Happy International Day of Yoga

How did you celebrate International Day of Yoga?

My community offered free yoga classes all day at the pedestrian bridge overlooking the Wabash River today.

I was so happy to greet the morning, sharing Sun Salutations with others.

To Your Health!

~V

💫GratiTuesday💫 A Reminder That Gratitude *every day* Is Important 

“People’s dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It’s what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.”

– Barbara Kingsolver

I have a post-it note on my bathroom mirror that is a shortened version of this quote – it reminds me to live my gratitude by doing something that makes me feel connected to myself every day. 

What is one thing you could do each day that is an expression of your genuine interests?

One of mine is getting my love and our dog to hit the trails with me – taking care of our bodies, enjoying togetherness in nature.

To Your Health!

~V

Grow through what you go through.

When something (bad, unexpected, concerning etc) happens, you always have the choice to either let it define and/or destroy you or you can let it strengthen you.

Sometimes things out of our control that we can not change, end up changing us. 


To Your Health!

~V

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Mantras ARE Powerful 

We all have mantras, whether we know it or not. Words and phrases we always tell ourselves.
If we’re not mindful about them, they can quickly become negative. 
I can’t do that.
I’m too fat.
This always happens to me.
Nobody cares about me.
Mantras are powerful. AND you can change the negatives to positives by practicing gratitude every day. 
Gratitude isn’t something that just comes. It’s something you practice, like yoga. I’m still practicing, but it keeps getting easier.
I really like this Metta Mantra;

*May you be happy

*May you be healthy.

*May you be peaceful.

*May you live with ease. 

To Your Health!

~V

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Is it possible to be both exhausted and energized at the same time?

Apparently so!

Last weekend my love and I sat and sweat in an Inipi sweat-lodge ceremony as a ‘gift’ to one another honoring Valentines and our shared love for each other, adventure, and new experiences.

We sat with others praying, singing, purifying, letting go all that isn’t good and giving great thanks to our blessings and the Creator!


As a memento, this feather and stones keepsake signifies my love and my first Inipi sweat lodge.

They’re a remembrancer to free the mind of distractions – make time for clarity, introspection and connection to the planet and the creator. 

*They also look perfect on my new living room shelves 🙂 
To Your Health!

~V

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A Sunday Well Spent,

Today, while I let my love take over in the kitchen making Super Bowl eats, I’m reminded of a quote by one of my favorite authors and poets;

 “Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go.” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

You can find more useful advice from my favorite author and poet in her book The Dance: Moving To The Rhythm’s Of Your True Self

To Your Health!

~V

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Check Mark On My Gratitude List! I’ll Be A Guest On The Radio Program, *The Morning News With Danan Whiddon*

Victoria Pardue to guest speak on The Morning News with Danan Whiddon.
Victoria Pardue to guest speak on The Morning News with Danan Whiddon.

Hear me live on this Sunday, April 6th! I’m guest speaking on The Morning News with Danan Whiddon
I’ll discuss Gratitude, What’s a Health Coach, and my approach to health and wellness.

Plus the show will also include; Common Core Complaints – an interview With Jackie Thames, and 7 Foods You Need Stay Sharp After 40.
It’ll be a great show all around – Thanks for listening!

~V

Is Money The Root Of All Evil? What’s Your Relationship With Abundance?

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Let’s face it: money is the thing that stresses us out the most! The Bible teaching “The love of money is the root of all sorts of injurious things” – 1 Timothy 6:10 is a commonly accepted attitude. While I agree that the myth that money buys happiness and security is deceptive, we also have to care for ourselves and our family. And we do deserve happiness and comfort. An unhealthy view of money can lead to a scarcity (negative) mentality. The scarcity mentality makes you feel like there isn’t enough to go around.

We have to have money to live and the truth is, how you approach money – your attitude on abundance – matters a great deal. It affects the quality of other relationships in your life too.

It’s important to be clear on your ideas about money so that you do not create blocks for yourself.

So how do you begin to shift from scarcity to abundance?

It’s not about making more; it’s about appreciating what you have. Shifting your relationship with money from contentious to loving will help reduce stress, and allow abundance to come into your life.

Start by asking yourself;

1. What are your earliest memories of money?

2. What were/are your parents’ views of money?

3. What do you enjoy about money?

4.What difficulty do you have around money?

I am offering to you, the Mantras (phrases of intention) I’m working with to begin to shift mind and heart – my attitude about money.

When spending:

• I release this money into the world, knowing that it will come back to me.
• There is more where this came from.
• I am supporting my community with this money, and I am also supported by it.
•I let this go and trust that I have all I need.

When receiving:

•I am thankful for this money, and I am grateful that it does not define me.
•I am grateful for all that I have and for this gift that will provide for me.
•I receive this as a gift, and appreciate all it’s value.
•I trust that I am provided with what I need.

Let go of a troubled past or attitude about money. Make time to form a healthy, balanced relationship with money by recognizing that you can and do have abundance and wealth.

~V

*Photo courtesy of Kibru Senbetta Studio
http://www.facebook.com/kibrusenbettastudio
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Finding Work You Love, Loving The Work You Have – Meet Kibru Senbetta –

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We don’t always LOVE our job, and many of us long for something more – that True Calling. But, what if we paused, took a deep breath, and changed our focus on the opportunities our current position affords us?

Although the modern work world can be challenging, it is also a world of opportunity. We have the tools and capabilities to find and/or create work that fulfills us and gets us excited about each day.

Meet Kibru Senbetta. He immigrated from Ethiopia to the United States in 1987 at the age of 17. I met him in the mid 1990’s while at Purdue University. We hung out in Blues clubs or shot pool. He was the kind of guy where the room would light up when he walked in. Friends were always eager for him to join in.
Fast forward and old college friends are scattered around the states or at least tied up with families and career.

Kibru has been working in the concert/entertainment industry as a Video Control (Production and Systems)Engineer for the past 17 years. He’s been in charge of video imagery for the live concert tours of musical artists like; Allan Jackson, Tim McGraw, the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crowe, Destiny’s Child, Lionel Richie, Barbara Streisand, Louis Miguel, Metallica, Josh Groban and has worked with Jimmy Buffet for the last 13 years and counting.

Kibru’s job also allows him to explore his first passion, photography.

Kibru has been taking photographs for as long as he can remember but,” They always ended up in drawers or shoeboxes.” he says. One day his wife, Naomi, of 8 years asked him why? Expressing the “thought provoking feelings” his images sparked, Naomi asked “Why aren’t you sharing these photographs?”
Kibru didn’t have an answer.
He didn’t have confidence in his photography at the time, worried “will people like it.” His gift – to grab a moment – maybe wouldn’t have been shared if it weren’t for his wife, who he says “saw my interest and encouraged me”.

Kibru believes that ” Surrounding yourself with supportive partner, family, friends can open the lid to your passion, and be the logs of confidence to set fire to your passion”. He’s right to say “When you have the confidence, the sky’s the limit!”

Kibru loves his job, “I travel the world, get to know other cultures and walks of life while gaining an appreciation that it’s one world! We all have the same world”
Evidence of that – his eye for truth – is clear in Kibru’s photography and his passion can be measured simply, “If I can provide a moment of peace – a break in the mind – then that’s my success.”

I encourage you to look at your current job – some of your likes and dislikes of what you do each day. You may see the extent to which life would improve doing work you love.

We’re scared sometimes, and have little to no understanding of our ability to walk away from a particular job or career. But, each of has the power to try working in different industries, reinvent our careers and seek work that we find personally and financially satisfying. Work should be a positive influence in your life (and those of others) rather than a drain.

Please enjoy the visual journey of Kibru Senbetta Studio

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To Your Health! Coffee I’m Going Coconuts Over!

I start my A.M. with a warm water & lemon, then have a coffee.

I take mine black, with coconut oil and dashed cinnamon but,- oh…check mark on my gratitude list!- I am going coconuts over the Coffee Coconut Latte recipe suggested below!

Super easy; blend(er) coffee with vanilla, coconut oil, and cinnamon or nutmeg.

To Your Health!

The recipe, and more in “Turn Your Coffee Habit Into a Healthy Morning Ritual With Theses 5 Tips”
By Whitney Tingle

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10642/turn-your-coffee-habit-into-a-healthy-morning-ritual-with-these-5-tips.html

I’m drinking mine and listening to Widespread Panic’s song Coconuts – puts ya in a spunky, grateful mood –
Play it loud!