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Archive for April, 2011

“I have a choice. Focusing on this is going to make me miserable and so I choose to focus on something else.”

Taylor Wells

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

Brian Tracy

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”

Denis Waitley

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

Willie Nelson

I just got back from a week in Aruba with my husband and five kids, ages 13 to 1.  Sun, sand, fun, crystal blue water, and no computer.  Ya, I was unplugged for an entire week.  And oh did it feel good.  I hadn’t planned on unplugging.  We brought our Mac laptop and our iPhones, but my Spirit didn’t wanna turn ‘em on.  So I didn’t.  My daily yoga practice helps me to always listen to my Spirit and ignore my mind.

 

I did bring my book manuscript with me, but only worked on it on the flight out, the flight back, and in the airport, with Dakota (age 1) strapped to me in the ergo carrier.  I finished writing my book four days before the twins were born––over a year ago––but the process of getting it ready to publish has taken much longer than it took to write the entire book.  I wrote it in seven weeks and it’s been about seven times that long to get it ready to go to print.

 

My graphic designer sent me a hard copy of the manuscript a few weeks ago with a bunch of pink, green, and purple flags noting where photos needed to change, edits needed to happen, and so on, and so I brought it to bang out the changes while we traveled.  The flight is about five hours each way and with waiting around in the airport, I worked on it for about 12 hours.

This morning during my practice in the 7:45 am hour of power at Prana Newton, I had an eerie feeling.  “Where’s my manuscript?” I thought to myself while breathing in down dog.  “OMG, I left it at the airport.”

 

When I got home, Philippe and I combed the house and the car.  No manuscript.  We called Logan Airport and reported it lost on the Logan lost and found website.  I sat there for a moment, stunned, my mind rushing with all of the suffering—“I spent twelve hours editing while we traveled!  I could’ve been watching that Reese Witherspoon movie!  My poor graphic designer spent countless hours writing notes in it and putting colored flags here and there.  Why did I create this?”

Then it came over me.  A calm like no calm I’ve felt before.  I felt almost out-of-body.  Then the words came…”I have a choice.  Focusing on this is going to make me miserable, and so I choose to focus on something else.”

And I did.  Many, many yoga practices has taught me to let go and refocus my mind.  It’s all about the power of the focus of your mind.

There’s a lot to focus on when you return home from a week away with five kids unplugged.  Unpacking, settling in, laundry, hundreds of emails, organizing, writing blog posts, restocking the fridge, putting in the edits of my manuscript—oops!  Refocus.  ;)

 

It’s just like the breath in your yoga practice.  You breathe in and you breathe out, you breathe in and you breathe out, and then you forget to breathe…you start thinking, you start suffering, you lose your breath and your intention.

 

Then you remember, and you begin again.

 

“Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind.”

“Start your child’s day with love and encouragement and end the day the same way.”

Zig Ziglar

“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”

Richard L. Evans

“When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.”

Zig Ziglar

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Super-mom Kim Cherelli

 

WOW!! Supermom of the month.    I was shocked to say the least when Taylor mentioned she wanted me to be her super mom of the month.  Me?  I never thought there was anything super about me.  I’m as average as average is, nonetheless I was and am honored to be thought of.

 

I met Taylor a year ago during Teacher Training at Prana Power Yoga.  I was instantly drawn to her energy and knew I was in the right place.  I didn’t know why I decided to become a yoga instructor nor did I know what I was getting into.  You see prior to signing up for the 8 week teacher training I think I practiced yoga about a dozen times.  I woke up one day and said “ I think I’d like to be a yoga instructor”  I proceeded to ask my yoga instructor at BSC how one goes about becoming an instructor.  She told me about Prana and here I am a whole year later.  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for other than the fact I was looking for “something” the something that yoga instructors have.  I’m learning every day and I’m a work in progress but this is a journey and I am excited to see where it takes me.  The teacher training was an emotional and beautiful experience.  As quickly as the thought popped into my head to become a yoga instructor the same happened for my understanding why.  I’m understanding I am where I am suppose to be right now at this moment.  Stress is not as prevalent as before and I’m understanding people a bit better.

 

So, a lil about me.  I’m a single mom of one 18 year old son.  I don’t consider myself any different than the next mother. I never found raising a child difficult because it came naturally to me. .  I raised him simply the way I wanted to be treated.  I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant and afraid to tell my mother.  I knew what she would say or better yet the look or her face would tell me how disappointed she was.  Most people know my situation and how my son was the result of an abusive relationship, however I wouldn’t have change a thing.  I had to go through that for my son to be born.  If I didn’t then he wouldn’t have been born and I can’t imagine my life without him.  People congratulate me for being a single mom  my son does too but I don’t think I deserve any special credit.  Putting aside all my heartache and struggles in my life, it’s nothing compared to what some are going through.  I do count my blessings and I feel blessed to have been given this gift of motherhood.  There are those who want children and can’t   I am so very thankful and I can’t say it enough…..It’s truly a blessing.

“where you are at this moment is where you are suppose to be”

Sending love and light to all

Kim Cherelli