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Powerful words for powerful girls.

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This is one of my favorite quotes ever from Shakespeare! As a result I have dedicated a small wall area in our home to this quote and to the girls in our home that it references!!!

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There wall of fame! All the photos have Trevis as a coach in them except for one. He is even in the one that I was supposed to be in, but I was working that weekend up in Davis with massages.  I love walking by this space everyday. I notice the changes in them from year to year…their independence and strength getting stronger. I hope they know they are strong, and kind and full of spirit…and even though they will always be my little girls…they are fiercely mighty!

What you favorite quote right now and why?


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Before and After Evolve Transformation!

Finally I am ready to post some pics since participating in the Evolve training at my workplace, MINDBODY Online. It was an amazing three months…that now, is part of an lifestyle and lifelong commitment! This is just one of the things I like about where I work, but they stress a work life balance that I have only experienced at one other job in my life thus far. I am very thankful!

We were able to attend three different gyms, each with their own unique style and focus. The one where I, for myself, saw the most results was at REV SLO Fitness.  And it is here that I continue to evolve. When I first went there, I knew it was something special…as my favorite color of green is everywhere! But the commitment by the staff to help us see results and then get them…that is magical!  REV is a family…the staff, the clients….there is no judgement…only the work.

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Then to meet the other people that are training…their transformations…it’s inspirational! There is one person, Stephanie Elizabeth who has been documenting her adventure. I am always inspired by people and their journeys and hers is quite amazing! She is also an amazing photographer!

Goals are important….my mama always reminds me to. ” have your goals out in front of you!” Well I’m here to share my ultimate goal of this: wanting to take boudoir pictures! Yup, going to have Stephanie take them too! Along with REV, I also have a group of friends on facebook that help  each other with monthly challenges….Jamee Sicat heads it up and it’s great checking in with the people there too! I also heed the words of my friend Emily Lo, who I still remember having a long day of different workouts with…we did running, biking, took a class, was on the treadmill and did weights….all at once! She said…”It can be done, our bodies can do this!”  Sue Conrad, another woman I did yoga on the beach ans spin with also inspired us to just do it! It’s what the Evolve Challenge has taught me too!  And if you cruise online, meet Jill Conyers….we were scrapbooking buds online, and now she has one of the most inspirational health and life blogs that is my goto daily read!

One of my favorite quotes from REV, that I hear all the time from all the trainers is, “Don’t think it through, just push through it!” When I’m taking a Spin and Gunz class, I secretly like being pushed to go farther and harder…reach my limit and then try more! Yes, now that I have said it, I will regret these words…but not really! The trainers are doing us service…but ultimately, it’s up to me! Half the issue is showing up…once I do, I know I am spending excellent quality time for myself…I at least deserve that!

Ok..so enough rambling…here are some befores and afters…and I still have a ways to go….but with my goal in sight, I know I can get there! The boudoir shoot will really be a medal for me…but maybe I’ll let Trevis see the pictures! ;) Thanks to my trainers in life and to me!

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AFTER!

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PuraVida! Cheers to being happier, healthier and stronger! Cheers to the Journey!


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A New Natural Adventure!

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Another business for me…well I don’t necessarily consider it a business, but more like a lifestyle. With the strides I am making on my health (post coming soon), I found..or rather, these oils found me!  As a massage therapist I always use essential oils. Why wouldn’t I? They are healthier and offer a multitude of benefits depending on which oil you use. And they can be used in many ways…internally, aromatically and topically. It’s important to follow precautions, but used wisely they can be come the medicine cabinet drug companies don’t want us to know about.

So yes, I now sell doTerra. Many people do. I am not here to ask you to buy them from me. I am asking you to try them…and find out for yourself. All of the doTerra consultants I have met so far have one important thing in common…they use and share the knowledge of what they know. With knowledge, you have power.

Find out for yourself, and then try some.

I will be sharing all the uses, oils and recipes I will be trying out along the way.

PuraVida!!


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Tea.

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Herbal

So many days

throughout the year

I drink my cup of herbal cheer.

It warms the body

and calms the soul.

No fragrance, tint or taste is missed,

in Nature’s wonderous

teatime gift.

Adapted from My Hawaiian Garden

by Hawaii Poet Don Blanding

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Found this lovely poem on the box of some tea I purchased in Kauai the last time we visited there. The cup pictured above was give to me by my friend Tobi…an amazing author, poet, mountain bike rider, champion of women’s empowerment, and fellow “squiggle.” It’s my favorite bug to drink tea in. It’s what I am drinking tea in as I type this post. Somethings are just mean to be…this mug is mean to filled with tea at all times!


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Happy Mother’s Day Mama!!

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Dear Ma,

With this mother’s day come many sentiments..visually, at stores, on tv and all sort of social media. And I love it! It reminds me to the amazing mama you are and always will be. I hate the fact that you are so far away, but comforted that you are in my heart and head! I am still trying to figure and work on this thing called life. And so far I think I am doing ok. Being a mom…being a parent is one of the hardest things ever! And I am coming into understanding of some of the many things you must have went through. Even more, you came to a new country without any of your family to create one of your own. You are brave, courageous, true and full of spunk and and attitude and for that I am grateful. Sorry to not call more….one day I too will wonder why my girls don’t call more…but until then know this…..I love you and am so thankful for the life you and dad gave Raj and I.  Happy Mother’s day Mom!

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And so it begins……MINDBODY Evolve

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Today is the first day of Evolve…MINDBODY!

Took an awesome class at REV SLO! Spin & Gunz……I haven’t sweated like that in a long time! Last time was when I took a class from my friend Sue! I’m really amped about this and hoping it will make a lasting impression…it will! More ON REV SLO tomorrow…have to get some sleep as I have a 5am team training to go to before I work at 6am. Here we go…..!

 

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I have pre diabetes…..

I suppose this day was coming. My family and friends may read this and be very worried, but it’s considered pre-diabetes since I have yet to take the glucose test that will totally confirm it. Found out today as my OBGYN’s office called me to let me know of the results. I love Creating Harmony …they delivered both girls and have always been my goto for everything! They helped me get the required blood test I needed with a quick turn around for this program I am starting at my workplace, MINDBODY. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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After I found out this afternoon, I went for a very long, much needed walk. I realize this is a wake up call for me. Even with all the exercising I have been trying to be consistent with (but let’s face it Rani, not as consistent as I should be) and with all the changing eating habits (which tends to falter when I return home from work at 3pm, famished cause I didn’t eat properly during the day)….I knew this day may arrive. Especially as I experienced a hard time with clothes as of late and not feeling very attractive or healthy for the past few months. I am awake now and I am scared. I should have been scared along time ago….

I know…I know..its just pre-diabetes..not even 100% sure yet. And yes, it could be worse….but for me, right now…this is worse. This is years of cultural and gene history catching up to me…and if don’t stop it now….I see medications and a world of hurt in the future. The buck needs to stop here.

Many changes have occurred over the past few month….schedules, jobs, income…I’m sure this is part of my mid-life crisis. But I have learned to push through as that is what needs to be done. The job I currently have is now a place I enjoy to go to…and all it took was time. Time and talking it out with family and friends. They are wonderful to me and for that I am ever grateful. When people talk about MINDBODY they always say, “I’ve heard they are a great company to work for!”  They are 100% correct! I still will continue to pursue my first passion of massage therapy, but in order to do that, my health takes precedent.

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And now I get to participate with 44 other people in a healthy challenge call Evolve Wellness! They are going to work with me for the next three months, giving my body, mind and soul a chance to be vigorous with lifestyle change. I still can’t believe it am part of this and again, I am grateful.

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This new journey kicks off officially next week. And my goal is succeed for myself and my team. I’ll use my blog as a platform to record and discover. This is no longer only a challenge…it’s about life and living one that is full, healthy and happy. I am ready for this…I need this.

My mom told me awhile back, that she went to visit a wise man after a pilgrimage in India. She called me and said she talked to him about me. He said for me to do three things. And to keep a certain date in mind. I am doing those and see that date in my future and it’s all coming together. Without getting into the details of those three things, it’s mostly about positive ritual as a form of guidance for myself. And in true “Mom” form…there is a goal date for achievement!

So….I have placed it out here. I have typed the words from my head and heart. I have given voice to my body, mind and soul. It’s time Rani…it’s simply time.

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