My Top 3 Fav Life Lessons from Yoga.

Tonight, I went to CorePower Yoga‘s free class at The Graduate Hotel. For those of you who only knew this space as the building behind IHOP, it’s totally worth a visit. They’ve transformed it into a total destination. The rooftop made for the perfect space for an evening practice.

  
It’s been a minute since I’ve taken a yoga class and I got to break in my new yoga mat that I almost got murdered over. Okay, I’m being dramatic but I bought a brand new Lulu yoga mat off of OfferUp and somehow convinced myself I was going to get murdered by picking it up solo…turns out the girl was a totally normal Scottsdale girl with purple nail polish.

Anyways, heading back to yoga reminded me of all of the things I love about it and I thought I’d share a few here.

1. To stabilize yourself , you have to have singular focus.
When you’re in a balance-y pose, if you focus on a single spot on the wall, you will have an easier time balancing. I love this. When things get hard, go back to the singular focus. It reminds me of Proverbs 4:25-27: Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

2. When something feels overwhelming, don’t stuff it down. Feel it and breathe through it.
When you try a new pose or your body is freaking out, you have the power to calm your mind. I know that sounds hippy dippy- but it’s true and your breath brings you back to reality. Try it next time you’re nervous.

3. Rest is part of the practice.
The last few minutes of every yoga class when you get to just lay there are so rich. Some people say it’s the hardest pose in all of yoga because you have to completely “let go” to get the benefits. I’m not the best rest-er so ending practice and celebrating the hard work I just did reminds me that I need that in real life too.

As someone with a busy brain, I want to get more in the practice of yoga and translating the lessons to real life. Plus it feels great to strengthen my body + mind! They’re doing classes every Thursday for the next little bit- let me know if you’d like to come. 🙂
   
 

Weekend Update

This was a pretty busy weekend! Here’s what I did!

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Friday night kicked off the Chi Alpha Girl’s Event: Dream. It was part sleep over, part challenge, part spa weekend. Candi and Paige put on a world class event- amazing food for body & mind. We did a killer work out and had custom smoothies after. We made dream boards and were challenged to look fear in the face. Most of all, we learned that being brave is taking small risks every day. A little more about my story will be on Candi’s blog next week so you’ll have to wait for all the juicy deets. 😉

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Right from there, I headed to the most amazing Mardi Gras themed dinner with the YoPros! (Aka Young Professionals from my church.). This was a small step to live brave- and on theme with one of my February Goals. 99% of these people are already my friends but for some reason I never push myself to make it to the events. I want to fully embrace relationships and I’m so glad I went! Rachel threw such an amazing event and it was a fun reason to get dressed up on Valentine’s Day!

I topped off the weekend with a long chat sesh over bruschetta with my beloved DD. I don’t get to see her every day anymore and I missed her sweet self! Full weekend, full heart- the perfect way to spend Feb 14th.

The Giving Keys.

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This year, for Christmas, my sister Maggie got all the girls in the family these cool key necklaces. I love keys (and have given them as gifts before!), but these offer a little bit more.

They are from The Giving Keys. This company employs homeless people that engrave and assemble the necklaces (and other cool accessories- like rings and phone cases!).

Caitlin Crosby, the founder, started the company with the idea that “in a way we are all like these keys — unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded.” I love that.

The other catch with The Giving Keys <is that when the key has served you well, you are supposed to pay it forward to someone else who needs it.

Mine says "grace." On my drive home, I was thinking about what the word "grace" means. Grace is not sweet or amazing unless we realize our desperate need for it. This is the upside down kingdom: When we realize that we are sinful creatures, full of lust and greed and selfishness- and we put all of that at the feet of The King- then what we get back is overwhelming grace. That is supremely humbling.

I need lots and lots of grace, so I'm sure I'll have my key for quite a while. It's a reminder, tied around my neck, of my need for oceans of grace.

"Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

I am not the best.

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I was at an event the other night and I was watching someone do something that I have a lot of opinions about. #shocker. (It doesn’t really matter what…just accept my vaugueness..haha) All of a sudden these thoughts started going through my head.
“Ugh I wonder if she does it that way all the time?”
“If it was me, I’d do it totally differently. My way is totally out of the box and more authentic.”

And then… I don’t know if it was the Holy Spirit or just something clicking into place- probably a bit of both- but I thought:

“I am not the best.”

I do not know the most. My ways aren’t the only ways.

It was not in a self deprecating way. It was more of a reality check sort of way. It reminded me of a time I was praying for a place very close to my heart- I was begging God for breakthrough there. He gently reminded me that He loved that place more than I ever could. He showed me that I was holding tightly on to that place, instead of giving it to Him. His heart is bigger and His love is stronger for that place. He knows it better.

There is a certain freedom in the acceptance that I am not the best. It frees other people up to not be the best either. I think we step into authority when yield to His authority & wisdom. The Kingdom is such a weird place.

There are lots of areas that I think I’m the best at controlling: my future, my relationships, my life in general…but at the end of the day Isaiah 55:8-9 is true:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

I am not the best. And, for that, I am very thankful.

Abby & Katie Go to the Fair!

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This past Wednesday, Abby and I went to the Arizona State Fair! I had never been before but Abby was an old pro! It was “We Care Wednesday” & if you brought bus passes or tube socks, you got in fo’ free if you get there before 6pm! Despite a weird parking debacle and getting there after 6pm, they still let us in with our bus passes! Oh and did I mention the fact that admission included admission to the SNOOP DOGG/Lion concert? Yep. It’s true.
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We ate fair food: lemonade, bacon wrapped corn, fried Oreos, & Lemonade! Yum!

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We saw animals!

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We also went on the Ferris wheel……this was my first time on a Ferris wheel and it was terrifying. But I did it! Here is the progression of my face:

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Clearly Abby was just fine. I kept asking her, “WHY DO PEOPLE THINK THIS DEATH TRAP IS FUN?!” 20131026-112843.jpg

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We also ventured on to the Tilt-o-Whirl, played some games, met someone from South Africa, and did some grade A people watching.

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We ended the night with 5 seconds of Snoop Dogg. His show randomly started on time so we only caught the last few seconds….which was…..Snoop Dogg ish.

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It was a perfect first trip to the fair! I can’t wait to go back for more bacon next year!

Cheers to the Freakin’ Weekend

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I tried to assemble pictures for High Five for Friday for this week but I didn’t really have anything too exciting! Haha this week was full of work and a tiny bit of fun. I watched Catfish and sparked a really weird debate on Facebook over Nev’s chest hair. I got a cold & sneezed out my new nose ring- that was painful. I also have a new, pretty cool social media opportunity. (BUT I already made a typo in front of thousands of fans so that’s kind of extremely embarrassing! Auto correct will be the death of me!) I’ve been watermarking and pinning and graming and I love it!

Today, I have a long to do list before Jen & Clark’s wedding! (Including Spray Tanning and Green with Abby M!) Even though they got engaged not too long ago, this wedding feels like a long time coming! I’m so excited for a road trip to Cali, some time with the girls, and a wedding on a boat!

There will be lots of social media updating so I hope you’re prepared!

Xoxo

Katie Cannon

The Bachelorette Party: Jen’s Farewell Tour

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I had the great privilege of cohosting Jen’s Bachelorette Party! I searched Pinterest, the Internet, and beyond for non-disgusting Bachelorette party themes that were FUN but penis straw free. Um…that doesn’t exist on the Internet. In the end, I think Kate and I came up with a great night! Since we knew that the bride loves to sing, we came up with sort of a rock star theme- Jen’s Farewell Tour!

We started the night at the Downtown Phoenix Pita Jungle.

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The downtown location is pretty similar to the Tempe location: cool atmosphere, great food, terrible service. We did presents after dinner….I think her faces say it all. 🙂 The presents are for Clark’s eyes only now…

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After all the lacy things were opened, we have Jen a list of challenges for the night: propose to someone with a ring pop, dance with someone, get someone to buy her Sex on the Beach(bonus points if it’s virgin), etc. With impeccable timing, a few police officers walked in to the restaurant. A perfect opportunity to propose! Haha They were great sports!

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Once that calmed down (we sort of took over the restaurant….), we got ready to head to The Deuce to kareoke. To get everyone in the mood, we had some props (boas, microphones, hair pieces…) and some rocker temporary tattoos- they were a huge hit!

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We also gave everyone their own “Backstage Pass”!

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I had heard The Deuce was a great place for karaoke and it totally was!

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We hula hopped, sang, and danced our pants off! The atmosphere was so fun- everyone was supportive & energetic. I think I expected it to be a little more pretentious/hipster and it wasn’t. They have this vintage vibe going with out trying too hard. It’s just a cool place and I can’t wait to go back!

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It was great to track the photos for the night with our hashtag: #JensFarewellTour

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We ended the night with some fun favors: a pack of gum, a ring pop, and a pair of big sunglasses. Oh and this little note tucked in:

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It was so fun & I hope Jen felt celebrated! Shout out to Kate for planning letting me plan with her via electronic means and trusting me!

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