3 Midlife Crisis Cliches Women Often Face

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Healthy Activities, Healthy Eating, Spirituality, Things I've Learned, Thought, Yoga | Posted on 11-06-2015

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Midlife Crisis?Okay. I admit it. I’m somewhere within the second half of my life. Does this mean my life transformation has been part of a “Midlife Crisis”? I shudder at the thought. No crisis here! But I can see how the deep inner desire for change I experienced could be unsettling for some.

It’s clear that women in their 50’s seem to have some innate desire for change.  Some do nothing (but complain) when those desires hit, others go hog wild and completely uproot their lives. Others, pursue their desires in a way that is positive and helpful. I like to think I’m in the latter group.

Midlife crises are often depicted in popular culture in a cliched manner. Career changes, leaving a spouse and taking up yoga seem to be some of the more popular cliches. Let’s examine these and see how valid they are.  Read the rest of this entry »

Inspired Living on a Daily Basis

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Hiking, Running, Spiritual Teachings, Thought, Yoga | Posted on 05-09-2014

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To run or not to run...that is the question!

To run or not to run…that is the question!

One morning not too long ago, I woke up and wasn’t sure if I was going to run the mile to my yoga class because I had hiked the day before. Rather than making a rational decision in the moment through my intellect, I decided to just let happen whatever happened. A few hours later when my calendar reminder popped up telling me that my class was coming up, I simply got up and got ready just as I usually do, and did the run. In fact, it turned out that rather than feeling tired from the hike, I felt stronger and faster than usual.

The thing is, I didn’t waste my time thinking about it. I just let happen whatever was going to happen without being attached to the outcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Yoga, You Sneaky Bitch!

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Yoga | Posted on 18-07-2014

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Sneaky Yoga!

Sneaky Yoga!

Oh Yoga…

You are a sneaky bitch!

We seek you out for one reason,

But stay for so many others. Read the rest of this entry »

17 Things I Never Would Have Done a Year Ago

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Healthy Eating, Running, Things I've Learned, Thought, Yoga | Posted on 15-07-2014

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As I was running home from my yoga class today (a hot and humid day) I was marveling at the fact that not only did I not mind the run, I was rather enjoying myself. It’s times like that where even I wonder “What did you do with Jill?”

During my run, I started thinking about the many other ways in which the current me is unrecognizable from the me that I was just one year ago. I came up with the following 17 things that you would not have seen me do last summer: Read the rest of this entry »

My One Year Body Transformation and More

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Yoga | Posted on 01-05-2014

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One year ago today (May 1, 2013) I took my body back.

I could no longer ignore the fact that I was…okay I’ll say it…fat. It’s amazing how many buttons I could burst through, mirrors I could turn away from, jiggles I could ignore, and photos I could somehow believe the camera was adding 10 (or 25) lbs. (See before and afters at the end of this post.) Read the rest of this entry »

Yoga Code, Your Real Self, Manifesting Calls and Recipes, Dumb Keno

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Spiritual Teachings, Spirituality, Things I've Learned, Yoga | Posted on 24-03-2014

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Here’s what I learned last week:

Monday March 17, 2014

  • If you start a Meetup group and don’t pay right away, you’ll likely get a 50% off coupon in your email the next day! (I started a local group to find others to discuss the principles of mind, thought and consciousness. If you’re in the Metrowest area of Mass. and are interested, please join in!)
  • The 10 Universal Principles of the Yoga Code.
  • Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we don’t need to look outside of ourselves for love. Read the rest of this entry »

Yoga Peace, Meditation Conversation, Citrus Reamer and Anna Nalick

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Meditation, Things I've Learned, Yoga | Posted on 10-03-2014

Here’s what I learned last week:

Monday, Mar. 3, 2014

Jamie Lee Curtis and Tony Curtis (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)

Jamie Lee Curtis and Tony Curtis (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)

  • I re-watched “A Fish Called Wanda” the other night which I remembered as an extremely funny movie. While I didn’t seem to find it quite as amusing this time around, I realized how beautiful Jamie Lee Curtis was. Then last night I watched “The Rat Race.” Coincidentally, it was starring Jamie Lee’s dad, the infamous Tony Curtis. He too was a very good looking person. Interestingly enough, they don’t look anything alike! Both good actors, however.

Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014

Do You Need Help Living Your Own Healthy Lifestyle?

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Meditation, Nutrition, Yoga | Posted on 11-02-2014

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Through my nearly 18+ years in the SEO industry, I loved helping people make their websites be the best they can be through my newsletter/blog and my seminars/presentations, as well as through my paid consulting.

While I’m very happily outside of the SEO space now, I do miss the helping people part. That’s a big reason why I’ve been sharing many of the lessons I’ve been learning in my personal life through this blog. But I keep thinking that I’d love to be able to reach and help even more people. Unfortunately, most of my audience right now is still comprised of online marketers.  That’s okay because they are also human beings who have lives outside of marketing, but I’m itching to branch out. I know I’m not yet an expert in living a healthy life, and I don’t have a degree in nutrition science, but  I have spent the past few months immersed in learning everything I can about health and wellness. And even more than that, I’ve been immersed in actually living it. Read the rest of this entry »

Filet Mignon, Hangovers, Siddhartha and Skepticism

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Hiking, Spiritual Teachings, Things I've Learned, Yoga | Posted on 30-12-2013

What I Learned Last Week (12/23/2013 – 12/29/2013 )

As you’ll see below, it’s a good thing we don’t do anything for Christmas day!

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

  • How to cook filet mignon.
  • Jim Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million (before he ever had money) and kept it in his wallet. He gave himself a few year deadline to make that much by a certain day, and he just made it!

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Walk to Your Errands – Healthy Lifestyle Tip of the Week

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Healthy Activities, Hiking, Yoga | Posted on 13-12-2013

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If you’re a suburbanite like I am, you’re probably used to driving everywhere you go. Getting in our cars to do errands is a normal way of life for most people. However, if you live or work within a mile or two of places you go often such as drugstores, banks, post offices, supermarkets, etc., why not walk there? Perhaps you think those places are too far from where you live to easily walk to. But, if you’ve never checked the distance before, you may find that they are a lot closer than you think.
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How to Recognize and Listen to Your Inner Voice

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Meditation, Spirituality, Yoga | Posted on 22-11-2013

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Whether you call it your inner voice, inner guide, spiritual guide, conscious mind or something altogether different, how do you know what it is and if you are actually hearing it correctly (or at all)?

 Photo Credit: RelaxingMusic

Photo Credit: RelaxingMusic

Not too long ago, I was wondering exactly that. Even though I had made a huge life-changing decision that I attributed to listening to my inner guide, I couldn’t tell you how I knew it was that for sure.  My guidance was more of a gut feeling than a voice or words. You could also characterize it as an epiphany or an “aha moment.” Even though it was a feeling, I recognized it as my inner guide speaking to me because of the rightness of it. That is, when I thought of doing what it was telling me I needed to do, I knew it was the correct thing even though it seemed pretty crazy. Read the rest of this entry »