A 2020 Mantra

Be present, not perfect.

This is the time of year for goals and resolutions, but my focus in 2020 is a mantra.

I am vibrating higher.

You may be asking, what does that even mean. And when I first heard it in August I really had no idea either.

I had never been into meditation. Even as someone that loves yoga, I spent my savasanas making checklists of everything that had to be done later. I took my first meditation class at Wanderlust a two years ago and I’m pretty sure I just took a nap. Fast forward to this year, David Ji led the meditation. I laid town on my mat (typical) but something he said at the beginning of our practice really stuck out to me. I wish I could remember what exactly he said but he brought up vibrating higher, and when we vibrate higher we are more in tune with the world around us and less trapped inside ourselves. And so I paid attention for the next 20 minutes intrigued at this idea of attracting good vibes by having good vibes.

Later that afternoon, while we were walking around the market we came across a store called Vibrate Higher, this is where I got my “calm is a superpower” tank so if you need one check it out! I don’t think the universe could have sent me a louder message. In her shop I saw a smudging kit specifically for vibrating higher (selenite crystal, palo santo wood, and mantra included) and I thought no better time than the present to start this journey.

And so far, it’s paid off! I think half the battle is believing that you are raising your vibration and that good things are coming to you.

So what does vibrating higher look like to me?

  • Meditating: yes, the girl who used meditation as a nap time, now tries to meditate for at least a few breaths every day.
  • Crystals: I use these with meditation or I put one in my pocket when I have exams as a way to remind myself to stay grounded and in the present.
  • Smudging: I smudged my apartment before I moved in and I continue to smudge it every Sunday night to prep for the week ahead. I personally use palo santo wood but I keep learning about new things that have different values. Jut make sure where you get your palo santo wood from is ethically sourced!
  • Exercising: whether it’s yoga or something else, I always feel better after moving.
  • Youtube: I’ve started listening to high frequency playlists when I’m studying or need background music now.
  • Breathing: I’ve started doing three part breathing after reading Yoga Mind by Suzan Colon earlier this year. I took a yoga class yesterday morning for the first time this year and she had joked with one of the participants don’t wince just breathe. And it had started as a light hearted comment but then she said, “imagine the world we would live in if instead of wincing people took a deep breath.” And that is going to be something I really try to incorporate into my life, every time something doesn’t go as planned I’m going to take a few deep breaths and send my energy to that place just as I would if I was in chair pose and my quads were on fire.

But this may not be what vibrating higher looks like for you! So start scouring the internet and find what makes you your best self!

The light in me honors the light in each of you, namaste.



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Four Friday Faves: Vol. II


Here is volume two of my Friday Faves, here is the PDF where you can click on all the photos to be connected to Palmettos and Pineapples, $10 off at Starfish Project, the Goodreads review, and the Wanderlust photo album! While the link to the Palmettos and Pineapples homepage can be found by clicking on the previous link, here is a direct link to “Your Voice Matters”. You can find the link to the Starfish Project website here.

Have a great weekend!



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Wellness Wednesday: Ab’asanas

It’s been awhile since I shared a Wellness Wednesday post and I wanted to update you guys on one of my favorite workout routines: Ab’asanas.

Ab’asanas was created by Morgan, formerly known as The Southern Yogi, one of my absolute favorite Instagram yogis. It’s a series of exercises that incorporate yoga into your core workout. Some of you may be thinking, well yoga isn’t that hard but I promise you will sweat. 

I have only done her first book (the expanded version) but since I am on the quest for a handstand I will be trying her second book soon! Her first book is a great introduction to yoga, if you’ve never tried yoga this is where you should start. Although I had been doing yoga for a year or so before I dove into Ab’asanas I still wanted to start with the first book because I was intimidated that some of the poses in book two, which is more geared toward prepping for inversions, would be too advanced for me. After getting the first book I was very happy with my decision because there were some moves that I struggled with. I felt so discouraged at first but as I kept working at it they came easier to me.

The thing I love the most about Ab’asanas however is that it’s adaptable. Being in class until 5 some days only gives me an hour at the gym (oh summer hours…) so I need to use my time wisely. I use the examples in the back as a template and typically do 5 exercises as a set and then depending on the time I have I will do anywhere from 3-5 sets.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress with book 2, once I get there!

If you’re looking for cute outfits to wear to the yoga studio check out my Pinterest board!



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Wellness Wednesday: 30 Days of Mindful Movement

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I know my head is cut off but this was the first time I ever jumped back from crow! And how cute is my dog Maggie!

If you haven’t guessed already, today’s Wellness Wednesday is another yoga flow!

Alo Yoga has created a series of videos called 30 Days of Mindful Movement and it is such a great way to expand your yoga practice! I love all of the twists and variations on traditional yoga that I have learned from this series. It really gets you thinking about yoga in a different way. For so long I had seen teaching yoga as a fun job that I was lucky to have. And to an extent I had seen it as making shakes when yoga is so much more than getting into a shape. It is about the journey, I’m not the most flexible in my shoulders and hips so when I finally get a pose it’s even more rewarding because I know how much time I dedicated to gaining flexibility in those areas.

Yesterday was actually the last day of new videos as they uploaded them as a way to get a  fresh start on the New Year. Each week had a theme that had you being mindful as you were loading the videos.

Week one: resolutions

Week two: energize

Week three: mindfulness

Week four: strength

Alo filmed so many great teachers but my favorites were definitely Andrew Seely and Josh Kramer. I love seeing the incredible control they have over their bodies. Andrew just has a great energy that makes his classes so fun. Josh made me step out of my comfort zone. Two of my favorite things I learned from him were Malasana squats (found in day 4) which is great for opening the hips and strengthening the legs and jump back from crow. I had just gotten crow in the first place and never thought I would be able to jump back. 24 hours after my first attempt in Josh’s class (also day 4) I was able to do it, not as gracefully as Josh can but still it’s all about the process!

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in, or deepen, your yoga practice this is the series for you! Get started by practicing mindfulness for just 30 minutes every day for the next 30 days. Alo has coordinated classes from vinyasa to yin yoga, and from beginner to more experienced, this is such a good investment of your time! If you take the time to be mindful you will grow stronger in mind and body.

Thank you Alo!





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Wellness: Yoga


At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Women often get passed around from trafficker to trafficker before they arrive at a final destination. This can mean they go through several different countries which leaves women confused and isolated (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!


Starting this week I am planning on having a new posting schedule! Check it out below:

Monday: Lifestyle

Wednesday: Wellness

Friday: Weekly Style


I wanted to give you a little sneak peak into the wellness category because the holidays can be stressful!

I’m currently working on my 200 hr yoga certification I wanted to share a quick yoga flow with you guys! Unfortunately my WordPress account does not support videos but I can send it on Instagram (@sunflowersandseersucker) if anyone wants the visual.

This can take anywhere from 3-5 minutes if you stop in each pose for a few breaths but feel free to repeat this as many times as you want. Poses are in bold so you guys have an idea of where to stop and hold. And remember just because we’re holding a pose does not mean we aren’t actively engaging our muscles!

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Start in forward fold

Walk your hands out to a high plank

Bend at the elbows (hugging them into the ribs) and lower yourself down to  chaterunga

Straighten your arms and look up to the sky for an upward facing dog

Bring your chest back down to your mat, engaging your cores push up through a high plank and send your weight back into your hips for a downward facing dog

Stay here for a moment bending the knees one at a time and together. Focus on keeping a flat back and sending all your weight into those hips trying to get your heels as close to the floor as you can.

Then lifting your heels, roll through your spine one vertebrae at a time until you are back into a high plank

Then push back into downward facing dog. Repeat rolling through to high plank as many times as you want. I typically do it for 3 or 4.

Once you’re back in downward facing dog try stretching out that spine by reaching your left hand to your right ankle. It doesn’t matter how close you are just try and feel a stretch! Then reach your right hand to your left ankle.

Coming back into downward facing dog, bring your right knee into your chest and then extend it out long behind you into three legged dog. You can repeat this motion a few times, I do 3 to 4.

Bring your right leg back down to your mat and then bend your knees into a child’s pose. You can walk your hands to one side of the mat to stretch out your sides.

Then push back up into downward facing dog to repeat the three legged dog sequence on both sides. Bringing your knee into your chest and then sending it out long being you.

Coming back into a downward facing dog walk your hands out to a high plank again.

If you want to add little core work into your flow you can do plank drifts. Here you’ll shift your weight forward so your shoulders and past your wrists and then back again. I typically do 10 plank drifts.

This part should look familiar:

Bend at the elbows (hugging them into the ribs) and lower yourself down to  chaterunga

Straighten your arms and look up to the sky for an upward facing dog

Bring your chest back down to your mat, engaging your cores push up through a high plank and send your weight back into your hips for a downward facing dog

Walk your hands back into your feet for a forward fold

Bend at the knees and lift your arms and chest for chair pose

Exhale back into forward fold

Roll up one vertebrae at a time into mountain pose

And congratulate yourself on taking tie out of your day to do something for you!

Here’s 10 minutes worth of music to get you in the zone:

Billie Jean- Kodaline cover

My Mind is for Sale- Jack Johnson (one of my fav people to flow to!)

Silhouette- Aquilo

Happy flowing!