I’ve been slacking SO BAD on my blog posts! I’ve just been so busy with wings team, tying up my last semester at SPC, and wrapping up my yoga teacher training. I have so many exciting things ahead and life is so beautiful right now.
This Christmas was absolutely amazing. I always love being with family. When I was younger, my brother and I always celebrated Hanukkah with the rest of my family and since I gave up getting my Bat Mitzvah when I was 12, we started “officially” celebrating Christmas. I love the warmth that the Christmas tree and decorations brings to the home. We always get our tree directly after Thanksgiving but this year I somehow convinced my Mom, Brother, James, and new Sister-In-Law (more on that in a moment) to get the tree before Thanksgiving! We put it up and on Thanksgiving had the entire family over to help decorate it. The only stress I experience during this time is the lights and figuring out which family’s house I have to be at and when. Usually, I need to be in more than one place at one time. I just have to remember to breathe more.
One of my favorite things about Christmas is that I (attempt) to decorate a gingerbread house with my very best friend, Sydney. We usually end up setting it on fire because it ends up so horrible looking. This year…we didn’t even take a picture of it. The house completely fell apart and had a huge bite mark in the roof (oops).
Overall, Christmas was wonderful. I just need to learn to be more organized on this day and to communicate with my family and James’s family about what is happening and where. How do you manage your holiday when you have a divorced family and your guy does as well? We can’t just pick one family on one day! It must take a magician.
My brother married the girl of his dreams on January 4, 2014. It was the most beautiful wedding! Lacey, my new sister-in-law, looked gorgeous and I was one of her bridesmaids. I loved getting to know the other girls and spending time with both family and friends. My Mom was so incredibly happy and my Dad as well. She’s the perfect addition to our family and my brother could not have picked a better woman to spend the rest of his life with. Marriage is a beautiful thing, and we both realize the value in what vows mean. I think from our past experiences, my brother and I will kind of have the tools to avoid separation in our future. I’m so proud of him and his big heart.
I got to meet my niece, Ava bear! She is SO adorable and has such a personality. My step-brother, Zack, and his girlfriend, Phoebe (who has become a good friend of mine) had Ava nineteen months ago. I hadn’t seen Zack or my other step-brother, Jason, in years and it was so good to see them all at the wedding. They flew over form California to see my brother, Aaron, get married. I know Aaron was ecstatic that Jason and Zack would come to support him. I’m so blessed that my family can still stay in tact no matter how many hard things that we have had to go through. My brothers are still my brothers, even if not by marriage anymore. We got to take Ava shopping and I spent an entire day with her and Phoebe. They are simply amazing.
I turned 20 on January, 29! My birthday was good. I had a touch of food poisoning in the morning but my Mom put on videos from when my brother, Aaron, and I were little and it lifted my spirits right back up. We then went to Ohana Cafe, my favorite little organic restaurant in Ozona. I’ve started to spend every birthday at this little cafe with my Ohana. So much love radiates from this place. James came in town to celebrate my birthday with me and I love every moment I get to spend with him. I feel so extremely blessed.
I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I taught my first yoga class!! I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly well it went! I’m getting certified through Wendy Fit Academy in Palm Harbor, FL and she had a Yoga Day where people could come in for 30 minute classes! It was completely free and all of the teachers in training had their opportunity to teach their segment. I taught Unwinding the Hips! I got a lot of my inspiration from Kathryn Budig, one of my absolute favorite yoga instructors. If I can be half the instructor this girl is one day, I will be so happy. While teaching class I couldn’t have felt more excited about my future and happy about what I was doing. I even read a little bit from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz to my class while in Savasana. I think they really enjoyed it. I made a playlist, as well! For your yogi ears:
Follow The Sun – Xavier Rudd
Bloom – The Paper Kites
Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
Satellite Heart – Anya Marina
Jailer – Asa
Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
The Mountain – Trevor Hall
The more I experience yoga and read about how much light it truly brings to every single soul’s life, the more I fall deeply in love with it. For those that have yet to experience yoga, you should really go to a class. Once you catch the yoga bug, you not only decrease stress from your life, but you get strong, healthy, inspired, and enlightened. It’s truly been the greatest blessing to my life. I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. I can’t wait to be a certified instructor. February 22nd could not come soon enough!
This past Saturday I had to say “see you later” to one of the best bosses in the universe. I can’t believe she actually moved to England today. She moved her entire life to England to be with the guy she loves. What an incredibly inspiring and brave woman! Kris and Kelly are the most inspiring bosses that I have ever had. Some people wonder, what’s the hype about Red Bull? Why do people say it #GivesYouWings? Because it does. Red Bull not only has the most talented athletes that anyone has ever heard of but they also have incredible inspiring individuals behind the scenes of it all, Field Marketing Specialists and Field Marketing Managers. As well as all of our Wings Team Members, Student Brand Managers, Muskateers, and the entire family in HQ and every Business Unit. I have not met a single person within this company that doesn’t have some sort of light in them. My entire Wings Team is so talented and inspiring. Red Bull does give you wings. It inspires you go all out, look beyond the dotted lines, and to be the absolute best you can be. This company could not have been a bigger blessing to me and Kris and Kelly really do an incredible job at showing me that I have no limits. We can do anything we set our minds to. I’m going to miss Kris so much. I don’t think she knows how amazing she truly is.
Lastly, Work has been keeping me a little busy 🙂