The Creative Life.

It’s full of color.  Beautiful self-expression.  Ideas are birthed multiple times a day.  And they’re all so exciting!

And they all get seen to the end!

Right?

…Not so much, for most of us.

For most of us creative individuals, it’s the FOLLOW THROUGH that we are lacking.

How many paintings have you started and not finished?  How many online programs have you purchased and not listened to all the way?  How many times have you said, “One day I’m going to write a book…”

Why does this happen?

As someone who suffered through this pattern and has come out the other side, I can tell you exactly why.

It’s fear.

The painting is NEVER done.  If I finish the online program, that means I will have to–GASP!–start implementing!  The timing is never right to sit down and work on the book…there is a lack of inspiration in the moment.

Mark Twain was once asked if he had to wait for inspiration to come before writing. “Yes, I do,” he replied, “but inspiration always comes at 9am sharp, every weekday!”

The thing is, whether you’re a creative, or in corporate, or in athletics, or academics, you cannot escape human nature.

And humans thrive on routine and consistency.

It’s through establishing a consistent practice for yourself–a breath practice, a journalling practice, a yoga practice, a physical exercise practice…etc–that you do every day, that you will begin to develop the SKILL of follow through.  It takes PRACTICE to move through fear, as opposed to letting it stop you and continue to hold you back from finishing that which you start.

It will not just arrive magically on its own.

You need to COMMIT to your practice.

And when you decide that you love yourself more than the excuses that you are buying into that are holding you back from showing up for a regular practice, you will begin to see the most extraordinary results.

THAT I can promise!

Just put one foot in front of the other…one day at a time.

shutterstock_92990644

To hold yourself accountable to a deeper level, let us know what project you plan on focusing on and committing to!  I cannot wait to learn what YOU are working on!

Have a beautiful day and Namasté,
Julie

Schedule a Free Consultation

Since moving to San Diego, lots of new experiences are coming into my life.  New people, new places, new practices.

I went to a new studio last week to attend a class I’ve never been to before with a good friend of mine who swears by this one teacher in particular, Tabu.

It’s interesting how you get to a certain level, you feel comfortable, you feel on top of things, and you develop a level of consistency and confidence around your abilities…

…and then become humbled by crashing onto your face!

After a super intense opening sequence, we were instructed to move into Eka Pada Galavasana, or flying crow.  This is a pose I can normally reliably move into and hold…

…but not, apparently, after burning my muscles out first and becoming drenched in slippery sweat!

I slipped, and literally fell on my face, landing on my right cheekbone right below my eye.

I was shocked.

I had NEVER fallen like this before!

And it was so much less bad than I ever expected.  I was totally fine.

How many times do we not take the chance, or take the leap, or say yes to something, because we are afraid of falling?

But, really, what is the worst that could happen?  Falling is actually not as bad as we think.  In fact, I had a teacher back in Hong Kong who would have us fall intentionally just to GET OVER that fear and out of our own way so we could move on to bigger achievements and greater self-confidence.

Imagine what life could look and feel like if every morning, you took a leap, made a choice, or created a space so big you could fall?  If you got comfortable with getting uncomfortable?  Every single day?

You would be able to do more, expand more, and hold more.

That’s FREEDOM.

Give it a go.  Try it on.   Lay out a plan for a week.  Comment below with how YOU plan to take some big leaps every morning for this upcoming week.  Yes you might fall, and if you do, it probably won’t be as bad as you think.  But what if you don’t fall?  What if you fly?

Have a beautiful day and Namasté,
Julie

Schedule a Free Consultation

It’s like it was happening in slow motion.  I picked my foot up.  I put it back down.  And there was just enough weight and torque and angling that the kneecap popped out…and then it popped back in.

This represents the 20th (ish?) time I’ve sublexed my knee.

And it happened last Friday.

I was teaching Hip Hop Prana™, one of the popular song+choreography combos was starting (Talk that Talk by Rihanna feat. Jay Z), and not even ten seconds into leading the class, my right knee sublexed and I nearly fell down.

The knee popped back into place, and I very carefully and gently kept teaching class.  Earlier that day, I attended a vinyasa flow yoga class; the day before I taught Hip Hop Prana™ and subsequently ran 4.5 miles.  The day before I worked out twice as well.

I think my body was trying to tell me something…

…and I finally was ready to listen.

A large component of my coaching and teachings are physical; we create our reality by intentionally moving energy through our body so that we can manifest with our minds.

I create custom yoga sequences for my clients (and myself) that specifically target their energy centers that are not in alignment, in order to realign them daily.  And once you start to see the possibility and the benefits of this practice, it’s actually kind of addicting!  Movement and practicing were making great things happen for me, so I was enjoying doing as much as I could every day.

After hearing my laments in my social media, my friend and colleague Dr. Tera Maxwell generously offered to do an energy healing on me.

And it was during this healing I heard the yin to the yang.  All of this creating and making and manifesting–and I had been forgetting to listen!

My body had been trying to tell me that it needs some gentleness.  Some rest.  And some nourishing.  I always considered myself pretty fantastic at the whole “self-love” thing…but I had unwittingly been resentful towards my body because of my recurring knee problem and its effects.

Tera helped remind me that it’s also important to listen.

So I spent the entirety of this morning LISTENING.  I laid in savasana with my crystals and soft music, just breathing, and hearing what my body had to say.  The biggest message that came up was gratitude.  A sigh of relief.  “Finally…,” it said.

And then I went on to have SUCH a wonderful day.  Some of the best client calls I’ve ever lead, some of the best chakra readings I’ve given, and the most wonderful afternoon, outside in the breeze and the sun writing this blog.

My knee feels great.

This kind of bliss is available for you, too.  This is your reminder to listen.  To take time to be quiet.

You might say, “I don’t have time to listen.  Or be quiet.”

And I say, “Do you have time to get injured? (or sick? or slowed down in some other unexpected capacity?)”

I am so incredibly grateful that I received this important reminder to slow down and tune in.  And offer the message to you.

Now it’s YOUR TURN!

What do you plan on doing in order to slow down and create health, abundance, and bliss?  Comment below with your intention!

Much love and Namasté!

Julie

Schedule a Free Consultation

Something that I find SO exciting and exhilarating is hearing a masterful transition between two songs as I’m out dancing with my friends.

I know the skill it takes to make music flow so seamlessly, so I completely appreciate it when I hear someone else make it happen.

I also know from experience that getting good at transitions takes PRACTICE.

Nobody is born an expert DJ.

There are tools and techniques and tricks that you have to learn, and be disciplined in mastering.  Half the battle is creating muscle memory so that the skill becomes almost automatic.

The other half of the battle is consistently showing up to do the practice, and enjoying how great it feels to not only hear those transitions happen so beautifully but also watching the reactions of those listening as they, too, celebrate your musical creations.

The process I used in learning how to DJ is no different than the process of learning how to manifest your reality by realigning your chakras using the yoga practice.

You get training from someone who is an expert in the field.

You decide what you would like to create.

You mindfully make a practice or playlist based on what best serves this intention.

And then you absorb all the benefits of that intentional effort!

Like DJing, manifesting is SO fun.  We as humans are born creators; it’s our nature and our jobs to MAKE things.  Make music.  Make movement.  Make your reality.

What do you want to create?  No limits.  Acknowledge your power.  Comment below with what you’ll make happen by this time next year!!

 

Have a beautiful day and Namasté,

Julie

Schedule a Free Consultation

How many times have you thought of a project, gotten SO inspired with creativity, and then halfway through (or–let’s be real–before you even BEGAN) you found reasons why you couldn’t finish (or start) it?

You have to clean the house.

Exercise is more important and thus precludes working on newfound project.

Gotta nourish your relationships with your friends/family/partner instead.

Sleep takes priority.

RESISTANCE.

I’m not saying these aren’t all legitimate things that need to be prioritized.  But sometimes we find that these things come up RIGHT at the time when the project (which–let’s be real–is totally revolutionary) is about to get good.

You know what happens!  Right when you get to the edge of your comfort zone–right when you’re about to expand–you come up with ALL SORTS of reasons why you cannot go there.

And then we get down on ourselves for not finishing/following through/completing what we started.

I have a really important epiphany for you…

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU!!

This is actually just a natural part of the process.

This epiphany came to me in a conversation with my photographer and good friend Nikki Incandela, as well as in conversations with my mini-mastermind group where I found myself saying THE SAME THING in both conversations!  I decided to offer YOU this insight in a video I was inspired to cut for you!  In this video, I dig deeper into this epiphany as well as different approaches to get yourself “unstuck” and back to being excited about why you started the project or endeavor in the first place.

 

 

You’ll notice that there are some interesting cuts and strange noises.  Indeed–as I was starting to shoot, I was approached by a hunched old man holding a cage, which he felt compelled to deliver directly to me AS I WAS SHOOTING to show me that inside the cage was a chipmunk.  What I really said was, “Oh my gosh.  Please take that away.”  What I should have said was, “Can I get a picture of this because my tribe will not BELIEVE THIS!”

Guess what.  The creative process isn’t perfect.  There are going to be bumps in the road.

AND THAT’S OKAY!!

And sometimes we need little reminders that that’s okay to get us out of being stuck.  Those reminders can come in the form of friends, a yoga class, or a conversation with a coach like me.

In what way can YOU get creative as you navigate resistance?  Comment below with your ideas and plans!!

Have a beautiful day and Namasté,

Julie

Schedule a Free Consultation