movement + momentum

At the beginning of 2018, I wrote about a desire to focus the year on people, places, movement, creativity and career along with self-care, compassion, and spaciousness. Spending time on relationships, travel, and movement have been particularly plentiful- mostly due to finishing Gyrotonic (a unique and extraordinary workout system similar to Pilates/yoga) certification recently. The spring felt like a flurry of finishing teaching hours and courses in Seattle and Washington, DC to complete the certification; it took about 13 months and feels liberating to be finished.

This past weekend felt like taking a long breath and centering myself for the summer season. It was full of biking, outdoor yoga, time with my guy, an incredible massage, seeing friends for a BBQ and moving projects forward. It was also a time to reflect on the meaning behind Memorial Day and spend time in gratitude for those who have given their lives for our country.

In my last post, I also mentioned my pivot more deeply into the health and wellness world vs. negotiation. The shape of it is still unfolding and I will be offering individual and group opportunities in the near future. What topics in the wellness world do you have questions or curiosities about? I’d love to incorporate your questions into future notes and experiences. For those of you living in Minneapolis, I’m teaching Gyrotonic at Embody Movement Studio and have space in my schedule for 1-2 new clients. Feel free to respond to this message if you’re curious to learn more about it.

What I’m reading

Have you heard of the Libby app? It connects to a local library and I can read or listen to audio books through it. Right now, listening to Why Buddhism Is True. It’s too early to recommend it but enjoying it so far.

Tools to check out

Momentum: A habit tracking app I discovered recently. It’s simple, allows me to track 3 habits daily, and is actually helping me gain momentum on the 3 things I chose.

Favorite self-care practice

Many of you know I have a yoga teaching background. I also have strong interest in Chinese Medicine and see an acupuncturist every two weeks. Over the past couple of years, I’ve slowly become interested in an energy practice called qi gong and found a yoga/qi gong hybrid on YouTube and love it. Here is my favorite daily energy routine; highly recommend it. 

 

 

trust your instinct.

Have you ever consciously gone against your instinct on something and later regretted it? I trust my instinct more often now but on one important decision in 2017, I didn’t. At the time, the decision in front of me was whether to focus on negotiation or health and
wellness.

Training people (mostly women!) on how to negotiate their compensation felt important, timely, and satisfying. It also was a topic coming up in many conversations and felt like a clear path to a successful consulting business. Health and wellness felt saturated and difficult
to differentiate.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you clearly know the choice: negotiation. 2017 was a year of numerous speaking engagements, workshops, and 1:1 coaching. I enjoyed it and found it meaningful but consistently had a nagging feeling it was the wrong choice.

The nagging feeling kept gaining steam and by the fall of 2017, I finally started to pay attention. The past few months have been full of reflection and figuring out what I most want to offer others. While I’m still figuring out the specifics, it’s squarely within the health and wellness world and will likely be a combination of movement, meditation, self-care, nutrition, and other holistic health practices.

I realize most of you are reading this because you want to learn how to negotiate in your career. If you are looking for people to follow on this topic, check out She Negotiates, Melissa Hereford, and The Worth Project .

If you’re interested in sticking around to see what the future brings with this new focus, excellent! One small technique to offer today is a 3-breath meditation. I learned this exercise recently and love the simplicity of it: pay deep attention to your next three breaths. I tend to take deeper, slower breaths into my belly and heart center than normal when practicing this.

Simply by noticing the inhales and exhales of three deep breaths can center us and bring a feeling of calm. I find myself doing this several times a day during meetings at work, when I’m driving, or when I have a few moments to myself. For an even deeper experience,
place both hands over your heart as you pay attention to the next three breaths. 

More health and wellness content will be coming to the blog in the near future!