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  • Writer's pictureMary Hughes

Playing Catch-Up in 2017

Updated: Dec 24, 2018

Wow – I totally missed a blog in January.  Here’s a little of what’s been going on in my life…

TODAY, February 7th, sunny, windy and 66 degrees! I’ve opened all my condo windows hoping to dispose of lingering germs and bring in mother nature’s fresh air! I took a long, leisurely walk downtown and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the many people taking advantage of the beautiful weather. I grabbed a salad at the Culinaria grocery store near my house and ate outside doing the one thing I thoroughly enjoy – people-watching!!

2017 – My Best Year Yet! 

 I listened to John O’Leary’s Live Inspired Podcast “10 Steps to Your Best Year Yet,” with Jinny Ditzler (the author and founder). Ginny and John walked me through 10 questions that challenged me to reflect on my accomplishments and disappointments in 2016. I also discerned my values and what holds me back from getting what I want. Upon completion of the questions I had not only taken a valuable inventory, I also had goals and a concrete plan for 2017. Two of my goals:

*Remove Facebook App from my phone. WOW! That’s all that I have to say…the added time for important things – face to face with others…real conversations…including with hubby of 39 years (this March)! WOW!

*Begin licensure for the state of Florida. I LOVE the ocean and would love to spend more time walking beaches. I also LOVE counseling…why not work towards possibilities and opportunities!!

This process gave me direction and clarity for 2017. Nothing monumental or overwhelming – just a sound road map to follow – step by step. I recommend this process if you find yourself a  little “direction-less” and want some help in navigating 2017.

YOGALIGN (pain-free yoga from your inner core) – I am learning, studying and practicing this form of yoga that was created by Michaelle Edwards. YogAlign encourages proper body alignment, builds strength and increases mobility. It emphasizes maintaining natural body position and the natural curves of the spine. In YogAlign it’s not what you’re doing, but how you are breathing when you’re doing it that determines the postural balance and quality of movement. YogAlign uses functional techniques to train your brain (and the codes in your nervous system) to move your body differently, to enable better posture and to encourage functional movement from your core.

Intrigue and excitement is all that I can say right now…I am devouring a 400-page book that includes the YogAlign method, philosophy, breathing from your core, the anatomy of your core, the postures, poses, etc. I am a diligent student of the CD…practicing, pausing, retracing and listening again until I get it!

My intention is to soak up as much knowledge and practice for my personal use…and eventually, somewhere down the winding road…seek additional training so that I may be a conduit for others. YogAlign makes my body feel like a “kid-body” again – and that’s GOOD!

HAWAII – I am traveling to Hawaii (The Big Island) in April! At this point, I am seriously watching hopper for the best travel rates and will snatch a plane ticket when that occurs. Can’t be more excited…traveling with my sister and great friend, Anne. We will be visiting another sister (yep there’s five of us girls total)! Dreaming, visualizing and appreciating this awesome opportunity!

That  brings you up to date in my life. I’d love to hear your 2017 so far – and what’s exciting you this new year!

Peace and blessings,


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