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Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week and a fulfilling one, at that.  Did you get your taxes done? It’s getting close, so don’t forget! But hopefully that reminder does not pertain to you.  Fingers crossed you had them done weeks ago and you can enjoy your leisure time as you see fit.  I had to sacrifice a little Sunday “quiet time” to get mine done.  That’s ok. Done and done.

Speaking of not forgetting, don’t think I forgot about mat class! Admittedly it’s been a busy week, but Thursday 10:00am mat class is on repeat in my Google calendar.  If you are ever unsure, or simply want to sign up before the newsletter goes out, remember you can visit my website and click on “Online Sessions and Mat Class” for the most recent link and PayPal button.  

Enjoyed that last newsletter? Read it again at your leisure…

Over the past couple years of sending out the weekly YDP newsletter, many of you have responded on different occasions.  Some of you have wrote how you’ve enjoyed a particular story or how a message resonated with you.  This means a lot to me, as I not only take pride in my writing, but also would be elated if my insights on creating a healthy lifestyle reach more people.  For this reason, I have decided to repost my newsletters here on my Blog.  As time permits, I will be adding to the archives of the last year.   For now, find the most recent newsletters (including this one, obviously! ) here. Please feel free to share it with friends who might enjoy a particular post or story.  You never what might help someone get onto a more healthy track or mindful lifestyle.

As always, thank you.   My work would not be as fulfilling without people like you staying engaged, interested and interesting!

In health and fulfillment, 

xo
Francine

A different kind of quiet…

Each Sunday…

I get a chance to have some quiet time.  My husband takes the boys out for a few hours for their Sunday morning rituals which includes outdoor mass, DONUTS, and some time playing at the park.  Often they run into friends, so the kids and Dad get some social time, as well. (You can see why it’s a big win all around!)  While they are out, I am on my own. Usually I enjoy a walk by myself, some yoga, a chat with a friend over coffee or just tidying around our home in my jammies enjoying the quiet.  I love…let me repeat…LOVE, quiet. 

This Sunday I experienced a different kind of quiet.  I had the opportunity to help a friend and colleague with a project she is co-developing.  I contributed some exercises and tutorials of my go-to movements I often recommend for clients.  In between takes, a team adjusted lighting, fixed the set, re-adjusted the lighting….and then filmed me doing what I love to do.  Even though my Sunday did not get its usual dose of quiet time, experiencing “Quiet on the set! We are rolling!!” was a pretty great experience as well.  Showing up just as myself and sharing my knowledge of movement filled me up in a different way than my usual Sunday solitude.  But you know, there was a common link.  Both situations were examples of being true to myself and my values.  Recharging on my own is important, AND showing up for others for a bigger vision is also important.  Having that regular quiet time on Sundays refuels me after a busy week while also giving me perspective to zoom out and discern what projects get my extra energy and free time.

What about you? How do you recharge? How do you chose to spend your ‘extra’ time?  Given the chance, sometimes it is through mindful movement that we can find clarity in our headspace.  I wonder if that happens for you. I encourage you to try to carve that time for yourself.  Perhaps this week in mat class?

In quiet and zooming out,

Francine

Like green things? Me too!

Earlier this week…

I watered all my house plants.  It was Sunday morning, actually, the usual day of my bimonthly watering ritual.  The boys were at the park, so Lulu (my four legged child) and I, had the place to ourselves. As I sipped my coffee, I went around the house and gathered all my plants.  I crowded them into my large kitchen sink and dish rack and proceeded to feed them plant food and then give them a good drink of cool, filtered water from my small green watering can.  Then, per usual, I let them be in the sink for a while, knowing that no one would be around to disturb them. They could sit and enjoy their good soak with their fellow plant friends while glistening in the morning sunlight streaming in from the kitchen window.  As I proceeded to putter around my house and drink the last of my coffee, I stopped in each room.  Something struck me.  Devoid of those decadent green leaves that trail from various hand made macrame hangers, bookshelves, mantels or desks the house looked positively VACANT.  My rooms looked monotone and well…lifeless.  I was a little shocked.  After all, I had lived several good years of my life without a single live plant in my house. Keeping anything more than cut flowers was really just a hobby of the last few years…namely, the last two years.  But taking that beauty away from each room even for just a few moments really showed me how much they contributed to the feeling of the room.  Life. Energy. Color!

I feel like the same thing happens to me when my movement practice is put aside for too many days.  Life feels more sluggish. I definitely have a little less energy and a lot less vitality.  That is why I try to make movement a priority each day.  A walk, a yoga practice, a swim or a Pilates workout – one of my favorites to give myself the nourishment of exercise.

This Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, I will double check that all my greenery has as much water and food as it needs. 🙂 Then I will roll out my mat (next to some of my favorite studio plants, of course) and get moving.