Day 19: #randomactofkindess Wow, it has been a whirlwind of a day. Flying, layovers, customs, oh my! Went to dinner with gma and younger bros then went to my parents house. They are away for Labor Day weekend so I am surprising them by washing and putting away all the dishes! I know they’ll love this one! #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl #clean #laborday #dishwasher @scottlawrencenelson

Day 19: #randomactofkindess Wow, it has been a whirlwind of a day. Flying, layovers, customs, oh my! Went to dinner with gma and younger bros then went to my parents house. They are away for Labor Day weekend so I am surprising them by washing and putting away all the dishes! I know they’ll love this one! #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl #clean #laborday #dishwasher @scottlawrencenelson

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
Day 18: #mothernature Today is my last day in Senegal. I have to type it to even begin to believe it. This last week I have simultaneously felt closer to my host family than I have before and felt I have been the most out of touch and burdensome to them. Today, after missing some cultural social graces that I thought I had down pat, I needed some fresh air. Guilt is a lot like sand: the more you try to wipe it off the more it scratches you. My accidental impoliteness does not overshadow a month of trying my best. It all boils down to being more present. Once I become more invested in living directly in each and every moment and connecting with the people around me, I know I will make fewer blunders. Thank you Mother Nature for reminding me that it is important to stop, breathe, and appreciate every moment, even the embarrassing ones. @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge #forgiveness #mindfulness #acceptance #guilt @scottlawrencenelson  (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

Day 18: #mothernature Today is my last day in Senegal. I have to type it to even begin to believe it. This last week I have simultaneously felt closer to my host family than I have before and felt I have been the most out of touch and burdensome to them. Today, after missing some cultural social graces that I thought I had down pat, I needed some fresh air. Guilt is a lot like sand: the more you try to wipe it off the more it scratches you. My accidental impoliteness does not overshadow a month of trying my best. It all boils down to being more present. Once I become more invested in living directly in each and every moment and connecting with the people around me, I know I will make fewer blunders. Thank you Mother Nature for reminding me that it is important to stop, breathe, and appreciate every moment, even the embarrassing ones. @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge #forgiveness #mindfulness #acceptance #guilt @scottlawrencenelson (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

Day 17: #iloveyou Today I found out that I will not be seeing my mother and grandmother as I had been thinking for the past six weeks. We will not keep tradition and go out for breakfast food straight from the airport. I will not get to overwhelm them with 100 disjointed stories from my travels. But I still love them. I was hurt at first, wondering why they didn’t want to see me or why they felt like the plans we made weren’t important, which only comes from insecurity within myself and an attachment to how I think love is supposed to be expressed. When I take a step back I am reminded it is not personal. The love of my family (going to and coming from) is unconditional, and I can’t let my own controlling nature overshadow that. I needn’t be upset for one moment longer when I clearly see all is well. All is love. @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge #family #love #mom #grandma @scottlawrencenelson

Day 17: #iloveyou Today I found out that I will not be seeing my mother and grandmother as I had been thinking for the past six weeks. We will not keep tradition and go out for breakfast food straight from the airport. I will not get to overwhelm them with 100 disjointed stories from my travels. But I still love them. I was hurt at first, wondering why they didn’t want to see me or why they felt like the plans we made weren’t important, which only comes from insecurity within myself and an attachment to how I think love is supposed to be expressed. When I take a step back I am reminded it is not personal. The love of my family (going to and coming from) is unconditional, and I can’t let my own controlling nature overshadow that. I needn’t be upset for one moment longer when I clearly see all is well. All is love. @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge #family #love #mom #grandma @scottlawrencenelson

secondblooms:

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
Today I want to share a prayer and a blessing to anyone who has ever lost someone they love. I especially want to hold heart-space for anyone who has lost a child.

Rest in peace Mousli. 

secondblooms:

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Today I want to share a prayer and a blessing to anyone who has ever lost someone they love. I especially want to hold heart-space for anyone who has lost a child.

Rest in peace Mousli. 

Day 16: #thealtar This particular day of the challenge has been especially emotional for me. I travel a lot but am always sentimental and think often of my home. While I like to think I carry my home with me, I do feel like I leave little bits of myself everywhere I go. There is always a fine line between being grateful and treasuring what you have vs hoarding and being overly attached. Identification is a big part of what keeps us bound to places and things- they become a part of us. I struggle with the back and forth of “I’m free and independent!” and a true longing for a place to “settle.” An alter doesn’t have to be a collection of objects or a place but it does need to be something you can go to whether that be a state of mind or an emotion. Today I go to silence with my body as my altar.  @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge #meditation #mala #malabeads #silence #altar #travel @scottlawrencenelson  (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

Day 16: #thealtar This particular day of the challenge has been especially emotional for me. I travel a lot but am always sentimental and think often of my home. While I like to think I carry my home with me, I do feel like I leave little bits of myself everywhere I go. There is always a fine line between being grateful and treasuring what you have vs hoarding and being overly attached. Identification is a big part of what keeps us bound to places and things- they become a part of us. I struggle with the back and forth of “I’m free and independent!” and a true longing for a place to “settle.” An alter doesn’t have to be a collection of objects or a place but it does need to be something you can go to whether that be a state of mind or an emotion. Today I go to silence with my body as my altar. @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge #meditation #mala #malabeads #silence #altar #travel @scottlawrencenelson (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

Part two of the #yogagirlchallenge Day 15: #sweat You don’t know a good hot day until you’ve had a beach day in Senegal. The waves kept me out of the water which I don’t mind especially with a good book in hand. #beingofpower @yoga_girl #beach #ocean #baptiste @scottlawrencenelson  (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

Part two of the #yogagirlchallenge Day 15: #sweat You don’t know a good hot day until you’ve had a beach day in Senegal. The waves kept me out of the water which I don’t mind especially with a good book in hand. #beingofpower @yoga_girl #beach #ocean #baptiste @scottlawrencenelson (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

Day 15: #sweat Let’s talk about sweat baby, let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about this market in Dakar where I’m pretty sure it was about the temperature of a Bikram class with plenty of humidity. Yeah, surprise surprise, Africa is HOT! #sweaty #hot #Africa #market #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl @scottlawrencenelson  (at Dakar, Senegal)

Day 15: #sweat Let’s talk about sweat baby, let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about this market in Dakar where I’m pretty sure it was about the temperature of a Bikram class with plenty of humidity. Yeah, surprise surprise, Africa is HOT! #sweaty #hot #Africa #market #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl @scottlawrencenelson (at Dakar, Senegal)

Day 14: #cleanout This is the clean up count down! 7 days left of the #yogagirlchallenge 0 days left of French class, 4 days until I leave Senegal, 5 days until I’m home. 9 days left of the @chopracenter meditation challenge, 2 books left to read, 1 journal left to complete. 1000 thoughts, 100 emotions, and 10 lifetimes worth of memories. When I return home, I will clean up my relationships, just like I’ve cleaned up my baggage. I will organize my priorities like I’ve organized my calendar. Life is going to be good. @yoga_girl #cleanup #countdown #packing #adventure #books #bags @scottlawrencenelson  (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

Day 14: #cleanout This is the clean up count down! 7 days left of the #yogagirlchallenge 0 days left of French class, 4 days until I leave Senegal, 5 days until I’m home. 9 days left of the @chopracenter meditation challenge, 2 books left to read, 1 journal left to complete. 1000 thoughts, 100 emotions, and 10 lifetimes worth of memories. When I return home, I will clean up my relationships, just like I’ve cleaned up my baggage. I will organize my priorities like I’ve organized my calendar. Life is going to be good. @yoga_girl #cleanup #countdown #packing #adventure #books #bags @scottlawrencenelson (at Mermoz, Dakar, Senegal )

It’s the last week of #modifiedmondays and the pose is Dancer’s Pose! Friends can help support you in more ways than one. Love this photo with Claire in the French Alpes! #dancer #pose #asana #yoga #partneryoga #france #alpes #mountains @beckajanse @BodyImageBuilder @goplantyourself @nicholchase @playfulpractice @huggermuggeryoga @yogapaws

It’s the last week of #modifiedmondays and the pose is Dancer’s Pose! Friends can help support you in more ways than one. Love this photo with Claire in the French Alpes! #dancer #pose #asana #yoga #partneryoga #france #alpes #mountains @beckajanse @BodyImageBuilder @goplantyourself @nicholchase @playfulpractice @huggermuggeryoga @yogapaws