Why Only Your Opinion of Yourself Matters

Why Only Your Opinion of Yourself Matters

Note from Brittany: The following is a guest post by the incredibly talented Kendra Kantor. This is the first ever guest blog that I’ve accepted for Catching My Breath, and I’m beyond thrilled to share Kendra’s work with you. Kendra is a Wellness Mentor & Guide who does really important work for any women interested in boosting their self esteem, improving their body image, tapping into their intuition and creativity, and not letting anxiety, depression or mental health control their lives. I’ve immensely enjoyed her Art Journaling course and her email list, and she’s always been quite approachable and helpful. I’ve recommended her to friends and clients, and now I’m so happy to partner with her in this way and share her words of wisdom with you! PS — Next month, Kendra launches the beta test of her latest Self Worth course, #YesToBeautiful — and I highly recommend checking it out! If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to look at yourself with love, to go through your life with confidence, and to learn to embrace and even LOVE your flaws… this is the course for you. Improve your self esteem over four weeks with Kendra and a group of like-minded ladies. Reserve your spot today (and check out her Self Worth Freebie)… Class starts on February 9th! Why Only Your Opinion of Yourself Matters Guest Post by Kendra Kantor “What other people think of me is none of my business.” -Wayne Dyer Oh Wayne, what a hugely important topic and something I think we ALL struggle with. It’s not just me, right ladies? One of the...
Some Years Ask Questions. Others Answer Them.

Some Years Ask Questions. Others Answer Them.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Can someone puh-lease tell me where in the heck 2014 went?! Why is it that the older we get, the quicker the years seem to fly past us? It’s the first weekend of the new year, and it marks a milestone of sorts for me. One year ago this weekend, I was sitting at a Sankalpa Yoga Retreat. I had been sick for nearly a month. I had no voice. I was coughing uncontrollably. I was learning first hand how difficult it is to breathe when you have a respiratory infection mixed with allergies and asthma. I was very unhappy with my living conditions and with the cold, gray, rainy weather. I was longing for health and sunshine and happier days. My immune disorder hadn’t been diagnosed yet but still I knew, deep within me, very intuitively, that my body was growing sicker and weaker each day. I was sick and tired — and literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. As I fought back tears, I felt instinctively that I would not survive to see many more years if I didn’t make drastic changes in my lifestyle to help heal my weakened immune system. That day was a turning point for me. As I sat in that room full of strangers, in a city I couldn’t completely call home, in a place I’d never even been…. I began to work through the asanas. The teacher would say a pose, and I’d do it. He’d remind us to flow with our breath, and I would. And with each posture, each breath, I felt...
My First Yoga Teaching Experience

My First Yoga Teaching Experience

I did it! I did it! On Thursday, I taught my first-ever full yoga class, a 1.5 hour Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa flow. I taught in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, where I’ve spent the past month studying yoga as part of an intense, 200-hour yoga teacher training immersion. By the end of October, I’ll be certified through Yoga Alliance — and, sadly, departing the gorgeous tropical beach climate to head back to Kentucky, just in time for winter. I am usually a very comfortable public speaker, but I have to admit I found myself nervous as I stepped on that mat in the front of the room and prepared to teach a class of nearly two dozen gorgeous women from around the world. Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Florida, Tennessee, Mexico, New Jersey, Kentucky and Canada were all represented in that room. I couldn’t be happier with how my first class went. After a few minutes, I began to find my inner peace. A sense of calm confidence took over, and about halfway through the class I really found my flow. It didn’t hurt that I had included some empowering Beyonce jams in my yoga playlist, of course. Luckily, the ladies in the class were REALLY into it.. possibly even more than I was. We were laughing, joking, posing, dancing, shaking our hips, feeling our bodies, releasing feminine energy. The energy of the class, the positive feedback I received and the atmosphere in the room were so beautiful. One student told me, “I think I just fell in love with you.” Several others gave me warm hugs after the class, thanking me...

Mindfulness Based Self Esteem

“We are not who we think we are. A lot of the time, we are much, much bigger BUT we have very diminished views of ourselves.” Befriend your body without feeling the need to change it or fix it. Allow yourself to exist in a state of simply “being” without feeling a need to be constantly “doing” something. Learn to become more mindful and aware, rather than filling life with so many mindless actions and limiting beliefs. Jon Kabat-Zinn explains that accepting our bodies as they are isn’t so hard when you recognize how amazing they truly are, and that befriending them can do you a lot of good. This was part of a talk put on by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science...
When Life Doesn't Go According to YOUR Plan

When Life Doesn't Go According to YOUR Plan

I saw this at the coffee shop today and it really spoke to me. It was painted by a group of local artists who have various types of mental illness and are using their art to combat social stigmas they’ve had to live with all their lives. That in itself is inspiring, and I think this message could apply to almost any chronic, long-term illness — and even to just about any life event, such as changing jobs, moving, breakups, etc… To paraphrase: “There was another life that I might have had, but I’m having this life instead.” I’ve spent a lot of time grieving that “other life I might have had” but that time could have been spent making the most of the life I do have, and living it in the best possible way that I can. I love the bright and uplifting colors, the hand-painted letters, and there’s something about the message that just makes me okay with where I am in life. I’m peaceful and accepting of all that has happened, good and bad. It’s very easy to focus on the “What if…?” questions and the negative events that happen to us sometimes. We get caught up in grieving the past, worrying about the future, or even getting caught up in this fantasy idea of how our Dream Life “SHOULD” have been, or how so-and-so has it SO MUCH BETTER than we do (because obviously we know everything there is to know about that person and his or her life). However, in the long term, OF COURSE it’s better to focus on the positive and get a fresh...
Oprah's advice for handling negativity

Oprah's advice for handling negativity

I love Oprah. I really do. But who doesn’t? Anyway… Oprah Winfrey offers the best advice in the history of EVER for how to handle negativity from other people. Oprah’s Advice for Handling Negativity Sometimes you have to (lovingly) divorce your friends and divorce your family members. You must set boundaries by saying, “I will not allow you to treat me this way. When you come to your senses, you can come back into my life.” Healthy Boundaries According to the book Boundaries and Relationships by Charles Whitfield MD, healthy boundaries are NOT: Set for us by others Hurtful or harmful Controlling or manipulative Invasive or dominating Rigid and immovable Healthy boundaries ARE: present appropriate clear firm protective flexible receptive determined by us, ourselves How Boundaries Reduce Negativity When you start being the power in your life, pushing for your own well-being and treating yourself with love and respect, you will not allow others to give you anything less. And, fittingly, you will radiate love and respect for others as well. The relationships in your life will work themselves...