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On Swirling and Expanding

Type, delete. Type, delete. This is how so many of my posts start. “Hey guys, Happy Tuesday!” is NOT working for me today. Blogging is difficult sometimes because there is this whole life thing going on behind the scenes of what I show you every day. And mine has a tendency of late to look pretty messy despite my efforts to keep plugging in all the holes. So I’m going to stop trying so hard to plug in the holes and let some things flow out to make space for growth and expansion.

I have so many things swirling around right now. That’s really the only way I know how to describe it…ideas, goals, visions…but I am admittedly so stuck in the hamster wheel of life that I haven’t done much about the swirling. It’s reaching a point where I feel like I’m going to jump out of my skin if I don’t start taking steps towards giving it attention.



I have had these glimpses of ridiculous clarity over the last few days that have nearly brought me to tears about where my passions truly lie. One thing we talk about in yoga all the time is how things are constantly changing. People change, places change, experiences change. We have to be willing to grow and expand with them or be left grasping at the straws of what something once was. You can either be scared of this change and let it stop you in your tracks or you can say, “Bring it, Universe.”

I’m saying bring it. 

And now some other things for you to read that will hopefully resonate with you. This is a good week for blog world. People are getting real.

Life’s Formula by Teri at A Foodie Stays Fit

“Here’s what I do know:

Focusing on the positive is important. 
You’re luckier than you realize. 
You’re more talented than you think. 
People love you. And believe in you. Get them to tell you why sometimes. It helps. 
Comparing yourself to others accomplishes nothing.”

IVF and Running by Kristy at Run the Long Road

I am inspired by her perseverance and connection with her body and what it needs. Congratulations, Kristy. My heart bursts with joy for you!

That Time I Decided To Run Off To Mexico by Sierra at Posh Meets Pavement

Sierra is going on a yoga retreat. Solo and sans makeup, technology and distractions.

Why I Burned My Journals and Celebrated My Insignificance by Danielle LaPorte. (Did you really think I could get through this without a Danielle mention?)

“I love my present and I love my future. I love the vastness of my past. But I’ve found that investing in the future has way better ROI (Return On Investment).”

Onwards. That is truly the only place we can go from here. Grow, expand, be kind and be grateful.

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  • Pam July 2, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Acceptance and surrender brings chance. Your FUTURE looks really bright to me! I read this today on 1000 gifts, ” joy comes from a perspective of gratitude and gratitude comes from a perspective of perception ” It’s all in how we look at things. Keep keeping it REAL!

    • Jen July 2, 2013, 6:31 pm

      thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words pam. and i love that quote!

  • Katherine July 2, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Such a great post, Jen! Hope you’re doing ok. Keep tracking girl!


    • Jen July 2, 2013, 6:31 pm

      i am more than good! just ready to start making things happen!

  • Emily July 2, 2013, 6:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve been having a lot of mental ups and downs over the last couple of months as I’ve been going through the steps of interviewing for a new job. It would be a big step forward for me and the process has taken longer than I’ve expected and I’ve gone through about every emotion with it I can imagine. It helps to remind myself of the positive and that good things come to those who wait. And that if this one doesn’t work out, the fact that I’m so anxious about it means maybe I do need to look deeper at making some changes.

    On a much more fun note, although I’ve been an active person for years I’ve (literally) taken the plunge into learning how to swim! It helps to remind myself of the progress I’ve made since I’ve started and remember that discipline, consistency and a positive attitude will keep me moving toward my goals!

    Thanks for this post!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad July 2, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Thank you Jen for the shout out!

    I love that quote about goals. I’m finally (finally) buckling down and studying for my PT certification. I re-read your post about just going for it (and leaving fear behind) when you were studying for your PR cert. Now I’m hitting the books regularly and will take the test in Aug. So – thank you – for providing me with the kick in butt I needed 🙂

  • Ashley July 2, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Awesome post, Jen! Knowing that you want to make changes and taking small steps in doing so is sometimes the hardest part. The fear of the unknown often keeps us right where we are, but once we take the first leap of faith it all seems to make sense. It sounds like you are ready to fly 🙂 I get the same way – once I set my goals, I want to start working towards them NOW, but I always quickly discover that life’s timing is always perfect. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona July 2, 2013, 8:14 pm

    I totally understand how scary the unknowns can be. I’ve had a lot of them in the last year and a half. It’s like the universe it trying to teach me something (apparently I’m a slow learner 🙂 ) As scary as it is, I think going after goals and dreams is an awesome idea. Once you’ve started on the path it won’t seem as scary – it’s just those first few steps that are so terrifying.

  • Tamara July 2, 2013, 10:38 pm

    I love this post… and I really needed to read it! Thank you. xo

  • erin July 3, 2013, 7:26 am

    I can absolutely relate. I want to write children’s books and have several rough drafts going, but I put off the real work because of everything else life requires of me right now. My personal hamster wheel.

    Did you read Danielle’s “Drama at the café” post? She talks about speaking up, which doesn’t necessarily pertain to what you’re saying here, but the point she makes does–“you don’t need to have a result in mind to step forward.” I think that applies to so much more than speaking up, like stepping toward your moments of clarity. It can be so hard to do when you’re trying to do everything else that life requires, but you’ve seen your best rewards when you just go after it.

  • Julie Wunder July 3, 2013, 8:16 am

    oh- change. I find it so hard to embrace…
    So glad you are finding some clarity and big ideas! Good luck.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Molly July 3, 2013, 11:11 am

    I really needed to read this today. After years of thinking about it, I am returning to school to pursue my PhD. The change is giving me major anxiety this week, but making change isn’t always comfortable.

    “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson

    Good luck as you keep working towards your goals. I have no doubt that your attitude is going to help get you closer every day.

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run July 3, 2013, 11:29 am

    Thank you for this. I’m going through a lot of big life changes right now; this was just the boost I needed to say “bring it!” 🙂

  • Erin July 4, 2013, 2:47 pm

    love life’s formula – such a great reminder to focus on the positive and that comparing myself to others means nothing. xo

  • Kathy July 4, 2013, 8:55 pm

    I hear ya on the swirling ideas! I am there all the time. Sometimes hard to take action when there are so many things in your head. I’m trying to learn to pick one thing at a time and take some small steps. Thanks for letting us know we’re not crazy!

  • Brittany @ Proteinandpumps July 5, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Hi new reader here : ) LOVE this post. I also struggle with a million ideas and lofty goals floating around at once. Focus is so important. Thanks for the reminder! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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