Thursday, December 25, 2014

"She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten."

The saying goes-- "When life gives you lemons, you make...lemonade?" Hmmmf, something like that. Well, I guess you could say that life definitely gave me a couple of lemons this past year which led me to change my life course. Reevaluate things. Center my focus. Stop that stagnant feeling and/or the same mistakes. My own form of making lemonade, if you will!

So I changed things. My first step? I decided that I was going to leave Los Angeles and head back to where I feel the most immense amount of love: Florida, where my family is. It all seemed to make sense and fall into place-- my lease was running up, I received a job opportunity to teach English through theatre to children in Italy for 6 months, and I desperately needed time for myself in order to reset.

With a little help from my fantastic friends, I had the most amazing going away party in the history of man prior to my departure;)

The party was initially meant to be a small, calm get-together...HAH... well, it turned out to be quite the opposite. We had a blast. I felt so much love and am so grateful for everyone who came. I'm not going to lie, I felt very sad. I had to constantly remind myself of why I was leaving in the first place.

Immediately following the party-- my brother (who came out to help me move), myself, and my cat grabbed all our bags and hopped on a plane back to Tampa, Florida.

The transition was weird. I loved being around my family-- but I couldn't help but question whether or not I made the right decision. After about a week, however, I began to shift my focus and was actually able to think more clearly. I began having epiphanies like:  'I'm glad I came home because I feel more at peace... I'm remembering what is actually important in my life... Although I had many amazing relationships in Los Angeles, there were a couple that were very toxic to my growth and well-being, and with that being said, I am glad to have left.' I felt a complete feeling of relief come over me :)

I then began the process of attaining my EU Passport in order to take the job offer in Italy. When I called the Embassy, the earliest appointment they had was in A YEAR AND A HALF. That was obviously an issue because Teatrino (theatre company), needed me in San Remo on January 6, 2015. I decided that this job did not sit right in my gut...At least not right now. The main reason why I decided to come home was to balance myself. The thought of running away to Italy for 6 months sounds amazing, but it will just distract me further. In the end, I went ahead and made my appointment to attain my EU Passport in a year and a half anyways. This is for my own personal benefit and hey, maybe I'll reapply later in life. Noting that this decision did not upset me in any way, I realized that this was the right thing to do.

So, I stepped up. For those of you who know me (or if you simply take a look at my previous blog posts), I am a yoga instructor. I love teaching and that will always be a part of me. So I decided to shift my focus directly into the field of health & wellness-- I want to go to grad school. Where? Uh, not Florida lol. I was really thinking and hoping to go up north. NYC, perhaps? :)

With my new found decision of going back to school, I also realized that I still have about 6 months of hang out time until the Fall 2015 semester starts (gotta get on all my applications). So, I began to keep myself busy. Quite busy. I've been catching up with old friends, taking class, eating, drinking, and just loving life.

I now teach yoga at a gorgeous studio in South Tampa called, Bella Prana. I am also starting an intense LAgree training at the end of January for a brand new studio called, Mantra Fitness. I also transferred on over to the LA Fitness gyms in the area. I'm not going to lie though-- working there really isn't a priority to me but if it happens to work within my schedule, then why not.

In other job news, I am currently on my 3rd interview as a full-time Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods. This upcoming interview sounds slightly intense-- I have to have a 10 minute presentation prepared for a panel of regional managers yikes. Guess we will see what happens.

Oh and don't assume that I've completely forgotten about my love for acting and theater. I've actually been pushing myself to audition regardless of the fact that I am no longer living on the west coast. One of my auditions went surprisingly well and I am currently working on a live show and will be performing this Saturday, the 27th at the Venue Orlando. I'm very excited! Check out our press release here:

Remember when I turned down the job offer in Italy? Well, the stars must have aligned because I received a phone call from my very good friend, Jessica Clark, informing me that she was just accepted to host a yoga retreat in Italy-- and that I could co-host with her!! Jess owns her own yoga studio in North Hollywood, California called The Soul Shack. I was teaching there with her up until I left for Tampa. Check out her beautiful studio & class schedule:

I immediately followed up with the retreat company and it looks as though the two of us are planning a 5-7 day retreat in Umbertide, Italy. How amazing, right?!! The details aren't completely sifted out yet but I will definitely be keeping everyone updated. So, if you are interested in joining us, please let me know!

This holiday season has been pretty incredible. A few nights ago, I went to the 93.3 Jingle Ball with my sister and three other close friends. Christmas Eve & day were equally awesome. We ate and drank many things-- and went into sugar overload. As for presents? Perfection. I landed the Vitamix blender I've wanted for YEARS, a ticket to EDC Las Vegas, Tibetan Singing Bowl, gift cards, workout plan, and a spirit animal hood. #winning

Now, it is currently 2:30 in the morning and I am watching 'New Girl' with my siblings. I wouldn't trade it for the world. Tomorrow, I am Orlando-bound to spend time with two of my best friends.

Life is good.

I think I am heading in the right direction. Practicing awareness and being present in everything that I do definitely helps.

Until next time. Sweet dreams world

<3 Kimmy

Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Eating mindfully is an important practice of meditation." -Thich Nhat Hanh

I think that the term "snacking" has been given the wrong connotation. Sure, if you perceive snacking as indulging in processed foods high in fat and caloric value, then of course it isn't healthy. If you swap the chips for some veggies and hummus, then snacking can be a positive thing. According to studies, eating snacks rich in nutrients and under 200 calories will keep your body energized and healthy. The combination of protein, plus exercise, fuels the growth of lean muscle mass, which then boosts metabolic rate and increases calorie burn. Another important factor is fiber, which helps improve digestion and keeps you from binging on fats and sugars.

I don't know about you guys, but I tend to get bored with my snacks. I need a little creativity when it comes to healthy eating. So, if you are like me, take a look at the following chart for a variety of options:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“No one is wise by birth, for wisdom results from one own’s efforts” -Krishnamacharya

Wow, it feels really good to actually sit down and write at my computer again. It's definitely been a while and so much has happened since my last entry.

They say that life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans. 

I couldn't agree more. For example, just a couple of weeks ago, I knew that there was something missing. I began to realize that I was constantly trying to "plan" out my life without stopping to smell the roses. I became attached to things that no longer served me. I let negative emotions get to me, which created a sense of imbalance within my life. It was unsettling and made me feel uneasy. I held on to things that no longer served me with the hopes that they would bring me eventual happiness.

These excuses seemed to resonate more and more each day. Over time, I could feel myself becoming increasingly bitter. 

Okay, so anyone who personally knows me is well aware that I love preaching about the importance of living a happy life. I mean, that's pretty much what this entire blog is about!

So, what do we do when things no longer serve us? We change them. We create our own happiness. We learn from ourselves and other people... and that's exactly what I did.

On January 6th, I began a new adventure:
YogaWorks 200-Hour Teacher Training Intensive.

I finally decided that it was time to let my inner yogi out, learn a few things about myself, and share what I learn with others.

Before I began my training, I felt all sorts of nervousness and excitement. I honestly had no idea what to expect except for the fact that I was about to get my ass royally kicked.

Well, we are officially a week and a half into our month intensive and I was completely right regarding the ass kicking part (but not in a bad way). To me, this training is not simply about physically challenging yourself. It is also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually demanding as well.

Let's break down the typical 8 hour day:
7:30-9:30am: 2 hour Asana practice
9:45-noon: discussions/posture labs/teaching assignments/etc.
1:00-4:30pm: discussions/teaching labs/etc.

Our discussions range from yoga philosophy, anatomy, modifications, variations, specialty topics.

With the amount of reading, homework, quizzes, and prep for our 4 part final exam... it definitely feels like I am back in school. Only difference? I actually love what I'm studying.

The group of women above have influenced me in the most positive ways. It has only been a week and a half and I already feel like I have known them for years. The amount of support, love, and wisdom I have received from each of them has helped me realize what we are all capable of doing: as women, friends, and teachers of our craft.

I feel more clear minded, calmer, happier, and healthier. I have a better idea of who I want to surround myself with and what it is that I want to do in my life. 

From tadasana, to supta padangustasana...from the philosophy of the yoga sutras, to the history of the Brahminical period... from the serratus anterior, to the femur bone... from samskara, to samadhi... from Patanjali, to Krishnamacharya.... from counteraction, to complementary action... from the differences between Ashtanga and Iyengar....

I have only begun learning what will be a permanent life journey for me...and I couldn't be more thankful.