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Celebrations and Quiet Reflections

I had such a wonderful weekend last week! I celebrated my 5 year anniversary with my fiance on Friday. Since we met I have been talking about getting a tattoo and he took me on Friday to bite the bullet. I was nervous, but felt like the timing was just right; I had been preparing for this weekend for a long time as we also had our engagement party last Saturday. Part of what spurred me on this lifestyle change was wanting to feel my best for all the upcoming events to celebrate my engagement and wedding. And after 4 1/2 months on Body Ecology, I can honestly say I've never felt better. The tattoo is a reminder of what inspires and moves me to be my best self. Here's what it looks like:

I got a dancing fairy as it reminds me that I have wings that will take me anywhere I want to go, as long as I let them. The dancer, I believe is my true self and dance is what makes me happiest. She's my own personal reminder of Aries In Flight (my dance company) and together we will make greatness happen.

The rest of the weekend was pure joy and bliss. I started Saturday off with a hair appointment followed by sushi and nails. It was so much fun having girl time with my sister Laura, sister in law Theresa, and friend/sister Mary. Being I usually work Saturdays it was nice to be off and just enjoy the company of my girls. After spending the early part of the day being pampered it was time to get ready for the party, I was very excited!

The rest of the night was full of so much love, joy and goodness. I can't even begin to express how amazing the night was. Anthony and I were in a room surrounded by the people we love to celebrate our love for each other and the journey we are about to embark on. 

Now some of you may be wondering, what did I eat that night? Did I go off track? The answer is no, I didn't. I stayed true to my Body Ecology Diet with the exception of desert; I enjoyed my gluten-free cake made by Creative Chocolate Designs in Toms River, NJ. I just did what Donna Gates recommends (if you go off and eat sugar) and drank my Coco-Biotic all night :) 

The next day I had scheduled a Bridal Dress shopping appointment at Kleinfeld so Mary could be a part of it (she lives in Pittsburgh). It was a wonderful day as well! It started off with brunch at Market Cafe in Chelsea with the most fabulous wait staff! They are very allergy friendly and have an extensive gluten free menu for those looking for new places to eat. Brunch was absolutely delicious!

Next we were off to Kleinfeld Bridal. I won't give details but let's just say I said Yes to the dress! It was a pretty emotional experience. I was truly touched by my godmother (Aunt Patty) and Mom who were overwhelmed with love, generosity, and excitement. I was honored to have my 2 Matrons of Honor, Mary and Theresa to make sure I got what I wanted and that everything was perfect. It was a perfect ending to a perfect weekend.

Then Monday morning arrived and hit me like a brick wall. I felt highly unprepared for the coming week and spent most of this week feeling like I was playing catch up. I'm sad to say that the joy and love of the previous weekend got replaced by stress, something I didn't realize had happened until this morning when I finally took the time to journal. I had been going through the motions all week, doing my yoga practice without a mindful intention, ignoring my inner voices telling me to focus on my passions and instead focused on secondary issues related to my day job. I felt sluggish all week. Then while teaching yesterday a child whacked me in the eye and scratched my cornea in 4 places. It was the scariest, most painful thing I've experienced in a long time. I'm just grateful that I work for a wonderful company that really takes good care of their employees (the class coordinator immediately jumped in and took over my classes for the day and they sent me home in a cab). I'm also grateful I was able to see a doctor immediately and get it taken care of. Getting blinded (literally) made me realize I was ignoring my purpose this week and the universe sent me a clear message that I needed to refocus. I spent a good deal of time reflecting on that this morning. I intuitively set an intention of peace for my yoga practice this morning; my subconscious started the mantra until my conscious mind took it over. It was the best yoga I've done all week. I then took out my journal and began to write. It had been over a week since my last entry, something that hasn't happened in a long time. It made me a little sad that I had been ignoring myself all week. I learned I really need that time to myself. Right now I'm feeling back on track and excited to keep moving on my journey.

Step by step, day by day, I'm learning to listen to my inner voice. That's what's most important for happiness and health. Sometimes we need life to interrupt and open our eyes to what we need. I know that I need/want all the following to be the epicenter of my life:
  • Speaking about my personal journey toward a positive healthy life through my blog. 
  • Focusing on growing my dance company.
  • Making me time a priority.
  • Reading to better myself, learn, and grow.
  • Surrounding myself with people who share my core values/beliefs.
  • Being conscious and present in every moment.
To you readers,  I promise to do my best and share every moment of this journey with you. Know that I am here to support you as well. Together we can create a life full of love, peace, and joy. Namaste, peace be with you all and have joyous weekend!


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