All posts tagged: Self-Care + Self-Love

Happy Healthy Hammies is a yoga challenge and YouTube series designed to help you open up your hamstrings and work towards some advanced poses | Renegade Power Yoga

New Yoga VIDEO Series Now on YouTube!

Hi Friends! So this is SUPER exciting! And you can thank everyone in my Yoga for YOUR Life Course for what I’m sharing today, because they totally inspired me to reframe how I approached teaching this course and, last minute (literally at 2am the night/day of course launch), I decided to completely change the way we started the course and add in some really fun things. You can learn all about that – the how and why – in this video on my NEW Renegade Power Yoga YouTube Channel!   (By the way, I am in love with the phrase “my YouTube Channel” .. it’s been SO so long in the making, friends!). Also, I apologize for the massive belly that is only in Week 25. Seriously. I have 15 more weeks to go. And my belly is SO BIG.   So the series is inspired by an Instagram challenge being run through a variety of hosts (@RobinMartinYoga @PocketDwarf @Seonia) and sponsored by Dharma Bums Active. And while I’m not going to write everything that …

Expressing Love with the Other in Mind | The Five Love Languages Part I

Friends, I’m a self-help book addict and I have no intention of holding back. Today’s post is about what I learned from Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Now, on the surface, this is totally NOT a book I would read. Not at all. I don’t actually need relationship advice. My relationship with my husband is great. We’re communicative, we work through differences, and we are both equally committed to keeping our marriage alive for the rest of our lives. Awwwwww! Stop it. This is not a #humblebrag post. The truth is, I heard about it at a MOPs meeting and couldn’t help myself. I was so curious by the introduction of this concept of love languages, I just had to read the book. MOPs, by the way, stands for Moms of Preschoolers. It’s an international Christian-based moms group that is SO amazing. Honestly, SO GOOD. And a quick side note before I lose you on this: I’m not overtly religious. For better or worse, it’s just …

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My Yoga YouTube Channel Launched Today!

Well, friends, it happened. FINALLY. After two days of unfortunate computer issues, and A LOT of time on the phone with Apple Support plus a trip to the Apple Genius Bar, I was able to get back to work today. So I finished editing my first YouTube video, created graphics, and officially launched my yoga YouTube channel! Phew! It’s no small feat, friends. But I feel SO so good about how it’s coming together. And I can’t wait for my upcoming yoga course Yoga for YOUR Life to launch (just ONE week!). If you’ve been wanting to get into yoga, wanting to start a practice, or you’re just curious about my video editing skills, you can check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHOgE8pGKnEfaX5Jm0r7WfA In Other News… Because there’s always more news. 😉 I expanded my online presence and launched www.JulieLoveGagen.com. Right now, it’s a place where you can go to learn link and learn about all of my current projects (of which there seem to be MANY), from Yoga to Little Paper Projects to this Blog space. …

Wishing for a smooth but productive week. Let it be easy. Let it all get done. | Julie Love Gagen

Wishing you a smooth and productive week. Let it be easy. Let it all get done.

Hi, friends! So A LOT of changes are happening around here. And I CANNOT WAIT to share them. But making them happen takes a lot of work. A lot of diligence. A lot of patience. A lot of energy. And, right now, it’s exhausting. In THE BEST way. But exhausting nonetheless.     Slow Monday morning. So I’m starting my Monday morning really really slow. And rather than diving into the sea of never-ending work, I’m writing here. And sharing my experience. And feeling out the pace of this week. I’m breathing in the oils in my diffuser. And I’m drinking my coffee slowly. You see, I’m already dreading Friday. Ending the week with a long meeting is not exactly my way of rounding out the last days before launch (Yoga for YOUR Life launches June 1st!!). But it must be done. And it’s happening whether I want it to or not. So I’m being kind to myself. I’m moving slowly. Even though every fiber of my being wants to move a million miles and …

Yoga for YOUR Life | A course on developing a yoga practice that suits your life by Julie Love Gagen

Join Me and Develop YOUR Yoga Practice

Friends. Sigh. I can’t believe I’m FINALLY finally able to share this. I feel like I’ve been working so hard for so long for something.. and it’s weirdly relieving and wonderful and exhausting to get to this moment. I just launched my first online YOGA course!!   Learn more about Yoga for YOUR Life I’ve been teaching yoga for almost a year now. In fact, it was about this time last year that I announced I was pursuing yoga teacher training. And, because it’s me, and because I’m a routine over-planner, I quickly made a teacher training plan. And I worked really hard. And even though I had no idea what I was doing, and I had a feeling it was a little unnecessary – it is yoga teacher training after all – I wanted to feel prepared. Mentally and physically. So that I could invest my full, authentic, true self into the entire experience. The first few days in class were strange. I felt strangely disconnected, but yearned for connection. I felt tired, and …

Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful | How I Sustain Blog

Creativity and Vulnerability: I Never Share my Work | One Little Word

Friends. Seriously. I’m kind of half amazed and half fully in shock. Let me explain. I really REALLY thought I was the kind of person that wasn’t afraid to put themselves out there. Truly, in person, I’m an open book. If you ask me a question, I’ll give you an all-too honest, overly detailed answer. I don’t hold anything back. The things that have been hard in my life, the things that I have overcome or worked through, the things that others would be ashamed of, I’m not afraid to share those things. Seriously, just ask my mom. 😉 I’ve been reading Brené Brown’s latest book Rising Strong and there are a few things about the way she talks about fear and vulnerability that really struck me. The first is that when you’re going through something, it doesn’t matter how big or small it is to others, it’s all about your point of reference. Your perspective. What is impossible for one person, is a blink to another. And so on. This rings true in discussions …

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#the100DayProject | One. Inviting Creativity into Routine.

Writing is therapy for me. It’s conversation. It’s a chance for me to speak and feel and experience and share. It quiets my mind. Focuses my thoughts. Inspires creativity in other places. Two weeks ago I shared that I was taking on #the100dayproject and that my creative focus would be writing. And I am incredibly happy with that choice.   Because writing isn’t just about the act of putting words on paper or typing onto a screen. It’s a creative process. It’s inspired. And once you tap into that creativity, it’s like a well. And the more you dig, the more you find. And it is consuming, at times, in the best possible way. Writing gets me up in the morning. It helps me pour that second cup of coffee and inspires me to start my day when all I want to do is sneak some extra moments of sleep. It gives more than it takes. It is a gift. I have gained so much in my first 10 days of #the100dayproject that I had …

Smoothies and Squats Spring Challenge with Julie

Let’s Do a 5-Day Smoothie and Squat Challenge!

Hi Friends! Just a short post on this gorgeous Saturday morning. I don’t know about you, but in my little corner of the world spring is finally FINALLY happening, and I’m inspired to move more, to get healthier, and to eat ALL the fruits and veggies. Or, at least, I aspire to do that. And, at the halfway mark in my pregnancy, I know that this is the time – and possibly the only time – when I’ll have the energy, interest, and motivation to strengthen my body in preparation for the BIG day in September (you know the one, it’s the day I give birth, and MAN is it a big one!). So I’m starting a Facebook group which will kick off in ONE WEEK, on April 30th. Every day there will be a smoothie recipe and a squat challenge. I found some amazing video examples from experts and smoothie recipes you’re sure to love. And the best part? The smoothies are all gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly. Say whaatt?! I know. I’m really, really …

Commit to Creativity: The 100 Day Project and tips on successfully rocking your first daily challenge

Tips for Starting a New Creative Challenge #The100DayProject

Every year I try to take on something new. Sometimes, a 30-day commitment. Sometimes, a seasonal change. Sometimes, an annual challenge. Usually, it’s on my own, totally self- perpetuated, and (mostly) successful. It’s something I’ve been doing most of my adult life and a process – and commitment – that I truly, truly learn from and appreciate each and every time. This year I’m participating in the 100 Day Project, hosted by Ella Luna. I’m SUPER excited about this challenge, partly because it’s coming at a time when I need it SO much.   You see, my creativity has been in a slump recently. I’m recovering from an intense first trimester of hyperemesis gravidarium and creativity, friend, is a long lost love. While my motivation is back, and my energy grows more every day, I’m stuck. Uninspired. And wanting, so badly, to get back in the habit of doing the things that I love so much. So when I saw the Ella Luna challenge this year, I knew it was exactly what I needed to …

What I'm reading | Demystifying the Female Hormone System - Woman Code by Alisa Vitti

What I’m Reading: Woman Code by Alisa Vitti

Last spring my period disappeared. It completely freaked me out. And it propelled me to embark on a path to better understand my body, and what I can do to best serve it. At the time, I was on a low-hormone dose form of birth control. Cumulatively, in my life, I had been on birth control for 13 years, with several breaks in between (basically any time I could get away with not taking it). And every month, without fail, my period came. When I stopped taking birth control shortly after my husband and I were married, I immediately became pregnant (much to my surprise). And as soon as I had Max, my period almost immediately returned (note that for some women, it can take months to come back, especially if you’re breastfeeding full time, as I was). So two years later, a missed period was concerning to say the least. But that wasn’t the only symptom I had. I felt tired, hormonal, and really just not myself. I took pharmacy pregnancy tests, assuming I …