Stay motivated ~

A little over a month ago, while chatting with my dear friend Randi, I declared (with her encouraging) that I would establish a niche and teach yoga on the beach. (ha ha that rhymes!) I had a photo of “yoga” on my vision board in May and my beach yoga class came to fruition in September.

Well, I’m thrilled to say that the class is growing and new friendships are forging and I’m so grateful!!

The first month was slow going. I stayed motivated and optimistic. My amazing husband Mark (the BEST yogi and my biggest fan) hasn’t missed a class; and I teach five times a week. My positive & encouraging friend Randi has come too, brought her friend, and continues to bless me with optimism and her gifts of joy, smiles and “you can do it” praise.

I’ve shared a motivation poster below, from my friend Jonathan, and I truly believe in these.

I have extraordinary friends.

Aloha,

Denise

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Savasana on the beach
Savasana on the beach

Good things come to those who wait, watch and work.

“Good things come to those who wait.” That’s a good saying (dicho) and very true. I’m happy to say that my newest adventure, teaching yoga on the beach, is catching on.  After one month of five days-a-week teaching yoga to one to three wonderful people, countless hours of training and studying, my class last night had six participants spread out on the beach overlooking the glistening water and the colorfully lit up buildings.  I’m thrilled, delighted, inspired and very happy. As the weather cools off, I look forward to more people joining in.

I have a happy heart and I’m here to share it. Namaste ~

Tip for today: NEVER GIVE UP.

Aloha,

Denise

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Small world ~

I’ve met some amazing people in my adopted homes (Temple, TX, Baltimore, MD, La Habra Heights, CA, Honolulu, HI and Abu Dhabi, UAE) and I am increasingly grateful for the reunions that I have experienced through my connections on social media.

In Abu Dhabi, I met my friend James from my friend Erin; I met Julie from my friend Susan and I reconnected most recently with a friend from our daughters’ school in Hawaii. Thank you, again Facebook!! What a small world!

The feeling that I am far away (from family especially) yet still “in touch” warms my heart. I wish everyone understood the power and value of this.

Keep on making friends; we’ll all meet on Facebook someday!

Aloha,

Denise

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Four (4) ways to begin a story ~

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

“Once upon a time…”

“Long ago and far away….”

“Call me Ishmael.”

Those are famous story beginnings. What does your story begin with?

How do you describe yourself, your life, your relationships? How do you complete your day? In a rush, slowly & carefully, in a daze?

I choose to carefully map out my day and go from task or place to the next. I enjoy everything and find FUN in it all. If I were to write my story, I’d begin, “She stepped in the sand and the magic began.”

Aloha,

Denise

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Great groupings for guidance

As I wander through the local grocery store, I noticed something today…there are groupings of items and some are colorful, seasonal and specific to a region, country or favorite.

Here are ice cream fun favs.  There are also other flavors but these caught my eye.

IMG_0260There are also camel chocolate treats: (note: the price shown is in AED) My favs are the dark chocolate ones stuffed with oranges and coffee beans.

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This last grouping is the Halloween pumpkin display. Very festive and timely.

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What groupings have you noticed?

Aloha,

Denise

Seven (7) tips for this new day:

Mark your calendars: it’s a NEW day!

  1. Choose to be happy!
  2. YOU control you, your thoughts and your ultimate happiness.
  3. Surround yourself with uplifting, optimistic, loving people.
  4. Remember the glass adage: it’s half full!
  5. Life is not a dress rehearsal…make it count today!
  6. Be grateful!
  7. Enjoy new friendships, all of them.

Make it an amazing, happy, productive and joyful day!

Aloha,

Denise

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Six (6) Tips for Travelers:

If you’re planning a visit to the lovely UAE, here’s some tips:

  1. Plan your trip between October – March as the weather is glorious and the beaches are pristine.
  2. Join my beach yoga class: you’ll enjoy the gorgeous beach, views, soulful postures, empowering music and extraordinary classmates.
  3. Taste everything: there are over 100 different nationalities represented here as expats and we all cook great food! Take a picnic to the beach!
  4. Tour everything!
  5. Enjoy the beaches at sunrise and sunset. It’s magical.
  6. Talk to people….learn about them and make new friends.

I met a woman two weeks ago, (I offered to take her photo in front of the ocean) from Barcelona, who swam every morning on my beach. She’s returning today to  Europe. I’m happy I met her and I hope our paths cross again in the world. If not, then I’m fortunate for having met her. She loved it here!

Happy travels!

Aloha,

Denise

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4 ways to maintain a positive outlook:

  1. Surround yourself with upbeat, positive people who find positive in all situations. Sure, there are set-backs, disappointments, breakdowns, because that is life. If you shift your outlook and “spin” the situation into a positive one, you will see the brighter side, and that’s where the miracles are.
  2. Wake up grateful. When you open your eyes, say “thank you” out loud to start your day on a positive and grateful note. Think you have nothing to be grateful for? Well, you woke up didn’t you?!
  3. My family recipe for miracles: personal integrity + public authenticity + a promise you don’t know how to keep = miracles. It has worked for me so I’m a believer.
  4. Smile 🙂

Ready for a fantastic day?

Aloha,

Denise

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