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7 Yoga Essentials

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If you’re looking for a few tools to have some fun with on your mind body journey I’ve got you covered in today’s blog!

I’ve been practicing pretty regularly for ten years now. I started getting more serious about my yoga practice throughout this past year. I enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training back in September and have definitely found a few props and accessories that I love bringing into my practice.

Now, granted, you can get your yoga on with nothing but your heart and soul. You don’t need a mat, a class, a teacher, or any props. Yoga can be done anywhere, at anytime, simply by getting quiet with yourself and focusing on the breath. Getting present with ourselves is truly what it’s all about.

Some of these items might seem a bit pricey but when it comes to things like your yoga mat you really do get what you pay for. I buckled down and dropped about $70 on the mat listed below and I LOVE IT. I have no doubt it will last me many many years. I asked a friend to test drive hers out one day during class and was sold within five minutes. No slip. No slide. If you’re just getting started with yoga and want to get a feel for it first you can also find decent yoga mats at Ross, Target, or any local sporting good store.

For everything else, I’d say shop around, read reviews, and ask your yogi lover friends what props they use. These items make an AWESOME gift for your yogi loving mom, friend or, sister!

  1. A yoga mat is nice to have. Bonus if you can get a carrying bag or strap.
  2. A nice firm cork yoga block, as seen on my Friday Favorite’s list, is a definite bonus if you’re tall or if you need more flexibility, assistance with balance, and also makes for a nice meditation spot.
  3. Yoga straps are great for stretching and assisting with reach. There are a ton of Youtube videos for how to use a yoga strap too!
  4. Mat spray is great to have in your bag or with your mat. Spray down your mat after each practice to keep it fresh and disinfected.
  5. A foam roller is a must for pretty much everyone not just yogis.
  6. Yoga socks help you from slipping and sliding on your mat.
  7. Yoga blankets rock! I keep one in my car at all times. You never know when you’ll bust out a picnic but these are also great for shoulder stands, savasana, and under the knees.

Click the images and you’ll be redirected to the info and purchase sites.

These are just a few of my favorites. What are yours? Comment below and let’s discuss!

Top 5 podcasts for women

5 Best Podcasts for Women

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I regularly share podcasts and individual episodes to my list of friends who subscribe to my Fired Up Friday email. In that email, I share a random list of my five favorite things (including podcasts and books) of that week. You can see previously listed items in my Friday Favorites blog series.

This year, I’m changing my approach. Instead of blogging the entire list each week I’d like to expand on one item from the list. This week I shared my new found love for the Rich Bitch podcast. I thought it would be fun to expand on this topic and share my top five favorite podcasts for women.

I love using the Audible app to listen to audiobooks and I use either iTunes or the Podcast app to listen to podcasts. A simple search in your app store will lead you to several free options so that you can listen to.

If you have a favorite podcast to share please message me or leave a comment below!

I stumbled across the Rich Bitch podcast recently and have been binging on episodes ever since! Angie Lee is hilarious, wicked smart, and the business bestie you’ve always wanted. Warning; You will laugh and be inspired to make your bank account not suck. $100k in debt to 7 figures under 30. Her genius is helping women live a rich life, in their business, health, and relationships. This podcast is a must listen for any boss babes, or boss babes to be!
How do I start an online business? Grow my email list to thousands of subscribers? Sell more and grow faster? These are just some of the big questions that leading online marketing strategist, Amy Porterfield, digs into on the top-ranked Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast. Featuring insights from A-List online marketing experts (Russell Brunson, John Lee Dumas, Rick Mulready, Marie Forleo, etc.) as well as mini marketing masterclasses and step-by-step guides, each episode is designed to help you take immediate action on the most important strategies for starting, scaling and automating your online business. Amy’s specialty is getting into the online trenches with you. Thinking about creating an online course? Want to promote with webinars? Need help with your Facebook ads? Discover why hundreds of thousands of online business owners turn to Amy Porterfield to generate more profits and to make sense of the online marketing space, implement the strategies that really get results, and turn that side hustle into a business that lasts.
The first time I listened to “For the Love” by Jen Hatmaker I was hooked. She made me laugh so hard and there was no doubt I’d fall in love with her podcast too. “For the love” of…People. Home. Stories. Shoes. Family. Jesus. Community. TV. Travel. Food. Culture. The hilarious best-selling author and star of HGTV’s “My Big Family Renovation” invites you to drop by and catch up with her friends as they laugh and chat about all the things we love.
Women are rewriting the rules for business success, making money, and changing the world. Join entrepreneur Ali Brown each week as she interviews today’s top new thought leaders, passionate business builders, multi-million dollar mavens, and catalysts for change. This is also the infamous podcast where I educated myself on the Squatty Potty!
Chalene was the person who I first truly clicked with when starting my journey of self-improvement and intentional growth. This show has tips, resources, interviews and practical steps to help you improve energy, balance, organization, health, fitness, relationships, focus, faith, and happiness. Each episode is designed to give you strategies and simple steps you can implement today to become a better, more balanced, happier version of yourself. This podcast will feel like you’re sitting down to chat with someone who believes in you, adores you and only wants the best for you! The Chalene Show is fit life coaching, personal development, personal growth, priorities, productivity. faith, family, fashion and humor all rolled into one.
FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites Best of 2017

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Welcome to the final installment of my 2017 Friday Favorites!

I’ve compiled a list of my top ten favorites of all the favorites from this past year. I’ll be switching up the blog format as we move into 2018. If you want the newest list of favorite five items delivered to your inbox be sure to subscribe to this list. I’ll pick one thing from the list each week and expand on it through a blog post instead of rehashing the entire list.

I’ve really enjoyed sharing all of the silly, useful, and fun things that I’m passionate about throughout this year. Thank you for checking it out!

Best of 2017

Passion Planner

A new year brings new goals and new intentions. I am a huge fan of the Passion Planner to help keep me organized year round! If you’re a pen to paper type of person THIS is the planner for you!

Wunderlist

I made big moves and big shifts throughout the past year. Wunderlist helped me keep my to-do’s in order all along the way. My top app of 2017!

5 Second Rule

My favorite book of 2017 was hands down The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. This one was a game changer for me.

Squatty Potty

I think I shared the Squatty Potty more than any other product in 2017. It’s also my most favorite gift to give! They really need an affiliate program already.

Instant Pot

I received my Instant Pot for Christmas 2016 and was scared to use it until March 2017. What the hell was I scared of! This thing changed dinner time for my family. It is THE best thing ever! Next to the Squatty Potty of course. ha!

Taco Truck

When you LOVE tacos you must get yourself the taco truck. Best gift of the year. You know who you are – THANK YOU for this!!!

Coconut Chia Pudding

Curious as to what the recipe of the year is? Coconut chia pudding of course!

Plant Based Resources

More and more people are trying to eat more plants. I get you! This is my most shared link of 2017.

Love Handle

We’re always walking around with our phones in our hand. I got asked about my Love Handle A LOT this year! I LOVE this thing.

The Dodo

My most favorite account to follow in 2017? The Dodo on Instagram ALWAYS brightens my day. Love for the Earth, love for the animals, love for one another!

Thanks for checking out my Friday Favorites!

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites December 22, 2017

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Welcome to another installment of my Friday Favorites!

I’m sharing five previously listed items first then the most current list of favorites below that! If you want the newest list of items delivered to your inbox be sure to subscribe to this list!

Previously Listed Faves

Google Streak

This is the extension I use in Gmail to keep track of all of my clients! The best part is it’s FREE! Google Streak

K12

K12 is the program Bailey is using for her online schooling this year!

Darren Daily

These morning texts are an awesome way to start each day! Get motivated!

Eno Hammock

My favorite way to spend a sunny day! In my hammock! Makes an awesome Christmas gift.

Spotify Playlists

If you need some new tunes in your life follow my playlists on Spotify.

Current Faves

Down the Rabbit Hole

So I strayed from my typical self-help audio book and jumped down the Rabbit Hole! Back in the day, I would binge-watch reality TV. I spent a lot of time watching The Girls Next Door so I was itchin to get a behind the scenes look at what REALLY went on. This audiobook is long but I thought it was really good!

Spray the Bitch Away

I received this essential oils spray as a Christmas gift from a friend and LOVE it. It smells so good and is SO funny!

Going in Style

If you need a good movie to cozy up to check out Going In Style. We picked it up via Red Box. 

The Making of a Dance

Ever been curious as to how I choreograph my dance fitness routines?

Calendar Template

Tis the season to plan plan plan! I like this landscape view 2018 calendar.

Thanks for checking out this week’s list!

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites December 15, 2017

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Welcome to another installment of my Friday Favorites!

I’m sharing five previously listed items first then the most current list of favorites below that! If you want the newest list of items delivered to your inbox be sure to subscribe to this list!

Previously Listed Faves

Ozark

Need something to watch on Netflix? Check out Ozark!

Flirty Girl Fitness

Are you curious what Flirty Girl Fitness is? Check this out!

The 5 Second Rule

One of my all-time favorite books! The 5 Second Rule is a game changer!

Return To Prayer

I bust this book out at least once a week! Return to prayer.

The Purple Purse

An excellent resource for women who are in abusive relationships and feel stuck!

Current Faves

Class Schedule

Training with friends is always so much fun! I’ve added a few Yoga classes in the New Year and decided to post my class schedule. I am still teaching Fierce Flex classes but my focus is dance and yoga. If you’d like my complete schedule please shoot me a message. 

New Year Carb Queens

Early bird registration for my January Carb Queen program is almost over! Get in where ya fit in!

Dream Dictionary

If you don’t have this book yet GET IT. The Illustrated Dream Dictionary makes an awesome gift too!

Nutcracker

If you haven’t heard I’m going to be Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker Ballet! Tickets are only $10. The show is Saturday, December 16th at Northwood Church in Keller. You won’t want to miss this!

Thanks for checking out this week’s list!