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Talking Human Design – have you heard this BUZZ word thrown around lately?!

Talking Human Design – have you heard this BUZZ word thrown around lately?!

Hi friends!

Wow – have not popped on here in quite some time. To be honest, the summer flew by. Between the wedding, activities every weekend, and simply just trying to live in the present moment, I found myself not too inspired to write. Now that seasons have changed, temps are dropping, and I’m cozied up working from home…I’ve been feeling that itch to want to write again. Only dillema is I’m not REALLY sure what direction to go in…

Recently, I was listening to a podcast (That so Retrograde) and I heard the topic of Human Design come up. I was both intrigued, but at the same time, hesitant with “believing” it. Have you heard of Human Design? It’s one of those new fancy buzz words you may have been hearing over the past few months. A good way to describe it as I discovered on my google search was that it’s the “woo woo version of Myers Brigg”. Interesting, right? I’ve always been fascinated by myers brigg because it gives you an insight into those around you, especially co-workers, and how to work with their strengths and opportunities, and then apply that to real-life situations. I’ve also found that a lot of people who are talking about human design, are the same people who are fascinated by astrology. Sadly, I wish I could say I’ve gotten into astrology, because I love learning about myself & others, but it just hasn’t clicked with me. More on that later…

What immediately caught my eye with Human Design is that they acknowledge the fact that we’re not all created equally. Once you can dive deep and start to understand your Human Design, that you can start making the right changes in your life, to help you reach YOUR fullest potential and live in peace & harmony with yourself and others (isn’t that what we all really want anyway)?! Now I’m absolutely no expert here, but I’ve done some surface level research and here’s a little glimpse into what I’ve found….So, WHAT is Human Design?

To put it simply, Human Design is…

“a synthesis of ancient mystical traditions: Western Astrology, the 64 hexagrams of the I’ching, The Kabbalah Tree of Life and the Hindu-Brahmin Chakra Model in addition to Modern Science and Genetics. Each person’s Chart is uniquely individual and shows our Strategy (live link to Strategy section) and Authority (Live link to Authority section), which if applied correctly, can empower us to make decisions that are correct for us. By knowing ourselves with more understanding and awareness, we can live the life we were Designed to live. Ra Uru Hu said about Human Design: ”It is all about loving oneself.” – more on this, plus a video introduction can be found here.

Once you can begin to understand the basic fundamentals & goal of Human Design – i.e. tapping into your decision making tool, which in turn enables you to live your best life, then you can begin to dig into YOUR aura. Goop does a straight-forward article on this. We all have different aura types based on your birth date, TIME of birth (*this is key), and a few other details. You can find out what your’s is by following this link: My Body Graph – once you input your information (you’ll need to create an account), you can click on “mybodygraphs”, then under Information you’ll find your chart properties which will tell you what “aura” you are. 

Personally, I didn’t find the Human Design/My Body Graph site overly easy to read, so I did some of my own research after finding out that I was a REFLECTOR (which makes up only 1% of the population). At first, I’ll be honest, I was a bit dissapointed. I had hopes that I’d be a manifestor or a generator. BUT, after doing some research and reading through the details, I was blown away by how weirdly accurate everything was about me. I also learned that I need to be more aware and make some changes in my life in order to live up to my fullest potential.

Essentially, as a REFLECTOR, my 9 inner centers are completely open, meaning, I EASILY absorb all of those energies around me & reflect them back! This is why it’s so critical for me to surround myself with like-minded, positive people. I take in those energies extremely easily (both the good and the bad). This truly is so eye opening for me because I 1000% feel this when I leave social meet-ups, especially those that are health & wellness focused. I always find myself leaving so excited and inspired by those I connected with & it leaves me feeling naturally HIGH! This also explains why I’ve always considered myself to be an extroverted introvert. I love socializing and getting inspired by others, but I also need my alone time just as much to decompress and release all of those energies, as it can be very mentally & physically exhausting for me. I’ve learned as a reflector that it’s important for me to explore nature on my own or practice yoga by myself for example so that I can entirely release all of those energies that I may have soaked up that day. If you find out that you’re a reflector, I found this article to be super helpful and relatable.

Anyway…I’m going to stop here because I think I could write a WHOLE other blog post just on my understanding of a reflector & talking about some of the other auras too. If you find this interesting or if you know more about it, feel free to comment below or DM me at @eatrunandallinbetween – this is a completely new area for me that I’m just starting to learn about it and would love to keep talking about it with others!

How Teaching Helped me Regain my Confidence…

How Teaching Helped me Regain my Confidence…

Less than two weeks ago, I was coming off a high of teaching my VERY first Corepower class and found myself preaching to my mom about confidence. In that moment, I DID feel confident. The class was a rush of magical energy, nervousness, excitement, and pure adrenaline. I had just finished teaching my first class, without f***ing it up…which believe me, came as a surprise since leading up to that point, I was bottling up a lot of self-doubt. Anyway, back to this conversation with my mom. She’s beautiful, looks like she could be 30 years old, incredibly creative, and is an entrepreneur – yet she has little confidence in herself. Why is it that we women constantly feel like we’re not good enough? I hear it all of the time, “confidence is the best accessory”. Even though I know this and believe me, I try to fake it until I make it, but some days, I find myself hiding behind my hair or an oversized sweater. I find myself hunched over, rather than standing tall. I put earphones in and avoid eye contact. Why is it that I do these things? What is it in these moments that make me feel less confident in myself? Sometimes it’s the comparison trap, whether that be from social media, TV, magazines, etc. Sometimes it’s because I’m wearing sweats and no makeup. Sometimes it’s because I feel “soft and bloated” after a weekend of overindulging. All of these reasons come down to appearance.

How can we push past the idea that appearance = confidence? Well, this brings me back to that post-teaching high. I’m not saying everyone needs to go out and teach a class. But a BIG area of insecurity for me has always been public speaking and putting myself out there, because ultimately I felt insecure about myself. Does this come as a surprise to you? If so, I GET why. I’ve had a blog since college now where I post pictures of myself, my food, and my everyday life through Instagram story.  Though it may appear like I have my shit together….believe me when I say, that’s not always true. For example, I STRUGGLED big time when Instagram story started to become a thing. I was so used to hiding behind my food pictures that having to talk to a video and a large audience terrified me. What would people say about me? What if they don’t like what I’m posting? What if they don’t like my personality? What if I’m not looking my best? In a way, Instagram story helped to push me out of my comfort zone and get over caring what people would THINK of me.

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In December of 2016, I went off and did a 17 day intensive yoga teacher training. I hadn’t gone into it with the intention of teaching. Within the first day or so there, we had to get up in front of everyone and teach a small part. I didn’t know what I was doing. I felt awkward, uncomfortable, nervous, terrified…all of the above. You could tell I was not confident in my own body. Yet, no one judged me. Luckily, I was in a group of the MOST supportive people. It was never a competition. We were all here to improve and we all had a personal reason as to WHY we were here, in this space, pushing our limits, together. By the end of the 17-days I was a different person. I wasn’t perfect by any means, but I was WAY more confident leaving there than I had been when I arrived.

Beginning in October 2017, I had my very first Corepower yoga sculpt teaching training. For those of you who are not familiar with sculpt, it’s a heated, fast-paced, music centric, high-energy, yoga meets strength training class. It is VERY different than yoga, but has always been a practice that I’ve loved because it truly makes working out FUN. I’ll be honest, before signing up for this, I never thought I could get up there and teach a class like this. Just as teaching yoga finally became comfortable for me, sculpt brought on a new element. People come to this class to get a hard, FUN 60 minute workout in. But just as I threw myself into yoga training, I figured why not, let’s test my limits once again. Though I tend to sign up for these types of things with a lot of doubt, I do it because I KNOW this is the only way I’ll ever keep improving. I love challenging myself and getting out of my comfort zone. This drive is what helps to build my confidence. When I get into something that makes me uneasy, but come out on the other side successful, that is where I begin to see my confidence shine through. It has absolutely nothing to do with looks. It’s finding something that both excites you but scares you at the same time. It’s challenging yourself to be the best version of YOU.  That’s when and where I’m the MOST confident.

Finding CONFIDENCE can be different for everyone. What I’ve found in the past year or so, is when I put myself out there without truly giving a f*** what anyone thinks, that’s when my confidence reaches an all-time high. I’ve only taught just a few classes at this point, but already, the way I feel after a class is unlike anything I can explain. I love that I have the ability to motivate and empower this amazingly supportive community to get through 60 minutes of fricken HARD work. Had I continued doubting myself, I never would have had the opportunity to find so much joy through teaching. I can already tell that this was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I know that with each class I teach, the more confidence I’ll find. Teaching has given me the confidence to OWN who I am. My at home yoga practice has given me the confidence to feel beautiful in my own body and fight that negative talk. My blog has given me the confidence to let my creative side run wild and free. Living a healthy lifestyle has nourished my body and enables me to feel glowing in my own skin. These are just a few things I’ve learned along the way that have helped to build my confidence. I know there will still be days of doubt and insecurity, but already, those days seem few and far between compared to how I was feeling just a few years back.

My challenge to you? Go after something that you’ve always been drawn to, but at the same time, find terrifying. The accomplishment you feel at the end of whatever journey that may be is MAGICAL and so incredibly gratifying. That exact moment is where you’ll find the most confidence.  


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