Retreat To Advance

I’ve been away for a week or so — Vacation/retreat.

Summer is a mix of chaos and joy. The chaos is the lack of structure in my work schedule and the joy is I’m warm and outdoors! The season flies by one moment we’re celebrating our traditional July 4th holiday, then blink and it is Labor Day. Because this season is so chaotic I usually plan my summer break on the third week of August. So that’s where I’ve been on vacation, not just physically away but a nice long mental break as well.

I went on a Yoga R and R retreat at Kripalu in western Massachusetts. What an amazing experience I won’t bore you with the details, but I came away a sense of calm and grounding that I haven’t experienced for a long time. One of the things I took away was that the brain only recognizes an emotion for 90 seconds after that it is our own doing that allows for that emotion to continue. So now when I’m upset or angry I just give in for 90 seconds then move on. Perhaps the biggest change was being comfortable with silence and now — I haven’t worn a watch in over a week, I’ve watched little to no television, and have only used my smart phone sparingly. However the biggest teching down was keeping my lap top off for a week — No video games, You Tube, Facebook and yes blogging. The result of all these changes, I sleep better, read more, notice more, listen better, appreciate more and for one week time slowed a little.

I’ve advanced from a retreat,

Cheers

Gin

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Yesterday Once More

Old friendships are one of my favorite tonics, even if you haven’t seen each other for a long while you pick up as if it was yesterday once more. Which makes me wonder why do we let so much time pass? Why don’t we make more of an effort to stay in touch? Life has a way of catching us in the day to day –Then the days become week, months and before you know it years.

Call a friend, don’t wait.

Cheers
Gin

Giving

Give your time, your money,your heart and soul. We all have something to give and you’ll always get more than you gave! Such were the events of today; I’m sure most of you reading this have seen or heard of the ice bucket challenge for ALS. I have a friend who lost her husband to the disease — Anne asked for donations to ALS charities for her 50th birthday. I took her request to my students and their families and raffled off the privilege dump a bucket of ice over their instructor of choice. Tonight was the night we collected $220.00 in donations and my business matched that for a total of $440.00.

Anne got her birthday wish, we donated to great causes, children learned about ALS, my staff and I got an ice bath and we all felt the blessing of giving.

Give

Cheers,

Gin

Looking Good

When faced with a challenge do you tend to think, ‘WORST FIRST” or do you let the challenge unfold?  If I was to answer this a year ago it would have been worst first – I tended to build up all the work, the drama and anything angst related to a situation. Then a funny thing happened it finally dawned on me that most of my imagined scenarios never played out. I found my second grade classroom, the kids in a public high school were not the spawn of Satin, I didn’t kill anyone as a student nurse, I could go on vacation alone, I didn’t break anything during my black belt test and yes a woman can run a successful martial art school!  Even though I survived those challenges new ones always brought me doubt, until I had a minor epiphany six months ago. This is when I decided to start looking for good outcomes even in a challenge. Once I changed that mind set things got better. I still have challenges like my iPhone quitting on me yesterday but instead of freaking out and coming up with a horror story, I took it to Best Buy and waited to see what would happen — What happened was a simple fix — A minor inconvenience and an opportunity to get an americano at Starbucks.

Like Dr. Wayne Dyer always says “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Looking Good, Cheers,

Gin

Smiles

Did you ever try to be angry, sad or upset while smiling?  Try it, go ahead put a great big smile on your face now think about something that pi+#es you off , how do you feel? It has been my experience that I don’t feel anything but happy when smiling — Which makes smiling one of my easiest and most accessible Tonics.

Let’s take yesterday for example, in any business (or aspect of our lives) there are bumps in the road; miscommunications from billing companies, a leak in a storage room or long meetings that get nothing accomplished. I find when I get caught up with why I should be upset with any of those things my focus is on finding more things to be upset about. However when I notice simple things like people’s generosity toward a charity raffle or 3 to 5 year olds having fun in a martial art class or going to work and seeing a giant TMNT painted on your window — You smile, you feel happy and joy.

Your mission today look for things that make you smile.

Cheers,

Gin

Small Rewards

We all enjoy celebrating , whether it is an event like a birthday or anniversary, an accomplishment like a graduation or a new job — We also enjoy celebrating holidays and team victories. It may seem like a lot of celebrating but when you look at the whole year we don’t celebrate nearly enough.

Celebrating releases joy and who can be sad when your full of joy? For example; I’m very competitive with myself after losing 22lbs three years ago I make it a goal to weigh in at my annual physical at my goal weight – Today was the day and I did weigh in at 126lbs! So I celebrated with a vanilla cream donut and an ice coffee! It’s a small reward but one that I looked forward to, and it was soooo good!

I’ll be celebrating even more when I go for a power walk and I do 10 solid minutes of gratitude pronouncements (yes I walk and say what I’m grateful for out loud ). I do get an odd look now and again, but who cares?  I’m celebrating life and feeling the”joy, joy, joy down in my heart”.

So your mission today set a small goal and reward yourself, and do 10 minutes of gratitude pronouncements!

Cheers,

Gin

Cheers

I know some of my friends and family are saying, “Another Blog” and to that I say, “Yes”. Actually this blog could’ve easily appeared on My Thoughts From The Run (self promoting) as the idea for this blog happened during my morning run.

Enough beating around the bush, I’m writing this blog for the following reasons; I need a place to write uplifting and inspiring thoughts, I’ve been reviewing Anthony Robbins Personal Power and Get the Edge programs and I’m inspired to inspire others. I’ve been challenged on Facebook to write three positive things a day for five days and I thought why only five? Finally I learn better if I write things down and I’m going through a spiritual and emotional  growth spurt and I want to retain what I learn and share it with you all.

The name of this blog is Gin’s Tonic, for those of you who know me you know I love word play – This is a non-alcoholic elixir that I hope lifts your spirits, makes you think, gives you hope, and gets you addicted to a life well lived!

Cheers,

Gin