LIVING SEXY IS... Feeling Free

There comes a time in your life when you feel totally empowered, challenged and at ease with yourself. This was the feeling I got when I met Domenic Savino, this week’s Living Sexy feature.

I met Domenic about a year and a half ago when I went through yoga teacher training. He gives off SO MUCH ENERGY and demands the same from you. It’s likely you’ll hear one or two of his idioms during class, such as “Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do!” It’s also likely they’ll stick with you for the rest of your life.

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Domenic embodies this idea of Living Sexy because of the beautiful blend of caring and non-attachment in which he carries himself. During our interview (audio file above), we talked about yoga, kindness, loving yourself and feeling great, among many other topics. 

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There was one phrase, though, that immediately stopped me in my tracks,

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What makes you beautiful are the things that make you imperfect. That’s what makes you shine

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I felt as if I was suddenly levitating, free from worldly and superficial attachments. YES! Imperfect is beautiful! You know why? Because there is NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT. Despite what media and society wants us to think, there is absolutely no one in this world who is perfect. And the sooner we accept that, the sooner we get to feel beautiful. 

Let go of all non-physical insecurities as well. No more, "I'm not good enough, " "I'm not smart enough," "I'm not disciplined enough." Hush the negative talk, there is enough of that going around in the world for you to add to the noise when it comes to YOU. Replace all the "imperfect" chatter with positive and love-filled talk. 

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Even though I don't own or read the Bible, I found a tremendously powerful passage that reads,

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A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. - Luke 6:45

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I bring this up because it's SO IMPORTANT to internalize positivity in order for it to translate into our external lives. Feeling imperfect is a slippery slope that breeds negative emotions in our hearts. The sooner we recognize how many daily opportunities we have to switch the chatter in our minds from negative to positive, the sooner our hearts will be able to catch up, heal and give us love instead of other nasty feelings such as jealousy, inadequacy, envy, bitterness, antipathy, resentment, animosity, spite, hatred, etc. 

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I'm so happy Domenic brought this up because I think it's really easy to get caught up in perfection when the truth is we already have everything we need to feel great / beautiful / sexy = LIFE. WE HAVE LIFE. 

A huge thank you to Domenic for shedding light and sharing wisdom on this platform and during yoga class! You are so loved and so admired.

Everyone's assignment for today and the rest of the year (2015 is almost over, what!?) is to:

SWITCH THE CHATTER

Every time you catch yourself belittling yourself or propagating negative thoughts about yourself, just switch it around. Simple as that. Even if you don't 100% believe it, I promise it WILL actually switch your heart. It may not be a flip of a switch, but with time, it will happen. I promise. 

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Thank you so much for reading this week's feature. I look forward to sharing a few more FUN posts before the end of the year so stay connected!

Here's the video from my shoot with Domenic.

Lots of love,

Tutti



Wellness Starts Within

TRAVEL + ADVENTURE ALERT!

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I found myself admitting last night how badly I need a break. Time has a way of getting away from the grip of my hands as swiftly as the ticking of a clock. Before I knew it, it was time to switch my closet wardrobe to account for the changing of the weather and it felt as if I barely had time to enjoy the Summer. WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!

It seems so easy to allow each day to pass with very little awareness of what's happening. The comings-and-goings of life seem almost natural, when the only natural thing should be to be cognizant of every second that passes. 

As I was listening to a podcast this morning, an interesting idea flourished: instead of feeling bad about the things I haven't done that were meant to be done by now, I can wipe the slate clean by forgiving myself and trying again.  Simple as that. 

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Forgive and move on.

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With the many tasks I have set for myself and the numerous self-assigned to-do's, today was a refreshing day in which I consciously forgave myself for x,y and z and sketched out how I would tackle the next coming months in an intelligent way that will plant fruitful seeds for my business.

That's where the travel and adventure topic comes in. There's nothing more renewing to my creative inspiration and motivation than traveling. I find the random experiences and encounters truly refreshing (and ironically, not random at all). I've planned a bucket-list roadtrip for the week of Thanksgiving starting in Los Angeles and ending in Tucson - hitting up places I've always dreamed of visiting - Big Sur, Sequoia National Park, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Sedona. I've made it my goal to let go of "work" while I'm on the road and instead be open to on-the-spot inspiration in the form of imagery, writing, dancing, experiencing, feeling, sharing, yoga-ing, moving, etc. 

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Self care is not self indulgence

Self care is self-respect.

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This is exactly what my body and soul is asking for: connecting with nature and connecting with others. 

I can't wait to share my 10-day journey with you.

What's on your bucket list and what can you do today to work toward it? Please share. I'd love to start a conversation about this!

With love,

Tutti

 

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