21 Subtle Shifts to Live Life in the NOW!

When we’re not being mindful, life moves by in the blink of an eye. Our tendencies to overstuff our schedules, staying pluggedMindfulness in as slaves to technology all hours of the day, and the constant strive for more (money, fame, success) can and will rob us of our precious presence. We’ve glorified busy and achievement. It’s our culture. And, as a result, people, overall, actually feel less happy and connected than ever. (Just look at stats on depression, anxiety, and stress related illnesses. Now that’s depressing!)

Don’t get me wrong. It’s amazing that we can communicate and do business with people all over the world without ever having to leave our house. I take advantage of this awesome technology everyday. But, in many ways, we’re actually less connected than ever: to ourselves, to our friends and family, to our purpose, to this moment. Instead, we get pulled into an endless sea of information and into the busy cycle of constantly do-ing. When did be-ing became so underrated, anyway? There’s a lot to be said about that sweetness of actually LIVING fully in the moment.

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38 Things I’ve Learned to Let go of in 38 Years

Dawn GLuskinLast year, to celebrate another trip around the sun, I wrote a birthday blog called “37 Life Lessons in 37 Years.” It was reminiscent of my life’s biggest successes, ‘failures’, learning experiences, and opportunities for growth condensed into little life-lesson nuggets.  To my humble surprise, it went on to be my most popular blog ever, read by hundreds of thousands all over the world. (It  was even translated into several other languages including German, Romanian, Spanish, Bosnian, & Russian).  Emails poured in from readers who felt a deep connection and resonance to those words. It spoke to the ability to connect deeply with others by expressing ourselves straight from the heart, showing vulnerability, and finding the lessons in our deepest struggles. It also spoke to the Universal desire to dig deeper and become more conscious.

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We are all born with little tiny seeds of inspiration inside of us. It’s our soul’s greatest purpose to nurture these seeds and allow them to blossom, fully sharing their beauty with the world during this lifetime. It’s why we all have unique talents, likes, interests, and passion.

However, as we grow into adulthood, we often often lose connection to this source. Caught up in the responsibility of daily lives, our passion and true desire  gets put on the back burner. We decide we will ‘play’ with it later. At the same time, so many people are unsatisfied with their lives.  Even if everything looks picture perfect from the outside, often times there is a feeling of discontentment.

In my own life, I clearly remember my love of writing, even as a very young girl.  In 1st and 2nd grade, we would be instructed to write short stories at our desk.  I would be so immersed in my writing that I would not even notice that the rest of the kids had finished their assignments and had moved on to another activity.  I’ve missed entire recesses finishing up my own stories.

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How to kick-ass in 2015!

With the New Year upon us, it’s hard not to pick up on the contagious positive energy of making powerful life changing intentions. New Year, new you, right?  Perhaps that means: losing weight, getting organized, spending less, saving more, feeling healthy, learning something new, or maybe even helping others, all of which top the list of the most common goals going into the start of a new calendar year.  Unfortunately, new year’s resolutions are notorious for their short-lived journey here on earth.  In fact, a recent study by Stanton University showed that just 8% of new year’s goals ever see themselves into fruition.  Moreso, this same study shows that only 25% of these goals set will even make it past the first week of the year. Ouch! Now, those are depressing statistic.

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2015: Time to Shine!

2015: Time to Shine!There is something so very magical about our current year winding down with the pending start of a fresh new one, overflowing with infinite possibilities. It’s the perfect time to reflect, rejoice, and re-direct.

Where are we at with our goals and dreams? What were the highlights of our year? What important lessons were learned? Who were the people that touched our heart? What accomplishments made us most proud? Where did we leave room to improve?

From that place of inspired reflection, it’s so beautiful to let our minds soar with big dreams of the year to come. What does the vision we hold in our mind & heart look like? If all of our wildest dreams came true, what would that look and feel like? How can we make it all happen?

Sometimes the amazing energy that comes with the turning of a new year can fizzle out … fast. (If you’ve even been a member of a gym, then you totally know what I’m talking about every January!!). Life gets in the way. Energy fades. Our dreams get put on the back burner. Old habits resurface. We fall off course.

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Zen Rebel – Join the Movement!

Zen Rebel is my newest venture.  It’s all about sharing the loving kindness of a yoga lifestyle (whether on or off the mat). It’s honoring sense of self, connection with others, and sprinkled with a little Zen Rebelbit of activism for those inspired to affect status quo and make difference in the world.

My big vision for Zen Rebel is to create a movement where people learn to drown out all of the outside noise & listen to their beautiful inner-guru.  It’s about self-love & acceptance and, for goodness sakes, letting go of the idea of perfectionism. At the same time, Zen Rebel is about inspiring action.  There are so many causes that need ordinary citizens like you & I to stand up for, so many injustices in this world. Together, we can make a difference.

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#21DaysofSelfLove December Challenge!!

21daysofselflove Instagram Challenge

Things tend to get a little crazy this time of year with all of the holiday madness.  When chaos kicks in, our own self-care tends to get placed on the back-burner, which is totally a recipe for burn-out.   

Join us in the #21daysofselflove challenge to keep your well-being at the front & center, starting on Dec 1st, & give from a cup that overflows instead one that has gone bone dry.

Each day, we will post a different theme ranging from spending time in nature, to self-care or practicing a random act of kindness and, of course, you know there will be some yoga & meditation mixed in there too!

To participate in the challenge be sure to follow all of our lovely hosts on Instagram:

IMG_5854@dawngluskin

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Gratitude Grows

Over the years, I have learned to use gratitude to help get me though all the ‘shit-storms’ in life.  To ride through the chaos.

To get past all the self-doubting moments that tend to pop up here & there.  Gratitude is my attitude adjustment, my energy shift.  I’ve even inspired my 6 year old daughter to start a gratitude journal (and especially encourage her to write in it when she is having a ‘moment’).  I simply adore going in & reading her heartwarming entries.

But, I was recently reminded that choosing this perspective was not always so easy for me. (As shared on Huffington Post)

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Recently, I came across an essay that I wrote in my high school creative writing class called “Thankful for What.” It was an ode to our family Thanksgiving dinner and rife full of sarcasm, too-cool-for-school anecdotes, and some good ole teenage angst. I cringed a bit as I read it. You see, I was a bit of a little ingrate back then. Blame it on the hormones. Or, perhaps years of Catholic school and protective parents finally manifesting into rebellion as I slowly tip-toed towards adulthood. (Incidentally, sorry Mom and Dad. I love you!)

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Try a little Zen with your Type-A

Life is really about balance. Yin and yang.Type-A Zen

But, I know what it’s like to be crazy whack out of balance.

I’ve been there with the 60+ hour work-weeks and then going to the gym 6 or 7 times a week. I’ve scaled the mammoth mountains and at the top said in one breath, “OK, that was awesome, now where is the next even higher & scarier mountain to scale?” I’ve also experienced the sleepless nights, stomach ulcers, high-stress, and unsettled feelings of longing for more to accompany my life achievements.

It was no way to live.

In recent years, I’ve found a new way to live. To thrive. To enjoy life. But, to also find stillness and connect with my truth. All while still honor my high-ambition, high-achieving DNA.

Type-A Zen was born. When people hear the title of my forthcoming book, Type-A Zen, they usually have one of two reactions:

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Wake up! And set your soul on fire….

“Who is the real girl?” he asked.

“Huh? I’m trying to tell you,” I replied, a little confused by the question. “I’m a mother and a wife, and I run a small tech business that has grown really fast these past couple of years, and ….”

“No, no, no. Who is the real girl, though? And, why are you here today?”

At first, I felt myself getting a tiny bit annoyed. Wasn’t he listening? But, that annoyance quickly turned into humbled reverence. I gulped as I realized my uncertainty on exactly how to answer that simple question. I mean, I thought I knew who I was. But, did I really anymore? Lost inside my roles of mother, wife and CEO (to name a few), was I really tapped in to my truth and higher purpose? It was in that holy instant that I felt an awakening stir inside of me. Who was the real girl??

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