One of the last memories I have of my father is him going down to the basement to photocopy my hot-off-the-presses Beginners Mat Pilates Certificate. As he opened the door to the basement, he looked back at me and said, "This is the first of many certifications you will receive." He was glowing with pride. … Continue reading That Pure, Simple Moment
What does it mean to have a day off? Do you use it to get extra errands done and help clear out the rest of the week’s hecticness? But then you are not really off? That sounds on to me! Trying to find the balance between planning ahead and living in the present moment.
For you, it’s simple chatter For me, it’s all that mattersFor stuck inside these four wallsI hear how nature callsI no longer feel unsettled and alone Wherever I go, in Nature I find home
I like taking life experiences and writing about them in a way that is empowering.But that’s not always possible.Sometimes, life is just hard. Almost every time I break my bedtime (yes I have one), either my lovely child wakes me up in the middle of the night and/or my racing mind. Being a parent has … Continue reading Parenting Pressure Cooker
Fountains are very meditative and calming, as well as refreshing, to look at. To me, they represent Joy, in their effusive, unabashed expression. They are flowing, expressing themselves freely, not self-conscious of what people who look on at them think of them. People can be like fountains—when they speak from their heart and are authentic, … Continue reading Flowin’ Like a Fountain
In the summer of 2014, when I decided to stop chasing men and start chasing my dreams of becoming a mom, I committed myself to being the most reliable professional I could be, which for me meant making sure I consistently got to work promptly. My first nutrition job after grad school was in a … Continue reading My Kid, My Calling
I speak to the cats in this video (mine is the black one!) but also I did it as a metaphor for humans:To have less jealousy and social comparison and more unity.(I am the queen of feeling other people having things = I lack things, but while the physical world is limited, the spiritual world … Continue reading Cat Calls: Calling Cats Out for Being Bitches
Do you have something you do that you wish you did differently? You're like, "C'mon Gila, of course. What kind of question is that?" Ok, well, out of the myriad of things that popped into your mind, pick one! Here's my example: I wish I had more clout and confidence with my private clients. I … Continue reading What If It’s OK?
One morning this weekend, I listened to the chirping of the birds outside my house for 30 minutes as the sun rose. I recalled the trip my mom took my brother and me on to South America where we watched birds flying in their natural habitat in the outskirts of the Amazon rainforest and even … Continue reading Birds Chirping
You know how they say people can't drive us crazy if we don't give them the keys? Or how the only thing we can control in life is our response? Well, I've been thinking about this for a long time—more than a decade in fact—and while I understand this on a rational level, it hasn't … Continue reading Taking Accountability for Your Stress