Happy Holidays from Clare and LL

Hi all!!  Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays to you and yours.  We hope that you have an amazing and supportive family around you, whether it be a family of relations or an urban family.  We send you love and hugs and a cup of cheer!.

With peace, love, enlightenment, and a cup of something boozy,

xoxo–Clare and LL

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Goals update 2016 #49 LL

Sooo, this is it for 2016 huh…it’s that “hurry up and wait” sort of thing. I cannot believe how this year has gone. Recently I was asked my definition of success. Success I feel is a strong word that can cut like a knife. I feel you have to create your own definition of what success is to you. For me, it means the freedom to do what I want when I want it. I feel very successful these days. But, this also means that as I grow my definition will also change.

Looking ahead to 2017 my definition is evolving a bit more. I’ll share it with you once I have a clearer idea what it is. For now, please note that while I freaking love goals and setting them, I also believe you have to be clear you are not just focusing on achievement.

I think it’s easy to become achievement based. But, fulfillment is going to be more satisfying. Everything I achieved this year has been extremely amazing. I sit here looking back and am feeling so good about many choices I made. I also sit here and realize there are some things that I focused on that didn’t matter, that I could have done differently and others that surprised me!

This week as I teach my final sessions of 2016 and look forward to the year ahead I have one word on my mind. This past year was a Fabulous and Fierce thesis. This upcoming year is about Creating. Oh, I cannot wait to share my creations! What will your year be?

xx~LL

Gift yourself with a Decision

Holidays can become all about the gifts, to-do list and end of the year projects. It’s easy to feel pulled in every direction but towards yourself and your dreams. There are the parties you have to go to and the ones you want to go to. The gifts you have to buy, want to buy and there is YOU!

With so many things spinning in the air and the search for the perfect gift, it can be easy to begin waffling. Should I go here, do this, should I buy this or this? What if he/she doesn’t like it? Should I go to this party first? Should I go early? Maybe I should leave late? All these options can become too much and make the end of the year feel like one endless list of decisions to make.

Give yourself a gift that will cost you absolutely nothing! Take a moment to look ahead and decide yes or no on as many things as you can. Do it in the morning when your decision-making muscle is strong. Decide where you will go and when. Write it down so it’s out of your head and on your schedule. Decide to buy the gift that you first thought they would like. They can always return it. Go the party, you can always leave early. Or, decide not to go at all. If the day comes, and you have a desire to change your mind then fine but thinking about what you will do all week long is just a waste of brain space and truly is a way to procrastinate on something else.

You cannot be all things to all people, but you can be everything you need to be for yourself. What decisions will you make this week?

xx~LL 

Goals update #48 2016 LL

As my final weeks of 2016 approach, I have been spending more time percolating on 2017. I feel the last three years have each had their own themes. Each year I have grown more and more. I have been challenged in ways I hoped and in ways, I didn’t expect. I still have not decided on what 2017 will have in store but here is what I know for this week.

  1. Focus on filling my Retreats. I have only 4 spots left for my retreat to Angkor. Only 6 spots left for my Retreat to Maui. We just announced our Day Retreat here in LA, and there are 8 spots.
  2. Prepare the social for the last week of December and First Week of January. I do not like to work on Jan 1.
  3. Think about what I want to consume more of and where I want to spend time contributing
  4. Final reading os 2016 and first readings of 2017
  5. Begin starting each day creating instead of on tasks. I want to see how this goes and if this is how I will structure my work days.

Tell me, what are you most excited about as the end of 2016 approaches?

xx~LL

Goals update #46 LL

After spending almost five days up with family for the holiday, it is time to get back to work! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Catching up can seem annoying and overwhelming. My advice when in these instances is to think about how I’ll feel once it is all over. I will feel freaking awesome when the list is all caught up.

Personal: I’m launching a new blog chronicling my stomach adventures and food recipes. It will be therapeutic and fun. This week I’ve got to get three blogs ready to post. Stay tuned!

Health: I’m trying to survive one more week before a new doctors appointment. I’ll be combining a Low Fodmap diet with a no gluten, grain or dairy diet. Yes, there is still plenty of good food to eat.

Financial: It’s my final four weeks of teaching for the year. I’m readying up my accounts to send off to my CPA and zeroing out any bills I have. Getting ready to start 2017 off nice and fresh.

Business: I’ve got a couple of programs I am launching for 2017, three retreats already planned and getting my clients set up before the holidays.

I had an amazing four days chilling with my family and dogs! It is so important to take the time just to do nothing. I’m pretty freaking grateful.

xx~LL

Goals Update 2016 #45 LL

I wake up today excited! In a few days, I will be on the road with my Husband and puppies to see my family for Thanksgiving. I’m unable to eat most of what is traditional.  Don’t worry, I bring my food and only enough for one serving.  I get to spend more time enjoying my family and less time feeling stuffed to the gills.

This week my goals for myself are quite simple:

On the Drive up I will get rid of most of my weekly tasks, once I arrive there will no work until the drive back down!

The goal for Wednesday night-Sunday morning: Rest, relax and enjoy time with family!

It may require a bit of extra work today and tomorrow, but it’s worth it. What extra things can you do today so that you can chill out this holiday weekend?

xx~LL

Goals update 2016 #44 LL

Well, THAT happened!

I know that we have readers from all over the world and even on both sides of the results of the elections here in the US. However, I have always been honest about how I feel and how my goals are going. I will not stop doing that today.

I had all these plans for last week. I had goals I was working on, a todo list and was excited to think about the future a bit more. What would be next?!

Then I woke up on Wednesday. I had fallen asleep hoping it was a nightmare, hoping they would find more votes. Hoping! I woke up to what I considered the worst case scenario. I woke up and felt scared. Not just scared for me, scared for everyone. I tried to do my day as usual. I ran, went to yoga and walked the dogs. I was supposed to write two blogs that day. I sat there numb. Clare and I spoke. It was similar to a death in your life or a breakup. The world continued, but I couldn’t seem to focus. Couldn’t keep a thought in my head long enough to attach it to another thought. I couldn’t even read a magazine. I couldn’t get comfortable. I was beyond thrilled to go and teach. Teaching meant not having to think about anything but the person around me.

Here we are, five days later…I’m still scared but I am less shocked. I am still worried, but I can at least think about tomorrow and the future. I have picked my “bootstraps” back up and am moving forward!

This week: I shall catch UP!

Financial: no more freaking excuses after last week it’s all about getting it together so that no election determines my ability to do my dreams.

Health: My stomach is worse than last then the past week. The ayurvedic work I have been doing has helped 40%, but I am not sure how long I can continue at 40-60%. My Husband made some calls, and we are trying something else. I am going back on to my extremely strict reset and adding in some activated charcoal.

Personal: I mentioned before I am sleeping more and I continue to do that. I am also hoping to start reading for pleasure soon. I miss reading fiction. I completed my final module of “The Work” with my mentor this past weekend. I am spending my evening tonight with the Super Moon! My friends in “The Work” are joining me on one epic hike!

Business: My partner and I sent off some awesomely great emails last week and will have some exciting news for 2017! My Profitable Pilates goals are completing and or reshaping.

HUGE NEWS one of my goals from 2014 and 2015 that became a dream to happen when the timing was perfect! I taught at PilatesAnytime.com, and they released my first class! Enjoy 30 days of free watching with my code LLOGAN.

This week I hope is a little brighter for those of you who woke up like I did on Wednesday. Please keep smiling at strangers, showing love and light to everyone around you. xx~LL 

Leap Already

I  have written about it before in a few blog posts “Leap of Faith” and “Climbing the care” and here I am writing about it again: The proverbial “Leap of Faith”, the big “jump and your net will appear”.  If you are at the edge and wondering if you should “just go for it” or hang back and play it safe this blog is for you!

  1. Jump and the net will appear: maybe…It also might not! But, you’ll never know unless you go for it. Plus, what is the worse case scenario? Seriously, what is it? I’ll wait….Is it death? Or is it just feeling like a failure? Tony Robbins said, “there is winning and there is learning.” So, there you go! JUMP! Freaking go for it!
  2. Plan it out: What is it that you want to appear? What net are you hoping catches you? What do you need to do to put the odds in your favor for that net to appear? If you want to be a doctor but you don’t go to med school then chances are your net won’t appear. But, if you create the plan that in theory gets you to where you want to go then all that is left is for you to “jump”.
  3.  Give yourself the gift of a decision: Choose to leap, postpone the leap or pick a date to think about leaping or not. Wavering back and forth is the worst thing in the world. Idling sucks. It also eventually drives you crazy, causes you to doubt other things in your life and pretty much helps you procrastinate other things you could be doing!

So, what leap have you been thinking about? Steve Harvey had a video going viral for awhile about jumping and parachutes. You never know when they are going to open but they never will if you don’t jump and get some air beneath your wings.

xx~LL 

Goals update 2016 #43 LL

I have to say I love a good “fall back”!  If you are stateside then you just went through the ‘gain and hour’ time change. If we have to do it, it is the best one! I took advantage of it. I slept 11 hours on Friday night and then totally slept in way past  my normal Sunday wake up to get another 9 hours. I’ve decided that come 2017 I will make sleeping a major goal for each day. I know, we are not even done with 2016 and here I am again talking about 2017.

But, I think that’s what the end of the year can be good for. Finishing up projects and making notes for the future ones. Not everything can be done today, nor should it be.

Personal: This week I will be completing my final module of “The Work”. I am excited to learn more but sad that this will mean the end of the workshops. However, the beauty of learning is that it never stops!

Business: I working on the details of a project I want to launch for 2017, finalizing the next date for my Pilates Day Retreats and getting ready to finalize the plans for my Cambodia Pilates retreat!

Health: I had a major stomach set back when trying out Marinara sauce. However, it only took about 2 days to recover. This week I feel will be much better!

Financial: Lots of money going out to continue growing my business. But, bills mean business! I’m also happy to say my hubby and I are on track to be debt free fairly soon! woot-woot!

xx~LL 

Goals Update #42 2016 LL

Holy Freaking COW! There are only 10 more weeks left in 2016….Thank goodness 2017 is available. I’m going to need it.

I just reviewed my goals for 2016. There are some I have decided to bump to 2017 because I just couldn’t fit them in. Not that I didn’t make time. I didn’t have the time. As you know this past month I made some room for more. These are the things that I am looking into checking out with this new “room” I have:

  1. Improve class
  2. Read more books
  3. Speaking appearances
  4. Camping trips

This week I am tying off a few projects and chewing on a few new ones to launch in 2017

Health: continuing to work on this new herb regimen and focus on stress less to help my stomach heal

Financial: paying off some big retreat bills and looking at 2017 needs

Personal: having more brunch with friends and date nights with my husband

Business: lots of follow ups since I just spent a week in a Pilate world hanging with fellow teachers, presenters and friends.

Is there a goal you still want to work on that will carry over to 2017?

xx~LL