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About cravesadventure

I love to adventure to new places to create new life experiences.

The Now

In Practicing . . .

Where are you experiencing your heart’s desire?

  • Where you get to experience your passion come alive in the flow of the now.
  • Where you get to build your self confidence by trying, being, practicing, doing . . .
  • Where you get to show up regularly for you to experience growth and life.
  • Where you get to explore, experiment and experience.
  • Where you get to take and make the time for you and your “whys” in what you need, desire, want, crave . . .

I use to strive for perfection and found out I was barely thriving let alone living. Perfection had me stalled and stuck. Then I learned about practicing! The one caveat was discovering my “whys” in what I needed/wanted more of in living my life.

We are continuously learning, growing and experiencing! We are continuously building confidence through opportunities to try, be, practice, do, etc. We are continuously transitioning, changing, growing and transforming through those opportunities to learn and practice our skills, talents and gifts. Learning and practicing go together and once you figure it out it so makes sense as to why they pair well together!

The best part of practicing is making it your own! From stretching and stepping outside your comfort zone. From trying and learning the new. Anything and everything is a practice to progress and experience growth!

What are you practicing?

For me . . .

  • Trying new exercise programs.
  • Writing and photographing.
  • Learning about home design.
  • Exploring new foods and experimenting with cooking.
  • Making time for me.

When I am practicing and learning I keep one main thing in mind! What two things can I take away from those experiences. In doing so through development and personal growth you find your zest for living your life. The other amazing thing is what it teaches you about yourself!

I believe that in practicing and learning you expand your world as well as yourself from the inside out! You tune into who you truly are and the essence of your spirit. You tap into your intuition, heart and mind. You communicate and connect with yourself on a whole other level!

Practice to Learn. Learn by Practice. 

Practicing breaks up the norm and maybe even challenges you a bit! It can help you question your self judgment and criticism. It may help you see your self limiting beliefs and fears. It can be freeing and transformational!

Practicing builds your sense of self and being! It gives you satisfaction and joy as well as achievement and celebration. It drives and motivates you to discover your craves, desires and passions. It gives you vision and guidance as well as purpose and direction! 


(Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Practicing the Now? Love to Hear, Please Share.

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Finding “IT” . . .

Connection versus Disconnection

A Sense of Belonging versus Isolation

How does one be a “social being” in a technological advancing world? To communicate and interact. To connect and engage. To find a common ground.


Grounding . . . Balancing . . . Connecting . . .

Where does that balance come into play between interactions with technology versus face-to-face? Balancing the real world with the virtual world.

I have been hearing a few buzz words lately that peaked my curiosity. Emotional intelligence, positivity, empathy, etc. I am curious. What do these words mean to you?

In one way I find it a little old school and in another way I am glad it is being brought to the forefront again. It got me thinking about finding that happy medium between face-to-face versus tech interactions. How does one find “it”! Especially with technology at our fingertips!

  • Are we time saving or time wasting?
  • Do you think we need to tune into and tap into our emotional intelligence, positivity and empathy?

Especially when it comes to those artificial intelligence interactions!


Can You Hear It?

I also see it as a way to perceive and look at all sides! To try and take the judgement and bias out of it. To gain a deeper understanding. To better inform your responses and actions!

Empathy is a way to identify with different types of people. Communicating, interacting and even connecting with others, our communities and with the world around us. Being open and cultivating understanding. Taking the time to listen with those conversations and interactions with others.

  • Listening, observing, focusing.
  • Being patient.
  • Asking questions to gain insight.
  • Opening the dialogue to improve communication and connection.
  • Making an environment more warm and welcoming as well as comfortable and relaxed.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Practicing empathy towards others as well as for yourself.


Exploring . . . Opening . . . Being . . .

It is very much about being a teacher as well as being a student.
  • Learning to understand more about yourself and who you are. From your abilities and skills to your attributes and performance.
  • Learning your communication style to build better relationships. From your responses and reactions to your social and soft graces.
  • Practicing flexibility and humility. From your traits and habits to your emotions and behaviors.
  • Connecting to your personal identity and emotional intelligence. From logic to emotional and in between with your whole being, especially with your mind set and physical being.


Learning . . . Growing . . . Experiencing . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


Crazy Calm

Kicking It Into Neutral!

How do you seek out the calm in the constant motion!

  • How do you stay neutral?
  • How do you find your sense of calm?
  • How do you just be?

Giving yourself the space you need! To remove yourself and not be so involved. To not add in the emotion or even the reaction. It gives you room to help yourself in order to help others.

Pausing

Take the time to pause or at least slow down! Just become one in the moment. Tune out the disruptions and distractions. Release whatever has you tensed up. Remember to breathe! 

Think about the pauses between inhaling and exhaling while breathing! Create the space you need to focus on one thing in the present moment. Take the time to relax and rest your mind and body. Make time to nourish and nurture you and your whole being!

  • Are you aware of the pause?
  • Are you adding in what you and your whole being need in that pause?
  • Are you aware of what your mind is doing in the pause?

Breathing

Take the time to be still and just breathe! In and out . . . create expansion aka deep breathing. Try some good strong sighing to really release whatever has you fired up (i.e. irritation, tension, frustration, overwhelm, etc.).  Release, reconnect and reset!

Think about breathing mindfully! 

Being Grateful

Take a moment in the pausing and breathing to be grateful! How do you connect mindfully and spiritually to ground your physical being and body? Palms together, feet to ground and saying what you are grateful for. It brings about awareness. It makes you more present. Just focus on the now!

Balancing

Finding that balance between ease and being challenged! The proper mindset versus the attitude. Open versus closed. The communication and connection between the mind, body and soul!

Think about a practice that you can do anywhere, anytime! To pause and breathe. To balance and ground.

Grounding

Think about reconnecting with your whole being when grounding! From head to hands to feet. It is like a reset, especially for your energies. Go within yourself to determine what you need at that moment!

When I need to ground myself and my whole being I do the following.

  • Daydreaming.
  • Going on a walk about.
  • Relaxing and adding in a little bit of ease.
  • Focusing and connecting with myself and my whole being.
  • Creating that space I need to close out the world for a moment.
  • Here’s a big one – Doing Nothing!

Think about awareness, especially your mood and energy!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Practicing to process . . . cultivating calm . . . letting go of the craziness . . . The hardest part is visualizing the calm within the craziness. Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Lifestyle & Mindset – Part II

My Word for 2018: Health

Think about your current lifestyle and mindset . . .

  • Are you adding in the ease versus the stress?
  • Are you adding in the simple versus the strain?
  • Are you checking in with your whole being?
  • Are you BEING YOU?
  • Are you DOING for you?
  • Are you making time for you and your whole being?

Remember to practice to improve the process aka work smarter not harder!

Making Time for You

What does “ME” look like to you?

  • Are you creating balance, especially in what is a priority that matters and is important.
  • Are you creating fulfillment, satisfaction, reward, etc.
  • Are you adding in relaxation and rest.
  • Are you adding in play, laughter and fun.
  • Are you making time for yourself and your whole being.

Think about what you waste your time and energy on! Are you holding on to it or actually letting go to release it? Tuning into your self worth and values to forgive yourself to move on! It can be freeing and weight lifting.

What is Your #1 or Main Motivation!

Setting Goals

The goal at the end of the day is feeling GOOD! It gets you fired up and motivated. It gets you connected to engage and experience. It gets you aligned to have balance and stability. Do more of what you love and are passionate about in living your life fully!

  • Play, laugh and have FUN!
  • Relax and Rest.
  • Discover what makes you happy, brings you joy and gives you pleasure.

The goal at the end of the day is to do what is BEST for YOU! Be open to learning, growing and experiencing. Inspire and motivate yourself as well as encourage and engage yourself and your whole being in everything you do. Set yourself up for SUCCESS!

  • Prioritize YOU!
  • Let go of the guilt in being a little selfish in making time for your needs and taking care of yourself.
  • Listen to your whole being aka check in with yourself.

The goal at the end of the day is to be and do the BEST you can be and do! Stretch your comfort zone and try new things. Make mistakes and make them teachable moments to learn and develop from. Celebrate milestones and successes. Learn to practice and trust the process. It is amazing what you discover and realize about yourself and how you live your life!

  • Get out of the same old same old by switching it up a bit.
  • Find inspiration to motivate you.
  • Forgive yourself.


(Photos by RSheridan)

BE & DO what makes you FEEL GOOD! Really Set Your Sights On Something You Want To Do & DO IT! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Lifestyle & Mindset – Part 1

My Word for 2018: Health

I have been changing up my lifestyle a bit and have discovered that my mind set got left behind! I like those light bulb moments that give you a little more clarity. Sometimes you become focused even to the point of hyper focused in moving forward. Sometimes you just have to pause to find your direction to make sure you are on track or at least where you need to be!

Think about your current lifestyle and mindset . . .

  • Are you adding in the ease versus the stress?
  • Are you adding in the simple versus the strain?
  • Are you checking in with your whole being?
  • Are you BEING YOU?
  • Are you DOING for you?
  • Are you making time for you and your whole being?

Remember to practice to improve the process aka work smarter not harder! 

I know for me patience is not my strong suit and then getting into that mindset that everything happens for a reason is another piece to wrap my head around!

Checking In

Remember to do regular self checks to determine what is working and what is not! Pause and press reset. Pace yourself. You are a priority and need to take care of YOU!

Remember to give yourself some love too! Reset the balance to find the calm. Restart the compassion and care. Recharge the energies. Rediscover the love and joy. It truly creates flow in living your life the way you want to live it!

Being You

Being true to who you are matters! How you value yourself, especially in how you want to be treated. It encourages you to be the best version of YOU! To believe and trust in yourself. It takes courage to give yourself the freedom to be you!

Give back to you and your whole being with love, care, kindness and compassion! Tuning into your intuition. Practicing health and wellness. Appreciating and accepting you for YOU! 

Think about that for a moment . . . do you appreciate and accept who you are, as you are?

Doing for You

What is your WHY? Is it a want, need, obligation, etc. Remember to value you and your needs, time and energies. 

  • Nurturing and nourishing your whole being.
  • Creating space and setting boundaries.
  • Slowing down the busy and the hustle.
  • Holding on or letting go.
  • Creating, manifesting, visioning . . .

Take your self care seriously and make time for it too!


(Photos by RSheridan)

BE & DO what makes you FEEL GOOD! Really Set Your Sights On Something You Want To Do & DO IT! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Motivated

Time & Energy

I think most of us think about having more time along with having more energy! I know I do. I know I find myself just going through the motions most days and then find myself needing a switch up. I know I am also a creature of habit too. However, you need to add some motivation when doing the same thing day in and day out!

My Challenge to Myself in 2018!

Try something NEW! every month!

Think in terms of playful and fun in trying something new! It brings out your inner kid along with your curiosity. It can add a little excitement and motivation too. You will not know if you like something if you never try it out!

Do it solo or have a buddy join you. Having a buddy or your tribe behind you helps. It keeps you accountable to show up and do your best. It gives you someone to share the experience with as well as the process. You may even find your buddy helping to stretch your comfort zone in trying new things!

Grab a buddy, your tribe or even join your community and go!

Who knows, you might fall in love with it and it may become your new favorite thing!

Remember it is easier to stay motivated when you are relaxed and tuning into your body’s needs! Truly listen to yourself and your whole being from the inside out. Really focus in on the love you have for yourself to be and do more of what you love. By believing and trusting yourself it gives you that push to be and feel your best!

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What gives you inspiration and motivation?
  • Are you open to receiving? Especially the possibilities and opportunities.

There needs to be a simple and clear focus too! Think about what matters and is important to you. Think about what your intention is in the actions you take. Not getting into too much detail helps you achieve those intentions and meet your goals!

Think about . . .

  • What goals do you want to meet and maybe even crush in 2018?
  • What intentions do you need to work on and practice throughout the year? Remember to keep it focused, clear and simple.
  • What do you really need and want and know your “whys”?

Remember to check in with yourself on your focus from time to time.  In a way it is like watching that pot to see if it boils. If you just leave it alone it will happen in due time! You will not only see the results you will have enjoyed the process to get those results and feel good by working for it.

  • Are you focusing on the process or the results?
  • Are you taking the time to vision and manifest?
  • Do you truly believe and trust yourself in the practice to process and progress?

There needs to be that balance between doing all that you want to do versus finding the ease within all that doing! Take time out to make time for you. Add in some relaxation and rest. Just be in the present moment soaking it in!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Have You Tried Something NEW! Recently? Love to Hear, Please Share.


My Magic Circle

Whole Well Being

I am talking about Pilates and the Magic Circle prop used! When I first saw the Magic Circle I thought I am going to join the circus. I was use to straps and blocks and now you are giving me a circle and a ball. Yes going to be able to perform circus tricks!

I tend to call my magic circle a steering wheel. It looks and feels like a steering wheel to me. It also helps me steer myself to a whole well being! It reminds me that I am in control. It reminds me that I need to get out of my head and connect to my whole being from within!

These two props along with my mat are my besties now! I am actually embracing the three pound weights too. How can something three pounds make your arms shake and feel like jello!

With the squeeze of the magic circle I am strengthening and finding my power! The engagement between your inner being and your strength. The communication between your mind and your body. The connection that your body is connected and activated as a whole!

I spend 50-minutes at least three times a week for myself and my whole well being. I love the variety at the studio I go to. I enjoy the mix of Barre, Mat Pilates, Yogalates and Yoga offered throughout the week. I find my center and focus as well as my reset and recharge in my practice!

I am still a work in practice when it comes to using my energies effectively and efficiently. That needing of a second wind or that needing of some relaxation and rest. It is balancing and centering for the mind and body! That wanting to nourish and nurture your whole being for the better. It helps you concentrate and become more focused! 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Knowing how to move well is a practice of process, but so worth it once it clicks for your whole being! Learning how important breathing, posture, movement and form are for you and your whole being. Motion and movement is key to overall health and wellness! 

  • Think ease and softness.
  • Think alignment of body in relation to motion.
  • Think of innovative and creative ways to add movement.

It is challenging, fun and rewarding! 

It is about taking time for yourself and your whole well being! Love to Hear What You Are DOING for Your Whole Well Being. Please Share.


Practicing

The Process

Have you thought about practicing the process?

I think about the reading of a book. You can, but why would you just read Chapter 1 and then read the ending and call it good. You must get involved in the story and interact with it. You must get engaged in the story and experience it!

Is it about the journey or the destination?

  • Find that inspiration that moves you.
  • Find that motivation that drives you.
  • Find that passion that makes you fall in love with the practice to process!

I thought to myself one day as to why one of my expectations is to misstep, make mistakes and even fail! It certainly would make the blow a little less painful when it does happen. It is such a lesson in life and a growth experience too! Practice . . . Try . . . Get curious, explore, adventure, laugh, play and have some FUN!

There is the practice to process when you misstep, make mistakes and at times even fail! It is okay. It is part of the practice as well as the journey. It is about being humble and not taking everything so serious and to the nth degree!

Do you believe that missteps build character? I do. Self confidence, moxie, grit. Humbleness, humility and gracefulness. Gain experiences as well as determination and strength!

Failure does not mean the end! It can be the reset and restart. It can be a new beginning and/or way to get back on track. Challenge yourself, especially your perspective as well as your expectations!

Think about . . . What truly matters to you. What does it mean to give and/or do with your whole being. What do you dream about and desire. What do you CRAVE!

In knowing that it truly helps you journey along! Purpose and substance. Vision and making it happen. Achievement and celebration. Success and abundance!

Really get to the heart of the matter! Who are you and what are your beliefs and values. It is doable and survivable if you are the captain that steers your own life boat! You provide for you in knowing your whys in what you need. Only you! 

Own your self worth and do the worthwhile! Remember you are important and enough. Remember you do belong. It matters to BE and Do for YOU!

It is such a discovery of self as you practice the process to journey along!

  • Be open to who you are and who you may become along the way.
  • Stretch yourself and your comfort zone.
  • Try and try again.
  • Learn and relearn.
  • Develop and grow.
  • Gain life experiences.
  • Communicate and interact as well as connect and engage.
  • Deepen the relationship with you and your whole being.


(Photos by RSheridan)

It Is Your Choice In How You Practice to Process! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share. Enjoy Your Journey . . .


That Mind-Body Connection

An Addition to the Journey

I still remember being that 20-something out on her own for the very first time. Eating cookies before dinner. Getting by with about 4 hours of sleep. Enjoying the weekend with cents maybe dollars in my bank account. Who was I fooling – ha!

Now I am more proactive in that mind-body connection. Eating better. Getting my sparkle on by exercising. Knowing that I need to work my body as well as my mind to be a healthier and happier whole well being!

Being connected and having that sense of belonging also helps with that mind-body connection. Giving to yourself and others. Communicating and interacting. Engaging and connecting. Sharing experiences to learn, develop and grow!

When the stress and anxiety kick in I really try to pause and do a check in with myself! Give reassurance that everything is okay and will get through it. Give reassurance that nothing is wrong with you necessarily and that everything will be fine. Give your whole being a hug!

Find that outlet that works best for you to connect your mind and body! Take the mind off the spin cycle. Put the body into being and/or motion and movement. Go for a walk to ponder and wander. It clears the mind and connects the body!

Making the time for yourself and your mind-body connection can be quite the experience, adventure and journey all rolled into one! In learning more about who you are and how you work can teach you more about health and life and everything in between. Talk about an energy and mood booster! It can be freeing by tuning more into your essence and sense of self. Talk about a boost of self confidence and self independence! 

When there is that mind-body connection . . .

  • You and your whole being feel GOOD!
  • You have more energy.
  • You learn to relax and rest.
  • Oh My Goodness! You sleep so much better and wake up – wait for it – RESTED!
  • You know most things are manageable and you will get through it one step at a time.
  • You know closing your eyes, taking a deep breath and letting it out with a smile and/or chuckle helps.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Health, Wellness and Happiness is Part of Your Journey. Remember to Nurture and Nourish Your Whole Being! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Living Wholly

Whole Well Being That Is!

I am not sure if I started on a journey or one heck of an adventure back in mid-November! I had been a gym member for many years. However, it was no longer serving my best interests. I needed a change and found one that I fell head over heels in love with!

I enjoy the studio I go to. When I first started I did not think I would survive the first 50-minute class. I persevered and have been keeping my practice up for 8 months now. I find a good combo between challenging myself and having fun doing it!

The one major lesson I learned back in 2012 that still sticks with me today is that EVERYTHING is CONNECTED! 

  • Your health, wellness and happiness.
  • Your body in general has to work together to become one in motion and movement.
  • Your mind, body and spirit.
  • Your inner being to your outer being.
  • Making time for you and your whole being.

Practicing . . .

I am progressing in my practice. Learning to focus on the form more versus just going through the motions. Learning to embrace poses and accept that it challenges my body in a good way. Learning how to breathe better while exercising. Not only am I discovering my strong I am finding my sense of balance again!

Positioning . . .

The biggest change I have seen in myself is being able to properly position myself! Desk jockeying to mat work to walking and biking and everything in between. The ability to breathe easier, not crunching into your spine, being able to twist, rotate and pivot better and more fully, etc. Proper posture has so many added benefits!

Powering . . .

You learn how to power to perform and utilize your energies too! All that sitting makes your hip flexors short and tight and your glutes are limited in range of motion and may even weaken. Then your legs, hips and lower back take over and take the brunt. Think better blood flow too!

In looking back I think about all the hours and sweat I put into exercising and feeling at times the results were hit and miss. It is hard to explain the transformation unless you experience it. I went from sweating and burning to more focused in on motion, movement and breathing. I found I was more connected and that meant a more meaningful workout session. I also found compassion for myself and relaxation and rest for my whole being too!

For me it is about how I feel instead of look when it comes to my whole well being! Activating and engaging to a deeper and stronger mind body connection. All that bridging, working out on all fours and even squatting and planking. Stretching, increasing range of motion and of course balance (repeat what you did on the right-side on the left-side). It does a whole well being GOOD!


(Photos by RSheridan)

What Are You Doing for Your Whole Well Being? Love to Hear, Please Share!


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