“Follow your passion stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you are in the woods and you are lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that.”
It is no secret that most people are scared of facing any type of legal issue. Anytime the word lawsuit comes up is very scary, people don’t know what to expect, how to react or how to handle the situation. Legal issues are complicated, ongoing, and expensive. Being involved in the legal field for over 15 years and knowing more less how things work, I got stressed, when I went through a divorce and when I was the Plaintiff in a civil action regarding an auto accident I had. I feel it is important that people are aware of simple guidelines that will make the legal process less intimidating and more productive. If people have an idea of how things work, questions will be more specific, and answers can give a better understanding of possible outcomes. At the same time, it is important to find a time and place to relax and reset our minds to make intelligent decisions. To me life is not black and white, it is a combination of different shades of grey that create equilibrium for us to navigate easier our journey in this world.
In my blogs, I have shared basic legal tips with a side of bliss, my experiences with mindfulness, meditation, massage therapy, hypnotherapy, reiki, vitamins, natural remedies, oils, exercise and other topics, to help with the regular stress that we deal with on our road of life. I also shared my experience at a Shaman Ceremony in the wilderness of Colombia. Since the pandemic, many have changed their habits and way of living. For me, I started hiking every day. It was something that I normally did only on weekends because during the weekdays, life was hectic with work, school, and family. Recently, I have been walking up very early (for me, 5:30 a.m.) to start my hike. Normally I would just wake at 7:30 a.m. to start my day, however my encounter with nature at the break of dawn has had many positive benefits that I changed my long-term habits without hesitation.
I love to go hiking with my husband, he is super active and 25 years my senior, so I really needed to step up my game. Of all the things I do and practice to manage stress, having a connection with nature is so far the best. Nature has infinite positive effects on our mental stamina and in our cognitive performance, not to mention all the benefits that regular exercise provides. I also get to experience incredible sunrises, hear incredible sounds of the rushing Truckee River, where we often hike, as well as many birds singing about their upcoming day and smell the many plants and wildflowers. Even get to sample some wild foods such as wild chokecherries which are perfectly red and ripe about right now and not too bad either (bears love them!)
In a previous post, I discussed the importance of smiling and how it is good for our mind, body and spirit, and also a great way to start conversations. My husband and I do different hikes but often we go near our home where we cross five bridges across the famous Truckee River which runs through Reno from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake in Northern Nevada and simply enjoy the beautiful changing river, each day is different. My husband coined the name ‘Five Bridges Hike’ for the five bridges we cross on the 5-mile hike we often do. After a while of doing the hike, I became familiar with many of the early morning regulars. My hike became a package deal, I get to enjoy quality time with my husband, chat and enjoy each other’s company, I get to enjoy nature, feel rejuvenated and I get to chat and see all my new friends that I look forward to seeing. I have met many people; they are all special but three of them have a special place in my heart
Andrew is from Poland he walks his dog every day, he lives in Reno but worked in Colombia for 15 years. We enjoyed talking about my country and other things together. I also met Randy and Ellen, they have the biggest shaggy black dogs I have ever seen. The first time I ran into them I thought they were actually bears! Since, I call them the bears and when they hear me saying that they run towards me. Then I met Hobart, the love of my life (as far as dogs go, my husband insists I include). In a matter of days, we fell in love with each other. His owner is John Kennedy, a retired Captain from the Reno Fire Department, and an amazing guy. Captain Kennedy told us he got to brief three sitting presidents on western wildfires while working for fire services. It is funny that he also follows different stories from Colombia, therefore I enjoy talking to him and seeing Hobart. I was bitten by a dog when I was little, and I am still apprehensive about dogs. Hobart has changed that and brings me happiness and excitement every time I see him, he just makes my day brighter!
Probably you are asking yourself, why I am telling you all this? Simple, because we are the managers of our lives and sometimes simple changes can bring us great benefits. I am sleeping less and enjoying life more! I love my time with nature, it is the healthiest thing that you can do for yourself! Being outdoors makes you stronger, it helps your body, mind, and spirit. Sunshine is also a great source of vitamin D, and you get to enjoy fresh oxygen infused air. Hike, walk, kayak, run or whatever your preference is, but don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy nature. By taking advantage of the bliss in my life I have been able to navigate through legal issues and life in general. There is a strong connection between bliss and everything else, be gentle to yourself, be ambitious, work hard, love, sing, dance and don’t forget to laugh but always remember to keep a balance so you can learn and enjoy whatever you are doing.
There is a cute journal by Monica Sweeney that a friend gave me called, “Let That Sh*t Go”. It is truly an awesome tool to keep track of all the positives in your life. Between working in the legal filed, being a student, wife, daughter, sister and friend, I have learned to adjust better to different scenarios and find more bliss and spread an attitude of gratitude. As my husband’s cardiologist and good friend Dr. Arger says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff!”
What changes have you done to change your routine and help you be more relaxed, content and happy?