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Inspiration to be happy, even when things around you aren’t. Simple + powerful ways to Feel good, Do good. That's Lifeyum.

The Perfect Chaturanga

The other day I went for a walk.  A real walk. The kind that my friend and life-altering teacher Jennilee introduced me to: one foot in front of the other; breath in, breath out; other thoughts? Oh, well. Back to the walk.

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Don’t mind me, I’m just getting (green) juiced

Of all the topics to begin this adventure in lifeyumTV, never thought it’d be fun with a juicer, kale, some cukes, celery, apple and turmeric root.  Or learning how to pronounce cen·trif·u·gal. (It took practice: senˈtrif(y)əgəl/.)

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How dreams come true: Do one thing (at a time)

Do one thing.  Hard to do, but that’s the key.  One thing. (At a time.)  I’m still on a high. Revved with the juice of being in the presence of thousands of souls, just like me, who want to feel good and do good in the world.

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I ate bacon and I liked it. And I’m still a good person

And a yogi.* And an animal lover.  I’m wildly imperfect. Full of contradictions. And done, totally done, with justifying and explaining.  Every dalliance. Every nap. Saying no, thank you. Glass of wine on a school night. Not having a regular blogging schedule (or a regular anything business-oriented).

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Great balls of lifeyum (raw, vegan, GF protein balls drizzled in chocolate)

Do you ever feel like the grim reaper at meal time?  A total nag? Find candy wrappers under your kids’ beds?  Maybe it’s just me. But when our then two-year-old was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis five years ago, I went into full-blown nutrition researcher-internet doctor-read every book I could get my hands on-mode.

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Mal-a-tat-too, and other zen parenting tips

How does it all boil down to this?  I have reasons to feel pretty well-footed in the mellow mothering department. Six kids later—boys and girls ranging from four-years to almost 13 years old, more than a decade working in urban elementary charter schools in cities all over our country, yogic trainings, my own studies, meditation, wellness and personal development retreats. 

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I’m Lisa O’Brien, founder and champion of Lifeyum. I believe in letting go, laughing (a lot), and feeling good…and that feeling good is directly related to how intentional we are about our health, our play, and our generosity.