7 Reasons You Should Try Yoga This Year

Are you as excited about all the new discoveries this year as I am? Why not try yoga? Jump start your health!

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The start of the year is a popular time for many of us to try and begin life changes, especially ones involving health. Whether it’s feeling over fed and under exercised after the holidays, the illusion of a fresh start from the new year, or a combination of both, healthy living gets a lot of attention this time of year. If you committed to making a change this year, the addition of a yoga practice is a great start that will help out in ways you might not realize. I started doing yoga six years ago and what originally began as “just another form of exercise” has morphed and grown into a full blown practice that influences and supports what I do off my mat. There are many reasons to do practice yoga that go beyond what you might think about when you think about yoga.

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14 Reasons To Keep Up Your Kindness

Vincent Egoro said it best! Be KIND!

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Do we really need a reason to show kindness unto others? I don’t think so. But whether you do, or you don’t here are 14 quotes to motivate you into being more kind this month.

  1. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up –Galatians 6:9
  2. You never know how much of an impact a simple act of kindness may have on someone.
  3. No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.
  4. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
  5. The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
  6. When you give from the heart, you touch the heart of another, more so, you touch the heart of God with your kindness.
  7. An act of kindness

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Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure Link-Up: Adventure #1

This might be the coolest thing I’ve read all day. I’m feeling inspired! Why shouldn’t we live life to the fullest?

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Over the weekend I discovered Brenda’s blog Embark: Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure. Brenda invites readers to join her on fifty-two weeks of adventures for 2015.

Embark with me as I take fifty-two adventures and re-discover the joy of ordinary life being lived to its fullest.

I challenge you to find a way to learn, to grow, to care and to breathe, each day, for fifty-two weeks. Nourish your mind, soul, heart and body. And each week, go on an adventure. “

Seriously?! An adventure EVERY WEEK FOR A YEAR?! How will I contain the awesome?!?! I don’t think I have the words for how excited this made me. Maybe this picture will help explain it:

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Needless to say, challenge accepted, Brenda. Challenge Accepted!

I will be posting here once a week (probably on Mondays or Tuesdays) about that week’s adventure. The cool thing about this challenge is that nobody decides what counts as…

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The day I never thought would come

Happy 2015 Everyone!  As a former bartender, I really enjoy watching the ball drop on tv these days rather than getting dolled up to go out on NYE.  Something about New Year’s Eve that brings out the people who NEVER go out in public and probably shouldn’t.  So many things to be thankful for right here in my living room.  I no longer feel the need to go out and validate myself by putting on a cocktail dress, attending some party that my husband nor myself really want to be at, and then coming home and plastering it all over social media.  What’s the point?  I’ve never understood how that is so important to some.  Personally, I’ve never been so happy to ring in a new year and I can admit that I actually shed a tear when the clock turned to the stroke of midnight.  I kissed my husband, we toasted our mimosas in our pajamas, and I had a sigh of relief. I felt at peace knowing that 2014 was finally over.  616a843fa0  A brand new chapter.  People make all sorts of resolutions for a new year. Do you want a new job?  Do you want to lose weight?  Maybe you want to move half way across the world?  I have one solution.  Just do it!  Whether it’s a right or wrong decision, at least you decided to do something with your life.  This is your chance to begin again.  Now, I need to clarify this affirmation.  You can “begin again” any minute of any day of the year.  The moment you chose to start living your life, is the moment that you begin again.  My personal journey actually began weeks before 2014 ended.  Ringing in the new year was just a sign of relief that my horrible year was finally over.  So what are my plans as I begin again? 10406439_902753569736860_2793804192892992939_nI think Tony Gaskins really nailed it on the head with these goals. My husband and I really sat down before the year ended and really talked about what we wanted for our new year.  We decided that 2015 for us is all about growth and new opportunities.   We know that coming out of 2014 that life can change in an instant and how we are not prepared for those situations.  So we sat down and made a plan.  A plan that includes us reconnecting with God, furthering our educations, strict financial guidelines, and really making a life for ourselves.  By really communicating with each other, there is no guessing game.  We really know what the other one wants and needs. This is 2015, my friends.  Bad situations are going to happen,  the unexpected will present it self, the devil will try to persuade you in the wrong direction, but if you put your faith in the Lord there is no possible way you can go wrong.   If you are stuck on things from your past, there is no possible way your future is going in the right direction.  We need to strive each and everyday to make our lives better than the day before.  Rid yourself of the hatred and negativity.  ALWAYS BE POSITIVE.  Stay humble, stay grateful, and stay grounded.  I’ve made way for the new in 2015 and look forward to each and every moment of it. Any given moment can be your moment to make way for the new, you just have to seize it.

God Bless,

April

 

And So It Begins….

0c589182f3885d7f115e8af934424c86 Welcome my new friends!

My name is April and It’s been quite a year of ups and downs for me, but I know that it has all led me to this moment in time. I look forward to writing this blog, introducing you to simple ways to take time ,and enjoy yourself.  Everyone in this world is in such a hurry that sometimes they forget just how to enjoy themselves!   I used to live that life.  I was not working to live, I was living to work. My marriage suffered because of it, my health, and it led to a live not worth living.

My health began on a downward spiral in late September/early October.  I had to have a partial hysterectomy suddenly and then my Crohn’s disease spun out of control.  Though I anticipated on being back to work within a week of surgery, it had now been five.  Bills were piling up and I spent half of my time in and out of doctors’ offices and er visits.  I sunk into a deep depression and eventually when my dance studio of six years closed, I was quite heartbroken.  I thought my entire world was ending. I thought I could no longer do what I was “born” to do.  I cried for days upon end about it.  I really did not think that life could get much worse. People were starting to doubt me, friends no longer called, and I was shrinking away into nothing.

So what did I do?  I turned to God. I got on my knees and asked the lord to please shine a light into my darkest hour.  I focused on the good in this life and positive people that uplifted me.  Though most of the negative people were already out of my life, I said “goodbye” to the rest of them as well.  From that moment forward, I was ready to live my life.  I started taking time to truly appreciate what I had in this life.  I quit making excuses for myself and started to live.

So what is 81collective? This is my vision of what God has in store for me. This is my journey with faith, love, family, do it yourself, dance, health, and cooking. So please, follow my dancers as I show them how to inspire others, let’s teach each others some new recipes, let’s try some do it yourself ideas, let’s really connect with each other, and let’s follow the words of the Lord..together!

Have a blesssed day,

April

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