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Here are 5 ways I protect my attention: meditate, look for beauty everywhere, keep a book of ideas about anything and everything, think of 6 impossible things before breakfast, let go of "stuff".

Inspired: It's time to protect your attention

Time hasn’t passed you by. Your time is right now, today. Grab hold of it and mold it exactly the way you want it to be. Life unfolds exactly the way that it’s supposed to unfold and the timing of it isn’t your responsibility. Give your best, do your best, and live your best in this and every moment. Do that, and the timing will take care of itself.

Inspired: Trust the Timing of Your Life

Your Next Step: “What should I do now?” It’s a daunting question. There are so many options; so many different paths I want to explore. I’m struggling to balance my curiosity and focus. This idea has helped: just add good things one at a time. And while you’re at it remove bad things one at a time. Suddenly, life just got a lot more fun and a lot less scary. What good thing will you add to your life today?

Inspired: Your Next Step

I encourage authenticity in all people, and their right to make every choice that is right for them. It took me a long time to be proud of who I am at my core. I: Love children and love love though I know the traditional family set up isn’t for me; Believe equally in the ancient wisdom of yoga and modern technology; Am a New Yorker who lives in peace; Am petite in stature and bold in personality; Am tough and fair; Who are you, contradictions and all?

Inspired: I'm Proud of My Contradictions

At some point we’ve all said to ourselves, “Take what you can get. Something is better than nothing.” Take the volume on that train of thought and turn it down to zero. Better yet, kick it to the curb and let it stay there, as far away from you as possible. Your time, mind, heart, and talent have an infinite amount of value. Don’t let anyone or anything make you think differently.

Inspired: Know Your Worth

“Stay away from those boxes,” said Alec Horinman, my leadership professor from my MBA program at Darden. It was a phrase he often repeated in class and one he recently sent to me when I wrote him to let him know how much his teaching influenced my career and life everyday. The boxes Alec refers to are: the boxes we put ourselves into, the boxes others put us into, and the boxes we put around others. Put away the boxes. Better yet, burn them.

Inspired: Break free from the boxes

Here’s my game plan for life: I’m always prepared for the new. New people, places, experiences, ideas, points-of-view, opportunities. My life doesn’t go according to plan; it goes according to heart.

Inspired: Delicious ambiguity

No matter what happens in my life, I plan to hustle as long as I have breath. It has nothing to do with being unhappy with what I have. If anything it’s because I’m so grateful for what I have. Hustling keeps me humble. It reminds me that what I have can evaporate in the blink of an eye. The hustle keeps me active and diligent. The hustle shows me that no matter how far I go, there’s always more road ahead.

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I was waiting for things to settle down and get back to the way they used to be until I realized that every experience fundamentally changes us. Time marches on and we have to march with it. I’m grateful for this because it makes every moment, every day, special and unique. Storms may turn our world upside down but they also show us who we are and what we’re made of. They are part of the wild ride of Life.

Inspired: Time changes us

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote lately as I restructure my life and career this summer. My focus is to learn from my experience, understand where I am, and proceed with courage and faith exactly in the direction I want to go.

Inspired: What was, is, and will be

We don’t have to wait for a new year or even a new day to make a change. We’re afforded the opportunity at every moment to turn it all around. Thanks for the reminder, New York City street art. The word on the street. #nyc

Christa in New York

Yesterday I watched the documentary Muscle Shoals. It recounts the story of Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studios and legendary music producer. He came from the lowest level of poverty this country knows in a small nondescript town deep in Alabama. He may just be my new hero when it comes to living your dream out loud and never giving up on yourself and your talents even when it feels like the whole world has. If he can make a go of his improbable dream, we all can, too.

We spend so much time wishing we were someplace else that often we miss the little miraculous moments and all of the goodness that is in our presence every day. The older I get, the more I try to stand my ground, literally and figuratively. I try to see all the good, and even all the bad, everywhere I am. This game of life is ours to lose, and honestly, I’d much prefer to win. And winning, at anything, anywhere, is almost always a choice.

Inspired: Be where you are

Your only job is to grow. From good and bad experiences. Triumphs and failures. Glorious surprises and grave disappointments. As long as you learn, no effort is ever wasted and in the end, you always come out ahead as a stronger, braver, wiser you.

Inspired: Make growth your goal

Of course you have doubts. You are a person of integrity who reflects, considers, and maintains curiosity. Work through it and learn. But please, don’t turn back. Don’t give up now. You’ve come too far and worked too hard to throw it all away. Modify, pivot, adjust, change, but don’t quit. Keep going. Doubt is like the rain. It’s necessary and healthy to question ourselves and others, but it doesn’t prevent the sun from having its chance to shine. It’s a cycle. Act accordingly.

Inspired: Plant your dreams in faith and water them

Leaping is never a matter of one and done. Every day, we take chances. We lay our cards down the table and say, “This is who I am. This is what I care about. And this is why it matters.” Leaping is like breathing: we must keep leaping to attain the full benefit of each small step. It’s only when we combine them that we learn just how far we can go.

Inspired: A life of many leaps

John Green runs a web series called Crash Course with his brother, Hank. In a series of 10-15 minute videos, John teaches humanities & Hank teaches science. I’m addicted. While I’m completely in love with the content and hosts, I’m even crazier about the tagline at the end of each one: “Don’t forget to be awesome” or #DFTBA for those in the know. Write it down and post it up all over your home. This is a mantra we all need to adopt and recite.

Inspired: Addressing Domestic Emerging Markets | Christa in New York

Inspired: Addressing Domestic Emerging Markets

I tried for a long time to keep my steady paycheck while also progressing on my writing and other creative projects. With a plan B always at the ready, I could only get so far. To really progress, I needed to let go of the comfy ledge I was teetering on for a long time. The path to progress was straight through the eye of discomfort, and though it wasn’t easy I’m glad I didn’t flinch.

Inspired: Where to find progress

I am very pleased to announce that a rough cut of one of the performances of Sing After Storms is now available on YouTube thanks to the Compass Yoga YouTube channel. Please feel free to view and share! We’d love your feedback in the YouTube comments section. Link to the YouTube video:

Inspired: Sing After Storms performance is now on YouTube

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"To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own." ~Jack Kornfield