WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY

WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY

Several years ago my mother, sister, and I decided to do things together instead of just exchanging gifts for birthdays. The birthday girl gets to chose an event to go to as a group. That’s just the beginning of why I did goat yoga for my birthday. 

It was actually my sister who found the goat yoga class. We signed up through Goat Yoga Of Tampa Bay. The class was held at The Loop Brewing. All we needed to bring was a yoga mat. Although we didn’t know exactly what to expect we were very excited.

WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY
My favorite yoga mat

When we pulled up the first thing we saw was an adorable building beautifully painted. We continued to the back where class would be. The view was amazing. You looked out over the water surrounded by huge trees. String lights filled the trees. I couldn’t have asked for a better location. Staff members were there helping us to see where to set up our yoga mats and let us know what to expect. They were all so friendly we were immediately put at ease.

WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Amazing view looking up while doing yoga.
WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Trees filled with string lights
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Gorgeous view from the back of The Loop Brewing

The yoga instructor radiated positive energy. You couldn’t help but feel comfortable around her. Normally, I am very uncomfortable in social situations. Not this time. My mother, sister, and I sat right up front. The goats were led in and the fun began.

WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY

When first deciding to do goat yoga for my birthday, I was really excited about the goats. I never imagined that the yoga class itself would have impacted me so much. The class began, and I could slowly start to feel myself become calm and centered. My breathing changed and my head cleared. I felt at peace.

WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY
That’s me all the way on the right. My sister is the one surrounded by goats.
WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY
My mom, my sister, and I
WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY
WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY

The instructor really inspired me to want to continue to do yoga. She taught us Pranayama breathing. That is something I was able to take with me after the class. For someone who suffers from terrible anxiety those breathing exercises will continue to help me.

Last but certainly not least, after the yoga class ended we were able to take photos with the goats. After that we were offered a complimentary beer or sangria. To top it off they were giving out free samples of an amazing sparkling rose. It was a perfect end to a perfect morning.

WHY I DID GOAT YOGA FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Sparkling Rose
White Sangria

My family and I decided that spending time together experiencing new things was way better than just exchanging birthday gifts. I must admit we have done some amazing things together. Goat yoga however, was by far my favorite. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?

Check out Goat Yoga Of Tampa Bay https://www.facebook.com/goatyogatampa/

Check out The Loop Brewing https://intheloopbrewingcompany.com/

LET'S TALK ABOUT GREEN FLAGS

LET’S TALK ABOUT GREEN FLAGS

LET'S TALK ABOUT GREEN FLAGS

We are always talking about what to look out for as far as red flags. Let’s talk about green flags. Don’t get so distracted looking for red flags that you overlook green flags.

No relationship is perfect and no matter how amazing someone is they will still do things we don’t like. How they react when we talk to them about that behavior is what’s important. There are several behaviors that are green flags. Let’s discuss a few of these green flags.

1. Being able to acknowledge and apologize when they are wrong – none of us really like to admit that we are wrong. Being able to admit it and sincerely apologize is crucial for a healthy relationship.
2. Able to use a calm tone of voice when fighting – Yelling and screaming is not a great way to communicate. It is also a terrible way to try to get your point across. Disagreements are a part of all relationships. Being able to discuss the issue calmly is a great attribute.
3. Listens when you talk – Whether it is something that affects them directly or just something that you like, having your partner listen to you is crucial to a strong relationship.
4. Supporting you – Whether it be supporting your ambitions or supporting you through something you are dealing with, support is something we all need.

5. Never puts you down – I don’t care if it is in public or in private. Putting your significant other down is not acceptable. That is definitely red flag behavior.

6. Compromises – I’m not talking about allowing you to walk all over them, but compromising when necessary.

Basically, we all know what red flag behavior is. So lets keep our eyes open for green flag behavior. When you do find it, that is the one you don’t want to lose. Bottom line you want to end up with someone who treats you right and helps you to be a better person.

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IS PAST HURT ROBBING YOU OF HAPPINESS IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

IS PAST HURT ROBBING YOU OF HAPPINESS

IS PAST HURT ROBBING YOU OF HAPPINESS IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

We’ve all been hurt in life, had our egos bruised, hearts broken, and maybe having to second guess our views on love in general. Some of us have been hurt worse then others. We all deal with that hurt differently. I put up walls that almost no one could get through, didn’t trust anyone, and was pretty jaded. Having been hurt in relationships before made me guarded. 

I am truly blessed to have a boyfriend who saw my behavior for what it was, a defense mechanism. He didn’t run, instead he told me I wouldn’t scare him off. One by one I began to shed my defenses and let him in.

One of the hardest things to do is to let down our armor and let people see us. To let ourselves be vulnerable. To take a chance once we’ve already been burned. But if you don’t then you will never be able to be in a happy healthy relationship.

Being hurt in relationships is a part of life. Past hurts are not limited to relationships, they can also include hurt from our childhoods. Past hurts don’t have to rob us of happiness in our current relationships. In fact they can actually lead to stronger and healthier relationships.

One of the most important things I did in this relationship is be honest about my past hurts. Now I don’t mean that as soon as we started dating I spewed out all of my most embarrassing issues that hurt me in the past. But I did communicate to my boyfriend that I was in an abusive relationship towards the beginning so that he would have an understanding of some of my behaviors. Now, I try to let him know when a situation makes me think of the past.

Loving yourself is so important. Not only can it keep the past from happening again, it can change how you handle situations. Part of loving yourself is changing the way you talk to yourself. This can help the way you interact with your significant other.

Get rid of fight or flight. Stay and calmly work through whatever is going on. All relationships will get tough. Avoidance and fighting are both bad options. If you truly want to make the relationship work, you will have to take a deep breath and don’t give up.

It’s okay to forgive and to forgive readily. You do not lose anything by forgiving someone that you love.

My boyfriend has patiently taught me that my vulnerabilities are not something that I need to be ashamed of. You shouldn’t hide your vulnerabilities, they are part of you. He has also shown me that I do not have to be perfect to be loved. Luckily my boyfriend also encourages me to be myself. All of these things have helped me to not allow my past hurts to hinder our relationship.

Use your friends for guidance and support. When I know that I am taking something from my past out on my boyfriend, I call my best friend and she talks it through with me. Close friends can really help you talk through the situation with you so that you don’t allow the hurt from teh past to control your future.

In my case what had caused the majority of my hurt was abusive behavior. It is easy to run to what is known because it is what is comfortable. Working on a new and healthy relationship can be awkward. You might not know how to react to something that is new and so good. Breathe through it. It is possible to let go of past hurts and be in a happy and healthy relationship.

Check out this awesome video about letting go of your past

Also one website that has helped me tremendously is https://www.sanityandself.com/

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How Not To Lose Yourself When In A Relationship

How Not To Lose Yourself In A New Relationship

Maintaining a strong sense of self when in a relationship is so important to your own personal health and the health of your relationship. This is something I have just recently come to learn. For the first time in my life it is also something that I have been able to put into practice.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for years or are newly in a relationship, loss of self can happen through out a relationship. Falling in love is new and exciting. It is easy to get wrapped up and forget about you instead of we.

Making yourself a priority when you are in a relationship isn’t selfish, it’s imperative to not losing one’s self. That doesn’t meant that you do not make your partner a priority as well, but you can put you first without being self-centered.

DO NOT LET SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR BESTIES FALL TO THE WAY SIDE!

How Not To Lose Yourself When In A Relationship

Spending time with amazing friends in Maui.

Your besties are your support group, your sounding board, and so much more. Your besties will also always be there for you, you don’t break up with or divorce your besties. Never stop spending time with them just because you are in a relationship.

DO NOT FORGET ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

How Not To Lose Yourself When In A Relationship

Ladies night out with my sister and mom.

Even though your family may drive you crazy they will always be there for you. Don’t forget about them just because you are in a relationship.

DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR HOBBIES.

How Not To Lose Yourself When In A Relationship

Travel is my passion. This is me on a beach in Maui.

Falling in love is exiting and fabulous. Being in a relationship is great. You still need to make sure that you do not lose yourself in the relationship. Finding balance in life is about choosing priorities. Don’t forget to make yourself a priority.

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