IMG_3531 - Version 2 At the end of 2012 many of my friends said, “I wonder what 2013 will bring, 2012 wasn’t the best year.”

Friends, it’s not about what the new year will bring. Instead, ask yourself ... “What will I create in 2013?” And then decide, are you willing to do the work to create the life you always wanted?

2012 was my year for living up to what I had started in 2011. Being a member of the International Yoga Community for a solid year at this point made me realize it was a high priority to fully embrace the old saying “walk the walk and talk the talk” off my mat. Being a yogi means to have a practice on and most importantly off the mat with a HUGE personal responsibility to teach others in all areas of life, not just in a yoga studio. This is the kind of teacher I am. Sure, I can teach you how to balance on your head or how to sit cross-legged and stare at your third eye to clear your mind but what I really want to teach you is how to live and how to create a life you can fall in love with.

So, in 2012 I planted a garden believing that sustainability is a necessary ingredient for my future. Growing my own food proved to be very rewarding and inspired others to do the same. Doesn’t sound like much but I could never keep an ordinary house plant alive! ha! Volunteering my time in the Nicaragua community continued and helping a few individuals through karmic actions enabled community members to live out their personal dreams. Bringing a group of twenty-seven individuals to Nicaragua in partnership with a Vancouver yoga studio helped raise the love and vibration of a war-torn country and provided several jobs for many locals enabling them to feed their families. Connecting with nature daily taught me more than how to surf, overcoming my fear of drowning but never forgetting my father’s fate. Living more and more like nature every day, unconcerned about time and staying connected to my self. Traveling taught me many valuable lessons about the importance of friends, patience, love and the celebration of food. My adventures gave me an opportunity to practice my yoga off the mat and by sharing my photography and writing it inspires others to travel and live from their hearts also embracing other cultures. Together we saw the oneness and similarities in others growing the love and vibration. Living each day to its fullest sparked joy in others to do the same - it also sparked some hate.

So now I must break up with the old year, old patterns and haters.

I’m not looking back to 2012 other than for the purpose of this blog. That time has passed so I must break up with 2012 in order to build a new relationship and foundation with 2013. As each day and each new experiences pass, I get better at recognizing my old patterns that neglect me from finding happiness and love. Breaking up with haters is necessary. Instead of trying to change someone’s opinion, I say what I need to say and move on. I really don’t like the word hate, it breaks my heart but I must use it to make a point.

Definition of ......"Hater" - A person that develops a strong dislike for another, solely basing their own opinion on personal judgment rather than objective merit. A person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn't really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock some one else down a notch.

The more haters hate, the more I create. You know the kind of people I’m referring to.  Lately I have experienced the “hate” from other yogis due to the life I have created for myself and the true fact is, they don’t hate me, they don’t like themselves and are not satisfied with the life they have created for themselves. While they’re busy disliking me, I’ve taken that energy and started loving me even more, evolving and growing my awareness and consciousness beyond the fourth dimension to escape the bullshit.

As I write this, two influential friends of mine come to mind that experience the “hate” on a daily basis.  One is a pro surfer, ex pro surfer as of today and the other is a well-known Vancouver yoga teacher turned Glee-musician with an angelic voice and spirit that would make anyone rejoice. Both are my inspirations to being different, my passion being my purpose and for teaching people to “be different.” They have created truly unique lives for themselves but each day they encounter people in the industry who are not supportive.

Together we can create more than an individual can create alone if we can all just move past our egos for a moment to see how we can support one another to raise the vibration and consciousness. That’s it. I’m done with listening to the gossip, If you see me walk away when you are talking you will understand. The majority of 2012 I had no longer concerned myself with “he said, she said bullshit” but the end of 2012 got the best of me and I found myself listening to it. Let’s not talk about “people,” instead, let's discuss ideas, the universe, the oneness ---THE LOVE!

Unfortunately some people get caught up in the small details of a murky pond while I’m swimming in the big picture of the open ocean literally, flowing like water, connecting with nature and being impermanent like a wave rising because I know nothing in life is certain except for change. Like waves, life rolls on. When I see an obstacle, I don’t bully my way through to find a solution, I just go around it, change course, unaffected still flowing. The ocean cleanses my aura and heals me every time I paddle out into it.

What are you doing to rejuvenate your soul each day?

Time is merely an illusion, just ask Mother Nature, she doesn’t wear a wrist watch. Mother Nature and I see things as an exchange of energy, unconcerned about time.

Surfing, meditation, yoga and adventure/travel are my tools for maintaining a clear mind, what are your tools? As “we” head into the New Year let’s focus on spending time with the right people.  Are you with me? My photography, writing, and lifestyle are the ways I create beauty in my own life from my personal experiences and then I share it with the world in order to inspire others. I'm hardly making a living, I'm not making money off of this, I'm getting by but I know for certain what my life's purpose is.

From today, I will not be concerned about being the popular person in the crowd. Choosing not to go out with my friends on New Years Eve allowed me to wake up this morning with a clear mind, ready to create something amazing for this day!

My purpose in this world is to share what I have learned so we can all evolve and grow together.

Do you spending time with people who inspire and uplift you to be your best self? Do you believe in the innate oneness of all things and beings? Do you walk the walk AND talk the talk? Are you doing your best in this very moment? What are you doing to live at your highest potential? What are you providing other to live at their highest potential? Do you have dreams? Do you have the courage to live out your dreams? Do you support others who live out their dreams? Do you hate or do you love?

As most of my good friends know, I have been living in Nicaragua for over 2 years now. It took a lot of courage to start my own business and live out my dreams. Thanks to those who have supported my business, my dreams and Nicaragua with your positive energy and love.

We can lift each other up, or we can tear each other down. What will you choose to do?

Let's move through 2013 with a higher consciousness and awareness for the oneness! Together we can create beautiful things!

Happy New Year! ¡Feliz año nuevo!

FOR MORE INSPIRATION ...

Click here to Read what I wrote last year about "To Resolution or Not to Resolution"

Click here and come stay at my house and let me inspire you!

Watch the video I just created and see how beautiful Nicaragua is!

Come on a Yoga Surf Retreat Adventure and start your year off right!

Yoga Retreat

A few highlights from 2012 ....

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