Social Media Disclaimer.
Hear ye, Hear ye! This is Jenn Rose Public Service disclaimer with possible side of rant. You have been forewarned!
This just in, people only show parts of their lives on social media. Now, that shouldn't be too shocking! However, I think it is important to note that we are only seeing pieces of people's lives from their Instagram photos, blog posts, Twitter feeds, etc.
We don't always see the 'bad' stuff or the days that nothing seems to be going right. We usually only see the 'wins'. That being said, unless you've been living under a rock--and not checking Facebook on your phone--it's probably making you feel lousy.
I've had a few rough days because I've been focusing on all the amazing things my friends and heroes are doing on Instagram/Facebook/etc. Now I truly believe that it is not the intention of those people posting the pictures to make you feel bad! I would assume the general consensus of sharing your life is to inspire others to do more great things.
It's hard to stay positive when we are constantly bombarded with what looks like other people's dreams coming true and feeling inadequate chasing your own. There always is someone doing something amazing and on the other hand there is someone struggling.
Remember, Dreams happen! It takes time! It takes letting go of comparison (maybe your social media accounts) and FOCUSING on your goals. It takes many small steps to get to what you want. Looking back at your past and seeing the wins and the goals achieved that set you on your current path. Being grateful for what you have right now.
Try to let those Instagram photos inspire you, not bring you down. Someone else was working really hard to put their dreams out there and make it happen. They had hard times, that they probably didn't post about, but they did it!
Stay on your path. Trust that the bad times won't last. Soon you'll be the one posting the inspiration photo.
<3 Jenn Rose
Sunlight & A Full Moon Night
As you may or may not know there was a full moon on Wednesday night. Taking initiative from some of my heroes, Gala Darling and Veronica Varlow, I decided to change up some of my habits for the day of and day after the full moon. I figure it can't hurt to add some magic in my life if it's all for the self love journey!
Since the sun is finally shining again in central New York, I've been taking walking my lunches as walks outside on the gorgeous campus we have. Check these out!
Other than trying to pick up some natural vitamin D, being in nature (and sun shine!) really changes my mood. Lucky for me we have such a nice campus to walk around.
Next on the mix-up was adding in some self-care! That evening I made myself a hot cup of chai, while prepping an epsom salt bath. This was inspired by the Danger Dame herself. While I enjoy some "moon bathing" I thought taking an actual bath would help cleanse away any fear or doubts I have on my current journey. After pouring my tea and pouring a bath, into the bath went some lavender essential oil and a ton of epsom salt. As I stepped into the bath I said out loud, "As the water cleanses my body, so it cleanses away my fears and doubts."
I relaxed, I journal-ed my gratitude thoughts of the day and drank my tea. At the end of my full moon bath, I spoke out loud again as the water went down the drain. "As the water drains away, so do my fears and doubts."
Here's to welcoming in some more magic in my life!
The last bit of magic I introduced was attending my friend's vision board event! My friend Kim happens to be an aspiring life coach who was able to share some tips on creating a vision board for your dreams. Here's mine:
I've done vision boards in the past, but never with the intentions set to the power of the full and waning moon. It is believed that on the full moon you can release any thing that no longer serves you; thus it would make sense to set out new plans after the moon has begun to wane (or started it's journey towards a new moon).
Per Kim's suggestions, I have placed my vision board in my bathroom so I see it every morning and night when I brush my teeth or get ready for the day ahead. I also took a picture on my cell phone so I can look at when ever I have a free second, to return my thoughts and intentions to my current vision! Thanks for the good tips, Kim!
Anyone else vision board? Willing to share? <3
- Jenn Rose
The further I walk down this path of self love I am falling in love with ALL of the things my body can do, the way it is right now. Perhaps it's something I've picked up from my yoga or dance practice. Maybe it's something I've learned to be grateful for through gratitude exercises. Either way, I certainly have felt a shift in my body image and self love by viewing it this way...
In my yoga classes we use props... A LOT. I love using yoga blocks with my students so they can focus on the journey to the floor, rather than "I need to get my head on the floor RIGHT NOW"/etc. It's about meeting yourself where you are RIGHT NOW, because right now you are where you need to be. Being where you are at today is not just okay-it's perfect.
Sure, we strive to get to that "perfect" pose. What if, instead we focused on where we are at right now. What if we celebrated the fact we can hold plank for five breathes or you can touch your front shin in Triangle? That is awesome!
Let's find joy in the things our body CAN do, rather than berate it for something it can not. Shifting our focus to the wins, rather than the losses changes so much for a person! I'd even wager that if you celebrated reaching your shin in Triangle, you would put forth even more effort every time you are in that pose. Which of course means some day you'll be celebrating reaching your ankle or the floor.
So I ask you, what amazing things can your body do for you right now TODAY? Celebrate those things. You are indeed amazing.
<3 Jenn Rose