What is my next step?

This afternoon I sat down for coffee with an old friend of mine. We got talking, and it got me thinking… What is the next step for me?

    I have recently been in this ongoing debate with myself about what my next step is going to be in order to help me build my future. Since graduating from University in September, I have felt that I need to be moving forward with upmost momentum and find all of my passions in life. I know that I have many passions and interests, but I am unclear with which of those passions I want to pursue. As it stands in this very moment- I have no clue what my next step is… 

   Once I finished my undergrad I had decided on going back to school to complete a postgraduate program in sport and event marketing. As time would tell my plans changed when I stumbled across the amazing opportunity to travel to Australia and explore life in another country. This was the ideal trip for me because it would mean visiting a best friend who was living there for the year and another girlfriend that had moved there for school. I took the five-week trip to Australia full on (as I do with most things) and somewhere along the way I realized that I am truly in love with yoga and my practice. When I returned home from my trip I ended up signing up for yoga teacher training instead of going back to school that January, and I am now in the midst of completing my 200hr training with my studio- Power Yoga Canada.

    In addition to all of the incredible experiences that I have created over the past six months, I am working for a company that I stand by, trust, support and even admire. I am able to build relationships and connection through memorable experiences with my community and ignite my creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. I have learned so much about who I am and the person I want to be in my life through lululemon. I have found that my passion lies in wellness and I even have my own website to showcase my new hobby. But even after all of this I still can't help but wonder- what is next? 

   It seems that I have always had a rush on knowing what comes next. I think of myself as being structured, organized, and always with a plan. With that said, who I know myself to be is someone who also loves chasing after things bigger than myself and for things that can sometimes seem way out of my reach. Right now I am sitting in a place of "I don't know" while trying my best to be okay with that. After talking to multiple friends and people around my age- I know that I am not alone in this. I get the feeling that many 20-something-year-olds are undergoing similar questions and thoughts. Should I travel, should I start an office job, should I go back to school, should I move? Etc. I have to recognize how lucky I am that I have options and the ability to make personal choices in my life. I also need to consider that right now I am exactly where I should be at this time in my life. Even if sometimes I feel like I could be up to more- I can also look at all I have accomplished up until this point, (especially in the past 8 months) and be proud of that. 

The challenge for me is to sit in the unknown, trust that everything will work out as it should, and appreciate what the present moment is offering me.

Ky

xo

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Daily Inspiration

Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes had some “oomph”. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Someday is not one of the days of the week.

Why I'm Eating Paleo

Paleo Diet Challenge

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What is Paleo? You may be wondering? The Paleo diet (or caveman diet) is based upon the idea of eating foods that our bodies were designed for through thousands of years of evolution. The diet consists of eating foods that were available to our hunter-gather ancestors during the "Paleolithic" era.

It focuses on eating vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, poultry and nuts. And avoiding grains, dairy, legumes, starches and processed foods and sugars.

   The modern day foods that we consume have become highly processed and frequently contribute to weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and numerous other health problems. Paleo enthusiasts claim that the Paleo diet can reduce the chances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and infertility. 

The Basics:

  • Higher protein intake 
  • Lower carbohydrate intake and lower glycemic index
  • Higher fibre intake
  • Moderate to higher fat intake & polyunsaturated fats with balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fats
  • Higher potassium & lower sodium intake
  • Stabilize blood sugar levels

  I was first introduced to eating Paleo through my local CrossFit gym, Transition CrossFit. (www.transitioncrossfit.com) The Paleo Diet and crossfitters are closely connected because of improved performance based on increased muscle mass while becoming stronger, faster, and fitter as a whole through "clean" eating techniques. If you are at all curious about trying CrossFit or wish to know more about this style of work out please e-mail co-owner Adam of Transition Crossfit located in Oakville at transitioncrossfit@gmail.com ! Adam is lululemon Oakville's CrossFit ambassador extraordinaire! If you are from the GTA and wish to try a CrossFit class I would be happy to go with you whether you are a new beginner or avid CrossFit goer!  

  Between today till March 24th(3 weeks) I will be eating from the Paleo diet. My girlfriend Jill and I have decided that we want to nourish our body with the healthiest vitamins, minerals, veggies, fruits, nuts, and proteins that we can find. I mostly wish to restart my internal system before leaving for a trip and focus on whole, clean, and real food!  This diet may also be great to take into consideration for someone who has experienced problems with digesting grains or dairy products.

 If you have any questions about what I will be eating over the next three weeks, please feel free to reach out! I can post an update to let you know how it's going for me and what my meals look like.

Ky xoxo

If a caveman couldn't eat it, neither should you.

Are you present?

Be living with mindfulness

Photo: Joey Calandrino (http://jcalandrino.com) 

Photo: Joey Calandrino (http://jcalandrino.com) 

Since attending my latest weekend of Baptiste yoga teacher training I have taken away a few key learning’s that I would like to share with you. One learning in particular that has stood out to me among the others is one that applies to me on a daily basis. I ultimately wish to find a greater awareness for where I am actively participating in my life and where I am just watching my life happen to me.

 I have come to the realization that in some areas of my life I am not showing up fully. What this looks like is not being present in the moment, and/or rushing through certain situations and tasks because I have stretched myself out too thin. I have a tendency to create so much busy-ness for myself that I easily become overwhelmed and then fail to actually live in the present moment and enjoy the ride. It seems as though I like to keep myself this busy so that I am never left alone with myself to sit, think, reflect, or even feel.

When I am so "busy" being in my own head I am stuck living in past experiences or worried about the future, in which case neither exists. Life is happening right now, in this moment, and it is the only true reality that I have.

Learning to be present can change the way that I view my life and even my journey. The cost of not living in the present is always rushing to the future and not being grateful for the moment, which is now.

Being present means that I appreciate each moment enough to slow down, find stillness, and breathe. My point is that I do not want to watch my life pass by from the sidelines just because I become so wrapped up in all of the busy that life has to offer. I want to look back at my life and remember all things that I have labeled good or bad and remember the feelings that I once associated with those times. Finding presence is a practice of focusing on your body, your sensations, and your internal thoughts in that moment.

I would like to reset my intention to be present, mindful, and to live full on in my life. Please call me out if you see otherwise.

Key Learning's:

  • Be aware of what you need - Say no to things you know you cannot commit too (and don’t feel so bad about it….) be with integrity for yourself and for others.
  • Be present in each moment- Be mindful of your interactions with others and focus on one activity at a time. When you find yourself wandering off try to bring yourself back to the current moment by thinking about your emotions and body sensations. Remember that the only moment you can control is now. The past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet.

 

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” –Unknown

 

 

Kylie Xo

Welcome to the all NEW Blissful Belly website!

Thank you for everyone's support over the last few months. I'd like to welcome you all to an all new The Blissful Belly website/blog, where you will find daily inspirations as well as a variety of clean-eating/raw food recipes, simplistic cooking ideas, my journey through yoga training, grocery shopping guidelines, and more!!

Click on the category's below to see more recipes! To make a special recipe request please comment below any posting or write in the "contact" section!

Ky

XOXO

Photography: Joey Calandrino ( http://jcalandrino.com )

Photography: Joey Calandrino (http://jcalandrino.com)