Lovin' Lately

Hi hi! So, I'm shaking things up on the blog today and sharing the start of a new series:

Lovin' Lately! 

Over the past few months, I've been way more present on IG Stories (@emiliemaynorliving) sharing personal day-to-day tips, fav products, workouts, & thoughts galore! It's been such a fun way to engage with you guys! Between answering your Direct Message questions & the encouragement of my darling clients, Lovin' Lately was born! 

What to expect: things that I've recently discovered or have just really been loving or learning about lately! These are the people, products, travel inspo, tunes, foods and yoga stuffs that are simply rocking my world RN. So, without further ado...

1. Vital Proteins - I'm not wild about protein powders. I've tried dozens and never found "THE ONE." Whey protein doesn't suit my body and most of the plant based ones are soooo heavily processed and make me feel bleh - also, why is EVERYTHING filled with nasty faux flavoring? Um, I'll stick to hemp seeds over that mess ANY DAY!

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide has been a game changer for me! VP is sustainably sourced, collagen based protein - which is awesome for bone health, skin elasticity and amino acids. TBH, I think collagen is quickly becoming the health & wellness industry's new golden child - STEP BACK KALE!

Vital Proteins helps people feel better and live fuller lives through sustainably-sourced nutrition products, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen - an essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.
— Vital Proteins Website
Vital Proteins Yogurt Bowl

Seriously though... I love that the powder completely dissolves in hot water and it tasteless, so I can add it to my morning tea, coffee, smoothies or even a bowl of yogurt! VOILA!

 


2. Ursa Major Deodorant - This stuff is the BEST natural DO. My friend Morgan runs an awesome shop, Club Duquette, with her husband. They carry everything badass + functional - candles, clothing, travel gear, palo santo, and skin care. I popped in a few weeks ago to try out the Ursa Major DO with pretty meek expectations, because, let's be real - natural deodorant is usually marketing for "hi, sorry I smell."  

So I was crazy surprised when it actually worked. Speaking from someone that spends several hours a day teaching yoga and active outdoors, that's pretty impressive! The product line is super clean and I love that Morgan and Duq are incredibly responsible with how they source product. If you aren't local - no worries! Morgan and Duq are awesome to work with and can ship products anywhere and of course you can order via the Ursa Website!

*also, I recently added a few of their face lotions to my skin care game - so expect an update soon!*


3. Spanish! - I took an 8 week Spanish course and fell head over heels for LEARNING & getting out of my comfort zone. So, I was kind of a late bloomer when it comes to embracing education and my intelligence. When I was a kid, I just didn't really fit into the traditional school system and it took me a LOOOOOONG time to realize that I actually love learning and being a student. Aside from my college degree in Communications, I have gone through 200 hrs of yoga training, a year of holistic wellness certification, another 300hrs of yoga school and now I'm onto Spanish. This class is only 8 weeks, but I plan to continue someway until I'm fluent. My husband is fluent and when we travel (which lately has been a ton!) I hate having to rely on him to get around. Mentally, I'm planning a trip to Ecuador this year - strictly for educational purposes, obvi :)

So even if learning a language isn't your thing, I hope you feel inspired to embrace trying something new in the near future! BTW - if you're looking to try yoga for the first time, my 6 week beginners course is such a fun way to ease in! The next series begins at Villager Yoga on Wednesday, July 19 6-7:30pm

Let me know if you try any of these out! I'd love to hear what you think. 

Much love,

Emilie

Be Great.

Written by Emilie Maynor
with Inspiration from Chrissy Lasseter (my sweet sista!)
Original Post on I am the F Bomb

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson Author, Lecturer

Dear friends leading a moderately well-adjusted, normal life. I know you. You feel relatively happy, but wonder, is there more to life? Life isn't necessarily bad, so why do you wish it better? How selfish can you be - right?There are people with real problems and you want more?! GEEEEZE! If this sounds familiar, then you know the self-imposed guilt that comes with it. I'm here to tell you, you're holding yourself back from greatness. 

"I was desperate, but yoga changed my life" or "I was an awful person, then I ate healthy and my life was awesome" or "I was a drunken mess and now I'm sober and live a perfect life." Ok - so those titles are totally made up, but you know what I'm talking about. Those eye-catching "must-read" wellness articles that are written with the good intention to inspire us all. Can I be honest? They don't exactly give me the warm and fuzzies. In fact, I end up feeling like because my life hasn't been bad, I can't truly experience good. 

As a society, we are so overly sensationalized, that normal life feels like it's not enough. Our troubles aren't legit because they aren't as bad as someone else's. We carry a sense that to have impact and importance, we need to rise from the ash. Life must be desperate and full of struggle, before you can experience the joy and wonder that it has to offer. I'm just not into that. I think you're awesome. If you're like me, you do not live in those extremes. For most of us, it's just the usual ebbs and flows of life.  

Here's the truth: You are important

You can be average, normal, Hell! Even happy and still experience more greatness, passion and self-importance. In fact, Greatness is not dictated by your shortcomings. Greatness is experienced by those that attempt to have a better life - whatever that means to you. 

Ok, lets be clear. There is a feeling of accomplishment in rising from the ash and it's valid. I'm not downplaying anyone's struggles or triumphs. I just don't believe that's the only way to experience growth. I mean, what if you are not totally burned out? What if you lead an ordinary, stable life? Can you still experience positive change? HELL YES! How about we shed the guilt and just be great?

As a Wellness Coach and Yoga Teacher, I work with women to make positive life change and empower them to live a happy, nourished life. Self-imposed guilt is the primary obstacle most of my clients experience when going for the great life they truly desire. So, I came up with these 4 factors to help you Be Great. 

Just be Great, The Four Factors:

1. Empowerment- You are strong and capable. Believe it and pursue things that perpetuate a feeling of self-worth. 

2. Effort -  A happy life takes effort. Do you put in the effort to allow yourself happiness? Structure and discipline can actually give you a lot of freedom

3. Ease - Does your life allow you to breathe? Being great doesn't mean you are too busy to enjoy your process.

4. Possibility - What makes your heart sing? We all need a dream and options to make life interesting. Give yourself permission to dwell in possibility. 

Wishing you guilt-free, Greatness,

Emilie