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Coconuts on the Beach

 

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In our culture, we are always looking forward – towards our goals, dreams, aspirations. We work each day in the hopes of achieving specific outcomes: climbing the corporate ladder, owning a home, paying off debt, having a family and marriage.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with working for the future, but the problem is that we are so preoccupied that we forget to enjoy the journey.

Consider your path as a timeline; our end goals are just a blip, while the journey to get there stretches out as far as it needs to. We suspend our joy, presence, light and love for 90% of the process. Do we want our joy to be on the straight line, or just a single dot?

Coconuts on the beach

A lot of our culture is fixated on the results of hard work – the instagram photos, highlight reels and coconuts on the beach. But, we forget that life is supposed to be the journey. The process IS life, in itself: growth, change, joy, sorrow, challenges.

Life is not the vacation. Life is every single day before and after it, and also the vacation, each given equal presence and attention.

I have nothing against coconuts on the beach, but it’s not the remedy for life’s challenges. Embrace the journey and remember to enjoy it. After all, that straight line is where you’ll spend most of life anyways

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The Body Positive Athlete

A friend asked me how you can be body positive and an athlete at the same time. It’s a great question, because I don’t think the two have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, they can go hand in hand, if that’s what you’re about! All you need are these key points:

✨all bodies are worthy or respect & love

✨athletic ability & health can’t be judged by appearance

✨athleticism and health doesn’t make anyone superior to another

✨movement should come from a place of joy, not punishment or sacrament

✨bodies are beautiful and capable of so much!

That’s literally it! Shifting to a body positive mindset allowed me to actually enjoy the activities I love – soccer, running, hiking, swimming. It disconnected me from the ingrained need to “work off” my food/weight and brought me back to a place of fun.

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New Year, New Intentions!


Let’s face it: 2016 has been rough. Disappointing, frustrating, paradoxical, stupid, crazy, whatever – all of the above, plus more. I think we’re all ready for a new year, and ready for some new year intentions focused on fixing what we actually do have control over, and just hoping for the best for the whirlwind of worldly problems we can’t do much about.

I’m not a fan of resolutions – they’re too limited, finite and final. Intentions, however, focus on the end game; the idea, the big picture. A resolution  would be to lose 5 pounds in a certain time period; an intention would be to live a healthier and more active life. They both have a similar result, but the latter boasts a much more well-founded and all-encompassing approach than the former.


My intentions this year are simple: to keep chasing health, happiness, faith, and financial freedom. To continue building myself, my spiritual wellness, and getting to know God more and more each day 🙂

I’m starting this year so thankful and grateful for a year of laughter, love, adventures and lessons learned. A year of marathons and races and pr’s and soccer games, filled with friends and family and newfound faith.

I love the spirit of new beginnings and clean slates, and I wish you the happiest, healthiest and most joyful new year! 

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25 Mantras for my 25th Birthday

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This week I left the carefree, happy-go-lucky early twenties behind and stepped into full-fledged adulthood. Turning 25 and entering my mid-twenties was equally traumatic and transformative, terrifying and exciting. It’s hard to believe a quarter century already slipped away, albeit filled with wonderful people, memories and places. Now, adulthood feels much more daunting, and buzzwords like ‘career path’ and ‘future’ seem all the more relevant.

Although 25 made me feel a little bit old and unaccomplished (where were my post-colelge riches? My rewarding career?) it did serve as the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. My 24th year of life felt like an uphill battle in the pouring rain. I’m more than ready for a fresh start.

As I embark on this new, reflective chapter in my life, I’ve gathered up 25 goals, mantras and ambitions to tackle. As happy as I am with my life, I know that I’m not living or working to my full potential. For any twenty-something that’s graduated and entered the bleak, blank landscape of the American workforce, I’m sure you can relate.Our degrees don’t work any harder than we do; they’re only worth what we’re able to cultivate, create and produce. We’re the captains of our own destiny, regardless of whether part of that journey involves higher education.

While having a  degree is always a good thing, I’ve learned to invest greater confidence and power in myself than in a piece of paper. I have no problem chasing after my own destiny, even if it’s a little scary navigating uncharted waters for a while. I’m eternally grateful that this birthday came exactly when it did.

25 Mantras for Turning 25

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  1. Travel to a new place at least once a year
  2. To fully accept, love and take care of my body
  3. To make yoga a daily part of my life
  4. To soften my expectations of myself
  5. Let go and work through my past
  6. Embrace both my faults and blessings
  7. Fight for the life and career I want
  8. To complete at least one triathlon
  9. To keep doing races & half marathons
  10. Pursue my dream of becoming of a writer
  11. To take full charge of my finances
  12. To better organize my money, paperwork and life
  13. Play more soccer
  14. Volunteer in another country
  15. To keep learning, reading and exploring
  16. Keep in touch more with family
  17. Take more risks and be more ambitious
  18. Spend more time with the people I love
  19. Be more open, vulnerable and honest
  20. Cut drinking (mostly) out of my life
  21. Be optimistic and positive about the future
  22. Recognize my own strengths and potential
  23. Make a positive impact on the world
  24. Work harder, learn more, and reach higher
  25. To believe that I can do anything – and put that belief to action
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Cambodia: Leaning In

Since today’s a busy one, I’m sharing a story I wrote for Lean In – an awesome organization and worldwide community dedicated to encouraging and empowering women. Spearheaded by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In features stories of strong women taking risks, switching careers, making moves and succeeding by ‘leaning in’ to their dreams, instincts, and ambitions. My story is about my study abroad trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where I taught English to impoverished orphans and learned more about myself and the world than I ever though possible. Follow the link to read my contribution !

http://leanin.org/stories/nicole-bleidistel/

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