Flying Free

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My sister just had a birthday and every year she pushes herself to do something daring and new. This year we gifted her a few minutes of free flying at IFLY. It’s a place which gives you the opportunity to skydive indoors! It’s much safer than jumping out of plane and lots of people go to IFLY to develop skills that usually require jumping from a plane. Either way it’s where the dream of flight becomes a reality.

img_4868img_4623Indoor skydiving happens with the simulation of true free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It’s bodyflight, one of the most exciting growing sports in the world. Of course we couldn’t just let my sister go by herself so my 10 year-old little adventurer volunteered to experience it with her aunt.

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They both took a quick class on how to position their bodies while in flight. They got a great little outfit, a helmet and off they went! They patiently waited to take their turn in the tunnel. As they waited they got to see lots of people being thrashed around trying to fly. Some did great, others not so much. I could tell they were both kind of nervous and excited.

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When it was their turn, they did not hesitate, they bit the bullet and jumped right in. I was pleasantly surprised that both my girls flew wonderfully.img_4810

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In the end the experience was new, fun and great bonding for both aunt and niece. Both are amazing people, always ready for adventure. Both are strong, brave and daring. Both are my hero’s.

img_4925It’s always nice to expose our children to new and wonderful experiences, especially ones that will help them bond with family. My sister is a wonderful role model to my child. She is a strong, intelligent, loving and independent woman with a heart of gold. She is one of the many family members I am fortunate to have in her life. With role models like her my daughter will soar high in her life.

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Thanks sis, I hope this year brings you all that you desire.

Yoga for Kids!

 

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If you’ve ever tried Yoga, you have already felt the benefits of it. Why not try it for your children? My ten-year old has been taking yoga from the very beginning. I first exposed her to it when she was just an infant. We took Mommy and me yoga together. Since then, she has been practicing yoga on and off for years. I also practice meditation with her.img_9735

I recently signed her up for a series of yoga classes that my friend teaches right in my town. Both Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve physical and mental health in children.

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Yoga can be fun and beneficial for kids. It improves balance, strength and endurance.  In fact, research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, classroom behavior and can even reduce anxiety and stress in kids.

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Another benefit of yoga is self-awareness. Through this practice kids begin to listen to their internal cues and emotions. By shifting self-awareness inward, a buffer forms between the yoga student and the many negative outside influences that promote poor body images.

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Thousands of schools across the country are now offering yoga. If your school hasn’t implemented the practice yet, you can always find one in your neighborhood. So go ahead and look for it at a studio near you. You will see for yourself just how great it can be for you and your child!

Namaste

 

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Forgiveness is the smell that Lavender gives out when you tread on it.-Mark Twain

img_9311Every second of every day is an opportunity to be grateful. Grateful for the air we breathe, the beauty that surrounds us, our health, the children we are fortunate enough to raise, our loved ones, our friends. Every situation in life good or bad gives us an opportunity to grow and to be grateful. Even in the worst of times we can find something to be thankful about.  Live this way and you will see your life change for the positive.

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Here are some other ways to live a positive life

  1. Spend time getting to know yourself
  2. Appreciate what you have
  3. Accept and love yourself 
  4. See the positive in every situation
  5. Live in the moment
  6. Travel to new places
  7. Stop worrying about the future
  8. Spend quality alone time with your spouse
  9. Enjoy every second of your children, they grow fast
  10. If you are lucky enough to still have your parents, spend time with them
  11. Make time for friends that want to spend time with you
  12. Be a positive role model for your children by living authentically
  13. Teach kindness and compassion by practicing it yourself
  14. Do something for others on a daily basis, you will be surprised how much happiness this will bring you
  15. Keep on learning, a new language, knitting, dancing, cooking, something that will keep you reaching for goals
  16. Take time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones
  17. Forgive, love and let go
  18. Stay away from negative people
  19. Live your dreams and take risks, life is happening now
  20. Connect with your source, learn to meditate, pray

In all things in nature there is something of the marvelous -Aristotle

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Take time to be present, stop and smell the flowers.

 

Dear sissies (and anybody else that hasn’t been told this) 

Be yourself! A great message for our girls!

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An open letter to my sisters, and to all the other girls out there that need to hear this:

Ok, I know, I’m only 17. I’m in high school. I’m not that much older than you. What do I know, anyways?!

Just trust me. Maybe my advice will be useful to you. 😜

I was driving to school this morning listening to the conversation between my sister and her two freshmen friends that I drive in the morning, and I was thinking about the world that we live in: the expectations we face as girls, the gossip and the drama that we feel the need to participate in, the people around us that are our friends but maybe don’t really understand us.

Believe me, there are so many good, really sweet girls out there, that just aren’t like me, or you, or her, or any one girl in particular.

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Ride the waves

 

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In life we experience ups and downs, rocky and smooth times. People disappoint us or surprise us. New friends come into our lives while others leave. Loved ones pass away and new ones are born.

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All we can do is focus on the positive, appreciate today, enjoy the ones we have and be grateful.

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Enjoy Today

image5You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today. Today is a great gift.

Breathe and notice everything about them, smell and touch them. Study their faces and listen to their voices. Ten years has passed so quickly for my family. Although I yearn for the infant my daughter used to be I relish the present.

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Stop and really listen to what they are saying. Pay attention to everything about them. Enjoy the present. My husband always says that this day will never come again! He is right, hold your children close and breathe them in.

Kindness

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Persian nights, sharing food, friendship and tradition. How delightful and delicious it is to be together with loved ones in peace, laughter and harmony.

To our hostess,

Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.

-Rumi

You Are Magnificent!

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You are not your stories, you are not your past!

You are a magnificent being with unlimited potential.

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Love and embrace yourself for who you are.

Be present and available for every experience in your life.

-Panache Desai, Spiritual Teacher

 

Expectations

In life we have a lot of expectations. We expect to grow up and find the perfect job. We expect to meet the right person, get married, have children and live happily ever after. We expect to have certain friends in our lives forever. We expect to be able to change people. We expect people to love as we do, to have the same heart as we do. We expect too much.edc7092b092876388276cb81f3fe89d5I’ve learned that expectations lead to disappointments. It’s a heartbreaking experience. Instead of expecting life to go a certain way, it’s better to live in what’s happening. Take every disappointment as a lesson learned. It teaches you something about the person involved or even about yourself. Expect nothing and appreciate everything in life. Sometimes the most difficult lessons to learn are the ones you need to learn the most. It may surprise you and force you to move in the direction that will bring you happiness.

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So be at peace, expect nothing, appreciate everything and live the life that you want. No exceptions!