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This is my drinking story (part 2 of 2)

Hi . Thanks for sticking with me. I'm back to tell you the last half of my drinking story that I started a couple of days ago - but we know, the story’s really never over, is it? I’m currently in the chapter where I help other women… and who knows what will come next! On with the story… Two days ago, I left off with resistance. You know, that thing where you make a decision that’s good for you but your habits tell you to keep on doing things the same old way you’ve been doing them? That thing. I finally [...]

By |September 22nd, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|0 Comments

This is my drinking story (part 1 of 2)

Last week, a friend of mine who owns a popular business reached out to me because she wanted to pick my brain about creating a Sober October opportunity for her community. I shared with her that the first time I did Sober October for my yoga studio and sent an email about it, it was the most opened email I’d ever sent. By more than double. Twice as many people opened that email than any other email I’d ever written. That’s hundreds of more people! When I went into my studio to teach later that day, it was all anyone was [...]

By |September 20th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|0 Comments

Do you courageously let the part of you that is uncool shine?

Sunday night, I flew home from Cleveland where I led morning movement classes and co-presented at Energy Fest. It was an incredible experience, partly because the keynote presentations were mind-blowing and transformative, but also because it was so fun to be in community with others. Especially others who are a little… shall we say willing to be different from what standard American culture expects of us? Or, put more bluntly, Energy Medicine people are wonderfully weird, like me! I love my place on the fringes of society. When I am in groups of women who choose not to eat animals or animal products, [...]

By |September 13th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|0 Comments

A little bit every day over a long period of time

“I don’t understand what people are talking about when they say meditation makes them calmer. I don’t feel like that while I’m meditating. It’s like that runner's high thing… that’s never happened to me either.”A friend of mine recently shared that with me while we were talking on the phone about her frustration with meditation. I tried to explain to her that you don’t necessarily feel the effects of meditation while meditating, you feel them later when your boss gives you 3 new projects and tells you to work all weekend.You also don’t usually feel great during the run, it’s [...]

By |September 7th, 2022|Categories: Energy, Personal Growth|Comments Off on A little bit every day over a long period of time

Do you pass up the temptation today for a bigger reward tomorrow?

Would I like the fries or the side salad? Should I buy the new clothes or put the money in savings?Do I go to the gym or keep sitting here doing what I’m doing?Pleasure now over long term goals… it’s something we wrestle with every day.I’m a member of a few social groups that are focused on helping women stop drinking. I do it for a couple of reasons, one of them being that I am happy to support anyone who needs a boost, but I also learn so much from watching the psychology of what happens there. Yes, if [...]

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: Energy, Personal Growth|Comments Off on Do you pass up the temptation today for a bigger reward tomorrow?

Morning Pages

Earlier this week, I sent you an email about journaling where I wrote about how hard it was for me to start and how profoundly the practice has supported me since I started doing it consistently. One day, while I was running and listening to a podcast, I heard a woman talk about writing and how something called Morning Pages opened a new world to her. She went on to describe how Morning Pages are a daily writing practice and the brainchild of Julia Cameron. What you do is write as soon as you get up when you haven’t dropped into your [...]

By |August 25th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|Comments Off on Morning Pages

The #1 helpful habit women resist (and why)

I love to watch women work through resistance. This includes my own resistance to new things (you know, change) and other people’s resistance too. If there’s ever a time we can rationalize like champions, it’s when we’re resisting something. Recently, I was with a group of women and we were talking about how much we love our Instant Pots. One woman in the group (who we weren’t trying to convince of anything) kept chiming in announcing to us all how she doesn’t need an Instant Pot and all the reasons that she hasn’t bought one and why she doesn’t want [...]

By |August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|Comments Off on The #1 helpful habit women resist (and why)

Why does time go faster as we age?

It’s always been fun to have a birthday in August. When I was a kid, we had a backyard pool. Summers lasted foreverrrrrrrr. Remember that? I went to a private school so there was no school district. My friends and classmates lived all over Oklahoma City (which is a large, spread-out city) and moms carpooled us to school.After school let out in May, we didn’t see each other all summer and my backyard birthday party (which was joyfully timed right before the beginning of the school year) was the annual back-to-school get together for all the kids. My parents would [...]

By |August 9th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth|Comments Off on Why does time go faster as we age?

Don’t assume and take experiences away from people

Here’s a teacher moment I’ll never forget. I’d just returned from studying in India and I was excited to teach some new things to my yoga community in Boulder, CO. Among the new techniques was a lesser-known ancient Himalayan practice of meditative movement called Laya. Laya movements are very feminine and designed to balance the more masculine practice that makes up much of how we practice yoga in the West. These movements were completely different from anything I’d ever seen in a yoga class. They’re much like dance; very flowy and internal and intuitive. As a teacher, it’s uncomfortable to [...]

By |July 5th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|Comments Off on Don’t assume and take experiences away from people

I sold my business for this

Today is a big day for me. It’s the last day I have my brick-and-mortar yoga studio. The place that has consumed my life for the past 5 years.The new owner and I are meeting this afternoon, I’m showing her some things and dropping my key in her hand.When I walk out and close the door behind me, I can’t just walk into that sacred place, my second home, whenever I want anymore.When that door shuts today, a part of my life is closed forever. And a new door is open.I recently taught an in-person yoga class to 40 people. I [...]

By |June 30th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|Comments Off on I sold my business for this

Life Is About Creating Yourself

I have a milestone birthday this year.  A birthday with a zero on the end. The exact day isn’t for a few months but I’m already reflecting a little and it’s unbelievable how much I’ve evolved, especially over the last 10 years. It makes me appreciate our capacity and ability to change and, at the same time, reminds me of how many years I spent convincing myself that I couldn’t change.  Other people could change, but not me.  My life circumstances were so “special” that I was just locked into the corporate job life and that’s how it was. That [...]

By |February 25th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|Comments Off on Life Is About Creating Yourself

My Two-Year War With Myself

I’ve told some of you about how things were for me when I first started meditating.  I often describe my experience as a two-year war with meditation (and I also say that just because it took me two years to achieve consistency doesn’t mean it will take others that long). When I think back on that time – the starting and stopping and committing to start over again and failing and being mad at myself and thinking I suck and my brain just won’t do it and I’m so disappointed in my sucky-ness…  When I reflect on all that resistance, I have [...]

By |February 14th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|Comments Off on My Two-Year War With Myself

The role of ego

Social media… I can’t even describe my relationship with it.  However, as I sit to write about ego, it’s the first thing that arrives in my mind. As an athlete and yoga teacher, ego and I are very good friends.  I’ve spent years working on how fast I can run, obsessing over my place on a race podium (read: how can I defeat others in my quest for the finish line), and examining my body in the mirror to see what I need to change to increase my likelihood of making the podium more of a sure thing. I’ve also [...]

By |February 10th, 2022|Categories: Personal Growth, Wisdom from Blaine|Comments Off on The role of ego

My whole yoga journey started with………… gratitude.

Seriously, this isn't a Thanksgiving gratitude thing. This is how my whole life changed. Back when I was traveling fulltime and living the hotel and business dinner 5- days-a-week life, I was… I don’t even know how to describe it... not as stable as I am now. Yes, I was financially stable, and I had all the stuff that goes with that, but internally - I was a mess. My mind was constantly telling me I wasn’t good enough and I needed to do and be more, more, more! The mean voice in my head was absolutely punishing. I can’t [...]

By |November 24th, 2021|Categories: Personal Growth|Comments Off on My whole yoga journey started with………… gratitude.

What am I doing?

You sit in front of your computer and are barely able to lift your fingers. You feel tired and don’t know why you are here. You’ve lost your motivation. Do you know this feeling? What am I doing? Not what am I doing right now…. what am I doing?!? In those moments, the inner fire may be burning low, or maybe not at all. Have you ever been camping and tried to start a fire? You’re walking around looking for wood – not just any wood but dry wood that is suitable to create a spark. Then the effort begins [...]

By |November 17th, 2021|Categories: Personal Growth|Comments Off on What am I doing?

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