Unplug and Plug-in

I consider myself a pretty lucky girl.  I have created a business that I love.  And if you know me, you know I love STY like it's another child.  I nurture, feed, obsess over, and tend to her at all hours of the day-7 days a week.  Up until very recently I hadn't had an email free vacation in almost 4 years.  I work this hard because I love it so much.  Because I get excited to work 🙂 What they say is true, love what you do, and it isn't work.   Internet, email, hot-spots, social media, all things that have helped me grow my business.  I'm able to work wherever I am at.  And believe me, I am super grateful for that, because it allows me to be a business owner and still be able to get away.  However more and more I would end up spending a significant amount of time on our vacations, working.  I think sometimes, that is OK, but sometimes, it's not.  I was really struggling to find that balance.  My husband is the same way. As a real-estate agent he is always working on vacations.  Because this is something we both do, it became the norm.  And I think many these days are living in that same space of not having any disconnect from their work.  And no matter how much you love your job, there needs to be some disconnect.  Some sense of freedom, or you start to lose yourself.  One of my favorite quotes became such a reality for me.

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 I had no idea how much I had been carrying around.  STY was growing into the most beautiful, amazing, magical creature, and I was struggling to keep up with her.  For those of you that don't know, not only are we on the beach teaching open classes as much as possible, but we also offer bachelorette, wedding day and birthday yoga, and have many of these going on every weekend. These sessions keep me very tied into emails.  For the last month I have been working with someone that could help me with those emails, and watch over the business when I go away.  So that's what I did.  I went to New Orleans for Jazz Fest with 14 girls, disconnected from emails for 5 days, and let go of all responsibilities.  It was incredible! I saw more live music than I could imagine, and danced all day and all night.  I cleansed, healed, and nurtured my spirit.  I opened up my heart to all things magical, healing and loving and just let it fill my body.  What I didn't do much of was sleep 😉 So I expected to be completely exhausted when I arrived home.  But I found that to not be the case.  When I returned Monday evening I felt totally rejuvenated and alive.  I felt light and free. I felt reunited with me.  Now, I did take a nap on Tuesday, which was also amazing, and then I felt even better 🙂

My point being that yes, the internet, emails, social media have all made certain aspects in our lives  easier.  But, it has also created this idea that we are always accessible.  Where is our time to just be free, to be ourselves? And the further we get from ourselves, the heavier our weight becomes.  So here is my challenge to you. The next time you take a morning off, day off, few days or a week off, let yourself completely disconnect.  Don't check your emails, don't call work, don't worry about work.  Completely unplug work and worries and plug into you.  Make yourself a priority! I double dare you 😉 Because when you make yourself a priority, and you are true to who you are, things will fall into place.  Your true self will radiate and you will become a magnet to all good things.  Just keep reminding yourself - You are absolutely 100% worth it!!  Love you guys ~ Melora
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Cheers :)

celebrateself I believe that New Years Eve should be a time of celebration. A time to look back over the year at your accomplishments, how much you have grown, realizing the strength you never knew you had. Every year we grow, and the more challenging the year, the more we grow. Instead, what I hear most is “thank goodness that year is over”. And then we sometimes set these crazy resolutions/expectations for ourselves. For most of us - there lies this underlying belief that we are not good enough as we are. Yes, growth is good, setting intentions…love it. But it is so important that these intentions are rooted in love, otherwise, our foundation might not be strong enough to hold these intentions. What are these intentions based out of? For me, my biggest struggle was feeling like I should be able to do it all. This year I am going to cook for the family more ( I hate to cook), and I’m going to keep the house clean and organized, which is kind of a joke because I am not that person. These intentions came out of judgment and fear that I wasn’t doing enough. Am I still setting intentions for those things, yes, but in much smaller doses, more my speed. And I’m kinder to myself if the kids eat noodles and cheese –again. I also have someone now that helps me keep the house clean. Talk about a game changer. Now my intentions can focus on things based on a love for myself - the woman I have been, the woman I am now, and the woman I want to grow into. So yes, set those intentions/resolutions, but let go of the judgment. Creating realistic goals for ourselves is a wonderful way to grow and make our journey even more fabulous. But set them for yourself, not anyone else, and root them in love. Remind yourself that you are not bad because you ate a big piece of Key Lime Pie or fed the kids PB&J again. You are worthy of love whether you go to the gym or not, you are worthy of love if your house is a mess. You are worthy of love no matter what! So…Cheers to a new year of growth and strength but double cheers to all that you already are. Cheers to your awesomeness, cheers to all of your accomplishments and strengths, cheers for being you!

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Love you guys ~ XOXO

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Beach Yoga Rocks!

Charleston Beach Yoga

Beautiful Sunday morning yoga 🙂

I love beach yoga!!  Let's just say, as one of my friends so eloquently quoted "your backdrop doesn't suck" (wink, wink CT).  No, it doesn't 🙂 And honestly, I'm not sure how I got so lucky.  There really is something to be said for just opening yourself up to possibilities. I am so excited to say it's that time of year again.  No music needed, no props, just us, the sand, and the sea.  Maybe even a few dolphins.  There is just something so magical about practicing yoga on the beach, feet in the sand, connecting in so many ways to Mother Earth.  Connecting to the ocean, the sky, the sun, the wind, to each other.  When we are all together, practicing on the beach there is a sense of community, of one love, and all the worries, business and stress seem to dissolve.   You really get a sense of the ocean washing all of that away.  There is a sense of freedom out there that hopefully gives you permission to just be yourself, embrace who you are, and just let your body move the way it needs to.  And it's always nice to know that if you fall over, your falling on soft sand. And don't worry if you can't make the week day classes. I try and offer a Friday Happy Hour Yoga as much as possible and a Sunday morning.  Also coming up soon Glow Yoga and Full Moon Yoga.  I'm so excited I'm totally doing my happy dance right now 🙂   If you would like to be added to the beach yoga mailing list you can contact me here
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