Super long post because I’m feeling all the feels this week 🚨

For the month of May, the studio leaned into an intention of “Surrender”. I had an opportunity to digest, study, and share what and how surrender shows up in my life. I’m continually fascinated with how, when you choose an intention, the word, phrase or mantra is illuminated all around you! The Bible scripture Romans 12:12 in The Passion Translation is resonating in my Spirit this week…

The ultimate act surrender in my life is communion with the great creator of this universe. I thought it would be important to define “Commune”: to converse or talk together, usually with profound intensity, intimacy, etc.; interchange thoughts or feelings. My daily communion practice is usually: awaken, allow gratitude to fill my lips and heart for another day, read my Bible devotion, and spend a few moments communing with God aka prayer. There is such an intense and sweet feeling of knowing that the Creator of this universe cares for me and knows the number of hairs on my head! I talk with Him and He speaks softly to my tender heart.

When I’m in constant communion with God, my days are brighter, my outlook on life is healthier and my heart is softer towards other humans with whom I’m traversing this life.

But…when I heard about the shooting this week. My day grew darker. My heart was broken (again….) and I began down this spiral of WHY?!? God can you help me find a reason why?! What is happening to the people in this world!!? These are CHILDREN! Anger, frustration, sadness and hopefulness filled my space. Then I prayed. Not only for my emotional state, but for the parents and community in Uvalde, for my children and their teachers as they went back to school the next day like nothing happened, for the federal and state leaders of this country, for those that are heartbroken, lonely and without hope, for those that may be experiencing mental illness, for those that have hate rooted deep in their hearts. Pouring out my heart to God allowed me a sense of peace and allowed me to let go everything I was internalizing.

After prayer, a call to action. Unfortunately, change won’t come the top down. I feel as though change will be a grassroots effort. So in prayer, I asked what can we tangibly do to support a sense of community?

1. Love on our community of teachers. At @charlottefamilyyoga we have consistently had days and months where our local teachers could attend in studio or virtual classes for free (usually Thursdays when both owners were on the schedule).

2. Send support to Uvalde. We are a small business JUST making it over the financial hurdle of going through a global pandemic. But we have resources, so let’s send them. I immediately reached out to my business partner and said, let’s share this healing practice of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. She immediately agreed and we set up a way for the community to give in addition to a donation of $500 of mats and props from Charlotte Family Yoga and Yoga Girls Tribe.

3. Create and record a workshop for educators and teachers to learn how to share the practice of yoga and mindfulness in their classrooms, without upsetting parents because we used the word “yoga”. New workshop coming in August 💜💜

4. Continue to pray. Prayer works. Prayer is my lifeline. Continue to surrender my thoughts and plans for His glory.

I feel a little more hopeful, putting my feet to the fire, stepping in with action, and surrendering to what is, what was, and what will be. Allowing myself time to grieve, but also remembering that God is still God. Communion with him during perilous times keeps me hopeful that one day, a change will come. Praying for you, as you pray for me 💜

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Feeling a whole lot of joy in my spirit these past few months ✨💜 My best advice to my future self (and my kiddos) is to continue to Surround yourself with people and experiences that bring you JOY!

Joy is such a magical state of being. It is often mistaken for a constant state of happiness, but that’s not joy. Joy is a choice. Choosing your mindset and response to the changing activities of life and emotions in

dealing with those we travel on the journey of life is empowering and essential on the path to joy!

Joy is my superpower 💜

Joy is magical 💜

Joy keeps my heart open to experiencing new and magical things.

What’s bringing me joy these days?

✨Intentionally making dates with friends 👯‍♀️

✨Listening to my body each morning and making a decision on what I need for my physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual self 🫀

✨Continuing my Ayurvedic studies, shifting to consciously listening to my body as the seasons change and sharing my personal revelations with others 🌱 (Shout out to @gracemillsapyoga for my VERY comprehensive Ayurvedic consult in this season!)

✨ My family - hubby, kids, and Maple - they are a handful, but constantly remind me to slow down and listen, laugh and love 💜

What patterns are keeping you from experiencing joy?

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For the last few months, I've been reading Bob Goff's book, "Live in Grace, Walk in Love". It's a daily devotional, which usually isn't my thing (I like to read cover to cover) but it's Bob Goff so...if you haven't read any of his books, do yourself a favor and head to the library! I digress. I love this devotional because there is a funny story and reality of how difficult people view the concept of just loving people! It's encouraged me daily to BE LOVE! That's it. No rituals, chants or duties to be on the street screaming love. Be available and open to loving yourself and your neighbor. Love is action. Going outside of your comfort zone to make life just a little bit better for others. Love is kindness. Showing love is being kind in the face of those that are not kind to you. Love is acceptance. Accepting people right where they are without trying to change them (no matter how different they may be!).

Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us]. 1 Corinthians 16:14 AMP

What would life look like if EVERYTHING you did was in love?! Eat in love, sleep in love, work in love, play in love and shared your life in love. That type of devotion is rarely experienced. What if, starting today, you embraced interruptions in your day as love pokes from God instead of as an annoyance? I'm talking to myself here as well, especially with my children, who sometimes takes interruptions to the extreme because everything is important, including if they can eat whipped cream and honey for lunch!

My prayer today is that we will pause and reflect on the amazing love that the Father has shown us and focus on how we can be that same love to others. I pray that we can open up our schedules to embrace interruptions and see them as divine appointments. Let us take the time to pray for our neighbors and those that are without a home, food, or income. I pray that we can be the physical hands and feet of Jesus, sharing our love without limits, to those in our sphere of influence! In Jesus name, Amen!

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