more magic in our lives, here are 3 tools to get you to the present moment faster. Try using some (or all) of them this week and see what happens! 

    Gratitude. Look around you right now. What are you grateful for? Using our gratitude muscles is a great way to get into the present moment. Just don’t think it though. Really feel your gratitude. That feeling is a one way ticket to the present moment.

    Sensory. Feel the breeze on your skin. Really look at everything around you. Take the time to actually taste your food instead of scarfing it down. When we awaken our senses we can feel our way into the present moment.

    Joy. When you’re enjoying yourself you’re automatically transported into the present moment. Just think of those times you’re with friends and you’re all laughing so hard your stomachs hurt. How present are you then? Very. Seek out things that bring you joy. Do more of them. Having your joy tank full is one of the best things you can do for your life. Your happiness only begets more happiness. You don’t take from others when you’re joyful, you give. Allow your joy quota to increase this week. Keep your tank full.

    What things do you do to keep yourself in the present moment?

  • What People Don't Tell You About Your "New Story"

    Oh, don’t you just love it when your brain starts to attack you?  (that’s sarcasm) You know what I’m talking about. 

    That nagging voice that tells you you aren’t enough, why are you wasting your time, who are you to do anything or everyone’s favorite - I am unlovable. 

    We humans love to think that we’re broken. We love it so much that even the idea of putting ourselves back together again seems like it’s a waste of time. 

    Who am I if I’m not my story?

    Though we’d never admit it - sometimes doesn’t it feel good (and by good I mean awful yet comfortable) to just wallow in these stories we’ve decided about ourselves? 

    Without our story how would we feel justified for our actions? 

    If we can’t blame things on our story after all, how are we able to slack off or give less than 100% to life?

    Hmm, but what if we started telling a different story? Then what would happen? Would life get better? Oh, you bet your ass it would. 

    But here’s what people who tell you to tell a different story generally forget to mention. IT”S UNCOMFORTABLE. At first that is.

     You are radically shifting your world view to a different frequency and one that feels good. Now, sure you hear this idea of feeling better and you say “Sign me up!” and that is great! Get your name on that page and on your way but don’t expect it all at once. 

    There will be growing pains, you will inevitably fall back into old patterns but THIS TIME you’ll be more aware of them. And THIS TIME instead of going with the old mundane “un-flow” you’ll be able to course correct and get back into YOUR FLOW. So what I’m saying is STOP TELLING THE STORY YOU NO LONGER WANT TO LIVE. 

    And start telling a new & improved one.

    But also realize that it’s not an overnight process and that patience and self-care is needed on this journey.

    And one day you'll wake up and realize your new story is far more the reality of your life than the old. 

    And that my friends, makes it all worth it.