Jenny Ravikumar

August 30th, 2014

Summer Wrap Up

This summer has been one of the most magical summers I have had in a long time. At the beginning of July I decided I really needed to take advantage of and dug my heels into summer!

I was able to spend more time in Wolfeboro than I have in a long time, spent many days outside with Apollo, discovered the joy of playlists on Spotify and made time to teach & play on the stand up paddle board.

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As with all my plans and goals, I infused this summer with my Core Desired Feelings. I focused on how I wanted to FEEL as opposed to what I wanted to accomplish.

In June I started to realize that I no longer resonated with my CDFs and on a road trip to Vermont I listened to Danielle Laporte’s magical voice as I began to re-define the way I wanted to feel.

My original words were: boho chic, luxurious, faithful, loved & alive but those words no longer seem to fit! Words give my life such meaning, being a writer and constantly searching for the perfect combination. I love words so much that on top of my core desired feelings, I have three words for how I want to structure my year: abundance, love and strength. CLEARLY I needed a little help and reorganization!

I spent the whole summer playing, listening to inspiration, remembering Pinterest boards and dreaming about pink hair!

One night I received a weekly email from one of my favorite bloggers, Tara Bliss. She spoke about dropping your story vs. accepting what is. In that message she used the example of always being a good girl yet wanting to feel a sense of being WILD.

A cord struck. I’m not sure why or how or what, but that one video gave me permission to let go!

I have always been the “wild one” in my family: the first to get a tattoo, to bring home an amazing man from a faraway place, and to dye my hair brown. But I always checked in with my family after a rebellious move to see if they still loved me and thought I was a “good girl.” But this video, this one sentence somehow changed my view. I know my family will always love me, no matter what.

In that next moment, I went on Pinterest and created a board. I found the perfect pink highlights and found someone who would replicate them for me. I did all this without telling my mom (who is usually the first person I tell things to) and I LOVE them! They came out OM-AMZING!! And though they may not be the first choice of those who love me, they make me feel really cool, wild, free and very BOHO CHIC which I have been wanting to feel all year.

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In the past few weeks I have felt more connected to myself than ever before. My new CDFs have been the undercurrent of my entire summer and I love each new word: RADIANT, wild, free, open, connected, boho chic, love/d.

With these feelings in mind, I created a BLISSFUL summer:

ॐ Wolfeboro Tavern Challenge with my cousins ॐ Walks with Apollo ॐ Apollo swimming ॐ My in-laws at the lake ॐ Pink hair!!! ॐ Dancing with my family & friends at Sandra’s wedding ॐ Wakeboarding and extreme tubing ॐ Ice cream on the boat ॐ North End walks, yoga, adventures & creative collaboration with Erin Practicing guitar ॐ Walking the lake with friends ॐ Cape Cod yoga & beaches ॐ Love Yoga Festival ॐ Rhode Island yoga road trips ॐ SUP Yoga ॐ Amazing playlists ॐ Silly convertible rides ॐ Terrible parades with my favorite people ॐ Seeing Jimmy Fallon in Wolfeboro (and finding out he named his daughter Winnie after the lake!) ॐ Embracing my boho style ॐ Using Pinterest in real life ॐ New Moon Ceremonies ॐ FINALLY seeing MC Yogi (and getting on stage!!!) ॐ Yoga everywhere ॐ Cousin bonding ॐ Beautiful date nights ॐ Starting a book club ॐ Vermont yoga retreats & horseback yoga ॐ Our new #RavikumarDen

This summer has been phenomenal and I KNOW it is because I’m stepping into who I am. I’m listening to my Core Desired Feelings, opening my heart and holding on for the wild ride!

Live in the sunshine, Swim in the sea & Drink the wild air!
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sending you lots of beautiful love & lingering summer light
Namaste
Jenny

This is not a sponsored post, but I am an affiliate of Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map. If you are interested in purchasing the book, please use this link: bit.ly/19i29Ot

August 29th, 2014

Love Weddings and Happiness.

This past week has been so full of love!

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If you have been following me at all on social media, you would know I was in my best friends wedding this last Saturday and what a whirlwind of a weekend it was! The whole week was full of wedding planning, cleaning, fun girlie activities and so much LOVE. We all came together to create bouquets, prepare dinner for the reception, and I even gave a pedicure (and for those of you who know me really well, that was a BIG DEAL).

I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I loved being in the thick of things and watching the wedding unfold, but my favorite moment was standing next to my very best friend with tears in my eyes, holding my other girlfriends hand as we watched her say I do. Watching her repeat her vows was such a beautiful experience and I’m so grateful she chose me to be her matron of honor alongside our friend Meagan, her maid of honor. I love weddings in general, but to be in attendance and standing right next to someone I have known my entire life, whom I have shared everything with made my heart completely melt. The love I feel for her and her happiness mean the world to me.

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After the the whirlwind wedding and a beautiful reception where we danced all night, I was gifted the very unexpected opportunity to DJ an 85th birthday party the following day! It was a little tough to wake up and put on my happy face after such a long & happy evening, but I did it and I am so glad I did.

I met the most beautiful woman and her husband who were 90 years old. I wrote about them on Facebook earlier in the week; her heart was so open and sweet. I immediately texted my husband and asked him to always remember our wedding song, even when I can’t. He promised he always would and it melted my heart even more.

My love

My love

Love is everywhere yogis. EVERYWHERE. We just need to look for it. In the churches where newlyweds say their vows, in the hearts of ninety year old women who smile really big when they forget and in the random acts of kindness we see from strangers.

Today is Ganesha Chaturthi, which is the festival for Lord Ganesha’s birthday. Ganesha is the destroyer of obstacles and one of my favorite Hindu deities. He is the logo for my studio, Barefoot Yoga Shala as he is also the protector of the home. Today as you venture out into the world, look for blessings and love everywhere you go. Allow your obstacles to be removed and open your heart even deeper than you could have ever imagined. Flow in the beauty of your own home or on the mat in line with other yogis raising your vibrations. Find hearts in puddles and rocks. Buy a coffee for the stranger behind you in line and pay it forward all day long. Invite love and it shall wrap its arms around you all day long.

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Love is everywhere yogis, get out there and find it!

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!

Namaste
Jenny