In the last article, we talked about goal setting.  Now that you’ve gotten clear on your goals and what your plan is, it’s time to IMPLEMENT!  This is where most people hit their snags…and ultimately peter out.  And then their goals evaporate into the ethers, never to turn into reality.  Sigh.

How would it feel to keep that momentum of the New Year going, and be able to check something off your list every day that contributes to your larger goal?

Lucky for you, now is EXACTLY the right time to do this!  We just shifted into the Year of the Horse.  Right now, it’s all about freedom.  It’s all about liberation.  It’s all about ease.

Humans, like anything else on this planet, are subject to the laws of physics…and the one I want to talk about today is Newton’s first law of motion which is INERTIA; an object either is at rest or moves at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.

What this means is: That which is in motion will stay in motion, that which is at rest will stay at rest.

How is this relevant to you?

Changing speed and changing direction are, according to the above law, forces which require external energy.

Most New Year’s Resolutions do not get fulfilled because of the above law–change is an intrinsic part of the process, and if you don’t know where your external energy is coming from to facilitate this process– or you straight up don’t have the external energy to make it happen– then guess what?

Your changes won’t happen!

So how can you ensure that this year, your changes DO happen?

Hop on the back of your new 2014 horse, and utilize this amazing momentum!

Sit down with yourself right now.  Close your eyes.  Palms face up.  Breathe.  Start to become aware of the energies around you.  The ultimate desire of the universe is for you to have ALL the things you want.  You were put on this planet for a reason, and the universe knows that you need certain resources in order to offer your amazing, unique, beautiful gifts.  The universe INSISTS on helping you.  So get quiet.  Listen for the wisdom.  Listen for the advice.  It’s there!  Waiting for you.  Your inner wisdom KNOWS exactly what you need to do to get the things you need to move forward.

I love what Gahl Sasson, one of my favorite astrologists, says about The Year of The Horse:

Like a horse rider, before you mount to ride this year, make sure you know your final destination. Once you do, allow the spontaneity and synchronistic nature of the horse to lead you on the right path towards reaching your goal. The horse has inspired many myths: Pegasus that came out of Medusa’s head and ended up a constellation: leading the way from evil to enlightenment. Buraq, the white stallion that flew Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem on his pilgrimage to meet God. This year can be just as magical, profound and spiritual for you. Make the best of this year of the Wild Horse.

We already did the “final destination” part.  Now it’s time to ride!

Have fun!


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It’s the end of the year, you’re SO ready for 2013 to be over, and you know 2014 has got to be better than last year. 

However…you’ve stopped setting New Year’s Resolutions.  Or if you do, you just set them half-heartedly.  Why bother?  You won’t follow through on them anyway.  You never do.

Let this be the last time you think that to yourself.  Let this be the year that the whole-hearted goal setting is followed by real action that leads to real results.

I’m going to give you a super simple tip to help you in this process, and you’re going to be like, oh em gee, Julie, why didn’t I think of that?  And I’m going to be like, well that is why they pay me the big bucks.

So here we go. 

Prepare:  Start by taking a big piece of paper and listing out all the months (Jan-Dec) with plenty of space between each.  Get another piece of paper for other brainstorming and notes.

Step 1:  Identify your ONE big goal for the year.  Just pick one!!  If it helps, start by making a list of each area of your life (career, relationship, spiritual, financial, family, fitness/health…), list out all your goals in each of those areas, and then let that help you make a decision about your big #1 overarching goal.

Step 2:  Identify what action steps will help you achieve that goal by this time next year.  Turn those action steps into Quarterly Goals.

Step 3: Identify what should be achieved by the end of each month to help you arrive at each quarterly goal.  turn those action steps into Monthly Goals.

Step 4: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP OF ALL!!!  Identify what beautiful daily and/or weekly routine you can establish for yourself to facilitate the achievement of your monthly goal.


My #1 goal is to do handstand in the center of the room with no support by the end of the year.

Quarterly Goals: Jan-Mar: Master “floating” from downward-facing dog to forward fold.  Apr-Jun: Master balancing with the hips over the shoulders and the knees and feet off the ground for a few seconds.  Jul-Sep: Master balancing on the hands with the knees tucked to the chest for 5 seconds.  Oct-Dec:  HANDSTAND!

Monthly Goals:  Jan- Upper body-focused stregnth practices.  Feb- Core-focused stregnth practices.  Mar- Arm-balancing practices. Apr- All inversions, all the time.  May- Self-trust exercises on and off the mat.  Jun- Increase # of vinyasa flows in each practice to be between each pose.  Jul- Upper body + Core.  Aug- Advance arm balance practice.  Sep- Revisit inversion insanity.  Oct- Balance in handstand every day for 5 seconds.  Nov- Balance in handstand every day for 15 seconds.  Dec- Balance in handstand every day for 30 seconds!

Daily/Weekly Goals:  60-90 minute practice 6 mornings a week, every week, for the entire year.


What is your #1 goal this year?  What is your quarterly/monthly/weekly plan for achieving it?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Namasté and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!



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Let’s talk about the BIGGEST question on all of our minds, especially during the holidays.  The question that keeps us up at night, the question that makes it impossible to wake up in the morning–the question that nobody really seems to actually ever know the answer to.  I’m going to say it RIGHT NOW whether you’re ready or not!:

How do I achieve perfect life balance?!

Realistically–how many times a day do you say this to yourself in one form or another?  Maybe it also sounds like, “I ran out of time so I can’t work out tonight like I planned.” or “Feeling a little depleted now–maybe I’ll have chips for dinner instead of making salmon.” or “I had to take my son to soccer and my daughter to her friend’s house and my husband’s shirts to the dry cleaners–so what is this thing you call ‘me time’?!”

Once you get into the habit of the daily drudgery, anything other than this typical routine of yours will sound absolutely alien!

So let’s start from the top.  What even IS life balance?  This is my interpretation:  Balance is the delicate dance of giving and receiving.

Think about how and where this can apply to your life.  Is your give/receive barometer out of whack?  Do you give more than you receive?  Do you receive more than you give?  Perhaps it’s inconsistent in different life areas?  Perhaps it’s totally consistent in each life area?

More likely than not, you give more than you receive.  And here is my simple suggestion for today to make a life-changing difference for you:

Cancel one obligation on your calendar this week.

Just one.  Start small.  And use THAT time to do something wonderful for yourself.  Take a bath.  Sit in meditation.  Journal about your amazing accomplishments of this past year.  Take the time to cook a REALLY delicious healthy meal.  Get a massage.

A friend of mine told me I needed to practice receiving more, and he’s totally right, hence the inspiration for this post.  So how about we take this journey together?  I’ve been spending every evening at the rehabilitation hospital taking care of my father who is recovering from a severe stroke, and today, in light of this important message, I spent the morning with him instead of the evening to be able to go to a beautiful yoga class with my friends and to support one of our other friends who is teaching the class.  I literally haven’t seen my friends in over a month since I stepped into the role of caretaker, and this is an important choice on my behalf that I know EVERYONE (not just me!) will benefit from.

And how about YOU?  Where can you rearrange your schedule to make room for love and joy?  Let me know YOUR action plan in the comments below!

Have a beautiful day and Namasté!


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This morning as I thought to myself, “What do I want my readers to know today?” the thought of self-confidence came up since that is an issue that comes up very frequently among my students and clients.  Minutes later as I was checking my email, I got this article in my in-box which confirmed my intuition.

So the first thing I want to say, as reiterated in the article, is that it is NORMAL to experience ebbs and flows in self-confidence.  And–as stated so articulately in the article– “if you don’t, you’re not playing your highest game.”  As we know in our yoga practice, being acutely uncomfortable is a good sign!  It means you are pushing your boundaries and making space for new growth and progress.  The amazing thing about the yoga practice is that it provides a safe space for us to explore this sense of discomfort, noticing our patterned reactions to it, and then practicing the art of sitting with that discomfort as it exists in us.  When we practice sitting with that discomfort on the mat, it has immediate off-the-mat and real-life applications.

Another point brought up in the article is the importance of “doing” versus just “thinking” as a means of building confidence.  While the part before “doing” might seem scary, in most cases the actual “doing” is not that scary, and most of all you will feel so proud once you come out the other side.  I love having my students practice arm balances because they almost always believe it is impossible or unattainable for them.  I remember feeling this way, too.  But it truly does not take long– perhaps even just a few days of practice– for the pose to become a reality for that person.  I love giving the cue to move from crow pose, to headstand, to chattaranga dandasana, because people look at me like I’m crazy, and then they try it, and actually do it!  They smile gleefully and proudly, and in that instant their self-confidence has sky-rocketed.

I attended a Mastermind with my coach a few weeks back, and she had a panel of speakers to whom we could ask questions.  One of the speakers, a pro triathlete coach, said that she sets a goal to accomplish something huge every morning.  For her, that means waking up at 5am and going for an open-water swim.  That truly sets the tone for her day and gives her a huge  self-confidence boost and feeling of accomplishment.

You don’t necessarily need to set your alarm for 5am to prepare for a swim in the Pacific, but you may want to consider setting your alarm to wake up and do something powerful to indeed set the tone for a powerful day.  Something that will boost your confidence, make you feel great about yourself, and give you the courage to know you can do it all.  Commit to yourself.

Please comment below with what you are going to do to create that exciting sense of self-confidence!

Have a beautiful day, and Namasté.


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When the universe wants me to do something, I know because I get 10 people with the same message coming at me with it at the same time.  So a few weeks ago, the universe decided that I needed to read Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.  Her book is particularly interesting and relevant to me right now because she takes a topic that I talk about a lot, Fear, and really digs much deeper.

Brené  Brown became a star because of her viral video where she talks about the power of vulnerability.  She is a researcher and academic, and her data suggests that vulnerability is the KEY to success, happiness, freedom, peace, and all those other things that people say they want.

In her book, she illustrates the point of how people LOVE to see other people being vulnerable.  We are so attracted to that.  But when it comes to ourselves–vulnerability is the last thing we want to put out there.


Because we are afraid of shame.

Do you see how this ties back into Fear?  We are so afraid of putting ourselves out there to do the things we would love to do because we are afraid of feeling shame–from being made fun of by those closest to us, from failing, from criticism…and so on.

This might sound a little scary or dark, but actually I find this perspective to be so refreshing.  I find this to truly be one of those situations where shining the light on the dark shadows makes it so that the shadows aren’t there anymore.  In fact, the mere act of reading her book makes me feel somewhat vulnerable, because the more I realize how important vulnerability is the more I realize how much more I need to show it!  I experimented in several different areas of my life, and tried it, and trust me, friends…it works.

So give it a go.  Try and soften a bit.  Whether you are a man or a woman, see what happens when you take down the walls and let someone [you trust] see the real you.  Try it just once.  Then try it once a week.  Then try it once a day.   No matter who you are or what your role is, evidence points to it being one of the most effective ways to achieve recognition, love, peace, and even joy.

I would really love to hear your feedback about how it works for you.  Also if you have read the book, what were your takeaways?  If you haven’t read the book, please go get it and read it and then let me know what you think! 

Comment below with your thoughts!

Have a beautiful day, and Namasté.


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The fact is, the majority of the people on this planet live in Fear.  They have fears about money security, fears about the viability of their relationships, and most significantly, fears about themselves and their self-worth.  Does this sound familiar?

Here is what I can say for sure.  Everyone has these fears.  The only difference between those who soar to the sky with success and abundance and those who stay cornered in scarcity and darkness is a sense of Faith.  Those who soar have faith that they have what it takes.  They have faith that they will be given the tools as they take steps.  They have faith that the Universe supports them.

I experienced this sense of Faith firsthand MULTIPLE times this week alone.  I found that with every step I took where there was a chance I could fall off the cliff, a flying carpet came along to pick me up and help me keep going.  This was not a coincidence of this week.  This has happened to me throughout my entire life.  It’s actually happened to you throughout your entire life, too–but did you see your flying carpet?  Or were you too busy looking up and around and behind you for a more predictable structure…like a bridge or staircase?

I can tell you with complete certainty that you have had multiple flying carpets come and go throughout your life to help get you to the other side of the path.  It appeared in the form of a person.  Or a sum of money.  Or a career opportunity.

The question is–was your mindset one of blinding fear, where you totally MISSED that person, or the money, or the opportunity, or were you open to something unexpected and out of your control, but perfect for that moment?  Something even BETTER than you could have put together by yourself?  This concept connects with the understanding that TRUE security comes from having a strong sense of personal freedom, which is an experience that you cultivate everyday within your mindset of trust in Universal support.

I want you to take this chance to look for a flying carpet this week.  In knowing and having Faith that you are totally supported and looked after, see what creative solutions are available in your life RIGHT NOW!  Comment below with your experience!

Have a beautiful day, and Namasté.


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I’ve just come home from a weekend away where I joined my mentor and a group of very powerful women at an Entrepreneurial Mastermind in San Diego.  These women are moms, former-corporate hustlers, yoginis, healers, retailers, and they all have one thing in common: They are very passionate about what they do.  So of course, I felt right at home.

The other amazing thing that we all shared in common was how very free we all felt.  We all own our time, we could take a weekend away no problem, and we could go back home to our businesses and pick up from wherever we wanted.  Which in most cases, was much further along than where we left off prior to the Mastermind!

Each of us was made for this kind of freedom.  It’s where true creativity and inspiration are born.  We know this, and thrive in it, but there is a common response among our friends and family and society in general to this way of living.  To most people, freedom is really scary.  With no one else to tell you how to structure your time, what will you do?  With whom will you interact?  And, foremost on many peoples’ minds, from where will you get your income?

These are precisely the sort of blocks that set us up to believe that freedom and security are directly oppositional.  This mindset is actually false, and it is actually an illusion.  I was inspired for the subject matter in today’s post by a podcast by one of my heros, Summer McStravick, who spoke on this topic earlier this week.  I actually met my business mentor through Summer, and she shares a similar sentiment about freedom.  She wrote about it here.

Both of these extraordinary women share this belief:  Security is actually achieved THROUGH freedom.  If you KNOW how to support yourself on your own, and if you can operate your own thriving business, you don’t need to worry about the economy.  You don’t need to worry about the government shutting down.  You don’t need to worry about someone firing you!  Because you know that even if you lose it ALL, you will know exactly what you need to do to make it all back again.

Once you start to wrap your head around this, you will begin to see how you can structure your day in a way where you maximize each moment and work efficiently, because you will have confidence in where you need to invest your energy.  And the rest of the time…you can do whatever you want!  Like go to San Diego for a Mastermind!

Where in your life are you frittering away your time so that you can be busy to feel better?  Where can you start to access more FREEDOM?  Comment below with your story!

Have a beautiful day, and Namasté.


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